New FAE education streams

Jul 04, 2018
Three new final-year electives have been launched, directly catering for students operating in the Financial Services, Public Sector and Advisory spheres.

The Public Sector elective will be delivered in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, CIPFA, while the Financial Services elective is a partnership with the Institute of Banking.

The Advisory elective is a re-launch of the elective previously known as Advanced Performance Management (APM) and it focuses on commercial decision-making and equips students in practice and industry with skills to deliver insights in a “big data” environment.

Overview of Financial Services elective

The elective will be of interest and particular relevance to those working, and those seeking to work, in the banking or investment funds industries. The focus of this elective is the strategic financial management issues facing those working in, managing and leading finance functions in the Banking and Investment Fund Services industries.

Topic summary
1. The financial services environment
2. Business lending – credit risk assessment
3. Investment funds
4. International trade risk management strategies and products

Learning Outcomes
• Provide an overview of the financial services sector and current developments therein
• Demonstrate an understanding of business lending and how to analyse credit risk
• Demonstrate an understanding of the investment funds industry and the legal and regulatory framework within which the industry operates
• Understand the risks associated with international trade and advise on various risk management strategies and products

Overview of Public Sector elective 

The focus of this elective is the strategic financial management issues facing those working in, managing and leading finance functions in the public services. The elective focuses on financial management issues in the full range of public service organisations – those funded by taxation and those funded through other means – including national government departments and agencies, local government, health bodies, universities and other educational institutions, charities, mutual organisations and social enterprises.

Topic summary
1. Sources of finance available to public service organisations
2. Financial planning and strategy development in the public sector
3. Application of tools and techniques to support strategy development and delivery of objectives

Learning Outcomes
• Discuss and evaluate the specific sources of finance available to public service organisations including grants, taxes, aid and charging
• Discuss, analyse and evaluate the issues surrounding financial planning and strategy development in the public services and the role of finance manager in public service organisations
• Discuss, evaluate and apply practical tools and techniques that support strategy development and delivery of objectives for public service organisations, including managing demand, effective business cases and appropriate performance management

Overview of Advisory elective 

The elective will be of interest and particular relevance to those working, and those seeking to work, in industry or advisory departments of practice firms.
The elective will cover the strategic models that are used to assist organisations/clients in strategic decision making and the implementation/evaluation of business strategies.

Topic summary
1. International Business - Strategy, Culture, Governance and Organisation
2. Decision Making in an International Context
3. International Treasury Management
4. Management Accounting and Performance Measurement
5. Leadership and Soft Skills

Learning Outcomes
• Assess the impact of international business on an organisation’s strategy, culture, governance and organisation
• Provide good quality analysis to support decision-making in relation to international business opportunities
• Advise on international treasury management issues
• Understand management accounting and performance management in an international context and suggest ways of improving systems
• Understand the functional effects of leadership on the culture of an organisation and the characteristics required to lead an organisation