Financial Modelling and Analysis online short course

Course starts 16 November 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
10 November 2020
Course Starts:
16 November 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation
8–10 hours per week, entirely online
ZAR R13,900
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


Financial modelling skills are used to forecast the financial performance of a business, or to compare it to its industry competitors. The Financial Modelling and Analysis online short course from the University of Cape Town (UCT) introduces you to the fundamental concepts required for Excel-based modelling and forecasting. On it, you’ll develop the skills to create a mathematical model in Microsoft Excel that reflects the historical, current, or projected value or financial performance of an asset, stock, or investment. Guided by expert faculty, you’ll learn to recommend strategic business decisions with the use of financial modelling, and create a discounted cash flow analysis using financial forecasts.

By the end of this course, you’ll have explored how to build revenue models, determine realistic forecast assumptions, and learned how historic data is forecast into the future.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • Highly practical and in-demand financial modelling skills

  • The ability to augment financial models for a variety of business types

  • A certificate of completion from Africa’s leading university1

1 QS Top Universities (2019).

Is this course for you?

Aimed at existing and aspiring financial analysts, this course offers critical thinking opportunities and an objective lens for which to understand the financial characteristics and interpretations of businesses. With the ability to calculate, forecast, or estimate financial numbers, you’ll hone the quantitative skills needed to excel in this field.

Course curriculum

Learn to create financial forecasts through modelling and analysis as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1  Using financial modelling effectively
  • Module 2  Accounting statements
  • Module 3  Building the three statement model
  • Module 4  Forecasting the three statement model
  • Module 5  Sensitivity and scenario analysis
  • Module 6  Modelling different types of businesses
  • Module 7  Using financial models for decision-making in business
  • Module 8  Using financial models for valuation

Your Course Convenor

The design of this online short course is guided by UCT faculty, as well as industry experts, who will share their experience and in-depth knowledge with you throughout the course.

Francois Toerien

Francois Toerien

Associate Professor, Department of Finance and Tax, University of Cape Town (UCT)

Toerien lectures investment ethics, alternative investments, equity investments, and corporate finance at third and fourth year levels. In “The Impact of Aid and Public Investment Volatility on Economic Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa”, Toerien investigated the effects of aid inflows and the volatility of public investment on economic growth in 26 sub-Saharan African countries over the period 1992 to 2011. Alongside supervising postgraduate research, his interests lie in public equities, private equity and entrepreneurial finance, carbon credits and environmentally driven markets, developing market investments and entrepreneurial finance.

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town

Study financial modelling and valuation analysis, and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 16 November 2020.

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    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


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    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

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