Who is it for?
You are a UK or EU student who excels in and enjoys mathematics, especially modelling and probability. You love asking “What if?”.
The skills you gain on the Actuarial Science Foundation course will kickstart your actuarial career. You can also enter careers in risk management, investment management or financial analysis.
The Foundation Year in Actuarial Science aims to provide students with a knowledge of Mathematics, Probability and Statistics, Accounting and Finance, Economics, IT and Computing sufficient to enable them to undertake an undergraduate degree in the area of Actuarial Science. These modules have been carefully designed to include material that they will come across should they successfully proceed onto the BSc Actuarial Science undergraduate degree programme.
In addition to providing students with the essential mathematical and scientific background necessary to progress onto the undergraduate Actuarial Science degree programme, there is an integrated study and communication skills component. This, together with considerable tutorial support, aims to encourage the development of the students' awareness of the learning process, and to foster their intellectual development, so that they achieve a sense of their competence as learners.
What will I learn?
The Foundation course has been designed to familiarise you with material that you will study in more depth in later years of the Actuarial Science degree programme.
The teaching style on the foundation course is different to that which you will encounter on the rest of the degree. The foundation course will have lower numbers of students than on the main degree programme and there is more continual assessment. This will help you to make the adjustment from the teaching style at most schools and colleges to the university style, which usually requires more self-study.
Unlike the other years of your degree, there is no exam period due to the use of continual assessment which takes the form of in-class tests and take home courseworks, which can be both individual and group based.
This will cover A-level maths and topics from A-level further maths. As you will have already studied A-level mathematics (or equivalent) we will focus more on the later topics such as calculus. The material in this module will prepare you for the first year Mathematics for Actuarial Science module.
Foundation probability and statistics
The probability and statistics module will assume that students will arrive with no knowledge of probability or statistics. The module will start with basic concepts such as summary statistics and basic probability and will develop these concepts to more advanced topics such as confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression and probability distributions.
Introduction to economics
This course will cover fundamental topics in both macro and micro economics. We will assume that you have not covered this material before and this module will help you prepare for the first year Economics module. This module will have an integrated study skills module which will develop your ability in such areas as note taking, essay planning, mind maps, etc. which will help both with this module and the rest of your studies and later employment.
Introduction to finance and accounting
This module will introduce you to concepts such as interest rates, discounted cash-flows, different types of investments and company accounts. The material in this module will prepare you for the Finance and Investment Mathematics module in the first year and the Fundamentals of Finance and Financial Reporting modules in the second year. It will also provide real world skills for the analysis of companies and investments.
Introduction to Microsoft Office Suite
This module is taught mainly on-line but supported with a weekly tutorial. Not only will this module prepare you for the Applications of Information Technology module in the first year and in addition will help with all your future studies where Microsoft Office products are used, as well as providing real life skills which will be attractive to employers.
Upon completion of the foundation year you will be able to choose which degree pathway you want: BSc Actuarial Science, BSc Data Analytics and Actuarial Science or BSc Finance with Actuarial Science. The types of career pathways that these degrees lead to can be found on the relevant webpages.
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 2017/18 entry is as follows:
0% written, 17% practical, 83% coursework.
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:
28% scheduled learning, 72% independent learning, 0% placement.
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: G320
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.
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.
Please note this course is not intended for students who have already spent three years completing A-Levels as it is intended as an alternative to a retake year.
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).
English language requirements
English language requirements
If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:
- GCSE: Grade C or 5
- IGCSE: Grade C
- O-Level: Grade C
- TOEFL: 93 overall with 18 in Reading, 19 in both Listening and Speaking and 23 in Writing
- A-Level: Grade C
- IELTS (Academic or UKVI): 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any sub test
- Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 58 overall with minimum 50 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
This is an option on the BSc Actuarial Science course, to which you can progress upon successful completion of the Foundation year.
Partner institutions include:
Universidad Argentina de la Empresa
Located in the heart of Buenos Aires, UADE has exchange agreements with 40 partner universities around the world. You will take modules from the undergraduate Global Management degree.
Queensland University of Technology
Located in the bustling city of Brisbane, QUT was the first Australian university to gain 'triple crown' accreditation (EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB).
Giving you the chance to study in Melbourne, Australia's 2nd largest city, RMIT is one of Australia's original educational institutions. Their well-established business school allows students to choose from a wide-range of subjects.
Vienna University of Economics and Business
WU has triple accreditation, one of only two German-speaking universities belonging to this group. They have a well-established exchange programme, with around 240 partner universities around the world.
