VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Financial Trading

Qualification Information

Sector: Business and Customer Service Category: Financial Trading
VTCT Product Code: BU3D1 GLH: 122 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 603/0696/8 Units: 3 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2023
Level: 3 Minimum Credits: 18

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 10th September 2018

Statement of purpose

Who is this qualification for?

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Financial Trading is a financial qualification aimed at 16+ learners, who wish to pursue a career in financial services in a supporting role, such as back office functions, trade support, and investment administration. Learners will gain foundation knowledge of trading to support front office or to progress to the professional Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Financial Trading.

What does this qualification cover?

This qualification is based on attaining a good grounding and solid foundations in understanding the financial markets, and includes the required elements to work effectively in a supporting role to financial traders.

Learners must achieve all mandatory units:

  • Financial market forces and their effects on the financial markets
  • Financial asset classes, underlying markets and back office functions
  • Foundation financial trading strategies

  • Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of both financial trading, and supporting roles within the financial services industry. They will also develop the ability to practically apply the knowledge, understanding and skills developed within the qualification using professional level infrastructure. In parallel, learners will develop their communication skills, professional conduct skills, time management skills, and the ability to independently research further knowledge, all of which are highly valued by employers.

    Within the mandatory units, learners are required to complete set tasks based on current economic activity, and demonstrate understanding of practical implementation through an activity diary. Within modules where practical application of trading knowledge is being assessed, learners must maintain a portfolio of trading activity.

    The following transferable skills are developed and assessed throughout this qualification:

  • Communication
  • Conduct
  • Time management
  • Independence
  • Resolve
  • Research

  • What could this qualification lead to?

    The primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners for employment in a range of supporting roles within the financial services industry, for example, back office support/administrator, trainee compliance officer, investment administration, trainee risk manager.

    Who supports this qualification?

    This qualification has been developed collaboratively with employers and key stakeholders in the financial sector. This qualification is formally supported by City of Islington College, Investment 2020, Futures Techs, Live Squawk and Metropolitan.

    Qualification Structure

    Mandatory Units - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 3 components and earn a minimum of 18 credits.

    Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
    UBU124 T/615/3231 Financial market forces and their effects on the financial markets 3 6 40
    UBU125 A/615/3232 Financial asset classes, underlying markets and back office functions 3 6 40
    UBU126 F/615/3233 Foundation financial trading strategies 3 6 42

    *For full details of the Rules of Combination for this qualification please see the Qualification Specification/Record of Assessment book.


    *To find specifications for individual units, click on the "Structure" tab of your chosen qualification, select the unit code in the left hand column and on the new page click on the "Download unit book" tab under the unit title.

    Centres approved to run this qualification

    VTCT accredits centres to offer our qualifications, but cannot advise which centres are running particular courses at any time. Please contact the centre directly to find out if they currently offering your chosen qualification.

    NB: The location displayed for each centre is based upon the centre's main address. The location displayed is not necessarily the only location that the centre can deliver VTCT qualifications from. For further information on a centre's delivery capabilities please select the centre's website address.

    Centre Name Telephone Website Location
    Divento Financials Ltd 020 7496 8995 Visit website London, City of
    ZISHI Cornerstone Limited - Zhejiang Yongan Investment Advisory +86 571 86980515 Visit website China
    Educate2trade 02089878047 Visit website London - Bromley
    ZISHI Cornerstone - CME Group 020 3326 9050 ext 9046 Visit website London - Bromley
    ZISHI Cornerstone Limited 020 3326 9050 Visit website London - Bromley
    ZISHI Cornerstone - ICE Education 0207 065 7707 Visit website London - Islington
    Krechendo +33 1 77 75 51 26 Visit website France
    Middle East Institute For Advanced Training +968 2453 1889 Visit website Oman
    ZISHI Cornerstone Limited - Swansea 01792 720021 Visit website Swansea