Aberdeen Business School

Business Management: Financial Services

Graduate Apprenticeship in BA (Hons)

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BA (Hons) Business Management : Financial Services
Graduate Apprenticeships are an innovative route to degree qualification blending academic study with work-based learning which is supported by the student’s employer. This Business Management: Financial Services course provides opportunities to develop students and in-class through online study of relevant theory with immediate application of practice through work-based learning activities.

It provides the necessary underpinning in core business and financial knowledge, skills and competencies, contextualised within the sector, as well as developing an appreciation of future business issues facing individuals and organisations, allowing students to contribute positively to their employing organisation in a range of ways bringing their studies to life. 

Please note, we are not currently recruiting further students to this course.

This course has one study option
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • Blended
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
Course Length
4 years

Students are employed in full-time work throughout their course of studies and combine course learning with work-based learning, modules are undertaken sequentially rather than in parallel.

Year 1
Developing knowledge and academic skills to identify and understand the business environment in which organisations operate, purposes, structures, functions, governance, law, core values and ethics, introduction to financial and management, accounting fundamentals of finance, key sources of finance, basic financial concepts and application to business scenarios.
Year 2
Widening appreciation and analysis skills to determine the scope of management operations, business development, marketing and sales, principles of taxation, tax planning and investment advice, project management within organisations, risk and compliance application to practical business situations.
Year 3
Increasing abilities to critically analyse: structure of the UK financial services industry and role in society, contemporary issues within the financial services sector, impact of monetary policy, principles and outcomes of regulation within the financial services industry, digital business and data analysis, principles of cybersecurity and management of IT systems.
Year 4
Undertaking extended research and study into a specialist area of management/financial services in a work-based and business related topic, impact of external environmental forces on contemporary strategic thinking, strategic decision-making in specific organisational settings, clients’ financial status and objectives, risk profiles, scenario and financial planning.

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Our Graduate Apprenticeship courses are designed to meet the national frameworks developed by Skills Development Scotland, the subject frameworks of the QAA and the skill and knowledge areas identified as crucial by industry.

To be eligible for this course students must be recruited/employed by a partner employer of the university.

Activity summary
This course is delivered through supported online study using our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), CampusMoodle. CampusMoodle offers the flexibility of where and when students choose to study and gives them full open access to tutors and other class members. Students will have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity of participating in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. The online campus provides course materials which include:
  • Online activities
  • Discussion forums - student and tutor led
  • Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
  • User friendly material

There will be on-campus workshops scheduled during your course of study providing the opportunity to grow your professional network, share insights and experiences and engage with staff in the campus setting.

  • Webinars: 20 (may increase to 40) students per group for 2 hours per week over 9 weeks 
  • Tutorial: online activities for 2 hours per week per module
  • Project supervision: As agreed between student and supervisor
  • Practical class or workshop: 20 (may increase to 40) students for 1 full day once per module
  • Independent study: 3 hours online or reading per week per module
  • Ongoing work based learning with Workplace mentor

ODL delivery using VLE for Blackboard Collaborative sessions for a minimum of 2 hours per week along with additional enhancement materials.

Modules are 10 weeks in length running sequentially for 40 weeks (4 x modules per year) and do not adhere to the traditional semester calendar.

Independent Study

Most independent study will be done with the employer in the workplace, however students have full access to library, labs, and support services.

Academic staff who teach on this course have worked in a range of professional backgrounds, are ‘business-connected’ and use professional networks and their academic research to ensure teaching is professionally relevant and cutting edge.

Our staff have either achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards this. This is a professional recognition of lecturer practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning. In addition, many have featured in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.

Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • 2 x 2 hours written exam 
  • 3 x coursework
  • 1 portfolio

Year 2

  • 1 x 2 hours written exam 
  • 3 x coursework
  • 1 portfolio

Year 3

  • 2 x 2 hours written exam 
  • 3 x coursework
  • 1 portfolio

Year 4

  • 1 x 2 hours written exam 
  • 2 x coursework
  • 1 dissertation

As well as the summative assessment students will undertake a range of formative work based learning activities which will be contextualised within their own workplaces.


We aim to provide feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.


The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.


All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether  learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. Students are provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with class members and tutors for discussion and support.


The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:
  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support


Library Support
The Library offers support for the course, including the books, eBooks, and journals the student will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library

Students will be in full-time employment throughout the duration of the course, therefore extensive use is made of work-based learning.
Job Prospects

A Graduate Apprenticeship synchronises theoretical learning with practical experience.

With each course tailored to the company, the Graduate Apprenticeship programme offers benefits to both the employee and the employer, meeting the long term development needs of both business and student. CAREERS

Employment: All applicants must be employed full-time in a role related to the course of study, must have the right to live and work in Scotland and be working in Scotland. The employer must commit to providing a suitable workplace environment and to offering guidance and mentoring support to the apprentice. In addition, the company must be willing to partner with the university via a Collaboration Agreement to create a setting in which the student will be able to achieve the required experience and learning outcomes.

SQA Higher:  BBBC

Alternative Qualifications

We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications or work experience which equip them with an equivalent starting point for the course. For those applicants who do not meet our Standard Course Entry Requirements, applications may be considered from those who possess one years’ relevant work experience and where the applicant has demonstrated the development of key skills evidenced through a detailed CV. Applications from students with non- standard qualifications (including Foundation Apprenticeships, Modern Apprenticeships, SVQs/NVQs and access programmes) or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Advanced Entry
Applicants who are interested in applying for advanced (or flexible) entry will be considered on an individual basis. Attention is drawn to the university's process for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Tuition fees are covered by Skills Development Scotland.

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Graduate Apprenticeship courses include an on-campus induction, together with one on-campus day per module, therefore employers supporting Graduate Apprenticeship students need to plan for this time away from the workplace together with any associated travel and accommodation costs.

Other Fees and Charges 

Student Funding

A number of fully-funded places are available for this course.


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Graduate Apprenticeship team and they'll do their best to help.

Graduate Apprenticeship students will have full RGU University student status and may make use of the University’s excellent physical facilities when they wish. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources. 

University Wide Facilities


Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Graduate Apprenticeship team and they'll do their best to help.

Have an employee who would like to take this course? Contact the Graduate Apprenticeship team for further information.

Are you an individual who is not currently employed, but you're still interested in this Graduate Apprenticeship?

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