Certificate in Financial Studies

CeFS & DipFS

Course Summary:

If you are interested in understanding how to manage money effectively and the range of financial services on offer globally, which to use and which to avoid, then Financial Studies offers the chance to get a clearer picture. The Financial Studies qualification(equivalent to 1 A Level) is designed to provide you with a challenging qualification covering the core disciplines of financial capability, including financial management in the short, medium and long term. You will study the impact of external factors and the global economy on the management of finance when you study the sustainability of the Financial Services System, so a keen interest in financial news and current affairs is essential.

Higher Education Destinations:

  • Manchester Metropolitan University – Economics
  • Manchester Metropolitan University – Banking and Finance
  • Manchester Metropolitan University – International Business Management
  • The University of Huddersfield – Accounting and Finance
  • ifs University College- Banking Practice and Management
  • The University of Salford – Business and Financial Management

Career destinations:

Studying Financial Studies will help students appreciate the need for financial planning, as well as developing evaluation skills, and verbal and written communication skills. This course suits careers in Financial Services, Insurance and Banking as well as supporting careers with a need to become comfortable with financial management.

Entry Requirements:

A minimum Grade 4 in English and Mathematics is desirable alongside an interest in current affairs.

Assessment Method:

Certificate in Financial Studies (CeFS) 100% Exam

Diploma in Financial Studies (Dip FS) 100% Exam

Student Case Studies:

Bethany Gilbert

Bethany Gilbert

“I enjoy Financial Studies because it’s so different from any other subject you would usually study – it’s very relevant to life and will help you in everyday situations. It also makes you aware of the different types of risk which you could get into when you’re older and how to deal with this. It applies to both academic life and also your social life. When I leave College I’m hoping to find a job in the financial industry so this subject has been perfect for me”

Mohammed Islam

Mohammed Islam

“The skills developed in Financial Studies can be useful in different ways. Finance has improved my personal financial management skills and has enabled me to use these skills to help friends and family financially, which shows College can help you progress in life outside education too. When I leave College I’m hoping to go on to study Finance, Risk and Investment in the IfS School of Finance and then progress on to a career in Investment Banking”

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