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Financial Services

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Overview

Money is the raw material of the financial system. Money has no value in itself but is thought to be valuable because it represents real goods and services and because it allows people to make transactions, save, borrow and express value.

A market is any place or situation where buyers and sellers come together. Financial intermediaries come together in financial markets and buy and sell a wide range of financial assets or securities. Each market concentrates on a particular type of financial asset.

The course has been designed for someone without any prior knowledge of the financial sector and it will allow the student to study the course at their own pace in their own home.

On completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Distinguish and understand the key functions of a financial system
  • Identify, retrieve and analyse major sources of financial information
  • Prepare a report on recent developments in a selected area of the financial system
  • Organise and make a public presentation of the draft contents of the report and prepare a final report incorporating the outcomes

Modules

Lesson 1

  • Money and Liquidity
  • Financial Intermediation
  • The Customers of Financial Services
  • Financial Products

Lesson 2

  • Financial Intermediaries – General
  • Financial Intermediaries – Types of Institutions Trends
  • Supervisory and Regulatory Financial Organisations

Lesson 3

  • Financial Markets
  • Financial Instruments

Lesson 4

  • Stocks and Flows
  • Measuring Financial Activity
    Some Financial & Economic Measurements
  • Inflation
  • The Real Economy
  • The Economic Importance of the Financial System

Requirements

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Certification

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

Level 3 Financial Services Certificate of Achievement

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that learndirect has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by learndirect to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

To view a sample of the ABC Certificate of Achievement, please click here.

Hear from our past Students

Money is the raw material of the financial system. Money has no value in itself but is thought to be valuable because it represents real goods and services and because it allows people to make transactions, save, borrow and express value.

A market is any place or situation where buyers and sellers come together. Financial intermediaries come together in financial markets and buy and sell a wide range of financial assets or securities. Each market concentrates on a particular type of financial asset.

The course has been designed for someone without any prior knowledge of the financial sector and it will allow the student to study the course at their own pace in their own home.

On completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Distinguish and understand the key functions of a financial system
  • Identify, retrieve and analyse major sources of financial information
  • Prepare a report on recent developments in a selected area of the financial system
  • Organise and make a public presentation of the draft contents of the report and prepare a final report incorporating the outcomes

Modules

Lesson 1

  • Money and Liquidity
  • Financial Intermediation
  • The Customers of Financial Services
  • Financial Products

Lesson 2

  • Financial Intermediaries – General
  • Financial Intermediaries – Types of Institutions Trends
  • Supervisory and Regulatory Financial Organisations

Lesson 3

  • Financial Markets
  • Financial Instruments

Lesson 4

  • Stocks and Flows
  • Measuring Financial Activity
    Some Financial & Economic Measurements
  • Inflation
  • The Real Economy
  • The Economic Importance of the Financial System

Requirements

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Certification

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

Level 3 Financial Services Certificate of Achievement

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that learndirect has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by learndirect to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

To view a sample of the ABC Certificate of Achievement, please click here.

Hear from our past Students

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