Entry year
Start date
September 2020
Duration
3 years
Duration with placement
4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2020
Campus
Northampton Square
UCAS Code
NN43 / N4N3 with placement

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, 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.

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Course Director

Danielle Lyssimachou

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

67% written, 3% practical, 30% coursework

Year 2

74% written, 26% coursework

Year 3

53% written, 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

Year 2

20% scheduled learning, 80% independent learning

Year 3

14% scheduled learning, 86% independent learning.

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.

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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

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.

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.

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

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:

  • IELTS (Academic or UKVI): 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any sub test
  • TOEFL: 99 overall (25 reading, 26 writing, 23 listening, 26 speaking).
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 58 overall with minimum of 51 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
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • 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

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 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: cass-ug-outgoing@city.ac.uk.

Placements

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.

Recent Placements

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

  • EY
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Moore Stephens
  • Deloitte
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • PwC

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.

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.

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.

Fees

UK/EU £9,250 * per year Tuition fees are subject to annual change
International £19,000 ** per year Tuition fees are subject to annual change

UK/EU students

* 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.

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

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.

Recent employers

Employers for accounting graduates include:

Union bank of Switzerland
PriceWaterhouseCooper
KPMG
Ernst and Young
Deloitte
86.1% 86.1% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course. (DLHE survey, 2016-17)

Course information and statistics from 2016-17 Destinations of Leavers from HE

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

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.