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Business in International Financial Services

What is this programme about?
This Higher Diploma in International Financial Services is designed to provide participants with specific knowledge of fund administration, project management, data analysis and reporting within the financial sector. It will give participants the tools they need to understand the fundamentals of this international industry and the various roles that offer employment within it. This programme is designed to appeal to those who are looking to re-skill or up-skill to gain employment in the International Financial Services Sector. The applied nature of this programme is reflected in the combination of project management and data analysis alongside accounting and administration modules which focus on developing the student’s knowledge of the International Financial Services Sector, fund management and all the regulatory requirements nationally, at EU level and at international levels. All participants will improve their knowledge, numeracy skills, IT skills and commercial awareness of the industry.

What will I be able to do when I finish the programme?
On completion of this programme, students will have knowledge and understanding of the international financial services industry. The programme will also develop their intellectual and practical skills via the analysis and evaluation of funds administration, project management, data analytics and compliance.

Entry requirements

Applicants require an NFQ Level 7 or 8 Award, or equivalent, for entry to this programme. Other applicants will be considered on an individual basis in accordance with the Institute policy on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). IT Carlow reserve the right to require applicants to attend for interview to determine their suitability for the programme.

Duration

1 year. 2 nights per week from 7.00pm - 10.00pm with some Saturdays throughout the year.

Number of credits

60

Careers or further progression

What follow-on study opportunities are available?
This programme will give graduates the basis and maturity to proceed to the Master of Business or other masters programmes related to the Financial Services Sector, depending on their general business experience.

Further enquiries

Lifelong Learning Centre
Institute of Technology Carlow,
Kilkenny Road,
Carlow.
Tel: 059 9175280
Fax: 059 9175005
Email: lll@itcarlow.ie
Web: www.itcarlow.ie/lll

Subjects taught

What subjects will I study?
Mandatory Subjects
Mutual Fund Accounting
Hedge Fund Accounting
Legal and Regulatory Aspects of
Financial Services
Project Management and
Communications
Data Analysis and Risk
Work-based Research Project

Comment

Exam information
Modules completed in Term 1 will, where applicable, be examined in early December 2017. Modules completed in Term 2 will, where applicable, be examined in May 2018.

Students taking Level 6, 7 or 8 courses of 1 year duration or longer where course fees are €2,290 and who opt to pay full course fees by Saturday 2nd September 2017 will be eligible to benefit from the €300 discounted fee of €1,990.

For programmes where fees exceed €2,290 the appropriate fee payment regulation information is available from the faculty for Lifelong Learning.

(a) Course fees are expected to be paid in full at the commencement of the course. IT Carlow recognises that some students may have difficulties in paying the full amount in one transaction thus the Lifelong Learning Centre has created a number of fee payment by instalment options. All such applications will be treated in confidence. In general, fee payment by instalment applications will only be considered for fees in excess of €1,000.
Students who apply for and are granted a fee payment by installment plan should note that failure to meet the payment dates set down for their payment scheme, in particular key dates, may:
• be denied access to Blackboard
• be prevented from sitting examinations in December, May or August as applicable
• have all other assignment / exam results withheld until payments are made
• assignments will not be accepted nor will a late submission for an assignment be accepted after late payments are made
• pay an additional surcharge.

(b) Students in receipt of employer sponsorship etc. will be required to submit a letter of confirmation of commitment to pay from their employer of funding body. They must also include a Purchase Order Number for invoice purposes. Where fees have not been paid by the ‘sponsor’ within thirty days after issue of the invoice, it is the responsibility of the student to then pay the fee and claim back fees from their sponsor.

(c) Repeat students will be required to pay relevant examination fee when applying to sit the repeat.

(d) The Faculty for Lifelong Learning has a strict policy in relation to Refund of Course Fees and a fees refund or a percentage of same will only be given in the following circumstances:
• A full refund will be given if requested in writing before the commencement of the course.
• Where a student leaves within two weeks of the start of a short course (10-13 weeks), 70% refund of the course fee will apply. Outside this two week period there will be no refund of fees.
• For long courses i.e. those of one-year duration or longer, a percentage of fees refund will be given over the first nine weeks of the course as per table 1. Thereafter there will be no refund of fees.
• The refund calculation is based on the full fee for the course not the amount that a student may have paid under a fees payment installment agreement.
• The fees refund calculation is based on the date that the student formally applies in writing to withdraw from the course.
• All courses will run subject to sufficient numbers. Where a course has to be cancelled those students who have registered and paid will be refunded in full.
• Receipts must be retained and produced when requesting a refund of course fees which must
be applied for on the official refund form.

Application date

Closing Date for Applications

All Postgraduate Applications – 12 noon 14th August 2017

All other applications – 12 noon Friday 25th August 2017

Course fee

€2,500

Enrolment and start dates

Registration / Orientation Saturday 2nd September 2017

Courses Commence
Monday 11th September 2017

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