1 The Flying Start Degree Programme at Nottingham University Business School Start your degree Start your career Realise your potential BSc Accountancy, N410
2 The Flying Start Degree Programme One Welcome This short booklet will give you everything you need to know about the programme and what it can do for your accountancy career Get your career off to a flying start 3 Who we are 5 All about PwC 7 Year by year 9 Why Nottingham? 11 Jubilee Campus 13 At a glance 15 How to apply 17 The University has been ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide in the QS World University Rankings University Park Campus
3 The Flying Start Degree Programme Three What it is Get your career off to a flying start An innovative degree for students who want to become accountants If you want to go to university, and know you want to become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant, then the Flying Start Degree Programme could be your fastest way to get there. It s a collaboration between Nottingham University Business School, The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and PwC. It s called the Flying Start Degree Programme because that s what it does: it gives you a flying start towards becoming an ICAEW Chartered Accountant, it will be challenging, with hard work and lots of responsibility, but it s a great way to start your career in business. What you get You ll get a traditional university experience as a full-time student for four years, making new friends, having new experiences and generally enjoying university life. But you ll also benefit from paid work experience and training with PwC, the UK s leading professional services organisation. PwC is one of the best places to start a career as a trainee accountant, as they audit more of the FTSE 100 than any of their direct competitors. What you ll learn While you re at the Business School you ll learn technical and theoretical accounting skills, with lecturers who are experts in their field and experienced practising accountants. Built into the course is a series of paid work placements. This means you get to apply the technical theory you ve learned in the workplace. You ll be continually learning and developing through practical work experience over the four years. Where you could go Throughout your paid work placement with PwC, you ll have the opportunity to put the theory you ve been learning in the classroom into practice in the office. And, while you re with PwC, if you impress, it could lead to a permanent job offer with them. In fact, wherever you take your career, it ll give you a serious competitive edge. PwC has been voted by students as The Times Top 100 Graduate Employer of Choice for 10 consecutive years University Park Campus
4 The Flying Start Degree Programme Five Who we are Three inspirational market leaders coming together to create something special This collaboration is an important and exciting new programme. We re delighted to offer a truly integrated learning experience, which is enhanced by our unique global presence and perspective. Students will benefit from world-leading academic insights from the Business School, as well as leading-edge professional practice from time on placement with PwC and working in partnership with ICAEW. Nottingham University Business School Nottingham University Business School is part of an elite global group of EQUIS accredited business schools and is among the UK s leading centres for management education. We believe it s vital to equip you not only with business and management skills but also with enhanced creativity and effective problem-solving abilities. Our big focus is on innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainable management, working with external organisations in teaching, research and thought leadership globally. PwC At PwC we believe your career is just that; yours. You choose it. You live it. You make it happen. To get the best from it, you need the best opportunities. That s why opportunities are at the heart of a career with us. Opportunities to grow as an individual, to build lasting relationships and make an impact in a place where people, quality and value mean everything. We tackle lots of different issues for many different organisations, entrepreneurs and private businesses. We help with big deals and big changes to their structures. We advise them on tax. We make sure they re getting the most out of their IT, we help them plan ahead for risk while making sure they re sustainable and profitable. We have a vision of where we want to be as a professional services organisation, and we need the best of the next generation of talent, like you, to make it happen. You ll be learning from the best in their field to understand the way we work with our clients. That s why the Flying Start Degree Programme will help you start your career much earlier than you might think possible. ICAEW The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has worked in partnership with PwC and Nottingham University Business School in designing the programme. Together, we ll ensure that you have the opportunity to obtain an excellent degree, complete 80% of the ICAEW Chartered Accountancy modules, and get relevant practical work experience that will count toward your training agreement. We look forward to a long and successful partnership and seeing many inspirational students on the course graduate and go on to rewarding and fulfilling careers. Professor Martin Binks, Dean Nottingham University Business School PwC has been ranked first for providing opportunities to learn & grow by The Sunday Times Best Big Companies to Work For University Park Campus
