1st in London and 4th in the UK for Accounting and Finance (Guardian University Guide 2017)
The unique BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree prepares graduates for careers in accountancy or finance and financial markets.
The BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree is a highly selective and demanding undergraduate programme which requires students to complete 150 study credits per year (equivalent to 1,500 study hours), compared to 120 study credits per year which is the norm for other similar UK undergraduate degrees.
The degree is delivered in strategic partnership with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Students who meet the relevant criteria can achieve up to eight exemptions (via the credit for prior learning route) from the ICAEW's Chartered Accountant qualification (ACA).
The course provides a solid grounding in all areas of accounting and finance, including:
- Financial accounting
- Corporate finance
- Financial management
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 forecasting.
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 across the world.
I chose Cass because of its strong reputation for Accounting and Finance and because I was looking forward to integrating into a multicultural community where I could interact, share ideas and discuss key issues with like-minded people. Academic staff bring their own experiences, knowledge and expertise and everyone is willing to provide help and support to students. I am considering assurance, audit and investment banking as potential career paths.
Andzhela Nikolova, (BSc Accounting and Finance, First Year)
Placements and internships
A key part of a Cass degree is the opportunity to gain professional work experience. BSc (Hons) 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, such as one of the big audit firms or an investment bank, is not only exciting, but 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 (Hons) Accounting & Finance students enjoy a wide range of opportunities in business areas such as:
- Assurance, including risk, public services, and IT risk assurance
- Audit for some of the most prestigious leading financial companies
- Asset management: managing clients' investments such as currency, property, bonds, stocks, commodities, and equities.
- Tax advice
- Investment banking.
Students have recently taken up placements within many leading organisations in the finance and accounting sector including:
- JP Morgan
- Goldman Sachs
- National Audit Office
- Bank of England
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 with a recognised ICAEW employer would contribute towards the work experience requirements of the ACA training agreement.
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.
Host institution (Sandwich Year, Accounting and Finance)
Located in the heart of Buenos Aires, UADE has exchange agreements with 40 partner universities around the world. You will take modules from the undergraduate Global Management degree.
Located in the bustling city of Brisbane, QUT was the first Australian university to gain 'triple crown' accreditation (EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB).
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.
WU has triple accreditation, one of only two German speaking universities belonging to this group. They have a well-established exchange programme, with around 240 partner universities around the world.
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 Smith 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.
Ranked in the top 100 for Financial Times MBA Rankings, Ivey provides a competitive combination of world-class teaching and modern facilities.
UBC is one of Canada's leading research universities and is consistently ranked in the top 40 of the world. Located 30 minutes from the heart of down-town Vancouver it attracts students from more than 140 countries world-wide.
Located in Beijing, Renmin Business School is both EQUIS and AACSB accredited. Their MBA programme is ranked in the top 50 in the world by the Financial Times.
You will take classes from the Antai College of Economics and Management, which was the first business school in mainland China to have been triply accredited by AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. They have Bachelor programmes in Economics and Finance.
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 4th in the Financial Times rankings (2016).
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.
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.
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.
TU Munich was named as the number 1 university in Germany in the QS World University Ranking 2016.
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.
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.
BI is the only Norwegian university with triple accreditation and has student exchange agreements with more than 200 institutions in 45 different countries.
NUS is ranked 1st in the QS Asian University Rankings 2016 and is one of the top 25 world ranked universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings). More than 1,000 exchange students visit NUS each year.
Nanyang is ranked 54th 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.
SMU was founded in 2000 by the government of Singapore, modelling itself on an American style university structure. SMU has over 180 exchange partner universities around the world.
Situated in the heart of Madrid's financial district, IE Business School is ranked 1st in Spain and 5th in Europe (FT European Business School rankings 2015).
The school is located in Europe’s most international city and Spain’s second largest city, Barcelona. Like Cass, ESADE is triple accredited (EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB).
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).
CUHK was ranked the most innovative university in Hong Kong in 2016 (Reuters). 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.
HKU is consistently ranked in the top 50 world universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings). You will be studying at their Faculty of Business and Economics.
HKUST is ranked in the top 5 Asian universities (QS Asian University Rankings 2016). HKUST Business School was the first school in Asia to be awarded dual accreditation by AACSB and EQUIS and offers 10 undergraduate business programmes.
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.
Located near downtown Atlanta, Emory University Goizueta Business School's BBA programme is currently ranked No. 15 by both Bloomberg BusinessWeek and U.S. News & World Report.
Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
Located in College Park, eight miles from The White House and downtown Washington, D.C. you will be studying at the Robert H. Smith School of Business whose undergraduate programme was ranked number 19 in the USA (2016 U.S. News & World Report).
The Ross School of Business has one of the top undergraduate business programmes in the USA, ranked #4 (US News & World Report, 2016). You will take modules from their Bachelor in Business Administration.
