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Business School Of The YearThinking of becoming an accountant? Or looking to develop a strong background in finance and accounting as a way of gaining an edge in business? Northumbria University’s Accounting course is about more than just numbers: it’s about the art of gaining insight into financial information. It’ll provide you with excellent prospects for a rewarding career.

To become a chartered accountant, you’ll need to satisfy the requirements of professional accounting bodies. Our Accounting course is designed specifically with their requirements in mind, in order to maximise the number of exemptions from their exams. Currently the course has 42 individual exemptions across six of the world’s largest professional bodies. The exemptions mean you’ll be able to enter the job market having already undertaken a significant portion of your professional qualification.

Northumbria University’s Accounting 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.

“95% of students say that staff are good at explaining things (National Student Survey, 2016)”

Business School Of The YearThinking of becoming an accountant? Or looking to develop a strong background in finance and accounting as a way of gaining an edge in business? Northumbria University’s Accounting course is about more than just numbers: it’s about the art of gaining insight into financial information. It’ll provide you with excellent prospects for a rewarding career.

To become a chartered accountant, you’ll need to satisfy the requirements of professional accounting bodies. Our Accounting course is designed specifically with their requirements in mind, in order to maximise the number of exemptions from their exams. Currently the course has 42 individual exemptions across six of the world’s largest professional bodies. The exemptions mean you’ll be able to enter the job market having already undertaken a significant portion of your professional qualification.

Northumbria University’s Accounting 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.

“95% of students say that staff are good at explaining things (National Student Survey, 2016)”

Course Information

UCAS Code
N400

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Newcastle Business School

Location
Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Department / Newcastle Business School

Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK.

Book an Open Day / Experience Accounting BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Accounting. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars and workshops. In some modules there is an emphasis on problem-based learning and developing technical skills in financial and accounting software.

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. For non-UK students there are optional sessions that will help with academic language and skills.

Assessments include exams that will enable you to gain exemptions, in some cases, from the exams set by professional bodies. Further assessment methods will include assignments, portfolios and a dissertation.

Book an Open Day / Experience Accounting BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Accounting. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Newcastle Business School is part of an elite group of less than 1% of business schools worldwide with double accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting. You’ll be taught by experts from the accounting and finance industries, including qualified management and financial accountants.

Our staff are actively pushing at the frontiers of knowledge and generating new concepts and insights. Over 40% of our publication outputs and 60% of our impact case studies have been assessed as internationally excellent or world leading. We received the accolade of ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

94% of our students say that staff are easy to contact and are enthusiastic about what they are teaching. 100% say that staff are good at explaining things, according to Unistats 2015.

Staff / Meet the Team

At Northumbria we know how important it is that you are taught by staff who understand the business world. That is why all of our staff have industry experience and connections to help your learning.

Book an Open Day / Experience Accounting BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Accounting. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course. You’ll make advanced use of spreadsheet software as part of modules on financial decision making and management accounting and analytics. We also use tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal, lecture capture software to allow for catch-up streaming, and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research.

The 24/7 University Library achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK and has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010.

Newcastle Business School promotes all forms of learning-by-doing including volunteering, internships and placements. The Business Clinic enables our students to participate in a ‘consultancy firm’ to provide advice for our region’s businesses on finance and other issues.

Business Facilities

Newcastle Business School delivers first class teaching in a world class environment.

Virtual Tour

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University Library

At the heart of each Northumbria campus, our libraries provide a range of study space and technology to suit every learning style.

Book an Open Day / Experience Accounting BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Accounting. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

At Northumbria your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s active research into their specialist subjects. These include forensic accounting, investigative accounting and corporate governance. Newcastle Business School was among the top ten most improved business schools in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

All modules reflect a research-rich approach, which will help you become a more critical, reflective and independent thinker. You’ll become skilled in formulating questions, critiquing different interpretations, and developing well-founded arguments.

In the first two years of the course you’ll develop a strong underpinning in statistics and analytics. In the final year you’ll undertake a significant investigatory task in the form of either a dissertation or a consultancy project.

Research / Newcastle Business School

Newcastle Business School (NBS) is the 8th most improved Business School in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) National Assessment.

Book an Open Day / Experience Accounting BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Accounting. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

With 42 exemptions from exams of professional bodies, BA (Hons) Accounting will minimise the number of final exams you’ll need to take after graduation in order to qualify as an accountant. In many cases only a few of the final level papers will still need to be taken.

