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Financial Services HNC

(SCQF level 7)

Accounting, Education and Humanities

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Mode of Study

Full-time

Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 1 year

Location

City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome

Overview

Why Financial Services?

Financial Services is a large sector in Scotland with a number of employment opportunities.  This course combines core elements of Business with specialist Financial Service units that have been selected specifically to give learners an advantage if applying for roles in Financial Services.  

This HNC is designed to provide you with the key competencies required by anyone entering the Financial Services Industry as a trainee, or at a technical level, or for anyone already working in such a position but wishing to lay the foundation of a professional career.  Further details of the topics covered is provided in the section “What you Study” below. 

The aims of the HNC are to:

  • Develop a range of vocational skills specific to the financial services industry, in relation to product and service knowledge, and an understanding of the role of its providers.
  • Preparing you for employment in the Financial Services Industry at clerical, sales or administration levels.
  • Developing a broad-based range of vocational skills in relation to, for example, communications, customer service, and the use of information technology.

You'll be assessed throughout this course with the assessments taking the form of practical assessments, assignment and case studies.  You'll also undertake a Graded Unit project, which is designed to assess your ability to integrate the knowledge and skills gained through the mandatory units. 

City of Glasgow College has strong links with Financial Services organisations, which provide industry visits and guest speakers to add value to the academic content of the course. 

Throughout the course, you'll undertake a program of guidance activities designed to help you make the most of your qualification and college experience. 

You'll be required to attend college on 3 days every week from 9 am to 5 pm for one academic year.

Why Choose City of Glasgow College?

City of Glasgow College is a next-generation college.  Our Campuses at City and Riverside have been meticulously designed to offer superb opportunities to our students and to meet and adapt to the changing needs of future generations. This future-proofing complements the vast open and inspiring learning and teaching environment.  Here’s just a few reasons why you should make City your first choice:

  • We have designed our curriculum to develop the technical skills of students and it is closely aligned with industry requirements, meaning our graduates can successfully transition from their course into employment. 
  • Our Financial Services curriculum has been recognised by the industry in Scotland as we have recently won the 2019 Pioneer Award as a result of our industry engagement and teaching content. 
  • We support our students in a classroom environment encouraging student engagement and improving attainment.
  • Over 90% of our successful students’ progress directly to further learning, apprenticeships, or employment. 
  • All of our students have a named Academic Advisor who can provide advice, support and signposting in key areas, such as:
    • Opportunities to discuss your academic progress.
    • Encouragement and an informed view with ways to enhance your academic studies.
    • Planned workshops from the student services team on a range of areas including finance and funding, careers information, help to be a class rep etc. You can suggest to your Academic Advisor workshops and talks that would benefit you.
    • A reliable point of contact throughout your studies, enabling you to make the most of your time at the college.

Make City of Glasgow College your first choice for a world-class education.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • One Higher at Grade C or above in a relevant* subject; OR
  • Three National 5 qualifications at Grade A in relevant* subjects; OR
  • National Qualification at SCQF level 5 or 6 in relevant* subjects; OR
  • NPA in Financial Services and/or successful completion of Year 1 Foundation Apprenticeship in Financial Services
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience, where verifiable evidence has been provided. 

*Relevant subjects include any from a STEM discipline or English.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you'll get the opportunity to find out more about the course.

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

What you study

The mandatory units are:

  • Financial Sector:  An Introduction.
  • Creating a Culture of Customer Care.
  • Information Technology:  Applications Software 1.
  • Business Communication.
  • Managing People and Organisations.
  • Personal Financial Services.
  • Financial Services:  Graded Unit 1.

Other units full-time students will study to bring their total credits up to 15 are:

  • Mathematics for Business.
  • Business Accounting.
  • Business Law.
  • Economic issues.
  • Marketing.

After the course

Careers

The course is for those wishing to work in an administrative, sales, customer support or technical support role within the Finance Industry.

There are various employment opportunities, including working in - banking, building societies, pension funds, investment companies, insurance, unit trusts, stock market operations, life and pensions, asset management and intermediation.

Continuing Study

Students can progress to HND Financial Services year 2. 

Successful completion of HND Financial Services will enable students to apply directly to year 3 of some university courses in Finance, such as BA Finance, Investment and Risk at Glasgow Caledonian University. 

If you intend to progress to a degree course or apply for professional bodies’ exemptions, you are advised to liaise directly with the university/professional body concerned. 

Teaching

How the course is taught

This course is classroom-based and attendance is vital or important content will be missed.  

Students will be required to undertake research on a regular basis, in order to apply theoretical concepts to case study examples.

Assessment methods

This course is designed on the principle of continuous assessment. 

Students will be continuously undertaking, working towards or preparing for an assessment.  

The assessments are a combination of closed book knowledge-based assessments under controlled, timed conditions and project-based assessments demonstrating your application of knowledge to a particular case study situation.  

  • Mode of Study:
    Full-time
  • Start Date:
    31st Aug 2020, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome