Diploma in Banking and Finance

Diploma in Banking and Finance

The Diploma in Banking and Finance has been developed by London School of Business and Finance as an initial qualification for students aiming for a career in one of a wide range ofindustries, and/or for students aiming for a Higher Education qualification in a subject allied to Banking and Finance.

Programme Aims

The main aim of the Diploma in Banking and Finance is to give students the best possible preparation for a successful career in one of a wide range of industries. Graduates of the course will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic underlying academic concepts and principles associated with the broader discipline of Banking, Finance and Management.

The Diploma in Banking and Finance aims to provide students with:

  • Knowledge and skills that will enable them to follow a career in all areas of accounting and a wide range of careers in business and finance.
  • To lay the foundation for future and continuing professional development.
  • To develop students’ competence and practical skills in banking and finance.
  • To provide students with the relevant knowledge and understanding of banking and finance as it relates to the wider business context.
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of organisations, the external environment in which they operate and how they are managed
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems related to the subjects studied
  • Show an understanding of banking and finance principles and practices
  • Communicate the results of their study/work accurately and reliably, and with structured and coherent arguments
  • Undertake further training and develop new skills within a structured and managed environment
Course Duration

Full Time: 8 Months
Students attend lessons 3 hours per day plus directed/independent study for a period of 8 months from Monday to Friday.

Part Time: 12 Months
Students attend 3-hr lessons 2 nights a week and scheduled weekends for a period of 12 months.

Mode of Delivery

Lectures, Tutorial, Seminars, Workshops, Case study and Exercises, Class Discussion,Group work project and presentations, Computer Exercise

Course Intakes

Full Time: Every 2 months / Modular
Intake falls inJanuary, March, May, July, September, and November 

Part Time: Every 3 months / Modular
Intake falls in January, April, July, October 

Entry Requirements

Minimum Age: 18 years

Local students shall possess one of the following:

  • At least two passes in GCE ‘A’ Level
  • International Baccalaureate (24 points)
  • Local Polytechnic Diploma in any field
     

International students shall possess one of the following:

  • Completion of Year 12 High School Qualification or equivalent qualification from respective home countries
  • Completed International Baccalaureate (24 points)
  • Equivalent Local Polytechnic Diploma in any field in respective home countries
     

AND

Both local and international students MUST fulfil the minimum English language entry requirement of one of the following (except Mandarin programmes):

  • Achieved grade C6 or better in English language in GCE O level;
  • Pass in English Language in Year 10 High School qualification or equivalent;
  • IELTS 5.5/TOEFL 550;
  • Completed LSBF Preparatory Course in English Upper Intermediate Level;
     

Students with non-standard entry requirements (e.g. other PEI qualification, lack of equivalent Year 12 in home country, etc.) will be assessed on a case by case basis subject to approval of the Academic Board.

Modules Synopsis

Principles of Accounting & Finance 
This module introduces students to the foundation and understanding of the principles and concepts of Accounting. Students will be exposed to the application of these accounting concepts in the preparation of financial statements for use by individuals, business, non-profit organisations and government institutions. Students will also be developing expertise in using these accounting principles and concepts in their analytical approach to financial problem-solving.

Business Communications
This course will involve the student in the diverse aspects of business communication theories and practices, and provide instruction in understanding basicprinciples and the importance of appropriate and professional business communication. The Purpose is to enable students to communicate effectively in business settings, including effective presentation skills.

Marketing Financial Services
This module develops students’ knowledge and understand of the issues relating to marketing in the financial services sector.  It will introduces students to services marketing, segmentation, targeting and positioning, the application of the services marketing mix, value propositions, communication and competitive and differential advantage.  Students will develop an understanding of the issues relating to the marketing of financial services and an appreciation of how to apply marketing principles to financial services.

Principles of Banking and Finance
The study of the Principles of Banking and Finance is to equip students with the working knowledge of the characteristics and roles of banks and other financial institutions.  It discussed the regulation of financial institutions, the risks in banking and the main methods used for risk management.  It also exposes the students to the Forex and Derivatives markets and the future of Money.  

Principles of Economics 
The module is an introduction to basic economic principles and concepts and how they apply to the business environment.  It introduces students to the global economy and reviews both the national and the global market. It establishes the framework for future courses by providing students with an overview of fundamental micro and macroeconomic concepts.

Principles of Information Systems
This module will introduce students to the concepts and methods of business information technology and its application to practical business situations.  The goal is to help students to learn how to use and manage information technologies, conduct electronic commerce, improve decision-making, and gain competitive advantage in the marketplace.  It therefore emphasizes on the role of Internet technologies as a technology platform for electronic business, commerce, and collaboration within and among corporations.

Principles of Management
The aim of this module is to provide students with an introduction to the principles and practices of management. Students will learn how to examine the nature of managerial work including strategy, operations and project management, control, ethics, structures and culture, organisational power, groups and teams, individual performance and stress, social responsibility and change management.

Quantitative Methods
This course introduces the basic concept of quantitative approaches to decision making. It introduces students to basic concepts of and methods of qualitative methods used by Management. Enables students to understand how to collate and present data, apply and range of statistical and operations research techniques.

Attendance Requirements

STP holders: 90%
Non-STP holders: 75%

Assessment, Graduation and Awards

Assignment/Class test : 50%
Final Exam: 50%                                     

Student must achieve an overall passing grade of 40%.  If students fail to achieve an overall passing grade of 40%, students will be permitted one retake attempt in each failed assessment and failure of this retake will require students to re-module the failed module(s) again in full prior to additional retake attempt.

Graduation and Awards

Students must complete and pass all required modules in this course to receive a Diploma in Banking and Finance  certification.

Students who are for any reason unable to complete the Diploma and who have successfully passed a minimum of 4 modules are eligible for an Exit Award of a Certificate in Banking and Finance

Teacher Student Ratio
1 : 80

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