1. 2015 Entry

Overview

The BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree prepares graduates to be well-placed to enter careers in accountancy or in other areas of finance and the financial markets. 

It is one of a small number of UK degrees supported by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and students who meet the relevant criteria can achieve the maximum exemptions or credit for prior learning from the ICAEW's Chartered Accountant qualification (ACA).

The course provides a solid grounding in all areas of accounting and finance, including:

  • Financial accounting
  • Assurance
  • Audit
  • Taxation
  • Law
  • Corporate finance
  • Financial management
  • Economics
  • Mathematics and statistics.
In each year of study, you choose a number of elective modules which allow you to either focus more deeply on finance and accounting, or to broaden your studies into areas including business law and corporate social responsibility.

BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance is available as a three-year degree or four-year degree for those who wish to take up a one-year work placement sandwich option, which offers excellent opportunities to gain relevant work experience to prepare you for your career, and to make contacts in the business and finance world. Students also have the option to take up a study abroad sandwich year at one of our highly respected partner institutions.

Testimonial 

Cass has provided me with a great platform to launch my career.  Having lecturers who have real industry experience helped us to understand the concepts of the module more practically and its usefulness in real life. This has been very insightful, as I know what I am learning and how it will be of use in real working life.  combines rigorous academic study with intensive leadership training. Managers won't just study leadership, they will practise it.

Hiren Gohil, (Year 3 student)

Course content

Year 1

In the first year, you will develop the fundamental knowledge required for a successful career in many areas of business, including accounting, finance and financial markets, economics and law. This year also focuses on consolidating quantitative skills in business and finance applications.

Nine modules (eight core and one elective)

Core modules:

  • Financial Institutions
  • Foundations of Economics for Finance
  • Introduction to Business Law
  • Introduction Finance
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting 
  • Introduction to Management Accounting
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Professional Skills

Elective modules - choose one from:

  • International Business Environment
  • Introduction to Management
  • Introduction to Visual Basic

Read the full programme specification

Year 2

In the second year, you will acquire a deeper understanding of accounting, financial markets, risk management, valuation and capital markets. You develop the ability to prepare financial statements according to international accounting standards, analyse financial information for performance measurement and valuation purposes and apply financial tools to value assets trading in financial markets. You will also gain exposure to more complex topics such as financial econometrics, assurance, taxation, risk analysis and modelling.

Ten modules (eight core and two elective)

Core modules:

  • Assurance
  • Corporate Law
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Accounting 2
  • Financial Markets
  • Management Accounting
  • Principles of Taxation

Elective modules - choose two from:

  • Asset Management
  • Company Valuation
  • Derivatives, Trading and Hedging
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Economics
  • Personal Finance
  • Portfolio Theory & Investment Valuation
  • Risk Analysis & Modelling

Read the full programme specification

Final year

The final year sees you tackling more advanced topics in both accounting and finance, including audit and assurance, taxation, financial management and corporate finance. As part of the BSc in Accounting and Finance course, you are required to undertake a final year project on a topic relevant to their studies.

Nine modules (seven core and two elective)

Core modules:

  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Audit & Assurance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Final Year Project
  • Strategy for Business
  • Taxation

Elective modules - choose two from:

  • Advanced Financial Economics
  • Asset-Liability Management
  • Bank Strategy & Management
  • Business Forecasting
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Emerging Markets
  • Equity Investment Management
  • Financial Forecasting
  • Fixed Income Portfolio Management
  • International Financial Management
  • Statistical Reasoning, Communication & Ethics
  • Technical Analysis

Read the full programme specification

Placements and internships

A key part of a Cass degree is the opportunity to gain professional work experience.  BSc Accounting & Finance students are eligible to undertake an optional one-year paid work placement during the 3rd year of a 4 year sandwich degree programme.

The experience of working for a leading institution can be invaluable in terms of your future career. It will enable you to acquire skills and competencies sought by graduate employers, and give you an edge over the competition.

BSc Accounting & Finance students enjoy a wide range of opportunities in business areas such as Assurance, Audit, and Tax.  Students have recently taken up placements within many leading corporate organisations including PwC, KPMG, EY, ICAP and Goldman Sachs.

