Entry year
Start date
September 2018
Duration
3 years
Application deadline
January 2018
Campus
Northampton Square
UCAS Code
N3N3

Course information and statistics

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50
students in total
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19
average age
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26
countries represented

Overview

Who is it for?

You know your interest is finance, and at this point you are keeping your options open for your eventual finance career. The skills you gain during your studies will equip you both for a career in finance or further, postgraduate study.

Objectives

Are you looking for a career in finance and weighing up which aspects of the field excite you the most? This course will sharpen your understanding of the broad disciplines involved, from corporate finance to asset pricing, international finance to corporate governance. The jobs are there, and they’re both exciting and well paid. They also demand intellectual rigour and commercial acumen. Select this course and prepare yourself.

Throughout your studies, you’ll focus on quantitive methods, enabling you to understand the cutting-edge techniques in use today. Core modules and options allow you to create a bespoke degree that matches your own interests.

Course director

Course director profile

Dr Francesc Rodriguez Tous

Lecturer in Banking

Structure

What will I learn?

  • Develop a strong knowledge of quantitative techniques
  • Gain the ability to learn and adapt new techniques in any field of finance
  • Understand how you can help senior management draft or deliver strategy
  • Deepen your understanding of the various functions in a financial institution
  • Become competent in conducting minimally supervised or independent research.

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

71% written, 0% practical, 29% 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

19% scheduled learning, 81% independent learning, 0% placement

Year 3

12% scheduled learning, 88% independent learning, 0% placement.

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: N3N3

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: DDD
  • 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: 36 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 internation 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

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 or a term studying at one of our partner institutions, which are located around the world including Canada, Australia and Europe.

Replacement 2nd Year Abroad

You can spend the second year of your three year degree course studying abroad at one of our partner institutions. During your time abroad you will cover all core material of your second year Cass programme, taking equivalent courses at the host institution.

Replacement Term Abroad

Spend the first term of your 2nd year studying abroad in English at one of our partner universities. You would take modules to the value of 60 credits abroad and return to Cass in the 2nd term to complete your 2nd year. The replacement term will be credited towards your degree.

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.

Placements

A key part of a Cass degree is the opportunity to gain professional work experience. BSc Finance students are eligible to undertake an optional one-year paid work placement during the third year of a four-year sandwich degree programme.

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, give you an edge over the competition, apply the theory you have studied and develop a network of contacts.

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 students throughout the work experience process.

Recent placements

Cass students can enjoy a wide range of opportunities in areas such as Sales and Trading, Hedge Funds, Prime Brokerage, Equity Research, Corporate Finance, Operations, Wholesale Markets, Asset Management, and Accounting. Students can take up placements within many leading corporate organisations including:

  • AXA Investment Management
  • Bank of America
  • Bank of England
  • BNP Paribas
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Goldman Sachs
  • JP Morgan
  • KPMG
  • Morgan Stanley
  • UBP

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.

Fees

UK/EU £9,250 (2017/2018 fee, 2018/19 fee TBC) Tuition fees are subject to annual change
International £16,500 (2017/2018 fee, 2018/19 fee TBC) Tuition fees are subject to annual change

UK/EU students

The tuition fee for UK and EU students is £9,250 for the first year of study (2017/18). Fees for 2018/19 entry are to be confirmed.

As a result of recent UK Government legislation, this fee will be subject to an inflationary increase for students commencing their studies in 2018. The size of this increase will be 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 the fee for the first year of your studies (2018/19) to you in writing as soon as we receive confirmation of the revised fee: this is likely to be in early 2018.

Fees in each subsequent year of study will similarly be subject to an annual increase limited to the Student Fees Inflation Index and we will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee for each of your subsequent years of study to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study.

Non-EU international students

The tuition fee for Non-EU students is £16,500 for the first year of study (2017/18). Fees for 2018/19 entry are to be confirmed.

This first year fee may increase for the academic year 2018/19 and fees in each subsequent year of study may be subject to annual increase, as detailed above for UK and EU students.

Funding

Career pathways

Graduates of the BSc Finance will be well-placed to enter a career in the finance industry, working for financial intermediaries, in treasuries division of multinational firms, for brokerage houses (securities and/or insurance), in auditing and consulting, for treasury departments of any corporations, within central banks and regulatory offices, in enterprise risk management divisions, as well as analysts for debt and equity markets.

Job roles for BSc Finance graduates could include:

  • Assistant Auditor
  • Consulting Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Graduate Analyst
  • Insurance Broker Assistant
  • Investment Banking Analyst
  • Investment Banking Credit Risk Analyst
  • Market Analyst
  • Risk Management Assistant
  • Underwriting Assistant.

You may also be interested in further study and Cass offers a wide variety of postgraduate finance and banking-related courses.

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