Finance - Financial Studies Certificate (single option) Level 3 (Option Block A)

Business, Administration and Law

Business, Administration and Law
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What will you be working towards?

Code FIN L3
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The Diploma in Financial Studies (DFS) has been designed to encourage individuals to be inspired to meet their lifetime 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.

The qualification will enable learners to make informed decisions regarding their finances.  It will help learners to become responsible borrowers and sensible savers, and to have an appreciation of the need for financial planning throughout their life.

The aim of this course is to provide opportunities for students to develop the necessary skills and competencies to move on to further study or employment.


DFS consists of four mandatory units:

Unit 1 – Financial Capability for the Immediate and Short Term

Unit 2 – Financial Capability for the Medium and Long Term

Unit 3 – Sustainability of an Individual’s Finances

Unit 4 – Sustainability of the Financial Services System

How will it be delivered?

The course is 100% exam based, made up of two exams for each unit:

Part One:  Multiple choice questions.

Part Two:  Written essay style questions

Entry requirements

Students will require a minimum of five A*-C/9-4 grades at GCSE, including English at grade 5 or above.

Your next steps...

Students can achieve up to 140 UCAS points for the DFS.

This qualification can provide a route to higher education and to a career in financial services.