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Flying Start Programme: 20th Anniversary

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of our Flying Start programme, in partnership with PwC and ICAEW

We are celebrating alongside current students, alumni and staff by capturing their views and experiences of the programme since its inception in 2002.

Our partnership with PwC allows students to get the most out of their time with us. Our dedicated staff from both Newcastle University Business School and PwC support students throughout their studies. Students will develop business skills, gain real experience through paid work placements and progress towards a professional accreditation as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

As pioneers of this first-of-its-kind degree, you'll find out how the course has developed over the last 20 years and see where you can end up by starting your journey on the Flying Start degree.


  • Four year honours degree in Business, Accounting and Finance
  • Small class sizes with a family feel and community
  • Three integrated placements in PwC's Audit business during years 2 to 4
  • Students take 12 of 15 ICAEW ACA exams as part of the degree
  • Around half the technical work experience is completed that's required to qualify as a Chartered Accountant
  • Graduates may receive a full-time job offer to join PwC as a Senior Associate, if a 2:1 or above is achieved
Group of three students in seminar.


  • The first partner promotion from this degree took place in 2020
  • Roles achieved include Finance Director, Head of Group Finance and Head of Audit
  • Luke Jones (2021 graduate) was awarded the Tattersall-Walker prize in the ICAEW International Order of Merit 2021

“Make the most of the relationships you build during your work placements, you never know when they may be helpful to your career years later.”

Ben Holden, Flying Start graduate, 2010