Frequently Asked Questions

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Who is the Full (FinBA) Program for?

The Certificate in Finance Business Analysis (FinBA) program is designed for professionals who are pursuing a Business Analyst career in banking and finance, or those already working as BAs within the industry who want to gain more knowledge to make their next career move.

What are GARP, PRMIA and CFA Institute?

GARP is Global Association of Risk Professionals. PRMIA stands for The Professional Risk Managers' International Association, and CFA Institute offers the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. These are 3 of the leading industry organisations in the world of finance/risk management.

I don't live in London. Can I attend your programs?

Yes. All our programs can be attended fully online. A large number of our participants are from the UK, Canada, USA, Australia, and other countries.

What is included in the Full (FinBA) Program?

All students in the Full (FinBA) Program:

1) acquire specialised financial knowledge (on the Market Risk course)
2) learn programming skills (on the Python in Finance course)
3) gain SQL coding ability (on the SQL in Finance course)
4) receive professional recruiter support for CV/resume prep, career guidance etc (as part of Career Support), and
5) get free access to all on-going educational events led by global experts (in Expert Speaker Series).
Only students taking the Full (FinBA) Program can earn the FinBA financial designation. The Full (FinBA) Program includes the Coding (Python, SQL) in Finance Program, and more.

What are the 2 program options for prospective students?

1. Full (FinBA) Program
2. Coding (Python, SQL) in Finance Program

Note that the Coding (Python, SQL) program does not lead to the FinBA certificate/designation.

Can I take an individual course?

At the moment, students must attend either the full (FinBA) program, or the Coding (Python, SQL) in Finance program. These programs each contain multiple courses. We do not currently offer individual courses.

How do I get the FinBA certificate/designation?

You earn the FinBA certificate/designation by taking all the following steps:
1) enrolling in the Full (FinBA) Program
2) passing all tests/assigned homework for all 3 courses in the full program
3) completing Python, and SQL code submissions
4) passing the Python project at the end of the program.

Students taking the Coding (Python, SQL) in Finance Program are not eligible for the FinBA certificate/designation.

How do I get the certificate of completion for the Coding (Python, SQL) in Finance Program?

You earn the Coding (Python, SQL) in Finance Program certificate of completion by taking all the following steps:
1) enrolling in the Coding (Python, SQL) in Finance Program
2) passing all tests/assigned homework for the 3 courses in the Coding program
3) completing Python, and SQL code submissions
4) passing the Python project at the end of the program.

Students taking the Coding (Python, SQL) in Finance Program are not eligible for the FinBA certificate/designation.

Is my background right for the full program?

Students who attend our full program come from a wide variety of educational backgrounds ranging from non Finance backgrounds to MSc in Mathematical Finance from the University of Oxford, and PhDs. From a work experience perspective, new University graduates as well as experienced professionals in finance and other industries have successfully completed the program.

I am a complete beginner to programming/finance. Can I attend your program?

Yes. All the taught courses in our programs (Python in Finance, SQL in Finance, and Market Risk) are taught from scratch.

Do I need any programming/coding pre-work or pre-learning prior to enrolling in a program?

No. You are welcome to join us even if you have never written a line of code.

What are the minimum entry requirements for admission to your programs?

Full (FinBA) program: Bachelor's degree (ideally), experience/knowledge of business analysis, and knowledge of MS Excel (ability to use formulas, functions etc). No finance, or programming knowledge required.

Coding (Python, SQL) in Finance program: knowledge of MS Excel (ability to use formulas, functions etc). No finance, or programming knowledge required.

What does the makeup of a typical cohort look like?

For our last cohort: Finance work experience: 0 years (minimum) - 15+ years (maximum) Job level: Entry level (minimum) - Director at an investment bank (maximum) Highest degree: Bachelor's (minimum) - PhD (maximum) Finance knowledge: None (minimum) - advanced (maximum) SQL knowledge: None (minimum) - advanced (maximum) Python knowledge: None (minimum) - advanced (maximum) Locations: Europe, North America, Asia Current job functions: Analysis, Business Analysis, Project Management, Software Development, Consulting, etc Current industries: Various (financial + non-financial)

How do I enrol in a program?

To start the enrolment process, click the "START LEARNING" button at the top of any page on the website.
(You can enrol in either the full (FinBA) program or the Coding (Python, SQL) in Finance program. Students cannot enrol in both programs at the same time.)

What is the duration of the full (FinBA)program or Coding Program?

The programs run for 8 weeks. There's an additional 2 weeks for students to complete the Python project.

Do your programs include live sessions?

Yes. There are live sessions for all courses within the program held every Friday during a cohort. The live classes are used primarily to address any questions from students on topics in program materials (recorded videos, slides, Excel workbooks, SQL code, Python code, URLs etc). We also discuss new topics - additional to those mentioned in the curriculum - during the live sessions. In between the live sessions, we solely focus on providing support to our students on assigned work (tests, mini projects).

When is access to program materials granted?

Access is granted on the start date of your cohort.

Do live classes take place in a physical classroom or online?

The live teaching classes take place online. We no longer use physical classrooms. Our programs can now be attended fully online from anywhere you are located.

Is there a time limit for access to program materials?

No. All students get permanent, lifelong access to program materials. As the materials are constantly being updated and expanded, students enjoy these on-going benefits from continued access to the materials.

I am not a Business Analyst but I work in finance. Is the FinBA useful to me?

Yes. We have had Quantitative Analysts, Project Managers, Analysts, Consultants and QA professionals attend our program. The program is designed solely to equip students with some of the most useful, and in-demand skills and knowledge for a variety of roles in a bank or other financial organisation. Acquiring these skills will most likely be beneficial to your career regardless of your current role. Recently (Fall 2019), a Director from a Tier 1 Investment Bank attended the full program!

What is the refund policy?

We do not offer refunds since all students immediately get full access to the complete program materials (videos, slides, Python codes, files etc) once the course starts.

Can you offer me free career advice?

Yes. Please attend one of our info sessions for the FinBA program. We always provide a lot of helpful career/job search information during the session!