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Financial Services (Year 2 Direct Entry) HND

(SCQF level 8)

Accounting, Education and Humanities

Applications closed

Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 2 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This HND year 2 is a continuation from the HNC course and 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. 

It develops your understanding in areas such as Pensions, Insurance and Investments. 

Further details of the topics covered are provided in the section “What you Study” below. 

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

  • Successful completion of a full time HNC Financial Services with 15 credits and a positive reference from your lecturer.  

Additional selection requirements

  • You may be invited to an interview.  

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

  • Investment.
  • Principles of Insurance.
  • Pension Provision.
  • Financial Services Regulatory Framework.
  • Income Tax.
  • Statistics for Business.
  • Economics 1:  Micro and Macro Theory and Application.
  • Treasury Management.
  • Personal Enterprise Skills.
  • Preparing Financial Forecasts.
  • Personal and Business Lending.

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

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.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st Aug 2020, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome