Flying Start degree programmes

If you want a traditional university experience, but also know you’re interested in launching your career by becoming a chartered accountant, the PwC Flying Start degree programmes offer the best of both worlds.

Start your career and go to uni

If you want to go to university but are also keen to begin your career, our Flying Start degree programmes offer the best of both worlds.

The skills you’ll learn on your paid work placements with us are extremely transferable, which means you’ll be able to work anywhere in business. You’ll get to meet our world-class clients and work alongside our highly skilled teams. Studying at university you’ll get to experience the full time student lifestyle. But as the placements are paid you’ll have some money to enjoy it too.

You’ll gain a degree, and hopefully impress us enough to secure a place on our graduate scheme.

Want to study accounting?

Our Accounting Flying Start programme lasts four years and can be studied at Newcastle University Business School, Henley Business School (University of Reading) or Nottingham University Business School. It will put you on track to becoming an ICAEW Chartered Accountant – you’ll complete 80% of your exams, and will be just over a year away from qualification once you graduate.

Want to study business?

Our Business Flying Start programme at Queen’s University Belfast lasts three or four years. You can join this programme alongside one of seven businessrelated degrees.

Want to study actuarial science?

Our Actuarial Science programme at Heriot-Watt University takes place alongside the BSc Actuarial Science degree course and lasts five years.

How do the placements work?

If you join the Accounting route, you’ll have three paid work placements with us. They’re built into the university’s academic year and last for just one term, so you’ll still have the whole summer off to enjoy. As well as earning a competitive salary, you could have some of your living costs supplemented and pay lower university fees.

As part of the Business route, you’ll complete work experience during your summer holidays, with a Talent Academy in your first year, a Summer Internship in your second year, and a Work Placement in your third year.

Choose the Actuarial Science route and you’ll take part in two six-month, paid work placements during years three and five with our Actuarial team in London.

When you start a placement you’ll:

  • Join a team in one of our business areas
  • Go through certain technical training courses to prepare you for real client work
  • Get to know other students who are also on placement
  • Work with and learn from all kinds of truly inspiring people at PwC
  • Start being able to share your own insights – all contributing to the growth and success of your career and the wider PwC business.

You can apply through UCAS at the following Universities

  • Henley Business School
    at the University of Reading
  • Newcastle
    University
  • Nottingham University
    Business School
  • PwC & ICAEW
    Foundation Bursary

Open Days:

1 and 8 October 2016

Combine work with study at the scenic campus of Henley Business School at the University of Reading whilst you fast track your career. As you progress through this four year BA (Hons) Accounting & Business (UCAS code NN41) degree programme you’ll be taught by award-winning, engaging lecturers who are passionate about their subject. Their wealth of professional experience and innovative teaching methods will inspire you, enhance your learning experience and bring the subjects of accountancy and business to life. Placements for Henley students are available across the South East region, in Cardiff and Bristol, Birmingham, Milton Keynes and London.

Download the PwC & Henley brochure

What you'll need

You’ll need at least AAB grades from three A-levels or equivalent (excluding General Studies), an A in GCSE maths and a B or above in GCSE English. It doesn’t matter which subjects you’ve studied at A-level, we’ll teach you everything you need to know.

  • UCAS code NN41
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Open Days:

1 and 2 July 2016

With a decade of success in developing a pioneering programme, the four-year BA (Honours) Business Accounting and Finance degree (UCAS Code NN14) at Newcastle University Business School was the first of it’s kind. The mix of theory and practice, living in the lively city of Newcastle and being part of the strong course community, mean you’ll be well equipped for the world of work having had a great time along the way. Placements for Newcastle students are available across the North region, in Scotland, The Midlands and London.

Download the PwC & Newcastle brochure

What you’ll need

You’ll need at least AAB grades from three A-levels or equivalent (excluding General Studies), an A in GCSE maths and a B or above in GCSE English. It doesn’t matter which subjects you’ve studied at A-level, we’ll teach you everything you need to know.

  • UCAS Code NN14
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Open Days:

TBC

Our latest University partnership is with Nottingham University Business School and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Like our other Flying Start degree programmes, it’s aimed at ambitious students who want to study accountancy, and are looking to fast track their way into a career in business. As well as enjoying a traditional university experience, you’ll gain a BA honours in Accounting and Business from one of the UK’s top five business schools for graduate career prospects. Placements for Nottingham students are available across all regions except Northern Ireland.

What you’ll need

You’ll need at least AAB grades from three A-levels or equivalent (excluding General Studies), plus a grade B in GCSE maths and a grade C or above in two further GCSEs. It doesn’t matter which subjects you’ve studied at A-level, we’ll teach you everything you need to know!

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Launched in 2007, ICAEW Foundation is helping to shape the future of the profession by creating life-changing opportunities for disadvantaged students, producing industry research that inspires business confidence and fostering closer ties between academia and the profession. The Foundation provides annual bursaries to talented aspiring students in universities and business schools in the UK and around the world.

PwC are delighted to work with the ICAEW Foundation Bursary and will specifically be supporting four students from low income backgrounds on the Flying Start partnership degree programmes at Newcastle, Nottingham and Reading Universities.

Students who have secured offers to either of the degree programmes above can download the application form to apply for the bursary by clicking on the button below. (Please scroll down the page to find the relevant form).

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