Why go to university?
To improve career prospects
In 2015/16, 94.8% of our graduates were employed or studying within six months of graduating. Gaining a degree can increase and improve your son or daughter's career prospects. They will not only have a wider variety of career options to choose from once they have a degree, but they are likely to progress much faster up the career ladder. While it would be misleading to claim that a degree guarantees employment, a number of organisations require people to hold degrees before applying.
To pursue a vocation
Students often choose to study at higher education level to further an interest in a particular subject, or in a particular vocation. Some careers, such as those in medicine, nursing, architecture, law and pharmacy, cannot be practised without a particular vocational degree.
To earn more
Statistics show that graduates earn significantly more than those without higher education qualifications. As a graduate, your son or daughter's options will be wider, and they will find it easier to get into employment and to stay in employment.
To develop employable skills
A degree will not only give students the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of their chosen subject but also to develop transferable skills such as communication, presentation and problem-solving skills and enhancing their ability to work as part of a team.
To build self-confidence, independence and responsibility
University can help students to build their self-confidence and independence. They will have opportunities to pursue different interests through the Students' Union and to make new friends from different countries and backgrounds.
To study a subject they enjoy
Students often choose to study a subject because they have enjoyed it at school or college. Finding out more about something that is enjoyable will show commitment and can often produce excellent results for the students.