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BA (Hons) International Banking and Finance (Top-Up)

Course Overview

Hoping to pursue a career in banking and finance, gain first-hand experience of financial market facilities with the chance to touch real time data taught by experts from the banking and finance industry? Then this Top-Up course may just be what you are looking for.

You can top-up your Level 5 qualification to an undergraduate business degree in 1 year and equip yourself with the skills and knowledge to join the banking and finance industry.

For those looking to gain a professional qualification, 2 modules are mapped towards the APRM certification allowing easy transition upon completion of the course.

Key information

    Course name

    BA (Hons) International Banking and Finance (Top-Up)

    Total academic credits

    120 credits

    Qualification awarded

    Bachelor of Arts with honours

    Awarding body

    Northumbria University

    Professional recognition

    The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

    Academic level

    Undergraduate (QCF_NQF Level 6)

    Study mode

    Full time


    1 year

    Tuition fees



    September 2017, January 2018, May 2018

    Work placement


    Course location


Academic entry requirements

HND (merit profile)/Foundation Degree in a related discipline with GCSE Maths and English language at grade C or above.

English entry requirements

IELTS 6.5 (or above) with no single element below 5.5, or equivalent.

Progression route

For those students wishing to further enhance their CV, 2 modules are mapped towards the Associated Professional Risk Manager (APRM) certification, therefore allowing easy transition (should it be wished) upon completion of the International Banking and Finance course. You may also with to proceed onto further masters level course in same or related discipline.

Career opportunities

Upon graduation you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to join the banking and finance industry in areas such as financial services, financial advisory work, international banking, building societies, insurance companies, credit unions and other financial intermediaries.


All modules are core:

  • Risk 1: Credit and Market Risk (20 credits)
  • International Finance and Financial Management (20 credits)
  • Risk II: Interest Rate, Liquidity and Operational Risk (20 credits)
  • Academic and Career Development (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Business (20 credits)
  • Study Support (0 credits)
  • Strategic Management and Corporate Responsibility (20 credits)

Throughout the course you will engage in topics such as strategic management and corporate responsibility; banking risk management, international finance and financial management. You will have the opportunity to build your portfolio and employability, distinguishing yourself from your competitors with first-hand experience of current market developments and financial data.


Teaching & assessment methods

The course will be taught using a variety of teaching and learning strategies to encourage and develop your independent learning skills. You will be assessed based on a combination of examinations, coursework and a project.