Flying Start Degree: Accounting

Our Accounting Flying Start programme lasts four years and is an excellent way to fast track your career in the accounting profession

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Our Accounting Flying Start degree programme lasts four years and will fast track your career in business and accounting. During the programme you’ll have three paid work placements with us. They’re built into the university’s academic year and last for just one term in each year, so you’ll still have the summer off to enjoy. The programme will put you on track to becoming an ICAEW Chartered Accountant – you’ll complete 80% of your ICAEW exams on the degree, and will be just over a year away from the full qualification once you graduate.

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Reasons to choose the Accounting Flying Start degree programme

You’ll study at a leading UK university

Our four-year Flying Start programme can be studied at: 

You apply for the Flying Start degree via UCAS. You can apply for multiple Flying Start programmes but each application to each University will count as one of your UCAS options.

As each university is unique, they all have their own admissions policy to consider applications, go onto the University pages for the specific admissions requirements.


Financial package

We offer a competitive financial package to support your time on the degree:

  • Paid work placements with a competitive salary.
  • Sourced and paid for accommodation where needed for each work placement period when you are required in your allocated office.
  • Some of the Universities offer reduced tuition fees during your degree.
  • Many of the learning materials are provided free of charge.
  • ICAEW registration fee.

Work with PwC

PwC has been voted the UK’s Accountancy Employer of Choice. There’s no better place to learn your trade as an accountant. You’ll join one of PwC’s audit teams, where you could be working on external audits. Quality is at the heart of how we build trust in society and we bring passionate people together to work inclusively. We recognise audit as a deep specialism and give our people access to the best opportunities. Our people challenge and are open to challenge themselves as we work to solve important problems for the organisations we audit. They take pride in their work and profession, working together with flexibility, agility and intelligence. They put the team first and are passionate about quality in everything that they do.

The vast majority of finalists on this programme with PwC have received a job offer after graduation, joining in year three of our graduate programme meaning potentially becoming a fully qualified ICAEW Chartered Accountant with the salary to match, just over a year after graduation.

PwC’s Flying Start Financial Bursary

The Flying Start financial bursary is aimed at supporting students with the day-to-day costs of university life. At PwC, the development and wellbeing of our people is paramount and we’re delighted to be able to award such a substantial bursary to support our students to be the best they can be. If you meet the eligibility criteria, and you join one of our applicable Flying Start Accounting programmes in autumn 2024, a £10,000 bursary will be awarded to you, split across the four years of the degree.

If you believe you’re eligible for the financial bursary and you apply for one of the applicable Flying Start Accounting programmes then we’ll be in touch with you during the application process to outline the next steps. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop your confidence, your skills for the future, and your experience of work and university, all while being supported financially.

The criteria for the bursary is set out below which you can review to determine your own eligibility. You must have:

  • ‘Home Funding’ status, which means you’re living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK.
  • applied to study on the Flying Start Accounting undergraduate degree programme (and subsequently successfully start on the programme in September 2024).
  • have a household income of <£35,000 per annum as assessed by Student Finance (this will be assessed once you are accepted onto the degree programme and apply to Student Finance).
  • demonstrate a commitment to a career in Audit at PwC during the assessment process.
  • attended a non-fee paying school (unless you received a bursary or scholarship to attend in which case we’ll review on a case-by-case basis).