We encourage you to undertake an optional year-long placement between your second and final years. This will allow you to put your knowledge into practice and gain industry experience. Depending on the nature of the placement, it may count as the practice element that’s needed for full membership of the Association of Accounting Technicians, and you’ll be able to use the letters MAAT after your name.

It’s also possible to spend the optional year in another country, studying at a university with links to Northumbria. This will extend your international experience and help prepare you for a career in the multicultural world of finance.

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

Association of International Accountants & The University of Selangor, Malaysia

This partnership offers students from Malaysia the ability to study the Northumbria BA (hons) Accounting degree, and obtain 12 exemptions from the AIA professional accounting qualification. The course is a three-year undergraduate programme taught in the UK at Northumbria’s campus in Newcastle upon Tyne. 

Further Information

Newcastle Business School

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

Book an Open Day / Experience Accounting BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Accounting. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Many of our graduates move into one of the big four accounting firms or into a role in industry accounting, taking up training contracts and completing professional qualifications.

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

You can also undertake further study at postgraduate level with a course such as our Forensic Accounting 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.

Book an Open Day / Experience Accounting BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Accounting. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

This course is for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accounting or business.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

128-136 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Distinction, Distinction, Merit

Scottish Highers:

BBBBC - BBBBB at Higher level, BCC - BBC at Advanced Higher

Irish Highers:

ABBBB  - AABBB

IB Diploma:

128-136 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 27 credits at Distinction and 18 at Merit

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A l

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications<

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are various advised books for purchase throughout this course, and costs are approximately £850, the majority of these texts will also be made available in the library. You will be given the opportunity to attend an optional New York residential, should you wish to participate the cost is approximately £950.

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

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

AF4004 -

Introduction to Financial Accounting (NC, 20 Credits)

The aim of this module is to provide you with the skills and knowledge to be able go go into a business and apply various accounting techniques to assist a wide range of stakeholders, making a variety of decisions in relation to a business.

On completion of the module you will be able to use accounting techniques to design and monitor systems to collect, record and summarise business transactions and interpret results. You will be able to understand the nature and importance of stewardship. You will gain an introduction into the international regulation of accounting and accounting information. As well as being able to consider both the professional and business ethical dimensions of the information you will be providing. In particular you will consider:

• The accounting environment
• The processing of information
• The accounting system as a control mechanism
• The problems of profit measurement
• The different types of financial reporting
• Interpretation of financial statements and financial information

Completion of the course will ensure that you have the required knowledge to progress to the level 5 module FN9506 Corporate and Group Accounting.

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AF4005 -

Management Accounting & Analytics I (NC, 20 Credits)

In this module you will develop a fundamental understanding of the key analytical tools and techniques of management accounting. The module is designed to introduce you to the nature of management accounting and its role is supporting organisational decision making through descriptive and diagnostic analytics, considering issues such as big data analytics. Specifically the module with cover:

• Nature & purpose of Management Accounting
• Cost Classification and Accounting for Materials, Labour and Overheads
• Absorption and Marginal Costing
• Job, Order and Batch Costing
• Cost, Profit and Volume Analysis
• Budgeting Techniques
• Standard Costing Systems including Variance Analysis
• Short Term Decision Making
• Introduction to World Class Manufacturing (modern manufacturing)
• Ethics in the context of Management Accounting

Analytics and ethics in the context of Management Accounting will be a continued theme in the module, including corporate, social responsibility and accounting for sustainability.

On completing the module you will be able to correctly apply Management Accounting analytical techniques and use appropriate conclusions to support decision making in a business context. The module is an excellent grounding on which to continue your studies of Management Accounting for example progression to Management Accounting and Analytics II at level 5.

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BM9400 -

Business Analysis for Decision Making (NC, 20 Credits)

The module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills of applying a variety of quantitative analytical tools to support business decision making. The module is delivered to you using weekly lectures and IT workshops, the workshops principally concentrate of the development of your spreadsheet skills and interpretation of the analysis undertaken.

Within this module, you will cover nine main topics:

• Index numbers
• Linear programming
• Correlation and Regression;
• Time Series Analysis;
• Data Presentation
• Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion
• Probability and the Normal Distribution
• Questionnaire Design and Sampling

The module will lead you to the development of basic analytical skills and confidence in handling numeric data using a spreadsheet. In doing so, it will expose you to a wide range of quantitative techniques for use in modelling, analysis and interpretation of business problems. You will become aware of the role of modelling as an aid to business problem solving. Furthermore, you will gain an understanding of the role of MS Excel as an aid to data analysis and the development of various business problem solving models.

