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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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On our Flying Start Technology Degree Apprenticeship, you’ll work hand-in-hand with our clients, across their full digital ecosystem. Technology is changing the way we work, and we’re at the forefront – exploring new technologies and trends as they emerge. The Technology Degree Apprenticeship is fully funded and you’ll be paid throughout your time on the programme. There’ll be no need to relocate to attend your placements, you’ll work in the local office of your University location. For those with a passion for travel, you could get the chance to explore other destinations as part of your client work. You can choose to study at the University of Birmingham or the University of Leeds.

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