Program Overview

This course will allow you to top up your existing qualifications to an honours degree in one year, while benefiting from all that Northumbria University and the city of Newcastle has to offer. You’ll build on your all-round knowledge of business, adding expertise in accounting and finance as well as transferable professional and managerial techniques.


The course includes specialist modules that cover financial reporting analysis, strategic management accounting, and international financial management. The course provides an excellent foundation for jobs in finance, banking, government, and general business leadership. One in six of the UK’s top 100 chief executives started out with a finance or accounting degree.


Ranked 46th in the UK for Accounting and Finance (Complete University Guide 2022). 


The course is covered by the prestigious AACSB accreditation for Newcastle Business School, which was ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015. We’re also undergoing a full re-accreditation process with EPAS who require some of the highest levels of relevance, rigour and internationalisation.


NewcastleUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 16,500


IELTS: 6.5


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Teaching methods include lectures, seminars and workshops. Where appropriate, you’ll engage in problem-based learning while developing hands-on skills in financial and accounting software.


There is significant emphasis on independent learning as well as self-directed and group activities as this course is, in effect, the final year of a degree course.


Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system in order to ensure a successful learning journey and the development of the necessary academic study skills. Extensive feedback, from both tutors and peers, is built into the course. Whatever your background, we’ll help you take the more critical, deeper and research-informed approach that’s needed for an honours degree at a UK university.


92% of students said staff are good at explaining things (NSS 2020). 


Our assessment strategy is based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths and enthusiasms. Assessment methods will include exams and assignments with clearly defined marking criteria.



Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.


Year one


  • AF6002 -International Finance and Responsible Financial Management (Core,20 Credits)
  • AF6004 -Contemporary Corporate Reporting (Core,20 Credits)
  • AF6010 -Strategic Management Accounting (Core,20 Credits)
  • GA6001 -Academic Language Skills for Newcastle Business School (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)
  • HR0388 -Academic and Career Development (Core,20 Credits)
  • NX0328 -Contemporary Issues in Business (Core,20 Credits)
  • NX0329 -Supporting Study (Core,0 Credits)
  • SM0382 -Strategic Management and Corporate Responsibility (Core,20 Credits)

Entry Requirements 2022/23


Standard Entry


BTEC HND/Foundation degree, or equivalent


in Business and Finance (Accounting), or a related subject.


If you have taken a BTEC HND programme, we will usually expect you to have performed to an average of Merit standard.


If you have taken a Foundation Degree, we will be looking for performance to Commendation level, or 60% average.


The following professional qualifications will also be considered:


  • AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting (level 4) plus a minimum of one year's relevant work experience.
  • CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting.
  • ACCA Professional Stage, Part 2 completion.
  • ICAEW Certificate Stage completion.

International Qualifications:


We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.


English Language Requirements:


International applicants should hold an overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

Fees and Funding 2022/23 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1: £9,250

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.

EU Fee in Year 1: £16,500


International Fee in Year 1: £16,500

The course includes a module that will explicitly address the knowledge and skills you’ll need for personal and career development. As part of this you’ll explore your personality, values, abilities and interests to make a well-informed career choice and develop a career plan. In addition our Careers and Employment Service will offer a range of workshops, one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.


Every module will play a role in developing and reinforcing the transferable attributes that are necessary for graduate employment: effective time management, excellent communication, good teamwork and high level analysis.


At the end of this course you could follow previous graduates into accounting and finance roles, including training contracts with leading accounting practices. Equally you could move into a range of careers in business and management, both in the UK and around the world.


The course will prepare you for further study on one of our postgraduate courses such as International Finance and Investment MSc. If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university. 


Whatever you decide to do, you will have strong employability as a result of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.


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