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Business Finance

This course provides business analysts and other non-financial specialists with a good understanding of a range of financial concepts and techniques.  Practical sessions use realistic case studies to examine key areas such as:
  • The sources and use of finance in business
  • Key financial documents and their interpretation
  • The business case and investment appraisal techniques
  • Budgets and budgeting
  • Costs and costing
  • Evaluating suppliers' finances
  • Financial ratio analysis
  • Financing service delivery

A comprehensive course manual, containing detailed information about business finance techniques, and providing references for further reading, is provided to each participant who attends this course.

Learning Objectives

This course is a module in the BCS Advanced International Diploma in Business Analysis.  It prepares participants to sit the Professional Certificate in Business Finance offered by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

Course Content

The course takes places over 3 days.  Refreshments and lunch are provided free of charge to participants.
Day 1 - 09:30 start / 17:00 finish
  • Sources and use of finance in business
  • Key financial reports and their interpretation
  • Cash flow forecasting
  • The purpose and contents of a business case
Day 2 - 09:00 start / 17:00 finish
  • Investment appraisal techniques
  • Budgets and budgeting
  • Costs and costing
Day 3 - 09:00 start / 17:00 finish
  • Evaluating supplier financial stability
  • Financing service delivery
  • Examination revision and BCS Professional Examination

Exams & Certification

The examination for this certificate lasts for 90 minutes and consists of 40 scenario-based multiple-choice questions. The pass mark is 26/40 or 65%.

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