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  • Accreditation by Qualifications Register
  • 6 units

About the Level 4 Financial Strategy Certificate

Financial strategists working in corporations and firms are responsible for making key financial assessments on behalf of the organisation. On a day to day basis, a financial strategist must analyse sets of financial data in order to make educated recommendations about the best way to handle a business’ funds and generate profit.

During the course of the qualification, Stonebridge College’s students will complete six engaging modules. These online home study units have been designed build on a student’s pre-existing financial knowledge and familiarise them with all of the key issues and concepts in the field. Altogether, the course should take approximately 120 hours to complete.

Who should study this course?

This Level 4 home learning course has been designed to build on our finance and accounting qualification. However, as there are no entry requirements for this course, it is not essential that students complete this qualification first.

As long as students have an interest in financial strategy, the motivation to engage in independent home study, and a way to access our interactive e-learning materials, then they are free to enrol today.

What happens after the course?

On successful completion of this financial strategy course, students will have a broader understanding of how strategic financial analysis works. They will also feel more comfortable working with and discussing corporate finance and strategy.

Those who want to work as a financial strategist will first need to gain a higher level qualification, such as financial strategy degree course. This course will certainly give students a head start in their studies and could eventually lead them to a career in:

  • Financial strategy
  • Accounting
  • Investments

For more information about this course, give us a call on this number: 0121 392 8288

On completion of your course, you will receive two certificates:

Certificate 1 is issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges: Financial Strategy Diploma

Financial Strategy Diploma issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, to view a sample of the college’s award, please click here.

Certificate 2 is issued by ABC Awards: Level 4 Financial Strategy Certificate of Achievement

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Stonebridge Associated Colleges have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Stonebridge Associated Colleges to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

To view a sample of the ABC Certificate of Achievement, please click here.

To view a sample of the ABC Learner Unit Summary, please click here.

Requirements for Entry

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Who are ABC

ABC Awards

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government[1]. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers over 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

For more info on our awarding body, ABC awards, click here

Professional Membership

On completion of this course you will be eligible to join the following Professional Associations(s):

Anyone who is studying for or has completed a course endorsed by an Ofqual approved awarding body is eligible to join Qualifications Register.  The Qualifications Register (QR) is an independent register that aims to serve both members of the public and those professionals who hold recognised qualifications.

QR's primary aim is to provide transparency to members of the public and employers. The QR is a searchable database that allows them to find a practitioner and view the relevant qualification and endorsements the practitioner holds. The member of the public is then able to make an informed decision in relation to the suitability of the practitioner.  QR also tracks whether practitioners have insurance, again something that is useful for members of the public.  QR can also help professionals gain insurance or find professional indemnity cover.  Click here to find out more.

Members of the public can check an independent source with complete confidence that the practitioner has the qualification(s) they claim to have and that any additional CPD the practitioner has, is verified and quality assured to make sure that the CPD is being done on a regular basis. QR tracks a practitioners endorsed CPD (in unison with our CPD accreditation partner Lifetime Awarding) and other key signals to help members of the public and employers to come to a more informed decision about the professional they intend to use. This is an enormously valuable signal that's increasingly important as business becomes more deregulated and privatised.

For practitioners QR helps you market your skills, endorsements and feedback transparently to a wider audience. It also gives you access to a community to help make you more able to progress and succeed in your field of expertise.  Click here to find out more.

Unit 1: Introductory Issues and Concepts

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Role of the financial manager
  • The finance decision
  • Concept of value
  • Value determinants
  • Risk-return trade-off
  • The accountant versus the strategist
  • Delivering value
  • Limitations on value-creating behaviour
  • Corporate governance
  • Summary

Unit 2: Company Valuation

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Valuation of quoted companies
  • Valuing unquoted companies using alternative valuation techniques
  • Shareholder value analysis (SVA)
  • Summary

Unit 3: Investment Decisions

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Investment decisions and appraisal methods
  • Investment appraisal techniques
  • Discounting methods/discounted cash flow (DCF)
  • Applications of project appraisal
  • Risk and uncertainty in project appraisal
  • Summary

Unit 4: Financing Decisions

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Financial planning
  • Working capital management
  • Sources of long-term finanace
  • Summary

Unit 5: Required Return on Investment

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Cost of debt
  • Cost of equity (Return required by shareholders)
  • Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM)
  • Required rate of return when equity and debt are combined
  • Gearing and company value
  • Summary

Unit 6: Delivering Value

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Total shareholder return (TSR)
  • Theories of dividend policy
  • Evaluation of the irrelevance argument
  • Objections to divided irrelevence
  • Divided policy: key determinants
  • Share buy-backs
  • Summary

For a more detailed syllabus on this course, click here

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £30.00).

