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Financial Trading Diploma Level 5 RQF

Designed for 100% online study, this Level 5 Ofqual accredited Diploma is ideal for anyone who has got a deep fascination with finance and the trading market.

Qualification Number: 601/6206/5

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Level 5 / Skillsfirst / STR05

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Course summary


Online Study

Complete online access


24 hour access

Unlimited Submissions



Fully accredited course


Awarding body


Course introduction

Split into 6 modules, each module aims to introduce students to the global financial market, and different future trading strategies (including outright trading, spreads trading and arbitrage) and their applications, as well as help you to pursue a career as a Proprietary trading professional.

Starting with the basics of support, resistance and reading candlestick charts, to progressing to Market Profiles, technical analysis, intra-exchange, inter-exchange, inter-commodity, equities and commodities markets; by the end of this intensive online course, you will fully  understand how and why markets behave the way they do, so you can implement trades with minimal risks.

In turn, you will learn: the principles of financial trading, planning and cash flow; different financial trading techniques; how to identify key market levels and the positioning of large institutional players; will examine inflation, economic data, statistics (performance and profitability) and interest rate policy, and will explore macroeconomic theory and its many uses.

In other words, you will be provided with the tools to successfully implement trades on the behalf of clients; handle risk management protocols; safeguard capital, and ensure your clients experience consistent profitability. You will even delve into the various types of psychological concepts, and how to achieve a winning metal state.

And the great news is – you can learn all of this from the comfort of your own home!

This course has been exclusively designed for online study, meaning you can easily fit your studies around your existing work, family or social commitments, and do so all on your own terms.

At a time, pace and location of your choosing, you can manage your studies and add another notch to your educational arsenal. This is especially useful if you’re serious about venturing into the financial sector, as trading is one of the most coveted jobs on the financial market.

By adding this Level 5 qualification to your CV, you will be one step closer to: executing trades; mediating on the behalf of bank clients, and essentially climbing the career ladder towards becoming a Proprietary Trader, Flow Trader, Retail Investor or Sales Trader.

Other skills you’ll walk away with include: knowing how to speak with clients; making instant trade decisions; liaising with sales traders/clients; predicting market movements and buying/selling accordingly, and gathering information (for valuation, mispriced assets and data analysis).

Please Note: this is a knowledge-based course that can be used for CPD to develop your financial competence and enable you to work as a Financial Trader. 

Required knowledge

No previous knowledge or experience is required in order to enrol onto this course; however, having prior training in financial trading will assist your studies. This qualification can be used to enhance the CPD of anyone already working in this sector, as it can help to develop your skills and knowledge, including how to operate as a Flow Trader, Proprietary Trader, a Sales Trader or within a similar role.


Each student will be required to complete multiple-choice exams. These will need to be completed one after the other so the student can fulfill the learning criteria.

Awarding organisation

Upon completion of this qualification the learner will be awarded a RQF Diploma of Achievement from Skillsfirst along with a Unit Summary which will list all the units that have completed as part of this course.

The course materials have been endorsed by the Awarding Organisation Skillsfirst, and have undergone extensive scrutiny to ensure that they meet the required standards and that the quality is consistent throughout.

Skillsfirst are an awarding organisation who are committed to designing, developing and certificating a diverse range of nationally recognised qualifications. Skillsfirst have over 75 years of collective experience in adult learning and have a passionate team who are dedicated to providing top quality education and work-based learning. Skillsfirst are regulated by Ofqual and are an approved UK awarding organisation.

Course modules

Module 1:Trading Introduction and Brief Overview
• Financial Markets
• Futures Markets
• What is Technical Analysis?
• Fundamental Analysis
• Why Psychology?
• The daily sheet philosophy

Module 2:Financial Product
• Bond Markets
• Forex Markets
• Commodity Markets
• Options
• Indices
• Cryptocurrencies

Module 3:Economic Principles
• Macroeconomics
• Microeconomics
• Major Central Banks
• The OECD
• Key US/UK/EURO indicators
• Bond Auctions
• Central Bank speeches
• Trading individual stocks

Module 4:Technical Analysis
• Introduction to Technical Analysis
• Trends
• Bollinger bands
• Fibonacci numbers
• Moving averages
• Market profile
• The Process
• Vacuums and distribution
• Volatility time band
• Range deviation and peaks
• Support and resistance

Module 5:Psychology
• Market Psychology
• Market sentiment
• Crowd behaviour
• Behavioural Finance
• Market inefficiencies
• Trader Psychology
• Emotional intelligence
• Trading emotions
• Performance strategies
• Trade execution

Module 6:Risk & Money Management
• Margins
• Money Management
• Leverage
• Risk/Stop strategies
• Risk Management
• Financial Trading

Learner support

This course has been purposefully designed for distance learning to give students the freedom to flexibly learn from the comfort of their own home without needing to enrol into college or learn in a classroom. Instead, this course can be accessed online and can be moulded to fit around your existing work commitments.

