Entry year
Start date
September 2019
3 years
Duration with placement
4 years
Application deadline
January 2019
Northampton Square
N302 / N312 with placement

Course information and statistics from 2015-16 Destinations of Leavers from HE

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Who is it for?

Your goal is a career in the global banking industry, with no limitations on the country where you end up working. As a vocational course, it is tailor-made for your ambition to go straight into a job in banking after you graduate. Thinking about a postgraduate qualification? Its academic rigour will prepare you equally well for further study.


Whether your interest is domestic or international, this well balanced course has been designed to propel you to the top of the industry.

We offer a wide variety of specialisations: central banking, managerial finance, commercial and retail banking, financial analysis, operations, or strategy.

You can also choose how you complement your core modules, choosing from a wide variety of optional modules including quantitative techniques and financial management.

You are more than your degree

Sam Greene is vice-captain of his cricket team. Playing cricket has helped him to develop teamwork skills which has benefited him on his BSc Banking and International Finance degree. In this video, he tells us how he has the drive and passion to make it in banking.

Sam with a cricket ball

Course Director

Course director profile

Dr Francesc Rodriguez Tous

Lecturer in Banking


What will I learn?

  • Develop in-depth, specialist knowledge of banking
  • Understand the wide range of functions in banking
  • Understand the practicalities of  international finance and trade
  • Learn how to apply your academic training to develop and implement banking strategy
  • Understand new techniques and adapt them to new situations
  • Work efficiently and effectively in a management position.

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

70% written, 0% practical, 30% coursework

Year 2

74% written, 0% practical, 26% 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

20% scheduled learning, 80% independent learning, 0% placement

Year 2

17% scheduled learning, 83% independent learning, 0% placement

Year 3

13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning, 0% placement.


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: N302 / N312 with professional placement

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

More information about applying to Cass

Entry requirements

A-Level: AAA (or AAB with a relevant EPQ)

BTEC/OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD

  • 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: 35 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 6 (B) ('A' Level and Access to Higher Education applicants) or grade 7 (A) (all other qualification combinations) 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:

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

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.

Please be aware that the options available to you from the full list of partner institutions will depend on the study abroad programme you select. For more detailed information on this, please contact the Student Exchange Team.

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.


The experience of working for a leading institution 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 Banking and International Finance students enjoy a wide range of opportunities in business areas such as Corporate Finance, Operations, Wholesale Markets, and Asset Management.

Students have recently taken up placements within many leading corporate organisations including:

  • AXA Investment Management
  • Bank of England
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Lloyds Bank
  • Morgan Stanley
  • UBS


UK/EU £9,250 (2017/2018 fee, 2019/20 fee TBC) Tuition fees are subject to annual change
International £17,000 for the first year of study (2018/2019) 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 2019/20 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. Fees in each subsequent year of study will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index.

Non-EU international students

The tuition fee for Non-UK/non-EU students is £17,000 for the first year of study in 2018/19. 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.


Career pathways

The majority of graduates from this course embark on careers in the fast-paced world of global finance. Many join investment banks and secure positions in trading, investment banking and sales, specialising in areas such as derivatives. Others join brokerage houses, enter careers in operations or consultancy, or take up postgraduate study.

A career in international finance and banking will suit you if you are focused, target-driven and enjoy working with numbers.

Recent employers

Royal Bank of Scotland
Morgan Stanley
Goldman Sachs
BNP Paribas
90% 90% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course (DLHE survey, 2015-16).


Successfully obtaining the BSc Banking and International Finance allows exemption from the exams of several following professional bodies.

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ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)


  • F1 Accountant in Business (AB)
  • F2 Management Accounting (MA)
  • F3 Financial Accounting (FA)


  • F5 Performance Management (PM)
  • F7 Financial Reporting (FR)

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

Management Level

  • P2 Advanced Management Accounting

CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy)

Professional Certificate

  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting

Professional Diploma

  • Financial Management

ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales)

  • Accounting
  • Business and Finance
  • Management Information
  • Financial Management

ICAS (The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland)

Test of Competence

  • Financial Accounting
  • Finance

The London Institute of Banking & Finance

  • Direct entry into Stage 2 (second year; FHEQ level 5) of the BSc Banking Practice & Management degree.