FAQs

You're likely to have a few questions that you may not yet have found the answer to. Here are some of the questions we get asked most frequently.

Work experience and events

Do you offer work experience?
We only offer work experience through our formal Insight Weeks for Year 12 students (Year 13 in NI and S5 in Scotland). You can find out more on our Insight Weeks page but we do not offer ad-hoc work experience. This must be applied for through formal routes, but all are welcome to our office open evenings.

I’m interested in work experience but I’m not in Year 12
You do need to be in year 12 for work experience, but we’d welcome you to one of our office open events. These are a great opportunity to visit the office, meet staff and find out more about PwC.

Can I get you to come into my school? (For Careers Advisors)
We do visit school groups, but this is reviewed on a case by case basis. Please sign up for our Talent Network and email schoolsrecruitment@uk.pwc.com to share more details about your school, the year groups you’d like us to visit and we will then get back to you.

Do you have events where I live/at my school?
Please check our events page to see what events are near you.

Do you have events for parents/teachers?
We do have events for Parents and Teachers. You can find out more about these on our Teacher zone and parent zone pages. However if you have a specific question, please contact us on schoolsrecruitment@uk.pwc.com .

Before applying

Is there a different career progression for apprentices vs graduate joiners?
All routes offer you the same deal. The opportunity to grow as an individual, to meet new people, and build lasting relationships that will stay with you for life.

What is the salary like for an apprentice?  Will I earn less as an apprentice?
Initially yes you will earn a lower salary, however once you finish your apprenticeship programme you will be on a competitive salary for the market. If your performing well you will reach senior positions quicker than graduates, without the university debt.

Do graduates go on better jobs than apprentices?
As an apprentice you won’t get stuck doing the photocopying and making the tea, you’re involved in projects straight away. Our apprentices are engaged in projects and hands-on in client-facing roles.

Will I miss out on the social life you get at uni if I do an apprenticeship?
All new joiners at PwC are supported by many people, including a people manager, career coach and buddy.  They will help you to get settled, make new friends, and get to grips with your new working environment.  You will be able to join sports teams, diversity networks and other social interest groups, social drinks and parties, team away days, and 6 days of volunteering a year to name but a few.

Will I be the youngest member of the team by a long way?
The average age at PwC is 28!

Will it hinder my career when I leave PwC if I don't have a degree?
PwC is a great place to start your career, and if after you complete your apprenticeship you decide it’s time to move on, having the number one professional firm on your CV will definitely get you noticed. Gaining additional qualification such as the ACA through your training also give your more relevant experience and credibility to a career in accountancy than any degree.

Will I get promoted slower than a graduate?
Progression is based on merit throughout the firm, regardless of entry route.

What is the difference between an apprenticeship, a degree apprenticeship and Flying Start?
A degree apprenticeship is a level 6 apprenticeship, which is a blend of study at university and work placements at PwC. PwC offer Technology and Data Science degree apprenticeship across a range of top universities across the UK. These degree apprenticeships are fully funded and students come out with a degree, an apprenticeship and normally a permanent job offer.
Our Flying Start degree programme, which we offer in accounting and business are similar to degree apprenticeships but do not follow the apprenticeship framework, however they do combine the study at university with paid placements at PwC . The Flying Start Degrees are non funded.  Again these are offered at a range or top universities across the country.
An apprenticeship at PwC does not involve studying at university. This is a full time role which will involve you studying towards a professional qualification alongside your level 4 apprenticeship. PwC fund all of your qualification and any resources you need to complete it, and you also receive a full time salary as an employee at PwC. We offer apprenticeships in a range of different departments across our UK offices.

 

Applying

How do I apply for a role with PwC?
Please apply for our School and College Leaver programmes online on this website. Applications for the Flying Start Degrees in Accounting, Technology, Business and Data Science are via UCAS.

When are your deadlines?
Deadlines do apply in some areas so check our individual programmes carefully to avoid disappointment. You’ll find details of any deadlines on the vacancy descriptions provided on our website.

Will I be able to apply for more than one business areas?
You can only submit one application at a time and commitment to your chosen business area is important. If you’re not successful then you can apply again after 6 months from your original application date.

