Finance - Certificate in Financial Studies (CEFS) Block A

Business, Administration and Law

Business, Administration and Law
Business, Administration and Law
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code M2
Qualification Type Course Provider Certificate
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The CEFS qualification is designed to help individuals understand finances and the influence that they have on everyday life. Essential topics such as debt, loans, credit cards and budgeting are covered to give individuals the confidence to make important financial decisions. The course is graded A*-E.

The Diploma in Financial Studies (DIPFS) carries on in the second year and is an A2 equivalent. The qualification is designed to help individuals make financial plans for the future; understand financial services from the provider’s perspective and enhance their financial capabilities. The course covers essential topics such as product mix, cash flow, product development, product positioning, factors influencing the marketplace, corporate success criteria, stakeholder’s perceptions and effects on the environment.

There are 2 units. Unit 1 is called Sustainability of an Individual’s Finances and unit 2 is called Sustainability of the Financial Services System. 


There are 2 units, unit 1 is called Financial Capability for the Immediate and Short Term and unit 2 is called Financial Capability for the Medium and Long Term.

How will it be delivered?

There is 1 written examination (65% of the mark) and 1 multiple choice examination (35% of the mark) in January on unit 1. There is also a written examination and multiple choice examination in May on unit 2 (same percentages). All 4 exams can be retaken if necessary (March/June). The total score is made up from all 4 examinations.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE or equivalent grades at 4 or above including Maths and English.

Your next steps...

This course gives full-time learners the opportunity to enter employment in the finance sector. It can also be taken as a degree at university should students want to study it further.