University of Northampton

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The University of Northampton

Financial Planning and Practice

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Course summary

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This course aims to develop key academic and professional skills in banking, finance and financial services. Financial Planning and Practice differs from Accounting and Finance in that the subject is more analytical, requiring you to be investigative in your problem solving. Our Financial Planning and Practice is the ideal degree for you if you are seeking a career in the financial sector – banking, personal financial planning, investments, and wealth management. This vocationally orientated course helps to prepare you for the real world of financial planning and banking and provides you with a solid foundation for future employment within this sector or for further academic study. There is also the option to complete a year’s work placement to prepare you for your future career. This course is accredited by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the regulator of the financial services industry. The accreditation by the FCA reflects the quality, relevance and reputation of the degree. By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:

  • You will experience student life at the University’s £330 million Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day and find out more.
  • Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new laptop* to keep at no additional cost. All sports clubs and societies are free to join at Northampton and every essential course text book is available via the library, meaning you won’t have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (
  • Based on the evidence available, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel judged that the University of Northampton delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
  • Our expert academics teach in small groups supported with one to one assistance. Our academics and students form a tight bond, providing individualised support and guidance whilst challenging students academically.
  • We invest more money into your education than 90% of Universities in the UK**
  • Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd.
The Northampton Employment Promise
  • In fact, we’re so confident in our careers and employability support that if you achieve at least a 2:2 degree and complete either our Employability Plus Gold programme or achieve a Changemaker Gold Certificate during your time studying with us, but still haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating, we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you or support you into postgraduate study.
✱ eligibility criteria and terms and conditions apply. See for more information ✱✱ source: Guardian University League Table 2020

Course details


Stage One • Financial Protection (Compulsory) • Financial Regulation and Ethics (Compulsory) • The Economic Environment (Compulsory) • Financial Skills and Numeracy (Compulsory) • Principles of Banking (Compulsory) • Business and Company Law (Compulsory) • Stage Two • Investment Principles and Risk (Compulsory) • Financial Intermediation (Compulsory) • Financial Regulation (Compulsory) • Pensions and Retirement Planning (Compulsory) • Taxation Theory and Practice (Compulsory) • Project Management Planning and Control (Designated) • Services Marketing (Designated) • Learning Through Work (WBL) (Designated) • Enterprise Operations (Designated) • Optional Placement Year • The Placement Year Experience: Organisations in Context (Compulsory) • Stage Three • Financial Planning Practice (Compulsory) • International Money and Finance (Compulsory) • Global Banking (Compulsory) • Advanced Personal Tax Planning (Compulsory) • Principles of Insurance (Compulsory) • Corporate Governance (Compulsory) • Module information is quoted for 20/21 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

Assessment method

This course uses a variety of assessment methods including reports, essays, financial plans, presentations, student-led seminars, workshops, e-based assessments and examinations.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (or C) or Key Skills level 2 Application of Number or an equivalent qualification required

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Financial Planning and Practice at University of Northampton - UCAS