Financial Studies

IFS Level 3 certificate


Qualification Type

IFS Level 3 certificate

Additional Entry Requirements

GCSE Maths and English grade 4 or above.


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.
Where 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.

Course Overview

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

Year 2

Diploma in Financial Studies:

Unit 3: Sustainability of an Individual’s Finances
Unit 4: Sustainability and the Financial Services System


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


Business and financial sectors.