Finance For Non Finance Managers


Event summary

A practical, simplified one-day course aimed at public sector budget managers who haven't had formal finance training.

The course covers the background to public sector funding and a practical consideration of public sector case studies to enable delegates to take an active role in financial management in their organisation.


10 April 2018
Starts: 09:30
Ends: 16:30


CIPFA Scotland
160 Dundee Street
EH11 1DQ
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Standard price

£249.00 excl VAT

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About this event

Who should attend?

Public sector staff at all levels who are not financially qualified, but who have responsibilities for a budget, or who wish to gain a greater understanding of public sector financial management.

What will you gain?

Attendees will gain:

  • a clearer understanding of finance terminology and the public sector way of working
  • a better understanding of budgeting
  • up-to-date knowledge of management accounts.


The course content is broken down in to four sessions as follows.

Session One: Knowing the Terminology and Knowing the Rules

Finance Terminology - Jargon Buster

  • An examination and explanation of the core finance terms used by finance staff and accountants. 

What Are The Rules?

  • A brief overview of the legislative and rule based environment for public bodies. 
  • Exemplification of the importance of the rules by consideration of a practical case study.

Session Two: From Funding to a Budget for Expenditure

Where Does the Money Come From?

  • A simplified and informative explanation of the source of the public sector funds which form the basis for the budgets of public sector bodies in Scotland.
  • Translating Funding into a Budget for Expenditure.
  • How public sector budgets are constructed.
  • Types of budgeting which can be used.
  • Advantages and disadvantages of different types of budgeting.

Session Three: Budgetary Control

  • Description of the budgetary control process.
  • Explanation of what a budget monitoring report is.
  • How to read a budget monitoring report.
  • Analysing variances.

Session Four: Applying the Theory in Practice

  • Consideration of a small series of case studies to demonstrate a practical application and understanding for non-finance managers.

CPD hours



  • Accounting
  • / Financial management