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What is on offer?

Two different apprenticeship level 6 Higher Cert & Level 8 Higher Diploma to suit your individual skills and experience.

Higher Certificate Level 6 in International Financial Services
IFS Associate Level Apprenticeship
HIGHER CERTIFICATE IN BUSINESS IN INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SERVICES (Level 6) 2018/2020
As this is an Apprenticeship programme, participation on the programme is contingent upon the apprentice being offered an Apprenticeship role with an employer participating in the Apprenticeship scheme.
Course content
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YEAR 2



What is an apprenticeship?
A programme of structured education and training which formally combines and alternates learning in the workplace with learning in an education or training centre. It is a dual system, a blended combination of on-the-job employer-based training and off-the-job training.

About the course
This programme seeks to provide the appropriate education and training to allow successful graduates be registered with SOLAS as an IFS Associate Professional. What this means is that through a combination of off-the-job and on-the-job learning, apprentices will develop skills that are key to working in International Financial Services. These skills include areas of regulation and compliance, products and services, client communications and relationships, systems and processes, etc., within the context of International Financial Services.

Course structure
This programme is structured over two academic calendar years. Off-the-job modules run over two 14 week semesters per academic year, while On-the-job modules are structured to run over the length each academic year. Assessment of off-the-job modules comprises a combination of continuous assessment and exams. On-the-job assessment is via an ongoing electronic portfolio of work-based evidence that is submitted in year 1 and in year 2.

Who is the course for?
The Higher Certificate in International Financial Services is aimed at those who are looking to start their career in International Financial Services

Minimum entry requirements
Minimum entry requirements are a grade H7/O6 or above in five leaving certificate (or equivalent) subjects. A minimum of grade O6 must be obtained in English. A minimum of grade O6 or a B2 or above in Foundation level must be obtained in Mathematics. Holders of a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Business (or equivalent) or QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Business (or equivalent) can apply for entry onto the programme. Non-standard applications will be also considered on an individual basis.

Higher Diploma Level 8 in Financial Services Analytic

IFS SPECIALIST LEVEL APPRENTICESHIP
HIGHER DIPLOMA IN FINANCIAL SERVICES ANALYTICS (Level 8) 2018/2020
As this is an Apprenticeship programme, participation on the programme is contingent upon the apprentice being offered an Apprenticeship role with an employer participating in the Apprenticeship scheme.
COURSE CONTENT
YEAR 1

YEAR 2

About the course
This programme seeks to provide the appropriate education and training to allow successful graduates be registered with SOLAS as an IFS Specialist. What this means is that through a combination of off-the-job and on-the-job learning, apprentices will develop skills that are key to working in an analytics role in International Financial Services. This programme is a 2-year apprenticeship aimed at graduates or mature applicants who wish to follow a career in financial services. Learners will be employed by Financial Services companies. Learning will take place within that company and the learner will also attend NCI or other education provider over the academic year. Learners will follow three themes in the programme around technology, finance and analytics. Taking modules in Data Programming, Financial Markets, Statistics for Finance, Data Management and Data Mining and Machine Learning. The programme leads to a level 8 professional award Higher Diploma in Financial Services Analytics awarded by QQI.

Course structure
This programme is structured over two calendar years. Off-the-job modules run three 12-week semesters per academic year (September - August), while on-the -job modules are structured to run over the length of each academic year. Assessment of off-the-job modules comprises a combination of continuous assessment and exams. On-the-job assessment is via an ongoing electronic portfolio of work-based evidence that is submitted in year 1 and in year 2.

Who is the course for?
The course is particularly suitable for learners that have a level 8 qualification in any discipline and wish to transfer into the world of Financial Services and Analytics. The programme is of interest to learners employed by a Financial Services (FS) company that would like to upskill in areas such as Technologies, Financial Markets and Analytics and work as an International Financial Services (IFS) Specialist.

Minimum entry requirements
Learners graduating with a 2.2 honours degree at level 8 in any discipline are eligible to apply for this programme. Non-standard applications will be also considered on an individual basis.
As this is an Apprenticeship programme, participation on the programme is contingent upon the apprentice being offered an Apprenticeship role with an employer participating in the Apprenticeship scheme.

Apprentices who participate on the programme will be at least 18 years of age. Holders of technical, numerate degrees are likely to gain a higher ranking in any order of merit for admission. Typically, these would be applicants who have gained a minimum of a Level 8 qualification in a numerate discipline. Typical disciplines which would fall into this category would be:
  • Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Economics Candidates who have achieved a minimum of a Level 8 qualification in a programme with a significant IT component and/or significant numerate element. Such programmes vary greatly in mathematical and information technology content and assessment would be by detailed examination of subject content, assessments and syllabi. Typical programmes which would fall into this category could include:
  • Management Information Systems
  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Management
Given the target technical market for graduates of this programme, candidates will be required to demonstrate technical or mathematical problem solving skills as part of previous programme learning. Graduates from disciplines which do not have technical or mathematical problem solving skills embedded in their programme will need to be able to demonstrate technical or mathematical problem solving skills in addition to their level 8 programme qualifications (Certifications, Additional Qualifications, Certified Experience and Assessment Tests