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Banking and Finance (including foundation year) - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Our Banking and Finance (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) degree acts as a springboard to enter the banking and finance industry if you find yourself without the entry requirements or necessary qualifications to start a standard undergraduate degree.

On this four-year course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0) you will begin by developing key academic and business skills during your foundation year before going on to examine the development, significance and challenges of banking and finance in the modern world during your subsequent years of study.

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More about this course

The course’s integrated foundation year will ensure you’re well-equipped as you enter Year 1 of the degree. You will examine the basic principles of banking, finance and economics, as well as other key business functions such as marketing, operations and human resource management. Following your foundation year, you will go on to study the same course content and modules as those on our Banking and Finance BSc (Hons) degree.

The course is designed with input from finance industry experts and draws on accounting, economics, investment theory, law and management to help you develop the skills you'll need to begin a career in banking or the financial services.

You’ll have access to industry experts and the University's Bloomberg Lab during your course. This will provide you with valuable insight into the banking and finance sector and allow you to work with real-world economic news, data and analytics in the classroom.

This banking and finance course shares its foundation year with a number of our other foundation year degrees, allowing you to work with students interested in other business-related subjects and share ideas.

If, following your foundation year, you decide that you’d like to specialise in an alternative business-related subject, we will give you the flexibility to allow this.

You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the traditional three-year course.


Methods of assessment on the course include individual and group presentations, coursework, mini-projects, placement employer assessments, in-class tests, and seen and unseen exams. You'll also need to complete a final-year dissertation.

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Course type
UCAS code N349
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of 48 UCAS points
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE grade C/4 (or equivalent)

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

Example Year 0 modules include:

  • Introduction to Banking, Finance and Economics
  • Principles of Accounting
  • The Context of Business
  • Using and Managing Data and Information

Example Year 1 modules include:

  • Accounting
  • Contextualising Theory
  • Economics for Finance and Business
  • Introduction to Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Quantitative Methods for Banking, Finance and Economics

Example Year 2 modules include:

  • Bank Lending and the Legal Environment
  • Corporate Finance and Investment
  • Econometrics and Financial Modelling
  • Creating a Winning Business 1
  • Learning through Work
  • Economics and Ethics
  • Information Technology for Professional Practice
  • International Business and World Markets
  • Money and Banking
  • Statistical Methods and Modelling Markets

Example Year 3 modules include:

  • Empirical Research in Global Banking, Finance and Economics
  • International Finance
  • Creating a Winning Business 2
  • Learning through Work 2
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics
  • Development Economics and Emerging Markets
  • Economics of Human Resources
  • Economics of Multinational Business
  • Fin Instruments and Financial Engineering
  • Personal Finance
  • Professional Experience Year Placement

What our students say

"I wanted to study finance and chose London Met because several friends recommended the course. I was amazed at the range of modules on offer and really like the way the assessments are designed. Every teacher is committed to their students and I owe my success to their dedication. I've developed so many skills here; I'm feeling confident in what I do and in what I am going to do in the future."

Svetoslav Kotev

After the course

This course will equip you to take on a range of roles in the banking and finance industry – both in London and beyond. Our graduates have gone on to find employment in HSBC, JP Morgan, Barclays, Deloitte, Google and a wide range of other global organisations.

What is a degree with foundation year?

This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into university if you don't meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

Apply to us for September 2019

Applying for a full-time undergraduate degree starting this September is quick and easy – simply call our Clearing hotline on or complete our online Clearing application form.

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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