On completing the module you will be able to select and apply the appropriate business techniques to support business problem solving in a variety of situations. You will have developed relevant IT skills to support the theoretical material introduced throughout the module. You will create, use and design appropriate spreadsheet models as well as use appropriate supporting software.

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GA4001 -

Academic Language Skills for Newcastle Business School (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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HR9405 -

Managing People at Work (NC, 20 Credits)

This module aims to provide you with an introduction to the foundation theory and practice of management. It encourages you to understand the principal challenges facing managers and will give you an overview of the key themes within organisational behaviour (OB). Through weekly lectures you will be introduced to principles of OB and explore the relationships between theory and practice. In weekly seminars you will apply your understanding of theories and relevant research findings to Human Resources (HR) practice related case studies and draw connections to your own experiences of work. Issues you will discuss in this module may vary in order to reflect contemporary circumstances. Topics include:

• Introduction to OB and links to HR practice
• (Rational) organisation structure and work design
• Managing diverse groups and effective teams
• Sex and gender in management
• Managing culture
• Perception and Personality
• Motivation/ Reward/ Performance
• Ethics/ Leadership/ Followership
• Politics and decision making in organisations
• Managing conflict and change

The module will lead you to develop your own understanding of managerial challenges and skills necessary to tackle them. You will be challenged to reflect on your learning and how OB theories and relevant research findings have impacted on you and your journey in becoming a practicing manager. On completing the module you will understand theoretical foundations of OB and its links to HR practice. You will further critically reflect on your own views of management and HR practice. Such reflection will lead and align with your further personal development studies ‘Employability and Career Planning’ (HR9508) and ‘Human Resource Management’ (HR9510).

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NX9410 -

Building Business Practice (NC, 20 Credits)

This module aims to provide you with the skills and abilities to tackle real life business problems and projects. These problems and research projects will be appropriate to your specific programme of study and will result in an extensive and flexible knowledge base.

There are six main focus areas based on:

An ability to demonstrate and apply an understanding of relevant theory from your professional /academic area where appropriate
Group Work skills (Team work)
Research Skills (Information Literacy)
Problem Solving Skills (Project Management)
Communication Skills
Self-Directed Learning.

On completion of this module you will have developed effective problem-solving skills, become an effective collaborator and team player and further developed self-directed, lifelong learning skills.

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SM9411 -

Global Business Environment (NC, 20 Credits)

The module is comprised of three blocks of material. The three blocks are:

Globalisation
This block will cover topics such as the process of globalisation, barriers to globalisation, the benefits and costs of globalisation for business,
international trade, analysis of the external business environment, corporate social responsibility issues in the global economy, etc.
Economics
This block will focus on the market forces of supply and demand, supply and demand elasticity, government policy, gross domestic product (GDP),
the consumer price index, a macroeconomic theory of the open economy, etc.
Economic Competitiveness
Topics covered in this block include foreign market entry modes, process of foreign direct investment, analytical frameworks for assessing national
competitiveness, the risk assessment for business decisions, etc.

At the end of the module you will be able to:

1. Identify and describe the main features, trends & influences of the global business environment on international organisations.
2. Analyse various global and/or international business contexts and how these affect the strategic development of industries, markets and organisations.
3. Apply basic macro-economic theory in an international business environment and use economic analysis to examine major social and economic issues in the UK and beyond.

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AF5005 -

Applied Taxation (NC, 20 Credits)

The module will introduce you to the subject of taxation. You will learn about the underlying principles and technical areas of taxation as they affect individuals and businesses.

You will study five areas of taxation or equivalent

• Income tax

Topics include : the tax computation, adjustment to profit, capital allowances, basis of assessment, employment income, treatment of pension contributions, property income, trading losses, and partnerships

• Corporation tax

Topics include: calculation of the corporation tax liability and the treatment of losses

• Value added tax

Topics include : the scope of VAT, registration and deregistration, the tax point, a VAT invoice, output tax and input tax computational issues, types of supplies and VAT schemes

• Capital gains tax

Topics include: calculation of gains and losses, part disposals, chattels and wasting assets, shares and securities, principal private residence and reliefs

• Inheritance tax

Topics include: chargeable lifetime transfers, exempt transfers and potentially exempt transfers, lifetime tax and tax payable upon death

You will also study National Insurance Contribution liabilities for both the self-employed and employees; compliance matters in respect of each of the five taxes above; tax avoidance v tax evasion; and professional ethics.

