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Financial Services - Pathway To BA Finance, Investment And Risk At Glasgow Caledonian University HND

(SCQF level 8)

Accounting, Faculty of Business

Mode of Study


Start Date

27th Aug 2018, 2 years

27th Aug 2018, 2 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


As a student on this course, you will be enrolled at City of Glasgow College for HND Financial Services and Glasgow Caledonian University for BA Finance, Investment and Risk.  You will study HND Financial Services at City of Glasgow College for 2 years, and if successful, you will progress to Glasgow Caledonian University for third year BA Finance, Investment and Risk.  You will have full access to resources at both City of Glasgow College and Glasgow Caledonian University for the duration of your study.  For information on BA Finance Investment and Risk see Glasgow Caledonian University.

The HND at City of Glasgow College is designed to provide you with the key competencies required for 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.  

The aims of the HND 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.

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 programme of guidance activities designed to help you make the most of your qualification and college experience. 

You'll be required to attend college on 4 days every week from 9am to 5pm for two academic years.

The final award after attending GCU (Year 3 and 4) is BA (Hons) Finance Investment and Risk.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

Students should apply through UCAS to Glasgow Caledonian University.  Please see the GCU for information on entry requirements.  

What you study

Year 1

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

Year 2

  • 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

Year 3

You will progress to Year 3 BA Finance Investment and Risk at GCU.


Assessment methods

The HND element of this course is designed around the concept of continuous assessment.  This means you will be continuously working towards, undertaking or preparing for an assessment.  The assessments take the form of practical assessments, assignment and case studies.  In Year 1 you will undertake a Graded Unit Project, which is designed to assess your ability to integrate the knowledge and skills gained through the mandatory units.  In Year 2 you will have both a Graded Unit Project and a Graded Unit examination in May.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    27th Aug 2018, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome