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Professional Diploma in Banking Practice and Management

The Professional Diploma in Banking Practice and Management (PDipBPM®), is a professional qualification for people working or aspiring to work in the financial services industry.  Students who successfully complete the PDipBPM meet the entry requirements for the ifs Level 6 BSc (Hons) Banking Practice and Management.

Programme Aims

The Professional Diploma in Banking Practice and Management has the aims to:

  • Provide an up-to-date body of learning in relation to the financial services sector (using UK financial services as a basis for illustrating core concepts), recognising that international students will seek to apply these core concepts to their particular financial services environments.
  • Enable the student to develop comprehensive knowledge and understanding of key banking and finance practices, theory and application relevant to the management of banking services and activities.
  • Develop the student’s ability to apply specialised, current knowledge of banking and finance concepts, theories and applications using practice-based and/or work-based learning approaches.
  • Provide the student with the opportunity to evaluate the impact of the changing regulatory and operating environment, technical change and risk management in order to make and justify decisions and recommendations relevant to the management of banking services and activity.
  • Develop the student’s ability to identify customer needs and expectations and to manage provision of services to them.
  • Increase the student’s awareness of the importance of moral/ethical, social, economic and environmental issues within the banking and financial services sector in general.
  • Provide opportunities for the student to develop the necessary skills and competencies to move on to further study within the discipline and to develop professionalism in the context of a banking sector managerial role.
Learning Outcome

At the end of this course, students will:

  • The range of financial services organisations, the external environment within which they operate and the products and services they deliver
  • The processes, procedures and practices required for the effective management and governance of banking and financial organisations.
  • Subject-specific theories and concepts relating to banking and financial services generally and how these apply in a practical work environment.
  • Financial services, markets and banking practice as evolving disciplines that need to respond to the constantly changing legal and regulatory environment.
  • The sources, uses and management of finance; the use of accounting and other information.
  • The analysis of customer expectations and the provision and orientation of services and products to meet these expectations.
  • The different types of risk and how these can be managed.
Mode of Delivery

Teaching may include the following:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Exercises
  • Case Studies
  • Mini-cases
  • Analysis of reports
  • Presentations
  • Discussion
  • Computer simulation
  • Programming
  • Self-study
Course Duration
Full Time: 12 Months
Part-time: 12 Months
Course Intake

Full-Time/Part-Time: January, April, July, October

Entry Requirement

Minimum Age

At least 18 years old

Minimum Academic Entry Requirement

  • Professional Certificate in Banking (PCertB) OR
  • Polytechnic Diploma in a relevant field, OR
  • LSBF Diploma in Banking and Finance.

Mature applicants

To be considered for mature entry you will be required to meet the following criteria:

  • Be aged 30 or over with 8 years of relevant experience
  • Unable to meet the standard entry criteria for Professional Diploma in Banking Practice and Management (PDipBPM)

As a mature applicant, you are required to submit a current CV supported by a 500 to 600 word statement indicating why you have chosen to undertake the programme and how it will support your career plans. If you do not meet the minimum entry criteria for GCSE (or equivalent) in Mathematics you should briefly describe your Mathematical ability as part of your statement. If invited to progress an interview may be held.

You may also register for the PDipBPM if you can demonstrate through prior certificated and / or experiential learning that you have achieved the learning outcomes for the Professional Certificate in Banking / Professional Certificate in Financial Services.

Module Synopsis

Financial Services: The Commercial Environment
This module focuses on the macroeconomic environment surrounding financial services organisations. It looks at the theories of intermediation, the process of disintermediation and the macroeconomic, regulatory and technological drivers that impact on the financial services industry. Students will be encouraged to consider how these influences interact with each other and how they impact on financial services in practical terms.

Organisational Management in Financial Services
This module focuses on five core areas crucial to the successful leadership and management of an organisation that enable it to achieve its objectives. These core syllabus elements – leadership and management, culture, organisational structure, planning and control and change management are each explored separately as well as in the context of their inter-dependencies. Within these core areas, consideration is given to how to create long-term sustainable benefits, in line with prevailing ethics and understanding, and how to respond constructively to social, environmental and economic change.

Retail Financial Services
This module has been designed to provide the requisite skills, knowledge and understanding to enable students to effectively manage retail customer relationships and to discuss the main range of retail financial services. The syllabus is arranged in such a way that it takes students from the inception of the customer relationship across the potential financial needs of that customer, through to the termination and ending of the relationship.

Commercial and Corporate Financial Services
The module has been designed to provide the student with an understanding of and an ability to analyse the detailed relationship between a financial institution and its commercial and corporate customers, including both legal and practical aspects of the relationships. It focuses in detail on the critically important area of sustainable lending; analysing lending propositions and structuring suitable solutions. This also covers the taking of appropriate security, monitoring and controlling ongoing risks in the relationship, key terms and conditions implicit in lending, and a thorough understanding of the impact of insolvency. The module also considers the broader spectrum of other general and more specialised commercial and corporate banking services and products, and their relevance to meeting different customers’ needs.

Attendance Requirements
  • STP holders - 90%
  • Non-STP holders - 75%
Assessment, Graduation and Awards

A range of assessments is used within the programme to assess knowledge and understanding.  Modules will be assessed by means of examination, summative assessment (essays, reports and case studies), and work-based activities.

Failure and Reassessment

Where students repeat a module either as a resit or a resubmission, the mark will be capped at a pass mark.  Students have a maximum of 4 attempts at assessment of any module, including resits/resubmissions.

Calculation of Grades

A student’s module performance grade is determined by their overall weighted average percentage score in accordance with the following:

Pass: 40 - 59%
Merit: 60 - 69%
Distinction: 70 - 100%

Requirements for the Award

At Level 5 (PDipBPM) where a student has achieved the required credits they can be awarded the following:

  • Pass with Distinction 70% and above
  • Pass with Merit 60 to 69%
  • Pass 40 to 59%
Teacher-Student Ratio

1 Teacher: 60 Students

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