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AF5006 -

Corporate and Group Accounting (NC, 20 Credits)

This module will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The module builds on your previous financial accounting studies.

You will begin by studying the regulatory and conceptual frameworks and you will gain an understanding of how these inform the standard setting process. You will also gain an awareness of professional and ethical issues surrounding corporate reporting.

The module covers financial reporting for both single entities and groups. You will study the following international accounting standards:

IAS1 Preparation of financial statements
IAS2 Inventories
IAS7 Statement of cash flows
IAS12 Income taxes
IAS16 Property, plant and equipment
IAS17 Leases
IAS28 Investments in associates
IAS33 Earnings per share
IAS36 Impairments
IAS37 Provisions, contingent liabilities and contingent assets
IAS38 Intangible assets
IFRS3 Business combinations
IFRS15 Revenue from contracts with customers

This list of standards will be updated periodically.

Finally, you will learn how to analyse and interpret a set of financial statements

On completion of this module you will have gained a thorough understanding of financial reporting and will have developed practical accounting skills which will be of particular benefit to those looking to pursue a career in accounting.

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AF5018 -

Management Accounting and Analytics II (NC, 20 Credits)

On this module you will build on the knowledge you acquired studying Management Accounting and Analytics 1 and be introduced to more advanced management accounting concepts and analytical techniques that support decision making. The module encompasses the descriptive, diagnostic and predictive analytical role of the management accountant including a look at analytics of big data.

Specifically you will cover:
• Advanced variance analysis,
• Activity based costing and management,
• Behavioural aspects of budgeting,
• Performance management including balanced scorecards,
• Capital investment appraisal,
• Throughput accounting,
• Strategic Cost Management,
• Limiting factor analysis,
• Pricing decisions, transfer pricing,
• Learning curves,
• Decision trees
• Ethics and the Management Accountant
• The Impact of Big Data, Analytics and associated technologies

On completing the module you will be able to select and apply appropriate techniques to provide information to aid a business in the decision making process. You will be able to consider this information within a strategic and ethical context and be able to make appropriate recommendations to a company. You will have developed relevant analytical skills to support the theoretical material introduced throughout this module.

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GA5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Newcastle Business School (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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HR9508 -

Employability & Career Planning (Core, 20 Credits)

This module gives you the skills and knowledge you need to successfully obtain an undergraduate placement and/or a graduate-level role when you leave university. It is specifically concerned with your employability and therefore includes opportunities each week to practice and develop skills in a safe and supportive environment. You will study a number of important topics such as career planning, writing CVs, cover letters and application forms, psychometric testing, competency-based interviews, assessment centres and current trends in recruitment and selection practice, including use of social media. When you complete this module, you will have the skills, ability, and confidence to make an impactful application to any employer. The module also supports you if you have a compulsory year abroad as part of your programme.

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LW5000 -

Business Law for Accountants (NC, 20 Credits)

You will develop a basic understanding of core legal principles and key aspects of Business Law appropriate to your area of study. The core legal principles will be taught including the course of four main subject areas;

• Contract Law, including the formation of a legal contract, the differences between terms in a contract and remedies for breach of contract,
• Sale of Goods and Supply of Services,
• Employment Law, including principles of employment contracts, duties of employers and employees, discrimination and dismissal; and
• Tort Law, including principles of negligence, vicarious liability, product liability, occupier’s liability together with nuisance.

The second half of the module will build upon these core legal principles so that you develop a more bespoke understanding of Business Law and practice. This will cover nine specific topics;

• Legal Forms of Business Association,
• Formation of a Company,
• Directors, including appointment, removal, service contracts and legal duties,
• Shareholders, including types of shares and the split between ownership and control,
• Company Procedure, including the types of resolutions to be passed and meeting procedures,
• Raising Capital through equity and debt,
• Company Accounting Requirements and Auditors,
• Corporate Insolvency, and
• Financial Crime, in the form of money laundering and bribery.

Through studying these substantive topics, you will gain an overall understanding of how the UK legal system or local equivalent operates and the inter-relationship between statute law and common law.

