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Universities minister reveals plans to rank degrees

Universities minister reveals plans to rank degrees

Universities minister David Willetts has revealed plans to shake up the higher education system by naming and shaming degrees which offer graduates poor job prospects once they have completed their studies.

He stated that it is important for those planning UK university entry to have as much information available to them as possible regarding the value of courses and what they can expect to get out of them at the end.

The proposal, outlined in the government's education white paper, also includes greater detail on the quality of teaching prospective candidates can expect, along with the services and facilities offered by the institution.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Mr Willetts noted that the move will benefit students when it comes to university preparation.

"In future, they are going to be able to see 'if I do biological sciences at one university, I have got a much better chance of a job in a pharmaceutical company than if I do biological sciences at a different university'," he added.

A survey by the Sutton Trust revealed that just one-third of those considering UK university entry understand how the tuition fees system will work in the coming years.

Posted by Keith Broomer

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