Banking and Finance with Foundation Year at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS

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Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. Course summary

  • Develop a solid foundation in banking and finance before exploring specialist areas.
  • Study for a degree and a professional qualification in state-of-the-art facilities.
  • Develop critical hard and soft financial skills using industry-standard technology.
  • Apply your knowledge to real-world situations on placements and live projects.
  • Learn from industry experts on a course that’s developed with professional institutes.
Study key banking and finance concepts, from the principles of investment – working with derivatives and managing risk – to cryptocurrency and blockchain. You’ll learn how to apply your learning effectively, gaining experience with our Bloomberg terminals, trading floor facilities and in the real world. You’ll be prepared for a rewarding career in personal banking, wealth management or corporate finance. If you don't meet the entry requirements for our BSc (Hons) course, or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study, we recommend you join the foundation course – which has been designed to encourage exploration and experimentation. How you learn All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. Our BSc (Hons) Banking and Finance course offers a holistic approach that blends theory with hands-on experience – preparing you for a successful and fulfilling career in the sector. Our academics are highly skilled professionals, bringing their cutting-edge knowledge and industry research into the classroom. Key Themes You’ll gain a comprehensive foundation in banking and finance, equipping you with practical skills essential for investment management. You’ll develop a strong grasp of fundamental finance concepts, such as the time value of money and risk/return, while also enhancing your quantitative skills. As you progress through your studies, you’ll benefit from a diverse array of teaching methods. These encourage in-depth knowledge acquisition, industry-inspired projects, problem-solving and teamwork. By actively engaging in these learning strategies, you’ll not only excel academically – you’ll also cultivate essential skills for continuous self-development. In your final year, you’ll complete a consultancy project for a real-world organisation. With the guidance of a dedicated project supervisor, you’ll conduct research and put into practice the knowledge and skills honed throughout the course. This capstone project prepares you to become a proficient finance professional. Applied learning Live Projects During the first and second years of your course, you'll work on real-world client-based projects. These involve conducting research and analysis to formulate findings and recommendations which address the client's business challenges. You'll present your results both in writing and verbally – gaining valuable experience of professional practice. Previous students have had the opportunity to work on projects for huge organisations such as Lifetime Investment Management. Many students successfully secure placements and graduate jobs with their host company as a direct result of their outstanding performance in these live projects. Work Placements During the course, you'll be able to engage in an extended work placement between your third and fourth years. This hands-on experience not only builds your skill set, but also allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma, a valuable addition to your CV. In the past, our students have had the opportunity to work for organisations such as Lloyds Bank, Charles Stanley and Jarrovian Group.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information. Year 1 Compulsory modules Accounting In Context Economics, Finance And Investments Going Global Preparing For Success Year 2 Compulsory modules Business Economics Data Analytics For Finance And Business Fundamentals Of Finance Investment Risk And Taxation Year 3 Compulsory modules Financial Management And Risk Law, Regulation And Ethics Payments, Blockchain And Cryptocurrency Elective modules Banking And Fintech Cash Management And Treasury Fraud Analytics Year 4 Optional modules Placement Year Final year Compulsory modules Consultancy Project Corporate Finance Global Financial Markets International Derivatives And Risk Risk Management And Investment Strategic Issues In Banking

Assessment method

Coursework, Practical, Exam

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We will offer flexibility on our usual entry requirements for clearing applicants. Please call us on 0330 024 6390 to discuss your options and apply.

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Additional entry requirements


Please note that this information is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £16655 Year 1
International £16655 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees:

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Banking and Finance with Foundation Year at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS