This London Institute of Banking and Finance qualification has been developed with the input of leading firms from across the financial sector to ensure it gives you the essential and most up to date knowledge. You will look at a range of topics such as short term to long term financial needs and investigating the personal financial life cycle recommending suitable financial products to meet individual needs.
You will learn about the impact of the Economy and the Bank of England on personal finances in both the short and long term considering changes in interest rates and inflation and how they influence financial decisions. Studying the course you will learn about financial regulation covering savings, investments, insurance and borrowing and apply this in real life context scenarios. You will consider the ethical and sustainability issues in the financial services industry and be able to apply your learning to case studies providing financial planning advice. You will learn about the UK taxation system and how it impacts on savings, insurance and income. You will also produce personal budgets and cash flows and make recommendations on how to solve liquidity problems.
This course offers visits and trips with external local and international businesses. Trips to employers such as Virgin Money and Yorkshire Bank allow students to see how the world of banking in branch actually works and compare the two very different business models. A residential trip to London is offered where you get to tour the Financial District in London and learn how the stock exchange started and then visit The Bank of England and learn the history of money and the impact the Bank of England has on the UK economy. Learners have also developed their cultural awareness of London visiting the Shard and taking in the views of the capital.
A number of specifications will be changing and prospectus entries are based on information we have to date. This means that course content may be subject to change.
4 GCSEs at grade 4-9 (A*-C) including English + Maths
You can advance onto university courses in accounting, finance or a related subject. Alternatively, the transferable skills gained throughout the course can make you very employable in a number of different business areas.