plane2You’ve got your bags packed and your heart set on the UK – it’s got it all the jobs you want, the um, weather…and great fish and chips! Applying for graduate jobs can be hectic at the best of times, so when it comes to proving that you’re a great candidate for your chosen role, get organised and figure out how to present your international qualifications as clearly as possible for UK employers.

Working in the UK

When applying to graduate recruiters in the UK, some employers will have set criteria. In addition to degree classification, you may see the following terms:

  • UCAS points or A-level points – these are qualifications usually taken at age 18 and are used for University entrance.
  • GCSEs – these are national exams usually taken at age 16. Some employers will require particular grades in english and maths.

There is no official list of how UK grades or tariff points compare with other countries’ qualifications and it is not possible to directly convert your grades into UCAS points. However, you can translate your qualifications to a certain extent using the resources listed below.


For a fee, you can request a letter of comparability from the National Academic Recognition Information Centre for the UK (UK-NARIC). They can also provide you with a career path report which is an in-depth report describing one of your qualifications and the education system in which you studied.

UK_NARIC letters of comparability are useful when applying for jobs in the UK as they provide clear indicators of your education levels in UK terms.

Large graduate recruiters

Some of the larger graduate recruiters provide UCAS international equivalents on their websites. Although adapted to each recruiter’s requirements, these can provide a general guide to how your qualifications compare:

Small and medium-sized enterprises

The smaller a company is, the less likely they are to have the resources to understand or convert your qualifications. Using the guides given above, save the recruiter time and effort by listing your actual qualifications and grades, explaining your grades in context to UCAS points etc. alongside their listing. If you are completing an online application form, you can either phone the company to ask what they want you to do or use the ‘additional information’ section to further explain your qualifications.

Browse the Careers Advice section to find out how to write the perfect CV, how to deal with assessment centres, interview techniques and more!



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