Graduate Employability

Students from all over the world have been coming to our university for many years for a high quality educational experience and to gain employment around the world.

A degree or postgraduate qualification is an investment in your future, and we want to make sure that your investment pays off. That’s why all our courses are designed with employability in mind. 

As well as specialist knowledge in your chosen field, we’ll also give you the practical skills to apply that knowledge to the workplace. You’ll not only graduate with a degree but also the real-life practical skills that you’ll need to get ahead.

Accredited Courses

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Many of our courses have 'official’ industry approval, through accreditations from a host of professional bodies, including ACCA, the British Computer Society (BCS), the British Psychology Society (BPS), and CILECT – the association of the world’s major film and television schools, just to name a few.

First Class Facilities


As a USW student, you’ll be using the same technology and equipment that is used in industry, from a full-size Jetstream 31 airliner and Merlin MP521 engineering flight simulator, to TV studios to crime scene houses. You learn by doing, which means that you will be more prepared for the world of work. 

Careers Service


The Careers and Employability Service help students and graduates with all aspects of their career. Services range from advice and guidance on career choice to postgraduate study, work experience, practical support with job hunting and working/studying overseas. We can even help you find a part time job whilst you study.

Work Placements

Employers want to recruit graduates who have knowledge of the working world and there is a strong link between having work experience and getting a graduate level job - that's why any of our degrees can be studied as ‘sandwich’ courses, where you will spend up to a year in paid full-time work experience that counts towards your qualification. Our close links with relevant employers and industries like British Airways, General Electric, Sony and Tata tell us what’s going on, so we design courses that give you the skills they’re looking for.

As an International (non-EU) student you'll need to discuss the options of doing a work placement with our Immigration and International Student Advice team after you start your studies at USW.  The ability to undertake a work placement as part of your course may depend on your category of leave (visa type) and personal circumstances.

When you get to work, you’ll be working as a team, writing notes or reports, giving presentations and communicating with colleagues, meeting targets or client deadlines. We make sure you develop all these skills while you’re studying. Through group work, presentations, research and projects, you’ll get plenty of opportunities to practice the skills you need for any job in any sector.


Wayne Kwenda

Wayne Kenda, from Zimbabwe, graduated with a first-class Honours degree in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering and is working in Product Support Engineering (Co-op), for General Electric Aviation Wales, one of the world’s top engineering firms.