nn14 - Business Accounting and Finance BA

Business Accounting and Finance BA Honours

UCAS Code: NN14 (full time: 4 Years)

Course Overview

Want to become a chartered accountant? This degree accelerates your progress to qualification.

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At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

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Course Duration
4 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAB
IB: 35 points

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Also known as the Flying Start degree, this degree is a collaboration between Newcastle University, PwC, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

The most established degree of its kind, it integrates academic study and business skills development with professional exams and over 200 days of paid work experience.

Get your career off to a flying start with:

  • custom-designed modules that satisfy the requirements of the ICAEW Certificate and Professional Level examinations
  • paid work placements in Stages 2, 3 and 4, with PwC, that count towards ICAEW work experience requirements for chartered accountant status
  • an attractive salary and paid holiday during your placement
  • over 200 days of paid work experience on real projects for real clients as part of PwC’s Assurance team 

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Modules for 2017 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2017 entry. Our teaching is informed by research and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested (in an optional module). To find out more read our terms and conditions.

Module/programme information for 2018 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (end of May 2018).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage. Further information, including the credit value of the module, is available in each of the module descriptions below.

    Entry Requirements

    All candidates are considered on an individual basis.

    If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

    The entrance requirements below apply to 2019 entry.

    Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    See our 2018 Admissions Policy (PDF: 185 KB).

    See further policies related to admission.


    Business Accounting and Finance careers

    We enjoy a good reputation for producing highly employable graduates. In addition to technical skills, we teach our students to use their initiative and be self-reliant.

    Our students also develop the key skills employers are looking for, such as communication skills, the ability to work in a team, personal enterprise, and commercial awareness.

    Knowledge of accounting, finance, economics and law, together with the analytical and interpersonal skills that you will acquire while studying at Newcastle, provide you with a good foundation for the future.

    The Business Accounting and Finance programme offers a fast track to one particular destination - the qualification as a Chartered Accountant. Graduates in accounting and finance do not have to become accountants, although in practice many of our graduates do.

    There are different types of accountant and within accounting firms there are a number of specialisms which you can choose, such as audit and assurance, taxation, and sometimes insolvency and corporate finance. Some students also choose to undertake further study, often here in Newcastle.

    Recent graduates have found employment in globally recognised companies including:

    • Ernst & Young
    • Deloitte
    • PwC
    • KPMG
    • Baker Tilly
    • Cummins Europe
    • National Audit Office
    • Grant Thornton UK LLP

    It is worth stressing that a professional accounting qualification can open the door to a wide range of senior positions. A significant proportion of those accountants who train in a professional firm later work in industry, commerce and finance, some in the finance area, but many in general management. For example, a high proportion of the chief executive officers of FTSE-100 companies are accountants by training.

    Find out more about the career options for Accounting and Finance from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

    The Business School runs a Career Development Week for all Business School students to give you an insight into possible career options. We also have a dedicated Placement Officer who can help you find a work placement in your area of interest.

    For more information about the careers support available for Business School students, visit the Business School website.

    What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

    See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates.

    The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

    Careers and employability at Newcastle

    Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

    95% of our 2016 UK-domiciled graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    Of our graduates who entered employment more than three quarters (78%) achieved a professional or managerial position.

    We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

    Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

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    Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

    To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    UCAS codes for Newcastle University

    • institution name - NEWC
    • institution code - N21

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    Making your application

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    Application decisions and enquiries

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