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Financial Services HNC

(SCQF level 7)

Accounting, Education and Humanities

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Mode of Study


Start Date

29th Aug 2022, 1 year


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 you 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 are 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 three days every week from 9.00am to 5.00pm 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 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.

    ** Internal applicants must complete 14 credits undertaken in the NQ Financial Services qualification, including all units specific to Financial Services.

    Additional selection requirements

    You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.  Where COVID restrictions are in place we'll invite you to either a video meeting, telephone conference call or make an offer based on your application form.

    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


    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

    You 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 GCU, Glasgow.
    • BA Financal Services at Edinburgh Napier University.
    • BA Business Management with Finance at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

    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.


    How the course is taught

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

    You 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. 

    You 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:
    • Start Date:
      29th Aug 2022, 1 year
    • Location:
      City Campus
    • Applications from International Students Welcome