Our reputation, achievements and successful graduates have helped us to develop close relationships with a diverse range of companies, who recognise that Cass students can add significant value to their workforce.  Our dedicated Placement team are in regular contact with these and many more companies, and will support students throughout the work experience process.

Although this additional year is not credited and will not count towards your degree classification, it is a recognised part of the degree programme and will be endorsed on your final degree certificate.  The placement year would contribute towards the work experience requirements of an ACA training agreement with an ICAEW training employer.

Testimonial

The Goldman Sachs Placement Programme offers an opportunity to work with talented individuals in a dynamic environment. The experience allowed me to develop valuable skills such as leadership, teamwork and critical thinking. As a placement Analyst, I had the opportunity to get involved in a diverse range of activities and build up my network across the firm. A placement year in the challenging investment banking industry has taught me the importance of project management and an array of problem solving techniques. I was fortunate enough to secure a graduate position at the firm towards the end of my placement and am excited to return and continue my development.

Hong Lian Kong, (Year 3 student)

Study abroad

International study opportunities 

In today's global business environment, international exposure gives you a vital edge in the employment market. A period of study abroad is an excellent opportunity to enhance your education with an international dimension.

Cass Business School gives you the opportunity to spend a year or a term studying at one of our partner institutions.  Accounting and Finance students have the option of selecting a Sandwich Year Abroad in Australia, Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Available study abroad programme structure and partner institutions

1. Sandwich Year Abroad 

You can spend a year of your degree course studying at one of our partner institutions, between your second and third year of study. This would add a year to your degree so you would complete your degree in four years.

Increasingly, host universities offer courses taught in English, although in some cases you will need appropriate foreign language skills. You can also choose to combine your study overseas with a work placement, which involves spending six months studying and the remaining six months working. You would be expected to organise your own placement, although some of our partner schools may be able to help you.

This additional year of study will not count towards your degree classification. However, your degree title will state that you have studied abroad and the partner university will give you a transcript of the modules you have studied there.

Country
Host institution (Sandwich Year, Accounting and Finance)
Argentina

Universidad Agentina de la Empresa

Australia

Queensland University of Technology

Located in the bustling city of Brisbane, QUT was the first Australian university to gain 'triple crown' accreditation (EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB).

RMIT, Melbourne

Giving you the chance to study in Australia's 2nd largest city, RMIT is one of Australia's original educational institutions. Their well-established business school allows students to choose from a wide-range of subjects.

Canada

HEC, Montreal

Like Cass, HEC is triple accredited (EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB) and was the first school in North America to achieve this. There are opportunities to study in French or English.

Queen's University

Queen's School of Business has a rich history dating back to 1841 and is consistently ranked as one of Canada's leading universities. It welcomes over 300 exchange students every year from more than 40 countries.

Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario

Ranked in the top 100 for Financial Times MBA Rankings, Ivey provides a competitive combination of world-class teaching and modern facilities.

France

ESCP Europe, Paris

Like Cass, ESCP is triple accredited (EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB) The Paris campus is located in the centre of the city. The Masters in Management, from which you will take classes, is currently ranked 3rd in the Financial Times rankings.

Grenoble School of Management

Established in 1984 and situated in the thriving City of Grenoble, the School is ranked 27th in the Financial Times European Business School Rankings.  There are opportunities to take classes in both French and English.

ESSEC Business School

Established in 1907, ESSEC is one of the leading institutions in Europe for business education. Their BBA was the first programme in France to receive the prestigious AACSB and EQUIS accreditations.

ESC Rennes School of Business

Like Cass, Rennes is triple accredited (EQUIS, AMBA and EPAS). Students will benefit from access to a wide-range of modern facilities and can choose modules from a wide-range of subjects. Classes are available in French and English.

Germany

University of Mannheim

University of Mannheim - The University of Mannheim Business School is highly ranked and has an excellent reputation. You will be studying modules from their Bachelor degrees in Business Administration and Business Education in either German or English.

