BSc (Hons) Finance and Investment (Top Up)

Would you like to ‘top up’ your HND qualification to gain an Honours degree in Finance? If you have an existing academic background in accounting or finance, this stimulating financial course provides the ideal opportunity to develop your skills further and enhance your job prospects.

The BSc (Hons) Finance and Investment prepares you for a career in a variety of financial institutions including banks, investment management, consultancy and equity trading. Covering the key areas of accounting and finance, this Finance and Investment degree will allow you to gain an in-depth knowledge in a variety of contexts, from investing and trading in equity markets to financial management issues in corporate finance. You’ll have access to our excellent facilities, including a new state-of-the-art trading room providing an added dimension to your learning.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N301 Full-time 1 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N301 Full-time 1 Years September Treforest A
Full-time 1 Years February Treforest A

You’ll study six modules that have been designed to provide you with an advanced understanding of finance with an international perspective. Modules include:

  • International Financial Management
  • Principles of Corporate Finance
  • Theory and Practice of Securities Trading
  • Finance Research
  • Accounting Theory and Practice
  • Corporate Governance in Financial Institutions


You’ll be taught using a variety of approaches including lectures, workshops, tutorials and computer-based laboratory classes. You’ll also have access to a fully equipped simulated ‘trading room’ providing an ideal setting to gain a hands-on introduction to the theory and practice of equity trading.


You will be assessed through written assignments, examinations and project work.

Foundation Degree in Financial Services or hold a HND qualification or equivalent with an accounting and/or finance related element.

Application for entry with Advanced Standing will be considered from students holding relevant professional qualifications, for example, CII Regulated Diploma in Financial Planning. Where applicable, equivalent international qualifications are acceptable.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Other: Text books £300 - £400
The minimum and maximum costs for text book shown are estimates. Texts are also available in the library.
Professional Memberships: £146
Yrs. 2-3: £73 annual membership of the CII
Other: Textbooks £210 - £400
Years 1, 2 & 3 are the same. Textbooks are available in the library. Students may wish to purchase their own copies.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

The BSc (Hons) Finance and Investment course prepares you for a career in a variety of financial institutions including banks, investment management, consultancy and equity trading. You will develop key skills that employers value such as numerical and quantitative skills and the ability to communicate effectively.

Many of our graduates are also seen as attractive employment options because of their advanced knowledge of the globalised business environment and how organisations are managed and operate.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.