The London Institute of Banking & Finance

Certificate in Financial Studies

Students taking the Certificate in Financial Studies should have an interest in the personal finance and banking environment. It will be of benefit to those who are concerned about personal debt, the economy, savings and investments, pensions, mortgages and a whole host of other financial matters.  


Up to 28 UCAS points available with an A* grade.

The course will give students the knowledge to help answer the following questions:

  • How do I choose the best bank account?

  • Should I get a credit card and if so which one?

  • How do I pay for my first car?  

  • Should I borrow money from Wonga?

  • Can I manage financially if I leave home? What expenditure is involved?

  • Can I ever afford a house - how do I choose the right mortgage?  

  • Should I worry about inflation and interest rates?  

  • Is uni and a student loan worth it?

  • How do I deal with debt?

  • How can I manage my money at university? 

  • Do I need to bother about a pension?

  • What sorts of pensions are there?

  • What are the consequences of bad debt and how will it impact on me?

Courses Offered

Level 3 Certificate in Financial Studies

Syllabus Breakdown

Unit 1 Financial Capability for the Immediate and Short Term.
Unit 2 Financial Capability for the Medium and Long Term.

Both units are examined by multiple choice questions and a pre-release case study.

The course is knowledge based rather than based on higher level skills such as analysis and evaluation.

All papers can be retaken once for free with the best mark going through.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Students need to meet our general Sixth Form entry requirements of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above. 


Why Study Vocational Courses? 

The Level 3 Certificate in Financial Studies has been designed as a vocational qualification to provide knowledge and understanding of banking, insurance, investment and finance. 

The course of study prescribed by this specification can reasonably be undertaken by students entering this vocational area for the first time. 

Progression will provide a suitable basis for further study in related subjects in Higher Education as well as a valuable preparation for their own lives in the future.

Wider Opportunities

It could lead to further or higher education at the London Institute of Banking and Finance. 

It is an ideal qualification for those students who may want to work in Finance and Banking, but who also those who want to manage their own personal finances better. 

What Our Students Say:

‘It teaches you loads of useful skills to help you make the right choices in the future.”

“I am already managing my money better and have set up an ISA.”

“I found IFS extremely useful. Herts Uni is points based & IFS was necessary to boost my UCAS points total. It involves 'real world applications ‘. Previously I did not know about different financial products like pensions, savings and mortgages which is information people will need at some stage in their life but will probably never be taught unless they do a course like the IFS.” 

“I’ve given my mum advice on which bank to switch to”


What Can I Do Next?

Higher education courses are available at the London Institute of Banking & Finance.

Degree level programmes include: 
BSc (Hons) in Banking Practice & Management
BSc (Hons) in Finance, Investment and Risk

The course will help with gaining apprenticeships or working for banks, building societies, insurance companies and financial advisors.

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