Pre-Master's in Banking and Finance

Academic preparation for direct entry to a postgraduate degree in subject areas such as Accounting, Banking, Hospitality, Management, Investment and Marketing at a choice of leading UK universities.

Why apply?

  • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • recognised by more than 55 universities
  • a quality-assured university validated programme
  • multiple start dates

There are two course options available:

  • 2 terms (6 months) - 90 credits with a higher entry requirement
  • 3 terms (9 months) - 120 credits with a lower entry requirement and extra English language tuition

What is special about the programme?

The Pre-Master's in Banking and Finance focuses on developing your academic and postgraduate research skills, as well as improving your English language abilities. You'll cover everything you need in order to progress successfully to university.

Successful completion of the Pre-Master's programme leads to an award which is recognised by more than 55 universities.

As well as a guaranteed university placement for successful students, you'll benefit from:

  • wide university recognition offering a choice of progression options
  • university-style teaching with high contact hours
  • professional support and guidance with university applications
  • intensive English language tuition if required

What will I study?

For the 3 term course you'll study the following English language modules:

Academic English for Graduate Study

This module will focus on developing your academic language skills to the standard required for graduate study in the UK. The module will help you to set these skills in an academic context through engagement with appropriate materials and supported self-study.

Academic English for Taught Postgraduate Study

This module will focus on developing your academic language skills for postgraduate study in the UK. The module will help you develop these skills through engagement with appropriate materials and supported self-study and will provide you with an overall assessment of the standard of your English, broken down by each of the four key skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening).

You'll study the following core modules depending on whether you are studying the 2 or 3 term course:

Accounting: Financial, Management and Reporting
(3 term only)

This module will primarily focus on methods of management accounting, especially as these underpin decision-making (financial and non-financial). The module will also assess your ability to read and manipulate data from financial accounts, including published statutory accounts.

Banking, Finance and Risk

This module will address the commercial banking sector and you will evaluate the role of this sector in the success or otherwise of the wider economy, nationally and internationally. Key topics addressed will include interest rates, risk management and the supply of money as well as portfolio theory and analysis of forex fluctuation.

Econometrics, Modelling and Financial Methods

This module will address the nature of models and focus on econometric techniques as these can be applied to a range of data-driven problems. You will be required to select and apply appropriate techniques and draw conclusions from analysis, having regard to limitations.

Economics and International Trade
(3 term only)

This module will focus on addressing competing theories of economic action at both micro and macro levels, within the confines of a domestic economy and having regard to the regional and global effects of international exchange. You will be required to apply appropriate techniques to real data, although the module will not introduce or rely on the use of econometric techniques.

Financial Decision Making and Investment Analysis

This module will address the manner in which organisations, interacting with the commercial banking sector, can make informed and balanced financial decisions, seeking returns balanced against uncertainty and risk, within an investment portfolio comprising alternative classes of asset. You will be expected to draw upon appropriate theories when evaluating complex and subtle financial decisions.

International Markets and Regulation

This module will address international capital and international financial markets and the regulation of the same (both internal self-regulation as defined in codes of practice and external regulation as imposed by domestic and international agencies). You will contemplate contemporary issues associated with the regulation of such markets, including the effectiveness of existing strategies and the implications of regulatory failure.

Research Project

In this module you will be supported in developing the skills necessary for studying at graduate level, and will be prepared for the generic demands of future postgraduate study. Particular attention will be paid to research methods appropriate to the subject area and you will prepare a research proposal. Through studying this module you will also develop the academic skills needed for researching a subject of interest at graduate level and be prepared for further postgraduate study through the completion of a major project.


For the 2 term course extra English language modules are available to study if you need to improve your level of English.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is both formal and informal. Informally you will receive advice and feedback throughout your programme from your teachers. You will also be assessed through a combination of examinations at the end of each term, and coursework, which may include written assignments, practical exercises, group and individual research projects, presentations and problem-solving exercises.

How is the programme validated?

The Pre-Master's is quality assured and validated by the University of Gloucestershire. Successful completion of the 2 term programme leads to the award of University Diploma (FHEQ Level 6). Successful completion of the 3 term programme leads to the award of Graduate Diploma (FHEQ Level 6). Both are recognised as suitable for undergraduate level entry at a wide range of UK universities.

How do I qualify?

Academic requirements:

2 term: A degree showing evidence of an appropriate numerical skillset.

3 term: A 3-5 year diploma showing evidence of an appropriate numerical skillset.

You need to have completed 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.To find out more about country specific entry requirements contact us.

English requirements:

2 term: IELTS 6.0 (no less than 6.0 in writing and no less than 5.5 in other subskills) or equivalent.

3 term: IELTS 5.5 (no less than 5.5 in any subskill) or equivalent.

The Centre can only accept a UKVI approved IELTS test for this course. Read more about UKVI IELTS or contact us for more details.

If you do not meet the minimum English language requirements you should apply for English for University Study.

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees

September 2017 start
(3 term)

Term 1: Mon 25 Sep 2017 to Fri 15 Dec 2017

Term 2: Mon 15 Jan 2018 to Thu 29 Mar 2018

Term 3: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 22 Jun 2018


January 2018 start
(3 term)

Term 1: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Thu 29 Mar 2018

Term 2: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 15 Jun 2018

Term 3: Mon 25 Jun 2018 to Fri 31 Aug 2018


January 2018 start
(2 term)

Term 1: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Thu 29 Mar 2018

Term 2: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 22 Jun 2018


April 2018 start
(2 term)

Term 1: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 15 Jun 2018

Term 2: Mon 25 Jun 2018 to Fri 31 Aug 2018



Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (to be charged upon confirmation)
  • textbooks and other learning materials: an additional charge in the region of £220

Is accommodation included in the fees?

Accommodation is not included in the fees. View our accommodation options.

How do I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.

What's the difference between the 2 and 3 term course?

The 3 term course has an extra term of English language tuition and a lower English language requirement than the 2 term course.

How do I apply?

You can apply online or by post.

Where will it take me?

Our 100% progression guarantee

We guarantee to find you a place to study on an appropriate degree and university if you successfully complete your International Foundation programme, follow professional advice offered by INTO staff and meet minimum attendance requirements.

As a successful pathway student, you’ll have access to a number of university progression options. Each progression option will follow a specific pathway and specific requirements for both English/study skills and overall grade. You’ll also find some courses have specific requirements, such as:

  • successfully completing an interview;
  • having previously studied a relevant discipline;
  • having previously completed a degree; or
  • having IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in English language.

What can I study?

This course will take you to the first year of an postgraduate degree in:

  • Accounting
  • Banking
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Investment
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • MBA (no work experience)
  • MBA (3 years work experience)
  • Risk Management

Successful completion of the Foundation programme leads to an award which is recognised by 55 universities.

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