5 The Flying Start Degree Programme Seven All about PwC A paid work placement that will transform your future The Flying Start Degree Programme is one of the best ways to develop your understanding of business and accounting, as it s made up of two parts: study and work experience. Work placement Your paid work placements are spread across your second, third, and fourth years. It s built into your academic year, so the summer is yours to enjoy. Every step of the way you ll be supported by a network of staff from both the Business School and PwC. You ll earn a competitive salary, and may have some of your living costs supplemented and pay reduced university fees. You ll join one of PwC s Assurance teams (that s their name for their audit teams). Because you ll be working on real client work, PwC will spend some time putting you through their own technical training. The expert guidance, strategy and advice they offer their clients are all down to the people who work there. So they take their development very seriously. After all, it s their collective skills and knowledge that are the strength behind PwC s success. You ll complete all three of your paid placements with PwC over the three years and you re likely to be with a number of other students, so you ll build very strong networks and make lasting friendships as part of a wider group. You ll work with some truly inspiring people, learn from them and, in turn, share your own insights all contributing to the growth and success of your career and the organisation as a whole. Job offer It s important you re flexible about the office you ll be working in, because, if you do well throughout the three years, you could get a job offer to work there full time and start straight after your summer holidays. You ll be fast-tracked onto their graduate training programme two years ahead of the other new graduates. Having responsibility early on will be hard work and may feel challenging at times, but it s incredibly rewarding if you put the time and effort in, particularly if you secure a job offer with them. Not only that, you ll be able to qualify as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant just 12 months after you join, as your practical experience will be recognised by the ICAEW and will speed up your ICAEW professional membership. PwC has topped The Times Top 100 Graduate Employer of Choice for Accounting for 16 consecutive years Start your career with PwC. Take the opportunity of a lifetime PwC s More London Office Most graduates who ve followed this type of programme with PwC have received a job offer at the end.
6 The Flying Start Degree Programme Nine All about the Degree Programme Four years of world-class teaching and support Nottingham University Business School is one of an elite global group of EQUIS-accredited business schools. Uniquely, this accreditation applies to all the business schools at our campuses in the UK, China, and Malaysia Year by year First year Enjoy student life and start your studies Continual support and guidance You ll find out before Christmas which PwC office you ll work in for the next three years. KEY: UNIVERSITY Second year Early September you ll be studying at the Business School September to December you ll be working on placement with PwC January to May you ll be back at the Business School. WORK Third year Early September you ll be studying at the Business School September to December will see you on placement with PwC Back to the Business School to continue your studies from January to May. Fourth year You ll start your year at the Business School, studying from September to December From January to May, you ll complete your final work placement with PwC You ll receive your degree results in June and you ll find out if you ve got a job offer from PwC in time for your July graduation. Jubilee Campus Library
7 The Flying Start Degree Programme Eleven Why Nottingham? One of the world s great universities in a great university city Nottingham is regarded as one of the UK s most desirable places to study, offering all the buzz of city living while retaining its strong sense of community. It s one of the UK s most cosmopolitan and vibrant cities and both the University s Jubilee Campus and University Park Campus are close to the city centre. As the commercial and cultural capital of the East Midlands, Nottingham is home to blue-chip companies and has a flourishing arts scene. The bustling city centre is renowned for its nightlife, with more than 300 bars and pubs, restaurants, theatres, concert halls, and cinemas. Shopping in Nottingham is excellent and the city boasts more sports facilities per head of population than anywhere else in Europe. The Students Union has more than 250 societies and 75 sports clubs, and runs a magazine, cinema and award-winning radio station, University Radio Nottingham (URN). Karnival, the SU-run charity, is one of the largest and most successful fund raising organisations in Europe, regularly raising over 1m annually. 81% of FTSE 100 companies have at least one ICAEW Chartered Accountant on their Board Without doubt I had an amazing time at Nottingham... the city is a great place to live with lots of focus on the student population meaning lots of things to do in your spare time, so life is never dull. Tim Godffrey, PwC, Nottingham University Business School Alumnus Nottingham City at night
