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Studying Accounting & Finance BSc

As I’m about to graduate after 5 years at Newcastle University (4 of which studying Accounting & Finance), I’m in a decent position to reflect on my time in Newcastle and provide insights into my studies and life here in the ‘Toon’.

I chose to study Accounting & Finance because I decided I wanted a career in business, and I really liked understanding how businesses were funded and operated. I therefore, ended up studying Accounting, ironically, as I wasn’t passionate about becoming an Accountant. I am happy with my decisions and I can tell you why.

Course Content and Teaching

Lecturers are brilliant in the Newcastle University Business School. There’s a lot of variety amongst teaching styles and it’s unlikely you’ll get bored listening to the same voices throughout studying at NUBS. The lecturers and seminar leaders are helpful, willing and know what they are talking about.

The course is structured so you study towards Accounting Exemptions (applicable for ACCA, ACA, ICAEW, and CIMA); these are very valuable if you decide to pursue a career in a Profesional Service Firm (PwC, Deloitte, EY etc.) or as an Accountant, as they can save you time and money in your early graduate career.

You’ll also study modules useful for a variety of different Financial and Accounting Sectors, including Management Accounting, Financial Accounting, Finance, Economics, Management and Business Strategy, and Tax. Accountants don’t necessarily become bookkeepers; they can be Consultants, Managers, Salesman and all sorts of different Senior Directors and Partners. The course equips you for any of these various careers.

Placement

I chose to apply for a 12 month Industrial Placement because I wanted something extra from the degree, and taking 12 months out of studying was a nice refresher. However, it was tough to find, and tough to work. The Business School and the Career’s Service are very helpful in supporting you to find a placement, and I ended up with 2 offers: 1 with a Big 4 Accounting Firm, and 1 with something completely unrelated to Accounting. I chose the Non-Accounting option to learn something different, and it turned out to be the best thing for me because I learnt more about myself and developed other skills. Lesson – You don’t have to pick your career based on what degree you study.

Societies and Sports

Newcastle University was great for me to try my hand at different societies. I’ve been a member of the TEDx Talks, Caledonian, Management and Skiing Societies. I’ve also competed in Go Karting and Rowing (and coached) for the University. As well as these, there are plenty of others to try. The University is well known for being a High-Performance Centre for Rugby, Rowing, Football, Netball, Fencing, Basketball and others! If you play any of these sports competitively, I’d recommend coming to Newcastle and applying for a Scholarship.

Newcastle City

The ‘Toon’ is a fantastic city! It’s cheap, fun, and there are so many things to do. It’s also close to Alnwick Castle, Northumberland and Durham to visit, as well as of course, Tynemouth Beach and even Amsterdam. A lot of southerners come to study in Newcastle, and a lot of Geordies stay up here because they love it.

Overall, Newcastle University is brilliant, and I’ve really enjoyed my Undergraduate Degree!

 

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