Does subject choice in a joint jonours degree affect highly skilled graduate employment?

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Pigden, L. and Moore, Garford 2017. Does subject choice in a joint jonours degree affect highly skilled graduate employment? PUPIL: International Journal of Teaching, Education and Learning.
AuthorsPigden, L. and Moore, Garford
Abstract

Joint or combined honours degrees generally permit students to study two subjects to full honours degree depth, by studying half the curriculum content of the respective equivalent single honours degrees. This affords students the opportunity to study a more diverse curriculum that they feel passionate about. However this is at the expense of breadth of study in each particular subject, which is a strong defining feature of the majority of UK single honours degrees. Does the decision to study certain subjects in a joint or combined honours degree affect the graduate’s subsequent highly skilled graduate employment? The literature is weak in examining this, either for joint honours subjects generally or for specific combinations of subjects. This paper presents an analysis of the UK Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey between 2011/12 and 2014/15 at the level of the individual combinations studied – a national dataset which has not previously been critiqued in this particular way in the public domain. This analysis will determine whether certain combinations lend themselves to higher rates of highly skilled graduate employment, irrespective of other factors affecting employment, for example the characteristics of different universities. We conclude with recommendations around the preparedness or otherwise of graduates for highly skilled graduate employment, as determined by their choice of subjects to study.

Joint or combined honours degrees generally permit students to study two subjects to full
honours degree depth, by studying half the curriculum content of the respective equivalent
single honours degrees. This affords students the opportunity to study a more diverse
curriculum that they feel passionate about. However this is at the expense of breadth of study
in each particular subject, which is a strong defining feature of the majority of UK single
honours degrees. Does the decision to study certain subjects in a joint or combined honours
degree affect the graduate’s subsequent highly skilled graduate employment? The literature
is weak in examining this, either for joint honours subjects generally or for specific
combinations of subjects. This paper presents an analysis of the UK Destination of Leavers
from Higher Education survey between 2011/12 and 2014/15 at the level of the individual
combinations studied – a national dataset which has not previously been critiqued in this
particular way in the public domain. This analysis will determine whether certain
combinations lend themselves to higher rates of highly skilled graduate employment,
irrespective of other factors affecting employment, for example the characteristics of different
universities. We conclude with recommendations around the preparedness or otherwise of
graduates for highly skilled graduate employment, as determined by their choice of subjects
to study.

KeywordsJoint honours degree; Combined honours Degree; Career education; Employability; Career guidance; Career advice
Year2017
JournalPUPIL: International Journal of Teaching, Education and Learning
PublisherGlobal Research and Development Services
ISSN16942493
16942116
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621916
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Publication dates04 Sep 2017
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