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Certificate in Introduction to Finance

Robust financial practice lies at the heart of every healthy business, and this programme will give you an appreciation of the basic financial tools and how to apply them in decision-making. You will gain an understanding of the concept of the time value of money and learn how to formulate basic financial equations, as well as how to prepare report inputs using financial tools such as discounting, compounding, annuities, and perpetuities.


The course seeks to develop problem-solving skills in finance which enable you to apply intuition and basic financial analytical skills to decision making, through an examination of the following subject areas:

  • Introduction to finance – the role of the financial manager, cash flow versus profit, agency theory, and corporate governance
  • Financial Markets & Institutions – the stock market, other financial markets, financial intermediaries, financial institutions
  • Project and Investment Decisions – the use of NPV and IRR future values, present value, perpetuities, and annuities
  • Valuation – bond valuation, share valuation, and accounting versus finance approaches
  • Portfolio Theory – the Markowitz Mean, and the variance approach
  • Foreign Exchange Markets – PPT and IPT, forward, future, option and swap markets

You will be formally assessed once during the programme, which will consist of a written report of up to 3,500 words. Completing this assignment to a satisfactory standard is a mandatory requirement.

Start Date:

Enrol anytime and start on the 1st or 15th of every month


3 months

Awarding body:

London School of Business and Finance

Certified by :

CPD (Continuing Professional Development)