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PGCert Financial Services Professional Apprenticeship

Final award: 

  • IfATE Financial Services Professional Level 6 apprenticeship
  • Post-graduate PGCert Financial Services Professional 
  • Expedited 2 year programme for CFA Level 1
Duration 2 years
Entry point(s) September (typically)
Application deadline

Dependent on employer

Campus Streatham Campus, Exeter

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  • Induction is typically held at the University of Exeter’s Streatham campus.

  • Masterclasses are typically held in central London.

  • Weekly distance learning comprising of online classes and workshops, interactive exercises and recorded lectures.

  • Work-based learning including, but not limited to, assessing workplace projects.

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Apprentices earn a salary and pay zero tuition fees, meaning they’ll graduate debt-free and enhance their career

Flexible delivery and blended learning

How to apply

PGCert in Financial Services Professional Apprenticeship does not follow the standard UCAS application process. To gain a place candidates must apply directly to one of our partner employers’ vacancies.

Candidates can apply to this programme in addition to making applications to any institution through UCAS. When vacancies are open they will be advertised by our employer partners and on University of Exeter Degree Apprenticeship website. Please be aware that employers start their recruitment at different times of the year so please be sure to check regularly.

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How to apply

  • Vacancies are advertised by employers and promoted through our current vacancies page when they become available.
  • Candidates should apply through their chosen company's website via the links which are available on this page once vacancies become live. Candidates are welcome to apply for more than one vacancy.
  • Please be aware that each company will have their own recruitment process, the stages and timelines may vary.
  • If applicants are successful they will be offered a position as an apprentice with the company.
  • An apprenticeship place on the programme will be confirmed by University of Exeter, and we will send further information about how to enrol as a student.
  • If candidates have not been successful this time, do not worry! Keep an eye out for other opportunities on our vacancies page.


Full programme cost: £18,000

This includes £9,000 to complete level 4 and £18,000 to complete Level 6.

This apprenticeship is entirely funded through an Employers’ Apprenticeship Levy. Your employer fully covers the cost of the apprenticeship, apprentices do not pay for any of the eligible training costs. As an apprentice you will be an employee of your organisation, gaining a University of Exeter award alongside working and earning a salary.

Employers who pay the Apprenticeship Levy will pay for the apprenticeship fees directly through that contribution.  See further information on the Apprenticeship Levy funding.

Employers who do not pay the Levy will be able to claim 95 per cent of the cost of the apprenticeship from the Government. Up to 100 per cent Government contribution may be available if the employer has fewer than 50 employees and:

  • Recruits an apprentice aged 16-18
  • OR an apprentice aged 19-24 who has previously been in care or who has a local authority education, health and care plan

Employers must pay their apprentices a salary at least consistent with national legislation.

Funding eligibility criteria

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Course content

Integrative in its design and delivery, this apprenticeship is for individuals who are progressing their career within an organisation. Throughout the programme, apprentices will develop core knowledge of the structure of the Financial Services industry, preparing them for the CFA Level 1 qualification. In addition to this apprentices will gain a Post-Graduate Certification (PGCert).  


A minimum of 6 hours per week will be given over to study. Our model is designed to be flexible around the needs of apprentices and workloads as it includes in-person masterclasses and online webinars. 

Our blended learning model comprises of:

  • Two to three masterclasses per module typically delivered in a central location or apprentices' workplace.
  • Weekly distance learning comprising online classes and workshops, interactive exercises and recorded lectures.
  • Work-based learning, assessing projects undertaken in the workplace.



Combining professional experience and qualifications along with a highly-respected degree from a top Russell Group University will help apprentices stand out from the crowd as they progress through their career. Throughout the apprenticeship students will focus on establishing themselves as a Financial Services Professional providing an important foundation upon which to further develop their career.

Drawing upon academic guidance, professional development coaching and workplace mentoring, apprentices benefit from a wealth of inspiration and advice to guide and support their professional development planning.

Employer valued skills

Through this unique programme apprentices will gain the skills to become highly competent professionals ready to excel in the finance industry. The apprenticeship will cover a base of core knowledge required of all individuals entering or progressing to this level in the sector, and a set of specialist options that then provide the occupationally specific training, depending on the requirements of the employer.
Delivered through a flexible blended learning model, the programme enable employers to recruit, train and retain high-calibre talent in partnership with the University.

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