Amplify. They offer a 5 day training course called City Prep, which they charge for. Based on a multi-screen trading desk in the centre of the City of London you will receive an introduction to the financial industry including sales and trading, to asset management and hedge fund trading. 

Credit Suisse

Credit Suisse is a global banking group. They offer a programme for A ‘level students called Steps to Success.

The Steps to Success Scholarship Programme is a three-year programme for outstanding A-Level students in the UK who are from an underprivileged or underrepresented background.

It consists of two, 4-week summer internships which will take place after year 13 and your first year at university.  If selected, you will have the opportunity to explore different businesses at Credit Suisse, including Investment Banking, Equities, Fixed Income, Information Technology, Operations and Finance. You’ll also receive scholarship funding for your tuition fees every year for the duration of your degree.   And, depending on your performance, you may also have an opportunity to participate in their 10-week summer internship program.

Eligibility Requirements:

Students are selected based on their academic excellence, leadership abilities and interest in the financial services industry.  You must have applied through UCAS for a place at university during the application process.

Specifically, you should:

  • Demonstrate leadership and teamwork skills
  • Have an AAA grade prediction (this will need to be verified by your Head teacher or Head of sixth form)
  • Have a record of high achievement outside of academia
  • Show an interest in the financial services industry

Your application must include a Curriculum vitae and a cover letter.

SANTANDERSantander offer 2 types of work experience:

  • 2 week placements throughout April, July and October ( they generally recruit between January and May) and
  • 6 week placement during July and August - this is paid and they generally recruit bweteen March and May





hsbc HSBC Bank run a 1 week structured programme for 14-18 year olds. It is aimed at providing an exposure to the financial services industry.  You'll experience what its like to work in retail, commercial, operational or head office areas. Applications open in January.

HSBC also take part in the Open Doors event which is an Annual event for Year 12 and Year 13 female students from state schools in and around London, studying any subjects, interested in exploring internship opportunities within the investment banking industry.



jpmorgan2JP Morgan
 The world’s largest investment Bank. They offer a number of work experience programmes:

  • Work experience for 1-2 weeks in Bournemouth - aimed at GCSE or A level students. Learn the inner workings of a financial services company in a practical setting while developing your own employability skills.
  • Aspiring Professional programme  - 2 weeks in London for first year A level students from low income backgrounds

The Work Experience in Bournemouth is a chance for you to meet many of the employees at J.P. Morgan in Bournemouth and find out what it's like to work at a global investment bank. You will take part in seminars, interactive presentations, case studies and group exercises.  Be inspired by their people and start to form invaluable networks for your future career. Bournemouth is a centre for technology and operational processing with global reach, supporting activity in more than 90 markets across more than 40 countries. They take 40 students per week - students currently studying towards your GCSE or A-Levels are eligible to apply - you do not need to be studying maths A Level to apply. When you apply you’ll be able to select whether you want to go for a 1 or 2 week placement. If you select 2 weeks then you will spend a week in 2 different departments. 

The Aspiring Professional Programme is based in London and is a year-long suport programme for high-achieving sixth-form students from low-income backgrounds across the UK with an interest in pursuing a career in banking/finance. The programme consists of skills development and university awareness workshops; mentoring and a two week work placement in one of the many lines of business in London. The programme is open to first year A-level students who meet the criteria set by the Social Mobility Foundation. 

Open Doors Interbank Event. Open Doors is an annual event for Year 12 and Year 13 female students from state schools in and around London, studying all subjects, interested in exploring internship opportunities within the investment banking industry.

With an interactive and informative mixture of presentations, panel discussions and networking, this is a great chance to meet and learn from business representatives who are already working at some of the world’s top banks. 

It’s a unique opportunity to discover what it’s really like to work in the City, ask any questions you might have, and explore how you can apply to future insight days and internships over the next few years before you finish your degree.

Participating firms include: Deutsche Bank, HSBC, J.P. Morgan and Nomura. 

All attendees should:
1. Be on track to leave school with 120+ UCAS points, from ANY subjects
2. Have a CV that outlines extra-curricular activities/achievements
3. Be open to exploring an internship within investment banking
4. Be enthusiastic about the prospect of attending the event

There are a wide range of careers on offer within the investment banks, therefore we welcome applications from all A‑Level subjects or future degree disciplines, so you don’t have to be studying traditional business or a finance-related subject to apply



Morgan StanleyMorgan Stanley. A global investment Bank. They run 2 Pre-Undergraduate work experience programmes in July, as well as sponsoring Open Doors (see above):

 “Step in step up” – this is aimed at female year 12/13 students. It is an introductory 3-day work experience programme, which comprises many elements, including case studies, panel sessions, a trading floor tour, interactive workshops and a work shadowing opportunity.

 “Mixed Schools Open day” – this is aimed at all year 12/13 students. It comprises an open day at Morgan Stanley London offices where you’ll get to learn about various divisions through interactive presentations and workshops. You will also get the opportunity to meet and network with industry professionals.

You will need to send a cover letter and CV to Morgan Stanley graduate recruitment quoting the name of the programme you are applying for. The deadline is normally the beginning of June. Also use this e-mail address to gain further information.


nomuraThe Nomura First Step Sixth Form programme. Aimed at talented, ambitious individuals in year 12 or 13 of school or Sixth Form College. The program will provide a unique opportunity to begin investigating a career in investment banking prior to starting university, and is ideal for aspiring bankers or those who simply wish to find out more. 

Program highlights:

  • Three days in length
  • Gain real life experience in a fast paced, high energy environment
  • Business presentations
  • Interactive skills sessions
  • Networking events
  • Group project work
  • Careers advice and guidance

The program runs from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm daily and breakfast, lunch and refreshments are provided. Students will be expected to organize their own travel and accommodation.


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