Professional Certificate in Banking

Provided by London School of Business & Finance


Awarded by LSBF

Course introduction


The Professional Certificate in Banking (PCertB®) is specifically designed for those starting out in a management career in financial services, particularly in retail and commercial banking.  It provides essential core knowledge of the industry, the external environment in which it operates and the interaction between the two.  The PCertB is a widely recognized and valued qualification in its own right, and forms the first stage of the BSc (Hons) degree I Banking Practice and Management.

Curriculum Overview

Programme Structure

The Professional Certificate in Banking has the aims to enable students to:

  • Gain a through grounding in the workings of the sector both from an organisational point of view and in respect of financial markets.
  • Appreciate the essential concepts of risk that underpin financial decision making at every level.
  • Provide assurance to industry employers that the knowledge developed is based on comprehensive understanding of the fundamental principles on which the industry is built.
  • Gain the ability to develop general financial services knowledge.
  • Provide current, applied learning opportunities for UK and international students who are either new to the financial services and banking sectors or are seeking continuing professional development opportunities.

Area of Studies

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

  • Develop relevant specialist knowledge (including an awareness of the range of financial services institutions, their functions and how the interrelate) and the ability to evaluate and apply this to specific areas of banking and wider financial services activities.
  • Develop an awareness and understanding of the ways in which regulation and legislation impact on and are relevant to organisations within the banking and financial services sector.
  • Develop an understanding of the measures commonly employed by organisations to monitor performance in their core business sectors.
  • Provide an awareness of the need for, and the value of, effective customer service.
  • Enable students to set and prioritise objectives and prepare, implement and monitor plans for the achievement of organisational objectives in the light of available and required resources.
  • Develop a more in-depth knowledge in banking to serve more competently in practical banking positions.

Entry Requirements

Minimum Age

At least 18 years old

Minimum Academic Entry Requirement

  • Any 3 ‘A’ level subjects with Grades B, C and C or the International Baccalaureate (28 points) or equivalent High School/Year 12 qualification OR
  • Polytechnic Diploma in a non-relevant field, OR
  • Students with 2 ‘A’ level subjects may enter via the ACCA 'Fundamental papers F1-F6 (or part thereof), students may be eligible for entry/exemption
  • Applicants must hold GCSE Mathematics at minimum grade C (or equivalent) and English Language at minimum grade C (or equivalent) or an IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 (or equivalent English language qualifications).
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 Certificate in Banking (PCertB)
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 be required to successfully complete the Financial Markets and Risk module as Continued Professional Development, prior to being accepted into the programme.

Duration & Intake

Programme Duration

Teaching may include the following:

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

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

Fees & Funding

Please enquire below for course fees and financial grants: