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Financial Trading and Investment Management

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language at grade C or 4 Maths at grade C or 4

UCAS Tariff

112

This must include at least 64 points from 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example: BBC at A Level DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies

About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subjects

Investment

Finance

**Please note that the information provided relates to the current academic year and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University.
Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.**

**Course summary:**
- Learn how to trade within a range of financial markets.

- Gain several qualifications alongside your degree.

- Benefit from cutting–edge facilities, including 24/7 access to our suite of Bloomberg terminals.

- Study in a state of the art trading room in central London

On this course, you?ll study two separate strands of finance. You?ll study theory in Sheffield for two years and you?ll spend a year in London, working with our experienced trading partner to gain valuable insider knowledge. You?ll finish not only with a degree and a separate trading qualification, but a CFA IMC and RDR compliant investment management qualification too, allowing you to pursue a range of careers within financial services.

**How you learn:**

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

The teaching and learning on this course is designed to give you practical experience of trading and investment management.

As well as including a stand alone trading qualification delivered by our experienced trading partner in London, the course also incorporates the CFA IMC qualification and RDR compliant investment management qualification.

You will learn what it takes to become a successful trader, while developing the knowledge and skills needed to work in investment management. Topics include fundamental economics and accounting principles, progressing into practical application of trading and portfolio management techniques, before rounding off with legal and regulatory requirements.

You will learn through:

- live market trading

- portfolio management simulations

- case studies/scenarios

- real–world experience in London

**Applied learning - Work placements**

The course incorporates an optional placement. As your second year will be based in London, you will be well positioned to secure a placement in London before returning to Sheffield for your final year. You are not limited to Sheffield or London, however, we regularly source and help our students apply for placements around the globe.

**Live projects:**

In your second year you will devise and implement trading strategies on live markets using real time data. You will then blend this expertise with your investment management knowledge, to build a simulated trading and investment portfolio which will become a major final year project. Because of the practical nature of the course your final year project will be in lieu of a dissertation.

**Networking opportunities:**

You will benefit from networking opportunities in both Sheffield and London. Sheffield Business School has strong links with industry both locally and nationally, giving you regular opportunities to network with employers. Additionally, during your time in London you will benefit from the longstanding relationships our trading partner has in the City.

**Competitions:**

As well as in–class tests and quizzes to help build your learning, we also run investment competitions and regularly take part in the annual Bloomberg University Trading Challenge.

Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1 Compulsory Module:
Accounting 20
Asset Classes 20
Economics 20
Investment Theory Management And Measurement 20
Quantitative Methods 20
Elective Module:
Foreign Language 20
Introduction To Trading Algorithms 20
Year 2 Module:
Employability Skills For Financial Services 30
Ethics And Investment Professionalism 20
Financial Markets And Institutions 20
Financial Trading 30
Legal Concepts 20
Year 3 Optional module: Placement Year
Final year Module:
Client Advice 20
International Derivatives And Risk 20
Taxation In The UK 20
The Regulation Of Financial Markets And Institutions 20
Trading And Investment Management Project 40

Assessment methods

Coursework
Exams

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

College of Business Technology and Engineering

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

77%
med
Investment
77%
med
Finance

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Finance

Teaching and learning

69%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

75%
Library resources
75%
IT resources
71%
Course specific equipment and facilities
68%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
93%
Male students
7%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
18%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Finance

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,500
med
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
53%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
18%
Administrative occupations: finance
13%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

Over 2,000 students graduated with a degree in finance in 2015, and a sign of the strength of the finance industry, numbers are on the up. Over half of finance graduates go into the finance industry, with accountancy and financial advice roles particularly popular. It's also quite common for finance graduates to go into jobs which require you to take more training and gain professional qualifications — finance graduates who take further study are more likely to be studying accountancy than finance. About a third of graduates start their careers in London - but Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham are other popular locations for finance graduates to work.

Finance

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,500
med
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
53%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
18%
Administrative occupations: finance
13%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

Over 2,000 students graduated with a degree in finance in 2015, and a sign of the strength of the finance industry, numbers are on the up. Over half of finance graduates go into the finance industry, with accountancy and financial advice roles particularly popular. It's also quite common for finance graduates to go into jobs which require you to take more training and gain professional qualifications — finance graduates who take further study are more likely to be studying accountancy than finance. About a third of graduates start their careers in London - but Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham are other popular locations for finance graduates to work.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Business and management

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

£26k

£26k

£28k

£28k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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