Ank. Presume you’re Joining PwC London in September 2010?
If so and assuming they follow the same pattern as the Sept 2009 intake then you will take the 6 knowledge papers between September and Dec 2010. The first three will be taken in September as they like to get all new grads straight into Accounting, Taxation and Assurance asap. These are the e-assessment papers that you sit in Kaplan’s.
Then you move onto the application exams whose dates you have already seen on the ICAEW (per your link above). This year I believe the trainees are split into two study groups. So, one group sits the first three application exams in March 2011 (21,22 and 23) the other will sit them on June 13,14,15 2010. For the first three exams they had 6 weeks and 1 day study before the week of the exams. So if your’re doing March sitting, study begins on Friday feb 4 , 2011. If you’re doing June exams you’re at college from Friday April 29 2011.
Please check my calendar calculations!!
Hope this helps. In summary you’ll be free in January (you’ll have some pre course reading) and the second half of June. That takes care of study. Office work, I haven’t a clue. Depends what clients you’re on but it shouldn’t be too difficult to book time off when you’re in first year and it’s a family wedding.
Sorry cannot supply a weather forecast too but I’d go for June unless it’s going to be a Carribean wedding when January is best.
Please note this all assumes you’ll pass exams first time. Any fails in March will be re-taken in June.