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Financial Capability

Financial skills for life

Develop your students’ financial knowledge and confidence with our suite of qualifications specifically designed for 14-19 year olds.

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Statement from Catherine Winter, Managing Director, Financial Capability & Community Outreach

You will no doubt be aware that exams have been cancelled this year. As educators, we are very conscious that this may be a cause of great concern to students as they try to plan their future.  

England and Scotland 

The Government announced on 20 March how exams grades will be awarded for GCSEs and A levels. It also released guidance on how the vocational and technical qualifications – the exams that our students study for – will be graded.  

Importantly, the Government recognises that “in many cases students will already have completed modules or non-exam assessment which could provide evidence to award a grade”. That means we are already in a very good position to accurately assess how students have performed.

However, we still need to decide on the best way to reach a final grade in collaboration with Ofqual and other bodies.  

We aim to follow the Government’s advice in showing the “maximum possible flexibility and pragmatism” so we can be fair to all candidates.  


In Wales a decision on fairest way to grade vocational qualifications is expected next week.  

Qualification Wales – announced on 20 March how GCSE and A Levels will be graded in Wales. It’s working with other regulators and with exam boards and governments across the UK on this.  

Across the UK 

We recognise how important these qualifications are – not only to the students taking them but also to their employers. And we will do all we can to ensure both candidates and employers can rely on fair, objective and accurate grading. 

Many thanks for your patience. Please be assured we will let you know the final grading systems for England, Scotland and for Wales as soon as we can. 

If you have any questions that are specifically about your centre and students, please email us at fcexams@libf.ac.uk

Free resources for your teachers

We want to do what we can to support teachers and their students who may have to spend long periods at home during the COVID 19 outbreak.

We've pulled together some useful activities your students can do at home. While the materials are taken from a previous qualification, they are all relevant to modern-day personal finance.

There are several activities and questions for your students to work through. The answers to questions are at the end, so they can check their knowledge themselves.

We hope that these topics may be useful and support your work with your students during these challenging circumstances.

Catherine Winter
Managing Director of Financial Capability

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Frequently Asked Questions

Our Level 3 Certificate & Diploma in Financial Education (CeFS/DipFS) qualification is included in Performance Tables. Our Level 2 Certificate in Financial Capability and Careers Development (CeFCCD) is included in Performance Tables in Wales.

All of our Financial Capability qualifications are approved by Ofqual, Qualification Wales and CCEA. 

Our Level 3 Certificate in Financial Studies (CeFS) and Level 3 Diploma in Financial Studies (DipFS) are Applied General qualifications that attract the full UCAS tariff and are equivalent to AS and A2 qualifications.

To register as an Approved Centre, you will need to complete the following form:

Once completed, please email to fcexams@libf.ac.uk

Once you’ve receive approval to deliver our qualifications, a member of the examinations staff at your centre will be able to register students. This is done using the ‘Bulk register students with The London Institute of Banking & Finance’ link on your MyLIBF account.

Please note, it will take up to 5 working days to process and confirm your registrations.

Once students are registered on to a qualification, your centre will gain access to our learning materials via MyLIBF.

Costs that are involved with the delivery of our qualifications include the registration of students, resit examination and any post-result actions (e.g. Script Requests, Result Enquiries). These can be found here. There are no costs to becoming an Approved Centre.

Payments are due at the end of the calendar month.

We are unable to deal with queries directly from Financial Capability students. All communications between Financial Capability students and The London Institute of Banking & Finance must come through the student’s tutors or the centre’s examination staff.

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