This three-year course will equip you with real-world, problem-solving skills and an understanding of the academic theory that underpins professional accounting and finance practice.
This course will give you a head start on your career with industry-recognised accreditations, research-informed teaching, and practitioner insight.
Balancing practical application and the development of technical skills, the programme covers the core areas of financial accounting, management accounting, and finance.
Quality and ranking
- 4th in the UK for graduate prospects in Accounting and Finance – The Complete University Guide 2020
- top 20 in the UK – The Complete University Guide 2020
- top 200 – Business and Economics category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2018
If you want to become a chartered accountant, it is important to study a degree that is professionally accredited. This shows that your degree meets the standards set by the industry, and often means that you do not need to take certain additional exams after you graduate (this is called an ‘exemption’).
This degree offers a number of exemptions from the examinations of professional bodies, putting you on the fast track to further qualifications in your chosen career. Exemptions available to current students include:
- Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
- Association of International Accountants (AIA)
- Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
- Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
- Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
We are also an IMC Advantage Partner with the Chartered Financial Analysts’ Society UK, which means our Accounting and Finance degree is highly relevant for those who wish to become a registered investment adviser. We’re also an approved Pathways to Associate Member of Certified Practising Accountants Australia.
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, and course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or numbers of students interested in an optional module.
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.
Stage 1 will provide an introduction to the core principles of accounting and finance, covering topics including finance accounting, management accounting and finance, economics, and business law.
In Stage 2, you'll study compulsory modules in areas such as managerial and business economics, financial control, corporate finance, and company accounts.
You'll also have the opportunity to choose modules in strategic business analysis, auditing, or career development – where you'll undertake work-related learning in a variety of environments.
|Managerial and Business Economics||20|
|Intermediate Financial Accounting||20|
|Understanding Company Accounts||20|
|Strategic Business Analysis||20|
|Career Development for second year students||20|
In your final year, you will delve further into financial accounting, management accounting, and international financial management.
Through optional module choices, you'll be able to explore more specialist areas including auditing, derivative modules, issues in behavioural finance, and taxation.
|International Financial Management||20|
Teaching and assessment
You'll learn from qualified chartered accountants and gain sector insight with regular guest lectures from leading accountancy firms and experts from business.
We're a Bloomberg Experiential Learning Partner, so you'll also have the option to self-study the Bloomberg Market Concepts certificate.
You'll learn through a combination of:
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Assignments – written or fieldwork
Dissertation or research project
Examinations – practical or online
Skills and experience
This practical course will equip you with technical skills and the knowledge to confidently apply them in real-world scenarios.
Alongside your studies, you'll have the opportunity to self-study the Sage CIMA qualification to develop your use of accountancy software.
Over the course of your degree, you'll develop real business knowledge and skills that will allow you to help businesses grow, survive, and succeed.
You'll also have the opportunity to gain commercial awareness and develop a business mindset with an optional work placement after your second year.
Throughout the programme, your teaching will be informed by the latest research, ensuring that your studies reflect current accounting practice.
You'll also develop your research skills as you develop an in-depth knowledge of key industry issues.
Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.
You can choose to spend up to a year studying at a partner institution overseas.
If you choose to study abroad, it will extend your degree by a year.
Our accounting and finance degree is also available as a four-year programme, Accounting and Finance with Placement N401.
You'll spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place in Stage 3.
You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.
Placements are subject to availability.
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.
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.
This course will prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities in accounting and finance roles across all business sectors.
95% of our graduates were in work or further study within six months of graduating.*
Recent graduates have secured roles in companies including Ernst and Young, KPMG, Mazars LLB, AXA, PwC, Capita Asset Services, and Deloitte, taking on roles such as:
- business analyst
- finance associate
- tax analyst
- trainee auditor
- assurance associate
You'll also develop a broader set of transferable skills including communication, analytical skills, logical thinking, teamwork, and attention to detail, making you highly employable in a wide variety of other industries and roles.
*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17
Benefit from our industry links
We have excellent links with accounting and finance professionals in many industries and professional bodies.
Make a difference
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+ inititiative.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.
Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
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.
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.
Tuition fees and scholarships
Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)
The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK 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.
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.
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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