International Banking and Finance Completion award BA Hons

Northumbria University

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Program Overview

This course will allow you to top up your existing qualifications to an honours degree in one year, while benefiting from all that Northumbria University and the city of Newcastle has to offer. You’ll build on your all-round knowledge of business, adding expertise in international banking and finance as well as transferable professional and managerial techniques.

The course includes specialist modules in financial forecasting, financial markets, investments and risk management. You’ll gain first-hand experience of financial markets through using our Bloomberg terminals and taking advantage of opportunities to build a track record and portfolio. The curriculum of the programme is generally research-led, with the sophistication and depth of research used increasing over the course of the year until the final semester Contemporary Issues in Business module. Your technical ability to research is also developed within the Academic and Career Development module. 


Build your portfolio with hands-on experience of our Bloomberg financial terminals 

You’ll be taught by experts from the banking, finance and accounting industries, including professionally qualified finance staff. At Newcastle Business School we work with a large number of employers at local, national and international levels enabling you to take advantage of graduate opportunities. Our dedicated Student Engagement Centre teams will provide ongoing support during the time you are looking for your graduate role, through to assessment day tips and CV support.


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  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 16,500


IELTS: 6.5


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Your tutors will teach essential skills in risk management (credit and market risk, interest rate, liquidity and operational risk) as part of the course. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars and workshops. There is significant emphasis on independent learning as well as self-directed and group activities as this course is, in effect, the final year of a degree course.


Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system in order to ensure a successful learning journey and the development of the necessary academic study skills. Extensive feedback, from both tutors and peers, is built into the course. Whatever your background, we’ll help you take the more critical, deeper and research-informed approach that’s needed for an honours degree at a UK university.


Our assessment strategy is based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths and enthusiasms. Assessment methods will include a portfolio of work, group presentations and reflective statements.



Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.


Year one


  • AF6002 -International Finance and Responsible Financial Management (Core,20 Credits)
  • AF6003 -Banking Risk 1 (Core,20 Credits)
  • AF6007 -Banking Risk 2 (Core,20 Credits)
  • GA6001 -Academic Language Skills for Newcastle Business School (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)
  • HR0388 -Academic and Career Development (Core,20 Credits)
  • NX0328 -Contemporary Issues in Business (Core,20 Credits)
  • NX0329 -Supporting Study (Core,0 Credits)
  • SM0382 -Strategic Management and Corporate Responsibility (Core,20 Credits)

Entry Requirements 2022/23

Standard Entry

BTEC HND/Foundation degree, or equivalent


If you have taken a BTEC HND programme, we will usually expect you to have performed to an average of merit standard.


If you have taken a Foundation Degree, we will be looking for performance to commendation level, or 60% average.


International Qualifications:


We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.


English Language Requirements:


International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

Fees and Funding 2022/23 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1: £9,250

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.

EU Fee in Year 1: £16,500


International Fee in Year 1: £16,500

At the end of this course there are logical career paths into banking, finance, financial services, insurance and financial advisory work, both in the UK and around the world. You can also undertake further study at postgraduate level with a course such as our International Finance and Investment MSc. If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university. 


Whatever you decide to do, you will have strong employability as a result of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.


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