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CII - Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning - Modules R01 - R06

Course Information

  • Course Code: EC683F
  • Duration: 31 weeks x 3 hours
  • Price: £2800.00
  • Times: 18:00-21:00
  • Delivery Type: PT

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The level 4 Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning meets the FCA’s qualification requirements for retail investment advisers, developing core technical knowledge and financial planning capabilities across six core areas.

Who’s it for?

  • Those seeking to give retail investment advice, in particular those who do not hold additional CII credits counting towards completion of the Diploma in Financial Planning
  • Paraplanners, technical consultants, and those in financial planning support roles

About the Trainer:  Angelo Kornecki APFS, Chartered Financial Planner. P.G.C.E.:

Angelo Kornecki

Angelo is a passionate advocate for higher level education within the Financial Services Profession and has extensive experience within the Financial Services Industry, having worked in Retail Banking and Financial Planning for a large global bank, as an Independent Financial Adviser with clients throughout the North West and is currently the Founder and Director of AKORN Financial Advice Ltd, a fast growing, forward thinking Financial Advice firm based in Blackburn.

Angelo holds the Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning from the CII and holds Chartered Financial Planner status, one of the industry’s highest accreditations, proving and supporting the highest levels of technical knowledge and professional ethics. In addition to being a practising Financial Adviser, Angelo is also a lecturer on the FdA Accounting with Financial Services and BA (Top up) Accounting with Financial Services degree courses at the University Centre at Blackburn College, heading up and delivering the Financial Services Pathway on both courses. He also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (P.G.C.E) from the University Of Central Lancashire (UCLAN).

What will I study?

Financial Services, Regulation and Ethics Module – R01

  • Purpose and structure of the UK financial services industry;
  • How the retail customer is served by the financial services industry;
  • Regulatory framework, powers and responsibilities to protect the consumer;
  • Legal concepts and considerations relevant to financial advice;
  • Code of Ethics and its impact on the business behaviours of individuals

Investment Principles and Risk - R02

  • Characteristics, inherent risks, behaviour and correlation of asset classes, and investment products;
  • Macro-economic environment and its impact on asset classes;
  • Merits and limitations of the main investment theories;
  • Nature and impact of the main types of risk on investment performance;
  • Performance of investments.

Personal Taxation – R03

  • Basic structure of the UK tax system;
  • Main taxes on income and capital that may be charged on individuals and trusts, the self-assessment system and how tax liabilities are computed;
  • Taxation of investments as relevant to the needs and circumstances of individuals and trusts.

Pensions and Retirement Planning - R04

  • Main tax and legal frameworks that govern retirement benefits under registered pension schemes;
  • Features of defined contribution and defined benefit pensions;
  • State retirement benefits available, including the risks and suitability of contracting out of the State Second Pension.

Financial Protection – R05

  • The purpose and scope of financial protection products and how they interact with State benefits;
  • The main features and functions of the different types of contracts and how they are arranged in order to meet the individual client’s protection needs;
  • The main protection needs of businesses.

Financial Planning Practice – R06

This unit enables candidates to demonstrate their expertise in the application of the financial planning process through combining and applying learning content from all the other units in the CII QCF level 4 Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning:

  • Financial services, regulation and ethics;
  • Investment principles and risk;
  • Personal taxation;
  • Pensions and retirement planning;
  • Financial protection.



PLEASE NOTE:  The College are providing a total of 15 hours guided learning/support hours per unit with the remaining CII recommended learning hours to come from the students own self-study.   The total CII recommended study hours (which will obviously vary based on experience and ability) are as follows:

  • R01 – 60 hours
  • R02 – 60 hours
  • R03 – 50 hours
  • R04 – 50 Hours
  • R05 – 50 Hours
  • R06 – 100 hours
Entry Requirements

Student membership of the CII is mandatory. This is free and can be done online with the CII.

How will I be assessed?
  • R01 - 2 hour, 100 question multiple choice exam
  • R02 - 2 hour, 100 question multiple choice exam
  • R03 - 1 hour, 50 question multiple choice exam
  • R04 - 1 hour, 50 question multiple choice exam
  • R05 - 1 hour, 50 question multiple choice exam
  • R06 - 3 hour exam comprising 2 written case studies on financial planning practice (pre-seen)

Course fee includes includes study text, access to the CII’s RevisionMate, exam guide and exam entry for each module (first sitting).  Please note that examinations are taken at a test centre external to Blackburn College.

Diploma units are assessed by multiple-choice question exam (MCQ) (R01, R02, R03, R04, and R05) and a written case study based exam (R06). 

For online MCQ exams, result notification is immediate on completion.  For paper-based MCQ exams, results are released five weeks’ following the exam sitting.  Written exam results are normally released 6-8 weeks following the exam sitting.

What can I do next?

This course is also available modularly, see links: - Full Diploma - R01 - R02 - R03 - R04 - R05 - R06



For more information

For more information about this course, contact our specialist team on 01254 29 25 00 or email

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