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One of the Big Four accounting firms, and so covering audit, tax, consulting and financial advice. A superb place to start a career. The apprenticeships on offer cover the full range of their business, but not all the target qualifications are actual degrees - many are e.g. the ACA chartered accountancy qualification, which ranks as a degree in many employers' eyes but is not one. Ask how easy it is to join one specialism, find you prefer another, and then move over.


Business Technology; Software Engineering; Accounting & Management



Degree offered

BSc (Hons) BT; SE; A & M


Ulster University (BT and A & M); University of Hertfordshire (SE)




3 years?

Entry requirements

320 UCAS points plus GCSEs including Maths, Eng. Lang (B or above)

Application process

Online + Firefly game! + Assessment


Market leading plus plenty of good-looking perks


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We had a back-breaking time trying to dig on this website. There appear to be 3 degrees on offer but they're all based in Belfast, maybe if you try playing the "Firefly Freedom" game you'll discover more but we had a vertiginous pile of other companies to be investigated, so sadly we couldn't play. The email address looks hopeful but produced only generic replies when we tried and tried again. Finally, a spokesman told us that they had not yet agreed to be part of this programme but would be in touch later, I'm afraid we are somewhat mystified by this one.


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