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NN14 - Business Accounting and Finance

Business Accounting and Finance

BA Honours

  • UCAS code: NN14
  • Full time
  • 4 years
  • Next start date: September 2020
Year :

This four-year, Flying Start degree provides an innovative route into chartered accountancy, with integrated paid work placements at PwC.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £18600

Entry requirements

  • A Level: AAB
  • IB: 35 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Professional accreditation

Course overview

This course follows a unique structure that will allow you to develop the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as a Chartered Accountant, whilst giving you the opportunity to put your knowledge into commercial practice. 

You'll complete over 200 days of paid work experience during your degree. As part of a collaboration between Newcastle University, PwC, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), you'll work on real projects for real clients as a member of PwC's Assurance Team. 

You'll study custom-designed modules that meet the requirements of the ICAEW Certificate and Professional Level examinations, including areas such as audit and assurance, economics, business law, tax compliance, and financial analysis.

Students in the Business School reception area

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Quality and ranking

  • 4th in the UK for graduate prospects in Accounting and Finance – The Complete University Guide 2021
  • top 20 in the UK – The Complete University Guide 2021
  • top 175 – Business and Economics category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2020

Professional accreditation

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Modules and learning


The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

In Stage 1, you'll have a comprehensive introduction to key areas of business, accounting and finance, with modules covering financial accounting, management accounting and finance, the financial environment, quantitative methods and principles of taxation, industry economics, and business law. 


Compulsory Modules Credits
Introduction to Financial Accounting 20
Introduction to Management Accounting and Finance 20
The Financial Environment 20
Introductory Quantitative Methods and Principles of Taxation 20
Academic Mentoring: A Flying Start to success 0
Introductory Economics 20
Introduction to Business Law 20

In Stage 2, you'll deepen your knowledge, covering areas including audit and assurance, management and control, tax compliance, and financial accounting for business. 

From January to Easter, you'll complete a work placement at PwC, allowing you to work in a professional accountancy practice environment and apply your learning to real-life scenarios. 


Compulsory Modules Credits
Stage 2 Placement 40
Management and Control 20
Auditing and Assurance 25
Tax Compliance 20
Financial Accounting for Business 15
Academic Mentoring: A Flying Start to success 0

Stage 3 includes another placement at PwC, allowing you to further develop your professional skills relating to audit, assurance, financial reporting and taxation. 

You'll also study modules in business finance, business planning, and financial accounting and reporting. 


Compulsory Modules Credits
Stage 3 Placement 40
Business Planning: Taxation 30
Financial Accounting and Reporting 25
Business Finance 25
Academic Mentoring: A Flying Start to success 0

In Stage 4, you'll study advanced areas such as contemporary industry issues, financial analysis, and corporate governance and ethics. 

From mid-November to Easter, you'll gain further auditing experience during your final PwC placement. 


Compulsory Modules Credits
Contemporary Issues in Business, Accounting and Finance 20
Case Studies in Business, Accounting and Finance 20
Financial Analysis 20
Stage 4 Placement 40
Corporate Governance and Ethics 20

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You'll learn through a combination of:

  • lectures 
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • workshops
  • professional placements

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assignments – written or fieldwork

  • Case studies

  • Coursework

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Presentations

  • Reports

Skills and experience

Business skills

In stages 2, 3 and 4, you'll spend over 200 days completing technical work experience as part of PwC's Assurance Team.

This will not only allow you to put your knowledge into practice, but it will also count towards ICAEW work experience requirements for chartered accountant status. 

Research skills

Our teaching is informed by the latest research to ensure that your studies are always in line with the most up-to-date industry thinking. 


Work placement

You'll take over 200 days of qualifying technical work experience with PwC, divided across your second, third and fourth years. 

Your three work placements add up to approximately half of the approved technical work experience required by ICAEW in order to qualify as a chartered accountant. 

You'll work on real projects for real clients as part of PwC's assurance team, and develop new skills and gain a broad knowledge of business issues. You'll also receive an attractive salary, with paid holiday during your placement.