Please Note:
Tutor support is not offered on this course.


What is distance learning?

Distance learning is the most flexible and convenient approach to studying. There is no need for you to attend college and, therefore, you can study anytime, any place, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a full-time job, or other commitments, that won’t allow them time off to study.

What do I need to do to get started on a course?

You'll need to be able to commit the required time to your studies. We recommend that you choose a course you think will interest you, and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, please call our helpline free on 0333 3445 690.

To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy now’ button against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone, call 0333 3445 690 and speak to one of our expert course advisors.

How does the distance learning/home study method work?

The course operates through a study pack and access to your own personal tutor. Once you have chosen your course we will send you your study pack, which you will be required to work through before completing the course.

Depending on the course you have chosen, you will either be required to complete assignments and submit these for marking as the course progresses and/or be required to sit an end exam. The end exam could be in the form of multiple choice questions, or be an invigilated exam at a registered test centre.

Your completed assignments will need to be sent to your tutor for marking/assessment, you will then receive written feedback and guidance. It may be possible to submit your assignments by email, however you will need to check this with your tutor. Please be aware that your assignments will be maintained by NCCHL for moderation and audit purposes.

These requirements will always be listed on the course description page, so please refer to this for details of what is required for each individual course.

How long should it take to complete a course?

Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from 6 weeks to 12 months to complete your course.

The duration of the course is largely down to you though. The beauty of home learning is that it allows you complete flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments. You can dedicate as much, or as little, time as you want to your studies - no one will be chasing you for your work or asking why you haven’t submitted an assignment.

We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.

How quickly will I receive my course material?

We guarantee that you will receive your course materials within 5 days of purchase, but for many courses we would anticipate that you will have to wait no more than 48 hours.

The course materials are always sent to you via a tracked courier service, to ensure that you receive your study pack within our stated period.

How much will it cost?

The cost is largely dependent on the type of the course. The longer the course is the higher the cost will be, due to the size of the study pack and the nature of the qualification.

All prices are clearly stated on the course description page and will always be displayed prior to you committing to purchase a course.

Please note that there may be additional fees required should your course have an external assessment, such as A Levels, ICB qualifications etc. To clarify, please speak to a course advisor.

What support will I receive?

You will be allocated your own personal tutor who can be contacted via e-mail, telephone, fax or post for help and advice on any aspect of the course.

Many courses require that you submit work to your tutor during the period of study and your tutor will assess your work and pass comments back to you. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please be aware that officially the tutor support provided with the course is for a period of 12 months, although if you need longer let us know and we’ll endeavour to extend that.

Will I have to sit an examination?

All of our courses are accredited, so you need to show that you have acquired the knowledge to pass the course – this may involve sitting an examination, but it depends on the course you have chosen.

Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.

Certain types of qualifications, A-levels and GCSEs for example, do require you to sit an invigilated exams at a registered test centre. You will need to organise and pay for the examinations yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be available from the centre who are delivering the qualification.

If in doubt, please email ‘’, NCC can then discuss or put you in touch directly with the course provider.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Yes, there are no geographical limits to where you can study.

You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.

Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.

Will I receive a qualification when I complete the course?

All of our courses are accredited and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

For more information about this please see the section of the website that details how awarding bodies work and what the different types of qualifications are.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows. But we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.

The good news is though that if your circumstances change you can always take a break and come back to your studies.

Additionally, discounts are available if you buy more than one course at the same time.

How long will it take for my work to be marked by my tutor?

Your work will be marked and feedback returned to you within 12 working days after submission. This is because our tutors are required to provide detailed, considered feedback to our learners that may take a while to formulate. We find that by working this way, our learners actually complete their course in less time, as they rarely need to submit an assignment more than twice.

Whilst it is possible to submit multiple assignments at the same time, we advise that our learners submit only one at a time. We want our learners to develop as they progress through their course, and find this is best achieved when a student embarks on a new module having taken into account tutor feedback from the previous submission.

Do I need any additional books or equipment to do my course?

No, we provide everything you need to pass your course.

How do I enrol?

Once you have chosen your course, you can either purchase the course online which will enrol you, or you can call our helpline on 0333 3445 690 who will sign you up for the course and arrange to have all your learning materials sent to you.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you can simply return the goods within 14 days and we will send your money back in full for the majority of courses (excluding postage and packaging) or you can choose another course that you feel would suit your needs and ambitions better.

What is the difference between the online and paper versions of courses?

Our online courses are completed through our online learning system after receiving login and access instructions. You will not receive any course materials through the post. The paper based version is posted out in a binder to your home or place of work and requires completion of a portfolio of work that is submitted to your tutor for marking.

Where can I find your Equality and Diversity Policy?

All NCC policies and procedures can be provided on request from NCC directly by emailing or calling 0333 3445 690.

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