Study is self contained in blocks of 3 or 6 weeks so you do not have any work to interrupt the “full on” study. College is 9 til 4 ish I think then you have lots of work to do at home and in the evenings. I should add that for the first two 3 week blocks a lot of the study is self study…just you and your books at home. In your first year you have two 3 week blocks to cover the 6 knowlege exams then two 6 week blocks to cover the application exams. The gaps between the study blocks vary depending whether you are April or September intake. This is PwC London.
You will have pre couse reading to do before each course.
In the non study time you are assigned to clients. Drawing on current first years’ (assurance) experence in London office they have had days in Embankment with not a lot of work in the slack period then come the busy season they may be at clients til 8 or 9 in the evenings . First years will have to do some stock takes at the weekend.
So, under the current system work and study seem to be quite distinct. But that may change for your intake, who knows.
Deloittes in Reading split the 6 week block into 3 study, three client then back to three study and take exams.
The first years I know seem to have a normal life when it’s not study time but have no life apart from study when they are on the crammer courses, as that is what they are really.
But the very smart ones can still fit in a social life.
This is from knowledge of PwC from discussions with trainees.
Hope you get some personal experience responses.
Sorry but this is only the first year. The students I know are not yet in second year and the others I know are now qualified so took the exams under the pre 2007 system which had 5 fewer exams.
PS check to see if you may be exempt some first year exams depending on what subjects you read at uni etc.