January 29 ,2014 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Trading Places: How To Work In The City?

Trading Places How To Work

Getting a foot in the trading door has become increasingly difficult with graduate programmes being cut and a tightening on in-house education. LAT, in partnership with LSBF, offers a solution …


A key is gaining practical experience and role-specific ‘transferable’ training in a professional environment – step forward the London Academy of Trading (LAT). A part of Aldersgate Investment Management Group LLP, the LAT was formed to give trainees the tools they need to become successful in global financial market trading.


LAT offers a Diploma in Applied Financial Training, which is accredited by the Association of Business Practitioners and regulated by OFQUAL. That means you get a qualification recognised by the industry. This Level 5 diploma aims to provide the foundations and knowledge to start a successful career in financial market trading across Forex, Futures, Stocks, Commodities and Indices. It was stressed that the diploma does not just teach you about making money – it is about getting a qualification that has real value too.

The programme is also good for those who are not academically strong – the emphasis is on the practical, but be warned there is still a two-hour closed book written exam at the end of the programme. You will be expected to trade every day and provide P&L reports. A strategy presentation is another key part of the final phase. This is good preparation for anyone who will be later looking for private investors.


Online learning is a key part of the programme and there are pre-recorded and daily webinars to download and watch. All together you get around 350 hours of tutoring. In the last month (and it’s a three/four month course) you go onto the trading floor were you are guided and mentored in trading techniques.

The cost of the course is around £5,000, and there is an opportunity to pay by instalments. The courses also start every month on a rolling basis. LAT’s Natasha Page said that if anyone is really interested then she is more than happy to arrange a ‘taster’ lesson.  That is a genuine offer and be careful you will be hooked, it is really good fun!


Fancy being a City trader? LAT’s Professional Trading Financial Programme that awards a Level 5 Diploma in Applied Financial Training, in partnership with LSBF, is designed to teach students how to become a successful trader.


A version of this article was published in NQ Magazine

LSBF Blog Staff

The official profile of the World's Business School. Follow us on Twitter at @LSBF

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn
There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one!
Please write your comment, minimum length 50 characters
Please insert your name
Please insert a correct email address
We couldn't process your comment, please try again later