Designed for talented career entrants, as well as those wanting to progress in their careers, learners develop the key skills, knowledge and behaviours required to be able to advise clients in this highly regulated area.
Apprentices work towards the CII RQF level 4 Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning throughout the programme. Upon completion, apprentices are able to undertake further professional development to work towards Chartered Financial Planner status.
In Year 1, learners study five modules, each covering the content needed for a different CII exam. They attend university for workshops for each exam, as well as for additional revision days. Away from university they put their knowledge into practice in the workplace, with the support of a designated supervisor.
In year two, apprentices put the theory they have learned in year one into practice in the workplace. As such, there is just one CII exam that is completed in year two – RO6.
End Point Assessment
An end point assessment is compulsory at the end of year two to test knowledge, skills and behaviours. This assessment is in two parts – a case study based exam and a Viva. The former is designed to assess the learner's occupational competence, while the latter consists of a structured interview where the apprentice presents a learning portfolio and learning outcomes are examined.
Teaching is usually delivered over two years through block learning, so learners attend university for set days timetabled throughout the year. The rest of the time they are in the workplace.
Assessments methods are as required by the CII and consist of exams, including a written case study-based exam at the end of the second year.
Exams are taken in our own CII in-house exam centre.
Support for apprentices and employers
All apprentices have a dedicated mentor who will have extensive Financial Planning experience from within the university. The mentor will guide the learner and will be their point of contact on all academic, professional and other relevant matters pertinent to meeting the standards of the apprenticeship. They will also be supported by our student helpzone staff.
Employers are able to access our dedicated apprenticeship support team, who are here to ensure that businesses get the best from both the learner and the programme.
This is a Level 4 higher apprenticeship.
Apprentices should be in full-time employment (e.g. at least employed for 30 hours per week) throughout the duration of their apprenticeship, and 20% of their working hours should be spent on off-the-job training.
Additionally, the apprentice must have a Level 2 in English and maths before they undertake the end point assessment. Employers may wish to set additional entry requirements to suit their organisational needs.