Financial Studies

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Reasons to study this course

  • The awarding body is the London Institute of Banking and Finance.
  • You are interested in a career in Business or the Banking and Finance sector.
  • It will encourage you to become a sensible saver and understand financial planning.

What you will need to study this course

  • ability to use and interpret data with confidence
  • ability to analyse extended case studies and produce essay answers
  • willingness and ability to work independently
  • GCSE English and Maths minimum grade

What you will study

Year 1 (Certificate) – Financial Capability for the Immediate and Short Term, Financial Capability for the Medium and Long Term.

Year 2 (Diploma) – Sustainability of Individual Finances, Sustainability of the Financial Services System.

How you will be assessed

Each unit is assessed through a combination of multiple choice questions (Part A) and a written paper (Part B)

Priestley Extra

The Student Investor Challenge gives you the chance to be a stockbroker in a fast paced and competitive market. The Young Financial Journalist competition centres on producing a 1,000-word article on a current affairs question and is judged by leading financial journalists. The City of London visit focuses on a presentation at the London Institute of Banking and Finance, a visit to the Bank of England and a walking tour of the financial district.


Financial Studies gives you a good understanding about careers in financial services such as financial advisors, bankers and debt advisors. Many of these careers offer very comprehensive training pathways and careers for students. There are university courses in financial studies that offer a direct pathway of continued study in this field.

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