About the Level 4 Financial Strategy Certificate

Financial strategists working in corporations and firms are responsible for making key financial assessments on behalf of the organisation. On a day to day basis, a financial strategist must analyse sets of financial data in order to make educated recommendations about the best way to handle a business’ funds and generate profit.

During the course of the qualification, Stonebridge College’s students will complete six engaging modules. These online home study units have been designed build on a student’s pre-existing financial knowledge and familiarise them with all of the key issues and concepts in the field. Altogether, the course should take approximately 120 hours to complete.

Who should study this course?

This Level 4 home learning course has been designed to build on our finance and accounting qualification. However, as there are no entry requirements for this course, it is not essential that students complete this qualification first.

As long as students have an interest in financial strategy, the motivation to engage in independent home study, and a way to access our interactive e-learning materials, then they are free to enrol today.

What happens after the course?

On successful completion of this financial strategy course, students will have a broader understanding of how strategic financial analysis works. They will also feel more comfortable working with and discussing corporate finance and strategy.

Those who want to work as a financial strategist will first need to gain a higher level qualification, such as financial strategy degree course. This course will certainly give students a head start in their studies and could eventually lead them to a career in:

  • Financial strategy
  • Accounting
  • Investments

For more information about this course, give us a call on this number: 0121 392 8288

On completion of your course, you will receive two certificates:

Certificate 1 is issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges: Financial Strategy Diploma

Financial Strategy Diploma issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, to view a sample of the college’s award, please click here.

Certificate 2 is issued by ABC Awards: Level 4 Financial Strategy Certificate of Achievement

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Stonebridge Associated Colleges have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Stonebridge Associated Colleges to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

To view a sample of the ABC Certificate of Achievement, please click here.

To view a sample of the ABC Learner Unit Summary, please click here.

Requirements for Entry

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Who are ABC

ABC Awards

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government[1]. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers over 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

For more info on our awarding body, ABC awards, click here

Professional Membership

On completion of this course you will be eligible to join the following Professional Associations(s):

Anyone who is studying for or has completed a course endorsed by an Ofqual approved awarding body is eligible to join Qualifications Register.  The Qualifications Register (QR) is an independent register that aims to serve both members of the public and those professionals who hold recognised qualifications.

QR's primary aim is to provide transparency to members of the public and employers. The QR is a searchable database that allows them to find a practitioner and view the relevant qualification and endorsements the practitioner holds. The member of the public is then able to make an informed decision in relation to the suitability of the practitioner.  QR also tracks whether practitioners have insurance, again something that is useful for members of the public.  QR can also help professionals gain insurance or find professional indemnity cover.  Click here to find out more.

Members of the public can check an independent source with complete confidence that the practitioner has the qualification(s) they claim to have and that any additional CPD the practitioner has, is verified and quality assured to make sure that the CPD is being done on a regular basis. QR tracks a practitioners endorsed CPD (in unison with our CPD accreditation partner Lifetime Awarding) and other key signals to help members of the public and employers to come to a more informed decision about the professional they intend to use. This is an enormously valuable signal that's increasingly important as business becomes more deregulated and privatised.

For practitioners QR helps you market your skills, endorsements and feedback transparently to a wider audience. It also gives you access to a community to help make you more able to progress and succeed in your field of expertise.  Click here to find out more.

Unit 1: Introductory Issues and Concepts

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Role of the financial manager
  • The finance decision
  • Concept of value
  • Value determinants
  • Risk-return trade-off
  • The accountant versus the strategist
  • Delivering value
  • Limitations on value-creating behaviour
  • Corporate governance
  • Summary

Unit 2: Company Valuation

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Valuation of quoted companies
  • Valuing unquoted companies using alternative valuation techniques
  • Shareholder value analysis (SVA)
  • Summary

Unit 3: Investment Decisions

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Investment decisions and appraisal methods
  • Investment appraisal techniques
  • Discounting methods/discounted cash flow (DCF)
  • Applications of project appraisal
  • Risk and uncertainty in project appraisal
  • Summary

Unit 4: Financing Decisions

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Financial planning
  • Working capital management
  • Sources of long-term finanace
  • Summary

Unit 5: Required Return on Investment

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Cost of debt
  • Cost of equity (Return required by shareholders)
  • Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM)
  • Required rate of return when equity and debt are combined
  • Gearing and company value
  • Summary

Unit 6: Delivering Value

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Total shareholder return (TSR)
  • Theories of dividend policy
  • Evaluation of the irrelevance argument
  • Objections to divided irrelevence
  • Divided policy: key determinants
  • Share buy-backs
  • Summary

For a more detailed syllabus on this course, click here

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £30.00).
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