How to get the most out of your pension

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This course covers these 12 lessons:

Income and Income Tax

  • What is income?
  • Receiving income
  • What is income tax?
  • Calculating income tax
  • Paying income tax
  • Being self-employed

National Insurance

  • What is National Insurance?
  • Classes of National Insurance contributions
  • Paying National Insurance contributions
  • Collection of National Insurance contributions
  • National Insurance credits


  • What is budgeting?
  • Creating a budget
  • Dividing up your money
  • What we buy and how we buy it


  • What is borrowing?
  • Arranging borrowing
  • Types of unsecured borrowing
  • Types of secured borrowing
  • What type of loan to choose?
  • Managing loans and credit


  • What is interest?
  • Simple interest
  • Compound interest
  • Payment of interest
  • Comparing and choosing a savings account
  • Setting of interest rates
  • Interest rates and inflation
  • Interest and Tax

Savings Accounts

  • Getting a savings account
  • Types of savings accounts
  • Choosing a savings account
  • Protection for savings accounts


  • What is investment?
  • Why invest?
  • Risk and reward
  • Asset classes
  • Taxation of investments


  • What is a pension?
  • Why have a pension?
  • Types of pension
  • Contributing to a pension
  • Additional tax benefits
  • Drawing pension benefits


  • What is insurance?
  • Life and health insurance
  • Types of life and health insurance
  • Buying life and health insurance
  • Taxation of life and health insurances


  • What is gambling?
  • Making the decision to gamble
  • When gambling stops being fun

Security and fraud

  • The need for security
  • Ways of carrying out identity theft
  • Keeping yourself protected
  • What to do if the worst does happen
  • Data protection
  • Money mules

Remote Working

  • Introduction
  • Create a designated workspace
  • Scheduling
  • Keep motivated
  • Stay professional
  • Using technology
  • Summary
  • Money

Who is this course for?

You do not need to have any prior qualification to complete on this course. This Financial Essentials course has been designed in a non-technical way to help you to understand and manage your money more effectively, by covering a range of topics that are relevant to everyone, regardless of where you live in the UK, your age and whether or not you are currently earning money.

No previous knowledge is required. This course will start at the basics and build your knowledge as you progress through the lessons and take the assessments.