Financial Strategy

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Description

This course builds directly on the Finance and Accounting Foundation Course.

Topics in accounting usually have a fairly clearly defined answer. There are techniques available to generate a solution, often in the form of an accounting statement. However, accounting, especially financial accounting, tends to be historic in outlook (i.e. backward-looking), focusing on reporting and analysing past behaviour and performance.

The perspective of finance is rather different. Finance focuses on recommending appropriate financial policies designed to optimise the interest of the owners of the firm. Because none of us can predict the future, our policy recommendations are often hedged in with uncertain…

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This course builds directly on the Finance and Accounting Foundation Course.

Topics in accounting usually have a fairly clearly defined answer. There are techniques available to generate a solution, often in the form of an accounting statement. However, accounting, especially financial accounting, tends to be historic in outlook (i.e. backward-looking), focusing on reporting and analysing past behaviour and performance.

The perspective of finance is rather different. Finance focuses on recommending appropriate financial policies designed to optimise the interest of the owners of the firm. Because none of us can predict the future, our policy recommendations are often hedged in with uncertainty.

Syllabus

Unit 1: Introductory Issues and Concepts

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Role of the financial manager
  • The finance decision
  • Concept of value
  • Value determinants
  • Risk-return trade-off
  • The accountant versus the strategist
  • Delivering value
  • Limitations on value-creating behaviour
  • Corporate governance
  • Summary

Unit 2: Company Valuation

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Valuation of quoted companies
  • Valuing unquoted companies using alternative valuation techniques
  • Shareholder value analysis (SVA)
  • Summary

Unit 3: Investment Decisions

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Investment decisions and appraisal methods
  • Investment appraisal techniques
  • Discounting methods/discounted cash flow (DCF)
  • Applications of project appraisal
  • Risk and uncertainty in project appraisal
  • Summary

Unit 4: Financing Decisions

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Financial planning
  • Working capital management
  • Sources of long-term finanace
  • Summary

Unit 5: Required Return on Investment

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Cost of debt
  • Cost of equity (Return required by shareholders)
  • Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM)
  • Required rate of return when equity and debt are combined
  • Gearing and company value
  • Summary

Unit 6: Delivering Value

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Total shareholder return (TSR)
  • Theories of dividend policy
  • Evaluation of the irrelevance argument
  • Objections to divided irrelevence
  • Divided policy: key determinants
  • Share buy-backs
  • Summary

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Qualifications

On completion of your course, you will receive the dual award:

Award 1 is issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges: Financial Strategy Diploma

Financial Strategy Diploma issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, to view a sample of the college’s award, please click here.

Award 2 is issued by our Awarding Body: Level 4 Financial Strategy Award

At the end of this course successful learners will also receive a Level 4 NCFE Award Certificate of Achievement. Our course has been accredited under our NCFE IIQ Licence and the course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 4 (using Ofqual’s Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.

This award has been designed by Stonebridge Associated Colleges to meet specific learners' or employers' requirements. Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that this learning programme has been scrutinised and approved by an independent panel of experienced educational professionals and is quality audited biannually by NCFE.

To view a sample of the NCFE Certificate of Achievement, please click here.

To view a sample of the NCFE Candidate Unit Summary, please click here.

What is NCFE

NCFE is the UK's longest established awarding body, recognised as a highly professional and responsive organisation, committed to maintaining excellent customer service and a friendly approach.

NCFE is recognised as an awarding body by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that the college has been inspected and approved by an independent and experienced education professional and is quality audited biannually by NCFE. The centre delivering the programmes has been licensed by NCFE on the basis of its own quality systems. At the end of an accredited course, successful learners will also receive an NCFE Award certificate of achievement.

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Requirements for Entry

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Study Options

In order to offer our students the most convenient and flexible distance learning courses, Stonebridge Associated College offers you the option to study for your course via two methods:

  • 1. Via the traditional paper-based method.
  • 2. Through the online method via ElearnUK.

If you do not have Internet access, or would prefer to study this course via the traditional paper/postal based study method, you can find more information on the course by clicking on the link below.

Stonebridge Prices

Studying by Post. If you would like to pay by instalments, we do offer an affordable interest free payment plan scheme which allows you to spread the cost of your course over a number of months. However, to use this option you will need to study for your course using the traditional paper-based method. For more information on our payment plans please visit our website at www.stonebridge.uk.com

The reason why the course fee is less if you choose to study online, is because with online study there are no costs associated with postage and printing etc. and thus we are able to offer the course at a reduced rate.

The total amount payable over the term's period, is no more than the total cash price of the course.
(APR = 0%). Written quotations are available on request.

Study Hours

This is only an approximate figure and is dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.

The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is: 108 hrs.

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