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Finance firms still checking graduates' GCSE marks

Published: Monday, 26 October 2009   Category: Professional & financial services

Those looking for a graduate job in the financial sector may have trouble getting into the top UK blue chip companies if their GCSE results were not as impressive as their degree.

Graduate employers such as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), KPMG, Deloitte and Ernst & Young are all restricting jobs to those with A grades in maths and English at GCSE level, regardless of the quality of the degree.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the companies are using Universities & Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS) ratings in order to work out a level which graduate job hunters must have reached in their GCSEs, A-levels and degree.

A spokesperson for UCAS told the newspaper: "The decisions made are taken primarily by members of staff from institutions and there is no guarantee that the points allocated to a particular qualification reflect the skills needed by employers."

The Times recently released the latest rundown of its Top 100 Graduate Employers and PwC bagged the number one spot for the sixth year in a row.

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