Entry year
Start date
September 2019
Duration
3 years
Duration with placement
4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2019
Campus
Northampton Square
UCAS Code
NN43 / N4N3 with placement

Course information and statistics from 2015-16 Destinations of Leavers from HE

Graduation hat
279
students in total
Man
18
average age
86.1%
of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course, with a median salary of
£25,250
Globe
36
countries represented

Overview

Who is it for?

If you’re ambitious, determined to succeed in the field of accounting and finance, and have lots of drive, a can-do attitude and a strong work ethic, you’re ready for this course. During the Accounting and Finance undergraduate course, you’ll master your subject knowledge and acquire the professional acumen and key skills to stand out as a professional in your field.

In each year of your degree, you choose a number of modules that allow you to either focus more deeply on finance and accounting, or to broaden your studies into areas including business forecasting and corporate social responsibility.

Objectives

Your career in finance and accountancy launches here. Over three years – or four if you choose to take a work placement or study abroad year – you gain a thorough grounding in a wide range of core and optional modules. You will become proficient in all areas of accounting and finance, from financial accounting and corporate finance to financial management, taxation and economics.

You also have the highly valuable option of a study abroad sandwich year at one of our highly-respected partner institutions across the world. In an increasingly globalised business environment, this is excellent preparation.

The Accounting and Finance degree is both highly selective and highly demanding. You will be working hard for the rewards it delivers. The degree is delivered in strategic partnership with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). By meeting the relevant criteria, you can achieve up to eight exemptions from the ICAEW's Chartered Accountant qualification (ACA) and receive similar exemptions from other professional accountancy bodies.

You are more than your degree

Amir Nawi is a student on the BSc Accounting and Finance degree. He loves to cook Malaysian food and is a bit of a perfectionist. In this video, he tells us how he brings this eye for detail to help him on his course and is aspiring to set up his own business in the banking sector.

Amir Nawi

Course Director

Course director profile

Dr Danielle Lyssimachou

Associate Professor in Accounting

Structure

What will I learn?

  • Acquire the most up-to-date professional knowledge in the fields of accounting and finance
  • Learn how to think critically, how to work under time pressure, how to handle uncertainty
  • Develop your understanding of the business environment in which you’ll be working, from law to financial management
  • Acquire key professional skills, including presentation, report writing, conflict resolution and team working skills
  • Interact with top employers through numerous events and workshops at Cass Business School.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, depending on module choices including:

  • Coursework
  • Unseen written examinations, taking place at the end of each term (or at the end of a year, if a module is taught over two terms)
  • Class tests
  • Online quizzes and tests, using the Virtual Learning Environment
  • Presentation
  • Group projects, individual projects.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2017/18 entry is as follows:

Year 1

68% written, 6% practical, 26% coursework

Year 2

71% written, 0% practical, 29% coursework

Year 3

53% written, 0% practical, 47% coursework.

Overall workload

Most contact hours take the form of lectures. A number of tutorials, exercise classes and surgery hours are scheduled during the first year, the number decreasing as you progress and you become more able to direct your own learning. Approximate study time based on 2017/18 entry is as follows:

Year 1

19% scheduled learning, 81% independent learning, 0% placement

Year 2

20% scheduled learning, 80% independent learning, 0% placement

Year 3

14% scheduled learning, 86% independent learning, 0% placement.

Term dates

Academic year

For a full breakdown of the current and forthcoming academic year view our term dates page.

Timetables

Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

View academic timetables

Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Application

How to apply

All applications should be made through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. Applications are made via Apply, UCAS's online application system.

UCAS Institution code: C60 (Cass Business School and City, University of London)
UCAS Course code: NN43 / N4N3 with professional placement

You can find more information at UCAS and in the UCAS Handbook.

More information about applying to Cass

Terms and conditions

Students applying to study at Cass Business School are subject to City, University of London's terms and conditions.

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA

BTEC/OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD

For candidates taking a combination of A Level/BTEC/OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications we accept the following:

  • BTEC/OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma with one A-Level
  • BTEC/OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma with two A-levels.

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 offer reduced by one grade.

IB: 35 points overall with 5 minimum in each subject

In addition we also ask for the following GCSE requirement:

  • A minimum of grade 5 (C) in GCSE English and grade 7 (A) 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.

Foundation course for UK/EU students

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.

International students

We accept a wide range of international and other UK qualifications at Cass.

If you do not qualify for direct entry, there are several partners that offer preparatory international foundation courses for students seeking entry to undergraduate degrees. These include:

Foundation courses for International students

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 guaranteed progression to City, University of London degree courses.

