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

Would you like to ‘top up’ your HND qualification to gain an Honours 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 prepares 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 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.



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
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 also have the opportunity to experience presentations from guest speakers where you will be encouraged to interact and network.


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.

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 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £12300 

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £12600 

August 2020 - July 2021 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
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 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.

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.