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Flying Starting Degree: Technology

Our Flying Start Technology Degree Apprenticeship programme lasts four years and will fast track your career in Technology.

You’ll study towards a full BSc degree in Computer Science or Software Engineering, depending on which University you attend, and gain the relevant apprenticeship qualification too. The degree is fully funded which means you don’t need to pay your tuition fees and as a PwC apprentice from day one, you’ll be paid a salary throughout your degree programme.  During the programme you’ll have work placements with us where you’ll work on cutting-edge digital and technology client projects at PwC.


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6 reasons to choose the Flying Start Technology Degree Apprenticeship

1. Enjoy the best of both worlds

Be a student and be a professional. Enjoy everything university life has to offer and then taste what it means to work in our technology teams on multiple placements at PwC throughout your degree.

2. Gain real technology focused work experience with PwC

PwC has consistently voted as one of the top employers for school leavers by students and apprentices, and we’re really proud of the programmes that we’ve got on offer. There’s no better place to give you a Flying Start into a career in technology. You’ll work on cutting-edge digital and technology client projects during your work placements, which integrated throughout your degree. We’ve got a huge range of teams, including Cyber Security, Data and Analytics, Technology Consulting and Forensic Technology. 

3. Study at one of the leading UK Universities

Our four-year Flying Start programme can be studied at the University of Birmingham, the University of Leeds and Queen’s University Belfast. 

Find out more about each programme on the University websites:

4. Financial Package

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

  • Your tuition fees are fully funded throughout the programme.
  • You’ll be paid a monthly salary throughout your degree programme.
  • You'll enjoy some extra PwC benefits, as an apprentice, including private medical insurance

5. Job offer

Perform well, and achieve a 2.1 grade overall in your Technology Degree Apprenticeship, and you could secure a graduate job with us. 


6. Support

You’ll be supported by PwC and the university throughout the whole four years, with a Programme Manager, a buddy, a career coach, the university academic team, and of course your fellow degree apprentice peers. 


How do I apply?

You apply for the Flying Start degree via UCAS. Please select your chosen Flying Start course(s), detailed below, on your UCAS Form. 

The university will decide whether you meet the requirements for the degree based on your UCAS form. If you meet the requirements for Flying Start, you will then be invited to complete some further assessments to give you the opportunity to secure a place on the Flying Start degree programme. If you pass these assessments, you will be made a conditional offer for the programme. 

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

What you’ll need

As each university is unique, they all have their own admissions policy to consider applications. For a guide, please see below (note: other qualifications are accepted and for some, GCSE grades are required, so please check the university website)

Computer Science with Digital Technology Partnership BSc at University of Birmingham standard offer is AAA (or equivalent qualifications) to include an A level in Mathematics grade A.

Computer Science (Digital & Technology Solutions) BSc at University of Leeds standard offer is AAA including Mathematics or Computer Science (or equivalent qualifications).

Software Engineering with Digital Technology Partnership at Queen’s University Belfast standard offer is BBB including Computing, Mathematics or Software Systems Development (or equivalent qualifications).

The above is an overview but you need to go onto the University pages for the specific admissions requirements:

Social mobility

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.

* PwC, the University of Leeds and the University of Birmingham reserve the right to change the funding model of this degree programme, and remove the use of the apprenticeship framework prior to its commencement in Autumn 2021. Depending on the outcome of a current review of the Degree Apprenticeship model in England by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, PwC and its university partners may need to end our usage of the Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship framework for students starting in 2021 and beyond. 

In this instance, successful applicants would still be offered a place on the BSc in Computer Science with PwC, but the fundamental model of the programme would differ.   Students would fund their own tuition fees and receive individual contracts for each placement (rather than for the whole apprenticeship). The Flying Start model provides students on the degree with three work placements together with periods of fixed terms employment for the duration of each work placement during which students benefit from a monthly salary. In addition, students who gain a 2.1 or above in their degree, and satisfy the requirements of each placement, can expect to be made a graduate job offer at the end of the degree programme. 

PwC and its English university partners expect the outcome of the review and subsequent changes to the model to be made by Spring 2021, at which point a swift and clear communication would be made to all applicants. 

We expect our Software Engineering Degree Apprenticeship with Queen’s University Belfast to remain unchanged. 

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