Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®)
The CFA® qualification is the gold standard for the investment industry. Acquire it and you'll significantly enhance your career prospects across the global marketplace.
In addition to our wide range of classroom and distance learning options, we are running an Online Classroom Live product for CFA Level I and Level II for the June 2013 exam sitting. Our Online Classroom live study programme is unique and designed around the online user.
Or if all you need is a final push towards the exam, why not join our popular 3 day question based revision courses (daytime, weekend and evenings), which also include online learning resources, tutor support, a question bank and an additional mock day with post exam tutor debrief session.
We are so confident that our approach will work that we offer Pass Assurance at all Levels - attend a Classroom or Online course and you can attend the course again for free should you fail. Even if you don't qualify for Pass Assurance, retaking BPP students can attend another CFA course or buy a CFA materials package for 50% of the brochure price. See the retake options below for full terms and conditions.
BPP Professional Education prepares you for exams that are assessed and awarded by The Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA).
CFA Institute does not endorse, promote, or warrant the accuracy or quality of the products or services offered by BPP. CFA®, and Chartered Financial Analyst® are trademarks owned by CFA Institute.
- Boost your career prospects with the prestigious CFA® designation
- Daily questions by email and twitter
- Extensive question banks with thousands of exam standard questions
- Comprehensive and prioritised study materials
- Online Classroom Live - unique interactive webinar based online course
- Pass Assurance at all three levels – repeat the course free of charge if you don't pass
- Tutors who have all passed the exams they teach towards
- Downloadable lecture recordings to watch on iPads and Android devices
- Introductory, taught and revision courses
- Free Intro course for the next level with every course booking
Outstanding flexibility and study options
You can choose from classroom courses, our online classroom or our new Online Classroom Live – whichever you choose, you benefit from the same dedicated tutor support and course materials. Our taught plus revision courses ensure you have both the knowledge and application skills to success at these challenging exams.
We can guarantee that our experienced tutors have already sat and passed the exams they will be teaching you towards and they understand the challenges of balancing work and studying commitments. That's why they've created a proven study programme that helps focus your studies on the areas of the syllabus you really need to pass these challengingexams.
The latest learning materials
Throughout your exam training, we'll provide the most up-to-date study materials and guides. We'll give you recorded lectures, downloadable to mobile and tablet devices, daily emails, PowerPoint course slides and tutor support via phone and email. Crucially, all students will receive the BPP Exam Navigator suite of supporting learning material – including passcards, mock exams and an extensive online and physical question bank.
How the CFA Program can enhance your career
The CFA examinations are administered by CFA Institute, which has nearly 110,000 members and 136 societies around the world. As a measure of its global credentials, over 144,900 candidates from 162 countries registered for the CFA exam in June 2011.
Pass the CFA examinations and as a CFA Institute member you'll be able to tap into an exclusive network and uncover unique employment opportunities worldwide.
For more information on the syllabus, entry requirements, or work experience, see the CFA Institute website.
Dates and prices
We offer a range of study options in various locations around the UK to suit your schedule, from online, evening, weekday, revision and math booster classes. See dates and prices below for details.
June 2013 Exam Sitting
December 2013 Exam Sitting
For Level II & III December 2013 dates and prices request a call back
Levels I, II and III are available at London City, Canary Wharf and Edinburgh
BPP Online Classroom
With our Online classroom you can study at your own pace, with all lectures, online and printed study resources available from the moment you sign up. To add structure to your studies, we have two start dates for a suggested work programme where you will receive weekly emails and scheduled tests to keep you on track. For the June exams these start dates are 9th Jan and 6th Feb. For the December Level 1 exam the cohort start dates are 17th July and 14th August.
Online Classroom Live
The course starts on 28th January for level I and 29th January for level II, with 16 online evening sessions.
With expert tutor support and outstanding learning materials, we’ll give you the best possible chance of success. However, should you fail your exam, you can attend an equivalent course free of charge (see terms and conditions below).
To qualify you’ll need to provide:
- Proof of exam result
- A full attendance record
Please note, new learning materials are not included but are available at a discounted price. A deferral is not eligible. Pass Assurance can only be redeemed once per each participated training course. The course must be completed within the next available sitting by applicable delegates. Proof of exam result required. A full attendance record is required.
To qualify you must have attended all class sessions on a taught and revision course. You must have attempted the examination and provide us with a copy of your results notification.
