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The degree is a collaboration between Newcastle University, PwC, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
The most established degree of its kind, it integrates academic study 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 Professional Level examinations
- paid work placements with PwC that count towards ICAEW work experience requirements for chartered accountant status
- an attractive salary and paid holiday during your placement
Highlights of this degree
Quality and ranking
Quality and ranking
Accounting and Finance at Newcastle ranks in the top 20 UK universities for Accounting and Finance in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2017 and The Complete University Guide 2017.
We also achieved a 93% overall student satisfaction score in the National Student Survey 2016.
This degree was designed with, and is professionally accredited by, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
It contains custom-designed modules that satisfy the requirements for the ICAEW's Professional Level examinations.
Providing you pass these modules (with a mark of 50% or 55%, depending on the module) you will be able to complete the requirements for the ICAEW's Professional Level by the end of Stage 3.
Once you graduate, you will have only the ICAEW's three Advanced Level examinations to pass in order to complete all the examinations needed to qualify as a chartered accountant. Some of the material that you study in Stage 4 of the degree will help you with these final papers.
Read more about how this degree can help you make accelerated progress towards becoming a fully qualified member of the ICAEW on the Business School website.
This degree integrates over 200 days of qualifying technical work experience with PwC, divided across the 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.
By joining PwC's Assurance team you will work on real projects for real clients. 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.
Find out more about the preparation and training you will receive for your work placements on the Business School's website.
Facilities and support
Facilities and support
This degree is run by Newcastle University Business School, based in our state-of-the-art building within Newcastle's emerging business district. Our Business School's facilities include:
- 120 PCs across three hi-tech computer clusters
- Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the building
- social spaces for learning and relaxation
- bookable meeting rooms
Take a virtual tour of our building.
You'll have access to a wealth of resources and support to enhance your employability, including:
- specialist careers and business start-up support from the University's award-winning Careers Service
- career management sessions with our dedicated Business School Careers Adviser
- an Annual Career Development Week, to help you improve your employability skills and meet potential employers
- 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.
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.
There's also a Board of Students so you can share your views about the degree.
Teaching and assessment
Teaching and assessment
Modules are taught by a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials.
In a typical week, most students will have eight-to-16 hours of lectures and two-to-six hours of seminars, tutorials and workshops.
Optional help sessions and online self-study software programmes are also available.
Assessment methods include course work, individual and group presentations, online assessment and dissertations.
Find out more
Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module. More information about each module including specific assessment credits and contact hours, can be found in the Course Details section.
Visit our Teaching & Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to all students at Newcastle University.
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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
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 deadlines and other important dates
- offers and tracking your application
Application decisions and enquiries
Find out more about our admissions process and who to contact if you need help with your application.
Business Accounting and Finance careers
We enjoy a good reputation for producing highly employable graduates. In addition to technical skills, we teach our students to use their initiative and be self-reliant.
Our students also develop the key skills employers are looking for, such as communication skills, the ability to work in a team, personal enterprise, and commercial awareness.
Knowledge of accounting, finance, economics and law, together with the analytical and interpersonal skills that you will acquire while studying at Newcastle, provide you with a good foundation for the future.
The Business Accounting and Finance programme offers a fast track to one particular destination - the qualification as a Chartered Accountant. Graduates in accounting and finance do not have to become accountants, although in practice many of our graduates do.
There are different types of accountant and within accounting firms there are a number of specialisms which you can choose, such as audit and assurance, taxation, and sometimes insolvency and corporate finance. Some students also choose to undertake further study, often here in Newcastle.
It is worth stressing that a professional accounting qualification can open the door to a wide range of senior positions. A significant proportion of those accountants who train in a professional firm later work in industry, commerce and finance, some in the finance area, but many in general management. For example, a high proportion of the chief executive officers of FTSE-100 companies are accountants by training.
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.
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. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.
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.
94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.
Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.
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.
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