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Financial Services NQ

(SCQF level 6)

Accounting, Education and Humanities

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Mode of Study


Start Date

29th Aug 2022, 1 year


City Campus

  • Applications from International Students Welcome
  • Overview

    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.

    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 are 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

    • ​Three National 5 qualifications at Grade C or above in a relevant* subject; OR
    • Relevant* Foundation Apprenticeship qualification; OR
    • NQ/NC/NPA in Business or Accounting or Finance at SCQF level 4/5; OR
    • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

    *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 can find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.  Where COVID restrictions are in place we will invite you to either a video meeting, telephone conference call or make an offer based on your application form.

    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 book assessments under controlled and timed conditions and other practical assessment methods such as presentations.

    • Mode of Study:
    • Start Date:
      29th Aug 2022, 1 year
    • Location:
      City Campus
    • Applications from International Students Welcome