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Year of Entry 2020/21
BSc (Honours)

Financial Trading and Investment Management

Gain rounded expertise on this unique degree course — which includes a qualification in investment management on top of your degree.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 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? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? A113
When do I start? September 2020
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Learn how to trade within a range of financial markets.
  • Gain several qualifications alongside your degree.
  • Benefit from cutting–edge facilities, including 24/7 access to our suite of Bloomberg terminals.
  • Study in a state of the art trading room in central London

On this course, you′ll study two separate strands of finance. You′ll study theory in Sheffield for two years and you′ll spend a year in London, working with our experienced trading partner to gain valuable insider knowledge. You′ll finish not only with a degree and a separate trading qualification, but a CFA IMC and RDR compliant investment management qualification too, allowing you to pursue a range of careers within financial services.

How you learn

Watch lecturer Damion Taylor and our industry partners talk about this course.

The teaching and learning on this course is designed to give you practical experience of trading and investment management.

As well as including a stand alone trading qualification delivered by our experienced trading partner in London, the course also incorporates the CFA IMC qualification and RDR compliant investment management qualification.

You will learn what it takes to become a successful trader, while developing the knowledge and skills needed to work in investment management. Topics include fundamental economics and accounting principles, progressing into practical application of trading and portfolio management techniques, before rounding off with legal and regulatory requirements.

You will learn through

  • live market trading
  • portfolio management simulations
  • case studies/scenarios
  • real–world experience in London

The teaching and learning on this course is designed to give you practical experience of trading and investment management.

As well as including a stand alone trading qualification delivered by our experienced trading partner in London, the course also incorporates the CFA IMC qualification and RDR compliant investment management qualification.

You will learn what it takes to become a successful trader, while developing the knowledge and skills needed to work in investment management. Topics include fundamental economics and accounting principles, progressing into practical application of trading and portfolio management techniques, before rounding off with legal and regulatory requirements.

You will learn through

  • live market trading
  • portfolio management simulations
  • case studies/scenarios
  • real–world experience in London

Applied learning

Work placements

The course incorporates an optional placement. As your second year will be based in London, you will be well positioned to secure a placement in London before returning to Sheffield for your final year. You are not limited to Sheffield or London, however, we regularly source and help our students apply for placements around the globe.

Live projects

In your second year you will devise and implement trading strategies on live markets using real time data. You will then blend this expertise with your investment management knowledge, to build a simulated trading and investment portfolio which will become a major final year project. Because of the practical nature of the course your final year project will be in lieu of a dissertation.

Networking opportunities

You will benefit from networking opportunities in both Sheffield and London. Sheffield Business School has strong links with industry both locally and nationally, giving you regular opportunities to network with employers. Additionally, during your time in London you will benefit from the longstanding relationships our trading partner has in the City.

Competitions

As well as in–class tests and quizzes to help build your learning, we also run investment competitions and regularly take part in the annual Bloomberg University Trading Challenge.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • financial trading
  • investment management
  • investment banking
  • wealth management/financial planning

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Location

Howard Street
Sheffield
S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with:

  • Bloomberg professional terminals– industry standard.
  • The Financial Times, with free access to FT.com.
  • Microsoft Office 365, which is free to install on your own devices.

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least 64 points from 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example:

  • BBC at A Level
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies

GCSE

  • English Language at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade C or 4

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent

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.


Modules

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 can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Accounting Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Asset Classes Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Economics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Investment Theory Management And Measurement Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Quantitative Methods Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Introduction To Trading Algorithms Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Employability Skills For Financial Services Credits: 30
Module: Ethics And Investment Professionalism Credits: 20
Module: Financial Markets And Institutions Credits: 20
Module: Financial Trading Credits: 30
Module: Legal Concepts Credits: 20

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Client Advice Credits: 20
Module: International Derivatives And Risk Credits: 20
Module: Taxation In The Uk Credits: 20
Module: The Regulation Of Financial Markets And Institutions Credits: 20
Module: Trading And Investment Management Project Credits: 40

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 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.

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How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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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)

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