1. 2015 Entry

Overview

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:

  • communicating
  • listening
  • giving feedback
  • teamwork
  • 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.

Testimonial

Alumnus Edouard Larpin talks about why he chose Cass Business School for his BSc (Hons) Business Studies degree course.

 

The BSc Business Studies has fantastic employment prospects for graduates and the average starting salary for graduates is £25,000 - higher than the average for similar courses in the UK (£22,000). In fact,  90% of graduates go on to work or further study and 80% of graduates in employment are in a professional or managerial job after six months.

The course is also extremely popular with students and currently has a 96% satisfaction rating from Unistats.

Course content

Year 1

You will be introduced to some of the essential tools needed to function effectively in the business world, including accounting, statistics, economics and the functions of organisations. Other modules build on 'soft' skills such as effective business communication, teamwork and leadership.

Six modules (five core and one elective)

Core modules:

  • Introduction Financial Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Financial Mathematics & Business Statistics
  • Functions of Organisations: Concepts, Understanding & Strategy (FOCUS)
  • Management Practice & Skills

Elective modules - choose one from:

  • International Business Environment
  • Introduction to Business Law
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to Management Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Visual Basic
  • Management Science
  • The Reflective Practitioner

Year 2

Year two develops your knowledge of basic business functions as well as the concepts and analytical tools of business and management. You can specialise in marketing or finance by taking specific modules in these fields, or stay in a general group choosing three elective modules from a selection of seventeen.

Core modules:

  • Business Statistics 2
  • Management of Human Resources
  • Principles of Finance
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Operations Management

If you are taking the Finance or Marketing specialisations, then you are required to take the set electives:

Finance electives:

  • Financial Accounting for Business
  • Financial Markets 

Marketing electives:

  • Branding and Advertising
  • Consumer Behaviour 

General electives - choose three from:

  • Asset Management
  • Business and Industrial Economics
  • Chinese Management
  • European Business Culture
  • European Studies
  • Intellectual Property Management
  • Introduction to Python
  • IT for Business 
  • Management Accounting for Business
  • New Venture Thinking
  • Personal Finance
  • Qualitative Market Research

Final year

In the final year, you study two core modules and choose five elective modules from a selection of twenty. Students specialising in Finance take modules in Corporate Finance and Financial Services Regulation, while students specialising in Marketing take the module New Product Development and choose two modules from a selection including Applied Market Research, Contemporary Topics in Marketing, Strategic Marketing, and Social Media Theory and Practice.

Core modules (for all streams) :

  • Final Year Project
  • Strategy for Business

Finance core modules:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Services Regulation

Marketing core modules:

  • New Product Development

Students who are taking the Marketing specialisation are required to take the set electives:

Marketing electives - choose two from:

  • Applied Market Research
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Social Media Theory and Practice
Students who are specialising in finance are required to take a further three electives from the list of General Electives. Students who are specialising in marketing are required to take a further two electives from the list of General Electives.

Students who do not choose to specialise must choose five electives:

  • Advanced Strategic Management
  • Bank Strategy and Management
  •  Climate Change and its impact on the World Economy
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  •  Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Emerging Markets
  • Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
  • European Business Seminar
  • Integral Innovation and Practice
  • International Financial Management
  • International Human Resources Management
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Supply Chain and Logistics Management
  • Technical Analysis
  • Virtual Organisations

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.

Testimonial

"Being encouraged to take out a placement year has been the best decision I have made to support the success of my future career.  After successfully passing through a 5 stage interview process with L'Oreal I took on a high responsibility, dynamic role in marketing. The lean structure of L'Oreal meant that my job role included much more than just marketing such as logistics, supply chain, finance, events, design and in salon education. Some of the highlights of my year have been presenting new product launches to the national UK and Ireland sales team every 6 weeks, designing and printing the first brand book, launching the first Muse image awards photoshoot competition for the brand and launching 5 new product ranges.

After an incredibly fast paced year I have been offered to stay on with L'Oreal as a freelance educator whilst I complete my final year at Cass and will also look forward to joining them back full time on the management trainee scheme once graduating! Taking a placement year is no doubt a fantastic way to prepare you for your final year and to give you a headstart in your career."

Jade Sarkhel, (Final year student)

Study abroad

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:


Country

Host institution (Replacement 2nd Year, Business Studies)

Australia

Queenland University of Technology

Based in Brisbane, QUT Business School has held triple crown accreditation since 2005. Courses combine theory with practical experience.

Canada

Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

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.

Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia

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.

Hong Kong

Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

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.

University of Hong Kong (HKU)

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).

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST)

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.

Italy

Bocconi University, Milan

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.

Singapore

Singapore Management University

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.

Spain

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 2013)

USA

Emory University, Atlanta

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.

Country
Host institution (Sandwich Year, Banking and International Finance)
Argentina

Universidad Agentina de la Empresa

Australia

Queensland University of Technology

Based in Brisbane, QUT Business School has held triple crown accreditation since 2005. Courses combine theory with practical experience.

RMIT, Melbourne

RMIT is based in Melbourne city, Australia. It is a QS 5-star university, which is the highest possible rating.

Canada

HEC, Montreal

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 University

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.

Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario

Ranked in the top 100 for Financial Times MBA Rankings, Ivey provides a competitive combination of world-class teaching and modern facilities.

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.

Grenoble School of Management

Grenoble holds the triple crown of business accreditation. You will study modules from their Bachelor in International Business (taught in English).

ESSEC Business School

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.

ESC Rennes School of Business

Located in the capital of Britanny, ESC Rennes has both AACSB and AMBA accreditation. You can study business modules in English or French.

Germany

University of Mannheim

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.

Technische Universität Münchcn, Munich

TU Munich is ranked in the top 100 world universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013/14).

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 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 Technological University

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.

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.

Korea

Seoul National University

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).

Hong Kong

Chinese University of Hong Kong

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.

USA

University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, College of Business

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.

Entry requirements

Qualification Requirement
'A' level AAA
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.

International students

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:

Qualification Requirement
IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in any unit
GCSE English language grade C

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

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.

English for Undergraduate Study

Pre-sessional English

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.

More information about applying to Cass

Fees 2015/16

  • UK/EU students: £9,000 per annum
  • Non-EU international students: £15,300 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.

See what our BSc (Hons) Business Studies graduates are doing six months after completion of the course.

Testimonial 

Cass BSc Business Studies graduate Maximilian Link talks about his current role in global real estate investment, and how his degree helped get him where he is today.