BA (Hons) Finance, Investment and Risk Pathway

GCU Pathways

Pathway students enrol on the CII accredited, BA (Hons) Finance, Investment and Risk at Glasgow Caledonian University. In the first two years, they study HND Financial Services at City of Glasgow College while preparing for year 3 and 4 (for Honours) of the degree at GCU.

BA (Hons) Finance, Investment and Risk graduates enjoy excellent career prospects in areas such as financial advice, risk analysis, wealth management, investment analysis and pension fund management.

Choose to study Finance, Investment and Risk pathway if:

  • you are interested in Investment, Risk, Finance and Accountancy
  • you want to become an important part of the business world and you enjoy hands-on practical work
  • you work best with lots of interaction from lecturing staff
  • you like working towards clear goals with a sense of achievement at the end of each year of study

Year 1 and 2

HND in Financial Services at City of Glasgow College

Year 3

Corporate Finance and Financial Strategies, Regulating Financial Services, Entrepreneurship for Business, Society and the Professions, Business Research Methods, Theory and Practice, Pensions and Pension Planning Plus Option Module

Year 4

Honours Dissertation, Managing Risk in Financial Institutions, International Finance, Institutions and Trade, Investment Management Theory plus Option Module

The module and assessment information described here has been approved in line with the University’s Quality Assurance and Enhancement Process. This allows us to ensure that the courses we offer are high quality and relevant for today’s students. Occasionally we have to make changes to programme information after it has been published. For full details of potential changes to programmes and how they can affect your application please read the Information for students relating to Programme Changes/Cancellation and Withdrawal from Portfolio.

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date



BA (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
Aug 2022
Multiple Locations
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BA (Hons) Full Time 4 Years Aug 2022 Multiple Locations Enquire Apply

Year 1
Scottish Higher: Standard entry requirement: BBC (incl English) or another essay-based subject (History or Modern Studies) Nat 5: C(Maths)

Progression criteria
Progress to year three with HND Financial Services - graded units AB

English language IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 (or equivalent)

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Additional Information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International Pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Annual full-time tuition fees

College-based: This information will be available from the college itself
GCU-based: £1,820*

*Scottish student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

View undergraduate scholarships at GCU.

Our assessments are designed to develop our students' independent learning while testing their ability to address problems, formulate arguments and analyse issues.

As a result, the programme adopts a wide range of assessment styles, geared to the content of the modules and enabling the students to show the development not just of their written and numerical skills and learning , but also in skills such as presentation, team working, problem-solving and leadership, and in the use of social network resources such as Twitter.

Our students have the option of taking additional CII units at a discounted rate; around a third of the amount charged to insurance and personal finance professionals.

Our approach to learning, teaching and assessment is tailored to the needs of the financial services industry. We adopt a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure our students have the necessary knowledge and understanding, while developing their intellectual and personal skills to become lifelong learners. Wherever possible, our teaching considers real world situations in the financial services sector, both in the UK and internationally and includes input from industry practitioners in the creation or development of modules and resources.

To facilitate this approach, we use GCULearn, the university's virtual learning environment, across all programme modules. Through GCULearn, course materials, reading resources, assessment and feedback are all available online. It is also used to enable students to undertake online activities and tasks, listen to podcasts, be involved in online discussion groups and take part in blogs and twitter-based learning activities. This approach is blended with more traditional lecture, tutorial and seminar contact.