On the face of things the question of choosing a course above the university might appear to be another chicken and egg dilemma; which came first or which is more important. Whilst I would love to announce that I have the definitive answer to the proverbial chicken and egg conundrum, alas I am not that fortunate. However, regarding the course or location conundrum help is at hand. We have data to shine some light on what is a frequent debate in homes, schools and colleges across the UK, from Lands End to John O’Groats. Our sources are The Office of National Statistics (Graduates in the UK Labour Market 2013) and The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

This assessment is muddied because there are numerous degree courses and 154 recognised UK universities. Further, the title question does pre-suppose a better or worse scenario, which putting aside the obvious existence of Father Christmas, cannot be sensibly denied. Therefore, notwithstanding subjective elements such as job satisfaction, it is sensible to regard objective measurements of employment rate and the average gross annual wage as useful comparative measures. Let the debate begin!

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Written by Sharon John