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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 you're 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 qualifications such as the ACA through your training also give you more relevant experience and credibility to a career in accountancy than any degree.

Will I get promoted slower than a graduate if I join as a school and college leaver?

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 or level 7 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

What are the opening dates for your new graduate programmes?

Each year some of our roles will open as early as July but the majority 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.

Do all of your programmes have deadlines?

No. Some of our roles have deadlines, but most are rolling recruitment which means they are filled on a first come first serve basis.

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. For our programmes that have a deadline associated with them, we review applications on an ongoing basis. However, you'll only find out if you have been successful after the deadline has passed, once all applications have been reviewed. We'd encourage you to manage your time, ensuring you complete the online tests assessments before their specific deadline as advertised on the job description.

What are your entry requirements?

Most of our graduate programmes require a 2.1 degree but for some roles we also require some UCAS points. Please check individual job postings for academic requirements.

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

We’ll need further information from you so we can consider the impact any extenuating circumstances may have had on your grades.

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

You’ll have to wait 6 months from the date you originally applied, before re-applying. If you try to apply again before this date you will receive an error message. We take any attempts to circumvent this policy very seriously.

Do you accept applications from graduates who require work permits?

Yes we do. We welcome applications from candidates who can switch from a Tier 4 (General) Student visa but there are restrictions to some of our business areas and office locations so please visit our work permits page for more information and to see where restrictions apply.

Do I need a finance and 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 accept students from any discipline. 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.

I’ve applied to a programme but would like to swap to another one, what should I do?

Please call the helpline on 0808 100 1500 or email PwCStudentRecruitment@hccs.pwc.co.uk if you’d like to request a transfer.

I have extenuating circumstances, how can I let you know when I apply?

Please detail all of your circumstances on your application for our screening team to assess.

I have overseas qualifications, how do I put this on my application form?

When completing your application form, please select the relevant exam type and grade that appear on your exam certificates. Please do not convert your grades to UK equivalents. If you're unable to find your exact exam type / grade combination in the academic achievements dropdown, please select "other" and free-type your exact results. All grades are verified as part of our pre-employment screening process and we take any discrepancies very seriously. If you're unsure how to complete your application form, please contact our student helpline on freephone 0808 100 1500, from outside the UK: +44 (0)1952 568470 or email PwCStudentRecruitment@hccs.pwc.co.uk.

How do I apply for a school and college leaver 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 and Business are via UCAS.

Will I be able to apply for more than one business area?

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 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.

Application process

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.

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

Please call our student helpline on freephone 0808 100 1500 or email PwCStudentRecruitment@hccs.pwc.co.ukwith your candidate reference number explaining your situation and a member of our team will be in contact with you shortly.

I have substantial experience/qualifications for the role I applied for. Why do I need to take tests as well?

The assessment tools give us extra information on particular areas like reasoning ability or the quality of your team working skills. It's difficult to assess these skills objectively from other parts of the selection procedure. Each assessment focuses on a specific, job-relevant skill. People who have little experience of a particular job may well be very capable of doing that job, and the test gives them the chance to prove it. All candidates for a role complete the same assessment exercises which means we can compare them fairly and objectively. You may also want to refer to our experienced hire careers if you have substantial work experience / qualifications.

Can I fail the tests? And if so, what effect will this have on my chance of getting a role?

It is possible to fail the tests. Before using any assessment tool, we work out what level of achievement indicates that a candidate has the potential to do a specific job successfully. As such, if you fail to meet any of the criteria, at any stage of the recruitment process, your application will not progress any further.

What are your commitments to candidates completing the assessments?

We're committed to the fair and ethical use of assessment tools and provide information to help you understand why and how we use them in our recruitment process. We've also prepared a detailed statement of our commitment to all candidates.

I’m having trouble with my video interview, who can I contact?

Please call our student  helpline on freephone 0808 100 1500 or email PwCStudentRecruitment@hccs.pwc.co.uk

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 call our student our helpline on freephone 0808 100 1500 or email PwCStudentRecruitment@hccs.pwc.co.uk. You’ll need to state your candidate ID and for any game based assessment issues, you’ll need your player key.

 

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. You can also visit our Employability Hub to help you prepare.

What can I apply for?

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

Please click on the following to find out more:

Office open events - 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.

Women in business - During this three-day paid programme you’ll get an insight into what a career at PwC could look like. You’ll meet mentors and buddies who’ll represent the variety of opportunities available across PwC. You’ll meet some of our Female colleagues to hear about their own personal career journeys, as well as from some of our networks focussed on Diversity and Inclusion.

