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Year of Entry 2021/22
BSc (Honours)

Banking and Finance

Course in clearing
Full-time Accounting, banking and finance

Gain analytical and digital skills necessary for a successful career within banking and finance.

Places available in clearing

Apply for a place on this course starting in 2021. Call us now on 0330 024 6390.

Find out how you'll learn this year.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £13,995 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 72 UCAS points through clearing
What is the UCAS code? N390
When do I start? September 2021
Placement year available? Yes

Course summary

  • Embark on a Banking and Finance degree accredited by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).
  • Gain analytical and digital skills necessary for a successful career within banking and finance.
  • Gain additional qualifications with the CISI alongside your degree.
  • Develop an eye-catching CV with placements at world-leading firms, such as; Grant Thornton, Charles Stanley Wealth Management, Provident Financial, Lloyds Banking Group and Mercedes AMG.

Cover everything from the principles of investment working with derivatives and managing risk to Cryptocurrency and Blockchain, with emphasis on their application. You will gain an understanding of how modern banking and finance operates.

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 teaching staff are longstanding academics with many years of professional experience in the banking and finance industry. Their experiences and expertise feed into their teaching and your learning. With expert lecturers and regular industry guests, this engaging course tackles both theoretical concepts and practical challenges.

You discuss and critically evaluate real life scenarios. Learning takes place through a combination of timetabled contact sessions on campus and online, screencasts and guided/independent study, supported by superb facilities and learning materials.

You learn through

  • lectures/seminars
  • optional placement year
  • yearly employability module
  • guest lecturers and employability workshops
  • interactive sessions
  • live market scenarios
  • real-life corporate projects and activities
  • case studies/coursework
  • student-centred learning
  • collaborative group work
  • reflective writing
  • presentations

Course leaders and tutors

Michelle Hardy
Michelle Hardy
Senior Lecturer

Michelle is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Finance, Accounting and Business Systems in Sheffield Business School.

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to undertake a year-long paid work placement in your third year. This gives you real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. This should provide you with the ability to improve your employability and nurture your career prospects.

To help you secure a placement, the University has specialist staff to support your application process. Furthermore, the University benefits from strong regional, national and international employers’ relationships. Placements could take place anywhere from a retail bank, investment bank or wealth management firm to a finance department of a corporation. Recent placement providers have included Grant Thornton, Charles Stanley Wealth Management, Provident Financial, Lloyds Banking Group and Mercedes AMG.

Live projects

The course also put your learning into practice through its final year consultancy projects. These projects put your acquired skills to the test of solving real world business problems. Being part of a team, these projects sharpen your analytical and team working skills. 

You will work in a team on a 'live' consultancy project in conjunction with a client sourced by specialist teams at Sheffield Hallam University who work alongside private, public and third sector organisations. Your group will be expected to present its findings to the client and offer suggestions on how to solve the particular issue that the client raised with you at the beginning of the module.

Networking opportunities

With frequent guest lecturers from the likes of industry leaders, practitioners and academics from other institutions, and a valuable placement year, there is ample opportunity to make lasting contacts within the finance and banking industry.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in:

  • Retail banking and building societies
  • Investment banking
  • Financial planning
  • Stock brokering
  • Insurance
  • Fund management
  • Personal finance advice
  • Financial analysis
  • Wealth management
  • Credit analysis
  • Project finance
  • Risk management

Previous graduates of a similar course have gone on to work for:

  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Lloyds Bank Plc
  • SAB Miller
  • Morgan Stanley
  • KPMG
  • HSBC
  • Investec
  • Redmayne Bentley


This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) as a route to the CISI Investment Advice Diploma. From this course you can graduate with a professional industry recognised qualification as well as your academic degree and you are eligible to apply for CISI Associate membership. 

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

The university has invested in Bloomberg terminals in dedicated Bloomberg Suites with 24/7 access. Student can benefit from the tremendous wealth of financial and market data that the Bloomberg database provides.

The student can also, through an online assessment, gain the Bloomberg Markets Concept (BMC) Certificate to demonstrate their mastery of Bloomberg data manipulation.

In addition, students gain access to Financial Times' resource and the economist via Sheffield Hallam's free subscription, keeping you up-to-date with the latest news and developments in the global finance industry. 

Entry requirements

All students

72 UCAS points, including 56 points from two A Levels or equivalent, this can include AS Levels.

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


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
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Asset And Portfolio Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Banking And Fintech Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Business Economics Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Module: Developing Professional And Academic Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Investment And Taxation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Quantitative Methods Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Applied Professional Skills Credits: 20
Module: Business Law Credits: 20
Module: Financial Management Credits: 20
Module: Financial Regulation And Professional Ethics Credits: 20
Module: Financial Risk Management Credits: 20
Module: Payments, Cryptocurrencies And Blockchain Credits: 20

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Consultancy Project Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Corporate Finance Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Global Financial Markets Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: International Derivatives And Risk Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Risk Management And Investment Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Strategic Issues In Banking Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Accounting, banking and finance courses (PDF, 217.3KB)

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