CFA® Level I

Level I introduces candidates to the foundations of finance and covers ten topic areas. The main focus of Level I is building knowledge on the various asset classes and the analytical tools that will be relied upon at Levels II and III.

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We have made some of our most valuable study resources that are integrated into our full support packages available for purchase as standalone products.

Candidates studying on their own may find it useful to purchase a Mock Exam or enrol on one of our intensive Revision Courses to aid with their final exam preparation.

In addition, candidates may wish to purchase our graphic rich workbooks which make complex topics easier to grasp and provide an intuitive understanding of the curriculum not just pages of algebra to memorise.

Our Q-sheet, an essential revision tool, can be used as a quick reference sheet when tackling exam style questions.

For advice on your best study option contact us on +44 20 7776 7500, on + 44 77 3527 6170 on WhatsApp, or email us at with any questions you may have and we will be happy to help you.

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The Quartic Online portal is your comprehensive online resource platform including:
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Progress Dashboard

We also offer the options of Live Education and Live Revision online workshops. These are designed to be exam focused, highly interactive and are capped at 20 participants to allow for a high level of individual support. We run multiple sessions throughout the day to enable access from every time zone. Please see your options below.

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The Quartic classroom option is available for our intensive Revision Course in combination with a package of full online learning materials and support. The classroom revision option allows for face-to-face interaction with your personal tutor. Please see you options below.

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The first CFA® charter was awarded in 1963 and since then has grown to become the global standard: more than 250,000 candidates from over 160 countries register for the exams each year.

In three successive exams you will be assessed on a wide range of subjects, including analytical tools, asset valuation, portfolio management and ethical and professional standards. The knowledge you gain while studying will be invaluable to your future career in finance.

Quartic CFA® learning products

Quartic provides a wide range of learning tools for your CFA Program exams, using leading educational technology to provide comprehensive video libraries, question banks, live online workshops, progress tests and mocks plus all the faculty support you need classes and question banks, both online and face-to-face, to help you to prepare for these challenging exams.

For CFA candidates with non-technical backgrounds we offer introductory courses on Financial Maths and Accounting.

Our learning tools are mostly located on the Quartic Online portal, with support from a set course workbooks, in print or e-book format. The e-book technology provides a unique freehand annotation capability, allowing you to sketch diagrams, write out formulae or pensively doodle during instructor-led or video sessions.

The videos and workshops are backed up with Q-banks containing thousands of CFA exam-style questions, each with fully worked or video solutions.

Our Summary Revision Notes and popular new Q SheetTM provide candidates with a summary of all key concepts, invaluable resources during the Revision phase.

Throughout the learning process our teaching faculty are on hand to provide CFA candidates with unlimited support direct from CFA charterholders – by phone, e-mail or Zoom.


The final paper-based Level I exam will be held in December 2020. The paper-based exam is 6 hours long, split into a morning and afternoon session. At Level I you will be given 240 multiple choice questions (3 answer choices), spanning across the different topic areas.

From 2021, the Level I exam will move to computer-based testing with four available testing windows in each year i.e. February, May, August and November. The duration of the exam will be approximately 4.5 hours, split into two sessions with an optional break if candidates so wish. Each session will contain approximately 90 multiple choice questions with three answer options from which to choose. The exam will cover all ten topics in the Level I curriculum.


Level I teaches the foundations of finance with a significant emphasis on the analytical tools.

The ten different topic areas are as follows:

Ethical And Professional Standards
Quantitative Methods
Financial Reporting & Analysis
Corporate Finance
Equity Investments
Fixed Income
Alternative Investments
Portfolio Management


Registering for the Level I exam has many benefits, some more tangible than others:

Globally highly regarded program
Broad curriculum gives you exposure to many different topic areas
Provides you with advanced financial analysis skills
Shows dedication to the profession
Career recognition
Highlights your commitment to high standards of ethics
Allows you to network with fellow candidates and charterholders
Might be used for regulatory purposes (in the UK, Level I in combination with the IMC exam gets you RDR qualified).


In order to enrol on the Program you need:

a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) OR
to be in the final year of a degree programme OR
to have four years of professional work experience OR
to have a combination of university and work that totals four years

You must also sign a statement of professional conduct, pay the exam fees to CFA Institute and be in possession of a valid international passport.

Furthermore, if you come from a non-financial background, consider taking our introductory financial maths or accounting course before you start your studies.

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