Graduates get off to a flying start

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The latest graduates from BA (Honours) Business Accounting and Finance offered jointly by Newcastle University Business School, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), celebrated their graduation on Tuesday 2nd December.

The degree, known as the Flying Start degree programme, was the first of its kind in the UK and combines academic study with paid professional work experience and an accelerated route to qualifying as a chartered accountant. 

This year saw the third cohort of students graduate from the programme and almost all of the graduates have now begun their careers with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, either in the Newcastle office or in other offices around the UK.  The students can expect to qualify as Chartered Accountants in the next twelve months. 

Shaun Robertson, the ICAEW’s Head of Learning said: 

“Flying Start is an innovative degree programme that links academic theory with real business. Today’s graduates now have an excellent foundation to build a career in professional services and graduates can take an accelerated route to qualify as a chartered accountant (ACA). The ACA is one of the most prestigious and technically-demanding professional accountancy qualifications internationally. Students will ultimately join more than 130,000 members in over 160 countries.” 

Andy Holden, Degree Programme Director, Newcastle University Business School, said: 

“I am delighted to report that our degree programme continues to go from strength to strength. This year marks the third cohort of students to graduate with over 90% achieving an upper second or first class honours degree. In addition, this cohort has maintained the 100% record of all graduates from our BA (Honours) Business Accounting and Finance degree being in full time graduate employment within six months of graduation. In fact, I fully expect the vast majority of our current graduates to be fully qualified chartered accountants by this time next year – a remarkable flying start to their future careers.”  

Paul Woolston, senior partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Newcastle said, 

“PricewaterhouseCoopers is committed to providing the best opportunities for development and experience at work. This programme uniquely supports our local community and strengthens our business practice by attracting skilled and motivated students to the firm. It is wonderful to see so many of our Flying Start students graduate and achieve the success they deserve. I would like to welcome our new graduates to the firm and wish them all the best with their careers at PricewaterhouseCoopers.”

published on: 10th December 2008