8 The Flying Start Degree Programme Thirteen Jubilee Campus An architectural landmark and a centre of excellence Jubilee Campus, where you will spend most of your time... With over 42,000 students from more than 150 countries, two overseas campuses and strong relationships with institutions and organisations around the world, Nottingham will help you develop your international perspective and connect you to a global network of fellow students, ideas, and opportunities. Opened in 1999 by Her Majesty the Queen, the award winning Jubilee Campus is approximately one mile from the University Park Campus. It s an architectural landmark and has been praised for its innovative design and environmentally friendly technology that offers its students a superb environment for study. Built on a former industrial site close to Nottingham city centre, Jubilee Campus has impeccable green credentials and is a leader in sustainable development. An important feature of the campus is the series of lakes, which are home to a variety of wildlife, receive all surface water, and provide all heating and cooling for the buildings through submerged heat-exchange units. As well as the Business School, Jubilee Campus includes restaurants, cafés, student services centre and a sports centre. A new scheme designed by Ken Shuttleworth, designer of the iconic Swiss Re building in London, includes an Innovation Park and the UK s tallest free-standing work of public art, Aspire. A shuttle bus runs between Jubilee and University Park campuses and there is a walking and cycling link. The Times has described the University of Nottingham as the closest the UK has to a truly global university Jubilee Campus
9 The Flying Start Degree Programme Fifteen At a glance Ten ways the programme will get you off to a flying start A world class degree: You ll be gaining a BSc honours degree in Accountancy from one of the UK s top business schools, as well as enjoying a traditional university experience. Paid work experience: While your friends are looking for internships during the summer, you ll have your holidays free to do with what you want knowing you have paid placements with one of the world s leading professional services organisations lined up. Working with the UK s top graduate employer: PwC has been voted employer of choice by students in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers Survey for ten consecutive years, and voted the UK s Accountancy Employer of Choice for 16 years. There s no better place to learn your trade as an accountant. Job offer: Most graduates who ve followed this type of programme with PwC have received a job offer at the end. Career coaching and support: You ll have support from the Business School s Student Support Officer and Skills and Development Manager, and from a Flying Start Degree Programme Manager at PwC. Extracurricular activities: The Business School is keen for students to engage in extracurricular activities and run Community Engagement and Professional Development Programmes as well as working closely with student societies, such as ENACTUS and Nottingham Business Society, to facilitate this. Business network: PwC has 180,000 people across 158 countries, so the relationships you build will be invaluable in your future accounting career. Globally recognised qualification: ICAEW is a world leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports over 140,000 chartered accountants worldwide. Career progression: If you get a job offer, you ll join PwC two years ahead of their traditional graduates, and you ll become a fully qualified ICAEW Chartered Accountant with the salary to match, just over a year after graduation. Industry-wide recognition: Wherever you take your career you ll still have one of the best CVs of all your peers work experience and professional training that will open doors.
10 The Flying Start Degree Programme Seventeen How to apply Four clear steps to securing your place Research Applying Assessment Day Offer Do your research. You ll be supported and encouraged every step of the way on the programme, but you ll also be thoroughly challenged. So, it s vital you know your facts before you apply; you ll need to be independently-minded and hard-working. You ll need AAB grades at A-level or equivalent (excluding General Studies), plus a grade B in GCSE Maths and a grade C or above in two further GCSEs. Apply for the programme through UCAS, quoting the code N410. Complete a supplementary application form specific to this BSc Accountancy programme. Jointly run by PwC and the University, you ll take part in psychometric testing, a group exercise and an individual interview. You ll be able to take a look around, and speak to students and staff at the University and meet members of the PwC team. You ll be notified if you ve been offered a place on the programme within three working days of the assessment day. You ll then need to accept the offer via UCAS. Take the opportunity of a lifetime The UK s Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) ranks Nottingham University Business School among the UK s top ten by research power
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