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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 17000 per year

All study options

About Accounting and Finance at City, University of London

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 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 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 you can achieve up to eight exemptions from the ICAEW's Chartered Accountant qualification (ACA) and receive similar exemptions from other professional accountancy bodies.

Course Director

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.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Introductory financial accounting

    This module focuses on the interpretation and use of financial accounting information as part of the effective operation of a business. Moreover it looks at the principles that underlie financial accounting, the application of these principles in recording transactions and the preparation of financial statements.

  • Introduction to finance

    This will offer a thorough grounding in finance concepts.  You will understand how to interpret financial information and commentaries, and be able to consider how to take account of finance in decisions which you may need to make. You will also have a sound basis for any further finance modules which you may take within your course.

  • Introduction to business law

    This module gives you an understanding of the legal framework within which business decisions take place. It covers the following areas, among others: Overview of the English Legal System, Contract Law, Negligence, Business Ventures, Employment and Intellectual Property Law.

  • Financial institutions

    The aim of this module is to provide you with knowledge of the workings of financial institutions, markets, products, services, customers, corporate governance, the accounting profession, their regulation and ethics.

  • Professional skills

    This unique practical module is led by experienced business practitioners and focuses on developing your individual business skills, through a series of discussions and practical exercises. By attending this module you will enhance your networking and reflective practice abilities, team working, project planning and research skills, analytical, business writing and team working skills.

  • Microeconomics

    The aim of this module is to provide you with a comprehensive introduction to the main ideas in microeconomics, to enable you to start analysing specific markets and firms using a critical perspective.

  • Introduction to statistics

    This module provides you with an underpinning and understanding of numerical techniques used in the business world to aid decision making. It presents the fundamentals of probability & statistics, and explores more advanced techniques such as data analysis, interrelations between variables, and forecasting.

  • Introductory management accounting

    The aim of this module is to introduce you to the principles that underlie management accounting, to the application of these principles in preparing management accounting information, and to the use of management accounting information in the effective management of a business. Topics covered will include, among others: budgeting, costing for pricing and for decision making, investment appraisal.

  • Introduction to statistics

    This module provides you with an underpinning and understanding of numerical techniques used in the business world to aid decision making. It presents the fundamentals of probability & statistics, and explores more advanced techniques such as data analysis, interrelations between variables, and forecasting.

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Assurance

    Assurance is one of the foundation blocks of the accounting profession and one of the knowledge modules of the ACA qualification offered by the ICAEW. This module provides you with an understanding of the assurance process and fundamental principles of ethics, and an ability to contribute to the assessment of internal controls and gathering of evidence on an assurance engagement.

  • Corporate law

    This module provides you with an understanding of company law and the main legal implications arising from the corporate structure. Alternative forms of business structures, such as unlimited partnerships and limited liability partnerships, will be outlined. You will be able to understand the role of shareholders and directors, and the main implications of insolvency laws. Both the impact of criminal law on businesses and how the law affects the role and work of the professional accountant will be examined.

  • Financial econometrics

    This module introduces you to the fundamental concepts of econometrics and its usefulness in analysing financial data. It is designed to give you an understanding of why econometrics is necessary, to provide you with a working ability of basic econometric tools and to illustrate their application in finance. This module introduces you to econometric tools for empirical modelling, accustoms you to applying these tools to estimation, statistical inference, and forecasting in financial markets and enables you to develop the necessary skills to critically interpret the results of econometric analyses.

  • Financial accounting

    Recognition of accounting issues and understanding of accounting judgements implicit in financial reporting, are key to the development of a rounded understanding of business management. Building on the introductory financial accounting syllabus, this module will enable you to develop a wider breadth of accounting knowledge and the ability to understand accounting information in the context of recognised accounting standards and prevailing legal requirements.

  • Management accounting

    The module will enable you to select and apply appropriate management accounting techniques for decision making, planning, control and performance evaluation purposes. The usefulness of these techniques to modern business environments is critically examined. Emphasis is also placed on interpreting management accounting outputs as well as evaluating managerial implications of management accounting techniques.

  • Financial markets

    The module builds on the Introduction to finance module from Year 1, and applies finance to the pricing of assets in financial markets with the aim of examining how bond and equity prices are determined.

  • Principles of taxation

    Principles of Taxation is one of the foundation blocks of the accounting profession and one of the knowledge level modules of the ACA qualification offered by the ICAEW. By the end of this module, you should be able to understand the general objectives of tax and calculate income tax, national insurance contributions, capital gains tax, corporation tax and VAT in straightforward scenarios.