Classroom course students will be eligible to attend any BPP taught and revision course towards the next sitting free of charge. Online access will be included. An updated set of study materials will be available at 50% of the full price (2012 and 2013 this is £175 + VAT, full price £350 + VAT). For June Level I candidates resitting in December 2012 there is no requirement to pay for new study materials.
Online classroom students can re-attend the OCR free of charge for the following sitting. As above, updated study materials will be available at a 50% discount.
Not eligible for Pass Assurance
All BPP online and classroom course students who sit and fail a CFA examination automatically qualify to attend any BPP course at the next sitting for a 50% discount off the full published price. This covers online classes, taught and revision classes. Material-only packs are also available at a 50% discount (£175 + VAT, full price £350 + VAT).
The offer does not apply if a student has only attended a 1 day course (i.e. an intro course or a mock day).
For the June Level I sitting only, we also provide a revision retake pack which includes access to the December Level I online content, full tutor support, and attendance at a 3 day revision course. This is priced at £205 + VAT.
To arrange your next course, please contact customer services on firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Retake options
If you took a CFA course with us and sat and failed your exam, we can offer you either a free course through the Pass Assurance scheme, or 50% discount off a BPP course or materials pack for the next sitting.
When you sign up for the exam you receive the CFA Official Curriculum. Our study materials complement these texts, providing a combination of question resources and consolidation tools. You can also opt to buy a discounted Schweser package, which summarises the CFA Official curriculum and provides additional mock exams.
View a video introduction to the online materials supporting our programmes here.
Through BPP’s Exam Navigator package you can also buy the physical study materials individually or as a package.
A unique document that guides you through the Official Curriculum, highlighting the key areas and important questions.
Our popular visual, easy to carry summaries of the curriculum.
Question banks, progress tests and course exams
Thousands of questions in exam format available in hard copy and online.
Study Session Overviews
One page summaries of each study session in a format designed to let you create your own mind maps.
All the important formulae in one document.
Calculator and Guide
Our level I pack includes your exam calculator and a user friendly guide.
Our pre-recorded lectures are available to watch online or download to laptops, Android or apple devices.
Introductory and refresher modules
Introductory modules on maths, economics and accounts.
We will keep your studies on track with a question sent to your inbox every day
Tutor guidance and query service
You will always be supported by our qualified tutor team with regular guidance and a query service.
Taught course: Study over eight days or 16 evenings
Choose from weekdays (four phases of two days, which can be combined as two phases of four days), Fridays, Saturdays or evenings. We also offer one-day introductory courses in financial maths.
Revision course: 3 days (6 evenings) plus one mock day
You can choose between weekdays, Fridays, Saturdays or evenings. If you book a revision course you will be notified of mock dates nearer the time.
All course dates are interchangeable, so if you want to attend phase one on Saturdays then switch to evenings for phase two (or even just one evening), you can. Please call customer services on +44 (0) 20 8746 4178 if you wish to take advantage of this.
Level I course structure
Taught course: Study over seven days or 14 evenings
Choose from weekdays (phases of three days + two days + two days), Fridays, Saturdays or evenings. You can also take a one-day refresher course to ensure that the foundations of Level I knowledge are solid before moving on to Level II.
Revision course: 3 days (6 evenings) plus one mock day
Our 3 day revision courses run on weekdays, Fridays, Saturdays or evenings. All courses include a mock day with tutor debrief session. You will be notified of the mock dates later in the course.
All course dates are interchangeable, so if you want to attend phase one on Saturdays then switch to evenings for phase two (or even just one evening), you can. Please call customer services on +44 (0) 20 8746 4178 if you wish to take advantage of this. Please note that all online classroom resources are also provided to classroom students.
Level II course structure
Taught course: Study over six days or 7 evenings
Choose from weekdays (phases of three days + two days + two days), Fridays, Saturdays or evenings. You can also take a one-day refresher course to ensure that the foundations of Level I and II knowledge are solid before moving on to Level III.
Revision course: 3 days plus one mock day
Our 3 day revision courses run on weekdays, Fridays or Saturdays. All courses include a mock day and the opportunity to have your essay paper tutor marked. You will be notified of the mock dates later in the course.
All course dates are interchangeable, so if you want to attend phase one on Saturdays then switch to evenings for phase two (or even just one evening), you can. All online classroom resources are also provided to classroom students.
