Highgrove Education

Financial Asset Management (CISI Level 3 Award)

This academically challenging elective focuses specifically on financial securities, building on the material learnt in the CISI Level 3 Introduction to Investment certificate. In this course you will learn how assets such as equities, warrants and bonds are traded, and cover a very high level of technical detail on the process, regulatory requirements and taxation treatment of purchasing financial securities on behalf of clients. There is the option of sitting an exam after this elective that will part qualify you, at entry level, as a financial securities trader.  This is a knowledge-based examination normally taken by post-graduate students, and will require highly focused exam preparation for success.

Key Information



Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
TeacherMr Shields, Head of Business and Economics
Course LengthAcademic Year
Live LessonsOne 45-minute lesson per week
HomeworkHalf an hour a week of knowledge checks via CISI Revision Express, plus 40-50 hours additional study if taking the exam
ExaminationCertificate in Asset Servicing, CISI Level 3 technical unit
Entry RequirementsPupils taking this course are required to have passed the Introduction to Investment and Securities elective exam, and should be willing to complete the final unit of UK Financial Markets and Regulation in their own time.

Course Syllabus

Autumn 1Equities 
Autumn 2Debt instruments
Spring 1Transaction types
Spring 2Depositary receipts 
Summer 1Warrants and external exam preparation 

Teacher Profile

Mr Shields has taught Economics and Business studies at A level for over twenty-five years, most recently at Harrow School Online, where his pupils achieved 86% A*-A grades in A level Economics in 2023. He is a multiple award-winning teacher, a chief examiner for GCSE Business for Edexcel, Principal Examiner for A Level Business and an OFQUAL subject expert in Economics and Business. The students Jonathan has taught have achieved UK first places in external examinations on 20 separate occasions, and he has mentored students to win 22 UK and International Business and Economics Competitions, including the International Business Olympiad, UK Young Enterprise and Student Investor competitions.