Program Overview

Thinking of becoming an accountant? Or looking to develop your finance and business knowledge? Northumbria University’s BSc (Hons) Accounting course is about more than just numbers, it gives you fresh insights and a deeper understanding of financial information. And it’s your starting block for building a rewarding career. 

Complementing modules that combine key accounting theory with problem-based learning around real-world scenarios, the course offers an optional, year-long placement between your second and final years. It’s an opportunity well worth taking up to give your CV the edge with valuable experience – whether you’re interested in a training contract or role in industry accounting. And depending on the nature of the placement, this may count as the practice element you’ll need for full membership of the highly respected Association of Accounting Technicians.  If it is the chartered accountant route that appeals, you’ll need to satisfy the requirements of professional accounting bodies. So we’ve designed our Accounting course with this in mind. Currently, our BSc (Hons) offers 42 individual exemptions across six of the world’s largest professional bodies. These mean you’ll be able to enter the job market with a good number of your professional qualifications already behind you. 


Northumbria University’s Accounting course is covered by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation for Newcastle Business School. 


Our professional but practical approach is also highly rated by students. Accounting has achieved an average of 91% overall for student satisfaction over the last six years in the NSS surveys. 

Ranked 46th in the UK for Accounting and Finance- Complete University Guide 2022


This programme is also accredited by all of the following Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs):


  • AAT- Association of Accounting Technicians
  • ACCA- Association of Certified Accountants
  • AIA- Association of International Accountants
  • CIMA- Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • CIPFA - Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy

  • ICAEW - Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales


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  Course Duration

36 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 16,500




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You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. And in many modules there’s an emphasis on real-world scenarios involving problem-based learning and developing technical skills in financial and accounting software. 


Following introductions to the key financial accounting techniques and the role of financial managers, a full range of modules covers all accounting areas from corporate and group accounting and governance, through to management accounting, taxation, business law for accountants and more.  


We encourage you to take an optional year-long placement between your second and final years as it’s a great opportunity to put your knowledge into practice and gain industry experience. You’ll also have the chance to spend this optional year in another country, studying at a university with links to Northumbria. This will broaden your international horizons and help you prepare you for a career in the multicultural world of finance. 


Alongside our teaching, you’ll benefit from a well-designed support system, to help you develop the academic study skills you need. And we make sure that we build extensive feedback, from both tutors and peers, into the course. If you’re a non-UK student, you can choose optional sessions to help you develop both your academic language and study skills. 


In some cases, assessments include exams that will exempt you from those set by professional bodies. As well as assignments, portfolios and presentations, you’ll also complete an extended piece of work such as a dissertation, management enquiry or consultancy report. 



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


  • AF4030 -Introduction to Mathematics and Statistics (20 Credits)
  • AF4031 -Accounting, Economics and Finance in a Global Business Environment (20 Credits)
  • AF4032 -Careers in Accounting, Economics and Finance (Core,20 Credits)
  • AF4033 -Introduction to Financial Accounting (20 Credits)
  • AF4034 -Business Law for Accountants (20 Credits)
  • AF4035 -Management Accounting and Analytics I (20 Credits)
  • GA4001 -Academic Language Skills for Newcastle Business School (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Year two


  • AF5030 -Financial Markets and Institutions (20 Credits)
  • AF5031 -Professional Practice in Accounting, Economics and Finance (Core,20 Credits)
  • AF5032 -Corporate Governance and Responsibility (20 Credits)
  • AF5033 -Corporate and Group Accounting (20 Credits)
  • AF5034 -Applied Taxation (20 Credits)
  • AF5035 -Management Accounting and Analytics II (20 Credits)

Year three


  • NX9525 -Newcastle Business School Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)
  • NX9526 -Newcastle Business School Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)
  • NX9528 -Newcastle Business School Blended Placement Year: Work Placement Semester (Optional,60 Credits)
  • NX9529 -Newcastle Business School Blended Placement Year: Study Abroad Semester (Optional,60 Credits)

Year four


  • AF6030 -Sustainable Development and Responsible Business (20 Credits)
  • AF6033 -Assurance (20 Credits)
  • AF6034 -Contemporary Issues in Financial Reporting (20 Credits)
  • AF6035 -Financial Management (20 Credits)
  • AF6042 -Dissertation (Optional,40 Credits)
  • AF6043 -Management Enquiry (Optional,40 Credits)
  • NX9626 -Undergraduate Consultancy Project (Optional,40 Credits)

Entry Requirements 2022/23

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points


From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T Level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.


Subject Requirements:


There are no specific subject requirements for this course.


GCSE Requirements:


Applicants will need Maths, Statistics, or Physics at minimum grade 6/B and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or equivalents.


Additional Requirements:


There are no additional requirements for this course.


International Qualifications:


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


English Language Requirements:


International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 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

With 42 exemptions, our BSc Accounting will minimise the number of exams you’ll need to take after graduation to qualify as an accountant. In many cases, you’ll need to take only a few of the final level papers. 


Our Careers and Employment Service are there to help kick-start your next steps through stimulating workshops, helpful one-to-one advice and networking opportunities.  


With 95% of students (NSS 2019) saying ‘the skills developed during their time in higher education will be useful for their future career’, many of our graduates move on to one of the ‘big four’ accounting firms or into a role in industry accounting. There they take up training contracts and complete professional qualifications. Recent destinations for graduates from this course include graduate training at PWC and Tait Walker, accountant at Procter & Gamble, and accounting assistant at Billy Casper Golf. 


As an accountant you’ll undertake financial audits, manage financial systems and budgets, and provide professional advice. And as you progress in your career, you may move into wider leadership roles. One in six of the UK’s top 100 CEOs started out with a finance or accounting degree. 


If further study beckons after graduation, you can do so as a postgraduate through a course such as our MSc in Forensic Accounting.  


Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have strong employability as a Northumbria graduate as every module of Northumbria Business School courses reinforces what you need to succeed. This includes the transferable skills that really matter to employers such as critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to solve problems in sustainable and ethical ways. 


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