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What is Financial Studies?
Finance is a field that deals with the allocation of assets and liabilities over time under conditions of certainty and uncertainty. Finance can also be defined as the science of money management. Finance consists of financial systems, which include the public, private and government spaces, and the study of finance and financial instruments, which can relate to countless assets and liabilities. Some prefer to divide finance into three distinct categories: public finance, corporate finance and personal finance. All three of which would contain many sub-categories.
Financial Studies therefore enhances the ability to make informed financial decisions through effective planning to manage the risks and challenges involved in finance. Students are provided with the opportunity to develop and enhance the knowledge and skills gained by applying them to the wider financial environment. This includes areas such as financial sustainability within the wider financial services system, and the long-term impact of debt. Through this, a greater understanding of the impact that global events can have upon consumers and the wider financial services industry is developed.
Financial Studies Courses
The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB)
The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) is a Professional Body and a Quality Assurance Partner (QAP) of the Sector Education and Training Authority for Finance, Accounting, Management Consulting and other Financial Services (FASSET). The ICB has been around since 1931. Its role is to improve and maintain the quality, credibility and reputation of bookkeeping, accounting, office administration and financial management training and qualifications in Southern Africa. ICB graduates are recognised worldwide by the International Association of Bookkeepers, the Southern African Institute of Business Accountants, the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). The ICB has four Certification Programmes for students to study. Each certification programme comprises a series of learning programmes made up of short courses. ICB assessments can be written at assessments centres around South Africa. HC Varsity is a registered ICB exam centre you can click here for more information.
The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO)
The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) is a Quality Council established in 2010 in terms of the Skills Development Act. Its role is to oversee the design, implementation, assessment and certification of occupational qualifications on the Occupational Qualifications Sub-Framework (OQSF). The QCTO is one of three Quality Councils (QCs) responsible for a part of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Collectively, the Quality Councils and the South African Qualifications Authority (whose role is to advance the objectives of the NQF and oversee its development and implementation), all work for the good of both learners and employers. Their vision is to qualify a skilled and capable workforce; our mission is to effectively and efficiently manage the occupational qualifications sub-framework in order to set standards, develop and quality assure national occupational qualifications for all who want a trade or occupation and, where appropriate, professions. HC Varsity is a registered Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) Examination Centre (no. 0199992104) for all of the Nated Programmes (N4 - N6).