Financial Studies (Cefs)

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. 

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


Year 2

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.

Never spend your money before you have it.

Thomas Jefferson

Key Facts

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.



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