Financial Studies Diploma London Institute of Banking & Finance Level 3

Business, Administration and Law

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What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type Other Regulated/Accredited Qualification
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The Certificate in Financial Studies (CeFS), which is completed in the first year of this two-year course is designed to encourage students to become responsible borrowers, sensible savers and to appreciate the need for financial planning throughout their life. Its purpose is to prepare students for further study through the development of the core skills of critical analysis and evaluation, synthesis, verbal communication (through classroom discussion) and written communication.
The Diploma in Financial Studies (DipFS)has been designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop and enhance the knowledge and skills gained by achieving the Certificate in Financial Studies (CeFS) in Year 12, by applying them to the wider financial environment.
The DipFS builds on the skills and knowledge acquired through successful completion of the Certificate in Financial Studies and extends this to include areas such as financial sustainability within the wider financial services system, and the long-term impact of debt. 


The transferable skills developed are also valuable for further study in unrelated disciplines and the financial capability content and skills support students in making informed decisions about the value of personal, employment and study options and budgeting whilst studying.

Possible visit to The London Institute of Banking and Finance University in London. We encourage all of our students to undertake work experience within the financial sector. 

How will it be delivered?

• Year 12

Unit 1 (Terms 1 - 3) - Financial Capability for the Immediate and Short Term. Unit 1 introduces students to the financial services industry by focusing on the interaction between money, personal finance and the financial  services market place.  

Unit 2 (Terms 3 - 6) - Financial Capability for the Medium and Long Term. Unit 2 requires students to plan and demonstrate an ability to manage their financial needs in the medium and long term. 

• Year 13

Unit 3 (Terms 1 - 3) – Sustainability of an Individual’s Finances. Unit 3 focuses on planning personal finances in a way that is flexible and sustainable. It covers how to develop, monitor and adapt a personal financial plan and explores how external factors affect personal finances.  

Unit 4 (Terms 3 - 6) - Sustainability of the Financial Services System. Unit 4 examines providers: how they are affected by changes in the external environment and how they develop, market and deliver sustainable financial services.  

Students are externally assessed by the London Institute of Banking and Finance at the end of each unit by way of a multiple-choice test and an exam that requires students to provide a series of short answers based on a pre-released case  


Entry requirements

2 Year Course - Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9-4, including Maths and English (Minimum Grade 4) 

Your next steps...

This qualification will allow you to move onto university or directly into employment or an apprenticeship.