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Year of Entry 2019/20
BSc (Honours)

Financial Technology with Foundation Year

Course in clearing
Full-time Accounting, banking and finance

Develop your understanding of computing applications in financial markets, and explore how they help the sector to innovate.

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Apply for a place on this course starting in 2019. Whether you have your results or not, apply by calling 0330 024 6390 today.

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Everything you need to know...

How long will I study? 4/5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 48 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? B033
When do I start? September
Placement available? Yes

Course summary

  • Gain a solid base in business, before getting the specialist knowledge you need for a successful career in the fintech sector.
  • Develop innovative solutions that address real industry problems.
  • Create an eye-catching CV with placements at world-leading firms in the full degree.
  • Become a rounded, employable graduate with contacts and credentials.

On this course, you’ll study for a year with other foundation students in Sheffield Business School, before starting an innovative, interdisciplinary financial technology course. When you graduate, you’ll have both the skillset and knowledge required to work with innovative, tech-focused firms.

How you learn

The course is suitable if you don't meet the entry requirements for our BSc (Hons) Financial Technology course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other Sheffield Business School foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

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

On the full degree, you learn through

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

Applied learning

Work placements

On the full degree, 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. Placements could take place anywhere from a bank, investment 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

When you start the undergraduate course, 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 full degree course prepares you for a career as a

  • fintech analyst
  • business data analyst
  • technology risk manager
  • software developer
  • fintech-banking account manager
  • blockchain developer
  • wealth management
  • investment banking
  • financial and technological consultancy

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

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

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • ​​ Bloomberg financial software with 24/7 access to professional terminals, not only allowing you to see exactly the same information the industry sees but also resulting in a Bloomberg qualification
  • Financial Times' resource 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

GCSE Maths and GCSE English at grade C or grade 4.

48 UCAS points, including 24 points from one full A level, or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course.

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

Additional information for EU/International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Contemporary Issues Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Business Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Organisation Management And Delivery 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Organisation Management And Delivery 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Self And Stakeholder Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Practice Of Accounting, Finance And Economics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Asset Classes Credits: 20
Module: Business Economics Credits: 20
Module: Developing Professional And Academic Skills Credits: 20
Module: Financial Accounting Credits: 20
Module: Introduction To Programming And Data Science Credits: 20
Module: Quantitative Methods Credits: 20

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Applied Professional Skills Credits: 20
Module: Blockchain Technology Credits: 20
Module: Economics For Finance Credits: 20
Module: Empirical Finance Credits: 20
Module: Financial Management Credits: 20
Module: International Financial Markets Credits: 20

Year 4

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Big Data In Finance Credits: 20
Module: Consultancy Project Credits: 20
Module: Corporate Finance Credits: 20
Module: International Derivatives And Risk Credits: 20
Module: Machine Learning Credits: 20
Module: The Regulation Of Financial Markets And Institutions Credits: 20

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