Entry year
Start date
September 2018
Duration
3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2018
Campus
Northampton Square
UCAS Code
NN43

Course information and statistics from Destinations of Leavers from HE

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279
students in total
18
average age
100%
of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course, with a median salary of
£28,500
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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 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 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.

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 2016/17 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 2016/17 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.

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

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

More information about applying to Cass

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: 36 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.

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 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.

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 50 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.

Fees

UK/EU £9,250 (2017/2018 fee, 2018/19 fee TBC) Tuition fees are subject to annual change
International £16,500 (2017/2018 fee, 2018/19 fee TBC) Tuition fees are subject to annual change

UK/EU students

The tuition fee for UK and EU students is determined by the UK Government and was £9,250 for the first year of study at City in 2017/18. The tuition fee for students commencing their studies in 2018/19 has not yet been confirmed: we will update these pages as soon as we receive confirmation. Fees in each subsequent year of study may be subject to an annual increase limited to the Student Fees Inflation Index as determined by the UK Government’s Office for Budget Responsibility. However, this is subject to confirmation. The index is derived from the All Items Retail Prices Index. If fees do increase in each subsequent year of study, we will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study.

Non-EU international students

The tuition fee for Non-UK/non-EU students was £16,500 for the first year of study in 2017/18. The tuition fee for students commencing their studies in 2018/19 has not yet been set by the University: we will update these pages as soon as the fee is confirmed. Fees in each subsequent year of study may be subject to annual increase, as detailed above for UK and EU students, but this is also subject to confirmation.

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 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:

  • auditor
  • financial analyst
  • tax advisor
  • consultant

Recent employers

Employers for accounting graduates include:

Union bank of Switzerland
PriceWaterhouseCooper
KPMG
Ernst and Young
Deloitte
100% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course (DLHE survey, 2014/5).

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