Who is it for?
The Foundation Year is designed to prepare UK and EU students for the key subjects that will form the core of the rest of your degree in Finance. On successful completion of the Foundation Year you will have obtained a fundamental knowledge of mathematics, statistics, economics, IT and business management which will ensure that you are fully prepared to enter Programme Stage 1 of the main degree. The BSc Finance (with Foundation Year) degree provides you with the skills needed for a variety of careers within the finance world- from brokerage, auditing and consulting to risk management, and financial analysis within both debt and equity markets.
The Foundation Year is a one-year full-time programme that provides an entry route to the first year of either the BSc Banking and International Finance, BSc Finance or BSc Investment and Financial Risk Management, and is designed to prepare you for the key subjects that will form the core of the rest of your degree.
The Foundation course has been designed to familiarise you with the material that you will study in more depth in the later years of the degree programme.
The modules covered are:
In Year 0 you will take seven core modules:
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 Finance and Financial Reporting module 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.
Introduction to Business and Management
This module introduces you to fundamental topics that will help you to develop an understanding of how businesses operate and how they are managed. This will be particularly useful to you if you will be undertaking an undergraduate degree involving the study of business. The unit covers the following areas: models of management, the business environment, managing people, leadership, corporate social responsibility, human resource management, corporate strategy, marketing, organisation structure, managing operations.
Foundation Mathematics and Statistics
Through this module, you will extend your existing knowledge of mathematics to develop your analytical skills. The programme of study will be divided into lectures in algebra, calculus and statistics and the focus will be on giving students an understanding of how mathematical techniques can be used to model and then solve practical problems. If we find that a large proportion of the class already has a knowledge of mathematics which goes beyond the material taught on this module, we will run additional, more advanced tutorials which will emphasise the process used and methods required when you are working towards the solution of more complicated problems.
This module aims to develop transferable skills which will be of value to you on whichever degree you choose to study. With the support of a nominated academic supervisor, you will be required to design, research and write a report of approximately 3000 words and then deliver a 10 minute presentation on the content of your report. Cass academics will suggest a limited range of possible topics, for students to write their project on, all centred on the theme of business and finance. You may also suggest a topic of your own, along with a written explanation of why you believe it would be a good choice. Student-generated project topics are subject to approval by the Course Director.
The Business London module introduces you to the historic role of London in the development of international business and finance. Some sessions will involve standard lectures, but for others you will be expected to walk around the City of London and to visit London institutions. This will help you to appreciate the role of the geography of the City in its development into a leading centre of global commerce.
Some assessment is by group work and individual assignments which you take home to complete. For year 0, there will be continual assessment using class or online quizzes and tests, but no large formal end-of-year exams.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The approximate estimated breakdown of course assessment is as follows:
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 estimated study time is as follows:
27% scheduled learning, 73% 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.
- Institution code: C60 (Cass Business School and City, University of London)
- Course code: N3NF (BSc Finance with Foundation Year)
You can find more information at UCAS and in the UCAS Handbook.
Please note that you can only apply for either the BSc (Hons) Finance with Foundation Year (N3NF) or the BSc (Hons) Finance degree (N3N3). When we review your application, we will decide which course you are most suited for based on your predicted or obtained results.
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.
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.
BTEC/OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD
For BTEC/OCR Cambridge Technical applicants we also require a minimum of grade 5 (C) in GCSE English and grade 6 (B) in GCSE Maths.
For candidates taking a combination of A Level/BTEC/OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications we accept the following:
- BTEC/OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 National Diploma (grades DD) with one A-Level (grade B)
- BTEC/OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (grade D) with two A-levels (grades BB)
For combination BTEC/OCR/A-Level applicants we also require a minimum of grade 5 (C) in GCSE English and grade 6 (B) in GCSE Maths.
IB: 29 points overall (not including bonus points) with 5 in Maths (either Maths Analysis & Approaches or Maths Applications & Interpretation at either Standard or Higher Level) and 5 in English (either Standard or Higher Level).
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 6 (B) in GCSE Maths.
For European qualifications please contact us to check eligibility.
English language requirements
If your first language is not English, we require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:
- GCSE: Grade C or 5
- IGCSE: Grade C
- O-Level: Grade C
- TOEFL (Test centre or iBT Special Home Edition): 99 overall (25 reading, 26 writing, 23 listening, 26 speaking)
- 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
* The fee for this course in 2020/21 was £7,000 for each year of study.
As a graduate of this course, you will be well-placed to enter a career in the finance industry, within the finance function of a corporation, in consulting, or in regulation and government.
Job roles 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 and Underwriting Assistant. Find out the types of positions our graduates have gone on to work in here.