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FRM® Financial Risk Manager

(Part 1)

The FRM challenges candidates to understand and apply a range of knowledge and skills necessary to function effectively as a risk manager. FRM Part 1 covers the tools used to assess financial risk, including quantitative analysis, fundamental risk management concepts, financial markets and products, and valuation and risk models.

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1. Structure

FRM Part 1 consists of four topics which are mandatory and examined by computer based testing, multiple choice exam. The exam has 100 equally weighted questions and you have four hours to complete the exam.


Entry requirements

There are no formal requirements needed to study FRM, but you are expected to have good mathematical and English skills.


Syllabus

Below is a syllabus overview detailing topics and their approximate exam weighting. For more information, please visit the GARP website launch.

Part 1 Approximate exam weight
Foundations of Risk Management 20%
Quantitative Analysis 20%
Financial Markets and Products 30%
Valuation and Risk Models 30%
Foundations of Risk Management

This area focuses on your knowledge of foundational concepts of risk management and how risk management can add value to an organisation. Topics include basic risk types, measurement and management tools, creating value with risk management, the role of risk management in corporate governance, Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), financial disasters and risk management failures, the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), risk-adjusted performance measurement, multifactor models, data aggregation and risk reporting, ethics and the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP®) Code of Conduct.

Quantitative Analysis

This area tests your knowledge of basic probability and statistics, regression and time series analysis, and various quantitative techniques useful in risk management. Topics include discrete and continuous probability distributions, estimating the parameters of distributions, population and sample statistics, Bayesian analysis, statistical inference and hypothesis testing, estimating correlation and volatility using EWMA and GARCH models, volatility term structures, correlations and copulas, linear regression with single and multiple regressors, time series analysis and forecasting and simulation methods.

Financial Markets and Products

This area tests your knowledge of financial products and the markets in which they trade. Topics include structures and functions of financial institutions, the structure and mechanics of OTC and exchange markets, the structure, mechanics, and valuation of forwards, futures, swaps, and options, hedging with derivatives, interest rates and measures of interest rate sensitivity, foreign exchange risk, corporate bonds and mortgage-backed securities.

Valuation and Risk Models

This area will test your knowledge of valuation techniques and risk models such as Value-at-Risk (VaR), expected shortfall (ES), stress testing and scenario analysis, option valuation, fixed income valuation, hedging, country and sovereign risk models and management, external and internal credit ratings, expected and unexpected losses and operational risk.

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2. Study packages

Our study methods have been designed to maximise your time and help you pass your exam. Whichever study method you choose, you’ll receive high quality resources and continuous support right up to your exam.

Simply choose a study package below:

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Blended

Package combining OnDemand tuition and classroom revision study options with Kaplan Schweser study materials.

£1,447.00

(£1,296.00 excl. VAT)

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Tuition

  • 15 OnDemand classes with intensive tuition and course slides
  • Access to module quizzes, problem solving techniques and sample exam questions.

Revision

  • Get exam confident with a three day classroom revision course using MindMaps and Q&A Books
  • You’ll have access to hundreds of exam standard questions
  • With Schweser's Secret Sauce®, you'll get lots of exam tips on how to prepare and apply your knowledge on exam day.

Our Guarantee

The FRM exams can be tough, but if you don’t pass, everything’s not lost. With Kaplan’s Pass Protectionlaunch you can attend our revision course for free until you pass your exam, and you may be eligible to receive the same material package for the next exam sitting for free. T&C’s apply.

Optional Extras

We also offer a range of optional extras to assist you in preparing for your exam, these range from online mock exams, 1-2-1 tutor sessions, and the official calculator. These are the only items that would add cost to your package but they are great value for money.

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Distance Learning

Study at your own pace with OnDemand tuition and OnDemand revision classes. This package offers maximum flexibility for independent study and comes with integrated Kaplan Schweser study materials.

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£564.00
£705.00

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Tuition

  • 15 OnDemand classes with intensive tuition and course slides
  • Tuition is spread across 10 evenings.

Revision

  • Get exam confident with 8 hours of OnDemand revision
  • Access to hundreds of exam standard questions
  • With Schweser's Secret Sauce®, you'll get lots of exam tips on how to prepare and apply your knowledge on exam day.

Our Guarantee

The FRM exams can be tough, but if you don’t pass, everything’s not lost. With Kaplan’s Pass Protectionlaunch you may be eligible to receive the same material package for the next exam sitting for free. T&C’s apply.

Optional Extras

We also offer a range of optional extras to assist you in preparing for your exam, these range from online mock exams, 1-2-1 tutor sessions, and the official calculator. These are the only items that would add cost to your package but they are great value for money.

Or you can choose a revision classroom course without the supporting Kaplan Schweser study materials.

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Revision only

Classroom revision without the Kaplan Schweser study materials.

