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Accounting and Finance (with Professional Placement)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking and native language subjects. Please note GCSE Maths grade 7/grade A is also required if not taking A Level Maths. Additionally GCSE English Language grade 5/grade C or other English language proficiency qualification required (For more information on English qualifications please refer to http://www.city.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applying-to-city/tier-4-english-language-requirements).

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

Please note GCSE Maths grade 7/grade A is also required. Additionally GCSE English Language grade 5/grade C or other English language proficiency qualification required (For more information on English qualifications please refer to http://www.city.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applying-to-city/tier-4-english-language-requirements).

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,D3

Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking and native language subjects. Please note GCSE Maths grade 7/grade A is also required if not taking Pre-U Maths. Additionally GCSE English Language grade 5/grade C or other English language proficiency qualification required (For more information on English qualifications please refer to http://www.city.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applying-to-city/tier-4-english-language-requirements).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

35

Must include 18 points across three Higher Level subjects, including either grade 4 in Higher Level or grade 5 in Standard Level English, or other English language proficiency qualification required (For more information on English qualifications please refer to http://www.city.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applying-to-city/tier-4-english-language-requirements).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

Please note GCSE Maths grade 7/grade A is also required. Additionally GCSE English Language grade 5/grade C or other English language proficiency qualification required (For more information on English qualifications please refer to http://www.city.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applying-to-city/tier-4-english-language-requirements).

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,A

Please note this should include a minimum three subjects at Advanced Higher (grades AAA) and a minimum two other subjects at Higher (grades AA). This must include Maths grade A at either level. Additionally English at either level or other English language proficiency qualification required (For more information on English qualifications please refer to http://www.city.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applying-to-city/tier-4-english-language-requirements).

UCAS Tariff

144-165

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time with year in industry | 2022

Subjects

Finance

Accounting

The BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree is delivered by Bayes Business School (formerly Cass)), one of Europe’s leading business schools. Part of City, University of London, The Business School is ranked amongst the top 6 business schools in the UK*.

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.

Ranked 3rd in London** the BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance has been carefully designed to equip you with the subject knowledge, professional acumen and key skills needed to excel in your accountancy or finance career.

The Accounting and Finance 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.
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.

As a leading global business school in the City of London, we offer all Bayes Business School (formerly Cass) students unrivalled access to the best of global business intelligence and innovation and this is no exception for accounting and finance students. You will be taught by world-leading academics who are at the forefront of research in accounting and finance, as well as accountancy and finance professionals who practice at the highest levels of the industry in London and globally.

In each year of your degree, you will study a core set of modules that will allow you to focus on finance and accounting, alongside modules that will broaden your studies into other areas of economics and business. In fact, the Accounting and Finance degree at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass) contains more credits than the majority of all other accounting and finance degrees in the UK. By studying for 450 credits rather than the standard 360 credits during your degree, you are able to obtain in depth understanding in specialisms such as business forecasting, asset management, Visual Basic programming and corporate social responsibility.

During your time on the Accounting and Finance degree, we support your professional and personal growth in a number of ways. As well as hosting a series of business networking events at our state-of-the art building, we also employ a variety of assessment methods, including presentations and group-based projects, ensuring you develop your communication skills throughout. All first and second year Accounting and Finance students are eligible to apply for the Micro-Placements Programme which offers you the opportunity to apply for a 3-5 week summer placement, exposing you to a real-life business environment at a London-based employer.

The BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance is available as a three-year degree, or four-year degree for those who wish to take up a one-year work placement or study abroad sandwich option. The four-year degree offers excellent opportunities to gain relevant work experience to prepare you for your career, and to make contacts in the business and finance world. You also have the option to apply for 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.

* Financial Times European Business School Ranking 2020

** Times Good University Guide 2021

Modules

Year one

In the first year, students develop the fundamental knowledge required for a successful career in many areas of business,
including accounting, finance and financial markets, economics and law. This year also focuses on consolidating quantitative skills
in business and finance applications.

Core modules:
— Introductory financial accounting
— Introduction to finance
— Financial institutions
— Introduction to business law
— Introductory management accounting
— Introduction to statistics
— Microeconomics
— Macroeconomics
— Professional skills.

Year two

In the second year, students acquire a deeper understanding of accounting, financial markets, risk management, valuation and capital markets. They develop the ability to prepare financial statements according to international accounting standards, analyse financial information for performance measurement and valuation purposes and apply financial tools to value assets trading in financial markets. They also gain exposure to more complex topics such as financial econometrics, assurance, taxation, risk analysis and modelling.

Core modules:
— Intermediate financial accounting 1
— Financial markets
— Financial econometrics
— Assurance
— Intermediate financial accounting 2
— Corporate law
— Management accounting
— Principles of taxation.

Year three

The final year allows students to tackle more advanced topics in both accounting and finance,
including audit and assurance, taxation, financial management and corporate finance. As part of the BSc (Hons) Accounting and
Finance course, students are required to undertake a final-year project on a topic relevant to their studies.

Core modules:
— Final-year project (both terms)
— Corporate finance
— Corporate strategy
— Strategy for business
— Advanced financial accounting: theory and practice
— Audit and assurance
— Taxation

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 2018/19 entry is as follows:

Year 1
67% written, 3% practical, 30% coursework

Year 2
74% written, 26% coursework

Year 3
53% written, 47% coursework.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£19,500
per year
International
£19,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

City, University of London

Department:

Bayes Business School (formerly Cass)

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
med
Finance
70%
low
Accounting

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Finance

Teaching and learning

69%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
72%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

79%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

36%
UK students
64%
International students
61%
Male students
39%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
B

Accounting

Teaching and learning

71%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
71%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

78%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

40%
UK students
60%
International students
46%
Male students
54%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
14%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Finance

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£28,000
high
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
77%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

40%
Business, research and administrative professionals
31%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
8%
Administrative occupations: finance

Over 2,000 students graduated with a degree in finance in 2015, and a sign of the strength of the finance industry, numbers are on the up. Over half of finance graduates go into the finance industry, with accountancy and financial advice roles particularly popular. It's also quite common for finance graduates to go into jobs which require you to take more training and gain professional qualifications — finance graduates who take further study are more likely to be studying accountancy than finance. About a third of graduates start their careers in London - but Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham are other popular locations for finance graduates to work.

Accounting

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£26,000
high
Average annual salary
91%
low
Employed or in further education
66%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

41%
Business, research and administrative professionals
32%
Administrative occupations: finance
6%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

You don't have to be an accountant if you take this degree, but over half of graduates take a look at the rewards on offer for accountancy trainees and go into the job. Many others go into other parts of the finance industry as advisors or book-keepers, and some go into management or marketing. London is very popular for accountancy graduates going into their first job, but it's also quite common to work in Scotland, with Glasgow a perennial hotbed of Scottish accountancy recruitment. If you want to find a job in finance as an accountancy graduates, recruitment agencies were particularly important last year, so try to get in touch with one as soon as you can to improve your chances.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Business and management

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£29k

£29k

£39k

£39k

£47k

£47k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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