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.
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, BSc Accounting and Finance students can achieve up to eight exemptions from the ICAEW's Chartered Accountant qualification (ACA) and receive similar exemptions from other professional accountancy bodies.
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.
In year 1, Students will take a total of 8 Core Modules (135 credits) and 1 Elective Module (15 credits).
Introductory financial accounting
This module focuses on the interpretation and use of financial accounting information as part of the effective operation of a business. Moreover it looks at the principles that underlie financial accounting, the application of these principles in recording transactions and the preparation of financial statements.
Introduction to finance
This will offer a thorough grounding in finance concepts. You will understand how to interpret financial information and commentaries, and be able to consider how to take account of finance in decisions which you may need to make. You will also have a sound basis for any further finance modules which you may take within your course.
Introduction to business law
This module gives you an understanding of the legal framework within which business decisions take place. It covers the following areas, among others: Overview of the English Legal System, Contract Law, Negligence, Business Ventures, Employment and Intellectual Property Law.
The aim of this module is to provide you with knowledge of the workings of financial institutions, markets, products, services, customers, corporate governance, the accounting profession, their regulation and ethics.
This unique practical module is led by experienced business practitioners and focuses on developing your individual business skills, through a series of discussions and practical exercises. By attending this module you will enhance your networking and reflective practice abilities, team working, project planning and research skills, analytical, business writing and team working skills.
The aim of this module is to provide you with a comprehensive introduction to the main ideas in microeconomics, to enable you to start analysing specific markets and firms using a critical perspective.
Introduction to statistics
This module provides you with an underpinning and understanding of numerical techniques used in the business world to aid decision making. It presents the fundamentals of probability & statistics, and explores more advanced techniques such as data analysis, interrelations between variables, and forecasting.
Introductory management accounting
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the principles that underlie management accounting, to the application of these principles in preparing management accounting information, and to the use of management accounting information in the effective management of a business. Topics covered will include, among others: budgeting, costing for pricing and for decision making, investment appraisal.
The aim of this course is to give you a comprehensive introduction to the main ideas in macroeconomics, and to you to start analysing issues relating to the economy as a whole, including monetary and fiscal policy, with a critical perspective.
Introduction to Management
Introduction to Visual Basic
In year 2, Students will take a total of 8 Core Modules (120 credits) and 2 Elective Module (30 credits).
Assurance is one of the foundation blocks of the accounting profession and one of the knowledge modules of the ACA qualification offered by the ICAEW. This module provides you with an understanding of the assurance process and fundamental principles of ethics, and an ability to contribute to the assessment of internal controls and gathering of evidence on an assurance engagement.
This module provides you with an understanding of company law and the main legal implications arising from the corporate structure. Alternative forms of business structures, such as unlimited partnerships and limited liability partnerships, will be outlined. You will be able to understand the role of shareholders and directors, and the main implications of insolvency laws. Both the impact of criminal law on businesses and how the law affects the role and work of the professional accountant will be examined.
This module introduces you to the fundamental concepts of econometrics and its usefulness in analysing financial data. It is designed to give you an understanding of why econometrics is necessary, to provide you with a working ability of basic econometric tools and to illustrate their application in finance. This module introduces you to econometric tools for empirical modelling, accustoms you to applying these tools to estimation, statistical inference, and forecasting in financial markets and enables you to develop the necessary skills to critically interpret the results of econometric analyses.
Intermediate Financial Accounting 1
Recognition of accounting issues and understanding of accounting judgements implicit in financial reporting, are key to the development of a rounded understanding of business management. Building on the introductory financial accounting syllabus, this module will enable you to develop a wider breadth of accounting knowledge and the ability to understand accounting information in the context of recognised accounting standards and prevailing legal requirements.
The module will enable you to select and apply appropriate management accounting techniques for decision making, planning, control and performance evaluation purposes. The usefulness of these techniques to modern business environments is critically examined. Emphasis is also placed on interpreting management accounting outputs as well as evaluating managerial implications of management accounting techniques.
The module builds on the Introduction to finance module from Year 1, and applies finance to the pricing of assets in financial markets with the aim of examining how bond and equity prices are determined.
Principles of Taxation
Principles of Taxation is one of the foundation blocks of the accounting profession and one of the knowledge level modules of the ACA qualification offered by the ICAEW. By the end of this module, you should be able to understand the general objectives of tax and calculate income tax, national insurance contributions, capital gains tax, corporation tax and VAT in straightforward scenarios.
