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I'm going to enter my third year at Durham University and its looking unlikely I'll get a 2.1.

Is it possible for me to do an ACA graduate programme with a 2.2? I don't mind doing it at a smaller firm.
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I'm going to enter my third year at Durham University and its looking unlikely I'll get a 2.1.

Is it possible for me to do an ACA graduate programme with a 2.2? I don't mind doing it at a smaller firm.
Looks like its hard but not impossible. You will just have to work your way up.

Keep looking through the job adverts

https://www.indeed.co.uk/jobs?q=Aca+...Role+degree&l=
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I'm going to enter my third year at Durham University and its looking unlikely I'll get a 2.1.

Is it possible for me to do an ACA graduate programme with a 2.2? I don't mind doing it at a smaller firm.
I'd look for a list of the top 50 audit firms, and look on each of their websites for an idea of their requirements. There seems to have been a move away from demanding a 2.1 over the last year - although I think for most contracts it is still a requirement. What are you studying?

Also, as suggested above, check job ads to see what smaller firms are offering. Some geographic locations seem easier to find jobs in than others - many expensive areas of the South East (Surrey, Gatwick for example) have firms who may be flexible on requirements in order to find good recruits.
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I'd look for a list of the top 50 audit firms, and look on each of their websites for an idea of their requirements. There seems to have been a move away from demanding a 2.1 over the last year - although I think for most contracts it is still a requirement. What are you studying?

Also, as suggested above, check job ads to see what smaller firms are offering. Some geographic locations seem easier to find jobs in than others - many expensive areas of the South East (Surrey, Gatwick for example) have firms who may be flexible on requirements in order to find good recruits.
I'm studying Accounting and Finance
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I'm going to enter my third year at Durham University and its looking unlikely I'll get a 2.1.

Is it possible for me to do an ACA graduate programme with a 2.2? I don't mind doing it at a smaller firm.
I got a 2.2. I’m in audit at a Big 4. Go figure
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What did you do at college
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I got a 2.2. I’m in audit at a Big 4. Go figure
Hi Natninja I just got a 2.2 and I am trying to get into accounting I was going to ask if you had any advice to offer in terms of job applications
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Firms such as EY have removed the 2:1 entry requirement. BDO minimum entry requirement is a 2:2, absolutely you can still do the ACA qualification
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Firms such as EY have removed the 2:1 entry requirement. BDO minimum entry requirement is a 2:2, absolutely you can still do the ACA qualification
Interestingly a lot of the smaller firms seem to as well.
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OP - it's tough and gonna suck majorly but there's always a chance to turn it around. What did you end on for your 2nd year?
I ended on a 56.25 for my second year; tried to do 3rd year - had to drop out due to depression and impending therapy - It's actually written on my transcript that my 1st attempt at 3rd year had scores of 7 and 11% in some places XD. I got lucky, my Uni wiped that attempt clean, I came back a year later - ended on a 65.05. Huge turnarounds are possible if you work to the bone for them - if I wasn't in lectures or seminars - I was in the library at least 45 hours a week.

if I was you, my first port of call would be looking at how your university calculates your final score. I notice on the physics dept FAQ here: https://www.dur.ac.uk/physics/students/faqs/?faqno=1046
that durham calculates your final mark as your 3rd year being worth 50% more than your 2nd. I know this is written on the wrong department but its most definitely worth checking out if the Business dept is the same or similar. If this is the case then you only have to average a 67% to get a 2:1 for your final mark. After that you start to prioritise which subjects you struggle at and start devoting more time to them with extra practice questions and reading time. If you've got personal issues affecting your studies then you need to start working with the universities on site wellbeing staff if you haven't already. If aforementioned are such significant problems then get extenuating circumstances for them or defer the year.

Finally if you really can't turn around your university scores then take comfort in the fact that firms are starting to take down the 2:1 and UCAS point requirement. Even if you don't get into graduate schemes, then you can put on your CV what exam exemptions from relevant accounting bodies you've received as part of your course, alongside your degree and start applying for positions like accounts assistant and the like - you'll probably have to study the professional qualification yourself - but its certainly doable.

good luck
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