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.

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Plenty of public sector recruiters have jobs for candidates with 2.2 degrees. That includes roles on their graduate schemes, for many of which you can have a degree in any subject. We’ve listed some of your choices below.

Civil Service streams

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

  • commercial stream
  • digital, data, technology and cyber stream
  • diplomatic and development stream
  • generalist stream
  • houses of parliament stream
  • human resources stream
  • project delivery stream
  • property stream.

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 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 course 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 professional programme. It's open to anyone who has, or is expected to attain, a 2.2 degree.

HM Treasury graduate development programme

For this scheme, in which graduates work as policy advisers, the eligibility requirements specify a 2.2 degree in any subject.


MI5’s four graduate development programmes are open to you if you have a 2.2. For the technology graduate development programme, you’ll need (or expect to have) a degree in a STEM subject but the other programmes are open to graduates in all subjects.

National graduate development programme

The NGDP is a graduate scheme featuring placements in local authorities around England. You'll study for a postgraduate leadership and 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) graduate schemes are open to applications from students who have at least a 2.2 (in any degree subject). 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 analytics
  4. health informatics management
  5. human resources management
  6. policy and strategy management
  7. health policy – the Department of Health and Social Care’s fast track scheme.

There is also an NHS graduate digital, data and technology scheme . This is open to graduates with degrees in STEM subjects; no classification is stated as a requirement.

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