City, University of London

Course Introduction

The Foundation Year is a one'year full'time programme that provides an entry route to the BSc Actuarial Science. The Foundation Year is designed to prepare you for the subjects that will be covered in more depth throughout the rest of your degree. This course is delivered by Cass Business School, City, University of London. On successful completion of the Foundation Year you will have obtained a fundamental knowledge of mathematics, statistics, economics, accounting, finance and IT to ensure that you are fully prepared to enter Year 1 of the main degree.

Course Modules

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:

Mathematics – This will cover A'level maths and topics from A'level further maths. As you will have already studied A'level mathematics (or equivalent) we will focus more on the later topics such as calculus. The material in this module will prepare you for the first year Mathematics for Actuarial Science module.

Foundation Probability and Statistics – We will be covering material that is similar to that in the statistical modules of A'level maths. We will be assuming that you have not studied probability and statistics before, so the pace will be slower than the mathematics module. This module will prepare you for the Probability and Statistics I module taught in the first year.

Introduction to Economics – This course will cover fundamental topics in both macro and micro economics. We will assume that you have not covered this material before and this module will help you prepare for the first year Economics module. This module will have an integrated study skills module which will develop your ability in such areas as note taking, essay planning, mind maps, etc. which will help both with this module and the rest of your studies and later employment.

Introduction to Finance and Accounting – This module will introduce you to concepts such as interest rates, discounted cash'flows, different types of investments and company accounts. The material in this module will prepare you for the Finance and Investment Mathematics module in the first year and the Finance and Financial Reporting module in the second year. It will also provide real world skills for the analysis of companies and investments.

Introduction to Microsoft Office Suite – This module is taught mainly on'line but supported with a weekly tutorial. Not only will this module prepare you for the Applications of Information Technology module in the first year and in addition will help with all your future studies where Microsoft Office products are used, as well as providing real life skills which will be attractive to employers.

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Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)