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Entry Year: 2022

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BSc (Hons)
4 years
September 2022
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Get your accounting career off to a Flying Start with Queen Mary, PwC and ICAEW.

Our new BSc Accountancy (Flying Start) programme will fast track your career in Business and Accounting and put you on track to becoming an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. This bespoke programme is a collaboration between the Queen Mary University of London, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

During your studies, you will learn technical and theoretical accounting skills with academic specialists who are experts in their field and experienced practising accountants. You will be supported by a team of dedicated staff from both Queen Mary’s School of Business and Management and PwC, who will help you develop the business skills you need to gain a degree and progress towards a professional qualification. Built into the course is a series of paid work placements, meaning you will have the opportunity to apply the technical theory you learn in the classroom, directly to the workplace.

You will get to work on real projects for real clients as part of PwC's assurance team and develop new skills and gain a broad knowledge of business issues. You will receive technical training during the paid placements, which will take place during years 2 and 3 of the programme.

Professional recognition

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 modules of the ICAEW Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) qualification.


Year 1

  • Applied Economics
  • Foundations of Assurance
  • Foundations of Finance
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Management Accounting
  • Law
  • Principles of Taxation
  • Quantitative Analysis for Business

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

  • Audit and Assurance
  • Business Strategy and Technology
  • Management Accounting for Decision Making
  • Taxation Compliance
  • Placement (P1)

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

  • Advanced Corporate Reporting
  • Business Planning Tax
  • Financial Management
  • International Corporate Reporting
  • Placement (P2)

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 4

  • Case Studies, Business, Accounting and Finance
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Ethics
  • Corporate Governance and Accountability
  • Social and Environmental Accounting
  • Placement (P3)

Please note that all modules are subject to change.


Teaching and learning

At the School of Business and Management, teaching and research are based on three pillars: governance; social justice and sustainability; and the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).

The BSc Accountancy Flying Start programme combines academic study, integrated professional work placements in PwC's Audit practice and progress towards ICAEW Chartered Accountant qualification, the ACA. Throughout your journey you’ll be supported by a team of dedicated staff from both the School and PwC who will help you develop the business skills you need to gain a degree, progress towards a professional qualification and succeed on paid work placements.

You'll receive approximately two hours of weekly contact time per module, comprising lectures led by academic staff and smaller seminar groups.

For every hour spent in class, you’ll complete a further two to three hours of independent study. You'll have access to well-designed resources for this self-directed study, and we will pair you with an academic advisor to support your progress at all stages of your degree.

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.

Online interview
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. 

Assessment Centre
The Assessment Centres are held in March online.

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.


Assessment typically includes a combination of coursework (presentations, assignments, essay report writing, in-class tests, research and project work) and/or examinations in May or June.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • a purpose-built media suite designed to support student entrepreneurship
  • a dedicated Internships Coordinator for work experience opportunities and applications
  • an alumni network that can connect you to fellow Queen Mary graduates worldwide.

As the course is a collaboration with PwC, students will work on real projects for real clients as part of PwC's assurance team. As students will be working on real client work, you will receive technical training from PwC.


Scholarships and bursaries

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) offer a financial bursary for BSc Accountancy students, subject to eligibility criteria. Find out more about the PwC Flying Start Financial Bursary and other scholarships, on our other funding options.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.


PwC has been voted the UK’s Accountancy Employer of Choice for 20 years. There’s no better place to learn your trade as an accountant. Their people challenge and are open to challenge themselves as they work to solve important problems for the organisations they audit. They take pride in their work and profession, working together with flexibility, agility and intelligence. They put the team first and are passionate about quality in everything that they do.

The vast majority of finalists on the Flying Start programme with PwC have received a job offer after graduation, joining in year 3 of their graduate programme meaning potentially becoming a fully qualified ICAEW Chartered Accountant with the salary to match, just over a year after graduation.

About the School

The School of Business and Management takes a unique interdisciplinary approach that promises students an inspiring educational experience: we teach you to think beyond textbooks, management fads and memorised formulas for success.

Our faculty come from all over the world and bring a sound practical knowledge to their teaching: they have worked for the BBC, UK government ministries and the European Union.

The School’s Mile End location keeps us close to all the action in the City and Canary Wharf. We’re also home to a number of research centres, groups and clusters focused on public engagement and having a real-world impact.


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