280 UCAS points, 1st Class Degree .... can't find anywhere that will accept my application!

#1

I have recently graduated with a First in Economics (from Leicester), however only have have 280 UCAS points… is there any place I can actually apply to? Most places seem to require 300 UCAS points, and a 2:1… even though I have a first it seems they won’t consider me because I have 280 points.

What are my options? apart from wait for schemes to open that don’t take into account UCAS points…

many thanks

#2

There are plenty of firms that accept applications from candidates with 280 UCAS points. You’re right in thinking that a lot of them will ask for 300+, but not all.

Have a look at this list of firms and their entry requirements:

http://www.accountancyage.com/resources/top50

#3

I would suggest talking to people in graduate recruitment of those firms asking for 300+ UCAS points. I think there are firms out there that would be interrested to hear from a graduate with a First. But be prepared for them to ask you why your UCAS points is 280…

#4

Cheers for the advice, that top 50 list will be very helpful.

Gradtrainee, when you say talking to the people in graduate recruitment, would you suggest I email the appropriate department and explain my situation?

thanks

#5

Each firm has their own HR department that recruits graduates for different roles throughtout the firm. You should be able to get their contact details on their websites. I would suggest giving the HR people a ring first and explaining your situation. I also think that meeting the recruiters in person i.e. going to the career fairs would be a good idea - you may find that some will be happy to advise you on your application and from my experience, they may give you their contact details.

#6

I have 280 UCAS points and I’m wondering if it’s worthwhile to go to Uni or consider 1 of the firms that take from 220 UCAS points for AAT - ACA fast track. Have you managed to secure anything um4rio?

#7

PWC maybe :slight_smile: : http://www.pwc.co.uk/careers/student/applying/application-timetable.jhtml