Prepare for a career in fund management, investment management and stockbroking on a course designed in consultation with industry practitioners and professional bodies. This course gives you an in-depth knowledge of finance and investment, and covers key areas such as • derivatives • portfolio management • principles of investment • mergers and acquisitions • risk management. In the first year, you get a broad grounding in finance and related topics to ensure that you have a sound platform on which to build. Starting in the first year, and throughout your course, we regularly provide you with opportunities to develop your IT and numerical skills. Your second and final years focus primarily on finance and financial markets, in line with your specialism. This develops the key skills required of you by employers, and offers you a greater understanding of the different financial roles within organisations. **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 opportunity, with a substantial salary, and support you while you are there. Previous students have gained placements in organisations such as HSBC, Charles Stanley, Lloyds Bank and Morgan Stanley. 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).