The PwC degree programmes

PwC has partnered with Newcastle University, Henley Business School at the University of Reading and Nottingham University Business School to develop the Flying Start degree programmes. These unique programmes combine university study and practical work experience with the ACA qualification.


The programme integrates ICAEW exams, annual work experience with PwC and a degree into a single course which seemed the perfect way to really gain knowledge of the subject.

Simon, ACA, PwC Flying Starts at Newcastle University

The Newcastle University PwC Flying Start degree

This Flying Start programme is a partnership between Newcastle University, PwC and ICAEW. This four year degree enables you to put classroom theory into commercial practice on placement, and relate your practical experience back to your studies.

As well as studying for a BA (Hons) Business, Accounting and Finance degree at Newcastle University, you will also complete 16 weeks paid work experience with PwC during years two, three and four. This work experience will be counted towards your ACA training agreement and you will study the knowledge and application elements of the

Professional Stage ACA syllabus as part of your degree.

This combined approach means that when you complete your degree, you will have just the three Advanced Stage exams and 18 months’ work experience to complete to qualify as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant!

The Henley Business School PwC Flying Start degree

The Henley Business School at the University of Reading have joined in partnership with PwC and ICAEW to offer another four year degree programme which launched in 2012.

This programme offers you the chance to study for a BA (Hons) Business and Accounting degree as well as paid work experience in years two, three and four. The work experience counts towards the ACA training agreement, and the

Professional Stage syllabus will be completed as part of your degree. This means you will be closer to achieving the ACA qualification on graduation, and well on your way to becoming an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

Nottingham University Business School PwC Flying Start degree

Nottingham University Business School has partnered with PwC and ICAEW to develop this innovative and challenging four year degree. It enables you to benefit from teaching, insights and unique international experience at Nottingham University Business School, alongside leading professional practice during your time with PwC.

As well as studying for a BSc Accountancy degree, you will also complete paid work experience with PwC during years two, three and four. This work experience will count towards your ACA training agreement and you will study the knowledge and application elements of the Professional Stage ACA syllabus as part of your degree.

This combined approach means that when you complete your degree, you will have just the three Advanced Stage exams and 18 months’ work experience to complete to qualify as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

Why choose a PwC Flying Start degree programme?

There are a number of benefits to the PwC Flying Start degree programmes.

  • Paid work experience – you’ll be paid a salary of up to £20,000 for your work experience with PwC.
  • Employability skills – the experience you gain working for PwC during your placement will give you valuable workplace experience.
  • You will gain key technical skills and knowledge as well as developing other employability skills such as communication, team working, personal effectiveness and leadership skills.
  • Employment opportunities – completing your degree with a minimum of a 2:1 could ensure you are offered a full graduate training agreement with PwC after your degree.
  • Full support from ICAEW – you will be registered as an ACA student while you are on either of the degree programmes. This means you have access to support, discounts and technical updates from ICAEW as well as access to our extensive business library resources.
  • Become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant – the PwC degree programmes integrate the ACA qualification throughout your degree meaning you can streamline your journey to the ACA after you graduate.

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