This four-year Accounting and Finance with Placement BSc Honours degree focuses on developing your knowledge of the academic theory that underpins accounting and finance practice, so you graduate well prepared for your future career.
You'll benefit from real-world work experience during your placement year, gaining first-hand exposure to life in the industry, building contacts and exploring possible career paths.
Balancing practical application and the development of technical skills, the programme covers the core disciplines that are fundamental to succeeding in any area of business or finance: financial accounting, management accounting, and finance.
You'll gain a head start on your career with industry-recognised accreditations, research-informed teaching, and practitioner insight.
Your course during COVID-19
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.
Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to guidelines that may be in place from time to time.
View our COVID-19 Study page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2021-22.
See our terms and conditions and student complaints information
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
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)
- 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. 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 will be introduced to the subject through modules covering: financial accounting; management accounting and finance; and professional skills. We balance this with a range of other topics including: economics; mathematics; statistics; management; and an introduction to English law.
You will develop your skills in finance, financial accounting and management accounting. You complete a group project where you analyse a publicly listed company and produce a written report and presentation.
You can choose an optional module such as auditing, strategic business analysis or career development.
|Managerial and Business Economics||20|
|Intermediate Financial Accounting||20|
|Understanding Company Accounts||20|
|Strategic Business Analysis||20|
|Career Development for second year students||20|
On placement you'll be able to take on roles such as finance assistant, assurance intern, and internal auditor, gaining experience of working directly in industry and putting your first two years of learning into practice.
|Business School Mobility||120|
In your final year, you will undertake compulsory modules in financial accounting, management accounting and international financial management.
Optional modules make up half of your time and you have a wide range of modules to choose from including: taxation; behavioural finance; derivative securities; and accounting development and change.
|International Financial Management||20|
We base these figures and graphs on the most up-to-date information available to us. They combine data on the planned delivery and assessments of our courses in 2021-22 with data on the modules chosen by our students in 2020-21.
Teaching time is made up of:
- scheduled learning and teaching activities. These are timetabled activities with a member of staff present
- structured guided learning. These are activities developed by staff to support engagement with module learning. Students or groups of students undertake these activities without direct staff participation or supervision
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.
Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You'll apply to 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
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+ initiative.
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.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
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.
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 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.
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.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
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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Open days and events
The situation with Covid-19 means that we're unable to hold Open Days on campus. However, you don’t have to visit in person to experience Newcastle.
From the comfort of your sofa you'll be able to:
• explore our beautiful campus
• find out about our vibrant city
• discover what students think about studying at Newcastle
You'll also have the opportunity to speak to academic staff and find out more about the subjects you're interested in.
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.Apply through UCAS
Apply through an agent
International students often apply to us through an agent. Have a look at our recommended agents and get in touch with them.