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Finance

Subject Leader: Miss N dela Fuente
 

Key Stage 5

Certificate in Financial Studies

Exam Board: LIBF
Level: 3

Course Overview

The course consists of two units, Unit 1 is Financial Capability for the Immediate and Short Term, Unit 2 is Financial Capability for the Medium and Long Term. The course develops the knowledge and skills required for young people to make informed financial decisions by introducing them to the risks and challenges involved in personal finance and the tools for effective planning. Pupils become aware of the need for creating financial inclusion, they explore social-economic trends and their relationship with an individual's circumstances and attitudes.

Assessment: 100% examination. A multiple choice and written examination paper for each unit.

Course Content

Term 1: (Unit 1 Topics)

  • The Purpose of Money
  • The Personal Lifestyle
  • Payment Methods
  • Everyday Banking
  • Savings Products
  • Borrowing Products
  • Providers
  • Consumer Protection
  • Budgets and Forecasts

Term 2: (Unit 1 Topics)

  • Dealing with Unexpected Events
  • Dealing with Debt
  • Earnings
  • Written examination practice
  • Case study analysis
  • Revision

Term 3: (Unit 2 Topics)

  • Part A and Part B examination
  • Needs, Wants and Aspirations
  • Savings and Investment Products
  • Borrowing Products
  • Dealing with Long-Term Risks
  • Financial Planning and Informed Choices

Term 4: (Unit 2 Topics)

  • Financial Planning and Informed Choices
  • Dealing with Unforseen Events
  • Ethics and Sustainability
  • Sources of Information and Advice
  • Making an Informed Choice 
  • Revision in preparation for resits

Term 5: (Unit 1 Topics)

  • Revision in preparation for resits
  • Part A resit examination
  • Case study analysis
  • Part B resit examination

Term 6: (Unit 2 Topics)

  • Revision in preparation for resits
  • Resit case study analysis
  • Resit examination Part A
  • Resit examination Part B

 

Diploma in Financial Studies

Exam Board: LIBF
Level: 3

Course Overview

DipFS builds on the skills and knowledge acquired through successful completion of the Certificate in Financial Studies and extends this to include areas such as financial sustainability within the wider financial services system, and the long-term impact of debt. Within DipFS course pupils explore the political, economic, social, technological, ethical and legal impacts of personal finance in the short, medium and longer terms. They consider the impact that global events can have upon consumers and how the wider financial services industry is developed.

Assessment: 100% examination. A multiple choice and written examination paper for each unit.
 

Course content

Term 1: (Unit 3 Topics)

  • Personal and Financial Sustainability
  • The Impact of External Factors
  • How the State Can Help
  • Monitoring and Adapting Personal Finance Plans
  • Good Debt, Bad Debt
  • The Impact of Global Events and Ethics
  • The Impact of Recent Changes

Term 2: (Unit 3 Topics)

  • Revision
  • Past paper written examination practice
  • Case study analysis

Term 3: (Unit 4 Topics)

  • Part A and Part B examination
  • The Financial System
  • Competition in the Financial Services Sector
  • Sustainability in the Financial Services Sector
  • External Influences on Financial Service Providers and their Products
  • Marketing Materials and their Effectiveness
  • Attracting, Retaining and Satisfying Customers

Term 4: (Unit 4 Topics)

  • The Impact of the Media on Sustainability of the Financial Services Industry
  • The Impact of Changes and Uncertainty on Financial Products
  • Market Segment and Product Development
  • Resit revision
  • Part A resit examination
  • Case study analysis
  • Part B resit examination

Term 5: (Unit 4 Topics)

  • Case Study Analysis
  • Part A examination
  • Part B examination

Term 6: (Unit 5 Topics)

  • Revision in preparation for resits
  • Resit case study analysis
  • Part A resit examination
  • Part B resit examination

 

Useful Links

LIBF Website