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Flying Start Degree: Technology

Study towards a Degree Apprenticeship in Digital Technology Solutions whilst working in PwC’s growing technology business, solving important problems for our clients. Earn. Learn. Fulfil your potential.

We know that people learn in different ways, and that you should have a choice about how and where you grow and develop your career. That’s why at PwC we offer a range of Technology Degree Apprenticeship programmes across different locations and covering different areas of technology. All of our programmes will fast track your career in tech and business. Find out more below. 

Our work first model in Manchester is a three year programme. You’ll spend the majority of your time based with our technology teams at PwC, working with our technology experts to solve our clients' important problems. Approximately 20% of your apprenticeship will be spent studying relevant modules for your degree apprenticeship at Ada College for Digital Skills. This integrated approach will enable you to fulfill your full potential by learning “on-the-job” and enhanced by your academic study.

Our study first model is offered at the University of Birmingham, the University of Leeds, Queen Mary’s London and Queen’s University Belfast. As an apprentice, you’ll enjoy everything university life has to offer and then taste what it means to work in our technology teams on multiple placements at PwC throughout your four year degree apprenticeship.

Why choose a PwC Technology Degree Apprenticeship programme? 

Gain a degree whilst also earning a salary

  • You don’t have to choose between working or further study. You can do both through our integrated programmes. 
  • We’re offering you a “study first” or “work first” approach so that you can choose whether you want your initial focus to be academic study or on-the-job learning. Both routes will involve academic study as well as hands-on work experience.
  • Whichever path you choose, you will gain a full Bachelor’s degree and a Level 6 Digital Technology Solutions apprenticeship qualification. Combined with high quality work experience, these qualifications will provide the foundations for your career in tech, and showcase your technical abilities.
  • You’ll be expected to work hard both on the job and at university or college, but you’ll be supported by PwC and your university or college throughout the degree apprenticeship and beyond. You’ll have a buddy, career coach, an academic support team, as well as the apprentice community at PwC.   
  • You’ll reap the rewards of accelerating your tech career and gaining a degree without the student debt.
  • At the end of the apprenticeship, we expect that you’ll continue your career at PwC as a graduate and beyond, using the skills, network and experience you’ve gained. 

Work first

  • You’ll work towards a Digital Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprenticeship (BSc) at Ada College Manchester, accredited by the Open University.
  • You’ll  join one of three pathways: Data Analyst, Software Engineering or Cyber Security. During the application process we will work with you to decide which pathway is the right choice for you based on your skill set, preferences and the business need.
  • You’ll spend 80% of your three-year apprenticeship working in our PwC technology teams, solving important technology and business problems for our clients, and developing your professional and technical skills.
  • You’ll spend approximately 20% of your time attending college. You will go to college one week at a time, every 6 - 8 weeks, and will study towards modules for your degree apprenticeship.

How to apply?

Manchester Degree Apprenticeship: Applications for our September 2023 intake aren't currently open but you can sign up to our Talent Network to be notified when they open.

 

Study first

  • You’ll work towards either a Computer Science, Software Engineering Data Analyst Degree.
  • If you’re studying at Belfast, Birmingham or Leeds you’ll do your “on-the-job” learning via integrated placements during the summer, and during your third year of the apprenticeship in your local  PwC office. 
  • In London, you’ll do your “on-the-job” learning via integrated placements during the second semester (approx January to June) of each academic year, working in data focused teams.
  • As a Degree Apprentice at your chosen university, you’ll still be able to get fully involved in all aspects of student life such as societies and student living - but with the PwC salary and benefits to give you a helping hand.
  • You will need to apply initially via UCAS, and will then complete PwC stages of the application process.

How to apply

All other study first degree apprenticeships: You apply initially via UCAS. Please use the following course codes and visit the course pages of the universities to discover more about the courses and the entry requirements. 

Gain real technology focused work experience

  • You’ll work on a range of projects, solving important business and technology problems for our internal and external clients. We’ve got a huge range of teams, including Cyber Security, Data and Analytics, Technology Consulting, Forensic Technology as well as our internal central Technology teams. 
  • But it’s more than just about the work - we’re regularly voted as one of the top apprenticeship employers, and are proud of our culture. From “Dress for your Day” to our flexible working approach, our commitment to Net Zero and our strong people networks such as “Women in Tech" and “The Black Network”, we’ve got lots to offer our apprentices. 

Enjoy a rewarding financial package

As you’d expect, we offer a competitive financial package throughout your apprenticeship and beyond:

  • You’ll be paid a monthly salary from day one.
  • Your tuition fees for the degree apprenticeship are fully funded throughout the programme.
  • You'll enjoy some extra PwC benefits as an apprentice, including private medical insurance and a pension.

 

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