The McIntire School of Commerce is regarded as one of the best business schools in America. Their UG programme is #5 in the USA (Bloomberg Business Week, 2016). They are partnered with a select number of business schools around the world, with Cass being one of them.
Living and studying at RMIT Saigon South campus in Ho Chi Minh City will give you great opportunities to get immersed into a dynamic, multicultural and intriguing city.
The BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree is delivered in strategic partnership with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), and has been designed for students to achieve up to 8 exemptions towards the Chartered Accountant qualification (ACA). This will give you a significant head start on the road to becoming a fully qualified accountant.
In addition, completing the BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree will provide with exemptions from professional examinations from a wide range of professional bodies.
As an example, students graduating from the BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree at Cass Business School can gain up to 9 exemptions from the ACCA exams.
Below is a full list of professional bodies from which our BSc (Hons) Accounting & Finance graduates are awarded exemptions:
- Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
- Association of Chartered Accountants (ACCA)
- Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
- Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
- Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
- Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)
- Institute of Financial Services
We have more than 100 full time academic staff, complemented by over 25 visiting lecturers, who combine expertise with successful careers as business leaders, policy makers and/or government advisors. Our academic team works with businesses, alumni and leading thinkers to devise and update our course content so that is relevant and specific to market realities.
Our teaching style is based on encouraging you to think independently, to form your own opinions and critique relevant theory. We underpin your learning with the pertinent theories in your field embed with real life practices so you understand the way modern markets and businesses operate. Our courses offer numerous practical applications (or have a strong vocational element) without compromising their academic rigour. We use case studies, thought provoking scenarios and group work to give you a head start in the real world.
Each module will be a mix of lectures, seminars and group work. Most modules are assessed by a combination of exams and coursework.
The first year of your programme contributes 10% to your final degree classification, the second year 30% and the final year 60%.
|'A' level||AAA (or AAB with a relevant EPQ)|
|BTEC NND||Distinction Distinction Distinction (must have at least grade A GCSE maths)|
|Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)||We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an 'A' Level offers reduced by one grade.|
|IB||36 points overall with 5 minimum in each subject.|
In addition to the above, a minimum of grade 5 (C) in GCSE English and grade 7 (A) in GCSE Mathematics.
If you are studying General Studies, Critical Thinking or a native language 'A' level, these subjects will not be included in any offer condition.
If you do not meet the qualification criteria for this course, you may still meet the criteria for our Accounting and Finance Foundation course. The Foundation course is a one-year full-time programme that provides an entry route to the BSc Accounting and Finance course.
We accept a wide range of international and other UK qualifications at Cass.
There are several partners that offer preparatory international foundation courses for students seeking entry to undergraduate degrees. These include:
INTO City, University of London
Don’t meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You’ll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.
These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the International Foundation in Business and Economics with Accounting.
Kaplan International College (KIC) London
Additionally, City works in partnership with KIC London to provide a range of preparatory courses for international students. KIC London courses offer comprehensive support to students - including regular one-to-one tuition. Students who successfully complete the KIC London Foundation course at the required level are able to progress to City, University of London degree courses.
English language requirements
If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:
6.5 with a minimum of 6 in any unit
|PTE Academic||58 overall with a minimum of 50 in each component|
|GCSE||English language grade 5|
English Language Programmes
Don’t meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses. Learn more about INTO’s English for University Study programme.
Application and fees
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 of London)
Course code: NN43
You can find more information at UCAS and in the UCAS Handbook.
- UK/EU students: 2017/18 fee £9,250 (2018/19 fees TBC). As a result of recent UK Government legislation, this fee will be subject to an inflationary increase for students commencing their studies in 2018. The size of this increase will be limited to the Student Fees Inflation Index as determined by the UK Government’s Office for Budget Responsibility. This index is derived from the All Items Retail Prices Index. We will confirm the fee for the first year of your studies (2018/19) to you in writing as soon as we receive confirmation of the revised fee: this is likely to be in early 2018. Fees in each subsequent year of study will similarly be subject to an annual increase limited to the Student Fees Inflation Index and we will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee for each of your subsequent years of study to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study
- Non-EU international students: 2017/18 fee £16,500 (2018/19 fees TBC). This first year fee may increase for the academic year 2018/19 and fees in each subsequent year of study may be subject to annual increase, as detailed above for UK and EU students.*
*The current tuition fee for Non-EU students for the 2017/18 academic year is £16,500. This first year fee may increase for the academic year 2018/19 and fees in each subsequent year of study may be subject to annual increase, as detailed above for UK and EU students.
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.
Recent graduates have embarked on auditing and tax careers with, among others:
- Grant Thorton
or banking and finance careers with:
- Goldman Sachs
- JP Morgan
Other common career paths include working as a consultant/anaylst or for the public and charity sectors in a finance capacity.