The module begins by describing how the production of accurate financial updates and the comparison of actual results against budgets are part of the budgetary control process, resulting in financial update reports, which enable those responsible for meeting budget targets to track actual results against budget.
The two main components of financial updates are actual figures and budget figures. These are described in some detail, along with the creation of a financial update report, which has certain characteristics. It is important that the underlying accounting system must generate accurate data to ensure the integrity of the reports. Systems and criteria should be in place to check and clean the data regularly – this should follow a clear procedure. One output described is a monthly variance report – reasons for the variances are reviewed including operating conditions, inefficiencies, timing and poor budgeting.
Finally, the module concludes by emphasising the confidential nature of financial reporting.
On completion of this course, learners will:
- Understand how to monitor budgets and provide reports
- Be able to gather and interpret the financial information needed to create financial updates for a team or department
- Be able to create accurate financial updates
- Be able to compare reports against budgets to assess whether targets are being met
The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.
On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded a Virtual College certificate which you will be able to download and print immediately on completion.
This course will take approximately 30 minutes to complete, depending on learning speed.
This course is aimed at team leaders and professionals, including finance officers.
There are no specific entry requirements for this course.
Frequently asked questions
Do I need an e-mail address to buy this course?
Yes, you will need an e-mail address to buy this course. This is because we use your e-mail address to create an account for you in our learning management system - where you will take the training. We also need your email address to send your purchase receipt.
If you buy more courses in future using the same e-mail address during checkout, then these will automatically be added to your system account.
If you pay by PayPal, we will use your PayPal email address to create your system account.
Can I buy this course and give it to other people?
Yes, you can buy the training using your own email address and then give it to other learners from your system account.
Each learner will need to have their own email address. This is so that we can send them a link to the training and give them their own system account.
Is there a refund policy?
We want you to be completely satisfied with your training. We offer a 30 day, no hassle, no quibble, money-back guarantee if you are not 100% satisfied.
To request a refund, you should email our learner support team with your receipt stating why you would like to be reimbursed. You, or your learners, must not complete the training in order to make a valid refund claim.
Will the course work on a tablet or mobile phone?
We recommend using a desktop or laptop for the best learning experience. This course can also be taken on tablet and mobile devices - including iPads and iPhones.
Is a specific internet browser recommended?
For the best possible experience, we recommend learners use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11 or Firefox. Please ensure there are no updates pending on your browser.
How long do learners have to complete a course?
There is no set completion time for this course. Learners can study in their own time at their own speed and may pause, leave and come back to the system to continue the training at any time.
Does the course contain sound?
Yes, this course contains sound. For those without sound on their computer or device, the narration is covered in an optional text box at the bottom of the training.
How long is the certificate valid for?
There is no set time for how long this certificate is valid for. It is generally recognised that certificates are renewed every three years.
Bulk discounts are available on purchases of more than 10 courses.
If you wish to discuss a large individual order for this course, and/or would like to be invoiced in advance, please call our sales team on 01943 885 085 to make an enquiry.