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Financial Services NQ

(SCQF level 6)

Accounting, Education and Humanities

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Mode of Study


Start Date

26th Aug 2019, 1 year

26th Aug 2019, 1 year


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This invaluable course introduces you to the wide variety of knowledge and practical skills you'll need to work in Financial Services.  The course focuses on understanding the Financial Services sector and the associated regulations, whilst also introducing desirable business skills such as sales, customer service, cash management and IT.  

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 5/6. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Two National 4 and One National 5 qualification at Grade C or above in relevant* subjects; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience, where verifiable evidence has been provided such as qualification certificates or employer references. 

*Relevant subjects cannot include any from the following list: Art and Design, Design and Manufacture, Woodwork, Drama, Graphic Communications, Health and Food Technology, Languages, Music, Media, Photography or Physical Education, ESOL.

Additional selection requirements

  • You may be invited to attend an interview.  

What you study

The units that you will study include:

  • Financial Services:  An Introduction.
  • Financial Services:  Personal Finance Awareness.
  • The Regulatory Framework.
  • Communication.
  • Promoting Positive Customer Relationships.
  • Lifeskills Maths:  Managing Finance and Statistics.
  • Introduction to Consumer and Investor Protection.
  • IT Solutions for Administrators.
  • Economics:  Basic Principles.
  • Recording Cash Transactions.
  • Numeracy.
  • Selling Skills.
  • Promoting a Business.
  • Handling Wages and Salaries.
  • Understanding Business.
  • Developing Skills for Employment.

After the course


Students who successfully complete 16 units on the NQ course can progress to HNC Financial Services, HNC Accounting or a number of other HNC courses from the Business offerings in the college.


How the course is taught

The course is classroom based so attendance is important to ensure that you are adequately prepared for assessments.  You will be encouraged to engage in research and group discussions to explore key concepts.  You will apply your knowledge and understanding to case study examples relevant to the Financial Services sector. 

Assessment methods

This course is designed on the principle of continuous assessment.  Students will be continuously working towards, undertaking or preparing for an assessment for at least one outcome. 

The assessments will be a combination of closed booked assessments under controlled and timed conditions and other practical assessment methods such as presentations.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    26th Aug 2019, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome