Study a course designed in collaboration with financial institutions and major professional bodies. You cover all the relevant areas of banking and benefit from links with some of the industry’s major employers.. Key areas include • portfolio management • credit analysis • global investment banking • international financial markets • financial regulation • derivatives • risk management. In the first year, you get a grounding in finance and related topics. You also begin to develop your IT and numerical skills. In the second and final year, you focus on banking and finance, and start developing your specialisation. You study itopics such as credit analysis, portfolio management and investment banking, and gain key skills required by employers. You also develop a greater understanding of the different financial roles within organisations. **Visiting lecturers** To keep up to date with the latest industry insights, you receive regular lectures from industry specialists. Past speakers have included experts from the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI), Lloyds Bank Plc and Post Office Corporate Finance. **Work placements in the UK and overseas** In year three, you have the opportunity to apply the skills you’ve gained by taking a one-year paid work placement. This is a great way to improve your industry knowledge with real insight and experience. It also enables you to build an eye catching CV to impress future employers, and many students find jobs with their placement companies after graduating. Due to our strong relationships with regional, national and international employers, we can help you to secure a great placement, with a substantial salary, and support you while you are there. Previous students have gained placements at organisations such as the HSBC, Morgan Stanley, the Bank of England, Bank of America and smaller organisations, such as stockbrokers and independent financial advisers. Each year you study an employability module. This helps you narrow down the career options available to you, prepare for your placement and then apply what you learn on placement to graduate role applications. **Professional exams and exemptions** Each year we will give you the opportunity to complete a Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) exam as part of your degree. We pay for your books, the exam and student membership of the CISI. If you pass all three exams you graduate with the CISI Investment Advice diploma alongside your degree. You can also gain professional exemptions from the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII). These industry recognised qualifications can further enhance your prospects as you prepare for a career in the sector. **Professional recognition** 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. You can also gain professional exemptions from the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).