1. 2014 Entry
  2. 2015 Entry

Overview

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.

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 to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Finance
  • 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 and capital markets. You will develop the ability to record transactions, prepare financial statements, apply tests to financial and accounting problems, analyse the operations of a business and perform financial analyses and projections. You will also gain exposure to more complex topics, such as financial reporting and taxation.

Ten modules (eight core and two elective)

Core modules:

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

Elective modules - choose two from:

  • Business & Industrial Economics
  • Company Valuation
  • European Business Culture
  • European Studies
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Financial Economics
  • IT for Business
  • Personal Finance
  • Portfolio Theory & Investment Valuation
  • Risk Analysis & Modelling

Read the full programme specification

Final year

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

Nine modules (seven core and two elective)

Core modules:

  • Audit & Assurance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Final Year Project
  • Financial Reporting Theory & Practice
  • Strategy for Business
  • Taxation

Elective modules - choose two from:

  • Advanced Financial Economics
  • Asset-Liability Management
  • Business Forecasting
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • European Business Seminar
  • Financial Forecasting
  • Financial Services Regulation
  • International Financial Management
  • Technical Analysis

Read the full programme specification

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.

Study abroad

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)
Austria

Universität Wien, Vienna

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.

Canada

HEC, Montréal

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.

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.

Germany

Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin

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.

Technische Universität Münchcn, Munich

TU Munich is ranked in the top 100 world universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2011/12).

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 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.

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.

IE Business School (Madrid and Segovia)

Situated in the heart of Madrid's financial district, IE Business School is ranked 1st in Europe (FT European Business School rankings 2012)

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.

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
TOEFL 100 internet-based total with a minimum of 23 in all sub-tests
GCSE English language grade C

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

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 2014/15

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

Start date

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.