One in 10 graduates unemployed amid fragile jobs market

Figures reveal 9.6pc of graduates - 18,495 - were unemployed six months after leaving university last year as they graduated into a weak labour market.

The unemployment rate rises to as much as 15pc on some courses, with computer science officially being the worst degree in terms of not being able to find a job, the figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency, published today, found.

Just 84.7pc of computer science graduates were in work, followed by 86pc of communications graduates and 87.7pc of engineering graduates. Arichtecture and creative arts gradautes also fared badly compared to other courses.

The figures raise question marks over employer concerns that not enough young people are studying engineering at university. The report shows 12.3pc of engineering graduates were out of work - despite the so-called skills shortage in the sector.

In contrast, just 0.4pc of medicine, dentristy and veterinary science graduates were jobless, the statistics showed. Those studying teaching and law also did well, with employment rates of 95pc and 92.7pc respectively.

Source: Telegraph 15th July 2011

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HOW THE NEW EXAM WILL WORK (from Mail on Sunday 16th September 2012)

NOW Tens of thousands of pupils can bump up grades by re-sitting parts of the GCSE exams until they get a pass.
IN FUTURE Partial resits will end. Pupils will be forced to resit the entire exam.

NOW Final exam can be as short as 90 minutes
IN FUTURE Three-hour exams.

NOW Maths exams have little algebra, English exams include ‘bite sized’ replies and rigorous English-to-foreign-language translations are rare.
IN FUTURE More algebra in maths exams, more full length essays in English and a return to full English-to-foreign-language translation tests.

NOW Up to 50 per cent of exams are studied via modules and continual assessment.
IN FUTURE Replaced by one exam at end of two-year course.

NOW Technically, everyone who gets a grade from A to G grade is deemed to have achieved a ‘pass’.
IN FUTURE New 1 to 6 pass grade, 7 onwards will be fail.

NOW 22 per cent get A or A* grade. Around seven per cent of all candidates gain an A*.
IN FUTURE As few as five per cent may get Grade 1.

University Entry Grades Lowered