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Financial Studies — Certificate (CertFS)

Business and Professional Services

Course ID: 163150

Course Year: 21/22

Course Details

  • 1 year course.
  • You can take this course as part of a combined A Level programme and enhance your prospects.
  • A perfect foundation for further study such as Higher Education.
  • Gain up to 70 UCAS points on course completion.
  • You can progress to study accounting, business, finance and banking.
  • Utilise our oustanding resources and facilities.
  • Access support from our experienced and dedicated teaching team.

What to expect from the course

As an Applied General qualification, the Certificate in Financial Studies (CEFS) is a comprehensive introduction to personal finance. It 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 to tools for effective planning. Through developing core skills of critical analysis and evaluation, synthesis, and written communication, (CEFS) provides a foundation for further study in business and finance-related disciplines, as well as a wide range of other fields.

Key content areas:

• importance of financial capability for immediate, short-term, medium-term, and long-term financial needs.
• financial services and products, including sources of help and advice.
• borrowing, budgeting, financial planning and cash flow.
• the impact of external influences at different stages in the personal life cycle; and
• risk and reward in managing personal finance.

Key skills developed

The qualification will encourage you to:

• analyse financial information, financial services products and services and begin to make judgements about suitability for people in different circumstances.
• understand financial concepts and terminology.
• analyse, synthesise, evaluate, and reflect.
• demonstrate numeracy skills including the ability to manipulate financial and other numerical data.
• select appropriate data and information to make arguments.
• structure and communicate ideas logically and coherently; and
• increase their ability to work and learn independently.

This qualification can be taken as part of a combined A level program which makes this unique to the City of Liverpool College.


Certificate in Financial Studies (CertFS) (equivalent to half an A Level)

Why study with us?

You will study IFS with a highly experienced team who will ensure you are learning skills that are essential to life, business and your future careers. You will have hands on experience of business and will have opportunities to collaborate with students on a wide range of courses including business, maths and accountancy. You will also experience work experience and have access to support to help launch your own businesses, gain professional industry experience and make use of the City Centre opportunities for business and economy.

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

The skills and knowledge developed in CEFS can be extended by taking two further units to form the Diploma in Financial Studies, or by other options for Further or Higher Education study.

The financially related content of this qualification provides a foundation for continued study within finance and business-related disciplines, with many students going on to study subjects such as accounting, business, finance, and banking at Higher Education Institutions or through further vocational training.

The transferable skills developed are also valuable for further study in unrelated disciplines and the financial capability content and skills support students in making informed decisions about the value of personal, employment and study options and budgeting whilst studying.

This qualification carries up to 70 UCAS points and our website provides further detail about Higher Education support.

We're here to help...

Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

You must be eligible to study A Levels or the Level 3 Business Diploma or Extended Diploma courses.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent), you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

24 years old or over or 19-23 and have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent) at the start of the course? Fees are payable, but you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your course. Find out more at, or contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

Fee for21/22 is 500.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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