Promoting Financial Inclusion in Low Income Communities

Promoting Financial Inclusion

Promoting Financial Inclusion in Low Income Communities

Level 6, 20 Credits

Course aim

This course is aimed at people working, in a paid or voluntary capacity, in agencies and organisations concerned with financial inclusion, financial capability education and/or the development of access to financial services for people on low incomes.

Completing this course will deepen your theoretical and practical understanding of poverty, over-indebtedness and financial exclusion. You will explore a range of policy and other initiatives within:

  • government
  • the financial services industry 
  • the community and voluntary sectors

It is designed to promote financial inclusion and greater access to financial services for people on low incomes. You will investigate how partnership and co-operative approaches to tackling financial exclusion can, and do, work in practice. The programme has a particular focus on the role of credit unions and money advice agencies in promoting financial inclusion and in delivering financial capability education. 

The CPD takes a community and participative approach to the development of financial services and is focused on responding to the needs of low-income consumers.

Who should take this course?

It will be relevant to you if you are working as a:

  • housing officer
  • money advice worker
  • local government officer
  • probation officer
  • regeneration worker
  • youth and community worker
  • social worker
  • health visitor
  • financial inclusion worker
  • credit union and CDFI director

It will also be relevant if you are working with adults and/or young people in low income communities.

Course length

This part-time module consists of 100 hours of learning delivered over 10 weeks:

  • 40 hours of taught theory, seminars and group work 
  • 60 hours of reflection and private study
Course cost

The cost for this CPD module is £350.


You will study part-time over 10 weeks in semester 1 of the academic year.

Course content

During this course, you will examine:

  • the sociology, economics and politics of poverty and financial exclusion in low income communities
  • policy development in promoting financial inclusion
  • the dynamics of low income financial market
  • the role of the banking and financial services industry and of co-operative and third sector financial providers
  • the impact of sub-prime lenders operating in low income communities
  • the role of money advice agencies in low income communities
  • the dynamics and delivery of financial capability education
  • pathways to financial inclusion
  • strategic and partnership approaches to the promotion of financial inclusion

A number of external speakers from organisations working in the field of financial inclusion and education also deliver sessions on the course.


You will be assessed via the completion of an academic essay focusing on an element of the strategic promotion of financial inclusion or financial capability education within the contemporary policy context. The theme of your essay can be selected to reflect your interests and work commitments.

Entry requirements

In order to be considered for this course, you will be expected to have:

  • experience of working in low income communities
  • evidence of previous academic Level 6 study (first degree) or equivalent

Prior practical work experience (paid or voluntary) will also be taken into account.

CPD award

This Continuing Professional Development programme is stand-alone and is not within a wider award framework.

How to apply

Please apply using the online application form selecting undergraduate from the Level of Entry/Mode of Study drop down.

Further information

Faculty Admissions Team
Faculty of Education, Health and Community
Liverpool John Moores University
79 Tithebarn Street
Liverpool L2 2ER

T: 0151 231 5829

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