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Professional course

Finance for Non-Financial Managers

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Bristol Business School
Two days
Course director:
Dr Sandra Laurent

Page last updated 13 February 2018



Bristol Business School's portfolio of short courses offers flexible learning solutions for you and your business. We have a range of courses covering a wide range of subjects on Finance, Strategy, Marketing, Coaching and Mentoring, Events Management, Project Management, among many others.  Our short courses are delivered by experienced practitioners, 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 information to resolve problems and improve performance. This course will provide you with the basic skills and understanding of how to do this.

Who is it for?

This course is specifically designed 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?

At the end of the course, you will have:

·      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. You may also want to bring copies of any financial reports that you need to have an understanding of and these can be explained confidentially with you.



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: £500

20% Early Bird Discount fee: £400 (for bookings paid in full 8 weeks or more in advance)

15% UWE Alumni Discount fee: £425 (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

June run: Tuesday 12 & Wednesday 13 June 2018, 9.30 - 17.00


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

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How to apply

How to apply

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

To make a full or provisional booking for this course, please complete our online booking form

·        June 2018

For further information

  • Email: Please contact us on the enquiry form above.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 87265

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