People working in the finance sector help individuals, firms and organisations to keep track of their money and to save, spend and invest it wisely. This has always been one of the strongest areas of the Scottish economy, and in 2008 Scotland had the second highest number of banking headquarters in Europe, after London.
However, the sector has been severely affected by recent global problems. As a result there is some uncertainty about employment prospects in, for example, banking. Fortunately, despite job cuts in the high street banks, there has been an expansion of other financial services within Scotland.
Financial Services offers good opportunities for students who enjoy:
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Entry is at the discretion of the school or college, however you would normally be expected to have attained one of the following, or equivalent:
The course is made up of four compulsory units, each one taking 40 hours of study:
You will learn about
Where will I take the course?
You will usually train at a local college. Training sessions will take place for a set number of hours and weeks during term time.
You may be able to arrange a related work experience placement by speaking to your pastoral care or guidance teacher in school.
Assessment in this Course will be based on a range of practical workshop activities, supported by assessor observation checklists and candidate self-checking of quality.
In the Employability Skills Unit, candidates will carry out self-evaluation on a range of skills, review their progress and identify action points.
You may be able to progress to:
Further study, training or employment in: