module specification

FS6W03 - Banking and Finance One Year Placement (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Banking and Finance One Year Placement
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 300
20 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
280 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 80%   Research assignment (critical analysis of organisation and self-reflective assessment) - 7000 words
Other 20%   Employer/Line Manager online appraisal form
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year City - -

Module summary

This module is designed for students studying BA Banking and Finance. It  must be taken between level 5 and 6. The module is designed to develop student employability and increase graduate career prospects.  The ‘sandwich placement’ year requires learners to undertake a minimum of 44 weeks full-time work in employment which is developmental and relates to their graduate career goals.  Compulsory pre-placement preparation workshops will provide structured learning and support to assist students in their search for an appropriate placement in an industry relevant to their area of study; develop professionalism and the ability to transfer learning from the classroom and previous employment to the placement workplace.  During the placement term, students will be supported in applying theoretical knowledge in a practical context, analysing business problems and proposing solutions, and identifying and articulating transferable skills and knowledge developed during the placement.  Students will be expected to demonstrate improved understanding of their abilities and career goals, knowledge of the workplace organisation and professional awareness through reflective and reflexive learning.  Completing this module will meet the requirement for all  undergraduate students to undertake a compulsory work-related learning module at some stage of the course programme.

In addition passing the placement module provides students with an additional qualification from City and Guilds .

Delivery: Students will receive briefings prior to the placement and a post-placement debriefing. They will be supported by their placement supervisor who will provide guidance with assessment.

Prior learning requirements


Module aims

The module is  aims to enable Banking and Finance students to:

  • apply skills and to deepen knowledge and understanding of concepts learned in levels four and five
  • Develop effective job search abilities and consider future career options
  • Gain practical experience in a professional role relating to their subject discipline / career interest and build personal networks in that industry
  • Increase their employability via the development of commercial awareness; professional transferable competencies and technical knowledge through critical analysis and self-reflection on workplace experiences
  • Demonstrate and apply theoretical concepts in a practical, business context
  • Critically analyse organisational structures and functions, and gain understanding of current issues, practices and relevant legislation within a particular organisational context

It also aims to develop students’ skills, in particular:

  • Career management
  • Self assessment/reflection, including awareness of and management of emotions
  • Interpersonal skills, including. collaborating / working with others, cross cultural awareness, positive attitude, negotiation and persuasion
  • Enterprise skills, including taking initiative, creativity, leadership, completing tasks and projects, taking calculated risks
  • Self/Time management, including self-efficacy
  • Commercial Awareness, including vision, corporate social responsibility and governance
  • Researching, analysing Data, application of knowledge and Data presentation
  • Communicating/presenting – orally and in writing, including inter-cultural communication
  • Critical thinking, problem solving and decision making
  • Digital literacy and IT skills


The module will begin with a focus on preparing students for employment through to reflecting on their personal gains from the placement and planning their next steps.  Careers Consultants will contribute by providing careers guidance as required for those learners seeking suitable employment.

Syllabus topics

  • Job search strategies
  • Application approaches (CV, covering letter, application form, speculative applications)
  • Selection processes (Interviews (telephone, one-to-one, panel ), assessment centre activities (aptitude testing, group work, in-tray exercises))
  • Investigation into relevant labour markets and financial services and banking sector
  • Articulating abilities effectively
  • Effective workplace communication
  • Effective teamwork
  • Professionalism and work ethics
  • Health and Safety in the workplace
  • Transferring learning from studies and previous employment to the placement workplace
  • Critical self-reflection
  • Meeting the learning outcomes whilst on placement
  • Meeting the assessment requirements of the module
  • Report writing
  • Setting personal learning goals
  • Planning long and short term career and study goals
  • Support available during placement

Learning and teaching

The module workshops will be compulsory for BA Banking and Finance  students who have registered interest in finding a 12 month placement as required for the module.  

The series of placement preparation workshops  will run during the year prior to going on placement, supported by one-to-one guidance. 

Workshops will include weekly, self-reflective exercises to develop critical self-analysis and assess the level of learning on a regular formative basis.  Students will be assigned a personal placement officer who they will be required to meet with regularly throughout the pre-placement year to support their placement search .   Additional distance support will be offered through phone, e-mail and Google Mail ‘chat’.

Workshop materials and assessment guidance will be uploaded to WebLearn.  In addition suitable 12 month placement vacancies and vacancy web links will be sourced by the BusinessWorks team and advertised through The University’s virtual learning platform.  Learners who are undecided about their career choice will be referred to a Careers Consultants.

In the placement preparation year, students will be encouraged to attend placement / graduate fairs to interact with employers and source employment, undertake part-time work and co-curricular activities to enhance their CVs.

During the year placement term, each student will be assigned an academic placement tutor in addition to their placement officer and both will offer on-going support to the student.  The officer and tutor will contact the student at certain points throughout the year, for example to support them in writing their skills development plan and to arrange visits to their workplace.  The purpose of the visits is to discuss progress with both the student and the employer; ensure both parties understand the assessment requirements; deal with any problems and to forge on-going relationships between the business and LMBS.  For students on overseas placements, a visit will be replaced by telephone calls or video conferencing. 

In addition there will be post-placement de-briefing and reflection support, which although not formally assessed, will focus on identifying and articulating learning gained during the placement. Emphasis will be given to the relationship between theory and practice and the application of the placement experience to the final year of academic study. Students returning from placement will be encouraged to present their experiences to the following cohort of students who are seeking a placement.

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes are generic to be flexible to allow application to a variety of workplace contexts (in-line with the QAA Code of Practice for Work-Based and Placement Learning, 2007).  On successful completion of this module students should have demonstrated the following learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate understanding and successful application of career management tools and practices to secure an appropriate banking and/or finance placement.
  2. Demonstrate application of theoretical concepts in a banking and/or finance workplace context.
  3. Evaluate the contribution they have provided to the organisation and critically analyse any challenges encountered and how they resolved these.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the work environment, and the structure and function of the organisation, identifying areas for development and proposing possible strategies for implementation.
  5. Evaluate the activities that they have participated in and critically reflect on the professional/graduate skills and competencies they have developed. 
  6. Critically reflect upon how the placement experience relates to personal, career and academic development in banking and finance, and identify any future skill and knowledge development needs.

Assessment strategy

The assessment is in two parts:

1. Placement Report  - 80%  (7000 words) This will be in two sections

  • Critical Analysis of the organisation: a critical analysis and discussion of the organisation, in relation to the business environment with recommendations.  It should draw upon academic learning and business theory in order to critically evaluate the company’s operations, position in the market and the learner’s own performance (5,000 words).
  • Reflective Self-assessment: reflection on achievements and skills gained in line with the set Key Personal Skill Criteria).  Within the Reflective Self-Assessment, students are required to rate their achievement of particular skill sets and complete a Skills Development Plan and Learning Logs throughout the placement. (2,000 words excluding log and evidence sheets)

2. Employer Assessment Form - 20%
Employers will be asked to complete an assessment form, rating the student's performance in six  of the seven Key Personal Skill criteria of the City and Guilds Licentiateship.  These are 1. self management and development, 2. managing tasks, 3. communicating clearly and effectively, 4. work with and relating to others, 5. applying knowledge, 6. applying initiative in work problems. The ermployers are given guidance on  the assessment criteria to ensure fairness and consistency.


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Online careers information

London Metropolitan University

Other resources appropriate to the placement and determined by the Employer Supervisor and Subject Tutor.