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Help - QMUL (PWC Flying Start) vs Bath (Accounting &Finance) vs UCL (IMB)

I am so confused as to which to put as my firm and insurance:

I have offers from
Queen Mary PWC Accounting Flying Start Program (AAB)
UCL - Information Management for Business (AAA)
Bath - Accounting & Finance with Placement Year (AAB)

Any insights would help. Thanks!
Reply 1
Heyy! I feel like it depends on whether or not you are interested in the PWC placement that you would get intercepted in your course, because I believe the other two uni’s would involve searching for placements rather than have a guaranteed one?
Reply 2
That's correct with Queens Mary PWC Flying Start program course I would get the benefit of having a paid placement with PWC in-built into my 4 years degree, along with finishing 12/15 ACA modules which will give me a charted account qualification and an opportunity to join in the pwc once i finish my degree. So it definitely feels the one i would go for. Was just wondering about the ranking of UCL / Bath universities that both show higher than Queen Mary
Reply 3
Original post by Tweety!
That's correct with Queens Mary PWC Flying Start program course I would get the benefit of having a paid placement with PWC in-built into my 4 years degree, along with finishing 12/15 ACA modules which will give me a charted account qualification and an opportunity to join in the pwc once i finish my degree. So it definitely feels the one i would go for. Was just wondering about the ranking of UCL / Bath universities that both show higher than Queen Mary


Exactly! I feel like it’s a great course as it almost guarantees you a safe position after graduation and knowing the next few steps to take after uni. As for the rankings, I feel it takes more of an overall perspective of the university and you should look into how each one does with your chosen course and pick based on that. I’d advise Queen Mary’s as a firm choice if you are really keen on doing the PWC flying start course and for an insurance look into which uni you wouldn’t mind going to if Queen Mary’s doesn’t work out.
Reply 4
Original post by Tweety!
That's correct with Queens Mary PWC Flying Start program course I would get the benefit of having a paid placement with PWC in-built into my 4 years degree, along with finishing 12/15 ACA modules which will give me a charted account qualification and an opportunity to join in the pwc once i finish my degree. So it definitely feels the one i would go for. Was just wondering about the ranking of UCL / Bath universities that both show higher than Queen Mary


Also people tend to pick a uni which doesn’t have a higher entry requirement than their firm choice as their insurance as if they don’t get into their firm they have a chance of getting into their insurance. Bath may be a better idea as an insurance compared to UCL simply because it has lower entry requirements and also links closely to Queen Mary’s course rather than Info Management for Business at UCL if that makes sense?
Reply 5
Original post by Gertz :D
Also people tend to pick a uni which doesn’t have a higher entry requirement than their firm choice as their insurance as if they don’t get into their firm they have a chance of getting into their insurance. Bath may be a better idea as an insurance compared to UCL simply because it has lower entry requirements and also links closely to Queen Mary’s course rather than Info Management for Business at UCL if that makes sense?

Thank you all your insights have been super helpful.
Original post by Tweety!
I am so confused as to which to put as my firm and insurance:
I have offers from
Queen Mary PWC Accounting Flying Start Program (AAB)
UCL - Information Management for Business (AAA)
Bath - Accounting & Finance with Placement Year (AAB)
Any insights would help. Thanks!


I’m in a very similar situation to you.

I received 5/5 offers, but I’m deciding between

Bath Accounting and Management with a Placement Year (AAB)

Or PWC flying starts with reading (BBB).

Currently, I’m leaning more towards the PWC Flying Starts course. However, I still have an open day to do at the bath, so I’ll check it out and make a final judgement after that.

Reasons why I’m leaning towards PWC:
3 Paid placements
You become a chartered accountant quicker
Tuition fees in y2,3,4 are lower due to placements and you can sub let accom
12/15 accreditation exemptions

Reasons why bath may be better:
Sports and facilities are ideal for me for athletics
Personally I prefer Bath as a city
Better Ranking( doesn’t mean much)
Only exemptions for ICAEW at PWC
PWC reputation around employee treatment isn’t the best
Reply 7
Original post by TomcSixthForm
I’m in a very similar situation to you.
I received 5/5 offers, but I’m deciding between
Bath Accounting and Management with a Placement Year (AAB)
Or PWC flying starts with reading (BBB).
Currently, I’m leaning more towards the PWC Flying Starts course. However, I still have an open day to do at the bath, so I’ll check it out and make a final judgement after that.
Reasons why I’m leaning towards PWC:
3 Paid placements
You become a chartered accountant quicker
Tuition fees in y2,3,4 are lower due to placements and you can sub let accom
12/15 accreditation exemptions
Reasons why bath may be better:
Sports and facilities are ideal for me for athletics
Personally I prefer Bath as a city
Better Ranking( doesn’t mean much)
Only exemptions for ICAEW at PWC
PWC reputation around employee treatment isn’t the best
Great thanks for sharing your thoughts. I have the Queen Mary offer holder day tomorrow for the Flying Start Program. Hopefully I will be able to firm up my mind post that. I am definitely more inclined towards the Flying Start. Let me know how it goes with you :smile:

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