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Financial Services NQ

(SCQF level 6)

, Education and Humanities

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Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 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:

Why Choose City of Glasgow College?

City of Glasgow College is a next-generation college.  Our Campuses at City and Riverside have been meticulously designed to offer superb opportunities to our students and to meet and adapt to the changing needs of future generations. This future-proofing complements the vast open and inspiring learning and teaching environment.  Here’s just a few reasons why you should make City your first choice:

  • We have designed our curriculum to develop the technical skills of students and it is closely aligned with industry requirements, meaning our graduates can successfully transition from their course into employment. 
  • Our Financial Services curriculum has been recognised by the industry in Scotland as we have recently won the 2019 Pioneer Award as a result of our industry engagement and teaching content. 
  • We support our students in a classroom environment encouraging student engagement and improving attainment.
  • Over 90% of our successful students’ progress directly to further learning, apprenticeships, or employment. 
  • All of our students have a named Academic Advisor who can provide advice, support and signposting in key areas, such as:
    • Opportunities to discuss your academic progress.
    • Encouragement and an informed view with ways to enhance your academic studies.
    • Planned workshops from the student services team on a range of areas including finance and funding, careers information, help to be a class rep etc. You can suggest to your Academic Advisor workshops and talks that would benefit you.
    • A reliable point of contact throughout your studies, enabling you to make the most of your time at the college.

Make City of Glasgow College your first choice for a world-class education.

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. 

*Relevant subjects include any from a STEM discipline or English.   

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you'll get the opportunity to find out more about the course.

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

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


It may be possible to apply for entry level posts.

Continuing Study

If you successfully complete 16 units on the NQ course you 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.  You 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:
    31st Aug 2020, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome