Professional Diploma in Finance for Non-Financial Managers

Live Online LearningNext Course Starts Feb 18th€1,700

Develop your practical understanding of business finance and become a financially fluent manager. As you transition into management roles, up your game when it comes to dealing with financial concepts and using financial insights to make sound business decisions.

Why UCD Professional Academy?

  • Valuable, trusted qualification
  • Industry expert lecturers
  • Flexible live online learning

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Course Information

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Part-time 18 Feb - 22 Apr 2021 Secure your place with a 5% deposit.
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Part-time 20 Apr - 22 Jun 2021 Secure your place with a 5% deposit.
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Part-time 23 Jun - 25 Aug 2021 Secure your place with a 5% deposit.
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Location

Supported learning with live, online lectures

Duration

30 hours: Evening class: 3 hours per lesson, once a week for 10 weeks

Timetable

Online evening course: 6.30pm - 9.30pm Thursday evenings.

Course Type

Live online learning

Location

Supported learning with live, online lectures

Duration

30 hours: Evening class: 3 hours per lesson, once a week for 10 weeks

Timetable

Online evening course: 6.30pm - 9.30pm Wednesday evenings.

Course Type

Live online learning

Location

Supported learning with live, online lectures

Duration

30 hours: Evening class: 3 hours per lesson, once a week for 10 weeks

Timetable

Online evening course: 6.30pm - 9.30pm Wednesday evenings.

Course Type

Live online learning

Location

Supported learning with live, online lectures

Duration

30 hours: Evening class: 3 hours per lesson, once a week for 10 weeks

Timetable

Online evening course: 6.30pm - 9.30pm Wednesday evenings.

Course Type

Live online learning

Location

Supported learning with live, online lectures

Duration

30 hours: Evening class: 3 hours per lesson, once a week for 10 weeks

Timetable

Online evening course: 6.30pm - 9.30pm Wednesday evenings.

Course Type

Live online learning

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Course overview

Learning outcomes and course content

Knowledge of business finances isn’t the reserve of accounting professionals. An understanding of financial concepts and terminology will make you a better manager and an asset to your organisation.

What will I learn?

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Have you recently moved into a management role? This practical and accessible course covers the key concepts you will need in your management role, including how finance affects every layer of an organisation, how reporting works, and how to interpret financial figures. It will give you the confidence to communicate knowledgeably at any level and use financial reports and insights to improve outcomes for your organisation.

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Course Modules:

Financial Accounting Function & Concepts

Financial Accounting Function & Concepts

Explore the function of accounting and the conceptual models that underpin the financial function.

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  • Accounting constructs
  • Context of accounting in business
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Financial Statements

Financial Statements

Study the statutory financial statements - their use, importance, and function. Understand the legal and regulatory framework that guide their preparation and distribution.

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  • Balance sheet
  • Profit & Loss account
  • Statement of changes to equity
  • Cash flow statements
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Cash Flow Statement

Cash Flow Statement

Examine the cash flow statement in depth and explore its purpose in illuminating the financial affairs of a firm.

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  • The importance of cash flow
  • Managing cash flow
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Budgeting

Budgeting

Learn the importance of budgeting and investigate budgeting techniques.

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  • Short term planning and control
  • Budgeting methods
  • Budgeting tools
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Investment Appraisal

Investment Appraisal

Review investment appraisal techniques and discover their application in investment decision-making.

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  • Making strategic decisions
  • Non-discounted cash flow
  • Discounted cash flow
  • Evaluating investment and capital expenditure
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Working Capital Management

Working Capital Management

Define working capital and its role in achieving an organisation’s strategic objectives.

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  • Managing working capital
  • Methods and techniques
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Interpreting Financial Statements

Interpreting Financial Statements

Learn to interpret the financial statements and derive insights into an organisation’s performance.

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  • Ratio analysis
  • Categories of ratios
  • Limitations of ratios as a tool
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Capital Structure

Capital Structure

Identify the different funding structures of organisations and assess the relative merits of debt and equity in the funding mix.

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  • Financing operations
  • Funding methods: debt vs. equity
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Costing

Costing

Explain the different costing techniques used by firms and appraise the benefits of breakeven analysis.

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  • Costing methods
  • Breakeven analysis
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Company Valuations

Company Valuations

Learn to determine the different methods of valuing a firm including non-trading entities.

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  • Valuation methods and techniques
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What Our Alumni Say

The Professional Diploma in Finance for Non-Financial Managers was very well put together. This course provided exactly what it says on the tin - skills and knowledge in finance, being able to translate and read reports and have meaningful conversations with colleagues. I would definitely recommend it.

Aliona Korotejeva

Executive Assitant, Scurri

Studying for a Professional Diploma in Finance for Non-Financial Managers was a really positive experience from start to finish. Much more interactive than I would have expected. I was very impressed with how the material was delivered and got what I was expecting from the course. It’s a great base to have gotten in a short period of time.

Dervla Nash

Acquistions Project Manager, Lidl

Have questions about this course?

Find out how this industry-focused course will give you the job-ready skills and knowledge to advance your career.

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Is this course right for me?

You do not need to have any prior financial experience as this course will give you a strong foundation in business finances. It is ideal for early to mid-career managers in any area of the organisation.

You may be:

• Someone looking to apply for a management role

• Someone in a management role

• A business owner or entrepreneur

• A recent graduate

How will this course help with my career?

In management, career advancement depends on results. The importance of good financial management in business cannot be overstated, as without it even long-established businesses will fail. You need to be someone who makes insight-driven decisions and can see the bigger picture. A successful track record will be vital as you go for promotions and move up the ladder. A qualification in business finance is a great addition to your CV and can help you negotiate a more competitive salary.

What is the online learning experience like?

Our online experience is designed to be just as interactive, supportive, and inspiring as the UCD Professional Academy campus experience.

Online courses can be accessed from any computer or laptop with an internet connection.

Live lectures are delivered using Zoom. During these lectures, your teachers will use technology interactively to ensure an engaging learning experience. When appropriate, students will be encouraged to activate their microphones so that they can ask questions and communicate with other students.

What is the student experience like?

Student care is a high priority at UCD Professional Academy, which is why our Student Services team is on hand to support you throughout your time with us. They will respond to any queries you have, help you with any technical issues, and facilitate your learning experience at every point. All students are given access to our Student Portal, where you can see your timetable, access all your study materials, and manage your account.

How is this course assessed?

If you are studying an online course, your assessment will also be submitted online.

This course is assessed through a written assignment – a case-study project to be submitted after the end of the course. You will have two weeks following the end of the course to complete and submit the final assignment. The written project is generally around 3,000 words (that’s about 5 pages of a standard Word document).

What are the benefits of a Professional Diploma?

A Professional Diploma is a relatively short, practical course that gives learners up-to-date skills in a professional area. They are suitable for learners wishing to advance their professional skills and career prospects rather than their academic credentials.

With their tight focus and duration, these diplomas are stand-alone qualifications and not referenced to NFQ levels or university degree/diploma courses. They are not generally accepted for transfer credit onto academic courses but are widely recognised and valued by employers.

How do I get my Diploma?

Your UCD Professional Academy Diploma will be issued electronically on a secure platform, with a link that you can share with employers and others wishing to verify your credentials. You can also add this qualification to your LinkedIn profile.

This Professional Diploma is not on the National Framework of Qualifications as a credit-bearing course. This is not unusual for professional courses of this nature, where the need is for fresh and actionable skills immediately applicable in the workplace.

What payment options are available?

A place on any of our programmes can be secured with a 5% deposit.

For full-time (bootcamp) programmes, the balance must be paid in full before course commencement.

For part-time programmes students will be required to pay 50% of the fees before the start of the course, with the remaining balance due within 30 days of the course commencing.

Please note that standard terms and conditions apply, which you can review here: https://www.ucd.ie/professionalacademy/terms-and-conditions/

Pricing

Professional Diploma in Finance for Non-Financial Managers

As you move up the career ladder, business finance knowledge becomes indispensable. This qualification will help demonstrate your financial literacy.

Course Price

€1,700 Enrol Now

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