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Certificate in Introduction to Finance
3 months to 4 months
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The Certificate in Introduction to Finance teaches you how to implement fundamental financial tools apply them to crucial decision-making processes.
Robust financial practise 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.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this certificate programme will possess career-ready skills in:

  • Valuation, portfolio theory, and foreign exchange markets
  • The use of NPV and IRR future values, present value, perpetuities, and annuities
  • Financial markets and institutions, including the stock market and financial intermediaries
  • The role of the financial manager, cash flow versus profit, agency theory, and corporate governance
  • Your programme modules and learning content are delivered via the Canvas study platform, and feature the following resources:

    • Professionally produced video lectures created by leading business practitioners
    • A designated tutor who will provide support and feedback throughout your programme
    • Case Studies and Discussion Questions to enhance your understanding of theory in context
    • Downloadable e-books and free library resources to aid your assignment writing and research
    • Access to online forums where you can share and discuss new concepts with fellow students and professionals from around the world
    • A good level of English language ability is recommended
    • Relevant work experience is an asset, but no work experience is required
  • 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.

  • Based on all online students who studied with InterActive in 2016



Daniela Rachow
I loved the international aspect of studying with InterActive, it’s a very rewarding learning environment. I am absolutely happy with my choice, I’d do it again.
— Daniela Rachow, Germany
Brinsley Bailey
I love everything about the platform. It is so easy to navigate and the fact that I can access my work, view the online libraries and talk to my classmates in one area is very useful.
— Brinsley Bailey, United Kingdom
Kunhipurayil Ratnakumar Mattankot
Learning is the most important thing, continue to learn, you don’t stop your learning.
Kunhipurayil Ratnakumar Mattankot, India

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