What will I learn?
Do you know the difference between a current account and a store card? Do you need to learn how to budget for a holiday? How will an individuals finance needs change through their life? Does everyone pay income tax and national insurance? What is a mortgage? How does a car loan work?
The qualification in Financial Studies is a comprehensive introduction to personal finance. As well as providing valuable life-skills, the course also develops skills of critical analysis and evaluation, synthesis and written communication.
Key content areas
- Financial services and products, including where to get help and advice
- Borrowing, budgeting, financial planning and cash flow
- Risk and reward in managing your personal finance
- Financial services system and financial sustainability
Key skills developed
The qualification will encourage students to:
- Analyse financial information
- Understand financial concepts and terminology
- Demonstrate numeracy skills including the ability to manipulate financial and other numerical data
- Structure and communicate ideas logically and coherently
- Increase their ability to work and learn independently
Five GCSEs at A*–C/9–4 (including English Language and Maths). BTEC Level 2 qualifications considered in subject related courses.
How will I be assessed?
Coursework and final assessment.
- Higher Education
- Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) available at Andover College
- Apprenticeship through accountancy firms or accounting environments
- Finance manager or director within industry
- Management accountant
- Chartered accountant
- Credit controller
- A wide variety of accounting positions within audit or industry