Finance Academy BTEC National Award in Personal and Business Finance

Cirencester College
In Cirencester

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Important information

  • BTEC
  • Cirencester

Important information

Government funding available


Where and when

Starts Location
On request
Fosse Way Campus Stroud Road, GL7 1XA, Gloucestershire, England
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Frequent Asked Questions

· Requirements

You will have at least 4 GCSEs at grade C. At least THREE must be from : English Language or Literature/Humanities (History,Geography,RS,Sociology,Psychology)/Business/Science (Core and Additional OR triple)/Maths. Alternatively you will have a DISTINCTION in a Level 2 Diploma OR an NVQ2 OR a CACHE Cert.

Course programme

Finance Academy (BTEC National Award in Personal and Business Finance)
The Academy of Finance is unique in that it combines academic qualifications with an internship, usually between the first and second years of the programme, at one of our partner Financial Services Companies.

What does the programme involve?
To be eligible to join the Academy of Finance you must study 10 hours of business education, either the academic route - AS Business and AS Accounts/AS Economics/AS Law or the vocational route - the 10 hour BTEC National in Business. You will also study for the BTEC in Personal and Business Finance.

The summer internship on top of these qualifications provides an opportunity for students to use the knowledge they gain over the first year in a job scenario. Students will be tutored in workplace skills such as teambuilding, communication and interviewing technique to prepare them for the internship.

What will I study?
Preparing for employment
Personal Financial Services
Business Financial Performance
Financial Services to Support Business
Finance in the National and Global Economy
Regulations and ethics in the financial services environment
How is the course assessed?
  • Coursework
  • Presentation
What else do I need to know?
The Internship
Students will be tutored in workplace skills such as teamworking, communication and crucially, interview skills to prepare them for the summer internship. In addition you will have the opportunity to be linked with a mentor from a partner company to guide you through your course and internship.

What other costs are there?
Supplementary Costs
Band B (£50 - £150)

Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any extra costs involved?
Yes. As students will be visiting employers and working in a business environment they will require appropriate business attire. There may be several trips to employers and to London which students are expected to attend and fund. We also hope to take the students on a business focussed overseas trip, but this is not mandatory.

What type of student might the Finance Academy be suitable for?
One of the main aims of the Academy programme is to provide students with an opportunity to experience the real world of work by putting classroom theory into practice whilst opening their eyes to the numerous career opportunities within a market sector. Feedback from our employers partners tells us that in addition to strong academic ability the personal characteristics that they are looking for in their future work-force include drive, enthusiasm and initiative. Strong communication and interpersonal skills combined with an ability to meet deadlines are key to a successful career in business. This course also incorporates a substantial amount of content that require excellent numerical skills, eg Accounting and Economics. For this reason, we do not recommend it for students who have lower than a GCSE grade C in Maths.
Exam Board = EDEXCEL

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