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Level 4 – Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA®)


The DipFA is a leading qualification in the financial world. It is FCA approved and prepares you with the skills to offer advice on retail investment. You are not only tutored in relevant theory, but the practical use of new knowledge.

Designed specifically for those entering the industry you could complete the whole programme within just nine months. The course is easy to follow, practical and leaves you confident in your role as a financial adviser.

Key points

  • The Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA) is an RQF level 4 qualification accredited by Ofqual and awarded by the London Institute of Banking & Finance.
  • This financial adviser course is split between 2 units.
  • Register for unit 1 throughout the year and choose from a selection of start dates for unit 2.
  • Knowledge of unit 1 is assessed by a multiple-choice exam, unit 2 is assessed through a combination of coursework and written exam.
  • Successful completion allows you to add the designation ‘DipFA’ after your name and apply for your Statement of Professional Standing (SPS).


The DipFA is a level 4 qualification registered with Ofqual in the Regulated Qualifications Framework and consists of two units.

Units Learning Outcomes Assessment
Unit 1 – Financial Services Regulation Ethics (FSRE)

The environment of the financial services industry.

Key components and interrelationships of the financial system.

Principles of the regulatory framework and the implications for the financial advice process.

The importance of the concept of risks relate to institutions and individuals’ legal concepts and interplay between regulation and legislation.

The FCA’s approach to ethical and unethical behaviours and the Code of Ethics.

2-hour objective exam comprising 90 multiple-choice questions and 2 case studies with 5 linked multiple-choice questions.
Unit 2 – Advanced Financial Advice (AFA)

Products services and legislation that inform the financial planning and advice process.

Principles theories and interrelationships of investment retirement planning and protection.

The importance of consumer-oriented communication and ethical behaviours.

Assessed through a combination of coursework and written exam:

Coursework comprises of a written assignment and short answer questions.

3-hour typed exam based on pre-released fact find available 6 weeks prior to exam.


At Simply Academy we offer a range of courses and routes for career progression.

The Certificate in Mortgage Advice & Practice (CeMAP) is an industry leading qualification, perfect if you aim to give mortgage advice alongside retail investments.

Another route for progression is the Certificate in Regulated Equity Release (CeRER), which equips you with the authority to advise on equity release products.

Mortgage Adviser

Mortgage Adviser


Mortgage Adviser/Equity Release Adviser

Equity Release Adviser


Financial Adviser

Financial Adviser


Study Options

Fast Track (Classroom)

The flexible Fast Track study option is a highly effective way to learn the DipFA course content and prepare for your exams.

In a classroom environment, you’ll benefit from expert tuition of knowledgeable tutors who are on hand to answer all your questions. All our tutors have real-world experience of the financial sector and are highly approachable.

We keep class sizes small and like to create a relaxed atmosphere. This helps our students to concentrate on their studies and reach their potential.

Situated in city centre locations in London, Birmingham and Manchester, these Fast Track courses are set in comfortable and relaxed surroundings, the perfect environment for your learning.

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Customer Reviews

We use Coursecheck to collect feedback from everyone we train, so you can see for yourself what our customers say about us.

  • Jessica D | 15 October 2019

    Pete was brilliant. The service from Simply was amazing also. I cannot recommend this enough. Just fantastic.

  • Harrison S | 15 October 2019

    Was a great 15 months that showed me what i was capable of and allowed me to progress a utilize my skills.

  • Rachel W | 10 October 2019

    Simply Academy is a great course for learners to learn about the mortgage market, especially for people who have a little understanding about mortgages and the market currently. The trainers are professional, friendly and have been very helpful throughout the whole process.

  • Tom B | 04 October 2019

    Very good apprenticeship. A good way to start out in financial services. The course material was very easy to understand and the fast track course was done very well and helped to remember information for the exams. The support throughout was very helpful to keep track of progress and help with each of the assignments in preparation for the end ...

  • Charlie J | 04 October 2019

    This apprenticeship provided me with a good understanding of the financial services industry as well as a qualification that can be built on in the future. I also found the help they provided in preparing for the exam and the course work throughout the apprenticeship was consistently good. The training day they provided in London i found really beneficial.

  • Darren B | 01 October 2019

    Terry was an outstanding coach and helped manage the content to everyone’s level. Would highly recommend the course and Terry.

