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Harry's Apprenticeship Success

Harry Douglas wins a place on the PwC Flying Start Degree Programme


Date published: Wed 15 May 2019   Author: HLH   Category: News   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email


A second TBSHS 6th Former, Harry Douglas, has been successful against stiff competition, in winning a place on a prestigious degree apprenticeship, this time with PwC on their Flying Start Degree programme.

Harry has always been interested Business, Accounting and Economics and when he attended an Open Day at the University of Reading in the middle of Year 12, he was drawn to their PwC Apprenticeship. He saw the opportunity to study as a normal university student plus have a 20 week work placements as a perfect programme for him.

During the first year at Uni he will study Accounting and Business for the full year, in Year 2 he will complete the Winter & Spring semesters and then undertake a 20 week paid placement with PwC, and the same in year 3. In the 4th Year he will take final degree examinations plus a paid placement again with PwC.

Harry applied through UCAS in the usual way, and in his forthcoming A Levels in Maths, Economics & History he has to achieve AAB, an offer which reflects the A grade already confirmed for his EPQ.

Harry went through a detailed selection process, starting with meeting his predicted grades. This followed with Harry attending an assessment centre at Reading University in December followed by a 1 to 1 interview with the Head of recruitment in Europe.

The assessment day included participating in a group exercise and being assessed by past students.

There were 5-600 initial applicants, which were whittled down to 60 candidates who will all be based at Henley Business School, part of Reading University.

Harry's EPQ came in very useful, enabling Harry to receive a slightly lower offer as EPQ was on the Economics of Corporate companies in the US, particularly focusing on Apple, Birkshire Hathaway and Walmart.

Harry was also pleased to learn that at the end of the four years he will be exempt from 12 out of the 15 exams required to become a Chartered Accountant - another string to his bow.

Outside school Harry is a keen footballer, playing for Stortford U21s and U18s and training at least twice each week. Last week he took part in the local cup final playing for Bishop's Stortford United and winning 5-3 against Real Stortford Stars to lift the Premier Division trophy.

PwC say "Our Accounting Flying Start programme lasts four years and can be studied at Newcastle University Business School, Henley Business School (University of Reading) or Nottingham University Business School. It will put you on track to becoming an ICAEW Chartered Accountant – you’ll complete 80% of your exams, and will be just over a year away from qualification once you graduate. You’ll have three paid work placements with us. They’re built into the university’s academic year and last for just one term, so you’ll still have the whole summer off to enjoy. As well as earning a competitive salary, you could have some of your living costs supplemented while on placement and pay lower university fees."

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Mrs Price, Assistant Head of 6th Form commented "Congratulations to Harry for another first for TBSHS Sixth Form students.  Following on from Teale Cunningham’s Civil Service apprenticeship success, Harry is the first of our students to gain a place on PwC’s Flying Start programme which will see him not only attend university full-time at PwC’s expense but build fantastic work place experience in the company during paid placements.  This is a different model to other professional services apprenticeships that our students have followed with EY and Deloitte.  Harry has worked with focus and commitment since joining us in Year 7.  His quiet approach to gaining such a prestigious placement is a reflection of his affable personality, professionalism and determination.  I wish him every success."

Mr Stark, Head of 6th Form added "I am delighted to hear that Harry has been offered a conditional offer for the PwC Flying Start Programme. These apprenticeships are very competitive and Harry’s proactivity and talent would have shone through. I wish him the best of luck for his exams and I look forward to hearing about Harry’s progress in the future."