The BSc Accounting & Finance degree has been introduced to the Cass portfolio as a result of demand from employers for professionals who are well-prepared for careers in accountancy. It is one of a small number of UK degrees supported by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
The BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree 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 for the degree, you will choose a number of elective modules which allow either to focus more deeply on finance and accounting, or to broaden your studies into areas including languages, business law and corporate social responsibility.
The BSc (Hons) Accounting & Finance degree is available as a three year degree or a four year degree for those who wish to take up a one year work placement option, which offers excellent opportunities to gain relevant work experience to prepare you for your career, and to make contacts in the business world.
As the BSc (Hons) Accounting & Finance course is designed in conjunction with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), students who meet the relevant criteria can achieve the maximum exemptions or credit for prior learning from the ICAEW's Chartered Accountant qualification (ACA) and prepare for the four external examinations.
Placements and internships
A key part of a Cass degree is the opportunity to gain professional experience working for a leading organisation. All Cass students are eligible to take either a short-term internship or a one-year placement programme as part of your degree.
Cass Business School has links with many leading accountancy and finance firms and can offer placements at firms such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, KPMG, Ernst & Young, ICAP and Goldman Sachs.
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.
Cass Business School fully prepares you for these placements, with a dedicated Placements Office to help you with CVs, interview techniques and tips on how to make a winning application.
There is a wealth of placement opportunities available for students on the BSc (Hons) Accounting & Finance programme.
The placement year would contribute towards the work experience requirements of an ACA training agreement with an ICAEW training employer.
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)
The University of Vienna was founded in 1365 and is the oldest university in the German-speaking world. You will be studying classes in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics.
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.
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.
Located in the capital of Germany, you will need appropriate German language skills to study here and will take classes from the School of Economics and Management.
TU Munich is ranked in the top 100 world universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2011/12).
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.
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.
NUS is ranked 3rd in the QS Asian University Rankings 2011 and is one of the top 40 world ranked universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2011/12). More than 1,000 exchange students visit NUS each year.
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.
Situated in the heart of Madrid's financial district, IE Business School is ranked 1st in Europe (FT European Business School rankings 2012)
The BSc Accounting and Finance provides exemption from some of the professional examinations of the following professional bodies:
- Chartered Institute Insurance Institute (CII)
- Chartered Institute of Management Accounts (CIMA)
- Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
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.
|'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.
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 the BSc 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:
|IELTS||6.5 with a minimum of 6 in any unit|
|GCSE||English language grade C|
Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.
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.
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 London)
Course code: NN43
You can find more information at UCAS and in the UCAS Handbook.
- UK/EU students: £9,000 per annum
- Non-EU international students: £15,000 per annum
Pre-sessional Mathematics: 10 September 2014
Induction / Welcome Week: 22 September 2014
Autumn term: 29 September 2014
Your career after Cass
As a graduate of this course, you will be well-placed to enter a career in accountancy or in other areas of finance and the financial markets.