If I've been rejected can I apply again?
You'll need to wait 6 months from your original application date before applying again. When you re-apply, your previous application is disregarded so you have a fresh start.

I’m not sure how many UCAS points I have achieved from my studies?
If you look on the UCAS Website, you can see the conversions for your qualification into UCAS points.

Can I still apply if I don't have the required academics?
Unfortunately, if you don’t meet our required academics then your application will not be considered. However, if you feel that you have equivalent qualifications or extenuating circumstances which explain your academic performance then please do still apply and let us know on your application form.

Can I count my AS level grades towards my UCAS tariff?
Unfortunately, you can’t count AS grades towards your UCAS Tariff. Your total points score is taken from up to 3 full A-levels, excluding resits, which are taken in the same sitting (excluding general studies). Where you’ve taken more than 3 full A-levels in a single sitting, we’ll use your highest grades. If you have any extenuating circumstances related to your exam marks, the qualifications you’ve taken or the sequencing of these, you should declare this on your application form and this will be considered as we review your application.

Can I apply for a role when I have taken a resit?
We'll accept applications where modules or papers have been retaken within the same academic year, however we're unable to accept a full subject retake. Your overall first A-Level grade attempt is what you'll need to apply with. If you have any extenuating circumstances related to your exam marks, you should declare this on your application form and this will be considered as we review your application.

Can I apply if I require a work permit?
Under the UK Border Agency codes of practice, we’re unable to provide sponsorship for our School and College Leaver roles.

I have extenuating circumstances/a disability, how can I let you know when I apply?
Please detail all of your circumstances on your application for our screening team to assess.Further information can be found on our Applying with a disability page.

Application process

How long does the application process take?
We’ll aim to get back to you within five working days of submitting your application– timings can vary between business areas though, so please visit our Apply page for more information.

Is it possible to have practice psychometric test questions?
If you’re invited to sit our online tests then you’ll also be sent a link to a practice test to complete. You can read more about psychometric testing on our Recruitment at PwC page.

What is Career valuation?
There is no need to do any advance preparation for this stage, you’ll be presented with some videos that will give you an idea of what it’s like to work here. Just answer the questions with what you think is the most appropriate response to the situation.

What is Career unlocked? 
This is a game based assessment, you’ll complete a series of behavioural assessments and numerical and abstract reasoning assessments. To help you prepare, remind yourself of the basics of mathematics, with and without using a calculator. Practise calculating percentages, ratios, fractions, currency conversions etc. You can sharpen your logical reasoning ability by doing abstract or shape-based puzzles beforehand.

What is Career conversation? 
This is a video interview where you’ll record your responses under timed conditions. Consider why you want to join PwC and practice by recording yourself and reviewing your performance. Consider how you delivered your response and the structure of your response, is it clear for reviewer to understand your key points?

What is a Career focus day?
This is our immersive assessment centre where you’ll be working on a project with a group of people and will be managing your own time. If you are successful in reaching this stage, one of our recruitment team will call you to discuss any queries you might have about the day.

When will I hear back about how I’ve done?
We aim to get back to you as soon as possible, for our deadline driven roles, the key dates are advertised on our website. For all other roles, you’ll be able to access feedback on your performance at the online stages.

What to do if you get a technical fault?
Please contact our recruitment helpdesk via hccsstudentrecruitment@uk.pwc.com. You’ll need to state your candidate ID and for any game based assessment issues, you’ll need your player key.

Will you pay travel to attend the assessment day?
We would reimburse up to £100 for attendance to the student assessment day. You can submit your claim after travelling to your assessment day and you will need to provide receipts or proof of purchase.

Before joining

Will I be able to meet the people I'm joining before I start?
There’ll be a pre-joining event arranged in your region or business area prior to joining, and your local team will contact you with details of this in the few weeks before your start date. Either way, before you start with us, we'll provide you with lots of information about what to expect. You can contact your local recruiter at any point before you join, and you'll hear from the buddy you've been allocated (a recent joiner a year or two ahead of you) in the run up to your start date. 

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 we are unable to arrange shadowing. You will receive all of the basics that you need during your induction, so don’t worry!