Course Title LIBF Certificate (CeFS)/Diploma (DipFS) in Financial Studies (A Level)
Level: 3
Code MS065

Overview of the Course

If you are considering a career in banking or the financial services industry then this course is for you. You will adopt the role of financial advisor, analysing a person’s situation and suggesting financial products to suit their circumstances. This course will help you understand finances and the influences that they have on everyday life. This is a modern subject using up to the minute news and economic developments that have an ever increasing role within the jobs market and the economy. Financial Studies students are expected to be aware of the news and developments within financial services markets. This qualification is an AS/A Level equivalent awarded by the LIBF (The London Institute of Banking and Finance).

What are the career opportunities?

The financial and related services industry offers huge employment potential if you are interested in the sector. The sector is a key driver and contributes 12% to the UK economy; employing 2.2 million people and contributing £66bn in taxes and generating a trade surplus of £72bn. The course provides a step to a career within any department of a bank or financial services company (e.g. in personal and corporate banking, marketing, human resources and accounting). It also combines effectively with subjects like Accounting, Business Studies, and maths and would also provide an excellent basis if you might ultimately be interested in starting your own business.

What are the entry requirements?

To study three AS Levels or two AS Levels and one Applied Qualification then the entry requirements are six GCSEs at or above grade C/4 including three subjects or more at or above grade C/5.You will need to achieve GCSE maths at grade 9-4 (A*-C) and English at grade 9-5 (A*-C).

Should you wish to study four AS Levels the entry requirements are six GCSEs at or above grade C/4 including two subjects or more at or above grade C/5 and two subjects or more at or above B/6.

In addition to the above a minimum of 9 grade points are required from maths and English combined.

How long is the course and when can I start?

LIBF Certificate is for a duration of one year and the LIBF Diploma is for a total of two years. The course will start in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

The course consists of four units: two in year 1 and two in year 2. Each unit has paper A and paper B. Paper A is assessed through multiple choice questions and paper B is a case study based exam. You will be gaining knowledge around various products and services offered by the financial services industry. You will need to develop skills of analysis and evaluation. In order to be able to develop these skills you need to have a good level of written skills and numerical skills.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

During the course you will be able to investigate your own financial needs and plan for the future. Consequently you develop the skills to assess and research various financial products in relation to the financial needs of individuals and evaluate their suitability. As part of a full-time A Level programme, the course develops core skills of critical analysis and evaluation and written communication and it provides a foundation in business and finance-related disciplines as well as direct entry into employment in the financial services sector.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of your study programme and you will be supported to secure a five day work experience placement during term two. This will allow you to gain first hand exposure to the sector you wish to work in, start to develop key employability skills and most importantly confirm your career goals.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

You are invited to attend a Pathways to Accounting and Finance programme, a workshop that is tailored to provide you with inspirational guest speakers from industry and practice which are organised to support you in your studies.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

There are no additional costs or requirements for this course.


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