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Employers who recruit graduates with a 2.2: the public sector

Employers who recruit graduates with a 2.2: the public sector

If you've got a 2.2 degree or think you're on course for one, you can still apply for many graduate programmes in the public sector – including the Civil Service Fast Stream. Here, we run through some of your options.

Plenty of public sector recruiters have jobs for candidates with 2.2 degrees. That includes roles on their graduate schemes. We've listed some of your choices below; for many of them, you don't need a degree in a particular subject.

Civil Service streams

The following streams recruit graduates with a 2.2 in any subject:

  • Commercial stream
  • Digital, data and technology stream
  • Diplomatic Service stream
  • Generalist scheme
  • Houses of Parliament stream
  • Human resources stream
  • Project delivery.

Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) graduate scheme

The Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) graduate scheme is open to candidates with a 2.2 degree or above. The roles are, as the name suggests, predominantly engineering and science based, and require candidates to have studied engineering, computer science, maths, physics or a similar subject.

Government Legal Profession legal trainee scheme

This specialist scheme is open to graduates with 2.2 degrees – and your degree can be in any subject. However, you'll need to have completed the graduate diploma in law if you don't have a law degree, along with the Legal Practice Course (LPC) if you want to become a solicitor or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) if you want to become a barrister. The Government Legal Profession recruits two years in advance because its trainees need these extra qualifications, so you'll need to plan ahead.

HM Revenue & Customs

HM Revenue & Customs operates its own graduate scheme – the tax specialist programme. It's open to anyone with a 2.2 (or expected 2.2 degree).

Intellectual Property Office (IPO)

If you have a 2.2 degree in a maths or science-based subject, you could apply to become a patent examiner with the Intellectual Property Office.

London Treasurer's graduate finance scheme

You don't need to have studied finance to apply to this scheme, and you're eligible to apply if you have a 2.2. You'll also need GCSE maths and English (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above.


MI5's intelligence officer development programme is open to you if you have a 2.2. Your degree can be in any subject.

National graduate development programme

The NGDP is a graduate scheme featuring placements in local authorities around England. You'll study for a postgraduate management qualification while working. The scheme is open to anyone with a 2.2 degree or above.

NHS graduate management schemes

The National Health Service (NHS) is open to applications from students who have at least a 2.2 (in any degree subject) for all of its graduate management programmes. There are seven streams within the overall scheme, though some of them may not open in some recruitment rounds.

  1. Finance management
  2. General management
  3. Health analysis
  4. Health informatics management
  5. Human resources management
  6. Policy and strategy management
  7. Department of Health and Social Care.

Police Now graduate scheme

This scheme, which combines police work with leadership and management training, is open to graduates with 2.2 degrees. There are two streams to choose from within the programme: the national graduate leadership programme and the national detective programme. There are some residency requirements to meet as part of the application process.