PwC UK has told candidates with offers to join its school and college leaver programme that their places are guaranteed even if they don’t achieve the grades previously required.
More than 100 students were made offers to this year’s programme, which is one of the ways PwC has broadened access to the firm beyond graduates. Depending on the role, 96 -112 UCAS points are needed to join the scheme, which gives people the opportunity to train and take professional qualifications while earning.
Laura Hinton, Chief People Officer at PwC, said: “We’re very aware of the disruption caused to education by the pandemic and the additional pressure it’s put on students studying for their A-levels. By removing grades as a prerequisite for acceptance this year, we hope to provide some certainty and reassurance. Given some students will have been impacted by the pandemic more than others, this year it feels fairer to guarantee entry to the programme to all students who have successfully made it through our selection process, regardless of their A-level results.”