There are opportunities across the UK, and PwC will provide practical help and financial relocation assistance, should you need it. 

Your placements in stages 2 and 3 run from January to Easter. Before each placement, in December, you'll receive a PwC training programme. After each placement, you return to University for the summer term, have a placement debrief, final tuition and assessment. 

In Stage 4, your placement runs from mid-November to Easter. You gain further auditing experience and are likely to be supervising others. 

Find out more about work placements

Facilities and environment


This degree is run by our triple-accredited (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA) Newcastle University Business School, based in our state-of-the-art building within the Newcastle Helix development – Newcastle's emerging business district.

You’ll benefit from a world-class business education and leave as a socially responsible graduate, ready to challenge conventional business thinking.

Find out more about Newcastle University Business School and our facilities


Each degree offers you a stimulating curriculum and a supportive teaching and learning environment.

You will have an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree. They can help with academic and personal issues.

Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have.

Your future

This course will equip you with the skills, experience, and qualifications needed to become a part-qualified, professional chartered accountant.  

100% of our graduates were in work or study six months after graduating, in roles such as chartered accountant, financial accountant, senior associate in assurance, and auditor*. 

In 2018, 100% of our graduates secured positions with PwC, but you're under no obligation to join PwC when you leave university.

If you are offered a position with PwC, you'll join the company on a graduate programme and complete the ICAEW ACA Advanced Level and the remaining technical work experience required.

Just over a year after you graduate, you could become a fully qualified ICAEW chartered accountant. 

*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17

Join a network of successful graduates

Graduates of Newcastle University Business School are highly sought after upon graduating. 95% of Newcastle Business School graduates were in work or further study within six months of graduating and the average salary was £25,253*.

Students studying at Newcastle Business School have also progressed to careers in:

  • systems analyst
  • construction manager
  • UX researcher

Our graduates have gone on to succeed in globally recognised companies, including:

  • Brewin Dolphin
  • Wm Morrison Supermarkets
  • Michael Page International Recruitment
  • Barclays Bank
  • Ernst & Young
  • Mercedes-Benz UK
  • Vodafone UK
  • Amazon
  • KPMG

*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17

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Careers support

You'll have access to a wealth of resources and support to enhance your employability, including:

  • a careers conference called Future Focus tailored to the stage of your degree
  • interwoven employability provision
  • access to a dedicated placement officer within the Business School who can help you find a work placement in your area of interest
  • specialist careers and business start-up support from the University's award-winning Careers Service and the Business School's careers consultants
  • career management sessions with a careers consultant
  • work experience opportunities while studying with us
  • Business School summer internship scheme

We're also one of 140 business schools worldwide to be accredited by the EQUIS scheme for our managerial and entrepreneurial skills development.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

A Level


International Baccalaureate

35 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements


Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria. 

Find out more about PARTNERS

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

After you apply

Your UCAS form will be reviewed by a member of staff. Following this review, we may also invite you to complete some online assessments which will include an online interview and to attend an Open Day and Assessment Centre.

Online interview

The online interview is run by PwC and can be taken at a time and place to suit you, as long as this is in sufficient time before the Assessment Centre (we’ll advise you of the deadlines). You will have the opportunity to practice questions and find out more about PwC through completing this exercise. Your interview will be reviewed by both PwC and Newcastle University staff and feedback will be shared with you following your Assessment Centre visit.

Open Day and Assessment Centre

The Open Day and Assessment Centres are held from December to March. They are held at the University over the course of one day. You’ll have the chance to look around the Business School, find out more about the degree and meet staff and students involved in the programme.

The Assessment Centre involves a group assessment exercise and is conducted with the help of PwC. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions throughout so that you can get a good feel for what the programme is about.

At the end of the Assessment Centre, we will consider the results of your online assessments and group assessment exercise, and you will receive feedback soon after you attend.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)

Home Fee Students


International Fee Students


The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

Fee reduction

You will spend part of your degree in stages 2, 3 and 4 on placement with PwC. Your tuition fee for each year will be reduced to reflect this.

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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How to apply

Apply through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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