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Lessons in Financial Education (LiFE)

Financial Capability

Lessons in Financial Education (LiFE)

LiFE gives students an online financial education on a 'learning by doing' basis looking at personal finances, money management and financial careers through accessible online learning

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About Lessons in Financial Education (LiFE)

LiFE is an online financial education program that aims to ensure more students gain valuable financial awareness. Although the National Curriculum includes 'financial capability' schools continue to have difficulty finding time for financial education. Our flexible online financial education course is accessible from anywhere and we've mapped it to Mathematics and Citizenship. This helps to meet restraints on teachers' time and resources.

LiFE does not rely on timetabled teaching time. It requires minimal intervention from teaching and support staff. In fact, students can access the course through tutor/mentor time, after-school clubs and other enrichment opportunities. They can study at their own pace on an online learning platform whose content really engages them.

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Starting from just £10 per student, LiFE enables students to receive financial education at a fraction of the cost of formal qualifications. 

LiFE focuses on:

  • relevance: it gives real-life engaging activities and contextual maths
  • flexibility: it's cross-curricular and fits into clubs, enrichment activities and homework
  • progress: you can observe and track your learners' progress and interaction at every stage
  • independence: there's minimal need for guidance, students can work at their own pace
  • employability: it prepares students for adulthood and the world of work.

Read the LiFE Award qualification specification

Read the LiFE Certificate qualification specification


Find out more about how we are using LiFE in our Outreach work with charities and community groups to support financial capability for adults and young people across the UK.

Units and hours

Students progress through the online units and, on completing them, can access the LiFE Award and Certificate to get a formal recognition of their work.

LiFE is made up of three units and is designed to be taken over a 12 month period. Students can complete the learning independently online, but tutors can monitor their progress. Once students have completed Unit 1, they can take the formal assessment, the LiFE Award. After completing Units 2 and 3, they can take the formal assessment, the LiFE Certificate.

The LiFE Award (601/8967/8) has a total qualification time of 48.5 hours, including 18.5 guided learning hours. The LiFE Certificate (603/1933/1) has a total qualification time of 181 hours, including 94 guided learning hours.

Unit 1 - Your Personal Finances (T/508/5292)

1) Money
2) Sources of money
3) Storing money safely
4) Spending and budgeting
5) Saving and selling
6) Borrowing
7) What is insurance
8) How do we keep our money safe?


Unit 2 - Money Management For Your Generation

1) Modern banking
2) Pay and pay calculations
3) Types of payment card
4) The cost of borrowing
5) Using money abroad
6) Financial difficulties and their consequences
7) Financial advice and protection

Unit 3 - Your Future, Your Career (A/615/8348)

1) Employability: applying for a job
2) Roles and career paths
3) The financial services industry
4) Routes into financial careers and other industries

(It) Gives young people the skills, knowledge and confidence to plan for all financial eventualities in life Kiran Ranchod Uxbridge High School, Curriculum Leader for Vocational Education and Work Related Learning


Students can progress through the programme, gradually building on their skills and challenging themselves to proceed to the next level. Once they have completed the suite, they may want to progress onto our Level 3 qualifications which carry the maximum UCAS points or make a good foundation for those considering an apprenticeship.

LiFE Programme
The LiFE Programme covers all three units, but is not formally assessed. The programme records students 'feelings and understanding' before and after each topic so their progress is clearly displayed. Each topic includes a 'check your understanding' activity and short multiple-choice quiz to make sure students have improved their knowledge before they move onto the next topic and unit. At the end of each unit students will receive a Certificate of Completion.

LiFE Award
The Level 1 LiFE Award is the formal assessment for Unit 1. Students must have completed Unit 1 of the LiFE Programme to be assessed. Students are tested via our e-test platform and are able to resit twice.

LiFE Certificate
Students who have achieved the LiFE Award will be able to progress to the Level 1/2 LiFE Certificate, which is awarded to those who have passed the formal assessment for Units 2 and 3. Students must have completed the learning for Units 2 and 3 before the assessment and are tested via our e-test platform. Students are able to resit each unit twice.

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Unit 1 
30 stand-alone multiple-choice questions (total marks 30), to be completed in 30 minutes.

Unit 2
44 stand-alone multiple-choice questions (total marks 44), to be completed in 45 minutes.

Unit 3
16 stand-alone multiple-choice questions and 2 case studies each with 5 associated questions (total marks 26), to be completed in 30 minutes.


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Frequently Asked Questions

No, as we provide topic hand outs and suggested activities that can be used in an alternative classroom setting. Learners can then follow up independently by accessing the programme and completing the topic and activities. 

If you are already running the LiFE Programme you can tick a box next to the learner name and press submit to register them for the LiFE Award via MyLIBF. Alternatively you can contact the Financial Capability Support team who will talk you through the process.

Contextual mathematics is experienced throughout Unit 1 and Unit 2 but the more engaging activities are contained within Unit 2. 

Yes. LiFE tutors have additional online functions to monitor individual learners' progress. They can see the last time they logged on and what stage the learner has reached. They can also view the results of each survey and end of topic quiz, and track progress. Spreadsheets of this data can be downloaded into Microsoft Excel and used to demonstrate progression and predict results.  

Once registered, students have 12 months to work their way through the topics and complete the programme.

There are no set deadlines for each topic and the programme can be paused at any time with students restarting where they left off. This allows for cohorts of various abilities and guarantees no students will be held back from progressing at their own pace, offering complete flexibility to teachers and learners.

All learners study online starting with Unit 1 of the LiFE Programme. Once you receive login details, all you need is internet access and a set of headphones (paper and pen will also be useful). You access the e-learning platform via MyLIBF.

There are no entry requirements although students are expected to be able to study in English and have basic IT and numeracy skills (manipulate basic financial and numerical data).


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