Financial Studies

Were students are encouraged to become responsible borrowers, sensible savers, and have an appreciation of the need for financial planning throughout their life.   A comprehensive introduction to personal finance. 

The financially-related content from studying this course serves as a strong grounding for undergraduate study within finance and business-related disciplines, with many students going on to study accounting, business, finance and banking.  The skills developed and enhanced during the course provide valuable study skills appropriate for these disciplines and others, and students have pursued a wide range of other undergraduate courses following this qualification.

Course Overview
Year 1

Year 1 Certificate in Financial Studies:

Unit 1: Financial Capability for the Immediate and Short Term

Unit 2: Financial Capability for the Medium and Long Term

Assessment:  For each unit the assessment is an external exam: 45minute multiple-choice questions. 1 hour 45 minute pre-release case study requiring essay responses to five questions, spelling, punctuation and grammar to be marked through the essay responses.

Year 2

Year 2 Diploma in Financial Studies:

Unit 3: Sustainability of an Individual’s Finances

Unit 4: Sustainability and the Financial Services System

Assessment: For each unit the assessment is an external exam: 1 hour multiple-choice questions. 2 hour pre-release case study requiring essay responses to five questions, spelling, punctuation and grammar to be marked through the essay responses.

Progression

BSc (Hons): Banking Practice and Management; Finance and Accounting for Financial Services; Finance, investment and Risk; Business, Enterprise and Finance; Politics, Finance and Economics

Careers

Business and financial sectors.

Never spend your money before you have it.

Thomas Jefferson

Key Facts

Qualification type:

IFA Level 3 certificate

Additional entry requirements:

GCSE Maths and English grade C or above.

Assessment:

Both units are assessed through an external exam.

Opportunities for work-related activities:

Visit to banks and other financial institutions. Understanding how the economy, banks and the financial sector affect jobs, interest rates and inflation.

 

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