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Entry Year: 2024

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BSc (Hons)
4 years
September 2024
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Get your accounting career off to a flying start with Queen Mary, PwC and ICAEW.

  • Fast-track your career in accounting and start on the path to becoming an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.
  • This programme is a collaboration between Queen Mary University of London, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and 'Big Four' accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
  • A series of paid work placements is built into the course, meaning you will have the opportunity to apply the technical theory you learn in the classroom directly to the workplace.
  • Learn accounting skills from academic specialists who are experts in their field.
  • Work on real projects for real clients as part of PwC's assurance team, and receive technical training during your paid placements.

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

  • Foundations of Assurance
  • Foundations of Finance
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Management Accounting
  • Law for Accounting
  • Principles of Taxation
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Academic and Professional Awareness

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

  • Audit and Assurance Services
  • Business Strategy and Technology
  • Financial Reporting for Business
  • Tax Compliance
  • PwC Placement (P1)

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

  • Advanced Corporate Reporting 2
  • Advanced Financial Management
  • Advanced Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Business Planning: Taxation
  • PwC Placement (P2)

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 4

  • Social and Environmental Accounting
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Ethics
  • FTSE 100 Company Study
  • PwC Placement (P3)

Please note that all modules are subject to change.


Teaching and learning

The BSc Accountancy (Flying Start) programme combines academic study, integrated professional work placements at PwC, and progress towards the ICAEW Chartered Accountant qualification. 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 skills you need to succeed.

You'll receive approximately two hours of weekly contact time per module, consisting of lectures and smaller group seminars.

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 admissions staff. Following this review, you will also need to complete additional assessments with PwC, including an online interview and online assessment centre, before you will receive an offer.

Online interview
The PwC online interview 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 online in March. The assessment centre involves a group assessment exercise, conducted by PwC. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions, so that you can get a feel for what the programme is about.

After you have attended the assessment centre, we will consider the results of your online assessments and group assessment exercise, before making you an offer.


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

  • a 24-hour library with bookable laptops and collaboration spaces.
  • a dedicated careers team who can provide you with 1-2-1 careers coaching.
  • an alumni network that can connect you with fellow Queen Mary graduates worldwide.

As you will be working on real client work during your placements, you will also receive technical training from PwC.

Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades AAA at A-Level. Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking and Use of Mathematics.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 36 points overall, including 6,6,6 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include a minimum of 4 in Standard Level Mathematics.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4 and Maths at grade A or 7.

Alternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.

For further information please visit:

Contextualised admissions

Our standard contextual offer: Grades AAB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking.

Our enhanced contextual offer (for care experienced students, refugee/asylum seekers or students who have completed Realising Opportunities or Access to Queen Mary): Grades ABB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking.

More information on how this information is used for a contextual offer can be found on our contextualised admissions page.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

If your qualifications are not accepted for direct entry onto this degree, consider applying for a foundation programme.

For any applicants requiring a Student Route visa to study with us, there may be additional visa permission considerations due to the nature of this programme. Please get in touch at for more information.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

This course does not accept applications for deferred entry.


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.


Graduate opportunities

PwC has consistently been voted Best Graduate Employer in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers survey. The vast majority of finalists on Flying Start programmes with PwC have received a job offer at the company after graduation, often becoming fully-qualified ICAEW Chartered Accountants just over a year after graduation.

Graduates of Flying Start programmes have also moved into non-accounting roles at PwC.

There is no obligation (on the part of the student or PwC) to progress to a role at PwC following completion of the course.

Career support

PwC will provide each student with a career coach, who will guide the student through PwC’s annual performance management process. Prior to joining PwC for their first work placement, students will be allocated a named 'buddy' who will help induct them into the firm.

A wealth of careers support is also available through both Queen Mary and the School of Business and Management.

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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.

The School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which ensures that the highest standards of excellence in teaching, research, curriculum, and learner success are met.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021), the School of Business and Management dramatically moved up the Times Higher Education rankings. Among 108 UK business schools, the School now ranks:

  • 22nd for overall research quality (up from 39th in REF2014)
  • 28th for research outputs (up from 34th)
  • 12th for research impact (up from 24th)
  • 21st for research environment (up from 59th)

Queen Mary is also part of the Russell Group - a body of leading UK universities dedicated to research and teaching excellence.



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