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Financial Studies Level 3 Certificate at Holy Cross Sixth Form College

Course description

This exciting course gives those students wishing to pursue a career in the financial services an opportunity to learn more about industry from a younger age. It is run in conjunction with the Institute of Financial Services and students will study towards the Certificate in Financial Studies (CeFS) in their first year and the Diploma in Financial Studies (DipFS) in the second. The certificate is equivalent to an AS and the diploma an A2. The course has been designed to encourage students to be inspired to meet their lifestyle aspirations. The course will enable students to make informed decisions regarding their finances by learning what services and products are available within the financial services sector. It will also help students to become responsible borrowers, sensible savers and have an appreciation of the need for financial planning throughout their lives.

Course content

There are four different units that you will study during the course.


Certificate in Financial Studies:

  • Unit 1 - Financial Capability for the Immediate and Short Term
  • Unit 2 - Financial Capability for the Medium and Long Term

Diploma in Financial Services

  • Unit 3 - Sustainability of an Individual’s Finance
  • Unit 4 - Sustainability of the Financial Service System.

Entry requirements

General college entry requirements. In addition, you will need at least GCSE grade C in Maths and English.

Future opportunities

The Financial Studies course prepares students for both a career in financial services and the opportunity to pursue the subject at university. Companies are looking for employees who have a real insight into what is happening within the financial service industry, and this understanding can be gained from the completion of this course. Students may decide to continue studying with the IFS as they run full-time undergraduate degree programmes at various locations in the UK, for example, Manchester, London, Leeds and Birmingham. Degree programmes that can be studied with the IFS include BSc (Hons) in Banking Practice and Management, BSc (Hons) in Finance and Accounting for Financial Services and BSc (Hons) in Finance, Investment and Risk. As UCAS points can be earned through studying the CeFS and DipFS students also have the option to study finance courses run by universities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Cross Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2015

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