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ACC4055 : Stage 4 Placement

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Christopher Soan
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0
European Credit Transfer System


•       To provide work experience at PwC suitable for a Stage 4 student;
•       To provide further opportunities to apply learning to practical problems and situations, thereby reinforcing and extending learning;
•       To provide work experience consistent with the approved technical work experience required by the ICAEW;
•       To further develop professional skills relating to audit, assurance, financial reporting or taxation;
•       To further develop key skills through working in a team and liaising with colleagues and client staff;
•       To further develop the attitudes required of a Chartered Accountant;
•       To gain experience of supervision of staff and planning assignments.

Outline Of Syllabus


Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Placement/Study AbroadEmployer-based learning1400:00400:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The work placement provides an opportunity to apply in practice the knowledge and skills obtained on the taught programme.

Each student's personal tutor can also offer support whilst on placement. They can maintain contact via email and telephone.

Students will be required to maintain a learning portfolio during the placement in a form established by the University in conjunction with PwC, where they will record their work experience and what they have learned

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2M100Placement Portfolio. No opportunity to resit placement.
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2MContinuous feedback from manager of each job on placement
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

In order to pass this module, students must be able to demonstrate two things. Firstly, that they have maintained satisfactory performance during their placement in professional practice. Secondly, that they have completed a learning portfolio to a satisfactory standard by the end of the Placement. The learning portfolio will contain written evidence of their performance along with evidence of the knowledge and skills developed during the placement.

The module will be assessed by the University in consultation with PwC staff based on the accumulated evidence of student achievement and performance contained in the learning portfolio. In addition to the formal assessment, students will gain plenty of formative feedback on their performance and on their development needs.

In order to pass the placement, students must also complete all placement eligibility checks and associated tasks prior to the start of the placement training and in compliance with publicised deadlines agreed between PwC and the University.

There is no opportunity to resit the placement.

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