nn14 - Business Accounting and Finance BA

Business Accounting and Finance BA Honours

UCAS Code: NN14 (full time: 4 Years)

Course Overview

Want to become an ICAEW chartered accountant? This degree accelerates your progress to qualification.

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At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

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Course Duration
4 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAB
IB: 35 points

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Also known as the Flying Start degree, this degree is a collaboration between Newcastle University, PwC, and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

The most established degree of its kind, it integrates academic study and business skills development with professional exams and over 200 days of paid work experience.

Get your career off to a flying start with:

  • custom-designed modules that satisfy the requirements of the ICAEW Certificate and Professional Level examinations
  • paid work placements in Stages 2, 3 and 4, with PwC, that count towards ICAEW work experience requirements for chartered accountant status
  • an attractive salary and paid holiday during your placement
  • over 200 days of paid work experience on real projects for real clients as part of PwC’s Assurance team 

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Course Details

Modules for 2019 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2019 entry. Our teaching is informed by research and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested (in an optional module). To find out more read our terms and conditions.

Module/programme information for 2020 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (end of May 2020).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage. Further information, including the credit value of the module, is available in each of the module descriptions below.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

PLEASE NOTE: If you are required to take the University English Language assessment, or equivalent, and achieve below 70 you must take INU9094 Writing for Business School Undergraduates and/or INU9052 Listening and Speaking Practice Sessions (Part 1) AND INU9072 Listening and Speaking Practice Sessions (Part 2) on a NOT FOR CREDIT basis (in addition to the 120 credits listed above).

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

Work placement

This degree integrates over 200 days of qualifying technical work experience with PwC, divided across the second, third and fourth years.

Your placements in Stages 2 and 3 run from January to Easter. Before each placement, in December, you receive a bespoke PwC training programme. After each placement, you return to the University for the summer term, placement debrief, final tuition and assessmentFind out more about the preparation and training you will receive for your work placements on the Business School's website.

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

Work placement

In Stage 4, your placement runs from mid-November to Easter. You gain further auditing experience and are likely to be supervising others. Find out more about the preparation and training you will receive for your work placements on the Business School's website.

Stage 4

Compulsory modules

    Entry Requirements

    All candidates are considered on an individual basis.

    If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

    The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

    Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    See our Admissions Policy (PDF: 71 KB).

    See further policies related to admission.


    Business Accounting and Finance careers


    The vast majority of finalists on this type of programme with PwC have received a job offer at the end. If you receive a graduate offer from PwC, you will join PwC on a graduate programme where you will complete the ICAEQ ACA Advanced Level and remaining technical work experience. Just over a year after graduation, you could become a fully qualified ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

    Find out more about the career options for Accounting and Finance from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

    The Business School runs a Career Development Week for all Business School students to give you an insight into possible career options. We also have a dedicated Placement Officer who can help you find a work placement in your area of interest.

    For more information about the careers support available for Business School students, visit the Business School website.


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    What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

    See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates.

    The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

    Careers and employability at Newcastle

    Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

    96% of our 2017 UK-domiciled UG/PG graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    85.5% of our graduates are in graduate level employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

    Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

    Fees & Funding



    Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

    To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    UCAS codes for Newcastle University

    • institution name - NEWC
    • institution code - N21

    UCAS buzzword

    Ask your teacher or adviser from your school or college for the UCAS buzzword. You need the buzzword when you register on the Apply system. This makes it clear which school or college you are applying from.

    All UK schools and colleges and a small number of EU and international establishments are registered with UCAS.

    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.

    Making your application

    On the UCAS website you can also find out more about:

    Application decisions and enquiries

    Find out more about our admissions process and who to contact if you need help with your application.

    NN14 Apply

    After you apply to NN14

    Your UCAS form will be reviewed by a member of staff. Following this review, we may also invite you to complete some online assessments which will include an on-line interview and attend an Open Day and Assessment Centre.

    Online interview

    The on-line interview is run by PwC and can be taken at a time and place to suit you, as long as this is in sufficient time before the Assessment Centre (we’ll advise you of the deadlines).  You will have the opportunity to practice questions and find out more about PwC through completing this exercise.  Your interview will be reviewed by both PwC and Newcastle University staff and feedback will be shared with you following your Assessment Centre visit.

    Open Day and Assessment Centre

    The Open Day and Assessment Centres are held from December to March. They are held at the University over the course of one day. You’ll have the chance to look around the Business School, find out more about the degree and meet staff and students involved in the programme.  The Assessment Centre involves a group assessment exercise and is conducted with the help of PwC. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions throughout so that you can get a good feel for what the programme is about.

    At the end of the Assessment Centre we will consider the results of your on-line assessments and group assessment exercise, and you will receive feedback soon after you attend.