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Level 5 Commercial and Corporate Lending (CCL)

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Level 5 Commercial and Corporate Lending (CCL)

If you work, or aspire to work, in commercial lending within a business that operates in the £25 million annual turnover range, you could benefit from studying CCL.

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About the qualification

CCL will give you a detailed introduction to mid-market lending and an in-depth knowledge of the financial and practical aspects of business relationships, particularly those with corporate and commercial customers.

Your focus will be on analysing lending positions and structuring the best solutions for businesses across the sectors, even those with specialised services.

Once you’ve completed CCL, you’ll be able to offer fully comprehensive advice to your customers, and confidently analyse and structure internal credit approvals.  

What your studies will cover

  • The legal and practical principles of lending
  • Effective commercial and corporate relationship management
  • Credit risk assessment techniques
  • Credit monitoring, control and recovery
  • Legal aspects and implications of insolvency
  • Parameters to justify lending decisions
  • How to make appropriate recommendations in specific cases   

Benefits for you

  • Qualify in six months
  • Grow your understanding of sound commercial lending principles and practice
  • Gain an industry recognised qualification
  • Access to research tools and industry analysis through KnowledgeBank and Financial World
  • Use the ‘CCL’ designation after your name once you qualify
  • Student membership for one year with additional benefits
  • Access to career support and guidance
  • Invitation to attend events and webinars from industry leaders
Registration fee £910
The price includes study materials and exam entry.
When to apply? We have two registration periods a year.

View our timetable section for upcoming registration deadlines.
Number of units     One
Average time to complete Six months
Study type This qualification is online and you will follow a structured timetable.
Study material You’ll receive:
  • online access to our virtual library KnowledgeBank
  • online access to our student portal MyLIBF
  • specimen exam papers
  • tutor-led forum with group activities
  • live and recorded webinar
  • study tip videos
  • weekly study planner
  • past exam papers and Chief Examiner reports
Assessment type Typed three hour exam
Assessment provider Depending on the module and availability, exams take place at test centres nationwide or through remote invigilation
Regulation Registered with Ofqual in the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). 

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CCL consists of a single unit.

Unit 1 - Commercial and Corporate Lending

  • The legal and practical principles of commercial and corporate customer relationship management
  • Commercial and corporate lending propositions using techniques of credit risk assessment to justify lending decisions
  • The methods of effective credit monitoring, control and recovery
  • The general principles of security and the legal and practical implications of different types of security


You can register for one of the following study periods:

Details Date
Registration deadline
 16 April 2021
Course start date  04 May 2021
Exam date  07 October 2021


Details Date
Registration deadline
25 October 2021
Course start date 01 November 2021
Exam date 07 April 2022


Details Date
Registration deadline
25 April 2022
Course start date 03 May 2022
Exam date 06 October 2022



CCL is assessed by a three-hour session-based typed exam, split into two sections:

  • a main task essay supported by a pre-release case study
  • short answer questions

The pass mark for the exam is 50% of the marks available.

You can choose when to take your exam and pick from test centres nationwide or through remote invigilation.

You will have six months from when you register, to complete each module and sit the exam. Your first exam is included in the registration fee for each module.

How to book your exam

When you have successfully completed the qualification, we will post your certificate to you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Your registration fee includes the qualification study materials, and the first sitting of your exam and/or coursework. You will also gain access to MyLIBF (our student portal). Some qualifications include a hard copy of the study text, access to student forums, tutor forum support and specimen papers.

If you need to resit your exam or coursework, you will need to register and pay for a resit.

In line with our charitable objectives, we make means-tested bursaries available to students studying our qualifications.

Bursary information

If you would like to apply for a bursary, please email our Student and Customer Services team or call them on +44 (0)12 2781 8609. Please ensure that you have details of the qualification you intend to study when contacting us. 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) encompasses a student’s previous non-certificated and certificated achievements obtained through another awarding organisation. This has previously been known as an exemption.

Please read our Recognition of Prior Learning Policy as it explains the steps to take when applying. Your application will need to include certified copies of your qualification certificate or transcript.

