Graduate+ is an awards programme which records a range of activities and events in addition to your degree. These will be recorded within your own individual award on the Graduate+ website at as you work towards Bronze, Silver and Gold level.
In today’s competitive job market, many employers are looking for skills and experience beyond your degree qualification.
Graduate+ is the first scheme to receive employability endorsed status from AdvanceHE - which recognises our commitment to ensuring our students receive the best preparation for life beyond the University.
BCU Graduate+ is a framework which will enable you to provide evidence of your ability to develop valuable skills outside of formal classroom learning while studying with us.
You'll get access to a wealth of exciting opportunities and activities which will support your development at University.
BCU Graduate+ doesn't replace the employability-based activities that many of our courses already offer, such as placements, but enhances them, and aims to ensure that you'll have the skills to take up a variety of roles when you complete your studies.
See what we achieved last year and read the Graduate+ Annual Report
BCU Graduate+ Award
- Cross-university opportunities
- Careers development
- Employability activities delivered within your faculty
- Part-time work experience
- Study abroad
- Volunteering and community action
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Find out more about employability and placements.
The programme will be offered to all students beginning an undergraduate degree-level qualification with us, and will consist of four steps:
You’ll begin by completing an online personal development test, which will reveal your areas of strength and development gaps in terms of employability, self-awareness, teamwork and collaborative skills.
With support from your personal tutor and the Graduate+ team, you’ll identify a range of helpful activities designed to boost your skills and improve your employability.
You’ll attend workshops and complete the activities identified in Step 2. Some of these will be based your degree subject area and others will be more general.
When you’ve successfully completed the programme you’ll receive your BCU Graduate+ award.
We believe that by taking part in BCU Graduate+ you’ll:
|Become more employable|
|Get a better and more accurate reference|
|Be better prepared for interviews|
|Improve your ability to apply for jobs|
|Widen your appreciation of the careers and opportunities available|
|Become part of the BCU community|
We're currently developing the structure for gaining a BCU Graduate+ awards and further information will be available here in the coming months.