I need help in getting into 'Big 4' firm!

#1

Hello.
im 18 years old and im pursuing a future in accounting(ACA)and want to get into the big 4 accounting firms for my training from what i read about the requirements…I needed 280 ucas points to be eligible for the top firms.

I got 300 points in ucas(got grades of ‘B’‘B’‘B’ in all 3 A-Level)…now the PROBLEM are my GCSE grades…i got a ‘D’ in my GCSE Math and an ‘A*’ in my English Language…from what i read a person needs at least a ‘B’ GCSE math…to get into the big 4

So my query is do i have a chance of getting into the big4…with my poor grade in GCSE math?..but i did ace my A level didnt i?

#2

Did you do A Level maths?
I think you’l have a hard job getting an ACA contract anywhere with a D in maths GCSE…

#3

Im sorry but honestly without the entry requirements it is a rejection guaranteed unless you genuinely have some extenuating circumstances.

They are pretty strict about it, Im a second year at Deloitte London Office.

Also, even if you had an A in A Level Maths, it would not make up for the lack of a B in GCSE Maths as unreasonable as that may seem.

#4

The main issue is that your application will most likely be automatically rejected if you haven’t attained a grade B or above in GCSE maths - unless you have extenuating circumstances. Have you looked into the possibility of retaking GCSE maths at all? Having a grade B in GCSE maths is just a box that the big 4 firms must tick and I’ve never read anything that states the grade must be attained during the first sitting. Anyone else know about or tried this?

#5

Hi Ghaz94. Are you attempting to join a Big 4 firm as a School Leaver or as a graduate?