We aim to provide an outcome within 10 working days. If we need longer, we will let you know.

Special consideration:
The Special Consideration Policy applies to students who believe they have been disadvantaged during, or before, an assessment because of an injury, illness or other unforeseen temporary circumstance beyond their control that may have adversely affected their performance in one or more assessments.

Please read our Special Consideration Policy as it explains the steps to take when applying. Your application will need to include supporting documentation.

Given the individual nature of special consideration claims, we would recommend that you contact our Student Support team on +44 (0)1227 818609 or support@libf.ac.uk for an informal discussion before you submit your application.

For your claim to be considered, you must have initially notified us of your circumstances on or before the submission deadline for coursework or within five days of the exam date. Any applications made outside of this timescale must include an explanation as to why the delay has occurred.

We aim to provide an outcome within 5 – 10 working days. It may take longer if your application is referred to the Concessionary Board.

Reasonable adjustment:
We are committed to providing an inclusive educational experience for all students, regardless of any disabilities or learning difficulties they may have and realise that, without reasonable adjustment, students may be prevented from demonstrating their true level of ability during an assessment.

Given the individual nature of reasonable adjustments, we recommend that you contact our Student Support team on +44 (0)12 2781 8609 or support@libf.ac.uk for an informal discussion before you submit your request. This will allow us to fully understand the nature of your circumstances and advise you on the type of supporting evidence required.

The Reasonable Adjustments Policy explains the steps to take when applying and has an application form included. Your application must be received, with supporting documentation, at least six weeks prior to the date when the adjustment will need to be in place.

You have 14 calendar days from your course start date to cancel your registration and arrange a refund by calling our Student and Customer Services team. You will need to return any hard copy study texts in its original condition.

After this period all fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

If you have booked your exam with Pearson VUE (and are within the cancellation period), you will need to contact them directly at least 24 hours prior to the exam date to cancel it. Then allow at least two hours before calling our Student and Customer Services team to cancel the qualification registration and arrange a refund.

Contact Pearson VUE on +44 (0) 370 608 1915 (Europe, Middle East, Africa region).

Electronic Pearson VUE exam:
Before your registration expiry date you can cancel your exam or change your exam date, time or venue (subject to availability). You will need to contact Pearson VUE directly, giving a minimum of 24 hours’ notice online or at least one working days’ notice by phone prior to your current exam booking. For example, if your exam is booked for a Monday, the latest you can reschedule is the previous Friday.

Pearson VUE can be reached via the details given on your Important Registration Information link on MyLIBF or our ‘Exam booking and information’ page.

Session based exams (set exam date as per study timetable) including Advanced Financial Advice (AFA):
Please telephone Student & Customer Services directly to discuss your options. You may be able to change your venue, but will need to call us at least eight weeks before your exam date to check.

For all exams, if you are unable to provide the required notice due to significant mitigating circumstances, such as sudden illness, please contact Students and Customer Services straight away as you may be eligible for Special Consideration. Supporting documentary evidence is required for a Special Consideration application.

Making a result enquiry:
If you believe there has been an error in the marking of your assessment, you can apply for a result enquiry.

The Assessment Result Enquiry Policy explains the steps to take when applying and has an application form included. Your application must be received within 10 working days after we have communicated your assessment results.

This policy does not apply to students who believe their performance during an assessment may have been affected by external factors, for example noise, illness or unforeseen circumstances. These cases are dealt with under our Special Consideration Policy.

Appealing a decision:
You have the right to appeal to us to review decisions that have been made in the course of the assessment of your programme of learning. An appeal may only be submitted in relation to a final decision.

Please read our Appeals Policy as it explains the steps to take when applying, in particular section B 'making an appeal'. Your application must be received within 15 working days after we have communicated the outcome of a decision.

Making a complaint:
A complaint should be made if you are dissatisfied by one of our products or services as soon as possible, but no later than 10 working days from the date of the occurrence.

We deal with all complaints as promptly as possible and within clearly defined timescales. The stages for handling a complaint are listed in our CPQ Complaints Policy.

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