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.
You'll complete over 200 days of paid work experience during your degree. As part of a collaboration between Newcastle University, PwC, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), you'll work on real projects for real clients as a member of PwC's Assurance 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.
Quality and ranking
- 4th in the UK for graduate prospects in Accounting and Finance – The Complete University Guide 2020
- top 20 in the UK – The Complete University Guide 2020
- top 200 – Business and Economics category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2018
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 changes 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.
|Stage 2 Placement||40|
|Management and Control||20|
|Auditing and Assurance||25|
|Financial Accounting for Business||15|
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|
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 Assurance 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 assurance 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 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 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 2018, 100% of our graduates secured positions with PwC, but you're under no obligation to join PwC when you leave university.
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
Join a network of successful graduates
Graduates of Newcastle University Business School are highly sought after upon graduating. 95% of Newcastle Business School graduates were in work or further study within six months of graduating and the average salary was £25,253*.
Students studying at Newcastle Business School have also progressed to careers in:
- systems analyst
- construction manager
- UX researcher
Our graduates have gone on to succeed in globally recognised companies, including:
- Brewin Dolphin
- Wm Morrison Supermarkets
- Michael Page International Recruitment
- Barclays Bank
- Ernst & Young
- Mercedes-Benz UK
- Vodafone UK
*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17
Make a difference
You'll have access to a wealth of resources and support to enhance your employability, including:
- a careers conference called Future Focus tailored to the stage of your degree
- interwoven employability provision
- access to a dedicated placement officer within the Business School who can help you find a work placement in your area of interest
- specialist careers and business start-up support from the University's award-winning Careers Service and the Business School's careers consultants
- career management sessions with a careers consultant
- work experience opportunities while studying with us
- Business School summer internship scheme
We're also one of 140 business schools worldwide to be accredited by the EQUIS scheme for our managerial and entrepreneurial skills development.
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.
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- 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)
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.
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
There's no better way to get a feel for Newcastle University than to come and visit our beautiful campus, located in one of the UK's most exciting student cities. The dates are now confirmed for our Undergraduate 2020 Open Days:
• Friday 26 June
• Saturday 27 June
• Saturday 19 September
Each open day is from 9am to 4pm.
Sign up for alerts, and we'll let you know when you can book to attend next Open Day.
You can also meet us at exhibitions across the UK.
Or you can join us for an event at our London Campus.
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.