Level III course structure
Regardless of how you’re studying for your CFA® exam, there’s no substitute for thorough preparation. With BPP’s comprehensive 3-day revision courses, you can focus your efforts on the areas which will be in the exam.
Weekday, evening, Friday and Saturday courses are available in London, and a weekday option is also available in Edinburgh. Courses are open to all, no need to have already attended a BPP taught course.
If you can't make the whole course, you can still attend our unique mock days featuring an invigilated mock and live tutor debrief.
Each course will include:
- 3 days of guided question practice - ensure you can apply your knowledge
- Key area recap – revisit the most intensively tested areas with tutor summaries
- Mock day - sit a 3 hour exam in exam conditions followed by a live tutor debrief with question review and final exam tips
- For Level 3 - focus on the essay style questions and every student gets a 3 hour essay paper marked with personal feedback from a charterholder
- Daily questions by email and ongoing tutor guidance emails
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|Level I||Level II||Level III|
|Day 1||Quants, Ethics, Economics||FRA, Portfolio mgt, Economics||Study sessions 1-7|
|Day 2||FRA, Corporate finance||Equity, Alternatives, Quants||Study sessions 8-13|
|Day 2||Asset valuation, Portfolio management||Derivatives, Corporate finance, Ethics||Study sessions 14-18|
|Final mock day||3 hour invigilated exam, tutor debrief||6 hour exam, 3 hours sat in class with tutor debrief||6 hour exam, 3 hour essay paper sat in class with marking service|
"I passed Level I with only 3 months to prepare and being a full time working mum with not much time to study. Your tutors are great, the materials are most relevant and the revision course was best par none." Maria Rubiera, CFA student
Financial Maths Booster Course
We highly recommend sitting this one-day course to prepare you for some of the financial maths that you will encounter within the syllabus.
As well as enhancing your maths skills, it will give you confidence in using the Texas Instruments BAII Plus calculator, which you need for your exam.
Topics covered are:
- Location and Dispersion (measuring averages, standard deviation)
- Compounding and Discounting (time value of money, applying formulae, common mistakes)
- Project Appraisal Applications (NPV and IRR)
- Investment Valuation Applications (using discounting)
- Risk and Return (calculation methods)
Ways to study
All classroom, Online Classroom and Online Classroom Live students have access to our bank of pre-recorded lectures, and you'll get hard copies of our popular summary course slides.
You can also add a revision course to the Online Classroom course to benefit from a combination of flexible learning and the focused, interactive classroom experience.
Online Classroom Live
Our Online Classroom Live enables you to study at a time, pace and place that suits you – with the same learning materials, syllabus and quality support you get from the classroom course.
Throughout your studies, you'll receive expert support from a nominated tutor who will monitor your progress week by week.
You'll also study with a group of classmates – your 'cohort' – with a dedicated forum where you can chat together, ask questions and exchange tips. You'll also be able to compare your progress to your cohort's with our online benchmarking charts.
With our pre-recorded course lectures, if you want to work at home for particular sessions and attend classes for others, then you can.
Watch an Online Classroom Live Session
Face-to-face classroom training
Our classroom courses begin with optional introductory sessions, followed by the taught phase where we teach you the core syllabus content in a structured, engaging and interactive way. In the month before the exams you can attend our revision courses, which focus on application and exam practice. The revision courses comprise 3 days of structured tuition and one mock day.
We strongly recommend that you attend the taught and revision phases for full exam preparation, but the courses are modular, allowing you to pick the phases that work best for you. Classroom courses are available in daytime, evening, weekend and Friday course options for both taught and revision phases.
Any further questions?
See our frequently asked questions page.
The Chartered Financial Analyst Program (CFA®) has specific entry requirements.
To enrol, you must meet one of the following:
- have a Bachelor's degree or be in the final year of your bachelor's degree
- have four years of qualified, professional work experience
- have a combination of work and college experience of at least four years
In addition you must:
- meet the CFA® professional conduct admission criteria
- be prepared to take the examinations in English
- have a valid international travel passport.
Note that there are no exemptions available from any Level of the CFA Program.
See our frequently asked questions page.
CFA® Institute does not endorse, promote or warrant the accuracy or quality of the products or services offered by BPP Professional Education. CFA® Institute, CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are trademarks owned by the CFA® Institute.
BPP courses and study materials are developed to complement the core curriculum and to facilitate the learning process and are not to be used as a substitute for study of the prescribed curriculum.
For more details, please see CFA Institute website.