Get a flying start and accelerate your progress towards being an ICAEW Chartered Accountant by putting classroom theory into commercial practice, with integrated paid work placements.
The ‘Flying Start’ degree is a collaboration between Newcastle University, PwC and ICAEW. It is the most established degree of its kind. It combines academic study and integrated paid professional work placements in PwC’s Audit practice. You'll progress towards the ICAEW Chartered Accountancy qualification, the ACA.
We are celebrating 20 years of our Flying Start programme alongside current students, alumni and staff. Hear their views and experiences of the programme since its inception in 2002.
Throughout your journey a team of dedicated staff from both Newcastle University and PwC will support you. They'll help you:
- develop the business skills you need to gain a degree
- progress towards a professional qualification
- succeed on paid work placements
This will help you towards hopefully receiving a full-time graduate offer with PwC. You could be a fully qualified ICAEW Chartered Accountant just over a year after graduation - a true flying start.
Your course during COVID-19
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption.
Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to guidelines that may be in place from time to time.
View our COVID-19 Study page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2022-23.
See our terms and conditions and student complaints information
Quality and ranking
- Top 20 in the UK for Graduate Prospects in Accounting and Finance – The Complete University Guide 2022
- Top 125 for Business and Economics – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2022
- Top 200 for Accounting and Finance - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022
- 1st in the UK and 8th in the world for sustainable development – Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022
65% increase in research power since 2014 – Research Excellence Framework 2021
42% of our research is classified as 4* world-leading research – Research Excellence Framework 2021
This degree was designed with, and is professionally accredited by, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
Successful graduates of this degree will have completed 12 of the 15 papers of the ICAEW Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) qualification.
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.
Modules and learning
The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Featured moduleAudit and Assurance - ACC2064
This core Flying Start module is essential to being an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. It develops the theory of audit. You'll practice this in your PwC placements at real audit clients. You'll embrace emerging audit techniques and work with an experienced ICAEW Chartered Accountant, alongside the ICAEW.
Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
In Stage 1, you'll have a comprehensive introduction to key areas of business, accounting and finance. Modules cover financial accounting, management accounting and finance, the financial environment, quantitative methods and principles of taxation, industry economics, professional skills and business law.
In Stage 2, you'll deepen your knowledge. You'll cover areas including audit and assurance, management and control, tax compliance, and financial accounting for business.
From January to Easter, you'll complete your first paid work placement at PwC. This allows you to work in a professional accountancy practice environment and apply your learning to real-life scenarios.
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|Management and Control||20|
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|Financial Accounting for Business||15|
Stage 3 includes another paid placement at PwC, allowing you to further develop your professional skills relating to audit, assurance, financial reporting and taxation.
You'll also study modules in business finance, business planning, and financial accounting and reporting.
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|Business Planning: Taxation||30|
|Financial Accounting and Reporting||25|
In Stage 4, you'll study advanced areas such as contemporary industry issues, financial analysis, and corporate governance and ethics.
From mid-November to Easter, you'll gain even more auditing experience during your final paid placement at PwC.
|Contemporary Issues in Business, Accounting and Finance||20|
|Case Studies in Business, Accounting and Finance||20|
|Stage 4 Placement||40|
|Corporate Governance and Ethics||20|
We base these figures and graphs on the most up-to-date information available to us. They combine data on the planned delivery and assessments of our courses in 2021-22 with data on the modules chosen by our students in 2020-21.
Teaching time is made up of:
- scheduled learning and teaching activities. These are timetabled activities with a member of staff present
- structured guided learning. These are activities developed by staff to support engagement with module learning. Students or groups of students undertake these activities without direct staff participation or supervision
Teaching and assessment
You'll learn through a combination of:
- professional placements
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Assignments – written or fieldwork
Dissertation or research project
Examinations – practical or online
Skills and experience
You'll complete over 200 days of paid qualifying technical work experience working with real clients as part of PwC’s Audit Team, across the second, third and fourth years (‘stages’) of your degree. This will, not only allow you to put your knowledge into practice, but these days also count towards approximately half of the ICAEW work experience requirements to be an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.'
