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
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
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.
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.
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Standard entry requirements
SQA Higher: BBC or equivalent including English, plus National 5 Maths at C.Please note: Pathway courses are for Scottish domiciled applicants only.
ProgressionProgress to Year 3 from City of Glasgow College with HND Financial Services with AB/AAB 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 our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.
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Tuition fees 2019/20
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 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 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.