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NX9523 -

Business Professional Practice (NC, 20 Credits)

This module aims to prepare you for your future studies at Level 6 and work-based learning. It focuses on developing your skills and abilities to critically assess, analyse and manage business-based problems and projects, with emphasis on a range of business models

The module will focus on specific discipline areas to support demonstration of understanding and application of relevant theory from your professional/academic area as appropriate. There also will be some opportunities to consider broader contemporary challenges for organisations in responding to changing practices of responsible and sustainable management.

On completion of the module you will have enhanced your problem-solving skills and will be able to manage complex projects. By focusing on advanced group and team working skills, research and complex problem solving skills, project management, communication skills and self-directed learning, you will also develop employability and leadership attributes, including set direction, engage, drive, collaborate, learn, innovate and act with integrity.

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NX9525 -

Newcastle Business School Work Placement Year (Optional, 120 Credits)

The Work Placement Year module is a full year 120 credit module available on degree courses which include a work placement year which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6. The placement consists of 48 weeks of full time work experience in a host organisation which is relevant to your studies.

The placement is an important element of your course structure and it will provide you with the opportunity to:

• Experience the environment of a real workplace which will help you decide the type of career you would like to follow after graduation
• Develop your organisational and interpersonal skills required to enable you to work efficiently as a member of a team
• Acquire and develop relevant technical skills associated with the nature of your work
• Identify, analyse and discuss with experienced practitioners how theoretical concepts are adapted and applied to suit practical requirements
• Apply knowledge that will help you to plan and evaluate future study and career development.


This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Work Placement Year)”. The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the training agreement signed by you, the placement provider, and the University.

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NX9526 -

Newcastle Business School Study Abroad Year (Optional, 120 Credits)

The Study Abroad Year module is a full year 120 credit module which is available on degree courses which include a study abroad year which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere equivalent to 120 UK credits.

The study abroad placement is an important element of your course structure and gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. At the end of the module you will have adapted to and appreciated a different cultural and learning environment and developed ability. You will have developed your interpersonal and intercultural communication skills as a result of your learning in an international environment.

This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Study Abroad Year is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad Module and on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”. The learning and teaching on your study abroad placement will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded in the learning agreement signed by you, the host University, and the University.

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NX9528 -

Newcastle Business School Blended Placement Year: Work Placement Semester (Optional, 60 Credits)

The Work Placement Semester module is a semester long 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which include the option to take a blended placement year of Work and Study Abroad which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6.

On this module you will undertake a semester long work placement. The placement consists of a period of full time work experience in a host organisation equivalent to a full semester of study which is relevant to your studies.

The placement is an important element of your course structure and it will provide you with the opportunity to:

• Experience the environment of a real workplace which will help you decide the type of career you would like to follow after graduation
• Develop your organisational and interpersonal skills required to enable you to work efficiently as a member of a team
• Acquire and develop relevant technical skills associated with the nature of your work
• Identify, analyse and discuss with experienced practitioners how theoretical concepts are adapted and applied to suit practical requirements
• Apply knowledge that will help you to plan and evaluate future study and career development.


This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised in your transcript as a 60 credit Work Placement Module. The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the training agreement signed by you, the placement provider, and the University. Combining this with the study abroad semester as part of the third year out of the University, this will be recognised on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad and Work Placement Year)”.

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Newcastle Business School Blended Placement Year: Study Abroad Semester (Optional, 60 Credits)

The Study Abroad Semester module is a semester long 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which include the option to take a blended placement year of Work and Study Abroad which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6.

On this module you will undertake a semester of study abroad at a European University under the Erasmus+ exchange scheme, or at an approved partner University elsewhere equivalent to 60 credits (30 ECTS).

The study abroad placement is an important element of your course structure and gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. When taken and passed the study abroad semester will be recognised in your transcript as a 60 credit Study Abroad Module. The learning and teaching on your study abroad placement will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded in the learning agreement signed by you, the host University, and the University. Combining this with the work placement semester as part of the third year out of the University, this will be recognised on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad and Work Placement Year)”.

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Auditing (NC, 20 Credits)

On this module, you will be taught holistically to represent the ‘real life’ scenarios that are faced within the audit profession. Topics are viewed and taught as interrelated concepts, with the ethical principles of auditors (Accountability, Integrity, Objectivity, Independence, Competence and Rigour, Judgement, Confidentiality) underpinning the module content (Flint’s postulates). The following high level topics are covered during the module:

Audit in Context
What is the role, purpose and value of audit? What does the audit report say? What is the role of the audit profession and what are the key professional ethical guidelines? What are the statutory rules governing audit?

