International Introduction to Securities & Investments

EQF Level 4

This certificate has been specifically designed to provide students with a direct-entry route into the financial services industry. This programme is ideal for juniors starting their career within the financial services sector.

The course programme provides an overview of all the areas of investment and the role of financial services in the economy. 


UNIT 1: Introduction to Securities & Investment

Element 1: Introduction — the Financial Services Industry


Element 2:  Economic Development — Economic Environment


Element 3: Financial Assets and Markets — Cash Deposits, Money Market Instruments, Property, Foreign Exchange Market, Derivatives/Commodity Markets, World Stock Markets


Element 4: Equities — Equities


Element 5: Bonds — Government Bonds, Corporate Bonds


Element 6: Derivatives — Introduction, Futures, Options, SWAPS, Derivatives Uses


Element 7: Investment Funds— Introduction, Unit Trusts, Open Ended

Investment Companies, Pricing, Dealing & Settlement, Investment Trusts, Real Estate Investment Trusts, Exchange-Traded Funds, Hedge Funds


Element 8: Financial Services Regulation — Financial Services and Markets Act, Financial Crime, Insider Dealing and Market Abuse, Data Protection Act 1998, Breaches, Complaints and Compensation.


Element 9: Other Financial Products

Awarding Body:

Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments

Study Hours:

Unit 1: 80 hours (Study time)


open throughout the year


Exam ( 1 hour ) consisting of 50 MCQ

Additional Info:



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