Entry year
Start date
September 2022
1 year
Application deadline
26th January 2022
Northampton Square


Who is it for?

The Foundation Year is designed to prepare UK 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 percentage of the course assessment, based on 2019/20 entry is as follows:

Year 0

19% Practical, 81% 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 2019/20 entry is as follows

Year 0

27% scheduled learning, 73% independent learning.

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.

  • Institution code: C60 (Bayes 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.

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

Below is a list of countries with information on each about which qualifications we accept.

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): 92 overall (24 Writing, 23 Reading, 22 Speaking, 21 Listening)
  • 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: 59 overall with minimum 59 in each component
  • 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 (180-192) 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
  • Vitnemal: English grade 5

Study abroad

This is an option on the BSc FinanceBSc Banking and International Finance or BSc Investment and Financial Risk Management degrees, to which you can progress upon successful completion of the Foundation year.


This is an option on the BSc FinanceBSc Banking and International Finance or BSc Investment and Financial Risk Management degrees, to which you can progress upon successful completion of the Foundation year.


UK £7,000 * Tuition fees are subject to annual change

UK students

* The fee for this course in 2021/22 was £7,000 for each year of study.

Fees for students commencing study in 2022/23 are £7,000.

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. Find out the types of positions our graduates have gone on to work in here.

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