Entry year
Start date
September 2023
1 year
Application deadline
25th January 2023
Northampton Square


Who is it for?

The Foundation Year is designed to prepare UK students for the subjects that will be covered in more depth throughout the rest of your degree. The training modules that will be covered include the core subject areas of Mathematics, Probability and Statistics, Accounting and Finance, Economics, IT and Computing.


The Foundation Year is a one-year full-time programme that provides an entry route to the BSc Accounting and Finance. These modules have been carefully designed to include material that you will come across should you successfully proceed onto the BSc Accounting and Finance undergraduate degree programme. The Foundation accounting course has been designed to familiarise you with training material that you will study in more depth in later years of the Accounting and Finance degree programme

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The Foundation course has been designed to familiarise you with material that you will study in more depth in later years of the degree programme.  The modules covered are:

Assessment methods

Some assessment is by coursework which you take home and complete with the aid of your notes. For year 0, there will be continual assessment using class tests but no large formal exams.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:

Year 0

0% written, 17% practical, 83% coursework.

Overall workload

Most contact hours take the form of lectures. A number of tutorials, exercise classes and surgery hours are scheduled during the year. Approximate study time based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:

Year 0

28% scheduled learning, 72% independent learning, 0% placement.

Term dates

Academic year

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.

View academic timetables

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 (Bayes Business School and City, University of London)
  • Course code: N3N4 (BSc Accounting and Finance Foundation Year)

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

Apply now for the BSc Accounting and Finance Foundation programme

Please note that you can only apply for either the BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance Foundation Year (N3N4) or the BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree (NN43). When we review your application, we will decide which course you are most suited for based on your predicted or obtained results.

Bayes Business School works in partnership with INTO City and Kaplan International College London to offer foundation courses for international students.

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Terms and conditions

Students applying to study at Bayes Business School are subject to City, University of London's terms and conditions.

Entry requirements

The Foundation Programme is for home fee paying students only. If you think you may still be eligible based on your circumstances, for example you have EU Settlement/Pre-Settlement Status, Indefinite Leave to Remain or Refugee Status, please email bayesug@city.ac.uk. If you are an international student please refer to INTO City for information about the International Foundation Programme.

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.

A-Level: B (Maths) BB

GCSE Requirements: GCSE English Language grade 4 (C)

If you are studying General Studies or Critical Thinking these subjects will not be included in any offer condition.

IB: 30 points overall with 5 in Higher Level Maths (either Maths Analysis & Approaches or Maths Applications & Interpretation) and English at either Higher Level 4 or Standard Level 5.

Contextual admissions

We apply a contextual admissions process for UK undergraduate applicants who have been in care, attend a low performing school, live in an area where few students go to university, or are the first generation of their family to enter Higher Education.

Those who are eligible may receive a conditional offer with reduced entry requirements, typically up to two grades lower for A-levels and one grade for the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, we require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:

  • GCSE: Grade C or 4
  • IGCSE: Grade C
  • O-Level: Grade C
  • A-Level: Grade C
  • Language Cert International ESOL: Language Cert B2 Communicator High Pass
  • IELTS (Academic, UKVI or IELTS Indicator): 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any sub test
  • TOEFL (Test centre or iBT Special Home Edition): 92 overall (24 Writing, 23 Reading, 22 Speaking, 21 Listening)
  • Pearson Academic Online / Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 59 overall with minimum of 59 in each sub test
  • International Baccalaureate: Grade 5 at Standard level or Grade 4 at Higher level
  • Cambridge English Advanced (also known as Certificate in Advanced English): Grade C (180 overall) at CEFR Level C1 with minimum 170 in each sub test
  • Cambridge English Proficiency (also known as Certificate of Proficiency in English): Pass qualification (all grades accepted)
  • Cambridge English First (also known as Certificate of First in English): Grade A (180-190) at CEFR Level C1
  • Vitnemal: English grade 5
  • French Baccalaureat: 14/20 in English
  • Malaysian GCE O Level (SPM-1119 syllabus only): grade A

Study abroad

This is an option on the BSc Accounting and Finance course, to which you can progress upon successful completion of the Foundation year.

Partner institutions include:


This is an option on the BSc Accounting and Finance course, to which you can progress upon successful completion of the Foundation year.


UK £7,200 Tuition fees are subject to annual change

UK students

The tuition fee for UK students for this year is £7,200 for the 2023/24 academic year.

The tuition fees indicated are for the 2023/24 academic year only. Fees for each subsequent year of study are subject to an annual increase to take account of City's increased costs of delivering educational services. This increase will be 5% for each subsequent year of study. You should expect your fee to increase by this amount and budget accordingly.

Career pathways

The BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree, to which you can progress upon successful completion of the Foundation year, 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. Find out the types of positions our graduates have gone on to work in here.

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