Flying Start degree programme

If you want a traditional university experience, but also know you’re interested in launching your career, our 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.

While on placement you’ll get to meet our world-class clients and work alongside our highly skilled teams. During your time 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.

You’ll be supported through your journey with us, receiving support from buddies, mentors, career coaches and peers. 



Our Accounting Flying Start programme lasts four years and can be studied at Newcastle University Business School, Henley Business School (University of Reading), Nottingham University Business School or the Alliance Manchester Business School (University of Manchester). 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. 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 while on placement and pay lower university fees.
Our Business Flying Start programme at Queen’s University Belfast lasts three or four years. You can join this programme alongside one of seven business related degrees. As part of the Business route, you’ll complete work experience during your summer holidays, with a Talent Academy in your first year and a Summer Internship or Work Placement in your penultimate year of university.
Our innovative Technology Degree Apprenticeship is the newest degree programme we’ve added to our Flying Start degree series. Designed in partnership with the University of Birmingham, Queen's University Belfast and the University of Leeds, on this fully funded programme (which means you don’t need to pay tuition fees!), you’ll gain a blend of work experience with our Tech teams during your work placements whilst studying towards a degree in Computer Science or or software engineering and a Level 6 Digital & Technology Solutions Professional degree apprenticeship. As a PwC employee from day one, you’ll be paid a salary throughout your degree programme.

Throughout the Technology Degree Apprenticeship route, you’ll work on cutting-edge digital and technology client projects during your ten-week work placements at the end of your first and second years of study as well as a year-long work placement in your third year.
Social Mobility
Securing your first job straight from school or college may be daunting and knowing whether you’re eligible to apply may also be tricky too. PwC’s success is driven by its people and it is therefore vital that we are able to identify and recruit the right individuals. We aim to ensure that our recruitment process is as inclusive and accessible to all interested applicants regardless of your background or personal circumstances.

For our Flying Start programmes, we work with our university partners, to enhance social mobility and widen access to our profession. As each university is unique, they all have their own admissions policy to consider applications. These are to ensure they get admissions from students from all backgrounds to enhance diversity and social mobility. Please refer to the relevant policy from our partner universities to determine your eligibility should you feel your circumstances impact on your application.

If you’re still unsure whether you’re eligible to apply to a certain programme or not, please do get in touch with the relevant university, so they can help to advise you.
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