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Higher Diploma in Financial Services Analytics

Subject to formal QQI validation.

National College of Ireland, in association with FSI, are running international financial services apprenticeships which get you a full-time job for 2 years in a blue-chip financial institution.

This programme seeks to provide the appropriate education and training to allow successful graduates be registered with SOLAS as an IFS Specialist. What this means is that through a combination of off-the-job and on-the-job learning, apprentices will develop skills in the areas of data mining, data management and data analysis within the context of International Financial Services.

Course Structure

This programme is structured over two calendar years (September to August inclusive). On-the-job modules are structured to run over three semesters each with final deliverable submissions to coincide with the end of Semester 3 and Semester 6. Assessment of off-the-job modules comprises a combination of continuous assessment and terminal exams. On-the-job assessment is via an ongoing electronic portfolio of evidence in year 1 and a final project in year 2.

Who is the course for?

The Higher Diploma in Financial Services Analytics is aimed at graduates of all disciplines. The objective of the IFS Specialist role is to provide an entry point to the International Financial Services sector for people with significant work experience and/or previous qualifications.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Learners graduating with a 2.2 honours degree at level 8 in any discipline are eligible to apply for this programme. Non-standard applications will be also considered on an individual basis.

As this is an Apprenticeship programme, participation on the programme is contingent upon the apprentice being offered an Apprenticeship role with an employer participating in the Apprenticeship scheme.

Course Content

Year 1
Semester Off the Job On the Job
One Data Programming Work Based Learning
Two Financial Markets I
Three Business Data Analysis
Year 2
Semester Off the Job On the Job
One Financial Markets II Work Based Project
Two Data Management
Three Data Mining & Machine Learning

Application Process

If you're interested you should complete an application form for the apprenticeship you're qualified for found on the IFS Apprenticeships website.

Successful applicants will be invited to a pre-selection event (date to be confirmed) to be interviewed by a selection panel.

Applicants who make it through the pre-selection stage will meet with the recruiting companies.

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