VTCT Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Financial Trading

Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: BU5D1 GLH: Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 601/8650/1 Units: 3 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2022
Level: 5 Minimum Credits: 32

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 10th September 2018

Statement of purpose

Who is this qualification for?

The VTCT Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Financial Trading is a financial qualification aimed at 16+ learners, who wish to pursue a career as a financial trader, or a career within the financial sector.

What does this qualification cover?

This qualification is based on attaining professional competence within financial trading and includes the required elements to work effectively as a financial trader. Learners must achieve all mandatory units:

  • Financial markets and operations
  • Financial products and associated risk
  • Financial trading techniques

    Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of trading the financial markets. They will also develop the ability to apply practically the knowledge, understanding and skills to actively trade the financial markets through the use of a professional trading platform. In parallel, learners will develop their communication skills, professional conduct skills and time management skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Research skills will also be highly developed.

    Within the mandatory units, learners are required to complete set research tasks based on current economic activity and complete a daily diary of their learning activity, showing how this has been implemented into real time trading decisions. Alongside this, a real time portfolio of activity is a mandatory requirement to track the learner's progress and determine the learner's understanding and implementation of the knowledge required to attain professional competence.

    Transferable skills are those generic 'soft' skills that are valued by employers. The following transferable skills are developed and assessed throughout this qualification:

  • Communication
  • Customer service
  • Commercialism
  • Problem solving
  • Research

    What could this qualification lead to?

    The primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners for employment in a range of financial services roles, for example, Financial Trader, Compliance officer, Investment administrator.

    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 Unit Group - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 3 components and earn a minimum of 32 credits.

    Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
    UBU120 R/508/3176 Financial products and associated risks 5 12
    UBU122 T/508/3218 Financial Trading Techniques 5 7
    UBU123 Y/508/3793 Financial markets and operations 5 13

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


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    Centres approved to run this qualification

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    Centre Name Telephone Website Location
    Divento Financials Ltd 020 7496 8995 Visit website London, City of
    Be Trader Academy - Brussels +32 2 648 84 88 Visit website Belgium
    Square Mile Education Ltd - Zhejiang Yongan Investment Advisory +86 571 86980515 Visit website China
    Minerva Capital Markets 020 7448 4887 Visit website London - Bromley
    Square Mile Education Limited 020 3326 9050 Visit website London - Bromley
    Square Mile Education Ltd - Always Trade Sensibly 020 3017 4360 Visit website London, City of
    Krechendo +33 1 77 75 51 26 Visit website France
    Square Mile Education Ltd - Academia de Mercados +34 91186 2279 Visit website Spain