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Award in Finance for Non-Financial Managers

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Award in Finance for Non-Financial Managers


MQF Level
40 hours
As per schedule
As per schedule
Mode of Delivery
Online 100%


Course code MG2I-IC-360-795
Course Title Award in Finance for Non-Financial Managers
Course Start and planned End Date
Session Day Date Duration Total Hours Delivered
Award in Finance for Non-Financial Managers (17:30- 20:00) (40 hours in total)
1 Wednesday 17/01/2024 2.5 2.5
2 Wednesday 24/01/2024 2.5 5
3 Wednesday 31/01/2024 2.5 7.5
4 Wednesday 07/02/2024 2.5 10
5 Wednesday 14/02/2024 2.5 12.5
6 Wednesday 21/02/2024 2.5 15
7 Wednesday 28/02/2024 2.5 17.5
8 Wednesday 06/03/2024 2.5 20
9 Wednesday 13/03/2024 2.5 22.5
10 Wednesday 20/03/2024 2.5 25
11 Wednesday 03/04/2024 2.5 27.5
12 Wednesday 10/04/2024 2.5 30
13 Wednesday 17/04/2024 2.5 32.5
14 Wednesday 24/04/2024 2.5 35
15 Wednesday 08/05/2024 2.5 37.5
16 Wednesday 15/05/2024 2.5 40
Mode of Delivery 100% online
MQF Level 4
Credits 6
Duration of course 40 hours


The main objective underlying this short programme, is to provide managers who do not have a financial background (especially in SMEs), with an appreciation of the differences between Financial Accounting, Management Accounting and Financial Management.

Participants will be introduced to modern financial tools that are available to help them understand and manage their businesses better. The importance of understanding value measurement is brought to the forefront, so that key values can be identified and managed.

The programme does NOT intend to turn participants into Accountants

The course is targeted for:

  • Managers, from various functional areas within a business. Aiming at acquiring the business tools to understand the financial figures in order to help them make better business decisions.
  1. How long does the course last?

This is a 40 hr guided learning course.  Students need to invest further hours which will include private study and home assignments.

Lessons are held once a week at the Institute of Business and Commerce, Paola between 1730 hrs and 2000 hrs.

  1. What will I study?


  Learning Outcome 1: Define various technical terms related to accounting and finance

           Unit Content

  • Understand what drives some of the most common errors in business and how to avoid them
  • Breakthrough the language of finance – technical terms

Learning Outcome 2: Interpret financial statements and accounting ratios

               Unit Content

  • Understand the basic accounting model and its limitations
  • Analyse and interpret financial statements within the context of industry analysis and  macroeconomic          fundamentals
  • Apply management accounting tools to business problems

Learning Outcome 3: Generate forecasts and budgets

              Unit Content

  • Understand the budget process and forecasting techniques
  • Link financial objectives to strategy

Learning Outcome 4: Apply cash management and credit control techniques

              Unit Content

  • Understand the importance of cash Liquidity
  • Appreciate credit control and cash management mechanisms
  • Identify key value drivers to help manage the value of a business
  • Understand different valuation techniques and respective benchmarks

  1. Are there any suggested pre-requisites and/or entry requirements for this course?

                  The following are the suggested pre-requisites and/or entry requirements needed:



  • Access to the course is open to managers who do not have a financial background, but who require to be close to accounting work (in-house or outsourced) within their organization (especially SMEs)

Entry requirements:

  • Participants are expected to have a working knowledge of English

  1. Will I achieve any qualifications or obtain any certificate?

Course participants may be awarded either an MCAST Certificate of Attendance or an MCAST Certificate of Achievement.

MCAST Certificate of Attendance

  • An MCAST Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to those candidates who attend at least 80% of the lessons.

MCAST Certificate of Achievement

  • An MCAST Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to those candidates who satisfy the 80% attendance criteria AND ALSO choose to sit and pass the course assessment/s.


  • Students who opt not to sit for the assessment/s or fail (the assessment/s) will however be awarded an MCAST Certificate of Attendance provided that they fulfill the minimum attendance criteria as stated above.

   This unit forms part of the MCAST Certification in Administration

  1. Do I have to sit for any assessment/s (test/examination etc)?

If the student intends to obtain a Certificate of Achievement, she/he is required to sit for an assessment/s.  Assessment/s may take various forms such as a home assignment, class assignment, practical test and time constrained test.  However, the assessment/s is not compulsory and an applicant may choose not to sit for it.

  1. Are there any additional costs to pay or special materials/equipment to bring?

  There are no additional costs or special materials/equipment to bring.

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