PwC Pathway to Flying Start

An access initiative that supports young people to learn about the apprenticeship and degree apprenticeship opportunities available with PwC, with a focus on Technology and Accounting

Year 12
No limit, subject to criteria
3 x 2.5 hour workshops
PwC's Office in Manchester or Birmingham
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What's involved?

The programme gives students the opportunity to:

  • Learn about PwC and the school leaver opportunities available.
  • Develop core employability skills, and understand what it would be like to join PwC as an apprentice.
  • Network with professionals at PwC and and learn first-hand about the role and career routes from people currently in the programme.
  • Gain inside knowledge on the application process and how to be successful.

Students will also receive:

  • A crash-course on the application process, while working alongside like-minded peers at the PwC offices.
  • A guaranteed invitation to join the summer virtual work experience. This usually requires students to complete an application.
  • A very real opportunity to be recruited and join one of the fantastic PwC degree schemes which see students attending university, gaining a degree and securing work experience, with full or partial funding available.

What students say about the programme

It was truly engaging and allowed young people like myself to be able to learn how to approach opportunities which we may have otherwise thought of to be unavailable.

It provided me with a good insight into the life and work of an accountant, filling me with determination and desire to pursue to as a career in the future.

Who's this suitable for?

This programme is available to students in Year 12 and who identify as female or non-binary.

Students will also need to fit the specific eligibility criteria:

  • On track to achieve at least 112 UCAS points (equivalent to BBC at A Level)

  • Students involved should be interested in pursuing one of the PwC degree schemes in Accounting or Technology and be willing to attend one of the universities that offer these.

  • Students must be able to travel to Birmingham or Manchester for the workshops.

  • Priority will be given to students who are or have been eligible for Free School Meals, or would be the first in their family to go to university or who attend a School or College above the regional average in terms of the number of students eligible for free school meals​

More about the opportunities

PwC offer degree schemes in Accounting or Technology and young people involved must be willing to attend one of the following Universities relevant to their preferred choice or be willing to work in Manchester on their Open University accredited tech degree apprenticeship.

Flying Start Accounting Degree

Four-year degree with work experience organised by PwC. During their placement students are paid a salary.

Newcastle University, University of Manchester, University of Nottingham, University of Reading, Queen Mary University of London.

Flying Start Technology Degree Apprenticeship

Four-year degree apprenticeship with a year in industry, students are paid a salary throughout the apprenticeship.

University of Birmingham, University of Leeds, Queen's University Belfast and Queen Mary University.

Manchester 'work first' tech degree apprenticeship

A fully funded 3 year 'work-first' model whereby participants will work full time at PwC in Manchester, in one of the tech teams, specialising in either Cyber Security, Data Analytics or Software Engineering.

One week every 6-8 weeks participants will go to Ada College for Digital Skills, in Manchester to study for their degree.

Where is this delivered?

Three in-person workshops at PwC's offices.


  • Tuesday 27 February 2024, Tuesday 25 June 2024 and Tuesday 24 September 2024


  • Wednesday 6 March 2024, Wednesday 26 June 2024 and Wednesday 25 September 2024

Gatsby benchmarks

Gatsby benchmark 2Learning from career and labour market information
Gatsby benchmark 5Encounters with employers and employees
Gatsby benchmark 7Encounters with further and higher education

Make an enquiry

Step 1 - Phone our Schools Engagement Team

Phone our Schools Engagement Team on 0207 148 0934 to check eligibility*.

*Places are allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis to schools in our target cohort (higher than average numbers of pupils eligible for pupil premium funding).

Step 2 - Submit an online enquiry

Make an online enquiry