Financial Studies

Certificate/Diploma Level 3

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Financial Studies, Level 3 Diploma AF-FINA3S-D(0000)000

Alton Campus

Type of study
A Levels, Full Time, Vocational

Academic Year 2021-22 (1 year)

Examination board
The London Institute of Banking & Finance

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This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to make informed and sensible financial decisions and have an understanding of the role of larger financial organisations. Furthermore, your studies within this course will give you the tools to effectively plan your personal finances, as well as explore the socio-economic trends which impact on individual financial circumstances.

Your core skills will be developed over the duration of this course focussing on improving independent thinking, critical analysis, evaluation and verbal and written communication. This course will set you up for careers in banking, insurance, administration, voluntary work and many others, as well as awarding you with A Level equivalent UCAS points for entry to university or an apprenticeship. 

This course will give you a Certificate or Diploma (depending on which units are taken) in Financial Studies.

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and Mathematics. No prior knowledge of Financial Studies is required.

On this full time course at HSDC Alton, you will cover the following units –

  • Financial Capability for the Immediate and Short Term
  • Financial Capability for the Medium and Long Term
  • Sustainability of an Individual’s Finances
  • Sustainability of the Financial Services System

Taught mainly in a classroom environment through the use of worksheets, booklets and past papers. Dynamic use of IT and appropriate visits and guest speakers.

Each unit is examined externally through a multiple choice question exam and an exam based on a pre-release case study.

This course has equal status with other A Levels courses for entry into higher education and is worth UCAS points. The course can also help with entry into careers such as Insurance, Banking, Administration and the Voluntary Sector.

There are lots of people at the college, each studying a diverse range of courses, people from all different areas come to study here, it creates a sense of community, there is a huge social aspect to college life across all courses.

Lee Backhouse, BTEC student

“HSDC provided me with the opportunity for autonomous study and the choice of subjects that I wanted to study, which helped me develop relevant knowledge as well as relevant skills for the workplace.”

Lucas Ratcliffe, A Level and CTEC student

The tutors were really supportive and it was all thanks to them that I have achieved what I have. I’ve also made loads of great friends and really enjoyed my time at the college.

Lizaveta Sinkerich, A Level student