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The Destinations of Leavers From Higher Education 2018: School of Education and Social Work

Education and Social Work School Summary

Data obtained as part of the 2017 DLHE collection shows that recent graduates from the school have performed well in most areas after leaving the university.

  • The graduate level employment data shows that 88% of employed leavers were in graduate level work, which is above the institutional average of 80%.
  • Those leavers who reported that they were still seeking employment six months after graduating is matches the institutional average at 4%.
  • The further study rate for leavers is historically below the university average and this pattern has been repeated again this year with 17% of leavers from the school choosing to undertake further study, the university average is 30%. In previous surveys, this lower further study rate has been mitigated by the higher employment rate and this year follows that trend where 70% of leavers are in any form of employment, which is 11% above the average.
  • These figures all contribute to producing a performance indicator (PI)* score of 86% for the school above the institutional score of 83%.

Department Summary


The department is historically one of those with small cohort sizes that distort the destinations outcomes rates.

  • The graduate level employment figures is below the average of all Sussex departments with 43% of employed leavers being in graduate level work, which is 37% below average. The overall employment figure at 41% is 18% below the university average of 59%.
  • The rate of unemployment for leavers from the department is above the school average at 6% although this is only one individual.
  • Leavers from this department decide to undertake further study at a higher rate than the university average with 41% of leavers choosing to study.
  • This data gives the department a PI score of 67%, which is 16% below the university average.

Social Work and Care

The department is a strong performer and their graduates have recorded some excellent outcomes and this year is no exception.

  • The overall employment rate of 87% is the 2nd highest across all departments.
  • Pleasingly, 100% of these leavers are in graduate level employment, the best performance of any department.
  • Leavers have performed strongly in terms of unemployment with only 3% indicting that they were still seeking work.
  • The further study rate for the department of 3% is well below the school average and is well below the institutional average of 30%.
  • This data gives the department a PI score of 96% making it joint 2nd highest overall.


* The Performance Indicator (PI) is the product of those in graduate level work or further study out of those in work, study or unemployment.

Main Destinations

Graduate Level Jobs

Employers and Job titles