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Level 3 The London Institute of Banking & Finance

Financial Studies

Study for The London Insitute of Banking and Finance Diploma.


1 or 2 Years


Level 3

Career Sector

Financial Sector & Professional Services

Available At


Start Date


Course overview

The London Institute of Banking & Finance Certificate and Diploma is studied alongside A-Levels and offers you a fast-track to a career in the finance sector.

You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to manage your own finance, to become responsible borrowers and sensible savers and have an appreciation of the need for personal financial planning.

You will also be introduced to all aspects of financial products and services, studying how customers and service providers make decisions. The course has been designed to provide you with a challenging qualification covering the core disciplines of financial capability.

Entry requirements

  • Average point score* of 4.5 or above, calculated from all GCSE subjects. Your point score MUST include at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above - including English Language or Maths
    • If your English Language is a D/3, your Maths must be at least a C/4 and vice versa
  • Grade C/5 or above in GCSE English Language
  • Grade C/5 or above in GCSE Maths.

What will I study?

The Diploma in Financial Studies (DipFS) is offered by the London Institute of Banking & Finance University College and is made up of four units, the first two of which comprise the Certificate in Financial Studies (CeFS) which is awarded at the end of year one. In year two you will building on the skills and knowledge you will develop in year one, extending this to include areas like financial sustainability within the wider financial services system and the long-term impact of debt.

You will learn in the classroom through a variety of activities and assessed by external exams; a multi-choice online exam and a written exam, twice a year (in January and April/May). The Certificate in year one is an AS equivalent qualification, which carries its own UCAS points. The full diploma is equivalent to an A-Level and is graded from E to A*.


Why should I choose USP College?

  • Course tutors have years of experience working in the Financial Services industry.
  • The London Institute of Banking & Finance has strong links to many banks, insurance companies and other organisations in the financial service industry, which can provide opportunities for work experience and post 18 Apprenticeships and training programs.

What could I do next?

You could continue onto a university degree course such as Finance, Banking, Accountancy, Business (or combinations of these subjects) are offered by many universities, including The London Institute of Banking & Finance. You could also go on to an Apprenticeship or direct into employment. Career paths have included: banking, mortgage advice, financial advice, credit risk and investment banking.


We recommend that you take Core Maths alongside this course.

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