We have an important update to share about our recruitment and assessment process.
What does this mean for you? We continue to be passionate about recruiting the most talented students and if you have great A-levels we’ll still be keen to consider your application but if you don’t, and you’ve gone on to excel at University, your application will now be considered.
Why we’re making this change for two very important reasons:
1. Being a progressive and socially inclusive employer matters to us. There’s strong correlation that exists in the UK between social class and school academic performance. This data suggests that by placing too much emphasis on UCAS scores, employers could miss out on key talent from disadvantaged backgrounds, because they may perform less well at school. That’s why, from an academic perspective, we’re focusing on your degree.
2. We want to reach the broadest range of talented students. Making this change will enable us to further diversify our student intake through broader access to talented young people. Students who don’t have strong historical academic performance at school, but have gone on to perform well at university, and have the transferable skills we’re looking for from other areas of personal achievement. Take a look at our employability toolkit.
When you apply, we’ll still ask for your UCAS scores. Don’t worry. This is so we can monitor if our new recruitment assessment process is having the impact we want it to. Your UCAS scores won’t be used to assess you, unless we tell you otherwise, as a few programmes are keeping this step, but most are not. We have a table below to show which programmes do still have UCAS assessment in place.
We’ll continue to filter applications by your university degree results. For all our graduate and undergraduate programmes you’ll need to have achieved, or be on course to achieve a 2.1 in your degree.
We’ll continue to assess you through our online behavioural and aptitude assessments. Doing well in these tests tells us you have the capacity to learn, have the personal skills we need and the overall suitability we’re looking for in our people. Learn more about our assessments here.
By taking this new approach, we believe we’ll maintain the high level assessment we need to identify top talent, but we’ll be doing this in a fairer way. It’s also a move that could drive radical change across our industry. We’re proud to be leading this change.
Across all student programmes we recruit around 2,500 students into graduate, school and college leaver and work experience roles each year
We’re proud to have been voted The Times Top 100 Graduate Employer of the Year for an unprecedented 14 years
We’re also proud to be voted the Times Top 100 Graduate Employer of the Year for Consulting for 4 years, and have held The Times Top 100 Accountancy Employer of the Year award for 18 years
We’ve pioneered new recruitment and assessment approaches before, including our sponsored degree programme – Flying Start
We offered the first Higher Apprenticeship in professional services and we’ve been recruiting school and college leavers directly into our business for more than 10 years
We’ll continue using UCAS tariff for the following career programmes:
“We want to target bright, talented people and extend our career opportunities to untapped talent in wider pockets of society. Our experience shows that whilst A Level assessment can indicate potential, for far too many students there are other factors that influence capability. Competition and assessment for our graduate roles will be as tough as ever - but those that want to get on with a career in business can.”
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