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Short Courses in Finance and Accounting

KEY FACTS
Qualification: Professional Development Programme
Duration: Varied depending on your course, from 1 week full day study to session based studying over 12 weeks.
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Campus: London
Intake Dates: February
May
September
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Tuition Fees: From £690- £1,200
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LSBF's portfolio of finance short courses has been designed to cover the essential themes and issues surrounding accounting and investment. Each course provides insight into the fundamentals of the financial world, including various processes, products, markets and applicable risks involved in complex market scenarios.

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Capital Markets and Investments

Overview

Explore the mechanisms of equity investments, fixed income securities and derivative markets. This course offers a full introduction to financial markets in a global setting. You will also learn how to identify and understand the key macroeconomic and financial factors that govern the financial markets and influence investment decisions.

Programme focus

Capital markets
Asset pricing
Contemporary global financial markets

Key Benefits:

  • Gain a comprehensive overview of the structure of financial markets, the current state of the financial markets and the drivers of the ‘credit crunch’
  • Explore the mechanisms of equity investments, fixed income securities and derivative markets
  • Develop your understanding of the mechanics of the different segments of financial markets
  • Acquire the skills to effectively interpret and analyse the financial press

Who is the module for?

This course is designed as an introduction to the world of financial markets. It is the ideal course for those looking to develop an understanding of financial markets in a global setting, or for those who want to refresh their knowledge.

Managerial Finance

Overview

Learn about the key tools and techniques used to measure performance and make financial management decisions in an organisation, as well as financial reporting. Gain the skills and competencies required to optimise cost structure and manage the cash flow position. This course will also give you an introduction to the issues of short-term financing and working capital management.

Programme focus

Managerial accounting
Financial analysis
Working capital management

Key Benefits:

  • Summarise key principles, trends and tools in accounting and managerial finance
  • Identify effective approaches to the analysis of corporate finance
  • Discuss the practical application of models and theories to decisions on corporate financing
  • Compare the economic benefits of various types of financing

Who is the module for?

This course will develop your knowledge and skills in managerial finance, whether you're moving into a new field or a new role it is ideal to equip you with the appropriate knowledge to confidently manage when dealing with financial complexities. Sound knowledge of financial accounting and management accounting is a requirement for entry onto the course.

Corporate Finance in Practice

Overview

This module provides a solid introduction to the world of corporate finance. It covers 3 fundamental issues:
1. How the activities of a chosen company are financed
2. How a company makes investment decisions
3. How an organisation manages the working capital it requires for ongoing operations.

Programme focus

Capital markets
Investment decisions
Working capital management

Key Benefits:

  • Explain how the finance function is organised
  • Understand the techniques used in both short-term and long-term financial decision making
  • Make capital investment decisions under different business strategies
  • Outline the sources and types of finance available to businesses
  • Demonstrate the application of investment appraisal techniques
  • Understand how corporate governance helps to ensure businesses are managed with integrity

Who is the module for?

This course is ideal if you need to develop further knowledge of corporate finance, including the ability to evaluate investment using discounted cash-flow techniques. Knowledge of how to read financial statements is a pre requisite for this course.

Project Finance

Overview

An intense overview of key aspects of project finance: participants will be covering in detail the essential topics in order to understand project finance from risk valuation to documentation, going through all available sources on debt financing and debt capacity.

Programme focus

Project finance versus the financing of projects
Key issues in evaluating and structuring a Project Finance transaction
Debt financing

Key Benefits:

  • Develop your understanding of the difference between project finance and other corporate debt financing alternatives
  • Increase your knowledge of around the key motivations for stakeholders in a project
  • Become confident in assessing the key risks in a project and how those risks are typically mitigated
  • Learn about the structure of financial statements within project finance and the evaluation of the key drivers of financial performance
  • Understand how debt and equity providers evaluate the financial performance of projects
  • Acquire the skills to highlight the key commercial aspects of documentation

Who is the module for?

The course is aimed to individuals who work in areas related to project finance or aim future work in this area. Although not a course for a practitioners, students should have good knowledge of financial statements, the International Rate of Return, Net Asset Value and principles of Cost of Capital.

Portfolio Management

Overview

Gain an in-depth understanding of portfolio management, whilst exploring portfolio structuring techniques designed to achieve a maximum return for a minimum level of risk. The course will ensure that you gain a solid grasp of the current state of financial markets, as well as the ability to understand the financial press.

