Diploma in Investment

Master the basics of investing in 4 weeks

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For many people, the realm of investing is a remote and terrifying place that only very few can understand and even less can take advantage of. This course dispels this belief by teaching in a way that everyone can understand; regardless of their background and experience. Upon completion of this course, you will have a solid foundation in understanding investing in the financial markets as well as other possibilities. This course focuses on intrinsic value and long term investment with the key point of the course covering what makes a value investor. There is good reason, which we will explore in the course, why value investors such as Warren Buffet succeed in the long term instead of chasing bites of short term gain so often focused on by other investment strategies.

Interactive and On Demand Lessons

This course takes place over four weeks and includes 8 lessons which will take you step by step through the world of investing. In addition to the live presentations, all lessons can be accessed 24/7 post their release date for your convenience. You will also have full tutor support throughout the course making applying your new found knowledge easier than ever.


  1. Learn what the different markets are, how they function and all the jargon involved
  2. Learn what risks investors face as well as the gains
  3. Learn what analysis and strategies investors use as well as understand what functions professional brokers and financial advisors provide
  4. Learn about value investing
  5. No background in investing or finance needed – the course is suited for all
  6. Live lessons with fully interactive bonus Q & A sessions
  7. Eight online audio and visual modules, highly enjoyable interactive, easily accessible, premium practical content delivered in an accessible format available on-demand at your convenience 24/7
  8. Full support provided throughout and upon completion of the programme – your tutor is at hand at all times and can be reached with any question no matter how large or small

Lesson 1: The Markets

“Making your money work for you” is the age old concept regarding investing. Where to send this money to work is another thing. As we explore this question throughout the course, we start here by looking at the financial markets. After weathering the storm of the last decade’s financial crisis, the financial markets are still full of opportunity for today’s investor. We will look at what the markets are and the functions they serve. We will also look who the main players are as well as the jargon involved.

Lesson 2: Fundamentals

Building off of the topics covered in the previous lesson, this lesson explores the mechanics of the markets. We will look at how a company comes to the market. We will cover what causes price to rise or fall. We will also explore the main strategies market participants use in regards to what is happening in the market at a given time.

Lesson 3: Stocks and Bonds

With all the noise in the financial world, investors can quickly lose sight regarding what they are really investing in. Here we take a look at the asset classes and go in depth with equities and fixed income.

  1. We explore what exactly these are and what their purpose is to both the issuer and the investor.
  2. We also examine which, historically, perform better in comparison to each other.

Lesson 4: Cash, Banks and Bullion

The money market is one of the first places investors go to when looking to make low risk short term investments. However, it is also sometimes overlooked due to the low rate of return. In this lesson we take a look at the different cash investments in detail.

  1. We will see how there is money in debt as well as look at what opportunities you can find at your nearest bank branch.
  2. We will also explore the opportunities that exist in cash’s predecessor – bullion.
  3. We will examine gold and silver as an investment and see if “all that glitters...”

Lesson 5: Property and Alternative Investments

Unfortunately, due to the last decade, when people think of property, terms like “negative equity” and “default” seem to be the first thing that comes to mind. Even though the property market was severely impacted in the financial crisis, it has since recovered; proving that property is a viable investment.

  1. We will explore the ups and downs of buying to rent and commercial properties; both at home and abroad.
  2. We will also see other ways to take advantage of the property market.
  3. We will also look at alternative investments such as derivatives, options and contracts for difference (CFD).

Lesson 6: Becoming a Value Investor: The Warren Buffet Approach

Market price doesn’t always reflect true value. It pays to not always follow the crowd. Some valuable assets are ignored or just simply overlooked. Understanding these concepts and more has brought great wealth to many investors, most famously Warren Buffet. In this key lesson we explore what it takes to be a value investor.

  1. We will look at the factors that are considered when deciding on all investments, including hedge funds.
  2. We will also define the main principles to abide by to fully utilize this investment philosophy.

This lesson is a must for anyone who wants to know how value investors make their money.

Lesson 7: Risk Management and Rewards

Everyone knows the cliché “no pain, no gain.” This is true when it comes to investing. Rewards are what are sought after, however, there are always risks. Understanding this risk reward dynamic is indispensable; regardless of whether you are investing in cash or property. This lesson will be shedding light on both of these factors; exploring what can go right and what can go wrong with your investment.

  1. We will look at how leverage is used and its impact.
  2. We will look in depth at the strategies for managing risks to get the most out of your investment.
  3. We will also explore how factors specific to the investor themselves impacts their investment decisions.

Lesson 8: Investment Tools

In this final lesson we cover the tools and resources available to an investor. As the real world can directly influence investments; information is vital.

  1. We also look what value professional brokers and advisors can provide.
  2. We explore the pro and cons as well as looking at the risks involved.
  3. We will look how much support the different levels of professional assistance provide.
  4. We will also explore the different incentives a professional has when investing your money (and not their own).
  • Money
  • Investor Profile
  • Cash
  • Equities
  • Bonds
  • Commodities
  • FX
  • Mutual Funds
  • Pension Funds
  • Risk
  • Opportunity Costs
  • Compounded Interest
  • Market Mechanics
  • Security Analysis
  • Value, Momentum and Income Investing
  • Risk Management Concept
  • Diversification
  • Investment Information
  • Discount Brokers
  • Full Service Brokers
  • Broker Fraud
  • Investment Jargon
All courses at Shaw Academy are independently accredited by an internationally recognised body for CPD purposes. This course is also accredited by the CPD Certification Service, which is an independent body that ensures qualifications are in line with the most current professional standards
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