How to apply

The FCA is a disability inclusive employer. We would like to provide all candidates applying to the FCA with the opportunity to perform to the best of their ability. If you have a disability, long term health condition, mental health condition, are on the Autistic Spectrum, or have a specific learning disability and require any disability related adjustments for any part of the recruitment process, please contact our disability partner EmployAbility on +44 7852 764 684 or by email at [email protected].


As part of our commitment to being an inclusive employer, we are also a signatory to the Government’s Disability Confident Scheme. This means that, if you meet the minimum criteria for the job, we guarantee you an interview before you complete the online tests.


Applications for our 2018 Apprenticeship Programmes are now open!

We will be hiring 25 apprentices to join us in October this year and we have a number of different programmes and divisions you can apply to. Once you apply, your application will be screened for eligibility. If successful, you'll be asked to carry out a phone interview to talk through your motivations for working at the FCA and the apprenticeship programme you've applied to. The final stage of the process will be an assessment centre.

Click on the links below to find out more about our opportunities and apply. We recruit on a rolling basis so apply early to avoid missing out!

Supervision - Retail & Authorisations

Supervision - Investment, Wholesale & Specialists

Strategy & Competition

Enforcement & Market Oversight 

Corporate Services


Best of luck with your application!

Graduate and summer internship programmes

Applications to graduate programmes and summer internships are now closed. Applications for the 2019 programmes will open in October 2018.

Submit application form

During this initial stage, we’ll confirm whether or not you meet the minimum requirements for our programme. We’ll ask you to give details of your education and any previous work experience you may have had.

Online tests

If your initial application meets our requirements, we’ll ask you to carry out a series of online tests, including:

  • a Situational Judgement Test (SJT)
  • a Numerical Reasoning Test (NRT)
  • a Logical Reasoning Test (LRT)

If you pass each test, you’ll be invited to the next one. We strongly encourage you to practise beforehand by taking online tests like these, and to read the instructions carefully when it comes to the real thing.

Motivational questionnaire

Next, you’ll be invited to fill out a motivational questionnaire. This will ask for your reasons for applying to the FCA and your chosen programme area. We’ll also ask you to demonstrate some wider commercial awareness by explaining the FCA’s role within financial services.

Telephone interview

We’ll then ask you to undertake a 30-minute telephone interview which will cover your motivation, values and competencies. Again, we’ll ask you to tell us in more detail why you feel you’re suited to a career at the FCA and what you feel you can bring to the organisation. We’d encourage you to look online for sample competency-based interview questions to help you prepare.

Assessment centre

This is the final stage of the process. Our assessment centres last half a day and consist of four exercises. Here, you’ll undertake an analysis task, an interview, a group exercise and an interactive exercise.

Useful tips

We use our FCA-wide cultural characteristics and personal strengths to assess all candidates. Please bear them in mind, especially during your telephone interview and at the assessment centre. When you are asked for examples, try to give ones which relate to you and how you demonstrate them.

Cultural characteristics:

  • curiosity
  • professional excellence
  • strength as a team
  • backbone
  • already on the case

Personal strengths:

  • judgement
  • drive
  • influence
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