Business & Financial Technology BSc(Hons)

UCAS Code
3B5I
Location
Penryn Campus
Length
2 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730
Admissions
applicantservices@falmouth.ac.uk
Status
Subject to validation during this academic year

Join the next generation of financial professionals, identifying FinTech solutions to leverage business opportunities and create business value.

You'll identify current market opportunities and develop concepts that could be taken to market. Working closely with industry partners, you'll apply your knowledge in an incremental way to build complete business plans that could result in new venture formation. The demand for FinTech professionals is increasing exponentially. This market leading course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to embark on a highly rewarding career within a potentially huge industry.

Benefits

  • A fast-track, accelerated degree specifically designed to prepare you for industry
  • Real life scenarios and work placements
  • A comprehensive 'MBA style' talent development package, with mentoring, interview practice and support with finding placements

How the course is taught

Modules typically consist of a weekly one-hour lecture, followed by a two-hour seminar. In addition, you'll receive weekly coaching to get you thinking in different ways and to critically evaluate your idea proposals. Guest lectures from FinTech experts will be built into the course to provide fresh industry perspectives. Field trips to various businesses may also be included in the course.

Course outline

FinTech cannot be taught by a traditional lecture degree format. It is about 'doing' and 'exploring'. Therefore, from day one you will be immersed in a series of real-life case studies of FinTech solutions that cover fields ranging from bank transactions to wealth management and insurance.

You'll form teams and begin exploring new and innovative solutions to current financial issues. The course has been specifically designed to take you through the process of building a business plan for your team's preferred FinTech idea. You'll develop your ideas, supported by our team of expert coaches. This could involve working with coders to create a prototype solution that you can use to pitch to industry experts.

You'll work closely with other student cohorts, both within the Business School and across the wider University to help leverage and critique your ideas. You'll develop your knowledge, business skills and self-confidence simultaneously, so that you graduate fully prepared to enter the job market or develop your own business in or outside of the FinTech environment.

Our modules are divided into three categories: 'External', 'Internal' and 'You'. To ensure that you're learning is well balanced, each trimester you'll choose one module from each category. 'External' modules focus on looking outwards, and include market research, customers and industry partners. 'Internal' modules are concerned with how businesses manage themselves – their finances, operations and people. 'You' modules focus on your own personal development. These include skills such as thinking creatively, self-reflection, and specialist knowledge.

What you'll do

Stage One

You'll learn about a range of business topics. You'll appreciate who the key players in business are, the key issues facing businesses today and gain insight on where it is going. You'll learn about finance, marketing, economics and businesses around the world. Through our field trip programme, you'll be able to experience how businesses work in practice. You'll develop as an individual, and will learn to be confident working in teams, presenting and pitching ideas and making suggestions.

Stage Two

You'll develop specialist skills and knowledge that will make you stand out as a business student and future graduate. You'll gain the confidence to critically assess and challenge perspectives, as opposed to simply describing them. For example, you will understand on a deeper level the technology that Provenance are using to identify and track products as they move through the supply chain. You'll learn to think and express yourself on a much deeper level in terms of what financial technology is, and will recognise the essential skills you are strong in and those you need to develop further.

Stage Three

You'll apply essential business skills and knowledge to real-life situations, making you fully equipped to embark on your personal career path. You'll undertake a substantive piece of academic work – either an applied project, a work placement or a dissertation. Accomplishing this task will give you the self-confidence in your ability to complete difficult and potentially complex tasks.

Facilities

We have a dedicated space for your course and encourage you to make use of our facilities that include:

  • Professional design and prototyping tools
  • IT suites and software packages
  • Excellent media facilities for producing promotional material and audio-visual content
  • Libraries housing a collection of 140,000 books, 17,000 DVD and video titles, and electronic and journal resources

Careers

  • Business Development
  • Marketing
  • HR
  • Recruitment
  • Banking
  • Industrial relations