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Professional course

Finance for Non-Financial Managers

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Bristol Business School
One day
Course director:
Dr Sandra Laurent

Page last updated 27 November 2017


Bristol Business School's portfolio of short CPD courses offers flexible learning solutions for you and your business.

We have a range of flexible one to five day professional short courses in: Finance and Strategic Planning; Human Resource Management and Personal Development; Management, and Marketing and Communications.

Our courses are delivered by experienced academics and consultants, who apply their expertise and cutting-edge thinking with a practical focus.

Course introduction

As a decision-maker in a small or medium-sized business, you can use financial analysis to resolve problems and improve performance. This course will give you basic understanding and skills in this.

Who is it for?

Managers and supervisors who need a basic understanding of the principles of finance, those new to a role with responsibility for financial control, or anyone working with finance and accounting staff.

What do I get out of it?

  • Greater confidence in using and analysing the main financial statements to aid decision-making
  • An appreciation of the uses of internal management accounting

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this open course.



What does it cover?

  • Income Statement, Statement of Financial Position and Cash Flow Statement - an introduction to the main financial statements and the concepts used in producing these statements.
  • Interpreting and Analysing Financial Statements  - how to interpret the content of the accounting statements using ratio analysis
  • The basics of cost analysis - how to classify costs that are suitable for internal decision making
  • How to use cost analysis for decision-making - different techniques that can be used for both short and long term decision making.

 How will I learn?

The course is delivered in a very practical way through the use of a number of mini case studies. Please bring a calculator with you.

Course Director

Dr Sandra Laurent


Study facilities

Our short courses are run at our dedicated Bristol Business Engagement Centre, providing a professional environment for your training needs. Located at Frenchay Campus, with easy access to the M4 and M5 motorways and Bristol Parkway rail station, it has four fully equipped training rooms, a communications and reception area.

To be able to fully participate in our course, you will need to be comfortable with using the Internet and searching for information online. Session materials are presented through a number of sources including Microsoft Word, Power Point, pdf and online workbooks and discussions.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Full fee: £325

15% Early Bird Discount fee: £276 (for bookings paid in full 8 weeks or more in advance)

15% UWE Alumni Discount fee: £276 (available until the course start date)

Please note that discounts cannot be used in conjunction with each other. The greatest discount available will be applied at your booking confirmation.

(Fees include car parking, lunch and refreshments).

Course dates

April 2018 run: Monday 16 April 2018


Bristol Business School, UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY.

How to find UWE Bristol

How to apply

How to apply

To make a full or provisional booking for the April 2018 run of this course, please complete our online booking form.

For all enquiries please complete our online enquiry form or contact us on the number below.

For further information

  • Email: Please contact us on the enquiry form above.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 86304

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