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Whether you’re leaving school or returning from a gap year, there’s an incredible variety of career opportunities open to you. Whichever one you choose, you’ll get your career off to the best possible start.

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Higher Apprenticeships

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PwC Higher Apprenticeship programme

You may be thinking more broadly about your options after you finish school or college. You’ll be pleased to hear you can jump straight into the world of work if you have some good A levels behind you (or equivalent). Vocational and work based learning is a real option if you’re interested in earning a wage and gaining some professional qualifications.

Our Higher Apprenticeship programme is a real alternative for talented individuals who are interested in a career in accountancy, finance or consulting.

Our programme is designed to help develop your business skills whilst undertaking formal training and qualifications. You’ll take an accredited route to a highly skilled career at PwC within a nationally recognised framework.


You’ll work within Management Consulting where you'll learn and develop the specialist skills our clients look for and value most. This includes studying towards a professional qualification within a nationally recognised framework, with support from us all the way. After you've qualified, you'll have the option to look for new challenges, perhaps in other areas of the firm to broaden your knowledge.

Consulting Higher Apprentices can look forward to getting involved in many different tasks within Management Consulting. You'll work across our business, getting to grips with how we work with clients, from the way we train our people, to the processes we go through to engage our clients, and protect ourselves and our business from risk.

In your first couple of years, you'll get exposure to different challenges and will get to know our business first hand; equipping you with the skills you need to one day help our clients. This invaluable on-the-job experience will develop you technically and personally.

More importantly, you'll learn new things every day in a supportive environment. We believe the best way to learn is on the job and the work you do will help you to practise building professional relationships, and understand what makes our business work. We believe these skills are at the heart of being a true Consultant at PwC.

How you’ll develop

You'll study for a nationally recognised Consulting qualification accredited by the OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations). Through this you'll develop a formal understanding of business and develop data analysis and research expertise. Along the way, you'll also learn through doing, building your communication, relationship, project management and personal skills.

What you’ll need

This programme is open to you if:

  • you’re leaving school with at least 280 UCAS tariff points (or equivalent, excluding general studies.)

Please note that if you have a degree, you may find our graduate opportunities more appropriate. Having a degree does not lead to faster progression through the programme.


You'll learn and develop the specialist skills our clients look for and value most. This includes studying towards a professional qualification within a nationally recognised framework, with support from us all the way.

You can specialise in:

  • Corporate & Indirect Tax – focusing on Corporation Tax or VAT Compliance
  • Human Resource Consulting

A position in Tax provides you with the opportunity to work within a team covering an arena which is increasingly growing ever more complex. Subject to the team you join, you could provide tax advice on; mergers and acquisitions, corporation tax, transfer pricing, treasury and finance, international structuring, indirect tax, tax compliance, workforce structuring, reward and compensation frameworks, expatriate tax and international mobility. Clients include global players, FTSE 100 companies and middle market organisations.

As part of the Higher Apprenticeship programme you'll undertake a self directed learning programme involving; professional qualifications, nationally recognised qualifications at level 4 – the equivalent of the first rungs of the Higher Education ladder, gaining knowledge of the industry and market, technical skills, self development & awareness, leadership skills and commercial awareness.

How you’ll develop

You’ll enjoy plenty of practical, on-the-job training while studying for a professional qualification with the Association of Tax Technicians (ATT). This usually takes around two years and will enable you to secure relevant professional awards as a core part of your Apprenticeship. We’ll give you study leave to go to college plus plenty of support, but you’ll need to study in your own time too. The hard work will be worth it though when you pick up your qualification. And the great thing is, by the time you complete your exams, you’ll have lots of valuable experience to build on.

At the same, time, whichever area you work in, you'll enjoy plenty of interaction with clients – from multinationals to ambitious start-ups across a wide range of industry sectors – in meetings and over the phone. You'll support busy client teams by advising businesses on tax issues, and doing anything from technical research to drafting correspondence to going with senior colleagues to meetings. And you’ll get a solid grounding in your specialism plus regular training and updates to boost your development. Gradually you’ll take on your own portfolio of clients as you progress.

What you'll need

This programme is open to you if:

  • you’re leaving school with at least a 240 UCAS tariff points (or equivalent).

If you’re interested to find out how PwC’s Consulting practice has been developing the framework for Higher Apprenticeships within the professional services sector, please click here to visit our corporate website.

Flying Start degree programmes

If you want to go to university, and know you want to ultimately have a career as an accountant, then our PwC-endorsed degree offers the best of both worlds. It could set you on your path to qualify more quickly as a Chartered Accountant, and means you could even secure a job offer with us once you graduate. That’s why we call it our Flying Start Degree Programme. You get a traditional university experience as a full-time student, alongside paid work placements with our Assurance practice and real exposure to our world-class clients.

You can apply through UCAS at the following Universities:

Henley Business School at the University of Reading

Combine work with study at Henley Business School at the University of Reading on this new partnership degree programme whilst you fast track your career.  As you progress through this four year BA (Hons) Accounting & Business (UCAS code NN41) degree programme you will be working toward the ICAEW’s Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) qualification. You will also get to put theory into practice, by assisting PwC’s assurance team on client projects over three paid, progressive work placements – easing the cost of going to university and developing vital employability skills you will need for your career going forward.  Successful graduates from the programme can expect to receive a full time job offer from PwC and because you have already completed three placements you can expect to be a step ahead of your peers by the time you join us.

For further information, visit these websites:

PwC & Henley brochure: Click here to download

Newcastle University

This programme is for you if you’ve decided on university and an accountancy career. You’ll qualify as a Chartered Accountant about a year after you graduate on this innovative four-year BA (Honours) Business Accounting and Finance degree (UCAS Code NN14) at Newcastle University. Developed in partnership with Newcastle University Business School and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), it combines the study of business, accounting and finance with paid work placements at PwC. The mix of theory and practice, plus the fact that you’ll pick up a range of vital business skills, mean you’ll be a step ahead of your peers by the time you join us.  

For further information, visit these websites:

PwC & Newcastle Brochure: Click here to download