Finance, Accounting and Business Graduate Diploma

Finance, Accounting and Business Graduate Diploma

Full time: 9 months


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:

  • finance
  • accounting
  • business 

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. 

Your development

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 the Association of International Accountants (AIA)
Diagram showing who else in involved in a student's development of their career

Career focus

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
  • Auditor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Trainee Accountant
  • Trainee Chartered Accountant
  • Financial Trader
  • Auditor
  • Risk Analyst

A sample of employers who our graduates now work for include:

  • KPMG
  • EY
  • J.P. Morgan
  • BDO
  • Kenneth Easby Limited
  • RSM
  • MazarS
  • UNW

Practitioner and research led teaching

Profiles of academic staff who teach on this course, including a number of qualified accountants:


This course is modular, comprising 140 credits.

Related Degrees

  • Accounting, Finance and Strategic Investment MSc

    Our course provides financial knowledge, analytical skills and an appreciation of managerial decision making. It leads to management, accounting, financial planning or corporate investment careers.

  • International Financial Analysis MSc

    This course develops an in-depth understanding of financial reporting and management in the context of the international financial environment.

All related programmes


Modules for 2017 entry

Compulsory modules

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.    

Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.

Fees & Funding

2018-2019 fees

The fees displayed here are per course.

Graduate Diploma


Full time: £4,800


Full time: £4,800


Full time: £11,200

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

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.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at for further information.

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

Start dates

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.


Dr Rob Jones
Degree Programme Director
Newcastle University Business School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1622

Connect with us