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IFS Certificate in Financial Studies at Ken Stimpson Community School

Course description

The Certificate in Financial Studies (CeFS) and Diploma in Financial Studies (DipFS) has been designed to encourage individuals to be inspired to meet their lifestyle aspirations. This will be achieved by teaching them to apply the appropriate solution(s) from the wide range available within the evolving financial services marketplace. Students who wish to learn how to make informed and confident decisions regarding their finances should consider the Certificate in Financial Studies. It will help students to become responsible borrowers, sensible savers and have an appreciation of the need for financial planning throughout their life. You will learn about managing your money, how it will impact on your life and the choices that you will have to make. Financial services products (such as credit cards, loans and mortgages) will be explained to you along with how they can help you meet your individual lifestyle needs.

Course content

The Certificate in Financial Studies is graded A*-E and can attract up to 70 UCAS tariff points. The Diploma in Financial Studies (which is the second year of the Financial Studies course) is graded A*-E and carries a UCAS tariff of up to 140 points which contribute towards university entry.

Certificate in Financial Studies

Unit 1 - Financial Capability for the Immediate and Short Term. A two-paper examination: Part A 35MCQs [45 mins] and Part B consisting of questions based on a pre-release case study requiring essay responses to 5 questions [1 hr 45 mins], Unit 2 - Financial Capability for the Medium and Long Term. A two-paper examination: Part A 35MCQs [45 mins] and Part B consisting of questions based on a pre-release case study requiring essay responses to 5 questions [1 hr 45 mins].

Diploma in Financial Studies

Unit 3 - Sustainability of an Individual's Finances. A two-paper examination: Part A 35MCQs [1 hour] and Part B consisting of questions based on a pre-release case study requiring essay responses to 5 questions [2 hours]

Unit 4 - Sustainability of the Financial Services System. A two-paper examination: Part A 35MCQs [1 hour] and Part B consisting of questions based on a pre-release case study requiring essay responses to 5 questions [2 hours]

Entry requirements

6 A*- C graded GCSEs, including English and Maths.

Assessment

Grading The overall qualification will be graded A*- E. To achieve a pass, students must achieve a pass of 40% in all four units. Units will be graded with pass / fail only. Resits Students are allowed one resit attempt for each component of a unit in accordance with the published qualification regulations.

Future opportunities

This qualification will clearly give you a head start to a career in the financial services industry. However rather than focusing on any particular career, this qualification is intended to teach you what you need to know about managing your money. If you are worried about becoming financially independent at university or when you start full-time work this could be the course for you

Further information

Level: IFS Certificate (A level equivalent) Duration: 1-2 Years Qualification: CeFS - ifs Level 3 Certificate in Financial Studies, DipFS - ifs Level 3 Diploma in Financial Studies Entry Requirements: 6 A*- C graded GCSEs, including English and Maths.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ken Stimpson Community School directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Sixth Form Administrator
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01733765950
    • Email address:
    • A.Billitt@kscs.org.uk

Venues

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    • Ken Stimpson Community School is a single site school which is endowed with superb facilities, some of which are shared with Werrington District Library and Werrington Sports & Recreation Centre. The school has access to sports facilities, multiple computer suites, drama studios, music classrooms and practice spaces, dance theatres and performance areas all of which would be less likely to be found in a more traditional school. In addition to our well equipped and resourced teaching blocks we also have a two-court, floodlit astroturf area and extensive playing fields.