This flexible Business Studies degree equips you with the broad-based knowledge, skills and training for a career in the global business world. You learn a range of subjects, which give you a general understanding of the various elements of running a business and management of an organisation.
There is a focus on technical skills, relating to, for example, administrative procedures and organisational core businesses. You will also develop soft skills including:
- giving feedback
- solving problems
- self-reflection and self-awareness.
These skills are highly prized by employers in management, consulting, finance and business. The course deals with a variety of international and global issues and prepares you for the changing needs of the labour market. Students also have the opportunity to specialise in marketing or finance disciplines.
BSc (Hons) Business Studies is available as a three-year degree or four-year degree for those who wish to take up a one-year work placement option, or study abroad sandwich option.
These options offer excellent opportunities to gain relevant work experience to prepare for your career or add an international dimension to your undergraduate study.
Students on this degree also have the option to undertake the second year of a three-year degree on an international study exchange at one of our prestigious partner institutions.
Placements and internships
A key part of a Cass Business Studies degree is the opportunity to gain professional work experience.
BSc Business Studies 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 Business Studies students enjoy a wide range of opportunities in business areas such as Finance, Marketing, and Human Resource Management. Students have recently taken up placements within many leading corporate organisations including IBM, L'Oreal, UBS, Universal Pictures, Morgan Stanley and UNICEF UK.
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.
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. Banking and International Finance students have the option of selecting a Replacement 2nd Year or Sandwich Year Abroad in Australia, Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Available study abroad programme structure and partner institutions
1. Replacement 2nd Year Abroad
You can spend the second year of your three year degree course studying abroad at one of our partner institutions.
During your time abroad you will cover all core material of your second year Cass programme, taking equivalent courses at the host institution. Teaching is in English, but subjects are taught from a different perspective. Elective modules will enable you to focus on the specialist areas of the partner institution, or the business practice of the country in which you are studying. You can study at one of our partner universities listed below:
Host institution (Replacement 2nd Year, Business Studies)
Based in Brisbane, QUT Business School has held triple crown accreditation since 2005. Courses combine theory with practical experience.
With a history dating back to 1841, Queen's has long enjoyed a reputation as Canada's "Ivy League" university and is consistently ranked among Canada's best universities. It is the only Canadian business school to be consistently ranked among the world's top 30 business schools by Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
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.
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.
HKU is ranked second in the QS Asian University Rankings 2013 and is ranked 43rd in the world ranked universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013/14).
HKUST is ranked first in the QS Asian University Rankings 2011. HKUST Business School was the first school in Asia to be awarded dual accreditation by AACSB and EQUIS. It offers 10 undergraduate business programmes.
Based in Milan, Bocconi is a triple accredited school (EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB) and is ranked 8th in the Financial Times European Business Schools Ranking 2013.
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 Europe (FT European Business School rankings 2013)
Located in Atlanta, Emory University Goizueta Business School's BBA programme is currently ranked No. 3 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek and No. 12 in 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 18 in the USA (2014 U.S. News & Report, 2013).
2. 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, Business Studies)
Based in Brisbane, QUT Business School has held triple crown accreditation since 2005. Courses combine theory with practical experience.
RMIT is based in Melbourne city, Australia. It is a QS 5-star university, which is the highest possible rating.
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.
Grenoble holds the triple crown of business accreditation. You will study modules from their Bachelor in International Business (taught in 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.
Located in the capital of Britanny, ESC Rennes has both AACSB and AMBA accreditation. You can study business modules in English or French.
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 Business Studies provides exemption from some of the professional examinations of the following professional bodies:
- Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
- Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)
- Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
- Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
- Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
- Institute of Financial Services (IFS)
|BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma||Distinction Distinction Distinction (must have at least grade A GCSE maths)|
|IB||35 points overall including 6 in all Higher Level subjects and 5 in all Standard Level subjects. Consideration will be given to 1 bonus point.|
In addition we also ask for the following GCSE requirement:
- GCSE Mathematics (grade B)
- English Language (grade C) or equivalent
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 on undergraduate courses 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|
|PTE Academic||58 overall with a minimum of 50 in each component|
|GCSE||English language grade C|
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: N100
You can find more information at UCAS and in the UCAS Handbook.
- UK/EU students: £9,000 per annum (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
- Non-EU international students: £16,000 per annum
Your career after Cass
Many BSc (Hons) Business Studies graduates progress to rewarding careers with internationally renowned organisations - both in the City of London and worldwide. Students embark on careers across a variety of business disciplines, including finance, marketing, operations and human resources. Many students also establish their own start-up companies. Recent graduates have found jobs with internationally renowned companies such as the BBC, EY, Google and Goldman Sachs.