Frequently asked questions


Here are some of the questions we get asked most frequently. If you can't find what you need to know then use our instant chat feature

Before you apply

What are the opening dates for your new graduate programmes?

Most of our jobs each year open in September. We recommend you keep a regular eye on our careers page and follow our Facebook and Twitter pages to see our latest and upcoming vacancies to get your application in early.

What are your application deadlines?

Deadlines do apply in some areas so check our business area pages and our application timetable carefully. We advise you aim to get your application in as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

What are your entry requirements?

Most of our graduate programmes require 300 UCAS points and a 2.1 degree but for Technology some role require 240 Ucas points and for Consulting programmes we require 340 UCAS points.

What work experience opportunities do you offer for students and graduates?

Please visit our Internship and Work placement pages to see all the opportunities we offer. It’s a great way to experience work and life at PwC and gain valuable insight into our business and culture.

I don't meet PwC's minimum academic requirements, can I still apply?

Unfortunately, if you don’t meet our required academics then your application will not be considered. However, if you feel that you have extenuating circumstances then please let us know.

Click here to read more about our 'Outstanding Achievement' entry route if you only meet one of our two academic requirements.

If my previous application wasn't successful, how long do I have to wait before I can re-apply?

You’ll have to wait 3 months from your rejection notification before re-applying.

Do you accept applications from graduates who require work permits?

Yes we do. We welcome applications from all candidates but there are restrictions to some areas of our business so please visit our work permits page for more information and to see where restrictions apply

As part of my course I want to do a business placement, does PwC offer these?

Please click on the following to find out more: 

Work placements - Get first-hand experience of our business on one of our work placement programmes. You’ll soak up complex business information and you’ll boost your commercial awareness, interpersonal skills, and self-confidence. You'll also develop a genuine understanding of what we do and how we do it and you'll discover whether PwC and the type of work you could take on with us is right for you.

Do I need a finance & accounting background to apply for PwC?

Not at all, we welcome students from all degree disciplines. It doesn’t matter what degree you’re studying for – in fact most of our business areas accepts students from any disciplines. But you must have a good academic record and be able to show how you’ve used your initiative and team-working skills before and at university.

I graduated a few years ago; can I still apply for a graduate position?

Yes of course, we welcome all students from all backgrounds. What’s important to us is a good academic record and your ability to show us how you’ve used you initiative and team –working skills to align with the PwC Professional.

During your application

What's the application process and how long does the process take?

Please click here to see our application process. After submitting your application we’ll aim to get back to you within five working days – timings vary between business areas though, so check our website for details.

Can I practice psychometric testing?

If you’re invited to sit our online test then you’ll also be sent a link to a practice test to complete. You can read more about psychometric testing on our Assessment at PwC page.

I'm concerned I won't be in the country for my interview, what shall I do?

Please email hccustomerservices.applicationmanagement@uk.pwc.com with your username explaining your situation and a member of our team will be in contact with you shortly.

After your application

Will I be able to meet other people I am joining with before I start?

There'll be a joining event arranged in your region or business area prior to joining. We also have an application on Facebook where you can chat to other people in the same position as you.

Can I come in to shadow for a day before I start?

There are opportunities for you to come and meet us before you join but this would be dependent on the office or business unit. Your local recruiter will be able to provide further details.

I'm a first year student, what opportunities are available to me?

Please click on the following to find out more: 

Career open day - You'll spend a day in one of our offices across the UK, discovering what we do, how, why and where we do it, and who we do it for. 

Talent academy - Lasting two days, this programme gives your career a jump start. You’ll spend time in the company of like-minded peers, learn from top professional business advisers and recruiters, and get the kind of preparation for the world of work that’s available only to the most talented and ambitious. 

Women in business - During this paid placement, you’ll shadow one of our female leaders as part of a one week experience and gain an insight into the opportunities available at PwC.

I'm a second year student, what opportunities are available to me?

Please click on the following to find out more: 

Career open day - You'll spend a day in one of our offices across the UK, discovering what we do, how, why and where we do it, and who we do it for. 

Talent academy - Available if your on a four year degree programme, this programme gives your career a jump start. You’ll spend time in the company of like-minded peers, learn from top professional business advisers and recruiters, and get the kind of preparation for the world of work that’s available only to the most talented and ambitious. 

Summer internships - Build your skills and confidence by working alongside specialists in your chosen business during the summer. You'll get a real taste of life at the heart of PwC, working alongside graduate trainees and experienced professionals on live and interesting client projects. You’ll be doing real work on real clients so be prepared to get stuck in. 

Women in business - During this paid placement, you’ll shadow one of our female leaders as part of a one week experience and gain an insight into the opportunities available at PwC.

I'm a final year student, what opportunities are available to me?

Please click on the following to find out more:

Career open day - You'll spend a day in one of our offices across the UK, discovering what we do, how, why and where we do it, and who we do it for. 

Graduate jobs - Be part of the world’s leading professional services network and enjoy the benefits that come with that. We had a wide range of opportunities in Actuarial, Assurance, Consulting, Deals, Tax and Technology.

Women in business - During this paid placement, you’ll shadow one of our female leaders as part of a one week experience and gain an insight into the opportunities available at PwC.