  • Financial accounting 2

    By completing this module, you should become competent in addressing accounting issues related to Business Combinations and have a solid understanding of the concepts and application of various intermediate financial accounting areas - including intangible assets, financial instruments, provisions and contingent assets/liabilities, deferred taxation - in conformity with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Corporate finance

    The Corporate Advisory and Financial Services Industry requires graduates with a critical understanding and knowledge of modern corporate finance at an advanced level. As such, this module presents the fundamentals of valuation, investment, financing, and dividend policies, and exposes you to popular strategic and financial decisions, while developing self-learning and analytical skills to evaluate complex corporate finance problems.

  • Corporate strategy

    This course examines several types of corporate reorganizations: mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, spin-offs, and divestitures, as well as reorganizations in financial distress situations through private workouts and bankruptcy. Particular emphasis is placed on linking conceptual tools and institutional environments to real business decisions.

  • Strategy for business

    This module discusses the goal and elements of business strategy - the strategy of firms within a given industry. It seeks to answer two broad questions. First, why is a business strategy important? Second, what are the key issues involved in formulating and implementing a business strategy? The module will provide you with a range of analytical tools that will enable you to analyse and evaluate business strategy questions.

  • Audit and assurance

    This module will equip you to develop knowledge and understanding of the process of carrying out the assurance engagement and its application in the context of the professional regulatory framework. It will also help you to explain the nature of internal audit and describe its role as part of overall performance and its relationship with external audit. In addition, it will explore the evaluation of information systems, internal controls, audit evidence, audit planning and the audit report. By the end of this module, you should understand critical aspects of managing an assurance engagement (including audit engagements): accepting, planning, managing, concluding and reporting.

  • Advanced financial accounting: theory and practice

    This is an advanced financial accounting module that builds on the introductory and intermediate financial accounting modules completed earlier in the degree. The aim of this advanced module is threefold: (i)to explore key theoretical financial reporting concepts, (ii) to examine the application of financial reporting issues in more depth and (iii) to inform about recent developments and major debates in financial accounting. This module will help you develop your independent critical thinking on financial reporting issues and increase your awareness to related ethical issues.

  • Taxation

    This module builds on the work done on Principles of taxation in your second year of studies. This module aims to focus on the knowledge and skills relating to the UK tax system as applicable to individuals, companies, partnerships and groups of companies. By the end of this module, you should be able to prepare tax computations and provide tax advice to individuals, partnerships and companies in straightforward scenarios.

  • Final-year project (structured)

    The dissertation is a vital and substantial part of the final year of your degree. It will serve as a basis of discussion with prospective employers and as principal evidence of mastery of the chosen discipline. The dissertation aims to provide a link between the various subjects studied in your degree, while encouraging the production of independent research.  It also aims to develop your critical nature; your ability to select appropriate methods of investigation and capacity to produce sound conclusions based on your research findings.

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Assessment methodsOverall workloadAssessment methods

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

68% written, 6% practical, 26% coursework

Year 2

71% written, 0% practical, 29% coursework

Year 3

53% written, 0% practical, 47% coursework.

Overall workload

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

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

Year 2

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

Year 3

14% scheduled learning, 86% 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: NN43

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

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Entry requirements

A-Level: AAA

BTEC/OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD

For candidates taking a combination of A Level/BTEC/OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications we accept the following:

  • 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: 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 7 (A) 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.

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

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.

Placements

A key part of a Cass degree is the opportunity to gain professional work experience. BSc Accounting and Finance students are eligible to undertake an optional one-year paid work placement during the 3rd year of a four year sandwich degree programme.

The experience of working for a leading institution, such as one of the big audit firms or an investment bank, is not only exciting, but 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 Accounting and Finance students enjoy a wide range of opportunities in business areas such as:

  • Assurance, including risk, public services, and IT risk assurance
  • Audit for some of the most prestigious leading financial companies
  • Asset management: managing clients' investments such as currency, property, bonds, stocks, commodities, and equities.
  • Tax advice.

Recent placements

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

  • JP Morgan
  • Goldman Sachs
  • PwC
  • EY
  • KPMG

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.

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.

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 degree 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 employers

Employers for accounting graduates include:

90% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course. (DLHE survey, 2015-16)

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

UK/EU

£9,250 (2017/2018 fee, 2018/19 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 2018/19 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 was £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.

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