F1F9 financial modelling courses now live and online

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Andrew Berkley

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01 Apr 2020

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We are now delivering all our courses live and online. We call it Tutor-led Distance Learning. We’ve run courses using this new delivery method for the past 3 weeks.

Our tutor-led distance learning courses are typically delivered over 12 one-hour live, interactive sessions. We timetable them over a number of days to give you time to absorb and revisit the tutorials, undertake assignments and consume targeted video content. Your tutor teaches you as part of a small group during the live online tutorials and is available to take written questions between sessions.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: How does it compare to traditional classroom-based teaching?
With tutor-led distance learning, there is time for intensive, immersive interaction during the live online tutorials and self-study including homework in between. This can produce a much better learning experience for you.

Q: How is this different from online learning?
Tutor-led distance learning is different to video-based training in three important respects. First, the role of live online tutorials in encouraging more active, discussion-based learning. Second,the presence of a dedicated tutor focused on making your learning experience as effective as possible. Third, the space between live online tutorials that provides time to absorb and revisit tutorials and to complete assignments.

Q: How much time will I get with a tutor?
Your tutor will teach you in a small group and is available to take written questions between sessions.

Q: Will it be the same tutor throughout the course?
Yes. Each course will have its own dedicated tutor who will deliver the online tutorials. To enhance your learning, other F1F9 tutors will join in during the programme to offer different perspectives.

Q: Am I able to see my tutors during the tutorials?
Yes. We encourage face-to-face interaction during online tutorials.

Q: What assignments can I expect?
Between live online tutorials, you can expect short, achievable assignments designed to boost your learning. Tutorials will focus on assignments submitted from previous sessions.

Q: How many people will be taking the course at the same time?
In our classroom courses we limit attendance to 12. We will apply the same maximum to tutor-led distance learning courses.

Q: Is attending tutorials mandatory?
We expect all course participants to join the live online tutorials and submit homework assignments.

Q: What happens if I fall behind?
Your tutor will be on hand to discuss any concerns with you on a one-to-one basis. In addition, your tutor will use the assignments you submit to provide feedback and help you catch up. You will also be able to watch recorded versions of the online tutorials you have attended.

Q: What happens if I want to learn more?
Contact your tutor if you feel you are ready to taken on additional learning. We will be able to point you to additional learning resources and areas for self-study.

Q: How can I ask questions and when might I expect a response?
For immediate answers, it’s best to ask questions during an online tutorial. Additional questions submitted on our support forum or via email will be answered within 24 hours – most likely earlier. Sometimes written questions will be answered during the live tutorials if they will be helpful for the whole group.

Q: Is this worth CPD points?
This is a new method of course delivery and we are in the process of getting it accredited for CPD points. We expect our longer courses to be worth approximately 26 hours 4 days of CPD time.

Q: What course programmes are available?

Financial Statement Modelling covers everything you need to know in order to build a 3 financial statement model. The course curriculum is based on our online course and covers 4 broad areas: 

  • Business operations – revenue, costs, escalation and tax 
  • Business assets – working capital, non-current assets and tax 
  • Business finance – equity and debt
  • Key outputs, quality control and finalising a model – check and track sheet

Project Finance Modelling focuses on the particular challenges of building a financial model to secure non-recourse debt funding for an infrastructure project. The course curriculum is based on our online course and covers the following areas: 

  • Construction phase financing 
  • Term debt and lender ratios 
  • Debt sculpting and model optimisation. Use of Visual Basic Application (“VBA”) / macros. 
  • Debt service reserve accounts and shareholder loans 

Financial Modelling for Renewables addresses challenges that arise when modelling renewables projects including construction vs operations, seasonality, monthly timelines, P90 / P50 forecasting and financing (including equity bridge loans and cash sweeps). You will: 

  • Gain an understanding of the concepts of P90 and P50, applying those within the financial forecasts and optimising the model in these cases.  
  • Learn approaches for taking annual inputs and implementing those into a monthly financial model and how to aggregate monthly models into broader timelines
  • Learn how to model Equity Bridge Loans, Cash Sweeps and Debt Refinancing, all integral parts of typical renewable project financings 
  • Address the challenges of converting a bid model into an operational model 

Working with Financial Models is for professionals who are required to review, operate and test financial models that they have not built themselves. By the end of the course, participants will be able to: 

  • Navigate and read models more effectively 
  • Understand the best practices that models should follow and how to review for them 
  • Remediate models for any shortcomings identified 
  • Build a best practice input structure including scenario and sensitivity functionality 
  • Implement structures to maintain version control and audit trail  
  • Undertake a high level analytical review of the key model outputs


Q: How much study time should I put aside for this?
Except for the “Working with Financial Models” course, there will be 4 non-consecutive days of live online tutorials: no more than 3 online tutorials a day lasting up to an hour each. Assignments will be designed to be completed in between online tutorials on the same day.  Other assignments will be set for you to complete in between online tutorial days. You are likely to need up to 3 more days of self-study to complete everything that is made available to you.

“Working with Financial Models” is run over 2 non-consecutive days.

Q: Will I need special software to join in?
You will need a good, reliable internet connection. We use Zoom as a tutoring platform and recommend a headset + microphone for optimal sound quality.

Q: Can I talk to other students?
You and the other students will be encouraged to join discussions during the online sessions. There will also be a dedicated forum within our virtual classroom where you will be able to post questions and answers for your tutors and the other course participants.

Q: How long will my access to the online course material last?
Your access to all online learning material will be unlimited: you may visit it as many times as you wish and for as long as you like.

Q: Who are my tutors?
F1F9 employs tutors who are both subject experts and learning experts. All have many years of practical financial modelling experience and teaching F1F9’s traditional classroom courses – you can learn more about them on our financial modelling courses page.

Q: How can I learn more or book my course place?
I would be happy to have a conversation and answer any questions you may have – you can call me on +44 20 3239 8534. If you’re ready to sign up you can do that on the individual course pages of the website or just send us an email.

Andrew Berkley
Andrew Berkley
With a background in business education and financial advisory work, Andrew leads the senior team at F1F9. He has been with F1F9 since 2013.