English language requirements

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 51 in each component

GCSE: English language grade 5

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

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.

Study abroad

Cass Business School gives you the opportunity to spend a year studying at one of our partner institutions, which are located around the world including Canada, Australia and Europe.

Sandwich year

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.

Student Exchange Team

Our dedicated Student Exchange Team are available to offer advice to students who wish to explore their study abroad options. They will also support students throughout the application process and during their study abroad year or term. To contact them, email: cass-ug-outgoing@city.ac.uk.

Placements

A key part of a Cass degree is the opportunity to gain professional work experience. BSc Accounting and Finance students are eligible to undertake an optional one-year paid work placement during the 3rd year of a four 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 and 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.

Recent placements

Students have recently taken up placements within many leading organisations in the finance and accounting sector including:

  • JP Morgan
  • Goldman Sachs
  • PwC
  • EY
  • KPMG

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.

Micro-Placements

The Micro-Placements Programme provides an opportunity for students to take on exciting projects and gain real life experience to enhance their core employability skills and explore different career options.

Micro-Placements are between 2-5 weeks long and take place during the summer, between June and August . You can also choose to do a full-time or part-time Micro-Placement which works according to your schedule. This is an ideal time to gain work-experience as it will not interfere with your studies and is not a lengthy commitment.

Fees

UK/EU £9,250 * Tuition fees are subject to annual change
International £18,000 ** Tuition fees are subject to annual change

UK/EU students

* The fee for this course in 2019/20 is £9,250 for each year of study.

Non-EU international students

** In 2019/20 the fee is £18,000 for the first year of study. The institution reserves the right to increase your tuition fees annually to take account of the institution's increased costs of delivering educational services. The increase will normally be 2% but this is kept under review with reference to the RPI. If the institution intends to increase your tuition fees you will be advised of this alongside the published entry fee.

Funding

Career pathways

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 undergraduate course 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:

  • auditor
  • financial analyst
  • tax advisor
  • consultant

Recent graduate testimonial

"As a result of the business and global acumen I developed at Cass, I was able to get three job offers from some of the top accounting firms and it continues to help me excel at work everyday."

-Sabeen Ijaz, Accounting and Finance 2017

Recent employers

Employers for accounting graduates include:

Union bank of Switzerland
PriceWaterhouseCooper
KPMG
Ernst and Young
Deloitte
90% 90% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course. (DLHE survey, 2015-16)

Accreditation

Successfully obtaining the BSc Accounting and Finance allows exemption from the exams of several following professional bodies.

See accreditation details

ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)

Knowledge

  • F1 Accountant in Business (AB)
  • F2 Management Accounting (MA)
  • F3 Financial Accounting (FA)

Skills

  • F4 Corporate and Business Law (CL)
  • F5 Performance Management (PM)
  • F6 Taxation (TX)
  • F7 Financial Reporting (FR)
  • F9 Financial Management (FM)

CII (Chartered Insurance Institute)

  • CII Insurance students: 530 Business and Economics (worth 30 credits at Advanced Diploma level), 25 non-unit specific credits at Diploma level.
  • CII Financial Planning students: 30 non unit specific credits at Advanced Diploma level, 25 non unit-specific credits at Diploma level.

CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)

Certificate Level

  • C01 Fundamentals of Management Accounting
  • C02 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • C03 Fundamentals of Business Mathematics
  • C04 Fundamentals of Business Economics
  • C05 Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law

Operational Level

  • P1 Management Accounting
  • F1 Financial Reporting and Taxation

Management Level

  • P2 Advanced Management Accounting
  • F2 Advanced Financial Reporting

CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy)

Professional Certificate

  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Reporting
  • Audit and Assurance

Professional Diploma

  • Financial Management
  • Business Strategy
  • Taxation

CPA Australia (Chartered Practising Accountants - Australia)

  • Business Finance
  • Economics and Markets
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Foundations of Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Business Law
  • Management Accounting

ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales)

  • Accounting
  • Assurance
  • Business and Finance
  • Law
  • Management Information
  • Principles of Taxation
  • Financial Management
  • Business Strategy

ICAS (The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland)

Test of Competence

  • Financial Accounting
  • Finance
  • Business Management
  • Business Law
  • Principles of Auditing and Reporting

The London Institute of Banking & Finance

  • Direct entry into Stage 2 (second year; FHEQ level 5) of the BSc Banking Practice & Management degree.