To cut it short I got A*A*A (Maths,F.Maths, Economics) at A level and i'm studying Mathematics at a top London university. However my background is rather unusual and I did not gain good GCSEs as I wasn't focused at all, but turned it around at sixth form. I've achieved a first in my first year and i've been looking at prospective jobs and accountancy seems to take my fancy. I done a little research and looked at the following companies: PwC, Deloitte, KPMG, Ernst & Young, Grant Thornton UK, BDO, Smith & Williamson. All of these except PwC require GCSE grades B in Mathematics & English, in which I only have B and C respectively.
Now i'm starting to get worried as to what to do next, and if all graduate jobs have this filtering system in place, if so then i'm pretty screwed as I can't resit as they specify in the first sitting. I've taken a look also at smaller firms, but they usually prefer accounting related degrees, which is understandable as it'll be less cost to them.
I've emailed a few of the said firms explaining my situation and I've gotten one response back saying unless I had extenuating circumstances (which I don't) they would not consider my application.
PwC don't have GCSE requirements. Even still, if you can meet someone from these companies when their on campus and 'have a word' with them, sometimes you can apply through them. These companies care much more about UCAS points but they have to filter somehow. I would try and apply through a person rather than a computer
(Original post by lmartynofficial)
could you explain this a bit more please as I will be in the same predicament as Bartowski when i finish uni even though i think I have a valid reason for not meeting the GCSE requirement.
If you have a valid reason you should be fine. I don't have a valid reason.