£906.00

(£755.00 excl. VAT)

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Timetables - Classroom and Live Online

OnDemand tuition classes take place over 15 sessions. Classroom revision courses take place over 3 days (from 9-5pm).

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We have classes in London:

London Moorgate training centre: 1st Floor, 4 Moorgate, London, EC2R 6DA


Optional extras

Although we have designed our packages to include key items to assist you in preparing for your exam, there are additional items that you may choose to purchase:

Optional
Schweser Mock Exam 3 and 4

The Online Schweser Mock Exam is as close as you can get to the actual exam in format, difficulty, and length. With our new simulation, it will help to develop your test-taking, identify your weak areas as well as giving you a real exam experience. After the simulation, you can view answer explanations and check your score compared to those of other candidates.

from £50.00 per exam

(VAT not applicable)

Optional
1-2-1 tutor sessions

A one hour 1-2-1 meeting with your tutor, either at our training location or online, within the last two weeks leading up to your exam. You can get your final questions answered before the exam day.

£90.00

(£75.00 excl. VAT)

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Calculator (BA II Plus Pro)

There are only certain business calculators authorised for use during your exam. We recommend the Texas Instruments BA II Plus Professional.

£60.00

Including UK delivery

(£50.00 excl. VAT)


Inhouse training

Our public classroom courses run in central London. Like many of our courses, we can also offer these courses inhouse for your team or organisation. Please contact us on 020 7920 3060 or email us at citybookings@kaplan.co.uk to find out more about how we can help train your team.

3. Exams, sittings and resits

Exams

There are two exam sittings per year, in May and November. You'll need to make sure that you register with GARP® launch for exam entry. Please note, you can take both Part 1 and Part 2 exams in one day, but you need to pass Part 1 before your Part 2 paper is graded. Exam results are either pass or fail, and you’ll receive your results within six weeks after the exam.

You are required to pass Part 2 within four years of passing Part 1.

How long does it take to pass?

On average, candidates spend approximately 240 hours preparing for Part 1, but individuals with limited prior experience of the Part 1 topics should expect to spend more hours mastering the syllabus. You’ll also need to demonstrate two years of relevant work experience to complete your certification.

What are pass rates like?

Passing Part 1 of the exam takes dedication and commitment. GARP reported the May 2021 pass rate as 43%.

What FRM resits are available

We do everything we can to help you pass your FRM exam first time. However, should you need a second chance, then don’t worry. With Pass Protection, there are lots of ways we can support you as you prepare for your exam resit. For further information, please refer to our pass protection policy launch.

You can access your resit support by filling in the resit enrolment form.

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4. Study materials and delivery costs

Study materials

We offer a wealth of study materials to enhance your learning experience. These include hard copy books as well as online resources on Schweser’s study portal. View a full comparison of the study materials launch included in each package.

Blended and Distance Learning packages come with core materials, including:

  • Getting Started Guide
    Explains how to use the resources effectively to maximise your chance of passing the exam.
  • Schweser Online Study Portal
    Includes dashboard with activity feed and performance metrics
  • SchweserNotes
    Clear, concise study notes and examples that cover every learning outcome statement (downloadable as eBooks as well as in print).
  • Schweser Secret Sauce
    This is a concise review of the curriculum which provides insights and exam tips on how to effectively prepare and apply your knowledge on exam day.
  • OnDemand Tuition Slides
    A copy of the OnDemand Tuition slides to help with your OnDemand sessions.
  • Quicksheet
    A compact study tool summarising key formulae, definitions and concepts (downloadable as an eBook as well as in print).
  • Resource Library
    A collection of online reference videos to prepare you for your studies.
  • SchweserPro QBank
    Hundreds of practice questions to work through online and build custom exams.
  • Schweser Checkpoint Exams
    Two key tests that you will be prompted to work through online during your studies. These mimic the difficulty and format of the actual exam. Performance reports then highlight your understanding and weak areas where more review is needed.
  • Schweser Online Mock Exam 1 – 2
    Practice taking the computer-based test before exam day with the online Schweser mock exam. This realistic exam simulates the interface, format, difficulty, and length of the actual FRM exam.

Additional materials come with the Blended package:

  • Classroom Revision Materials - MindMap and Q&A Book

Delivery costs

Materials are delivered to the address you provide us (and must be signed for on delivery). For detailed information on delivery prices please refer to our delivery page.

5. Kaplan Schweser Online Study Portal

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Kaplan Schweser’s online portal provides access to a wide variety of resources to help you prepare for your exams.

Online Features

Depending on the study package you choose, features can include the following:

  • View your online materials in one place and access your content in a few clicks
  • Take the guesswork out of your study plan with strategically placed weekly tasks
  • Track your performance against that of other candidates
  • Complete tests and get instant feedback
  • Access on mobile, tablet and computer

For more information on technical support available and minimum system requirements for Kaplan Schweser’s online portal, visit the Schweser portal technical supportlaunch.

