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Robert Russell, Global Head Professional Qualifications, ZISHI
For existing or new traders looking to acquire a professional level of competency for trading on global markets, the ZISHI Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Financial Trading provides an unrivalled level of training that is industry recognised and covers the core knowledge, skills and behaviours of the Level 6 Financial Services Standard Investment Banking & Investment Management options.
Created alongside some of the industry’s most prestigious employers and financial institutions to ensure the highest level of relevancy and employability, the Level 5 Advanced Trading diploma gives graduates and non-graduates alike the chance to learn within a regulated qualification framework (RQF) and is the equivalent of a Higher National Diploma (HND) holding 32 RQF qualification credits.
Upon successful completion of the Advanced Diploma in Financial Trading, students will attain the most relevant financial trading tools and theoretical knowledge to successfully begin – or excel – their trading career within the finance sector.
Applicants must be 16 years and over. There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, although it is recommended that learners have an interest in the financial services sector and hold a Maths GCSE at Grade A-C (or equivalent) or higher. Initial assessments will be conducted to ensure applicants can produce evidence to the required educational standard.
Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Financial Trading
1. Financial Markets and Operations
Learners will develop the knowledge and skills to understand and analyse how the financial markets operate, while summarising the economic history and how it impacts on today’s markets. They will learn how to explain the supply and demand within current economics and be able to define financial technical analysis. Students will also learn how to compare different analysis chart types and evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of market analysis.
2. Financial Products and Associated Risk
Learners will develop a sound knowledge of the different types of financial products and the risk associated with them. They will also understand how to trade bonds, foreign exchange, commodities and assess the factors that could influence risk. Students will cultivate an understanding of the short-term interest rates and the index markets and how these influence trading.
3. Financial Trading Techniques
Learners will develop a deeper proficiency of knowledge, understanding and skills to be able to trade, while learning how to keep a daily diary of the markets’ behaviours. They will learn how to evaluate the pricing support and resistance that creates the supply and demand. They will also be mentored in their own trading behaviour and produce a personal development plan for continued improvement.
The Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Financial Trading is a financial qualification aimed at 16+ learners, who wish to pursue a career as a financial trader, other roles within the financial services sector, transition from a different profession or actively acquire the practical skillset and knowledge necessary to support a dual career path.
In short, yes. Due to the comprehensive level of skills and training, the Level 5 Advanced Diploma is an exceptional accredited course that ensures stand out for prospective employers and a confident foothold into the industry. Recognised and favoured by the world’s leading financial institutions and an increasing number of universities, the skills acquired give graduates and non-graduates market-ready financial trading tools – and employers the confidence to hire them.
The primary purpose of the Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Financial Trading is to provide learners with a comprehensive understanding of market-relevant knowledge to secure employment in a range of financial services roles. These may include Financial Trader, Compliance Officer, Investment Administrator, amongst others.
Our leading consultants, coaches and course facilitators have a wealth of experience training global multinationals, financial exchanges, consumer goods companies and of course, students and undergraduates in the art of hedging, risk management, futures and options trading.
Holding a Degree in Banking, Corporate, Finance and Securities Law, Antoine’s career has traversed the world of law and trading and saw him create a pioneering trading programme for a leading proprietary trading house in London. In 2018, Antoine co-founded Minerva Capital Markets: a training provider offering employer-led, work-ready education. At Minerva, he created the first BSc Honours Degree in Financial Trading and Investment Management (incorporating a Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Financial Trading) and developed key partnerships in sports career transition for top athletes. Now Antoine thrives in his role as Head of Delivery, Professional Qualifications for ZISHI.
Hannah originally began her OSTC career as a Trader in 2009. She has a wide range of experience in Futures markets, from energy to soft commodities, metals and interest rates, and focused much of her activity on world-leading exchanges including ICE, CME and EUREX. In 2018 she changed direction to join OSTC’s central knowledge suite, ZISHI. As Head of Education, Hannah supports all educational initiatives and offers hands-on support for our global network of universities, as well as core guidance on the programmes and eLearning that’s available via the ZISHI Adaptive module.
With over 20 years’ experience in finance, Rob Russell’s trading roots have seen him traverse a variety of senior roles including Head of Derivatives at Sanlam UK and later on, Managing Director with Divento Financials. He went onto develop the educational arm of the business and the first-ever regulated, portfolio evidenced, Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Financial Trading.
Rob’s current position in OSTC Group sees him addressing social mobility issues and empowering individuals from all backgrounds – including sport – to gain a foothold in finance. He sits on the advisory panel for the Sutton Trust and its Pathways to Banking and Finance programme.
Jon holds a wealth of trading experience dating back to the mid-1980s, starting out at BNP and JP Morgan before becoming an independent trader on London’s LIFFE exchange. After the closure of ‘the pits’, Jon made a successful transition to electronic trading where he adapted his style to suit the new format of trading. Most of his career has been spent trading Government Bond Futures and Equity Indices, while in recent years his speciality has shifted over into STIR products.
For the last decade, Jon has become more and more involved with trader education, writing courses, webinars and presentations. He particularly enjoys educating new traders and helping them navigate the path from novice to self- sustained trader. This fits very well with the philosophy of ZISHI and bringing access to trading to all members of the community.