You'll also develop valuable skills of time management, self-motivation, teamwork and research, within the professional skills element of this degree.
Our teaching is informed by the latest research to ensure that your studies are always in line with the most up-to-date industry thinking.
You'll work on real projects and external audits of clients, developing new skills and gaining a broad knowledge of business issues. You'll also receive an attractive salary, with paid holiday during your placement.
There are opportunities across the UK, and PwC will provide practical help and financial relocation assistance, should you need it.
Your placements in stages 2 and 3 run from January to Easter. Before each placement, in December, you'll receive a PwC training programme. After each placement, you return to University for the summer term, have a placement debrief, final tuition and assessment.
In Stage 4, your placement runs from mid-November to Easter. You gain further auditing experience and are likely to be supervising others.
Facilities and environment
This degree is run by our triple-accredited (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA) Newcastle University Business School, based in our state-of-the-art building within the Newcastle Helix development – Newcastle's emerging business district.
You’ll benefit from a world-class business education and leave as a socially responsible graduate, ready to challenge conventional business thinking.
Each degree offers you a stimulating curriculum and a supportive teaching and learning environment.
You will have an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree. They can help with academic and personal issues.
Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have.
This course will equip you with the skills, experience, and qualifications needed to become a part-qualified, professional chartered accountant.
In 2020, 100% of our graduates secured positions with PwC, but you're under no obligation to join PwC when you leave university.
If you are offered a position with PwC, you'll join the company on a graduate programme and complete the ICAEW ACA Advanced Level and the remaining technical work experience required.
Just over a year after you graduate, you could become a fully qualified ICAEW chartered accountant.
Make a difference
You'll have access to a wealth of resources and support to enhance your employability, including:
- the annual Future Focus: Careers Conference, tailored to different industry areas
- interwoven employability provision
- access to a dedicated placement officer within the Business School who can help you find a work placement in your area of interest
- specialist careers and business start-up support from the University's award-winning Careers Service and the Business School's careers consultants
- career management sessions with a careers consultant
- work experience opportunities while studying with us
- Business School summer internship scheme
We're also one of 140 business schools worldwide to be accredited by the EQUIS scheme for our managerial and entrepreneurial skills development.
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK
From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.
Entrance courses (INTO)
International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO.
This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.
After you apply
Your UCAS form will be reviewed by a member of staff. Following this review, we may also invite you to complete some online assessments which will include an online interview and to attend an Assessment Centre.
The online interview is run by PwC and can be taken at a time and place to suit you, as long as this is in sufficient time before the Assessment Centre (we’ll advise you of the deadlines). You will have the opportunity to practice questions and find out more about PwC through completing this exercise. Your interview will be reviewed by both PwC and Newcastle University staff.
The Assessment Centres are held in March either online or at one of PwC’s offices.
The Assessment Centre involves a group assessment exercise and is conducted by PwC. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions so that you can get a good feel for what the programme is about.
At the end of the Assessment Centre, we will consider the results of your online assessments and group assessment exercise.
Tuition fees and scholarships
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
Home Fee Students
International Fee Students
The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying students is set by the UK government.
As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our undergraduate scholarship page for more information.
We also offer a Flying Start financial bursary, aimed at supporting students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds with the day-to-day costs of university life, to support our students to be the best they can be.
You will spend part of your degree in stages 2, 3 and 4 on placement with PwC. Your tuition fee for each year will be reduced to reflect this.
Year abroad and additional costs
For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year.
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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Open days and events
You'll have a number of opportunities to meet us throughout the year at our on-campus and virtual open days.
You'll be able to:
• explore our beautiful campus
• find out about our vibrant city
• discover what students think about studying at Newcastle
You'll also have the opportunity to speak to academic staff and find out more about the subjects you're interested in.
How to apply
Apply through UCAS
To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:
- the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
- the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
- the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college
If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.Apply through UCAS
Apply through an agent
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