Intermediate Financial Accounting 2
By completing this module, you should become competent in addressing accounting issues related to Business Combinations and have a solid understanding of the concepts and application of various intermediate financial accounting areas - including intangible assets, financial instruments, provisions and contingent assets/liabilities, deferred taxation - in conformity with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
Derivatives Trading & Hedging
Mentoring and Coaching for Leadership
Portfolio Theory and Investment Valuation
Risk Analysis and Modelling
In year 3, Students will take a total of 7 Core Modules (120 credits) and 2 Elective Module (30 credits).
The Corporate Advisory and Financial Services Industry requires graduates with a critical understanding and knowledge of modern corporate finance at an advanced level. As such, this module presents the fundamentals of valuation, investment, financing, and dividend policies, and exposes you to popular strategic and financial decisions, while developing self-learning and analytical skills to evaluate complex corporate finance problems.
This course examines several types of corporate reorganizations: mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, spin-offs, and divestitures, as well as reorganizations in financial distress situations through private workouts and bankruptcy. Particular emphasis is placed on linking conceptual tools and institutional environments to real business decisions.
Strategy for business
This module discusses the goal and elements of business strategy - the strategy of firms within a given industry. It seeks to answer two broad questions. First, why is a business strategy important? Second, what are the key issues involved in formulating and implementing a business strategy? The module will provide you with a range of analytical tools that will enable you to analyse and evaluate business strategy questions.
Audit and assurance
This module will equip you to develop knowledge and understanding of the process of carrying out the assurance engagement and its application in the context of the professional regulatory framework. It will also help you to explain the nature of internal audit and describe its role as part of overall performance and its relationship with external audit. In addition, it will explore the evaluation of information systems, internal controls, audit evidence, audit planning and the audit report. By the end of this module, you should understand critical aspects of managing an assurance engagement (including audit engagements): accepting, planning, managing, concluding and reporting.
Advanced financial accounting: theory and practice
This is an advanced financial accounting module that builds on the introductory and intermediate financial accounting modules completed earlier in the degree. The aim of this advanced module is threefold: (i)to explore key theoretical financial reporting concepts, (ii) to examine the application of financial reporting issues in more depth and (iii) to inform about recent developments and major debates in financial accounting. This module will help you develop your independent critical thinking on financial reporting issues and increase your awareness to related ethical issues.
This module builds on the work done on Principles of taxation in your second year of studies. This module aims to focus on the knowledge and skills relating to the UK tax system as applicable to individuals, companies, partnerships and groups of companies. By the end of this module, you should be able to prepare tax computations and provide tax advice to individuals, partnerships and companies in straightforward scenarios.
Final-year project (structured)
The dissertation is a vital and substantial part of the final year of your degree. It will serve as a basis of discussion with prospective employers and as principal evidence of mastery of the chosen discipline. The dissertation aims to provide a link between the various subjects studied in your degree, while encouraging the production of independent research. It also aims to develop your critical nature; your ability to select appropriate methods of investigation and capacity to produce sound conclusions based on your research findings.
Advanced Financial Economics
Bank Strategy & Management
Corporate Social Responsibility
Equity Investment Management
Fixed Income Portfolio Management
International Financial Management
Statistical Reasoning, Communication & Ethics
You will be assessed using a variety of methods, depending on module choices including:
- 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
- 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:
67% written, 3% practical, 30% coursework
74% written, 26% coursework
53% written, 47% coursework.
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:
19% scheduled learning, 81% independent learning
20% scheduled learning, 80% independent learning
14% scheduled learning, 86% independent learning.
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.
Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.
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.
Terms and conditions
Students applying to study at Cass Business School are subject to City, University of London's terms and conditions.
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 7 (A) in GCSE Maths.
IB: 35 points overall (can include up to three bonus points) with 5 minimum in each subject. Please note that for applicants studying the new Maths curriculum we are happy to accept both Maths Analysis & Approaches and Maths Applications & Interpretation.
For 2020 IB applicants if you have not yet applied to Cass and have obtained IB 30 (excluding bonus points) with minimum 5 in Maths/Maths Studies (standard or higher level) and minimum 5 in English (standard or higher level) please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Access to Higher Education: Pass the course with 45 level 3 credits including minimum 30 distinction credits and the remaining 15 credits at merit or above.
For Access applicants we also require a minimum of grade 5 (C) in GCSE English and grade 7 (A) in GCSE Maths.
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.
