Introduction and guidance
Welcome to this free course, Managing my money for young adults.
The course is made up of eight sessions, with approximately three hours of study in each. It is suggested that you do one session per week, but you can work through the course at your own pace, so if you have more time one week there is no problem with pushing on to complete another session.
The eight sessions cover the following:
- You and your money
- Earning money, understanding tax
- Being a savvy shopper and building a budget
- Preparing for life after school
- Living in shared households
- Understanding debt and how to borrow wisely
- A good credit rating and how to keep it
- Planning now for later in life – buying a home and planning your pension.
At certain times, the course author Martin Upton will be on hand to discuss the course contents with you in the course forum. Here you will also be able to chat with other learners on the course. The next time for discussion is: 13 November 2017.
After completing this course, you will be able to:
- budget effectively, taking into account changes such as getting older and leaving the family home
- understand how to choose and manage bank and savings accounts
- understand how to finance further and higher education studies
- borrow sensibly and manage debts effectively
- plan ahead to make life’s goals financially achievable.
Moving around the course
In the ‘Summary’ at the end of each session, you can find a link to the next one. If at any time you want to return to the start of the course, click on ‘Full course description’. From here you can navigate to any part of the course. Alternatively, use the session links at the top of every page of the course.
It’s also good practice, if you access a link from within a course page (including links to the quizzes), to open it in a new window or tab. That way you can easily return to where you’ve come from without having to use the back button on your browser.