What is the average UCAS points in the UK?

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I only have 270 points so I am worried it may effect me a bit when applying for jobs.
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According to http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education...es/default.stm it is 269.2
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According to http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education...es/default.stm it is 269.2
way to go AT82
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I have 0.8 points above average, employers will be crawling all over me now for my magnificient grades

Well at least my ucas points shouldn't stop me from getting a job anyway, its not like I am applying for Snobbs & Co Law PLC.
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I thought A-levels don't matter as much when applying for a job.
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I thought A-levels don't matter as much when applying for a job.
All the things I have seen so far have all wanted to know my UCAS points. Its stupid though, it dosn't matter if those A levels are two A's in maths, or D's in media studies with keykills and AS Fishery. At least all my grades are solid.
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I thought A-levels don't matter as much when applying for a job.
Depends on the job.
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Fair enough. When my dad went to find a job, the employer just looked at the degree and the classification.
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Fair enough. When my dad went to find a job, the employer just looked at the degree and the classification.
Thats probably typical of most jobs, but its getting a bit tougher these days, A levels will help in some cases a lot, but it dosn't mean if you have bad A levels you're doomed, you can still get good jobs.
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Yeah, ok then.

I saw my dad's CV, and realise that he didn't put any A-levels down. He got the job by writing his degree and classification.
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I thought what degree you have would be the first thing they look at (for obvious reasons) then your classification and where you got it from. I thought the last thing they'd look at would be you're ucas points - maybe they might look at this if they had quite a few people applying for the same job.
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Yet employers are still reluctant to pay a premium for graduates with first-class degrees, or those who have gone on to gain a postgraduate qualification.
Surely it'd be these graduates they would be most willing to pay a premium for? :confused:
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The survey done by the Association of Graduate Recruiters says not...
So it;s better to get a 2i than a first? And it's better to do a 3year degree than a 4year degree?
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Surely it'd be these graduates they would be most willing to pay a premium for? :confused:
Not if there's enough graduates with Masters from top unis applying, as some are just likely to accept (be given) a lower wage because of the competition.
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No - but getting a 1st will not get you any more money initially than getting a 2i, likewise spending up to £10k for a years POSTGRADUATE masters course (note it didn't mention undergraduate masters courses at all) is unlikely to result in higher initial pay.

Getting a first or going on to do a postgraduate degree should be a matter of love for the subject or a route to a specialist profession and NOT seen as a way to get an extra £50 a week 6 months after graduation.
Don't really agree with that. I got a job offer a few months ago and was told that my degree result directly affected my putative starting salary. (I didn't take the job though. Ahh, regrets, regrets. )
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:rolleyes: I'm simply passing on what the most recent comprehensive survey of graduate recruiters findings were.

There will always be anecdotal evidence that disproves any trend - that doesn't mean the ternd doesn't exist.
Fair enough. I'll defer to your judgement.

Worth pointing out that there can be exceptions. And I reckon that now that the term "graduate" can be applied to some many different types of people, comprehensivity isn't necessarily a good thing in a survey.
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