FTD5 – VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 5 Diploma in Financial Trading (RQF)

Qualification summary

Financial traders buy and sell shares, bonds and assets for investors, including individuals and banks. They make prices and execute trades, seeking to maximise assets or minimise financial risk. Typical work activities include:

• speaking with colleagues, making phone calls and making instant decisions;
• making prices in their relevant products;
• executing trades electronically or by phone;
• liaising with sales traders/clients on market movements;
• predicting how markets will move and buying and selling accordingly;

• informing all relevant parties of the most relevant trades for the day;
• gathering information – critically about mispriced assets, detailed data analysis and valuation.

This qualification will provide the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding for those wishing to work as a financial trading professional or to enhance the CPD of those who are currently operating as a:

• flow trader
• proprietary trader
• sales trader

or other related roles.

The Level 5 Diploma in Financial Trading (RQF) has therefore been designed to provide a combination of knowledge and performance-based units which cover:

• the analysis of financial markets,
• the application of this analysis using different trading techniques and
• an understanding of financial products, such as shares, fixed-interest bonds and foreign exchange (FX) markets, and their associated risks.

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress onto higher level qualifications in accountancy, economics, business, or other related sectors.

Centres may find the following website helpful for materials and resources to assist with the delivery of this qualification; please click here

VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 5 Diploma in Financial Trading (RQF) Handbook


Qualification structure

All units from Group M must be achieved to gain the qualification.

Total Qualification Time (TQT) is 440

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) are 311

Qualification numberQualification reference
FTD5  601/6206/5 

Group M – Mandatory units

unit no.
unit no.
Unit title
D/507/1967FT1Financial markets and their analysis
K/507/1969FT2Financial products
R/508/5946FT3Financial trading techniques

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