Business & Financial Technology BSc(Hons)

FBS - 1
UCAS Code
3B5I
Location
Penryn Campus
Length
2 years full-time
Direct line
01326 254350
Admissions
applicantservices@falmouth.ac.uk

Join the next generation of financial professionals, delivering solutions that are revolutionising the world of finance. You'll work in a team to develop a business plan for a financial innovation idea, building specialist skills and knowledge in digital etiquette, emerging trends and world economics.

Your deepening insight and understanding of FinTech will drive your concepts for new innovations and, working with teammates and industrial partners, you'll work on real financial problems; identifying current market opportunities, developing concepts and pitching ideas back to the market. You'll also gain specialist knowledge and experience that's highly sought after in the workplace, including the exploration of current hot topics such as cyber security and cryptocurrency.

Benefits

  • This fast-track degree means you'll be ready to join industry in only two years
  • Develop real FinTech products and services, while you study
  • Develop the combination of finance and digital skills that will give you a competitive edge in a fast-growing and exciting jobs market
  • Working with industry partners will help to build up your network ahead of embarking on your career

Fees, Costs and Funding

Tuition fees 2018-19

£9,250 - full-time UK/EU

£15,000 - full-time international

Funding

Please note that as this course is an accelerated degree, Student Finance will support students across 52 weeks, not 31 weeks, as would ordinarily be the case at Falmouth. The exact amount of additional support you'll receive will be calculated by Student Finance on application. For general information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page

How to Apply

Apply via UCAS using University code F33, and course code 3B5I for your application.

Find out what we are looking for in a successful applicant for this course

We will review your application by looking at your predicted grades, personal statement, qualifications, and references. If you receive an offer then you will be invited to attend a post offer visit day.

For more information on the application process and entry requirements, read our application guidance

Deadlines

All UK/EU applications must be made through UCAS by 15 January. Late applications will be considered if there are places available on the course.

International fee payers may apply after the deadline but are encouraged to apply as early as possible, to have plenty of time to make visa and travel arrangements.

Entry Requirements

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points for entry to undergraduate courses, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.

You can check how many points your qualifications are worth using the online UCAS Tariff Calculator
 
Due to the creative nature of our courses, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed. We encourage you to get in touch if you are predicted points below this range, thinking about transferring from another institution, or if you have other qualifications or professional experience as we may be able to consider you. More information is available on our Apply page
 
English language requirements
You must have a minimum of Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent, for entry to our undergraduate courses.
 
If English is not your first language, we accept a range of recognised language qualifications that are equivalent to the IELTS Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you must take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) to fulfil government visa requirements. Please read more about language requirements on our Apply page
 
Enquiries
Our Applicant Services team are here to help you with advice and guidance throughout your application journey. We invite you to contact them with any questions you may have.
 
+44 (0)1326 213730
Online enquiry form
falmouth.ac.uk/apply

How the course is taught

Our approach is about hands-on learning. In stage one, you'll work in a team to develop a business plan for a financial innovation idea. In stages two and three, you'll develop and grow that idea as you help solve real business problems and develop concepts for new ventures.

Modules typically consist of a weekly one-hour lecture, followed by a two-hour seminar. In addition, you'll receive weekly coaching that'll help you apply the knowledge you've gained to your team's innovations.

Industry professionals will present challenges for you to solve as part of your assessment and additional lectures are delivered online, which you can access in your own time and in bitesize pieces.

Course Outline

The course has been designed to take you through the process of building a business plan, within a team. This plan will be framed around a specific opportunity and business solution. It could, for example, be developing a financial product to allow insurance claims to be made online. You'll pitch your concepts to panels of industry professionals. This means that in addition to the skills and knowledge you'll acquire, you'll hold real-life experience of selling ideas and implementing projects.

Our modules are divided into three categories: 'External', 'Internal' and 'You'. To ensure that your learning is well balanced, each term, 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, including skills such as thinking creatively, self-reflection, and specialist knowledge.

What you'll do

Stage one

During this foundational stage, you'll develop your understanding of the key elements of business operations, the challenges in the current business landscape and future trends. You'll explore data, information and intelligence, and get an insight into finance, marketing, and the tactics and techniques needed to understand and influence people. You'll advance your interpersonal and decision-making skills; working in a team, presenting and pitching ideas.

  • Driving operations
  • Market intelligence
  • Innovation and improvisation
  • Financial insights
  • Effective marketing and sales
  • Understanding and influencing people

Stage two

In this stage, you'll build your specialist skills and knowledge. Subjects will include digital etiquette, emerging trends, world economics, and developing financial innovations.
Your deepening insight and understanding of FinTech will drive your concepts for new innovations and, working with teammates and industrial partners, you could be developing products and services that have the potential to make a real difference in the financial world.

This real-world work will also help you develop your understanding of, and capabilities in, managerial and team roles, learning to think and express yourself on a much deeper level in terms of data and business.

  • Digital etiquette and emerging trends
  • Industry networks and alliance building
  • Team leadership and performance
  • World economics
  • Developing financial innovations

Stage three

Underpinned by subjects that explore exploiting financial opportunities, sustaining and growing businesses and professional practice, and as part of your team, you'll continue to evolve your thinking by evaluating the ideas you have developed. You could be working to turn your ideas into reality, or you might be identifying alternative uses or new features for them.
At the same time, you'll undertake a substantive piece of academic work – either an applied project, a work placement or a dissertation.

  • Transformational leadership
  • Creative strategies
  • Business challenge
  • Exploiting financial opportunities
  • Professional practice

Facilities

  • 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

Take a virtual tour of our facilities

Careers

  • Financial Technology
  • Banking & Finance
  • Digital Communications
  • Project Management
  • Digital Retail

Student mentor scheme

Falmouth's student mentor scheme matches new starters with a second year student, to help you settle in and find your feet.

Our mentors can be reached on the Business & Financial Technology BSc(Hons) Facebook group.

They'll help with topics like living in Cornwall, what to expect at Falmouth, and the course itself. 

Also worth a look are additional groups that offer assistance for LGBTQ studentsdisabled studentsmature studentsinternational students, and Cornish locals

You'll need to join the groups before you can post. If you don't have access to Facebook, please email your name and proposed course to studentmentors@falmouth.ac.uk