Who should attend
This course is for you in your answer to one of these questions is Yes:
- Do you want to collaborate successfully with financial specialists on a significant project?
- Would you benefit from improving your understanding of your small business finances?
- Are you considering a career or secondment in finance?
You will benefit most from this course if you have a minimum of 40 hours of prior study of finance, or equivalent practical experience.
If you don't already have this level of experience, we recommend that you consider taking our 'Essential finance for you' and 'Understanding finance in organisations' before this course.
About the course
Aims of the course:
- To improve experienced students' financial confidence and skills
- To enable students to work successfully with finance specialists on significant projects
- To support students considering a career or secondment in finance
Course content overview:
As a result of the course, participants should be able to: enjoy collaborating with finance colleagues and specialist financial advisors; appreciate and improve the financial dimensions of any self-employed work they do; and learn whether a secondment or career in finance is likely to be enjoyable.
Topics will include:
Teaching Week 1 - Markets and our place in them: Participants will gain a sound appreciation of markets, how the capital liabilities of organisations are assets in financial markets, and why communication with markets is so important.
Teaching Week 2 - Shareholder value and other stakeholders: Participants will grasp the fundamentally important concept of shareholder value, and its relationship with the interests of other stakeholders in organisations.
Teaching Week 3 - Supercharge your spreadsheets: This week will aim to further enhance the power of your financial modelling work to support and deepen understanding of shareholder value, risk management and the presentation of proposals.
Teaching Week 4 - Risk management: Participants will gain comfort and confidence with risk identification, risk management and risk reporting.
Teaching Week 5 - Getting your proposals accepted: This week we'll appreciate how to optimise the analysis and presentation of proposals to ensure their acceptance. We'll apply this understanding in a self-chosen case study.
While they have a specific start and end date and will follow a weekly schedule (for example, week 1 will cover topic A, week 2 will cover topic B), our tutor-led online courses are designed to be flexible and as such would normally not require participants to be online for a specific day of the week or time of the day (although some tutors may try to schedule times where participants can be online together for web seminars, which will be recorded so that those who are unable to be online at certain times are able to access material).
Unless otherwise stated, all course material will be posted on the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) so that they can be accessed at any time throughout the duration of the course and interaction with your tutor and fellow participants will take place through a variety of different ways which will allow for both synchronous and asynchronous learning (discussion boards,etc).
A Certificate of Participation will be awarded to participants who contribute constructively to weekly discussions and exercises/assignments for the duration of the course.
This course is open to everyone, and you don’t need any previous knowledge or experience of the subject to attend.
Our short courses are designed especially for adult learners who want to advance their personal or professional development. They are taught by tutors who are expert in both their subjects and in teaching students of all ages and experiences.
Please note that all teaching is in English. You should have near-native command of the English language in order to get the maximum benefit from the course.
Doug Williamson FCA FCT has an encouraging and supportive teaching style which gives his students the confidence to stay engaged in financial decision-making and the courage to say, "I don't understand", when they don't. Doug believes that many financial problems could have been averted if a dec...
Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.