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 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 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.
Cass gave me opportunities to learn from lecturers with many years of experience in the financial sector. The degree equipped me with great skills and academic knowledge to secure a placement year in Goldman Sachs. The industry experience was very insightful and I enjoyed working in a dynamic environment that pushed me to strive for excellence in everything I did. Upon returning to my final year, I was offered a full-time Analyst role in Goldman Sachs and I am very grateful for the skills and knowledge developed throughout my undergraduate degree at Cass that have contributed to my career path.
Lianne Kong, (BSc Accounting and Finance, 2014)
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, 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 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.
Students have recently taken up placements within many leading organisations in the finance and accounting sector including:
- JP Morgan
- 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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is ranked in the top 100 world universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013/14).
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 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 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 for 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 Accounting and Finance degree will provide with exemptions from selected professional examinations of the following professional bodies.
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%.
|Tariff:||144 UCAS tariff points (typically 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 in GCSE English and grade 7 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 internation 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: £9,250 per year (fees in subsequent years may be subject to increases (limited to the Retail Prices Index) dependent on governmental policy)
- Non-EU international students: £16,500 per annum (fees may increase in subsequent years in line with the Retail Prices Index)
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.
Typical jobs for graduates include:
- financial analyst
- tax advisor
Studies have found London is the best market for graduates with 83% UK employers expect to recruit graduates from this area, and £30,000 being the average starting salary in accounting roles (High Fliers Graduate Market 2015 report)
Employers for accounting graduates include: