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Certificate in Financial Studies at St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy

Course description

The Certificate in Financial Studies (AS) and the Diploma in Financial Studies (A2) are part of a suite of qualifications accredited by the London Institute of Banking & Finance.

Course content

Certificate in Financial Studies (AS)

This qualification is made up of 2 units


  1. Financial Capability for the Intermediate and Short Term. This unit is made up of the following 12 topics
  • Purpose of Money
  • The personal life cycle
  • Payment methods
  • Everyday banking
  • Savings Products
  • Borrowing Products
  • Providers
  • Consumer Protection
  • Budgets and Forecasts
  • Dealing with unexpected events
  • Dealing with debt
  • Earnings


2. Financial Capability for the Medium and Long Term.

This unit is made up of the following 10 topics.

  • Needs, Wants, aspirations
  • Savings & Investment Products
  • Borrowing Products
  • Dealing with long term risks
  • Financial Planning
  • Financial Planning and Informed Choices
  • Dealing with unforeseen events
  • Ethics and sustainability
  • Sources of Information & Advice
  • Making an informed choice


Diploma in Financial Studies (A2)


3. Sustainability of an individuals Finances.

This unit is made up of 7 units.

  • Personal Financial Sustainability
  • How the state can help
  • The impact of external factors
  • Monitoring and adapting personal financial plans
  • Good debt, bad debt
  • The impact of global events and ethics
  • The impact of recent changes


4. Sustainability of the Financial Services System.

This unit is made up of 10 topics

  • The financial system
  • Competition in the financial services sector
  • Sustainability in the financial services industry
  • External influences on financial services providers and their products
  • The impact of change and uncertainty on financial products
  • Marketing materials and their effectiveness
  • Attracting, retaining and satisfying customers
  • Marketing materials and their effectiveness
  • Attracting, retaining and satisfying customers
  • Market segmentation and product development



Entry requirements

General Sixth Form entry requirement must be met. The Diploma course can only be attempted when the Certificate course has been passed at the student’s target grade.


Each unit is assessed through a 45 minute Multiple Choice exam and written exam lasting 1 hour 45 minutes. Students must pass Unit 1 to be allowed to sit Unit 2 exam. Unit 1 exam is in January every year and the Unit 2 exam is at the beginning of May.

Future opportunities

Financial studies is a very rewarding subject in itself as it prepares students for adult life. The subject can complement many courses including Business Studies, Maths, ICT etc… It is useful for students who want to study Business, Management, Accountancy, Finance or courses that involve working with individuals.

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: 30 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: 52 weeks