Black Talent in Business - During this three-day paid programme you’ll get an insight into what a career at PwC could look like, you’ll meet mentors and buddies who’ll represent the variety of opportunities available across PwC. You’ll meet some of our Black colleagues to hear about their own personal career journeys, as well as from some of our networks focussed on Diversity and Inclusion.

 

I’m a penultimate year student, what opportunities are available to me?

Please click on the following to find out more:
Office open events - 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.
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.

Black Talent in Business - During this three-day paid programme you’ll get an insight into what a career at PwC could look like, you’llmeet mentors and buddies who’ll represent the variety of opportunities available across PwC. You’ll meet some of our Black colleagues to hear about their own personal career journeys, as well as from some of our networks focussed on Diversity and Inclusion. 

 

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

Please click on the following to find out more:
Office open events - 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, Audit, Consulting, Deals, Risk, Tax and Technology.

I am in my second year of a four year course. Am I eligible for the programmes suited for first year or penultimate year students?

You can apply to our first year Women in Business roles if you are in your second year of a four year course.

Are all of your programmes open?

You can search for all open roles on our website. Each year some of our roles will open as early as July but the majority open in September. Please note that some do have deadlines, others will fill on a first come first serve basis.

 

Where can I view opportunities in other countries?

Take a look at our Global careers site.

Career processes

Explore your own preferences and learn more about our different business areas. This tool will allow you to identify suitable programmes for your current year of study and interests. You can also visit our Myth Busting page to see if your assumptions of PwC are true. 

This is a game based assessment, you’ll complete a series of behavioural assessments and numerical and in some cases the 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 abstract reasoning ability by doing abstract or shape-based puzzles beforehand. You can also visit our Employability Hub to learn more about these assessments.

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 deliver your response and the structure of your response, is it clear for the reviewer to understand your key points? Find out more on our Career Conversation page.

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.

The final stage of your recruitment journey is an in-person event held in one of our regional office hubs to celebrate your success and launch your career at PwC! You’ll be able to find out more about PwC as a firm and what we offer our employees whilst networking with people from the business and fellow offer holders. These events will be held on a regular basis and you will be invited to register for the next upcoming event for the region you are joining once you receive your offer. If you are unable to attend an event please link in with your recruiter to discuss alternatives as these events are an important part of your recruitment journey and will set you up for success at the firm. Travel expenses will be reimbursed. We look forward to hosting you!

Work experience and events

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

Please visit our programme 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.

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

Yes we do. 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. Find out more

Will you pay travel to attend your events?

We would reimburse up to £100 in reasonable travel expenses for our offer holder events

Is there a dress code for your events?

We have a dress for your day, dress code. Watch our video to explain this in more detail. Watch now.

We’re looking for sponsorship for our university club or society - how can I contact you?

Take a look at our opportunity challenge page.

Do you offer work experience for school and college leavers?

We don’t offer work experience, however, we do run our Virtual Insight Week programme for Year 12 students (Year 13 in NI and S5 in Scotland). You can find out more on our Virtual Insight Week page. We do not offer any ad-hoc work experience.

I’m interested in the Virtual Insight Week programme but I’m not in Year 12

You do need to be in Year 12 (Year 13 in NI and S5 in Scotland) for our Virtual Insight Week programme, but we’d welcome you to one of our upcoming events. These are a great opportunity to 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 uk_schools_recruitment@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. Additionally we have lots of online resources and events available to students, such as our Virtual Classroom sessions, recorded Back to Schools content and our Employability Hub.

Do you have events where I live/at my school?

Please check our events page to see what events are near you. We also run a host of online events, which you can read more about and sign up to here.

Do you have events for parents/teachers?

We do have events for Parents and Teachers. You can find out more about these here. However if you have a specific question, please contact us on uk_schools_recruitment@pwc.com. We also have an Employability Skills Toolkit available with free lesson plans to support your students in developing key skills and you can keep up to date with everything we’re up to by signing up to our Talent Network. You might also be interested in our regional Teacher Insight Calls, which you can register for here.

 

Before joining

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

The final stage of your recruitment journey will involve an in-person event held in one of our regional office hubs to celebrate your success and launch your career at PwC! You’ll be able to find out more about PwC as a firm and what we offer our employees whilst networking with people from the business and fellow offer holders. These events will be held on a regular basis and you will be invited to register for the next upcoming event for the region you are joining once you receive your offer.

