BSc (Hons) Banking, Finance and Investment (Top Up)


Would you like to ‘top up’ your HND qualification to gain an Honors degree in banking, finance and investment? If you have an existing academic background in a related subject area such as business, accounting or finance, this stimulating course provides the ideal opportunity to develop your skills further and enhance your job prospects.

The BSc (Hons) Banking, Finance and Investment course helps prepare you for a career in a variety of financial institutions including banks, investment management, consultancy and equity trading.

Covering three distinct themes: Banking, Finance and Investment, this degree will allow you the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge in a variety of contexts, from investing and trading in equity markets, international financial markets, corporate finance theory and banking in an international context.

You’ll have access to our excellent facilities, including trading room facilities, simulation software and market data used in the finance sector providing an added dimension to your learning.

USW ranked Top 25 in the UK for Accounting and Finance in the Guardian League Table 2021.


2021/22 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

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

You’ll study six modules that have been designed to provide you with an advanced understanding of banking, finance and investment with an international perspective. You will study the following modules:

  • Banking in an International Context
  • Corporate Governance in Financial Institutions
  • Principles of Corporate Finance
  • International Financial Management
  • Theory and Practice of Securities Trading
  • Debt, Investment and Risk


Our student-focused approach is a great way to engage with the subject, the tutors and your fellow students. You will be taught using a variety of approaches including practical classes, workshops and computer based laboratory sessions which is led by the practical nature of the subject areas studied. Students will be exposed to a number of finance related tools which are used to examine empirical data on financial securities and portfolios, and the use of a share and commodity trading simulation in order to gain experience of interpreting market information.


You will be assessed through written and practical assignments and time constrained set exercises.

Foundation Degree or 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.

Students who hold professional accounting or other accounting and finance qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Any degrees, diplomas or certificates eligible above should have been taught and assessed in English, or English fluency to TOEFL 550 or higher, or IELTS 6 or higher.

Please note that whilst this course does not require a DBS Check for entry, some professions will not consider candidates who have certain types of criminal convictions.    Therefore, if you have a criminal conviction and you are considering a particular career path we would recommend that you check with the relevant professional body or refer to their recruitment policy to make sure that your conviction will not disadvantage you.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £13500 

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Full-time UK: 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
Approximate costs. Text books are optional. Texts are also available in the library.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one 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) Banking, Finance and Investment course helps prepare you for a career in a variety of financial institutions including banks, investment management, consultancy and equity trading. You will be given the opportunity to develop key skills that employers value such as communication, numerical and quantitative skills. 

Our Careers and Employability Service

USW Careers is here to encourage, guide and assist you throughout your time as a USW student and for up to three years after you graduate.

You can get your CV checked, book a mock interview, explore your freelancing options, secure a placement, build your experience, develop your network, become more employable and get inspired for the future. We can help you find your career direction with our faculty based Career Advisers through one-to-one appointments, either in person, over the phone or even via Skype and through email with our ‘ask a question’ service. Additionally, we have extensive online resources so you have all the information and tools you need to create a positive impact on your own career path.

At USW, you have the opportunity to develop a wide range of academic abilities, personal qualities and transferable skills – we call these graduate attributes. 

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