UCAS tariff changes

Take the opportunity of a lifetime

We have an important update to share about our recruitment and assessment process. From 1 June 2015, we will no longer use UCAS tariff as an assessment tool for the majority of our undergraduate and graduate opportunities.  

What does this mean for you? We continue to be passionate about recruiting the most talented students and if you have great A-levels we’ll still be keen to consider your application but if you don’t, and you’ve gone on to excel at University, your application will now be considered.

Why we’re making this change for two very important reasons:

1. Being a progressive and socially inclusive employer matters to us. There’s strong correlation that exists in the UK between social class and school academic performance. This data suggests that by placing too much emphasis on UCAS scores, employers could miss out on key talent from disadvantaged backgrounds, because they may perform less well at school. That’s why, from an academic perspective, we’re focusing on your degree.  

2. We want to reach the broadest range of talented students. Making this change will enable us to further diversify our student intake through broader access to talented young people.  Students who don’t have strong historical academic performance at school, but have gone on to perform well at university, and have the transferable skills we’re looking for from other areas of personal achievement.  Take a look at our employability toolkit.

New recruitment assessment process

When you apply, we’ll still ask for your UCAS scores. Don’t worry. This is so we can monitor if our new recruitment assessment process is having the impact we want it to. Your UCAS scores won’t be used to assess you, unless we tell you otherwise, as a few programmes are keeping this step, but most are not. We have a table below to show which programmes do still have UCAS assessment in place.

We’ll continue to filter applications by your university degree results. For all our graduate and undergraduate programmes you’ll need to have achieved, or be on course to achieve a 2.1 in your degree.

We’ll continue to assess you through our online behavioural and aptitude assessments. Doing well in these tests tells us you have the capacity to learn, have the personal skills we need and the overall suitability we’re looking for in our people. Learn more about our assessments here.

Leading change
By taking this new approach, we believe we’ll maintain the high level assessment we need to identify top talent, but we’ll be doing this in a fairer way. It’s also a move that could drive radical change across our industry. We’re proud to be leading this change.

 

We’ve been a recruiting pioneer in other areas too:

  • Across all student programmes we recruit around 2,500 students into graduate, school and college leaver and work experience roles each year
  • We’re proud to have been voted The Times Top 100 Graduate Employer of the Year for an unprecedented 12 years
  • We’re also proud to be voted the Times Top 100 Graduate Employer of the Year for Consulting for 2 years, and have held The Times Top 100 Accountancy Employer of the Year award for 16 years
  • We’ve pioneered new recruitment and assessment approaches before, including our sponsored degree programme – Flying Start
  • We offered the first Higher Apprenticeship in professional services and we’ve been recruiting school and college leavers directly into our business for more than 10 years

We’ll continue using UCAS tariff for the following career programmes: 

 

Entry route Area of business Sub area UCAS tariff GCSE requirements
Higher Apprenticeships and School & College Leaver programmes
Assurance
Consulting
Deals
Tax
 
All
All
All
All
280
280
280
240
Grade C in GCSE English Language and Mathematics
 

Graduate jobs and Summer Internships






 

Actuarial
Consulting
Consulting






 
All
Strategy
Economics





 


320
340
340 or 240 but achieved or on track for a 1st class degree




 
Grade C in GCSE English Language and Mathematics




 
Talent Academy and Women in Business


 

Actuarial
Assurance
Consulting
Deals
Tax
 
All
All
All
All
All
320
300
340
300
300


Grade C in GCSE English Language and Mathematics


 

 

A small number of graduate roles where a particular subject matter expertise is a requirement. 

Gaenor Bagley, PwC head of people said: 

“As a progressive employer we recognise that talent and potential presents itself in different ways and at different stages in people's lives. Removing the UCAS criteria will create a fairer and more modern system in which students are selected on their own merit, irrespective of their background or where they are from. “By breaking downsocial barriers we will open the door to thousands of students who may have previously thought a graduate role with PwC was out of reach for them.” 

Richard Irwin, PwC head of student recruitment, said: 

“We want to target bright, talented people and extend our career opportunities to untapped talent in wider pockets of society. Our experience shows that whilst A Level assessment can indicate potential, for far too many students there are other factors that influence capability. Competition and assessment for our graduate roles will be as tough as ever - but those that want to get on with a career in business can.” 

Stephen Isherwood, from the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), said; 

“Using a candidate’s UCAS points to assess their potential is a blunt tool and a barrier to social mobility. This is an innovate step by one of the most significant graduate recruiters in the UK. Other graduate employers should follow their lead.”