Financial Studies Certificate (CeFS)

What does the course involve?

The Certificate in Financial Studies (CeFS) teaches students about the financial services industry and how to apply the appropriate solutions available within the evolving financial services marketplace. The qualification will enable you to make informed and confident decisions regarding your personal finances. It will help you to become a responsible borrower and sensible saver, and to have an appreciation of the need for financial planning throughout your life. In the second year we look at the wider implications of finances on our own sustainability and the sustainability of the financial services industry as a whole. We invite guest speakers in to the college to discuss financial services, both from industry and the LIBF and we usually visit the Bank of England in London.

This course is an A Level equivalent and earns UCAS points in the same way as any A Level course.  Upon completion of the CeFS, students can study for a further year to achieve the Diploma in Financial Studies (DipFS). The Diploma is also a Level 3 qualification, benchmarked as an A2 equivalent.

Course Outline

There are 4 Mandatory Units:

Year 1
Financial Capability for the Immediate & Short Term
Financial Capability for the Medium & Long Term

Year 2
Sustainability of an Individual’s Finances
Sustainability of the Financial System

Students have to pass each of the 4 compulsory units.  Each unit has two papers – one multiple choice paper and one pre-release case study paper. Students are able to re-take each paper once, free of charge, and the highest score counts!

Exam Board
London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF)

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, with at least two at grade 6, including English. A keen interest in current affairs is desirable and there is a lot of independent reading to do.


This course provides an excellent base to enter the banking and insurance industries in particular. LIBF qualifications are well respected by industry and many employed professionals study them as part of their continued professional development. On completion of the CeFS, you can study for a further year to achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Financial Studies (DipFS), which is the equivalent of an A Level.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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