Programme focus

Portfolio structuring
Capital markets
Alternative Investments

Key Benefits:

  • Understand portfolio management
  • Structure portfolios to achieve specific returns
  • Evaluate the current state of the financial markets
  • Fully understand what is written in the financial press

Who is the module for?

This course was created for individuals with an existing knowledge of financial products as well as alternative investments, who wish to be able to analyse and create a portfolio of investment products.

Alternative Investments

Overview

Learn to effectively analyse and price various investment products constituting alternative investment asset class, including: real estate, commodities, private equity and venture capital. You will explore the unique characteristics and associated levels of risk with each individual product, as well as their possible contribution to the investment portfolio.

Programme focus

Alternative investments asset class
Capital markets
Portfolio management

Key Benefits:

  • Evaluate risk and return on alternative investment products
  • Gain understanding of asset classes, markets, participants and trading strategy
  • Understand the role and purpose of alternative investments within the current investment climate

Who is the module for?

This course is ideal if you wish to develop an existing knowledge of financial investments and capital markets, either for entry onto another course, or for immediate use in the workplace.

Risk Management

Overview

It is now more important than ever to recognise critical risks, analyse risk-reward trade-offs and respond effectively based on quantitative cost-benefit analyses. This module provides an introduction to different areas of risk; market, credit and operational, and an appreciation of the financial markets and the forces that govern them.

Programme focus

Credit risk
Market risk
Operational risk

Key Benefits:

  • Understand the structure of financial markets and the discipline of risk management
  • Recognise the 3 distinct domains of risk management
  • Analyse the current state of the financial markets
  • Fully understand what is written in the financial press

Who is the module for?

This module is aimed at those who to wish to a gain solid understanding of the 3 areas of risk that correlate with each other. As a result, the skills you acquire will be extremely useful to all manner of companies, in a wide range of different areas. Advanced skills in mathematics are not necessary for entry onto the course, but any mathematics knowledge you have will be beneficial.

Financial Markets: Trading Terminals (FMTT)

Overview

This module develops the practical knowledge needed to operate Bloomberg Terminals, within a product specific context. You will acquire the real world skills and tools required for creating automated financial models in Excel, particularly the Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) tool. As a result, you will be able to produce graphics and presentations from Bloomberg Terminals for use in a variety of financial tasks.

Programme focus

Operation of Bloomberg Terminals
Capital markets
Visual Basic for applications

Key Benefits:

  • Navigate and research using Bloomberg terminals
  • Use Bloomberg product specific functions
  • Operate Bloomberg terminals to create graphs, both comparative and representative
  • Manipulate the static export of data to external tools
  • Integrate Bloomberg descriptive paramedic and real-time pricing data into Excel spreadsheets

Who is the module for?

This course is ideal is if you want to build on your knowledge of different financial markets, and gain experience using Bloomberg Terminals. It is also suitable if you have a genuine interest in financial markets and want to improve your expertise in the area.

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Understanding Financial Statements

Overview

The ability to read, understand and analyse financial statements is a vital business skill. It is often said that accounting is the ‘language’ of business. This course teaches you to ‘speak’ this language. You will gain a full introduction to the principles and role of financial accounting, as well as how to record business transactions in an accounting system using the double entry approach. You will also learn how to analyse key financial reporting: balance sheets, income statements and statements of cash flows – from both a UK and International Financial Reporting Standards perspective.

Programme focus

Financial accounting
Financial reporting
Financial statement analysis

Key benefits:

  • Understand and record business transitions in an accounting system through basic bookkeeping
  • Complete the bookkeeping phase up to trial balance, including adjustments
  • Understand and prepare basic financial statements for various types of business
  • Interpret financial statements using ratio analysis

Who is the module for?

This course will help you to develop the skills and knowledge required for the day-to-day management of financial statements. It’s ideal if you are taking on a new level of responsibility and need to understand the key elements of financial accounting.

Accounting for Performance and Control

Overview

This module covers the key techniques, methods and terms used in cost management and managerial accounting. You will look at the importance of budgetary planning and control, forecasting using quantitative methods, and the principles of full cost accounting. As a result of all this, you will develop the expertise required to make sound business decisions.

Programme focus

Managerial accounting
Budgetary planning and forecasting methods
Cost-structure analysis and profit calculation

Key Benefits:

  • Understand the role management accounting plays in decision making within an organisation
  • Prepare budgets and other budgetary control statements
  • Make well-informed decisions on pricing, cost control, and cost reduction
  • Calculate and analyse variances and their possible causes

Who is the module for?

