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Ernst & Young


Lancaster University Management School (LUMS);
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS).

Launched in 2005, this is an innovative approach to higher education and professional training. Working with our partners, we’ve developed a unique degree programme which will challenge you and give you the chance to start your career as a professional accountant in a supportive and stimulating environment.

How does it work?

The Ernst & Young Degree is a four-year Accounting, Auditing and Finance sandwich degree, which includes 18 months’ paid work placements at Ernst & Young. It combines academic excellence with practical hands-on work experience. If you’re planning to qualify as a chartered accountant, this degree offers you a unique starting platform.

Lancaster provides a highly reputed, buzzing environment in which to study, and supplies all the tools and guidance you’d expect from a first-class management school.

The 18 months’ work experience at Ernst & Young is broken into three placements: two of three months and one of 12 months in your third year. These are available at a variety of locations across the UK. While on placement, you’ll be part of an audit team and will have a key role, gaining client-facing experience.

During the 12-month placement at Ernst & Young, you’ll sit two of the five Test of Professional Skills ICAS examinations. By completing the degree, you’ll be exempt from all five of the ICAS Test of Competence examinations. Ultimately, this could enable you to qualify as a chartered accountant ahead of your peers, providing a real opportunity to fast-track your career.

When you’ve finished your degree and work placements, you’re not committed to joining a graduate programme at Ernst & Young. Naturally, we hope you do join us (subject to fulfilling the selection criteria) to fast-track your career and complete your ICAS training with us.

Why join?

Ernst & Young, LUMS and ICAS are committed to your development and success. The combined strength of the three partners brings together outstanding teaching and broad experience.

The main benefits are:

You can qualify as a chartered accountant ahead of your peers;
We pay your tuition and examination fees for the ICAS Test of Professional Skills examinations and give you appropriate time off to study;
You can put theory into practice and develop a wider range of business, technical and soft skills;
You get a bursary in the first year to contribute to your university set-up costs;
We offer a highly competitive salary and full benefits package while you’re on placement. This includes a contributory pension scheme and 25 days’ paid annual holidays (pro-rated), as well as access to our unique ‘FlexEY’ flexible benefits package;
You join a support network, including The Ernst & Young Degree team, Lancaster University, BPP and ICAS.

What are the requirements?

A minimum B grade in GCSE Mathematics and English Language;
A / AS levels: AAA (not counting General Studies or re-sits).

As well as your academic background, we’re also interested in positions of responsibility you’ve held and any recent work experience. We want you to tell us why you’ve applied for the Ernst & Young Degree and what you hope to gain from your work placements with us.

Throughout the recruitment process, we’re looking for a wide variety of skills – such as team working, communication and analytical ability – as well as a keen interest in business.

How do I apply?

You should apply through UCAS in the normal way:

1. UCAS applications: apply online at using course code NN43 or short name BSc/AccE&Y to search for the ERNST & YOUNG Degree.

2. Academic screening: LUMS will conduct an academic screening from your UCAS application.

3. Ernst & Young application: successful applicants will then be asked to complete a short application form and an online ability test.

4. Selection workshops: we will invite successful applicants to a workshop in our London office.

5. Offer: this will then be made should you be successful at the workshop and meet the requirements for the degree.

Further information:

To find out more about Ernst & Young, email: Email EY Degree

To find out more about Lancaster University Management School (LUMS), visit the LUMS website. You can also contact the Undergraduate Office at Lancaster University Management School on +44 [0]1524 594 062 or at

To find out more about The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), visit the ICAS website.


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