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Flying Start Degree: Technology

Our Flying Start Technology Degree Apprenticeship programme will fast track your career in Technology.

You’ll study towards a Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship in Digital Technology Solutions whilst getting your career off to a Flying Start working on cutting-edge digital and technology client projects at PwC.

We recognise that people learn in different ways and that you should have a choice about how you grow and develop your career. That’s why at PwC we now have two technology apprenticeship pathways to choose from; university study with work placements or integrated work and college study at our new Manchester Technology Centre. However, rest assured that whichever path you choose, both will fast track your career in Technology.

If you choose the University route, you’ll study towards a full BSc degree in Computer Science or Software Engineering, depending on which University you attend, and gain the relevant apprenticeship qualification too. And now you can also complete a degree apprenticeship whilst working alongside PwC full time. Either way, the degree apprenticeship is fully funded which means you don’t need to pay your tuition fees and as a PwC apprentice from day one, you’ll be paid a salary throughout your degree programme. 

 

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Flying Start Technology Degree Apprenticeship with Ada, Manchester

In collaboration with Ada, National College for Digital Skills based in Manchester, we have launched our new Flying Start degree apprenticeship, with a difference. If you have a passion for learning about tech and are keen to get your career off to a Flying Start, then this programme offers you the chance to do both.

6 reasons to choose this programme

1. Working and learning

You’ll get the chance to start developing your career as a tech specialist straight away as an apprentice at PwC. You’ll spend the majority of your time getting to work with world-class clients as part of our highly skilled team in our Manchester Technology Centre, building your network and enhancing your skills. In addition to this, for every few weeks you spend in the workplace, you’ll spend one week at Ada, studying towards a degree apprenticeship BSc in Digital and Technology Solutions. You’ll spend approximately 80% of your time at PwC and 20% at Ada.

You will be offered a role specialising as either a Data Analyst, Software Engineer or Cyber Security specialist.  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. 

2. Gain real technology focused work experience with PwC

PwC has consistently voted as one of the top employers for school leavers by students and apprentices, and we’re really proud of the programmes that we’ve got on offer. There’s no better place to give you a Flying Start into a career in technology. You’ll work on cutting-edge digital and technology client projects throughout your apprenticeship with us. We’ve got a huge range of teams, including Cyber Security, Data and Analytics, Software Engineering and our Central Technology teams too.

3. Study at Ada, the national college for digital skills, a community for developing digital pioneers

On this three-year Flying Start programme, you’ll study at Ada Manchester. Find out more about Ada here.  The pattern of study is designed to fit around your full-time employment and uses a blended learning approach, which mixes work-based study and full-time attendance at college study weeks. You’ll spend approximately 80% of your time at PwC and 20% at Ada.

4. Support

You’ll be supported by PwC and Ada throughout the whole three years of the training programme and beyond, with a Programme Manager, a buddy, a career coach, the college academic team, and of course your fellow degree apprentice peers.

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5. 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.

6. Kick-starting your career

This is just the start of your career at PwC. Perform well and a world of opportunity awaits you beyond your apprenticeship. 

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How do I apply?

Applications for our September 2022 intake are now closed but will open this autumn for 2023 intake.

What you’ll need

Candidates should have or be expecting to achieve at least 112 UCAS points, or equivalent, with a substantial maths component for those pursuing the Data pathway. However, we understand that personal circumstances and your socio-economic background (e.g. family income) can impact your ability to fulfill your full potential at school. If you think that this may apply to you, we’d be keen to hear from you if you’re on track to achieve a minimum of 96 UCAS points (or equivalent) and can demonstrate the relevant skills and interest. 

You will need a minimum of grade 4/C GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Maths.

Please note that to be eligible for an apprenticeship in England, the government does require that you have UK/EEA Nationality or Permanent Residency Status and have resided in the UK/EEA for at least 3 years prior to starting your apprenticeship.

This programme is for students who do not already have a Computer Science (or similar) degree, and who are starting out a career in the fields of software engineering, cyber security or data science. If you already have a similar degree or are an experienced professional in this area, please review PwC’s graduate and experienced professional opportunities. 

If you meet the requirements, you will then be invited to complete some further assessments to give you the opportunity to secure a place on the degree apprenticeship programme. If you pass these assessments, you will be made a conditional offer. 

For further information on our selection process and the skills we look for please visit our Employability Hub - a place where you’ll find useful virtual tools to support you to develop key employability skills.

6 reasons to choose the Flying Start Technology Degree Apprenticeship

1. Enjoy the best of both worlds

Be a student and be a professional. 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 degree.

2. Gain real technology focused work experience with PwC

PwC has consistently voted as one of the top employers for school leavers by students and apprentices, and we’re really proud of the programmes that we’ve got on offer. There’s no better place to give you a Flying Start into a career in technology. You’ll work on cutting-edge digital and technology client projects during your work placements, which integrated throughout your degree. We’ve got a huge range of teams, including Cyber Security, Data and Analytics, Technology Consulting and Forensic Technology. 

3. Study at one of the leading UK Universities

Our four-year Flying Start programme can be studied at the University of Birmingham, the University of Leeds and Queen’s University Belfast. 

Find out more about each programme on the University websites:

4. Financial Package

We offer a competitive financial package to support your time on the degree:

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

5. Job offer

Perform well, and achieve a 2.1 grade overall in your Technology Degree Apprenticeship, and you could secure a graduate job with us. 

6. Support

You’ll be supported by PwC and the university throughout the whole four years, with a Programme Manager, a buddy, a career coach, the university academic team, and of course your fellow degree apprentice peers. 

How do I apply?

You apply for the Flying Start degree via UCAS. Please select your chosen Flying Start course(s), detailed below, on your UCAS Form. 

The university will decide whether you meet the requirements for the degree based on your UCAS form. If you meet the requirements for Flying Start, you will then be invited to complete some further assessments to give you the opportunity to secure a place on the Flying Start degree programme. If you pass these assessments, you will be made a conditional offer for the programme. 

You can apply for multiple Flying Start programmes but each application to each University will count as one of your UCAS options.

Applications for Autumn 2022 start date have now closed.

What you’ll need

As each university is unique, they all have their own admissions policy to consider applications. For a guide, please see below (note: other qualifications are accepted and for some, GCSE grades are required, so please check the university website)

Computer Science with Digital Technology Partnership BSc at University of Birmingham standard offer is AAA (or equivalent qualifications) to include an A level in Mathematics grade A.

Computer Science (Digital & Technology Solutions) BSc at University of Leeds standard offer is AAA including Mathematics or Computer Science (or equivalent qualifications).

Digital & Technology Solutions (Data Analyst) BSc at Queen Mary University of London standard offer is ABB including either Mathematics or Computer Science (or equivalent qualifications).

Software Engineering with Digital Technology Partnership at Queen’s University Belfast standard offer is BBB including Computing, Mathematics or Software Systems Development (or equivalent qualifications).

The above is an overview but you need to go onto the University pages for the specific admissions requirements:

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