Entry year
Start date
September 2019
1 year
Application deadline
We are currently accepting late applications via UCAS***
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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.

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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:

Assessment methods

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:

Year 0

0% written, 0% practical, 100% 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 estimated study time 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.

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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.

***You should aim to apply via UCAS between 1st September and 15th January for admission in September 2019. If you have missed the 15th January deadline, there is still the opportunity to apply (via UCAS), and we are happy to consider late applications until 30th June 2019 (all applications received after 30 June are entered into Clearing). Please be aware that some of our courses may be full after the UCAS deadline, so we do recommend early applications where possible.

  • 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.

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

More information about applying to Cass

Terms and conditions

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

Entry requirements

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.

A-Level: BBB

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 AB)

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 minimum 5 in Maths.

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
  • A-Level: Grade C
  • IELTS (Academic or UKVI): 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any sub test
  • TOEFL: 99 overall (25 reading, 26 writing, 23 listening, 26 speaking).
  • 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

Study abroad

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


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


UK £6,500 * Tuition fees are subject to annual change

* The fee for this course in 2019/20 is £6,500 for each year of study.

Career pathways

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