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The Certificate in financial studies (CeFS) covers the core disciplines of financial education. Students are encouraged to become responsible borrowers and sensible savers, and to appreciate the need for financial planning throughout their life.
The course encourages students to become responsible borrowers and sensible savers, and to appreciate the need for financial planning throughout their life. It prepares them for further study by developing the core skills of critical analysis and evaluation, verbal communication (through classroom discussion) and written communication.
CeFS is included in the 16-19 Applied General Performance Tables, has been accredited by Ofqual at Level 3 and is part of the Regulated Qualifications Framework.
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Students will gain an appreciation of why money is important through focusing on what money is; attitudes to it; and how it can affect life choices.
Students will gain the ability to plan and manage their financial needs in the medium and long-term, with particular reference to the importance of the need to budget for future aspirations and life events.
Total Qualification Time (TQT) is a prediction of the total time the typical student may need to complete the course. TQT consists of two elements, Guided Learning Hours (GLH) and all other hours. The CeFS (QN 600/8537/X) has a TQT of 300 and is split between GLH of 187 and other hours of 113.
The skills and knowledge developed in CeFS can be extended by taking two further units to form LIBF Level 3 Diploma in Financial Studies (DipFS), or by other options for Further or Higher Education study.
CeFS offers the maximum UCAS points which can contribute to your university entry.
The transferable skills developed are also valuable for further study in unrelated disciplines. And the financial education content and skills support students in making informed decisions about the value of personal, employment and study options and budgeting whilst studying.
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Each unit is assessed through a combination of Multiple Choice Questions (Part A) and a written paper (Part B). Part A can be sat via the LIBF e-test electronic testing system or via a paper-based MCQ examination. Part B will always be sat via paper-based examination.
A total of 200 marks are available from both units comprising 100 marks per unit.
Part A: 35 multiple choice questions in a 45-minute examination.
Part B: pre-release case study requiring essay responses in a 105-minute examination.
Part B will also assess spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) through the essay responses.
If you are interested in registering for CeFS please complete a centre agreement form and return via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Although there are no specified entry requirements, applicants need to be satisfied of their ability to study, in English and Maths, at this level.
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This qualification is designed to enhance students' knowledge and skills gained in the Certificate in Financial Studies (CeFS), by applying them to the wider financial environment.
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