Low UCAS Points can Still Result in High Salaries - A comparison of uni entry qualifications vs lifetime salary outcomes

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 12:00 AM

Chart5Chart 5 - median salary against median UCAS points on entry, by university

Chart 5 shows the correlation between UCAS points on entry to an institution and the lifetime salary outcomes of that institution’s graduates.  This data does not allow for age, subject, region or career family, therefore some of the variation between university salary outcomes could be due to these factors.  In order to protect the identity of individual universities, each line or rectangle on the chart represents 3 or more universities.  A vertical line represents 3 or more universities with the same UCAS points but different salary values.  A rectangle represents 3 or more universities that have a range of values for both points and salary. Note that there isn’t necessarily a university at each corner of a rectangle.  There is at least one university at each edge of the rectangle (which includes, but isn’t limited to, the corners), and there will be 0 or more universities towards the middle of the rectangle.

Same salary outcomes for a wide range of UCAS entry points (at the low end)

The blue section on the left of Chart 5 show that if you attend an institution with entry requirements anywhere between 200 and 325 UCAS points, your lifetime salary outcomes will be in the same range (£20,000 - £35,000). So, attending a university with A-level requirements of BBB doesn’t necessarily mean you will be more successful financially than graduates of institutions that accept A-level grades of CDD. This could be linked to the subjects studied at the institutions, but we can’t do that analysis yet, due to cell sizes.

Significant variation in salary outcomes for similar UCAS points on entry (at the low end)

These data points also show that there can be up to a £15,000 salary difference for graduates of institutions with the same UCAS point entry requirements. The vertical line on the far left of the graph demonstrates this fact – the line represents institutions with 200 UCAS point entry requirements, but the graduates from those universities have very different salary outcomes that range from £24,560 - £35,250. We can’t be certain about why this is the case; it could be caused by a number of factors including, for example, the subjects offered at that institution or their geographical location.

Correlation between high UCAS points on entry and salary outcomes (at the high end)

The universities shown by the green section on the right, however, shows that there is an obvious correlation between UCAS entry points and lifetime salaries for the most competitive universities, i.e, the higher the UCAS points, the higher the salary outcomes.

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