The London Institute of Banking and Finance


The London Institute of Banking & Finance, is a registered educational charity incorporated by Royal Charter. Established in 1879 as the Institute of Bankers, The London Institute of Banking & Finance offers a number of qualifications from financial capability for 14-19 year olds, undergraduate, Masters, and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and executive education qualifications and programmes.

The organisation changed its name from Institute of Financial Services in 2006 and then from ifs University College in September 2016.

It was founded in 1879 as the Institute of Bankers.

It gained a Royal Charter in 1987 becoming the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

In 1993 it merged with the Chartered Building Societies Institute.

In 2001 the Institute of Financial Services became the first educational body in the sector to provide electronic assessment for its regulatory qualifications

In 2006 members agreed proposals for changes to the organisation’s corporate governance and structure. Changes to the Royal Charter were approved by the Privy Council and the organisation was renamed the ifs School of Finance.

In 2010 it was granted Taught Degree-Awarding Powers (TDAP) by the Privy Council. The ifs School of Finance was now able to award both undergraduate and taught postgraduate degrees in its own right without validation from a third-party university.

In 2013 the ifs School of Finance was granted University College title by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and became ifs University College.

In 2016 ifs University College changed its name to The London Institute of Banking & Finance.


The London Institute of Banking & Finance offers Financial Capability qualifications of the Qualifications and Credit Framework for 14 to 19 year olds, taught by schools and colleges around the UK. The London Institute of Banking & Finance also offers part-time and full-time undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at its campus in London.

The London Institute of Banking & Finance also offers a number of professional qualifications for those in the financial industry.

To have more information about their courses visit their website.


Entry criteria can be found on each course page, but if the student domestic high school qualifications do not meet their entry requirements, they recommend the student undertake a foundation programme with their preferred provider into London.


Their approach to study ensures that the student completes the course with a deep theoretical understanding and the practical knowledge needed to apply that theory in the workplace.

Their programme content reflects what employers tell them they are looking for from recent graduates.

The student can tailor the course to subjects of interest and their career aspirations.


Many of their lecturers have themselves worked in the financial services industry and this enables them to help the student understand how the theory relates to practice.

The students will hear from a variety of guest speakers, giving them unrivalled insight and understanding of the subjects under discussion.

They work in collaboration with companies such as Amplify Trading to ensure that all of their students interested in investment leave the University with direct knowledge of the complex systems that other graduates won’t have been exposed to.


Their Careers and Employability team work in collaboration with leading recruiters from the financial services sector.

They provide support across a range of services including finding an internship or graduate position.

Services include CV writing workshops, mock interviews, on-campus employer events, and career development workshops.

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