Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Management (Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Management )

Athlone Institute of Technology (HCI Lifelong Learning)
Key Programme Details
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Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Management

NFQ Level

Level 9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Blended

Mode

Full Time

ECTS Credits

60

Department

Department of Lifelong Learning

General Information
Contact

Maria Slevin

Email

mslevin@ait.ie

Phone

090 6483050

Address

Department of Lifelong Learning,
Athlone Institute of Technology,
Dublin Road,
Athlone,
Co. Westmeath.

Role

Programme Administrator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

11/12/2020

Start Date

11/01/2021

End Date

17/12/2021

About this Course

Key Features:
• Level 9 Postgraduate Diploma Programme (60 ECTS).
• Online/Blended flexible mode of delivery.
• Developed in partnership with the Midlands Regional Skills Manager and relevant industry partners.
• Personal and supportive approach to teaching and learning.
• Problem Based Learning (PBL) based approaches will be used to challenge and expand the student’s knowledge, skills and competence.
• The programme addresses to a significant level all four key areas, which have been deemed by government as being of critical importance at this time: digital skills, transversal skills, management and leadership skills and the workplace of the future.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Management has been designed to offer participants the opportunity to gain a detailed knowledge of the underpinning theory and effective practice of Financial Management which will be of particular benefit in a range of management and leadership roles as well as in specialized Financial Management roles.

This programme will be delivered full-time through an innovative blended learning approach involving facilitated workshops and online virtual learning classes. It utilises highly participatory learning and teaching approaches with a significant degree of collaborative group work in the classroom setting.

The flexibility and agility of this programme, will allow students to specialise in a pathway most suited to their skills, career aspirations, and employer needs while undertaking core modules that will give them a broader insight into Financial Management.

Objectives

The aim of the Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Management is to provide an educational experience that enables participants to achieve an integrated understanding of the operation and strategy of Financial Management, and to develop appropriate intellectual and personal skills.

Specifically the programme is designed to offer participants the opportunity to gain a detailed knowledge of the underpinning theory and effective practice of Financial Management which will be of particular benefit in a range of management and leadership roles as well as in specialized Financial Management roles.

After successfully completing the programme, participants will have demonstrated the competencies necessary to:
• Adopt analytical, systematic approaches toward problem solving and decision making, while simultaneously displaying an appropriate awareness and understanding of the sensitivities involved in the context of organisational dynamics;
• Demonstrate personal qualities of empathy, leadership, teamworking;
• Manage their own learning and development, and evaluate their own experience through a reflective approach towards the impact of the programme on their lives;
• Be catalysts of change within their employing organisations, as a result of the adoption of creative and innovative approaches to opportunities and threats.



Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a recognised level 8 degree in any field and/or a relevant professional qualification.

Recognition of Prior Learning can also be used to support entry in line with the Institute's RPL policy.

Long Description

Programme Content
• Strategic Management and Leadership
• Interpretation of Financial Statements
• Financial Performance Management
• Financial Strategy and Risk Management
• Research Methods
• Applied Case Studies – WBL Strategic Capstone Project

Timetable Info

1 year - timetable to be confirmed.

Induction
AIT Induction Sessions will take place in January 2021 All registered students must attend one session, and you will be advised of your session when your application is processed. This is a face to face induction, where registered students will meet their lecturers and become acquainted with AIT operating systems, such as our online delivery platform, Moodle, Rules and Regulations etc. All current regulations and public health guidelines in relation to social distancing will be in place at these sessions.

Delivery Location

Online and AIT.

Delivery Notes

Blended Delivery - this course will be delivered mostly online with some face to face classroom based workshops on Saturdays.

Application Procedures

Applications will be considered in the order in which they are received.

This programme is free to the Unemployed (that meet specific eligibility criteria).
This programme is 90% funded for those in employment, students that fall into this category must pay a fee of €850. This fee becomes payable when you accept a place if offered.
This programme is 90% funded for Recent graduates (Summer 2020) regardless of employment status and must pay a fee of €850. This fee becomes payable when you accept a place if offered.

AIT operates a two stage application process. You must complete both stages in order for your application to be assessed.

STAGE ONE – ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY
You must make your course application here on www.springboardcourses.ie
You must upload a copy of your highest/most relevant qualification, as per the entry requirements above to this application system.

STAGE TWO – FUNDING ELIGIBILITY
When making your application (or as soon as possible after) you complete an eligibility declaration here:

https://tinyurl.com/yawowndq (please copy and paste this link into the address line of your browser)

On receipt of your completed course application and completed declaration an initial assessment will be made and you will receive a request from AIT to upload required documentation to a secure folder. You must complete this request as soon as possible after you receive it. It will expire after 5 days.

This request will ask for a scan/clear photo of the following documents to be uploaded:
Your most recent passport/drivers licence to verify your identity.
A copy of your highest/most relevant qualification, as per the entry requirements for your chosen course.

You must also upload a scan / photo of one of the following documents to demonstrate your funding eligibility.
1) If you are employed: a recent payslip / most recent P60 / letter from your employer confirming this (amounts must be redacted/blacked out from financial documents).
2) If you are unemployed: a DSP payment slip / letter from DSP confirming your payment type/what you are signing for.
3) If you are a returner who has been on home or other caring duties for 9 of the last 12 months OR you are economically dependent on a partner or spouse and have been unemployed for 9 of the last 12 months you must supply a notarised affidavit confirming this (a template for this is available here: INSERT AFFADAVIT LINK )
4) If you were previously self-employed: a letter/statement from Revenue stating that you are no longer trading or a similar letter from your (former) accountant.

Applicants that do not complete this declaration cannot be assessed for a place on the programme. Places are limited on all programmes, therefore it is imperative that you complete this when making your application (or as soon as possible afterwards).

Please contact Janine King, AIT if you have any queries in relation to this - email jking@ait.ie

The personal data being collected is required for assessing your eligibility for a place on this programme. If you are successful and accept an offer of a place then the details required for registration will be retained in line with our Student Privacy Policy – www.ait.ie/gdpr. Your redacted payslip/ P60 record will be held securely by AIT for at least 6 years, in line with ESF funding requirements. If you are not successful, or if you withdraw from the programme within six weeks of commencement, your data will be destroyed securely.

Media
AIT Flexible Learning Website

https://aitflexiblelearning.ie/