How to get the very best out of your education

Choosing to study at university is a significant decision, so what are the factors you should consider? Well, one thing to think about is what the course will allow you to do after you finish.

We know the end of a full-time, three-year degree can seem far off (and you might not even have decided university is definitely for you yet), but you'll want to give yourself the best chance of finding a good graduate job in the field you're interested in.

Investing in a degree isn't just about what you'll study, it's about what doors will open for you when you leave. So think about:

Graduate employability

The results of the latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey (released in July 2018) show that 96.7% of all London Met graduates from 2017 were in work or further study six months after finishing. It’s a huge success for us and means we've seen our graduate employment rise year on year over the past five years.

London Met's employment score among full-time UK undergraduates was ahead of 94 other institutions in the country and second in London.

Teaching quality

Teaching quality is an important factor that often gets overlooked.

You might be surprised to learn that the sector average for those with recognised teaching qualifications is just 40%. However, London Met’s focus on teaching means that more than 60% of our academics have recognised teaching qualifications – so we're storming ahead of the sector and we want to go further: we're aiming for this figure to be 100% by 2020.

London Met also has more academics with Higher Education Academy (HEA) fellowships than the sector average. Over 40% of our academics at London Met are HEA fellows, compared to a sector average of 23%, further highlighting the quality of teaching at the University.

Work-related learning

Does the University you're considering offer a credit-bearing work-related learning module? London Met is focused on your employment prospects, so our innovative work-related learning module offers guaranteed work-based learning to all undergraduate students.

More than 1,500 students have taken part in the module so far and London Met has forged partnerships with more than 190 organisations to offer work placements and live projects.

An enterprising environment

It's important, particularly for business students, that your university supports entrepreneurial spirit. London Met runs a number of extra-curricular programmes to help develop students’ skills and experience, including one of the fastest growing enterprise competitions in the UK – the Big Idea Challenge. Students and graduates have the chance to win £30,000 worth of prizes to help get their business ideas up and running.

The winner of last year’s Big Idea Challenge was Fresh Start, a social enterprise that aims to transform a classic London bus into a mobile support centre for the capital’s homeless – complete with showers.

One of the winning team members, Valeria, said: "We wanted to do something that would really make a difference to people, and which would have an impact on our local communities. Taking part in the Big Idea Challenge has been an amazing experience and it’s great that London Met runs something like this for students."

Every year, London Metropolitan University helps hundreds of students find places on full-time undergraduate degrees. You can start a course at London Met in September, but many are also available to start in January. Take a look at our full list of undergraduate courses or contact our course enquiries team for more information.

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