Banking and Finance BSc

Entry Requirements


Why study Banking and Finance at Shrewsbury?

Our programme offers you an approach to developing your skills with a wide range of banking and finance applications, which is an interesting and very topical area of interest in research and in the economy.


The course covers:

  • socio-ethical banking
  • the future of finance
  • crowd funding
  • rural and agri-financing
  • SMEs, which link to the local economy.

Practitioners from the area will be featured on this programme, which will allow you to network with financial people in the area.

Modules on this course have received accreditation from The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). This means that if successful, graduates will only need to pass one additional paper in order to be awarded CIMA’s Certificate in Business Accounting (subject to ongoing approval), a valuable qualification in its own right and a potential first step to becoming a Chartered Management Accountant.

Should you choose to continue in your qualifications in the bid to become a Chartered Management Accountant, you will be exempt from one of the papers required to do this.

Please note, this course is also available with a Foundation Year.


Programme Structure:

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time for reasons which include curriculum enhancement, staff changes, student numbers, improvements in technology, changes to placements or regulatory or external body requirements.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Year 1 is designed to give you a thorough grounding in the following:

  • Management and Financial Accounting
  • Business Economics
  • Banking Operations
  • Quantitative Methods in Finance

At this level you will develop an operational focus on banking.

Year 2 (Level 5)

During Year 2, you will further develop your management skills in:

  • Retail Banking
  • Financial Accounting
  • Enterprise and Management Decision Making

You will also undertake the Work Based Learning unit within a live organisation.

Year 3 (Level 6)

In Year 3, you will begin to apply what you have learned. The aim is to deepen your understanding of how banking and financial theories can be effectively applied to the real world of work. Law, Ethics and Banking Regulations are important elements of the third year, along with International Financial Management. The dissertation in your final year will allow you to specialise and research a specific area which will enhance your employability skills. A theme of CSR, sustainability and ethics runs throughout the programme, developing your skills within these topical areas.


How will I be taught?

The course is delivered via classroom-based seminars and tutorials, supported by online material accessible via the University of Chester’s Virtual Learning Environment.

There will be on average 12 hours of timetabled contact time with staff each week, although students will have access to teaching staff at other times as required. You will also be expected to put in significant independent study time outside class to ensure your success.



You will be assessed via a wealth of formative and summative assessments, including presentations, written reports, group and individual research and examinations. Some of the assessments will be linked to live organisations.


This programme is seeking accreditation from the Chartered Banker Institute (CBI), a professional membership body for bankers in the UK. Upon successful completion of this programme, you will gain the skills to enter a career in a banking, financial or accountancy organisation or department of an organisation.

Entry Requirements

UCAS points

A minimum of 112 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent


BTEC Extended Diploma/BTEC Diploma



International Baccalaureate

26 points


Access to HE Diploma, to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit


OCR National Extended/Diploma: Merit profile

Extra Information

A Level General Studies accepted; Welsh Baccalaureate accepted alongside A Levels/BTEC/OCRs

GCSE in Mathematics at grade C or above is also required.

Course content enquiries

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