Audit Ethics
How does the nature of the audit business impact on audit ethics?
How does audit regulation promote or comprise confidence in audit ethics?
Why do audit ethics matter?
Threats to audit independence
Role of audit ethics in assuring audit quality

Audit Process
The identification of audit risk from knowledge of the business and the control environment. Planning the audit assignment
Analysis of Business Risk and application to the audit
Assessment of Risk Management and Internal Control
The nature of audit evidence and the methods of collection including sampling, analytical review and auditing accounting estimates
Critical appraisal of audit evidence techniques
The audit of going concern
Formulating and reporting an audit opinion

Current Issues in Auditing
The development of audit and the problems of independence
Critical appraisal of audit standards
Audit liability and its impact on the value of audit
The role of audit in corporate governance - internal audit, external audit and the audit committee
Role of audit in detection and prevention of fraud
Audit and society (Power, 1997, 2000, 2007), and the continued ‘audit expectation’ gap considering the impact of crises (Humphrey, Kausar and Loft, 2011).

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Contemporary Issues in Financial Reporting (NC, 20 Credits)

You will learn to critically appraise, understand and apply a range of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The purpose of this module is for you to learn about a select number of standards in detail. In many cases this involves looking beyond the technical computational elements of the standard, instead focusing on areas of the standards which require the judgement of a professional accountant. The following standards will be covered in the module:

• IAS38 - Intangible Assets
• IAS32 / IFRS 9 - Financial Instruments
• IFRS13 - Fair Value
• IFRS15 - Revenue Recognition from Contracts with Customers
• IAS19 - Employee Benefits

In addition to the accounting standards mentioned above you will learn about some of the contemporary issues in financial reporting, these include:

• Corporate Governance and Compliance
• Integrated Reporting
• Sustainability and Carbon Accounting
• Responsible Financial Accounting
• Harmonisation
• Forensic Accounting and Fraud

You will be assessed by means of an examination and a continuous professional development (CPD) event. The examination will consist of a combination on computational, discursive, case-study and essay based questions. The CPD event is a simulated workshop where you will be required to present (in a group) on a contemporary topic in financial reporting. This will involve you carrying out research on a topic and being able to find innovative and interesting ways to disseminate that research to your peers during the workshop. This event builds your professional skills in a number of ways; researching, delivery of contemporary financial reporting content and innovate use of technology.

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Financial Appraisal, Risk and Value Management (NC, 20 Credits)

The module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills of applying a variety of investment appraisal tools to support decision making in corporate finance. We also examine the notion of risk and value management in the context of large publicly owned organisations. All financial techniques which you will study as part of this module will be illustrated in practical terms. The module is delivered to you using weekly lectures and seminars.


Within this module, you will cover 9 main topics:

• Drivers of Corporate Value
• NPV sensitivity analysis
• Calculations of cost of equity and debt
• Capital structure and cost of capital
• Share valuations
• Dividend policy
• Market efficiency
• Introduction to portfolio theory
• Corporate cash holdings

The module will lead you to the development of basic analytical skills and confidence in handling numeric data using both mathematical derivations and Excel. In doing so, it will expose you to a wide range of financial techniques for use in analysis and interpretation of investment appraisal problems. You will become aware of the role of financial manager in the context of large publically owned organisations.

On completing the module you will be able to select and apply the appropriate financial techniques to support financial appraisal and decision making in a variety of situations. You will have developed relevant numerical skills to support the theoretical material introduced throughout the module. You will create, use and design appropriate spreadsheet models which directly relate to the concepts studied.

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Management Enquiry (Optional, 40 Credits)

The Management Enquiry module is a student-led individual project that enables you to undertake a significant piece of assessed work commensurate with a capstone module. The module aims to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate an authentic engagement with managers and/or professionals in your discipline, and to integrate the knowledge you have developed during your programme to explore the theory in practice. The learning on this module is experiential and problem based, where the focus is upon you discovering, probing and questioning key practice-based issues. Through the module you will be offered the opportunity to develop and enhance key transferable employability skills including; time management, project management, communication (written, aural and verbal), negotiation, persuasion and influence, discovery, initiative, problem-solving and analysis.

The module has five thematic areas; explore, review, engage, reflect and connect. These form the key elements of the assessed submission.

