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Financial Services, CISI Diploma/Certificate (level 3) at Wrotham School

Course description

This course is an A/AS level equivalent and can be taken as a stand-alone vocational subject with a combination of other level 3 courses (including A levels) or as one of the vocational options for the IBCP (International Baccalaureate Career-related Pathway). 

Course content

The CISI is the Chartered Instittute for Securities and Investment and they have accredited this qualification.

This financial qualification consists of 4 units for the diploma and 2 for the certificate.

Unit 1 – Money, economies and uncertainty – Examination 1 hour 45 and 25% of diploma/50% of certificate

Unit 2 - Investment Decision Making, Accounting & Governance - Examination 1 hour 45 and 25% of diploma/50% of certificate

Unit 3 - Unit 3 Financial Products, Markets & Services 20% of Diploma 1 hour examination 50 marks 50 multiple choice questions delivered by Computer Based Testing Available all year round Externally assessed

Unit 4  - The Extended Project 30% of Diploma Coursework: 3,000 – 4,000 word report + 500 word Self-Evaluation 54 marks Project Submissions in May and resubmissions in December.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE English and grade 5 in mathematics.


External assessment (examination) 70% and Internal Assessment 30%

Future opportunities

The IBCP (International Baccalaureate Career-related Pathway) is globally recognised and accepted by universities around the world. Some competitive university courses ask for specific IB subjects to have been studied as part of the Baccalaureate programme of study. We recommend that you research current grade requirements for that subject on and filter for the International Baccalaureate. 

If you have an interest in studying finance, or if you would like to pursue this subject as a career or at university in the future, this qualification will give you in depth knowledge of some of the global systems and is highly respected by employers and universities. 

Further information

As with any level 3 qualification, there is an increased demand for students to work independently. Students, therefore, must expect to study outside of lesson time and will be expected to work for approximately five hours a week outside of lessons in order to complete the work to the required grades for most universities and higher apprenticeships.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 October 2017
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  • Start date: Next September