Continuing Professional Development Finance for Non-Financial Managers - online delivery

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Bristol Business School
E-learning course
20 hours

Page last updated 12 October 2023



As a decision-maker in an organisation, you can use financial information to resolve problems and improve performance. This online, self-study course will provide you with the basic skills and understanding of how to interpret and analyse financial data, to do this.

This course can be studied as standalone learning or as accredited learning through successfully passing the exam.

Who is it for?

This programme is designed for managers who need a basic understanding of the principles of finance to support decision making and business understanding.    

What do I get out of it?

This programme will help you develop an understanding of:

  • Fundamental financial terminology and concepts
  • Reading and interpreting financial statements
  • Gauging the financial impact of operational decisions
  • The basis for evaluating investment decisions

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.

This programme is ideal for anyone interested in, or required to use and analyse financial statements to aid decision-making.



This e-learning programme is offered by UWE Bristol in collaboration with ILX Group, and has available accreditation by APMG International.

What does it cover?

The programme uses a series of 10 structured modules covering:

  1. Introduction to financial statements
  2. Profit and loss account
  3. Balance sheet
  4. Cash flow
  5. Costing decisions
  6.  Introduction to financial analysis
  7.  Investment appraisal
  8. Profit margin
  9. Asset turnover
  10. Return on Capital Employed (ROCE)

Each session has checkpoints built within it to allow you to check your understanding as you work through the materials, as well as an exam simulator.

Learning and Teaching

How will I learn?

This programme is delivered fully online and so you will require access to a computer with internet access.

Using voice-over, animation and regular learning-reinforcement techniques, the course delivers the classroom equivalent, in an easy to use and convenient format.

You will also require a calculator.

View an online demonstration of e-learning materials.

Mock exam simulator

Designed to test your understanding of the main programme objectives contained in the curriculum. You will be able to access this throughout your registration on the programme to complete sample exam questions, and test your knowledge and prepare for the exam. This function is available even if you have not paid to sit the exam.

Study time

This programme duration is 20 hours, split into 10 sessions. 

You will have access to the materials for one year to be able to plan your study time and book and sit your exam within this period.


The exam is a multiple choice exam, consisting of:

  • 25 Questions
  • 60 minutes duration
  • Closed book (A copy of the glossary and a calculator are permitted in the exam).

The pass mark for the exam is 72% (18 marks out of 25). This programme is accredited by APMG International.

The e-learning course allows you to attempt simulated foundation exams, to gain feedback on areas that need further work. The programme also indicates when you are ready for the exam, based on performance in the simulated exam.

Sitting your exam

Once you have completed the online learning and believe you are ready to sit your exam, you will be able to book your online exam using your exam voucher that was emailed to you when you started the course. The voucher is valid for the duration of your registeration. You must complete your exam during your registration period.

We would recommend that you do not book your exam until you are able to achieve 80% or higher in the exam simulator to help secure your success.


Study facilities

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Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Programme dates

Participants can sign up to one of our online cohorts. Cohorts will start on the first working day of each month and participants will have one year until the completion date to access the learning materials and complete their exam.

As part of your course fee you will be given access to the online learning resources and availability to book your exam(s) for one year from the start date of the cohort.


Online via e-learning

Programme fees

Please see the table below for current fees available. All prices are VAT exempt.

 e-learning onlye-learning + exam
Full Fee£149£396
UWE Alumni Fee£134£356
UWE Staff Fee£134£356
Course Connect Partner Fee£127£337

All fees include a first attempt at the exam within your registration period.

Repeat exam fees
Should you fail your first attempt, a retake will incur a fee from ILX which will be at the participant's expense.

Should you not take your exam within your registration period, you will need to apply and pay the full course fee again.

How to apply

How to apply

Please click on the 'Apply now' button below and select your preferred start date.

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