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Accounting and Finance with Placement BSc Honours

  • UCAS code: N401
  • Full time
  • 4 years

This professionally accredited, flexible degree provides real-world working experience and a thorough grounding for an exciting career in this fast-paced sector.

You are currently viewing course information for entry year: 2024-25

Next start date:

  • September 2024

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £21600

Entry requirements and offers

  • A-Level: AAB
  • IB: 34 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21

Course overview

Our Accounting and Finance with Placement BSc Honours degree will develop your knowledge of the academic theory that underpins accounting and finance practice. At the end of this four-year course, you'll graduate well prepared for your future career.

You'll get real-world work experience during your placement year in Stage 3. You'll gain first-hand exposure to life in the industry. You'll also build contacts and explore possible career paths.

The programme balances practical application and the development of technical skills. We'll cover the core disciplines that are fundamental to succeeding in any area of business or finance. These include financial accounting, management accounting, and finance.

You'll benefit from industry-recognised accreditations, research-informed teaching, and practitioner insight. As a result, you'll gain a head start in your career.

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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 2023-24.

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Quality and ranking

Professional accreditation and recognition

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, we'll introduce you to financial accounting, management accounting and finance, and professional skills. We'll balance this with a range of other topics including:

  • economics
  • mathematics
  • statistics
  • management
  • an introduction to English law


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
Optional Modules Credits
Placement and Study Abroad Info Sessions (Stage 1) 0

You will develop your skills in finance, financial accounting and management accounting. You'll complete a group project where you analyse a publicly listed company. You'll produce a written report and presentation.

You can choose an optional module such as auditing, strategic business analysis or career development.


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
Placement and Study Abroad Info Sessions (Stage 2) 0
Career Development for second year students 20

On your placement, you'll put your first two years of learning into practice. You'll be able to take on roles such as finance assistant, assurance intern, and internal auditor. You'll gain experience working directly in the industry.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Business School Mobility 120

In your final year, you will undertake compulsory modules in financial accounting, management accounting and international financial management.

Optional modules will make up half of your time. You'll have a wide range of modules to choose from:

  • taxation
  • behavioural finance
  • derivative securities
  • accounting development and change


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 a mix of 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 means that you'll have 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 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. This will allow you to develop your use of accountancy software.

Business skills

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

You'll also have the opportunity to gain commercial awareness and develop a business mindset with a work placement in Stage 3.

Research skills

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

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


Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You'll spend 9 to 12 months working in an organization either in the UK or internationally. You'll receive University support from our dedicated team to help you apply for work placements. Work placements take place between stage 2 and 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

Recent placement students have completed roles including:

  • Audit and Assurance Placement Student
  • Corporate Services Assistant
  • Tax Support Accountant
  • Supply Chain Finance Student
  • Examples of projects include:
  • Developing new data visualisation toolkits within Power BI for P and G
  • Working in secondments across personal Tax and Audit for a Big 4 firm
  • Working with Netherlands and Belgium offices on financial reporting reports for automotive company

Placements are subject to availability and must be secured by the student.

If you are unable to secure a placement, there is the option to transfer to our three-year Accounting and Finance BSc Honours programme.

Find out more about work placements

As an alternative to a work placement, students can opt to study abroad.

Find out more about study abroad

Facilities and environment


Newcastle University Business School is one of the largest Schools in the University. We have over 3,500 students representing over 80 nationalities. This valuable network extends beyond our current students to include:

  • regional, national and international leaders
  • over 34,000 alumni in our network, spanning over 150 countries
  • leading professionals and practitioners from industry

The Business School is the gateway to Newcastle Helix - an innovation hub and community that brings together industry leaders, businesses and top researchers.

Our facilities include:

  • flexible conference room with panoramic views across the city
  • Wi-Fi enabled connectivity throughout the building, including three computer clusters housing over 120 PCs
  • four large lecture theatres and over 25 seminar and teaching spaces, providing comfortable teaching and group study space
  • dedicated Student Hub and Quiet Space, providing a balanced mix of study space for group work or quiet, individual study
  • contemporary café
  • employability hub to support your career aspirations
  • Bloomberg Room to give you a real feel for the trading room floor
  • Experimental and Behavioural Economics Lab, a state-of-the-art research facility for conducting studies in experimental economics and economic psychology

This is in addition to our Frederick Douglass Centre at Newcastle Helix, which offers further study and learning spaces including a 750 seat auditorium – the largest in the University.

Find out more about Newcastle University Business School


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 career opportunities in 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

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

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements and offers below apply to 2024 entry.

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.

Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

Qualification: BSc Honours

Home students

full time 4 years

Tuition fees (per year)


International students

full time 4 years

Tuition fees (per year)


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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  • 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

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