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Ready For Retirement?

(SCQF level 6)

Accounting, Education and Humanities

Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Jan 2023, 8 weeks




18:00 - 21:00


City Campus


£ 80


  • Do you want to know more about pensions? 
  • Do you struggle to understand the basics about pensions? 
  • Are you unsure about pension benefits? 
  • Do you want to understand the basics of a defined benefit pension?  

This short course is designed to enable you to understand pension provision in the United Kingdom and the use of pension schemes.   It is primarily intended for people who are wanting to up-skill their own knowledge of pensions to help them understand pension ‘jargon’ and what it means for them and their retirement.  

PLEASE NOTE: The course is for general interest and will provide a general overview of pensions.   There will be no personal financial advice provided regarding the type of pension or investment you may choose to plan for your retirement.  You should seek an appointment with an independent financial advisor to discuss your individual circumstances.   This course will provide you with the knowledge to understand pensions in a little more detail than ‘the average person’ but will not provide you with the qualifications required to become a pensions advisor. 

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

Numeracy and Communication (at National 5 level) would be advantageous.

Additional selection requirements

You may 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. This will take place via a video meeting platform such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams.

What you study

You will learn about the following topics: 

  • Funding of State pensions.  
  • Basic State pension eligibility and benefit.
  • Structure and Features of employer defined benefit scheme. 
  • Public sector defined benefit schemes. 
  • Benefits paid at retirement. 
  • Types of personal pension schemes.
  • Options at retirement.

After the course


Our students have been recognised by Glasgow's International Financial Services District (IFSD) for achieving top marks in their studies. With experience and training, you could become an accounting technician and take on more complex work. 

Continuing Study 

After successful completion of any three of the following courses and a positive tutor reference you can apply to study HNC Financial Services: 

  • Ready to Move On? 
  • Ready to Invest? 
  • Ready for Retirement? 
  • Ready for Business? 
  • Ready to Employ? 

After successful completion of Ready to Employ and Ready for Business as well as one option (below) and a positive tutor reference you can apply to study HNC Accountancy: 

  • Ready to Move On? 
  • Ready to Invest? 
  • Ready for Retirement? 


How the course is taught

The Ready for Retirement course is intended to be delivered on-campus in a face-to-face learning environment*.   This course is delivered over 8 weeks on a Tuesday evening from 6-9pm.  

Learners will also be provided with additional learning resources via an online learning platform to practice in their own time. 

*Subject to and operating within Scottish Government Covid-19 operating procedures. 

Assessment methods

This course will be assessed through a mixture of timed assessments, essays and portfolios of work in an open book environment.  The assessment will take place on the completion of the teaching of each unit.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st Jan 2023, 8 weeks
  • Day(s):
    18:00 - 21:00
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Cost:
    £ 80