Part A (35%, 3,500 Words)
• Explore: Interviewing a manager and/or professional in your discipline. In this interview you will either explore a key issue which you feel the discipline is facing or, alternatively, explore with the manager or professional the key issues that they feel they are facing in practice. It is expected that you will apply appropriate interview methods and provide evidence of the interview within the submitted enquiry report (e.g. within the appendices).
• Review: Critically examining the appropriate literature to support the exploration, displaying an ability to critically assess and appraise the knowledge of your discipline related to a specific key issue arising from your exploration.

Part B (65%, 6,500 Words)
• Engage: Displaying an authentic engagement with the discipline problem/issue identified in Part A, by collecting/generating and analysing further live data (beyond the initial interview) regarding the discipline problem/issue. This live data may be primary data (e.g. further interviews with, or questionnaire to, managers and/or professionals in practice) or secondary data (e.g. industry data). Application of appropriate, ethically-considered, research methods and appropriate qualitative or quantitative data analysis.
• Reflect and Connect: Demonstrating an ability to critically evaluate and reflect on the issues arising from the Management Enquiry. Demonstrating how you have connected and fed-back to the participants of the Enquiry (usually the manager and/or participants) your key findings to provide clear prioritised, well-justified, practical and actionable recommendations for change/enhancement/improvement to existing practice to show how the recommendations would potentially affect workplace professional decision making.

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Dissertation (Optional, 40 Credits)

The dissertation module aims to equip you with the necessary intellectual and practical skills for undertaking an individual student-led, ethical investigation into an applied business (or the named degree) problem or issue. In addition, the dissertation aims to equip you with key transferable, employability skills, including: time management, project management, communication (written and verbal), negotiation, persuasion and influence, discovery, initiative, creativity and innovation in problem-solving, analysis.

The module is student-led but you are supported by, initially, weekly lectures and seminar-workshops which provide an introduction to undertaking Business-Management research followed by one-to-one or small-group supervision meetings.
The lectures and seminar-workshops will cover the following topics:
1. Developing a research aim/question (focusing and scoping the research)
2. Developing a literature review
3. Writing a research proposal
4. Researching ethically
5. Quantitative research techniques
6. Qualitative research techniques
7. Quantitative analysis techniques
8. Qualitative analysis techniques

Upon completion of the module you will be able to:
1. Conduct independent and ethical academic research involving the application and critical evaluation of appropriate theories and models,
2. Engage critically with relevant literature to establish a framework in which to analyse and synthesise the results of your primary or secondary research
3. Generate / collect relevant primary or secondary data using an appropriate and justified method
4. Analyse your data using an appropriate and justified method of analysis
5. Recognise the ethical implications of your work
6. Critically evaluate the source of your data and the method you adopted

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Undergraduate Consultancy Project (Optional, 40 Credits)

The module aims to provide you with an opportunity to integrate the knowledge acquired during the programme and apply this to a consultancy project for a real organisation. This consultancy project provides a vehicle for participants to develop and demonstrate key employability skills, to relate theory to practice, and to undertake a significant piece of assessed work commensurate with a capstone module.

You will work on behalf of an external organisation, which has identified a business problem or question, requiring a solution, working in small group of typically 4 individuals (you will select their own team members), participating in group and individual activities. The host organisation will provide a project briefing, and review; students will be supported by appropriate academic input and guidance from Newcastle Business School in the form of a mentor and via the Business Clinic.

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Sustainable Strategies (NC, 20 Credits)

1. Understanding strategy as a concept and developing a broad perspective on different schools that comprise it.
2. Deliberate perspective: Examining the premises and application of design, planning and positioning. Examining the limitations and moorings and critiquing analytical frameworks, some of which have been delivered in level 4 and level 5. E.g. SWOT and SSWOT (sustainability SWOT), five forces, value chain, value activities (including a focus on social and environmental value) and generic strategies will be looked at in conjunction to build on prior discrete knowledge students will have of these concepts.
3. Emergent perspective: The premises of strategic learning, strategic leadership (including power), culture as some of the emergent perspectives.
4. Innovation, value creation and value appropriation from an ethics and broadly scoped sustainability perspective.
5. Understanding how delivering innovation has become the holy grail of firm pursuits, and how it relates with different stakeholders. This will include a perspective on the digital internet enabled environment to examine path breaking innovation at a macro level in interface with firm capabilities to survive, adapt and sustain growth.
6. A stakeholder view on sustainability: Understanding the wider set of stakeholders that business organisations need to keep in perspective & how it affects long run sustainability.

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