Like Cass, HEC Montreal is triple accredited (EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB) and was the first school in North America to achieve this. There are opportunities to study in French or English.
Smith School of Business - Queen's University
Queen's Smith School of Business has a rich history dating back to 1841 and is consistently ranked as one of Canada's leading universities. It welcomes over 300 exchange students every year from more than 40 countries.
Ivey Business School, Western University
Ranked in the top 100 for Financial Times MBA Rankings, Ivey School of Business provides a competitive combination of world-class teaching and modern facilities.
Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia
UBC is one of Canada's leading research universities and is consistently ranked in the top 40 of the world. Located 30 minutes from the heart of down-town Vancouver it attracts students from more than 140 countries world-wide.
Renmin University of China
Located in Beijing, Renmin Business School is both EQUIS and AACSB accredited. Their MBA programme is ranked in the top 50 in the world by the Financial Times.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
You will take classes from the Antai College of Economics and Management, which was the first business school in mainland China to have been triply accredited by AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. They have Bachelor programmes in Economics and Finance.
ESCP Europe, Paris campus
Like Cass, ESCP is triple accredited (EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB). The Paris campus is located in the centre of the city. The Masters in Management, from which you will take classes, is currently ranked 4th in the Financial Times rankings (2016).
ESSEC Business School
Established in 1907, ESSEC is one of the leading institutions in Europe for business education. Their BBA was the first programme in France to receive the prestigious AACSB and EQUIS accreditations.
University of Mannheim
The University of Mannheim Business School is highly ranked and has an excellent reputation. You will be studying modules from their Bachelor degrees in Business Administration and Business Education in either German or English.
Technische Universität München
TU Munich was named as the number one university in Germany in the QS World University Ranking 2016.
Chinese University of Hong Kong
CUHK was ranked the most innovative university in Hong Kong in 2016 (Reuters). The 137 hectare campus overlooking Tolo Harbour houses a range of facilities such as world-class libraries, art museums, music halls, a swimming pool, sports fields, tennis courts, squash courts, a water sports centre and gymnasiums.
University of Hong Kong
HKU is consistently ranked in the top 50 world universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings). You will be studying at their Faculty of Business and Economics.
LUISS Guido Carli
LUISS Guido Carli is a private Italian university located in the heart of Rome. You are able to study in either Italian or English and there is an intensive Italian language course available before the start of term.
BI Norwegian School of Management
BI is the only Norwegian university with triple accreditation and has student exchange agreements with more than 200 institutions in 45 different countries.
National University of Singapore
NUS is ranked 1st in the QS Asian University Rankings 2016 and is one of the top 25 world ranked universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings). More than 1,000 exchange students visit NUS each year.
Nanyang Technological University
Nanyang is ranked 54th in the Times Higher Education's World University Rankings. You will have the chance to study at one of Asia's most prestigious universities in the heart of Singapore.
Singapore Management University
SMU was founded in 2000 by the government of Singapore, modelling itself on an American style university structure. SMU has over 180 exchange partner universities around the world.
Seoul National University
SNU was founded in 1946 as the first national university of Korea. SNU Business School was also the first business school in Korea to be certified by the Associate to Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
IE Business School
Situated in the heart of Madrid's financial district, IE Business School is ranked 1st in Spain and 5th in Europe (FT European Business School rankings 2015).
ESADE Business School
The school is located in Europe’s most international city and Spain’s second largest city, Barcelona. Like Cass, ESADE is triple accredited (EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB).
Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
RSM is consistently ranked in the top 10 business schools in Europe and has 'triple crown' accreditation (AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS). You will study all modules in English.
Emory University, Atlanta
Located near downtown Atlanta, Emory University Goizueta Business School's BBA programme is currently ranked No. 15 by both Bloomberg BusinessWeek and U.S. News & World Report.
This is an option on the BSc Actuarial Science course, to which you can progress upon completion of the Foundation year.
The tuition fee for UK and EU students for this year is £7,000 in 2019/20.
Fees in each subsequent year of study will be subject to an annual increase limited to the Student Fees Inflation Index as determined by the UK Government’s Office for Budget Responsibility. This index is derived from the All Items Retail Prices Index. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study.
The majority of graduates of the BSc Actuarial Science degree, to which you can progress upon successful completion of the Foundation year, become actuarial trainees and study for the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries' examinations. Others embark on careers in:
- Investment banking and investment management
- commercial banking
- financial analysis
- computing and teaching.
Recent employers have included EY, Travellers Insurance and Towers Watson. Some students progress to postgraduate study, often on Cass Business School's MSc Actuarial Management.