City, University of London

Course Introduction

The Foundation Year is a one-year full-time programme that provides an entry route for UK and EU students to the BSc Accounting and Finance (with Foundation Year). The Foundation Year is designed to prepare you for the subjects that will be covered in more depth throughout the rest of your degree. The Foundation Year is delivered by Cass Business School, one of Europe’s leading business schools. Part of City, University of London, Sir John Cass Business School is ranked amongst the top 5 business schools in the UK (FT European Business School Rankings 2018).

On successful completion of the Foundation Year you will have obtained a fundamental knowledge of Mathematics, Probability and Statistics, Economics, Accounting and Finance, Computing and IT to ensure that you are fully prepared to enter Year 1 of the main degree. These modules have been carefully designed to include material that you will come across should you proceed onto the BSc Accounting and Finance undergraduate degree programme.

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. 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 Introduction to Statistics module, the second year modules Financial Econometrics and electives in the second and third year which are of a more mathematical nature e.g. Business Forecasting.

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 Introduction to Statistics 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 modules Macroeconomics and Microeconomics. 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 first year modules Introductory Financial Accounting and Introductory Management Accounting, as well as the second year modules Financial Markets and Company Valuations. 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. This module will help prepare you for the Visual Basic 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
1 year
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) Other Fees