Access duration

You can access your content from 48 working hours of purchase (subject to availability) until your examination date.

6. Tutor support

We’ll support you every step of the way throughout your learning experience with us. You can contact a tutor and get the help you need within 48 working hours.

We are open weekdays (excluding bank holidays) 9:00am to 5.30pm. In addition, our classroom tutors will provide you with their personal contact details.

7. Testing and mocks

Vital to passing your exam will be attempting as many questions and mocks as possible. Depending on your chosen package, you will gain:

  • SchweserPro QBank

    Access to hundreds of questions in the SchweserPro™ QBank. Adaptive and personalised technology has taken our world-renowned QBank study tool to the next level. Question difficulty adapts to a student's ability on a given topic, measuring their knowledge and keeping them motivated as they move through the content.
  • Checkpoint exams

    Two Checkpoint Exams with questions that mimic the difficulty and format of the actual FRM Exam.
  • Schweser Online Mock Exam (1 – 2)

    Practice taking the computer-based test before exam day with the online Schweser mock exam. This realistic exam simulates the interface, format, difficulty, and length of the actual FRM exam.

As well as the material included in your study package we also have another two additional Schweser mocks. These can be purchased with your study package or when you get closer to your revision stage.

Additional Schweser Online Mocks

You can now practice the computer-based test before your exam by using the Online Schweser Mock Exam. It’s a realistic exam that simulates the interface, format, difficulty, and length of the exam. It’ll help you develop your test-taking skills, identify your weak areas, and show you just how much you’ve learnt. After taking the mock exam, you can see how well you scored and compare your score to other candidates. You can review answer explanations and drill deeper into each question with the addition of our mock exam tutorial videos.

After the mock, many candidates also take the opportunity of a final 1-2-1 meeting with a tutor. You can find information about our mocks and 1-2-1s in our comparison table launch.

8. Course pricing and funding options

Pricing structure

Below are our study package prices. The only additional costs will be delivery and if you decide to purchase any optional extras.

You can find information about our packages and optional extras in our comparison table launch.

Package Price (excl. VAT) Price (incl. VAT)
Blended £1,296 £1,447
Distance Learning £564 £705 (VAT not applicable)
Revision only £755 £906

Funding options

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Your employer may fund the costs of your studies if you’re already working in a related field and want to develop your learning. You’ll need to speak to them to see if you’re eligible and confirm that they’re happy to pay for your studies.

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Our FRM packages are covered with our interest-free payment plan, providing the total cost is £500 minimum (including VAT). The plan lets you spread the cost of your studies over a period of up to 12 months, with no extra costs.

How to enrol

Enrol online, call us on 020 7920 3060 or enrol with a form which you can email to citybookings@kaplan.co.uk.

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Why study FRM Part 1 with Kaplan?

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World-class experience

Learn from world-class tutors with years of teaching and industry experience - rest assured you are in capable hands.

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Flexible study options

Our study tools are flexible enough to fit around your lifestyle. From online to classroom, we give you all the support and materials you need to succeed.

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Pass commitment

We know the exams are tough but we’re here to help you every step of the way. Should you need a second chance we’ll put you back on track with our pass commitment.

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Unrivalled study materials

We understand that FRM is a big time commitment, which is why you will get access to comprehensive Schweser study materials and practice questions to keep you on track.

Don't just take our word for it

Peter Rutzendorfer

“The course material is well structured and gets to the point. The weekly online courses with my tutor provided a very personal atmosphere with direct feedback and very supportive dynamics in an international group.”

Peter Rutzendorfer
Distance Learning

Geison Souza

“I was offered the right combination of high quality materials, excellent lecture videos and support. The interactive tool also allowed me to keep on track of my studies. I would definitely recommend the course.”

Geison Souza
Distance Learning

Britta Sadzik

“I would recommend Kaplan because they break down an overwhelming amount of topics into manageable parts. The interactive set up of the online classes enabled me to use Kaplan tailored to my needs. So by exam day, I felt well prepared, calm and focused.”

Britta Sadzik
Distance Learning

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£630 — £1,477 (Inc. VAT)

*GARP does not endorse, promote, review or warrant the accuracy of the products or services offered by Kaplan Financial of GARP Exam related information, nor does it endorse any pass rates that may be claimed by Kaplan Financial. Further, GARP is not responsible for any fees or costs paid by the user to Kaplan Financial nor is GARP responsible for any fees or costs of any person or entity providing any services to Kaplan Financial. ERP®, FRM®, GARP® and Global Association of Risk Professionals™, in standard character and/or stylized form, are trademarks owned by the Global Association of Risk Professionals, Inc..