The Finance, Accounting and Business Graduate Diploma is a professional accountancy conversion course designed to offer you a graduate entry route to Chartered Accountancy.
This course was developed in collaboration with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). ICAEW is a world-class professional accountancy body, providing leadership and practical support to over 144,000 members from across the globe.
The course is designed to offer you a graduate route to become a Chartered Accountant. You will register as a student member of the ICAEW which gives you access to many useful resources.
What you'll learn
The course builds from the fundamentals of:
This enables you to develop your knowledge and understanding.
The course also provides a bespoke skills development module. This was developed in collaboration with ICAEW and accountancy firms. It is aimed at improving your personal and professional skills.
The course draws on the expertise of three contributors:
You will study an applied syllabus informed by current business issues. This will help you to develop greater commercial awareness. Teaching on the course focuses on developing your technical and professional skills. This prepares you for professional life.
This professional accountancy course offers you:
- a dual award of the Finance Accounting and Business Graduate Diploma from Newcastle University and the ICAEW's Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business
- classroom input from the ICAEW, employers and graduates
- the support of an experienced course team with strong links to the profession
- access to our award-winning Careers Service
Course exemptions from professional examinations
The course offers an innovative route into Chartered Accountancy. It is relevant for anyone looking to develop a career in accounting, finance or business.
You will develop your technical and academic skills while earning credit for:
- seven of the ICAEW’s 15 credits ACA qualification
- six out of 14 credits from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
- plus exemptions from other programmes Accounting Bodies including the:
Many of our graduates have secured training contract positions to complete the ICAEW ACA qualification.
A sample of job titles our graduates now hold include:
- Assistant Fund Accountant
- Financial Analyst
- Trainee Accountant
- Trainee Chartered Accountant
- Financial Trader
- Risk Analyst
A sample of employers who our graduates now work for include:
- J.P. Morgan
- Kenneth Easby Limited
Practitioner and research led teaching
Profiles of academic staff who teach on this course, including a number of qualified accountants:
- Dr Rob Jones (Degree Programme Director)
- Mr Tom Bennett
- Dr Shanta Davie
- Mr Andrew Holden
- Ms Gillian Holmes
- Mrs Deborah Jones
- Mr Christopher Soan
This course is modular, comprising 140 credits.
Modules for 2017 entry
- LAW8142 Law for Accounting Practice*
- NBS8140 Business Information and Finance*
- NBS8141 Personal and Professional Skills
- NBS8143 Personal and Business Taxation*
- NBS8144 Auditing Theory and Practice*
- NBS8145 Business Strategy*
- NBS8147 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
Progress towards the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Certificate if Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB) Qualification.
Modules marked "*" have specific relevance in terms of the ICAEW's CFAB qualification. If you achieve a pass mark of 50% or more in these modules you will be awarded credit for the equivalent CFAB paper.
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per course.
Full time: £4,800
Full time: £4,800
Full time: £11,200
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in any subject. You also need to have a basic level of numeracy equivalent to a UK GCSE grade B in mathematics.
To study this course you need to meet our Band 6 English Language requirements:
Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-skills)
If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course.
Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.
The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.
Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 1 sub-skill at a minimum of 5.0 and 3 sub-skills at a minimum of 5.5, including writing)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
How to Apply
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.
I already knew I wanted to go into accountancy but I also knew that it's a very competitive area to get into and wanted to give myself an advantage in the job application process by gaining exemptions to the professional exams.
The Personal and Professional Skills module was instrumental in preparing students for interviews and those dreaded presentations in front of potential employers. It helped to build confidence and encouraged the development of inter-personal skills. In my particular field (Audit), client service plays a key role and the skills learned during my time on the course have proven to be invaluable.
I was attracted to the potential the course had to provide a stepping stone into the world of work, or more specifically, graduate positions on training contracts which were becoming more and more elusive.
The vocational nature of the course and the fact that it gives you the exemptions from the ACA exams is something that, in hindsight, has been very useful. The fact that the course didn't require you to have a strong accounting and finance background before starting but got you up to speed to work in the sector also appealed to me.
The graduate diploma helped me by building my confidence in terms of speaking to others and networking, which is essential when dealing with a different number of clients. It also helped me gain a basic knowledge of accounting as I have never studied accountancy or business within my A-levels or at degree level.