Before your start date, we may also invite you to attend a pre-joining event where you can meet fellow new joiners and learn more information about your forthcoming induction. For some offer holders we also offer the opportunity to join our LinkedIn communities which will allow you to meet with other joiners.

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 have accepted an offer to join PwC; can I ask to defer my start date?

At PwC we do consider deferral requests. You will need to submit a strong business case, which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If you are considering a deferral, we would encourage you to apply at a later date that aligns with your intended start date.

Virtual Career Focus Day

Which device should I use?

You should use a laptop or PC for the assessment centre that is microphone and webcam enabled. If you're unable to access either of these, we need to know this a minimum of 72 hours ahead of the event. Please contact hccsstudentrecruitment@uk.pwc.com in the first instance.

Do I need to download any software ahead of the day?

We use Google Meet for our virtual Career Focus Days. You don’t need to download Google Meet, but you’ll need to make sure that you have Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, or Safari installed on your laptop/PC to access the platform. We recommend that you do your own ‘tech check’ ahead of the day. Further information can be found in this document.

 

What if I have a technical issue on the day?

Please don’t panic. You can call the host on their mobile if you have any technical issues on the day and we’ll help resolve the issue.

 

We recommend that you check your internet connection ahead of the Career Focus Day to make sure it’s strong and stable. We also recommend testing Google Meet in advance, ensuring that your webcam and audio are working properly.

 

Can I complete the Career Focus Day from anywhere?

You should complete the day somewhere with a strong and stable Wi-Fi connection, and you should ensure that the environment is quiet and free from distractions. You should treat this like any other assessment day and dress professionally, ensuring you have no distractions in the background.

 

What else will I need on the day?

  • Laptop charger - you’ll need to make sure you have your laptop charger plugged in, as you’ll be completing work on your laptop and may lose your progress if the battery runs out.

  • A phone that is fully charged - your phone will be a backup in case there are issues with your laptop or internet connection. You can also use it to call the host if you encounter any problems.

  • Pens/pencils and scrap paper - although your work will be submitted online you may still want to jot notes down throughout the day.

  • Calculator - you may need to use a calculator during some of the exercises.

  • Water - unfortunately, we can’t be there to provide refreshments. This will be a busy day and you should ensure you stay hydrated; we recommend keeping a bottle of water and some snacks nearby.

What if I have an issue on the day that means I cannot complete all the assessments?

Please speak to us as soon as possible on the day to let us know your issue. We can’t guarantee that you’ll be able to retake the day, so please be fully prepared for any potential problems that may arise. This includes making sure that you have tested the technology you’ll be using on the day.

 

What if I can no longer attend the day?

Let us know as soon as possible if your circumstances change. It’s really unfortunate when we find out at the last minute that someone’s unable to attend, not least because it means that other candidates have missed out on a place they could’ve taken. We’d also like to emphasise that if you’re unable to attend on the day, there is no guarantee that you’d be invited to another virtual Career Focus Day, so it’s really important you do attend once committing to the day.

 

I need reasonable adjustments - can these still be made virtually?

If your reasonable adjustment requires additional time - Our Career Focus Days already have additional time built into them so that you should have enough time within the day to complete everything that you need to.

If you reasonable adjustment doesn’t require extra time - If you’d like to make us aware of any other reasonable adjustment, for example a visual or audible adjustment, please contact hccsstudentrecruitment@uk.pwc.com to make us aware as soon as possible so we can make any adjustments if necessary.

 

Your Career Focus Day

What can I expect?

Our Career Focus Day is a fully immersive, virtual selection event; allowing you to experience the realities of working at PwC. We’ll be in touch prior to the day to talk through the technology we’ll use for the virtual event, and some tips on how to prepare.

  • You’ll be provided with your own login to our assessment platform during the day; where you’ll be able to access your email inbox and calendar for the day.

  • You’ll manage your own time during the day, take breaks when you need to and navigate between virtual meeting rooms.

  • You’ll take part in individual work, group activities and a 1-2-1 interview. Work at PwC is rarely predictable so you’ll need to be agile and be ready to adapt your plan if needed.

  • You’ll be given a lot of information to work through. We’ll be looking at how you approach the tasks, self-manage your time and engage in group discussions.

We’ll be assessing your alignment to the PwC Professional behaviours. You can find out more about the skills we look for on our careers website here

How can I prepare?

