Another thing to consider when choosing which degree course is right for you, is how well it will prepare you for the world of work. University employability statistics can be found online through the various league tables, whilst our university guides show you both the average graduate salary and the number of graduates in further study or work. However, these figures can be misleading.


The best way to find out what skills you will gain, is to look into the opportunities within your course. As mentioned, some courses offer students the chance to spend a year in industry, which can really boost your CV. Others may run special industrial placement modules or modules teaching workplace skills, all of which are useful when it comes to looking for a job afterwards.

Additionally, many university courses are validated by or created in conjunction with employers. Where this is the case, graduates will gain an explicit skill set, which will be immediately recognisable to employers. This is particularly useful for more vocational courses.

If you are looking to join one of the UK’s leading employers many concentrate their employment efforts on a few universities whom they consider to create leading candidates. In attending one of these universities you’ll be more likely to be able to build a relationship with employers and in turn, gain top-notch employment.  The universities targeted by the largest number of employers in 2014/15 were:

1 University of Manchester 11 University of Bath
2 University of Nottingham 12 London School of Economics and Political Science
3 University of Warwick 13 University of Birmingham
4 University of Cambridge 14 University of Edinburgh
5 University of Oxford 15 Loughborough University
University of Durham 16 The University of Sheffield
7 The University of Bristol 17 University of Southampton
8 University College London 18 University of Exeter
9 Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine 19 Newcastle University
10 University of Leeds 20 King's College London


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