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Award Level 5 Finance Skills Understanding Financial Decisions




Pre/Mid and Post Assessments




Finance encompasses all decisions that involve money for individuals, businesses, and public entities. Personal finance includes all individual or household financial management including personal asset management, credit card debt management, saving for retirement, budgeting for household expenses, and more. Corporate finance involves the management of assets, liabilities, debt, and revenue for a business. Professionals in corporate finance are experts in key areas of finance such as risk management, budgeting, financial analysis, and decision-making. Public finance has several components, including the management of tax revenue, issuance of public debt, budget planning, and more.

This course can be applied to multiple Specializations or Professional Certificates programs.

Most people don’t realize how basic finance calculations play a major role in their life:

  • the ability to compare two investments
  • the understanding of how the timing of cash flows impacts rates of return
  • the preparation necessary to negotiate an advantageous mortgage or loan rate


Upon completion of the course, learner is expected to:
CO1 Interpret the key financial levers that drive financial performance
CO2 Summarize how and why finance is concerned with cash flow versus profits and why that matters for your business and budget
CO3 Clarify ways to create and measure value in order to evaluate and pitch potential projects
CO4 Explain how capital markets work and how they affect your business
CO5 Represent a financial intuition that will give you the confidence to make effective decisions in your career and life


Module 1: Introduction to Finance

  • Module 1 Overview
  • Introduction of the Three Legal Forms to Organize Firms
  • The Sole Proprietorship
  • The Partnership
  • The Corporation
  • The Hybrid Form
  • The Goal of Financial Management
  • The Corporate Governance
  • The Agency Problem
  • Module 1 Wrap Up

Module 2: Financial Statements and Cash Flow

  • Module 2 Overview
  • Financials9m
  • Balance Sheet: Introduction
  • Balance Sheet: Fiscal Year
  • Balance Sheet: Other Topics
  • Income Statement
  • Statement of Cash Flow
  • Module 2 Wrap Up
  • Financial Statements and Cash Flow Quiz

Module 3: Financial Statements Analysis

  • Module 3 Overview
  • Standardized Statements
  • Financial Ratios: Introduction
  • Financial Ratios: Liquidity Ratios
  • Financial Ratios: Leverage Ratios
  • Financial Ratios: Turnover Ratios
  • Financial Ratios: Profitability Ratios
  • Financial Ratios: Market Value Ratios
  • Financial Forecasting
  • Module 3 Wrap Up

Module 4: Time Value of Money

  • Module 4 Overview
  • Present Value and Future Value
  • Net Present Value
  • APR and EAR
  • Perpetuity
  • Annuity
  • Module 4 Wrap Up


The taught instructor-led course will be a suitable mix of lectures, tutorials, workshops, case studies, videos and hands on practical exercises. Delegates will be given immediate opportunities to apply what they have learned with real life problems and case studies.

A comprehensive course workbook is at the core of this course and delegates will also be guided through additional material in the instructor-led sessions.

Lecture and Practical Hands-On Labs scenario by vendor provided LAB


There are no specific prerequisites for candidates pursuing these qualifications, it is imperative to ensure that they possess the potential and have ample opportunities to successfully achieve the qualification.

Minimum age requirement : 16 years


  • Financial Analyst
  • Investment Analyst
  • Risk Manager
  • Financial Planner
  • Corporate Finance Officer
  • Financial Consultant

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