Pathway students enrol on the undergraduate 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 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
Introduction to financial theories and markets and subjects such as Economics and Data Analysis, Law in Business and Financial Management
International Institutions and Environment, Banking, Personal Finance, Corporate Finance and specialist module options
Regulation, Pensions, Risk Retention, Transfer and Insurance in Financial Services,Insurance and Finance, Financial Strategies and specialist module options
Honours Dissertation and specialist subjects like International Finance and Investment Analysis and Managing Risk in Financial Institutions as well as specialist options
Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.
Standard entry requirements
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.
Entry year 1
- SQA Higher
- BBC including English, plus National 5 Maths
- Please note: Pathway courses are for Scottish domiciled applicants only.
You can progress to Year 3 from City of Glasgow College with HND Financial Services with AAA in Graded Units
Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.
Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.
Other academic and vocational qualifications
Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.
If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the Academic English course.
The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?
The fees shown are for students starting studies within the 2018/19 academic year. GCU is currently in the process of setting fees for 2019/20. Students interested in enrolling on a programmes starting in August 2019 or later should check back for further information shortly.
Tuition fees 2018/19
Specific 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. Fees and refund policy.
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.
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 £2.5 million per year.
Our approach to the 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 gain the necessary knowledge and understanding, while developing their intellectual and personal skills to become lifelong learners.
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 skills and learning, but also in skills such as presentation, team working, problem-solving and leadership, and in the use of the IT and social network resources such as Twitter.
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. A range of industry guest speakers contribute across our teaching programme, and a number of financial services companies sponsor prizes for high performing students.
To facilitate this approach, we use 'GCULearn', the university’s virtual learning environment, across all programme modules. Through GCULearn, course materials, reading resources, assessments 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.