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
Information for international applicants
For international applicants requiring a Tier 4 student visa we accept any of the below English language proficiency qualifications at the grades listed:
- 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)
- Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 59 overall with minimum of 59 in each sub test
- IGCSE: English as a First Language (Syllabus 0500 & 0522) or English as Second Language (Syllabus 0510 & 0511) at Grade B or above
- International Baccalaureate: Grade 5 at Higher or Standard level
- Trinity College (Integrated Skills): ISE III – pass in each area
- INTO City Pre-sessional English: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any sub test (NB. Must be the 6 or 8 week Cass-specific course)
- 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
- Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE): English Language Examination grade 4 or above
An exception to the above criteria applies to Tier 4 applicants from the below majority English-speaking countries for whom we can accept a wider range of English qualifications:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- The Bahamas
- New Zealand
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
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.
Information for home and EU applicants
In addition to the above English language proficiency qualifications accepted for International applicants, as a Home or EU applicant we can also accept any of the below English qualifications:
- GCSE: Grade C or 5
- O-Level: Grade C
- A-Level: Grade C
- Cambridge English First (also known as Certificate of First in English): Grade A (180-190) at CEFR Level C1
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.
You can spend a year of your degree course studying at one of our partner institutions, between your second and final 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: email@example.com.
Work Placements and Summer Internships at Cass
The practical experience of a professional placement, (typically 9-12 months duration) in addition to strong academic achievement, gives graduates a distinctive edge in the job market. Find out more about Internships and Placements at Cass.
A key part of a Cass degree is the opportunity to gain professional work experience. BSc Accounting and Finance students are eligible to undertake a one-year paid work placement during the third year of a four-year sandwich degree programme.
The experience of working for a leading institution is not only exciting, but can be invaluable in terms of your future career. It will enable you to increase your confidence and maturity, expand your network of contacts, earn a competitive salary, and acquire the skills and competencies sought by graduate employers, giving you a competitive edge in the graduate market.
BSc Accounting and Finance students enjoy a wide range of professional placement opportunities in business areas such as assurance, audit and tax.
Students have recently taken up placements within many leading organisations in the finance and accounting sector including:
- Goldman Sachs
- Moore Stephens
- Lloyds Banking Group
Placement students of this course are well placed to enter into accountancy or in other areas of finance and the financial markets. Recent students have embarked on auditing, tax and finance placement roles with PwC, Deloitte, EY, Grant Thornton, Bro and Warner Bros. Others have also secured banking and finance careers with Goldman Sachs and Lloyds Banking Group, among others. Other common career paths include working as a consultant/analyst or for the public and charity sectors in a finance capacity.
Work placements are not guaranteed, however, 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 you to find placements and ensure you are work ready.
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.
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.
Support from the Placements Team
A dedicated placements team will support you through the placements process. The team advertise a number of work placement and summer internships annually, and invite businesses to Cass to meet with you and discuss the roles available. The team offers 1-2-1 advice on CV's and covering letters, as well as organising workshops to help you enhance your skills and competencies with applications and interviews. Also the team support students throughout your placement year including offering advice, guidance and monitoring your progress.
* The fee for this course is £9,250 for each year of study.
Non-EU international students
** For International Applicants the fee for this course will be £19,000 for the first year of study, with a 2% increase in fees for each subsequent year.
- There are a variety of funding options for all levels of study, including loans, grants and scholarships. Find out more about funding and financing your time at City here.
- Each year, Cass Business School, City, University of London and generous donors create opportunities for students to fully fund or part fund their studies. Find out more about scholarships and loans
- Fee waivers may be available for this course
- Means tested support may be available for 2020/21 entry. Find out more about undergraduate funding.
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:
- financial analyst
- tax advisor
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
Where our graduates work
Our Careers Service carries out the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (DLHE) every year. The information collected is a snapshot of what City graduates are doing six months after completion of their course. Find out the types positions our Accounting and Finance graduates have gone on to here.
Employers for accounting graduates include:
Course information and statistics from 2016-17 Destinations of Leavers from HE
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)
- F1 Accountant in Business (AB)
- F2 Management Accounting (MA)
- F3 Financial Accounting (FA)
- 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)
- 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
- P1 Management Accounting
- F1 Financial Reporting and Taxation
- P2 Advanced Management Accounting
- F2 Advanced Financial Reporting
CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy)
- Financial Accounting
- Management Accounting
- Financial Reporting
- Audit and Assurance
- Financial Management
- Business Strategy
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)
- Business and Finance
- Management Information
- Principles of Taxation
- Financial Management
- Business Strategy
ICAS (The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland)
Test of Competence
- Financial Accounting
- 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.