Flying Start degree programmes

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.

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.

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

PwC and Newcastle flying start programme - ten year event

See how we celebrated ten years of our collaboration with ICAEW and Newcastle University Business School with our Flying Start programme.


Playback of this video is not currently available

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. 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.

Find out more

Our Actuarial Science programme at Heriot-Watt University takes place alongside the BSc Actuarial Science degree course and lasts five years. You’ll take part in two six-month, paid work placements during years three and five with our Actuarial team in London.

Find out more

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, a Summer Internship in your second year, and a Work Placement in your third year.

Find out more

Our innovative Technology Degree Apprenticeships and Data Science Graduate Apprenticeships are the newest degree programmes we’ve added to our Flying Start degree series. Designed in partnership with the universities, you’ll gain a blend of work experience with our Tech teams during your work placements, get excellent fully funded tuition, gain a degree, and get paid a salary over the four-year course. Giving you a Flying Start into a career in Technology.

Find out more

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.





Henley Business School, Reading

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.