School Leavers

You may be thinking more broadly about your options after you finish school or college. You’ll be pleased to hear that there are times when we can offer the opportunity for you to jump into the world of work if you have excellent A levels or International Baccalaureate results. Vocational and work based learning is an alternative for talented individuals who are interested in a career in accountancy. It is designed to help develop your business skills whilst undertaking a professional qualification.

As a student in Assurance you’ll begin by tackling basic areas of client audits, carrying out specific checks on financial records and making sure everything adds up. You’ll also test ‘controls’ (the systems a company puts in place to prevent errors and to detect fraud). Perhaps the best thing is the variety of teams and clients you’ll work with, the diversity of projects you’ll be involved in and the fact that you’ll spend much of your time on site with clients.

As well as enjoying plenty of practical, on-the-job training, you will be studying for a professional qualification with the ACCA and this usually takes around four years. We will give you study leave plus plenty of support, but you’ll also need to study in your own time too. However the hard work will be worthwhile once you have achieved your qualification. Plus the great thing is, by the time you complete your exams, you’ll have gained lots of valuable experience to build on.

This programme may be open to you if:

  • you’re leaving school with at least 300 UCAS tariff points excluding General Studies, or have gained at least 32 points on your International Baccalaureate (or equivalent).
  1. Application Form — We want to see your academics but also provide evidence of other non-academic achievements, hobbies and interests. We are as interested in your character and compatibility with PwC as we are in your academic ability.
  2. Attending an Interview — We like to see confidence and an ability to communicate effectively. We understand that interviews can be nerve-racking but we would encourage you to just relax and be yourself.
  3. Psychometric tests — These basic tests help us gain an understanding of your core skills and abilities, and will usually take the form of a numerical reasoning test in which we can identify specific strengths or areas for development. We will contact you in advance to arrange a convenient time for you to come in and sit the tests. The results will then be analysed and factored into the decision-making process. Although the results are not definitive, we would encourage you to prepare in advance if for example you have not studied a maths-related degree or A-level. Try some sample questions plus tips on the best way to prepare at
  4. Receive an offer — This will either be made in the form of a letter and you could possibly receive this by email.

You then can look forward to starting an extremely rewarding and exciting career with PwC. We wish you all the very best of luck!

For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the HR team and they will help in dealing with your requests or questions.