240 UCAS Points + Graduate SchemesWatch
So I just finished my degree in Biomedical Science at a non red-brick uni. I got a 1st in my degree but only got BCD at A-level (240 UCAS points) in bio, physics and chem. I also got a C in Critical Thinking at AS (40 points if counted).
I've decided I want to work in finance but I'm not sure where to begin looking at the moment as many graduate schemes will automatically filter me because of my UCAS points. I know PwC have the inspired talent programme which requires 240 UCAS points and a 1st but that's the only one I've found so far. I've looked through many of the top 100 firms and they all seem to require 280/300 points.
I've been told you can do accounting with any degree as a degree proves your academic ability, which getting a 1st should show surely? It's pretty frustrating that grad schemes look at UCAS points despite the fact you can do accounting straight from school. Had I known UCAS points would be this much of a burden I'd definitely have replaced chemistry with one of the 'easier' A-levels. I was originally on a 240 point course at uni but switched to the 300 point course after getting the highest mark in my first year.
As I didn't study anything like business or economics at school can anyone recommend any books I can read to improve my knowledge of finance? I've currently got far more time than I know what to do with, so I've been learning Excel and reading the financial news to help with interviews but would like to learn as much as possible.
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Outrageous though it is, graduate schemes might be largely closed off to you, although I think you stand a reasonable chance with PwC, assuming you can present well at interview. Alternatively, have you considered starting in industry; more firms in industry don't look at A-Levels.
Alternatively, have you considered starting in industry; more firms in industry don't look at A-Levels.
Any starting point would be great right now but I'm not sure where I should be looking for these places.
I'm also trying to decide between tax and audit. How easy is it to switch from audit to tax or vice versa?
Am I also right in assuming that AAT is pretty much a waste of time doing after going to uni and I should be trying for ACA/ACCA/CIMA?
I'll definitely be applying to PwC but I'm not feeling too confident about it right now, particularly if I'm up against people who actually did finance related degrees and A-levels. I assume there will be a limited number of places for the inspired talent scheme too.