Our specialised CertHE in Applied Finance programme combines the academic rigour of Queen Mary's academic excellence with the achievement of industry-recognised professional qualifications and work experience within partner organisations.
Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) in Applied Finance Programme is designed for those who are new to the Financial Services sector and are beginning their career journey. The curriculum of the Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) in Applied Finance Programme closely aligns with the national apprenticeship programmes, Level 4 Investment Operations Specialist. Apprentices will also work toward professional qualifications either IMC and CISI depending on the employer's choice.
By participating in this specialised programme, apprentices will develop the skills necessary to become highly competent professionals who excel in the financial sector. Some modules are designed in conjunction with the employer, ensuring the programme will include a set of core knowledge that is required for anyone entering this level of the sector.
With a specially designed curriculum, the programme will take a block teaching approach which is strongly supported with online independent learning activities and workplace learning. In particular, the block-teaching approach for the on-campus teaching enables apprentices to have uninterrupted periods on the trading floor outside of the on-campus periods, which is essential for their understanding of how financial markets operate.
Learners will develop sound understanding of:
- The structure of the Financial Services industry and in particular the role their part of the sector and organisation plays; the purpose of the function in which they work and how their function relates to the wider business
- The relevant Financial Services legal and regulatory framework and ethics, and the purpose behind them
- The relevant Financial Services products and services and a broad understanding of the organisation’s policies and procedures
- Proficiency in relevant IT skills, and organisation and Financial Services specific software/systems, as required to deliver the role outcomes.
The CertHE Applied Finance is a precursor for the BSc (Econ) Applied Finance and Level 6 Financial Services Professional programme. The BSc (Econ) Applied Finance is designed as a a natural progression from the two-year CertHE in Applied Finance and Level 4 Investment Operations Specialist apprenticeship programme. Please see the BSc (Econ) Applied Finance webpage for more information.
You will study the following compulsory modules:
- Financial Markets and Institutions
- Principles of Economics for Financial Professionals
- Quantitative Methods for Finance 1
- Work Based Module: Systems and Processes
- Asset Pricing
and must take one of the following two modules:
- Professional Qualification Module: CISI
- Professional Qualification Module: IMC
The Professional Qualification Module choice is decided by the employer.
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
You will undertake the following five compulsory modules:
- Macroeconomics for Financial Professionals
- Accounting for Investment Operation Specialists
- Quantitative Methods for Finance 2
- Work based module: Professional Development
- Corporate Finance
At the end of Semester 2 of Year 2 students are expected to reach Gateway for Level 4 Investment Operations Specialist apprenticeship standard and to take the EPA.
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
Following successful completion of the programme, the student, with agreement from the employer, can choose to progress to the BSc in Applied Finance and enrol on the Level 6 apprenticeship, ST0472 Financial Services Professional. This will require the CertHE in Applied Finance to be revoked, with the credits from this programme counting towards the BSc in Applied Finance.
Teaching and learning
The programme follows a block-teaching approach for the on-campus teaching, as this enables apprentices to have uninterrupted periods on the trading floor outside of these periods, which is essential for their understanding of how financial markets operate.
The intensive on-campus sprints are designed to provide in depth coverage of the academic knowledge and skills required, which apprentices will then apply in the workplace between sprints. In this period, learning and teaching will continue through online material and assessments (formative and summative) to keep apprentices engaged with their studies and enable them to learn at their own pace.
The work-based modules enhance these elements by providing important opportunities for students to engage in structured learning activities in the workplace, which will build workplace specific knowledge and skills, develop professional behaviours, and facilitate the implementation of the academic and technical capabilities developed as part of the apprenticeship programme.
The programme will blend on-campus, online and workplace learning, with a range of learning and assessment types. This will include modular assignments designed around workplace projects, practical skills, and professional capability assessments, as apprenticeships are based upon an applied learning pedagogy.
Learners will be working for 80% of their contracted week and line managers will be expected to assign work to the individuals that allow for the application of learning in the workplace and development of the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours in the Apprenticeship Standard.
Assessment will take a variety of forms, as appropriate for the type of module and the learning outcomes. Assessment types will include tests and online quizzes, and coursework of various forms, including groupwork, presentations, data analysis, and academic and professional writing. There will also be practical and professional capability assessments to ensure that apprentices are achieving the required skills and behaviours. Most modules will have two methods of assessment.
In addition to the module assessments, apprentices are required to take:
- the exams for the professional qualifications specified in the apprenticeship standard (these are gateway requirements for the non-integrated End Point Assessments); and,
- the End Point Assessment (EPA) for the Level 4 Investment Operations Specialist apprenticeship. This is assessed by an external, accredited End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) and the assessment strategy is detailed in the apprenticeship assessment plan. The EPA is non-integrated and it is taken after completion of the 180 credits specified in the programme structure.
Resources and facilities
You will study Economics and Finance in one of Queen Mary’s newest buildings – the Graduate Centre which opened in 2017. The £39m building was built with energy efficiency in mind, and provides access to the latest banking and finance industry software used by economists in finance or government.
The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:
- a trading floor set up with Bloomberg terminals
- two computer labs exclusively for student use
- subscriptions to the major statistical databases and software packages used by finance and government
- online access to the Financial Times and The Economist
- exclusive use of market-leading psychometrics software, meaning you will be able to prepare for job selection processes.
Our designated computer labs that have a wide range of industry packages including Eviews, Maple, Mathematica, Matlab and Stata. You can access economic and financial data through platforms including Macrobond, Wharton Research Data Services and The Economist, and get free access to popular industry publications.
The building itself has a Harvard-style lecture theatre and a number of spacious seminar rooms to facilitate your learning experience. The ground-floor Café Grad serves Starbucks Coffee, as well as a tasty selection of sandwiches, salads and cakes.
As an Economics and Finance student, you will also have full access to the university’s academic and pastoral support. You will be assigned an academic adviser who will guide and support you throughout your studies at Queen Mary.
We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.
If your qualifications are not accepted for direct entry onto this degree, consider applying for a foundation programme.
Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.
You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.
Loans and grants
UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.
Scholarships and bursaries
Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.
Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.
Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.
Support from Queen Mary
We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:
- additional sources of funding
- planning your budget and cutting costs
- part-time and vacation work
- money for lone parents.
Apprentices will undertake a range of taught, work-based and professional modules, developing your skills to become a highly competent professional who excels in the financial sector.
Upon successful completion of the CertHE Applied Finance studies (Year 1 and 2) apprentices are expected to progress onto the BSc (Econ) Applied Finance studies (Year 3 and 4).
The CertHE in Applied Finance is designed for those who are new to the Financial Services sector and are beginning their career journey, or those who have some experience in the field and are interested in advancing their careers.
Apprentices will have access to the School of Economics and Finance dedicated careers support and activities.
About the School
The School of Economics and Finance at Queen Mary is ranked fourth in London and 25th among all economics departments nationally by the Complete University Guide 2020.
As one of London’s top Schools of Economics and Finance, we provide a solid foundation in economic and financial theory and practice, driven by research-led teaching from experts in the field, ensuring that not only will you be studying at the cutting edge of these disciplines, but also across a wide range of extracurricular school activities to enhance your learning experience.
Our faculty members are recognised experts in their fields, who impact on policy making and public debate. The breadth and depth of our expertise allows us to offer courses in all major areas of economics and finance, and you'll be at the heart of the latest thinking and cutting-edge research.
Each year we run a varied programme of lectures and talks by guest speakers, attracting big names from the worlds of economics, business and politics. We also support two societies where you can meet others with a shared interest in economics, finance and investment. Our proximity to the City and Canary Wharf gives us strong industry links.