The Banking Oxford Study Programme for 19-25 year olds offers contemporary research and professional advice to students seeking to gain a foothold in this demanding and rewarding career choice.

Start dates: Programme currently unavailable. Please go to our homepage for alternative courses. Location: Yarnton Manor, Oxford Duration: 1 term (10-12 weeks)
Price: £12,995 This course is ideal for: 19s – 25s English requirement: IELTS 5.5 (it is not compulsory to have taken an English test)


Banking is an exciting and lucrative career, but a demanding and competitive one. Not for nothing has it earned a reputation for ruthlessness, and you will need to start applying that steely determination to succeed before your career even gets going. Taking the Banking Oxford Study Programme is an excellent way of doing that. This intensive course is designed to help you improve your own employability and give yourself the best possible chance of a successful start to your career in banking, exploring the key skills required for joining a bank as a graduate and helping you gain an appreciation of what it takes to succeed in this challenging sector.

Course Content

The Banking course concentrates on analysing the ‘key competencies’ that banks look for in graduates seeking a banking career, and teaches you ways in which you can demonstrate these qualities through your CV and job application. Such competencies might include entrepreneurial skills, the ability to perform well under pressure, to demonstrate a “global outlook” and to show personality traits such as intellect and natural leadership. You will consider the differing skills required for different jobs within the banking sector and you’ll also cover the recruitment process (which often involves tools such as online tests and assessment days) and get some practise at sample interview questions to prepare you for what you might be asked in the real thing.

In the first few weeks of the course, the focus is on learning in small study groups with a tutor called Oxbridge-style tutorials. Later in the course, you will have more time to study independently and you will complete a substantial piece of work, choosing between a project – such as a Mergers and Acquisitions case study – or a thesis on a finance-related topic that’s of interest to you, such as trends in lending or the financial crisis and its causes. This piece of work in particular is an excellent way of demonstrating a strong interest in finance and the markets to potential employers.

Course Content

On the Banking Oxford Study Programme, you’ll analyse and develop the skills you need for a successful job application for a banking career. Sample topics you will study include:

  • Careers and Job Roles in Banking
  • Investment Banking
  • Becoming a Stockbroker
  • Becoming a Financial Analyst
  • The Banking Recruitment Process

Example Trip

In addition to classroom-based study, you will have the chance to get out ‘into the field’. You will visit the Bank of England, where you will learn about the day-to-day work of bankers and gain insights into the banking environment. This could also be a valuable opportunity to make a few contacts in the banking sector, which may prove indispensable when you come to apply for internships and jobs.

Why take the Banking Oxford Study Programme

This Banking course will enable you to stand out from the competition when applying for jobs in the competitive banking sector. You will receive expert careers guidance throughout the course, enabling you to build your CV and take concrete steps towards achieving your goals and making a strong start to your banking career. Your attendance on the course is also a great way to demonstrate your commitment to banking when it comes to job applications and interviews, in which it’s essential to demonstrate your enthusiasm for finance.