Technische Universität Münchcn, Munich

TU Munich is ranked in the top 100 world universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013/14).

Italy

LUISS Guido Carli, Rome

LUISS Guido Carli is a private Italian university located in the heart of Rome. You are able to study in either Italian or English and there is an intensive Italian language course available before the start of term.

The Netherlands

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

RSM is consistently ranked in the top 10 business schools in Europe and has 'triple crown' accreditation (AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS). You will study all modules in English.

Norway

BI Norwegian School of Management, Oslo

Located in the business district in Oslo, BI is EQUIS accredited. It is a self-owned, not-for-profit foundation whose sole focus is education and research.

Singapore

National University of Singapore

NUS is ranked 2nd in the QS Asian University Rankings 2013 and is one of the top 50 world ranked universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013/14). More than 1,000 exchange students visit NUS each year.

Nanyang Technological University

Nanyang is ranked 76th in the Times Higher Education's World University Rankings. You will have the chance to study at one of Asia's most prestigious universities in the heart of Singapore.

Spain

Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

The UPF campus is located in the heart of Barcelona. You would be taking classes from the Faculty of Economics and Business Sciences where delivery is in English, Spanish or Catalan.

Korea

Seoul National University

Ranked 44 in the World University Rankings 2013/14, SNU was founded in 1946 as the first national university of Korea. SNU Business School was also the first business school in Korea to be certified by the Associate to Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Hong Kong

Chinese University of Hong Kong

CUHK is ranked seventh in the QS Asian University Rankings 2013. The 137 hectare campus overlooking Tolo Harbour houses a range of facilities such as world-class libraries, art museums, music halls, a swimming pool, sports fields, tennis courts, squash courts, a water sports centre and gymnasiums.

USA

University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, College of Business

Set amidst the rural Midwest a couple of hours from Chicago, UIUC's College of Business is ranked amongst the top 10 of public institutions of higher education in the US.

Accreditation

The BSc Accounting and Finance provides exemption from some of the professional examinations of the following professional bodies:

BSc Accounting and Finance is delivered in strategic partnership with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and has been designed for students to achieve maximum exemptions  for the Associate Chartered Accountant qualification (ASA).

This will give you a significant head start on the road to becoming a fully qualified accountant. These exemptions are from the knowledge and application modules of the ACA qualification.

Entry requirements

Qualification Requirement
'A' level AAA (one subject must be Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry)
BTEC NND Distinction Distinction Distinction (must have at least grade A GCSE maths)
IB 35 points overall including 6 in all Higher Level subjects (one of which must be Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry) and 5 in all Standard Level subjects. Consideration will be given to 1 bonus point

In addition to the above, GCSE Mathematics (grade A) and English Language (grade C) or equivalent are required.

If you are studying General Studies, Critical Thinking or a native language 'A' level, these subjects will not be included in any offer condition.

International students

We accept a wide range of international and other UK qualifications at Cass.

If you do not qualify for direct entry, INTO City University London offers an International Foundation programme. Successful completion to the required standard of the International Foundation Programme in Business and Economics with Accounting at INTO City University London means guaranteed progression to this degree. Please note, there are limitations on the number of places available on the BSc in Accounting and Finance offered by Cass Business School at City University London.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency.  Minimum requirements are:

Qualification Requirement
IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in any unit
GCSE English language grade C

View further information about the minimum acceptable English language requirements for Tier 4 students.

English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Undergraduate Study

Pre-sessional English

Application and fees

Applications

All applications should be made through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. Applications are made via Apply, UCAS's online application system.

Institution code: C60 (Cass Business School and City University London)
Course code:  NN43

You can find more information at UCAS and in the UCAS Handbook.

More information about applying to Cass

Fees 2015/16

  • UK/EU students: £9,000 per annum
  • Non-EU international students: £15,300 per annum

Your career after Cass

BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance is structured to ensure you leave the programme with highly marketable knowledge, ensuring you develop the practical skills and professionalism for your career. The degree produces well-rounded graduates with skills that are relevant to a wide range of careers in business, finance and accountancy.