  • Kieran O | 30 September 2019

    Alan is a fantastic teacher!! I've done my CeMAP fast track course (1, 2, 3) with him and just come out of my final exam this afternoon as a qualified mortgage broker passing all my examinations first time! Very happy and had a great time both weeks with fun learning and made some great new friends too. Couldn't recommend it or Alan more.

  • Kieran O | 30 September 2019

    Alan is a fantastic teacher!! I've done my CeMAP fast track course (1, 2, 3) with him and just come out of my final exam this afternoon as a qualified mortgage broker passing all my examinations first time! Very happy and had a great time both weeks with fun learning and made some great new friends too. Couldn't recommend it or Alan more.

  • Waseem Z | 25 September 2019

    Paul is an amazing trainer! His examples help keep the information fresh in your head and his voice spookily is in your head during the exam!! Done my exam the day after completing the course and passed with merit! Amazing job Paul, looking forward to the 2&3!

  • Ryan D | 25 September 2019

    Paul made the classes fun to be part, made sure everybody was able to take part. Overall it was a brilliant week!

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Important Notice: Exam Registrations Fees*

Full qualification registration (FSRE + AFA) £890 (VAT exempt)
Unit 1 Financial Services Regulation and Ethics (FSRE) only £330 (VAT exempt)
Unit 2 Advanced Financial Advice (AFA) only


£620 (VAT exempt)

*Only course fees are paid to Simply Academy. You will be instructed on how to register for and book an examination upon enrolment.

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What is the DipFA qualification?

The Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA) is an FCA approved qualification perfect for those wishing to start a career in financial advice. Throughout the course you will learn the skills and knowledge required to offer professional advice on retail investment. The course is thorough, interesting and a very popular route into the industry.

Once you successfully complete your DipFA exams you will have everything you need to begin your new career.

How and where do I sit my DipFA examinations?

You will be required to sit two DipFA exams. Unit 1 is assessed by a single, two hour multiple choice exam. Unit 2 is assessed by a combination of coursework and a three hour typed exam based on a pre released fact find.

You will be instructed on how to register for and book your examinations upon enrolment onto a DipFA training course. You can sit your exams at one of the conveniently located centres which can be found around the country.

What is included in my DipFA Course?

DipFA training is classroom based and you will be taught as part of a small group. Your course fees cover expert tuition by an experienced trainer and comprehensive learning materials. These materials are useful while completing your DipFA training but also as a point of reference once you qualify.

Out of the classroom students may login an online study portal were they may access additional study support alongside a tutor help desk.

Where are DipFA training centres located?

Your DipFA training will be completed within a classroom at one of our modern, fully equipped training facilities. We offer DipFA courses in Birmingham, Manchester and London, and all of these centres are easy to find, with excellent transport links.

DipFA® Fast Track

The flexible Fast Track study option is a highly effective way to learn the DipFA course content and prepare for your exams.

Upon enrolment you are provided with access to Simply Academy’s study portal where you may access bespoke training materials, guides and further support via an online helpdesk.

Once you enter the classroom environment, you’ll benefit from the expert tuition of knowledgeable tutors who are on hand to answer any questions.

You could complete your DipFA qualification within just nine months!

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FSRE = 5 Days
AFA Part 1 = 2 Days
AFA Part 2 = 2 Days



We purposefully keep our class sizes small. This ensures that you are given sufficient attention in an informal teaching atmosphere, with plenty of time to ask questions.



Our carefully selected tutors are all fully qualified and are amongst the most knowledgeable in their field. They are not only excellent teachers but come with years of their own practical experience. DipFA students have the option to contact their tutor between course dates should they require any additional support.



You will be given full, high quality training materials to make learning as simple as possible. These materials also make excellent points of reference once you have finished the course and want to re-visit any technical or regulatory areas.



Birmingham – London – Manchester

All our venues are conveniently placed and easily accessible by both road and public transport. We know that to learn effectively, the environment must be right. Therefore, we provide exclusive and modern training rooms fitted with air conditioning and with plenty of natural light.



We are so confident that our courses offer everything you need to succeed, that we back your enrolment with our Pass Assurance Scheme. If you don’t pass your exam the first time around, you are welcome to attend the same course again completely free of charge*.

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