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.

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 2 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?

Yes. 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 the full program?

Yes. All the taught courses in the full program (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 either the full program or coding program even if you have never written a line of code.

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

Full program: Bachelor's degree (ideally), experience/knowledge of business analysis, and knowledge of MS Excel.

Coding program: solid knowledge of all the topics covered in the Market Risk (Finance) course.

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 program or the coding program. Students cannot enrol in both programs at the same time.)

What is the duration of the full program?

The full program runs for 8 weeks in total. There's an additional 2 weeks for students (in the full program) 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 starting typically at 8pm London time. 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), and are not recorded.

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?

We no longer use physical classrooms. Our programs are now fully online.

Will students get a Teaching Assistant?

Each student in the full program will be assigned a TA. In addition to Ola Alawiye, other TAs are sought from some of the best Finance graduate programs in the UK, from universities such as UCL.

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.