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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 think you're on course for a 2.2 degree, you can still apply for many graduate programmes in the public sector. Here we run through some of your options.
Several public sector schemes accept 2.2s and guarantee jobs once your graduate training is complete

The public sector includes a number of different departments and schemes that will accept candidates with 2.2 degrees. Several guarantee jobs once your graduate training is complete.

Graduate jobs that accept 2.2 degrees in the Intellectual Property Office (IPO)

The Intellectual Property Office accepts applications for the role of patent examiner from students who have (or are expected to gain) at least a 2.2 degree. However, it has specified that applicants should have studied a relevant science, engineering, computer science or mathematics degree. Alternatively, candidates should have equivalent experience in industry. Patent examiners look at both the technical and legal aspects of a patent application.

The Civil Service Fast Streams that accept a 2.2 degree

The Civil Service has a number of roles for candidates with 2.2 degrees via its Fast Stream application process. Graduates with 2.2s can apply for positions in the following streams:

  • Generalist Fast Stream (graduates with at least a 2.2 degree)
  • Diplomatic Service Fast Stream (graduates with at least a 2.2 degree)
  • Houses of Parliament Fast Stream (graduates with at least a 2.2 degree)
  • Human Resources Fast Stream (graduates with at least a 2.2 degree)
  • Project Delivery Fast Stream (graduates with at least a 2.2 degree)
  • Commercial Fast Stream (graduates with at least a 2.2 degree)

But only graduates with a 2.1 can apply for positions in the following streams:

  • Digital, Data and Technology Fast Stream (graduates with at least a 2.1 degree)
  • Finance Fast Stream (graduates with at least a 2.1 degree)
  • Science and Engineering Fast Stream (graduates with at least a 2.1 degree)
  • Analytical Fast Stream: Government Social Research Service (graduates with at least a 2.1 degree in any social science degree subject or a relevant postgraduate qualification in social research)
  • Analytical Fast Stream: Government Economic Service (graduates with at least a 2.1 degree or a relevant postgraduate qualification in an economic subject)
  • Analytical Fast Stream: Government Operational Research Service (with a 2.1 or a 2.2 with a highly numerate postgraduate qualification)
  • Analytical Fast Stream: Government Statistical Service (graduates with at least a 2.1 degree in subjects containing formal statistical training, such as statistics, mathematics, economics, sciences, psychology, geography or similar, or a higher degree (eg an MSc or PhD containing formal statistical training)

Ministry of Defence/Defence Engineering and Science Group

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) primarily recruits graduates for civilian roles via the Central Departments graduate scheme, outlined above.

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

Graduate jobs that accept 2.2 degrees in HM Revenue & Customs

HM Revenue and Customs also comes under the Civil Service banner, but operates an entirely separate graduate scheme. The HMRC scheme is known as the Tax Specialist Programme and is open to graduates with a 2.2 (or expected 2.2 degree).

Graduate jobs that accept 2.2 degrees in London Treasurer’s graduate finance scheme

The London Treasurer’s graduate finance scheme includes not only London boroughs but also the East Midlands region. Applicants need not have studied a finance degree, but they should be comfortable working with numbers and have at least a 2.2 degree. You will also need GCSE Maths and English or equivalent at grade C or above.

Graduate jobs that accept 2.2 degrees in the NHS

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. The current graduate management training scheme breaks down into four different streams:

  1. Finance scheme
  2. General management scheme
  3. Health informatics scheme
  4. Human resources management scheme
  5. Policy and strategy management scheme
  6. Health analysis scheme

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