This course follows a unique structure that will allow you to develop the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as a Chartered Accountant, whilst giving you the opportunity to put your knowledge into commercial practice.
As part of a collaboration between Newcastle University, PwC, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, you'll complete over 200 days of paid work experience over the duration of your degree. You'll work on real projects for real clients as part as PwC's Audit Team.
You'll study custom-designed modules that meet the requirements of the ICAEW Certificate and Professional Level examinations, including areas such as audit and assurance, economics, business law, tax compliance, and financial analysis.
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.
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Your course during COVID-19
Whilst things will not be the same when you join us in September, this course page is intended to give you insight into what to expect from your course and your learning experience for the duration of your degree.
We have updated all course information where there are specific changes in the first semester.
Most of our student services are now available online. As COVID-19 restrictions lift, we'll be opening up our on-campus facilities as soon as it is safe to do so, so that you can get the best out of your studies.
Your learning experience
Your teaching will be a mixture of online and in-person on-campus teaching. In semester one, as a result of physical distancing requirements, all lecture materials will be delivered online along with many tutorials, workshops and labs.
Our aim, if Government guidance allows us, is to deliver up to three hours of labs, seminars and tutorial teaching in-person on campus where this is possible and safe to do so. We'll review this regularly and plan to return to full in-person, on-campus teaching in semester two if restrictions allow.
In semester one, we will not be running face-to-face, on-campus examinations. We will instead use different approaches to assessment. These will test and support your learning.
We will be running some but not all of our planned field trips. Some of those that do run, will be run virtually. For those that do not run, we will be offering alternative learning activities. These learning activities will give you the opportunity to achieve the same learning.
Terms and conditions and student complaints
The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.
Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University 2020 study experience.
Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time.
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
This degree was designed with, and is professionally accredited by, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
Successful graduates of this degree will have completed 12 of the 15 papers of the ICAEW Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) qualification.
Read more about how this degree can help you make accelerated progress towards becoming a fully qualified member of ICAEW on the Business School website.
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'll have a comprehensive introduction to key areas of business, accounting and finance, with modules covering financial accounting, management accounting and finance, the financial environment, quantitative methods and principles of taxation, industry economics, and business law.
In Stage 2, you'll deepen your knowledge, covering areas including audit and assurance, management and control, tax compliance, and financial accounting for business.
From January to Easter, you'll complete a work placement at PwC, allowing you to work in a professional accountancy practice environment and apply your learning to real-life scenarios.
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|Management and Control||20|
|Auditing and Assurance||25|
|Financial Accounting for Business||15|
|Academic Mentoring: A Flying Start to success||0|
Stage 3 includes another placement at PwC, allowing you to further develop your professional skills relating to audit, assurance, financial reporting and taxation.
You'll also study modules in business finance, business planning, and financial accounting and reporting.
|Stage 3 Placement||40|
|Business Planning: Taxation||30|
|Financial Accounting and Reporting||25|
|Academic Mentoring: A Flying Start to success||0|
In Stage 4, you'll study advanced areas such as contemporary industry issues, financial analysis, and corporate governance and ethics.
From mid-November to Easter, you'll gain further auditing experience during your final PwC placement.
|Contemporary Issues in Business, Accounting and Finance||20|
|Case Studies in Business, Accounting and Finance||20|
|Stage 4 Placement||40|
|Corporate Governance and Ethics||20|
Teaching and assessment
You'll learn through a combination of:
- professional placements
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Assignments – written or fieldwork
Dissertation or research project
Examinations – practical or online
Skills and experience
In stages 2, 3 and 4, you'll spend over 200 days completing technical work experience as part of PwC's Audit Team.
This will not only allow you to put your knowledge into practice, but it will also count towards ICAEW work experience requirements for chartered accountant status.
Our teaching is informed by the latest research to ensure that your studies are always in line with the most up-to-date industry thinking.
You'll take over 200 days of qualifying technical work experience with PwC, divided across your second, third and fourth years.
Your three work placements add up to approximately half of the approved technical work experience required by ICAEW in order to qualify as a chartered accountant.
You'll work on real projects for real clients as part of PwC's Audit team, and develop new skills and gain a broad knowledge of business issues. You'll also receive an attractive salary, with paid holiday during your placement.
There are opportunities across the UK, and PwC will provide practical help and financial relocation assistance, should you need it.
Your placements in stages 2 and 3 run from January to Easter. Before each placement, in December, you'll receive a PwC training programme. After each placement, you return to University for the summer term, have a placement debrief, final tuition and assessment.
In Stage 4, your placement runs from mid-November to Easter. You gain further auditing experience and are likely to be supervising others.
Facilities and environment
This degree is run by our triple-accredited (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA) Newcastle University Business School, based in 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.
Our teaching and learning is supported by Canvas, a virtual learning environment that allows you to access your courses, groups, receive notifications and messages, and submit your assignments.
Throughout your studies, you’ll also have access to support from peers, academics and our University Student Services Team:
- An academic member of staff will be your 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 equip you with the skills, experience, and qualifications needed to become a part-qualified, professional chartered accountant.
100% of our graduates were in work or study six months after graduating, in roles such as chartered accountant, financial accountant, senior associate in assurance, and auditor*.
In 2019, 95% of our graduates secured positions with PwC. While you are not obliged to join PwC (and neither are they obliged to employ you), it is reassuring to know that the course provides you with an opportunity to progress to employment with one of the top graduate employers.
If you are offered a position with PwC, you'll join the company on a graduate programme and complete the ICAEW ACA Advanced Level and the remaining technical work experience required.
Just over a year after you graduate, you could become a fully qualified ICAEW chartered accountant.
*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17
Make a difference
Our Careers Consultants are available to offer one-to-one support via our Employability Hub located in the Business School foyer as well as online. Whether you're preparing for your graduate career, going on to further study, or starting your own business, you can access guidance on a range of topics including:
- CV and application advice
- support for placements, internships and international experiences
- further study queries
- how to plan your career
- how to balance work and study
- entrepreneurial advice on a new business venture from the University START UP team
You can also take part in:
- our Future Focus Careers Conference
- LinkedIn Learning with access to over 15,000 courses
- a variety of workshops relating to the Future of Work and Leading on Leadership
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.
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
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.
- Download our admissions policy
- Find out more about unconditional offers
- Other policies related to admissions
After you apply
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 online interview and to attend an Open Day and Assessment Centre.
The online 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 online assessments and group assessment exercise, and you will receive feedback soon after you attend.
Tuition fees and scholarships
Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)
Home Fee Students
International Fee Students
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.
You will spend part of your degree in stages 2, 3 and 4 on placement with PwC. Your tuition fee for each year will be reduced to reflect this.
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.