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Financial Trading - Level 5 Diploma


Advanced Diploma in Financial Trading - Level 5

About the course

The VTCT Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Financial Trading is a financial qualification aimed at learners who wish to pursue a career as a financial trader, or a career within the financial sector. Learning the theoretical concepts behind trading strategies with practical implementation using institutional trading software.  This course may be used to pursue a career within the financial sector, or progress on to higher level qualifications in financial trading.

This course has the facility to be partially funded by a student loan (worth £1,265).  

This intensive course lasts five weeks - four weeks at the College (Mon-Fri 9:15 – 16:30) and the fifth week at the Divento Financials offices (6:45 – 16:30).

The course is taught by staff from Divento Financials, an independent financial futures trading company specialising in the training and management of proprietary traders.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification set by VTCT; it is recommended that learners have an interest in the financial services sector and hold a Maths GCSE at Grade 8-4 or higher.


This qualification is based on attaining professional competence within financial trading and includes the required elements to work effectively as a financial trader. Learners must achieve all mandatory units: 

 - Financial markets and operations 

 - Financial products and associated risk 

 - Financial trading techniques 

 Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of trading the financial markets. They will also develop the ability to apply practically the knowledge, understanding and skills to actively trade the financial markets through the use of a professional trading platform. In parallel, learners will develop their communication skills, professional conduct skills and time management skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Research skills will also be highly developed. 

 Within the mandatory units, learners are required to complete set research tasks based on current economic activity and complete a daily diary of their learning activity, showing how this has been implemented into real time trading decisions. Alongside this, a real time portfolio of activity is a mandatory requirement to track the learner’s progress and determine the learner's understanding and implementation of the knowledge required to attain professional competence. 

 Transferable skills are those generic 'soft' skills that are valued by employers. The following transferable skills are developed and assessed throughout this qualification: 

 - Communication 

 - Customer service 

 - Commercialism 

 - Problem solving 

 - Research


Students complete three portfolio-based units as part of the assessment for this VTCT qualification:

- Financial products and associated risks

- Financial Trading Techniques

- Financial markets and operations



The primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners for employment in a range of financial services roles, for example, Financial Trader, Compliance officer, Investment administrator.

Further Information 1

This qualification has been developed collaboratively with employers and key stakeholders in the financial sector. This qualification is formally supported by City of Islington College, Investment 2020, Futures Techs, Live Squawk and Metropolitan.

Course information

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01 March 2019

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Course level
Level 5
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Lifelong Learning
Class Type
Part Time
Student Type
Adults (19+)

If you are aged 19+ and looking to study a Level 3 or above course, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees.

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