Entry year
Start date
September 2020
1 year
Application deadline
30th June 2020
Northampton Square


Who is it for?

The Foundation Year is designed to prepare UK and EU students for the subjects that will be covered in more depth throughout the rest of your degree. The modules that will be covered include the core subject areas of Mathematics, Probability and Statistics, Accounting and Finance, Economics, IT and Computing.


The Foundation Year is a one-year full-time programme that provides an entry route to the BSc Accounting and Finance (with Foundation Year). These modules have been carefully designed to include material that you will come across should you successfully proceed onto the BSc Accounting and Finance undergraduate degree programme. The Foundation course has been designed to familiarise you with material that you will study in more depth in later years of the Accounting and Finance degree programme

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The Foundation course has been designed to familiarise you with material that you will study in more depth in later years of the degree programme.  The modules covered are:

Assessment methods

Some assessment is by coursework which you take home and complete with the aid of your notes. For year 0, there will be continual assessment using class tests but no large formal exams.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:

Year 0

0% written, 17% practical, 83% coursework.

Overall workload

Most contact hours take the form of lectures. A number of tutorials, exercise classes and surgery hours are scheduled during the year. Approximate study time based on 2017/18 entry is as follows:

Year 0

28% scheduled learning, 72% independent learning, 0% placement.

Term dates

Academic year

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


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.


How to apply

This course has now closed temporarily for September 2020 applications through Clearing.

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: N3N4 (BSc Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year)

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

Please note that you can only apply for either the BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year (N3N4) or the BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree (NN43). When we review your application, we will decide which course you are most suited for based on your predicted or obtained results.

Cass Business School works in partnership with INTO City and Kaplan International College London to offer foundation courses for international students.

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

We may demonstrate some flexibility of entry requirements in Clearing. This will depend on the results we receive and the number of spaces we have available and may be considered on a case by case basis.

Details of the standard entry requirements for 2020 are shown in the standard requirements tab.

Standard requirements

Please note this course is only available to Home and EU students.  For international students who do not meet the entry requirements for year 1 entry we recommend our affiliated foundation course providers INTO City, University of London and KIC London.

A-Level: B (Maths) BB

If you are studying General Studies, Critical Thinking or a native language A-Level, these subjects will not be included in any offer condition.

For A-Level applicants we also require a minimum of grade 5 (C) in GCSE English and grade 6 (B) in GCSE Maths.

IB: 29 points overall (not including bonus points) with 5 in Higher Level Maths (either Maths Analysis & Approaches or Maths Applications & Interpretation) and 5 in English (either Standard or Higher Level).

For 2020 IB applicants if you have not yet applied to Cass and have obtained IB 28, 29 or 30 (excluding bonus points) with minimum 5 in higher level Maths and minimum 5 in English (standard or higher level) please contact cassug@city.ac.uk

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, we require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:

  • GCSE: Grade C or 5
  • IGCSE: Grade C
  • O-Level: Grade C
  • A-Level: Grade C
  • Language Cert International ESOL: Language Cert B2 Communicator High Pass
  • IELTS (Academic or UKVI): 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any sub test
  • TOEFL (Test centre or iBT Special Home Edition): 92 overall (24 Writing, 23 Reading, 22 Speaking, 21 Listening)
  • 99 overall (25 reading, 26 writing, 23 listening, 26 speaking)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 59 overall with minimum 59 in each component
  • International Baccalaureate: Grade 5 at Higher or Standard level
  • Cambridge English Advanced (also known as Certificate in Advanced English): Grade C (180-192) at CEFR Level C1
  • Cambridge English Proficiency (also known as Certificate of Proficiency in English): Grade C (200-212) at CEFR Level C2
  • Cambridge English First (also known as Certificate of First in English): Grade A (180-190) at CEFR Level C1

Study abroad

This is an option on the BSc Accounting and Finance course, to which you can progress upon successful completion of the Foundation year.

Partner institutions include:


This is an option on the BSc Accounting and Finance course, to which you can progress upon successful completion of the Foundation year.


UK £7,000 * per year Tuition fees are subject to annual change

* The fee for this course will be £7,000 for each year of study.

Career pathways

The BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree, to which you can progress upon successful completion of the Foundation year, 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. Find out the types of positions our graduates have gone on to work in here.