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N400 - Accounting and Finance

Accounting and Finance

BSc Honours

  • UCAS code: N400
  • Full time
  • 3 years
  • Next start date: September 2023
Year :

This flexible, professionally accredited degree provides a fantastic grounding for an exciting career in this fast-paced sector.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £21600

Entry requirements and offers

  • A Level: AAB
  • IB: 35 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Study abroad opportunity Professional accreditation

Course overview

This Accounting and Finance BSc degree will equip you with real-world, problem-solving skills. You'll learn about the academic theory that underpins professional accounting and finance practice.

This three-year course will give you a head start on your career. You'll benefit from industry-recognised accreditations, research-informed teaching, and practitioner insight.

Our course balances practical application and the development of technical skills. The programme will cover the core areas of financial accounting, management accounting, and finance.

Your course and study experience - disclaimers and terms and conditions  
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to Covid-19.

View our Academic experience page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2022-23.

See our terms and conditions and student complaints information, which gives details of circumstances that may lead to changes to programmes, modules or University services.

Quality and ranking

  • Top 20 in the UK for Graduate Prospects in Accounting and Finance – The Complete University Guide 2022
  • Top 125 for Business and Economics – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2022
  • Top 200 for Accounting and Finance - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022
  • 1st in the UK and 8th in the world for sustainable development – Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022
  • 65% increase in research power since 2014 – Research Excellence Framework 2021
  • 42% of our research is classified as 4* world-leading research – Research Excellence Framework 2021
  • Global Top 125 University - QS World University Rankings 2023

Professional accreditation

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)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

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.

CFA® Institute University Recognition Program

Get ahead with your studies towards the CFA® examinations. We are part of CFA Institute's University Affiliation Program, which means that our courses incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge™ (CBOK), promoting ethics based investment education for developing investment professionals.

As a student on this course, you would be entitled to apply for one of the CFA Institute's scholarships. The Student Scholarship waives the one-time CFA Program enrolment fee and reduces the exam registration fee, which includes access to the eBook curriculum.

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Modules and learning

Modules

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.

Stage 1 will provide an introduction to the core principles of accounting and finance. We'll cover topics including financial accounting, management accounting and finance, economics, and business law. 

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Introduction to Financial Accounting 20
Introduction to Management Accounting and Finance 20
Professional Skills for Accounting and Finance 20
Introduction to Management and Organisation 20
Introductory Economics 20
Introduction to Business Law 20

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 undertake work-related learning in a variety of environments. You'll be able to choose modules in strategic business analysis, auditing, or career development.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Managerial and Business Economics 20
Financial Control 20
Intermediate Financial Accounting 20
Responsible Corporate Finance 20
Understanding Company Accounts 20
Optional Modules Credits
Strategic Business Analysis 20
Auditing 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. These include auditing, derivative modules, issues in behavioural finance, and taxation. 

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Financial Accounting 20
Management Accounting 20
International Financial Management 20
Optional Modules Credits
Strategic Business Analysis 20
Auditing 20
Issues in Behavioural Finance 20
Derivative Markets 20
Auditing as Social Accountability 20
Taxation in Accounting 20
Accounting, Organisations and Society 20
Accounting, Change and Development 20
Career Development for final year students 20

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You'll learn from highly qualified academics and accounting practitioners with real-world expertise. You'll also gain sector insight from leading accountancy firms and business experts.

You'll learn through a combination of:

  • lectures
  • seminars 
  • tutorials 

We're a Bloomberg Experiential Learning Partner. This gives you the option to self-study the Bloomberg Market Concepts certificate.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assignments – written or fieldwork

  • Coursework

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Group work

  • Presentations

  • Projects

  • Seminar tasks/exercises

Skills and experience

Practical skills 

This Accounting and Finance 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. This will allow you to develop your use of accountancy software. 

Business skills

During your degree, you'll develop real business knowledge and skills. You'll be able to help businesses grow, survive, and succeed. 

You'll also have the opportunity to gain commercial awareness and develop a business mindset. You can achieve this through an optional work placement after your second year. 

Research skills

Our teaching is informed by the latest research. We'll ensure that your studies reflect current accounting practice. 

You'll also develop your research skills as you gain an in-depth knowledge of key industry issues. 

Opportunities

Study abroad

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. 

Find out more about study abroad

Work placement 

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. You'll 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.

Find out more about work placements.

Facilities and environment

Facilities

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

Support

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 prepare you for a wide range of accounting and finance roles across all business sectors. 

Recent graduates have secured roles in companies including Ernst and Young, KPMG, Mazars LLB, AXA, PwC, Capita Asset Services, and Deloitte. They took on roles such as:

  • business analyst
  • finance associate
  • tax analyst
  • trainee auditor
  • assurance associate

Throughout this Accounting and Finance course, you'll develop a broader set of transferable skills:

  • communication
  • analytical skills
  • logical thinking
  • teamwork
  • attention to detail

These skills will make you highly employable in a wide variety of other industries and roles. 

Benefit from our industry links

We have excellent links with accounting and finance professionals in many industries and professional bodies. 

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Careers support

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

Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK

Entry requirements and offers

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements and offers below apply to 2023 entry.

A Level
International Baccalaureate

Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications

Contextual Offers

Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.

What is a contextual offer? Find out more and if you’re eligible for this or our PARTNERS Programme supported entry route.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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. 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 2023 entry (per year)

Home Fee Students

£9250

International Fee Students

£21600

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

Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.

EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.

If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.

Read more about fees and funding

Scholarships

We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our undergraduate scholarship page for more information.

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.

Find out more about:

Scholarships

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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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