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The Mechanics of Derivatives and Financial Products

16 week course

Booking extended until 11th November 2020

Distance Learning

Start Dates:  November 2020
Duration: 16 weeks, delivered by Distance Learning
Course Faculty: Clive Corcoran
Certification: Post Graduate Certification (optional)

Validated by Middlesex University

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Watch this video of Clive Corcoran, risk and derivatives specialist, introducing the course

Clive Corcoran is an FSA-registered investment adviser, financial trainer and author. In his earlier career he was founder and CEO of a personal management company with offices in the USA, UK, Canada and Germany. His
responsibilities included providing financial advice and business management to owners of intellectual property and high net worth individuals. After re-locating to the UK in 2000, he continued to be engaged in providing wealth management services to private clients and in addition has been an adviser to small pension funds.


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You have a unique opportunity to choose a validated option for this course and receive a Post Graduate Certificate on completion. This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion. However, if the validated option isn’t important to you there is still the opportunity to take the standard course.

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Course Structure

The course takes place over 16 weeks and comprises eight units. The units will be released every two weeks from the start of the course. Download the units or study completely online.

Preview unit one of the Derivatives & Financial Products distance learning course

Assessment and Post Graduate Certification

At the end of each unit there is an assessment that will allow you to measure your progress. If you wish to receive a Postgraduate Certificate from Middlesex University, you will also need to submit an assignment of 5000 words. The assignment will be based on an on-going case study that runs throughout the duration of the course.

Video Content, Exercises and Case Studies

Each unit is now complimented by videos, exercises and case studies from the course director, Clive Corcoran, taking you through the components of the course with particular emphasis on complex areas.

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It will prove invaluable to those already working securities and derivatives field who want to expand their knowledge and gain a much more detailedholistic understanding of the products and will prove extremely useful for those working in functions that come into contact with
securities and derivatives such as trading, risk, audit, product control and treasury. If you really want to understand how the products work in practice, then you need to look no further than this unique course.

Delivered by distance learning, this programme allows you to receive professional training without disrupting your work

Access all course materials and receive expert tutorial support whilst peer networking, using our online learning management system.

There will be an online test at the end of each unit to track you understanding and learning.

Remember, there is also an opportunity to study for a Post Graduate Certification, a chance for you to obtain an academic qualification.

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Distance learning, e-learning and blended delivery

We can tailor this course and its delivery to match your requirements. Whether it is a complete distance learning course or blended learning, we will ensure that our dedicated team and professional trainers will produce and deliver the perfect training programme.

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Don't delay your application. Our online application form securely accepts payment by credit card in either £ or €, or we will invoice you or your employer for payment by bank transfer.

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