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Banking and Finance

BA Honours

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Banking and Finance

BA Honours



    Year of entry: Sept 2020 
  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
    Foundation (4 years)
  • Tariff Points: 112
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Course Overview

Are you interested in corporate finance and business? Do you want to acquire much sought after analytical and numerical skills required for a successful career in banking and finance?

Our Banking and Finance programme combines the study of modern economic and financial techniques with practical applications in industry.

Why study with us?

  • ​You will be well-prepared to enter the world of banking and finance with this specific, vocationally focused degree.
  • Gain transferable knowledge of finance, banking and economics by developing your analytical, applied research skills and statistical insight
  • Build your professional networks via our Business and Alumni networks and through your professional work placements.
  • Sharpen your communication skills to give you an advantage in building a career in finance.

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Our Business courses are ranked 1st in the UK for satisfaction with teaching.

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TOP 25

We're in the top 25 in the UK for teaching and course satisfaction.

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of our Business Studies graduates in work or further study within six months.

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Our Business courses are ranked 3rd in the UK for student satisfaction.

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Course Information

About this course >

You will gain the skills and experience you need to succeed; from the vocabulary used, techniques, current practices and the knowledge of financial and banking principles, such as lending and investment.

You will study a broad range of subjects which will give you an in-depth understanding of the structure and functioning of financial markets and the way in which financial intermediaries and institutions operate, the pricing of financial assets and why and how corporations choose and issue various types of assets.

Further Study

Modules >

Year 1

You will be introduced to the basic principles and theories which underpin work in the financial and banking services industries. In addition to modules focusing on micro and macroeconomics, you will acquire some of the essential skills in quantitative and statistical analysis required for a successful career in these industries, coupled with a sound understanding of financial recording and cost classification.

Year 2

Your second year will build on the skills and experience gained in your first year and you will have the opportunity to apply what you have learned in modules focusing on banking operations and corporate finance. By working with real-world problems and formulating practical solutions to issues facing the banking industry today, you will be prepared for your final year research project and given the necessary skills. The research will be an individual project on a business/industry of your choice.

Year 3

Your final year will be much more specialised, with core modules dedicated to the study of Financial Markets and Institutions, Monetary Economics and Investment Banking. The key theme running through this year is the concept of risk and how banks and financial service companies seek to identify, reduce and mitigate the impact of risk on profitability and performance. All work is geared towards building an impressive career entry profile, giving you the chance to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes required to kick start a successful future in corporate finance and banking.     

Learning and Teaching >

​At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.
​​​​​Undergraduates on the Accounting and Business degree programme are taught by academic staff from within the department, with additional input from specialist professionals currently working in Business Management and Finance. Modules are delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops and small group seminars as well as practical business simulation exercises and other "hands-on" sessions.

On this course, students undertake two 20-credit Professional Development and Placement modules, which include seven weeks professional work preparation and placement during summer terms at Level 4 and Level 5. Accounting and Business students have the opportunity to gain work experience in the Accountancy, Financial Services and general Business Management sectors. Before their work placements, students are fully prepared and briefed and afterwards, they are encouraged to reflect on the experience. Our professional work placements are a pivotal part of the degree programme and, along with networking and equivalence arrangements, invariably help students to find their first job after graduation.

At Level 6, all students undertake a 20 credit Accounting/Business Finance Research project. A further option is the "Professional Learning through Work" module, which will involve the negotiation of a special project with an employing organisation and approved by academic staff at Leeds Trinity. These module options are designed to enhance and develop a network of industry contacts, which will help the access their chosen career networks.

All students are offered opportunities to develop professional skills and links with employers throughout their degree through participation in our on-campus Local Business network, as well as access to extensive Business networks made available through corporate membership of the IOD (Institute of Directors) and Leeds Chamber of Commerce. Students are also encouraged to build on the contacts made during their work placements.

Students have the opportunity throughout the course to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering, all of which provide the chance for students to build up their skills, CV and portfolio in preparation for competing in the jobs marketplace.

Extensive use is made of Moodle on this degree programme, the Leeds Trinity Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support 24/7 learning and to provide access to e learning resources both on and off-campus.

Entry Requirements >

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 112 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in both English Language and Maths.​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email admission​​​.

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2019/20. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2019-20. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student VisaFind out more

Additional Costs

​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015

  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  

  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 

  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

  • You may choose to become ACCA accredited after you graduate which will be an additional cost.

Placement Opportunities

​You'll complete a five-week professional work placement in your first year and a six-week placement in your second year. You could complete placements at high street banks, finance houses, brokerages, corporate financial offices, HRMC and government agencies. 

Graduate Opportunities

You'll graduate with the skills to compete for a role in any of the top employer industries for Banking and Finance graduates, including commercial and retail banking, investment banking, accounting, credit control, business analysis, financial management and planning, corporate finance, auditing, consultancy, as well as education and teaching.

Banking and Finance graduates have the opportunity to work as account executives, financial analysists, auditors, banking analysts, brokers, business and finance consultants, investment analysts, management accountants, management consultants, project managers, risk analysts, sales analysts, or research associates.

You could also continue on to postgraduate study in accounting, economics, business, management and other related fields.

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