General UK facts
- Approximately 10% of language graduates obtain their first job outside of the UK compared to less than 2% of graduates overall
- 40% of graduate vacancies that are advertised do not ask for a specific degree and so the ability to offer a second language might help you get the job.
- Over 300 different languages are spoken in the UK but the majority of UK residents only speak English. In London 10% of people can speak 3 different languages.
- An article in the Financial Times in March 2017 states that 'Companies will struggle to recruit enough linguists following Brexit' suggesting that this could be an opportunity for students to fill the gaps left by fewer EU citizens coming to work in the UK.
South of England facts
- There are many options to study languages in the South West. These include GCSE's and A levels at schools and colleges as well as a number of degree choices in the local universities. Find out more in the Providers section of Careerpilot.
- Oxford is ranked third in The Guardian University Guide 2018 with 75% in a career after 6 months.
- The University of Bath also has a very successful languages department with 86% in a career after six months, so ranked in the top 3 for career prospects six months after graduation. Find out more about the languages courses offered at the University of Bath.
- The University of Bristol offers courses in a wide variety of language options, i.e. Czech with French, Philosophy and French and Music and French, to name but a few. They also offer a very successful year abroad as part of their degree programmes. Find out more about the languages courses offered at the University of Bristol.