Online course

Finance Fundamentals: Financial Services after the Banking Crisis


Explore the UK financial services landscape, how financial firms and products are regulated, and how consumers are protected.

Finance Fundamentals: Financial Services after the Banking Crisis

This course is part of the Business and Finance Fundamentals and Finance Fundamentals programs, which will enable you to master this subject in depth.

See what’s changed in the financial services industry in the last decade

The financial crisis of the late 2000s transformed the UK financial services industry. This online course takes stock and examines the industry today.

You will review the history of the industry leading up to the financial crisis; examine its institutions and the issues they now grapple with; walk down the financial supermarket aisles and see what’s changing with the products on offer; and find out how the industry is now regulated and protects consumers.

The Open University’s Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance created this course, with the generous support of True Potential LLP.

What topics will you cover?

  • The historical development of financial services in the UK
  • The 2007/08 financial crisis
  • The financial services industry after the financial crisis
  • The revisions to the regulation of the industry after the financial crisis
  • Financial products and new product offerings for consumers
  • The pensions revolution in the UK
  • How financial firms are regulated
  • How financial product sales are regulated
  • How consumers are protected and helped in the financial market place

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
    This course started 29 October 2018

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explore the origins and development of the UK financial services industry
  • Assess and examine the UK financial services industry and the issues it faces following the 2007/08 financial crisis
  • Evaluate and review the financial products available to consumers in the financial marketplace
  • Identify and understand how financial services firms and financial product sales are regulated
  • Explore the support, advice and guidance available to financial services consumers

Who is the course for?

For further information about registration, the final assessment course, your eligibility and the BA in Business Management, visit the Open University website.

What do people say about this course?

The twelve weeks of the program has at times been a real learning curve extending my fairly limited knowledge of finance to provide a useful understanding and platform for the future - my appreciation to all the team.

Michele Sidebotham

Who will you learn with?

Martin Upton

I am Director of the True Potential Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance (PUFin) at the OU Business School. Previously I was Treasurer of Nationwide Building Society.

Who developed the course?

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

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