This course is ideal if you need to develop new knowledge and skills in the managerial accounting field, whether you are taking your career in a new direction, or starting in a new role.

Corporate Finance

Overview

This module provides a solid introduction to the world of corporate finance. It covers 3 fundamental issues:
1. How the activities of a chosen company are financed
2. How a company makes investment decisions
3. How an organisation manages the working capital it requires for ongoing operations.

Programme focus

Capital markets
Investment decisions
Working capital management

Key Benefits:

  • Explain how the finance function is organised
  • Understand the techniques used in both short-term and long-term financial decision making
  • Make capital investment decisions under different business strategies
  • Outline the sources and types of finance available to businesses
  • Demonstrate the application of investment appraisal techniques
  • Understand how corporate governance helps to ensure businesses are managed with integrity

Who is the module for?

This course is ideal if you need to develop further knowledge of corporate finance, including the ability to evaluate investment using discounted cash-flow techniques. Knowledge of how to read financial statements is a pre requisite for this course.

M&A and Equity Valuation

Overview

Learn how to apply advanced analysis to the valuation of companies involved in the mergers and acquisitions process. You will gain an overview of the private equity industry and the practical issues involved in leveraged buyouts and buy-ins. You will also gain an understanding of the tools and techniques used in the valuation of a company, and a complete overview of key elements in successful M&A and private equity transactions.

Programme focus

Mergers and acquisitions
Corporate valuation: tools and techniques
Private equity

Key Benefits:

  • Understand what is involved in the M&A process, from beginning to end
  • Use the tools available to evaluate a business
  • Give an overview of the private equity industry
  • Assess the practical issues involved in leveraged buyouts including the management of buyouts and buy-ins

Who is the module for?

This course is ideal if you wish to develop the skills needed to succeed in wholesale banking, specifically in Investment Management and Corporate Finance divisions. The course will provide you with the skills required for highly demanding deal-making and technically specialised analyst posts.

Financial Markets: Trading and Analysis

Overview

This course offers a comprehensive introduction to financial markets in a global setting. It also provides a detailed analysis of the various investment products, their practical application and pricing. The aim is to give you a thorough understanding of the current state of markets and the financial press.

Programme focus

Capital markets
Asset pricing
Contemporary global financial markets

Key Benefits:

  • Outline the structure of financial markets
  • Understand the mechanics of the different segments of financial markets
  • Evaluate the current state of the financial markets and the drivers of the ‘credit crunch’
  • Fully understand what is written in the financial press

Who is the module for?

This course serves as an introduction for newcomers to the world of financial markets. It’s ideal for those who want to understand the mechanics of the different financial products and how they are traded, as well as gain an introduction to Bloomberg Terminals.

Excel for Financial Modelling

Overview

This course covers all of the key features in Excel that are used to build professional financial models. Students will learn how to design structured financial models in practice. By the end of the course, you will fully understand each feature and be comfortable using a variety of Excel modelling tools.

Programme focus

Financial modelling techniques
Decision making

Key Benefits:

  • Understand all the features traditionally used in financial models
  • Know how to implement each feature and when each one should be used
  • Have the skills to design business models in Excel

Who is the module for?

The intermediate course is ideal for individuals who need to gain confidence and general skills in financial Excel modules.

Advanced Financial Modelling

Overview

This course addresses a number of important accounting issues and key factors in financial modelling. You will be introduced to best practice financial modelling techniques, whilst focusing on both the incomings and outgoings that need to be managed in financial modelling processes. Areas such as income statements, cash calculations, balance sheets, assets and liabilities taxation, and analysing financial data in graphics and data tables are all covered.

Programme focus

Financial and business modelling
Managerial accounting
Decision making

Key Benefits:

  • Develop robust, fully integrated financial forecasting models, which include sensitivity analysis, data tables and graphics
  • Explain the adjustments that have to be made to the accounting profit to give taxable profit
  • Understand tax coding and computation, managing tax loss and modelling of deferred tax
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of modelling, income statements, cash calculations, non-current assets and non-current liabilities

Who is the module for?

The Advanced course is aimed at individuals with a working knowledge of Excel and an accounting background, who wish to master accounting related issues such as cash flow, sensitive analysis and taxation.

Entry Requirements
  • Approximately 2 years of relevant business experience and the drive to develop your skills even further
  • While there are no IELTS or English language requirements, please be aware that the courses are taught in English
  • Individual short courses may have alternative/additional requirements, please speak to a programme advisor for further information

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