Ten students will be embarking on a life changing experience as they start on the new degree in BSc (Hons) International Financial Services at the Jersey International Business School University Centre this Wednesday [10 October].

In addition to being offered a place on the degree, students also had the opportunity to apply for paid part-time work placements with HSBC and RBS International and four out of the seven candidates who applied were delighted to accept offers. They will be commencing with their respective placements from mid-November.

The Business School’s collaboration with The University of Buckingham has led to the first two-year degree being offered on Island and awarded by a top ranked university (rated 16th out of 120 institutions in The Guardian’s 2013 league table). Buckingham was the first UK University to condense the academic content of a standard 3-year degree into a 2-year programme.

A degree of this structure, which allows students to start working and earning one year earlier,
has proved to have broad appeal in Jersey. The first intake, starting their induction this Wednesday, comprises of three female and seven male students of which six are school leavers, two are changing careers and two are mature students. With entry requirements set at 260 UCAS points the standard of the candidates is high.

Chris Elliott, Operations Director, comments,
“The degree is highly focussed and will intellectually stretch and challenge the students in ways they hadn’t expected. With additional endorsement from two world-renowned banks [HSBC and RBS International] this is a fantastic opportunity for taking that first crucial step towards a career in finance.”

The Induction week will be led by Emma Boustouler, who has recently been appointed Programme Director on the degree. As a senior lecturer at the Business School Emma has a broad range of teaching experience and will also be teaching on the degree in the first term.

Emma comments,
“Induction week is a valuable time for students to get to know each other and to start to understand the value of team work. In addition to having some fun, this will be a chance to meet the faculty, and be introduced to valuable information skills and the study support available”.

Applications are already being received for the 2013 intake and to find out more about the degree contact the Admissions Officer on 816333 or email info@jerseyibs.com