You can prepare in advance by thinking about the behaviours and skills we’re looking for and and by reviewing our assessment day eLearn on our Employability Hub. 

 

It’s also important that you come to your Career Focus Day with an understanding of PwC, what we do and the role you’re applying for. We would encourage you to do your research, including using the PwC website and referring back to the job description for your role. If the world of professional services is new to you, you can build your knowledge of business vocabulary by visiting our “Business 101” glossary. 

 

Your ‘Tech Check.’

Your ‘Tech Check.’

Before the virtual Career Focus Day, you’ll be sent two links that allow you to join and participate in the assessment centre. One of these links is for a platform called ‘Impact’ which you’ll use throughout the day to access relevant information, submit documents, complete exercises, view your timetable, and move around the virtual centre. 

 

The other link is for a Google Meet meeting, where you’ll join the virtual Career Focus Day and be introduced to the agenda for the day. During this introduction, you will be fully briefed on the process, how the virtual Career Focus Day will run, and we’ll make sure that there are no initial connection issues to ensure that the day runs as smoothly as possible.

 

Please ensure that you log into the virtual assessment centre on time, using the Google Meet link that will be sent to you.

 

How do I use Google Meet?

How do I use Impact?

Impact is the platform you’ll use throughout the day to access relevant information, submit documents, complete exercises, view your timetable, and move around the virtual centre.

You’ll be sent a link prior to the day to access Impact and will log in on the day with the email address you provided when you applied.

 

Technology Essentials

  • You don’t need to download or purchase any software.

  • You’ll be prompted to wait in the main lobby on Google Meet until your host arrives.

  • Ensure that you use the link sent to you in your invite ahead of the day.

  • You’ll also use another platform, ‘Impact’. You’ll be sent a link for the Impact session ahead of the day and you’ll be able to log in to this using your email address. Please note that you won’t be able to access Impact using your email address prior to the day itself.

  • The device you use needs to have a camera, keyboard and audio.

  • Make sure your device is plugged into a power source as you’ll be using it for a long period during the day, and can lose any work that isn’t saved.

  • A reliable internet connection.

  • A phone that is also fully charged, your phone will be a back-up in case there are any issues with your laptop or internet connection. Also, you can use it to call one of our facilitators if you encounter any problems.

Participating in live sessions with PwC

Guidance for young people

When participating in a live online selection event with PwC, it’s important to understand that portions of the event are live and any comments you make will be seen by others, and you won’t be able to delete or edit them. You shouldn’t share any personal information and must not respond to contact requests from people you don’t know.

 

Please read the following agreement and discuss it with your own support network (for example, your parents/carers or teacher/group leader) before attending your selection event:

 

  • I will be responsible for my behaviour when using the internet, including taking part in online sessions. This includes the resources I access and the language I use.

  • I will not deliberately browse, download or upload material that could be considered offensive or illegal. If I accidentally come across any such material I will report it immediately.

  • I will not send anyone material that could be considered threatening, bullying, offensive or illegal.

  • I will not give out any personal information online, such as my name, phone number or address. During online sessions with PwC, I will ensure I do not make my online contact details visible to others. I will use the only designated tools provided and directed to me by the session host to participate in interactive elements and to ask questions

  • I will not reveal my passwords to anyone. 

  • If I am concerned or upset about anything I see on the internet or any messages that I receive, I know I should contact a responsible adult.

  • I understand that virtual engagement with PwC will be monitored and logged.

  • I understand that these rules are designed to keep me safe and that if I choose not to follow them, PwC may need to take further action.

Please contact us ahead of the day if you have any questions at all. We look forward to meeting you virtually.

 

We take attempts to defraud our process very seriously and conduct periodic reviews of all scores, video interview answers and assessment day performance to identify any candidates we feel are displaying suspicious activity. We reserve the right to remove applicants from our process where appropriate.

 

You are restricted to one application at a time with student recruitment.

In addition, we’ll only consider one application from you every six months (i.e. 6 months from the date you submitted your previous application).

For these purposes, the definition of an 'application' includes any roles that you have been made an offer for. Therefore if you have been offered / accepted a role, you cannot apply to another vacancy. Please do take the time to check that you're able to make a new application to us now. Our employees act with honesty and integrity so we expect the same from you. If you already work at PwC, please ensure that you have contacted the student recruitment team to discuss your application before you proceed. We take any attempts to circumvent this policy very seriously.

 

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