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    • Provides information, guidance and advice from GCSE through to graduation

Student PlacementsWork Placements - Internships - Graduate Schemes

  • Information on over 2500 Work Placements, Graduate Schemes & Internship opportunities for 16-24 year old students

  • Over 100 School Leaver Programmes for those not going to university

  • Application Advice on CVs, interviews, online tests and assessment centres

  • Provides information, guidance and advice from GCSE through to graduation

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Which University?

It is always difficult choosing a university. There are a number of factors to take into consideration, which should include:

  • The course
  • The reputation of the university, both for the course you wish to study and the university as a whole
  • City located vs campus
  • The geographical location
  • How attractive it is to potential employers

With over 130 universities now offering undergraduate courses in the UK, graduate employers only have the resource to target a limited number. Results (from High Fliers Research) show that the top graduate employers target between 10-25 universities each. Accounting & professional services and law firms publicise their vacancies in the largest number of universities whilst media and consulting firms were represented at the fewest.

Here are the universities targeted by the largest numbers of employers in 2013-14:

  1. Nottingham
  2. Manchester
  3. Cambridge
  4. Oxford
  5. Bristol
  6. Bath
  7. Warwick
  8. Leeds
  9. London Imperial College
  10. London University College
  11. Birmingham
  12. Durham
  13. Sheffield
  14. Loughborough
  15. Edinburgh
  16. LSE
  17. Newcastle
  18. Exeter
  19. Southampton
  20. Strathclyde
  21. York
  22. London Kings College
  23. Glasgow
  24. Liverpool
  25. Cardiff

Interestingly, when compared to the rankings in The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide, Oxford and Cambridge are ranked in 1st and 2nd place but Nottingham and Manchester fail to make the top 15, yet are ranked 1st and 2nd by employers. By contrast St Andrews and Lancaster, which are ranked in the top 15 in the University Guide, do not appear in the employers top 25 universities.

Universities with the best graduate employment records?

Here are the top 25 universities who have the top graduate employment rates:

1. St Georges, London

2. Imperial College, London

3. Cambridge

4. Oxford

5. Birmingham

6. Kings College, London

7. Bath

8. Durham

9. Sussex

10. Loughborough

11. Buckingham

12. St Andrews

13. University College, London

14. Robert Gordon

15. Lancaster

16. Swansea

17. Nottingham

18. Cardiff

19. Dundee

20= Warwick 


22. Bristol

23. Glasgow

24. Newcastle

25. City

usaflagApplying to US Universities

Have you considered applying to American Universities? This is an increasingly popular option, with over 4000 UK undergraduate students attending US universities last year.  With the tuition fees in the UK now at c£9000 per annum, the gap in costs is starting to close, particularly if you can secure a scholarship. US universities traditionally charge between £9,800 and £19,000 a year for an undergraduate degree, although some institutions provide more generous scholarships and grants than those available in Britain. Many US universities are currently going out of their way to attract & recruit UK students.

Is it for you?

There are 4 key differences between a UK and US university education, which you need to consider.

1.  The structure of the degree is different.
The two systems approach education in dramatically different ways, - the Americans champion a breadth of knowledge, the British a depth. Students in the US typically don't specialise until the end of their second year of study, allowing for time to explore. In the UK, this focus is declared instantly, shaping every class a student takes. In the States there is more emphasis on knowledge per se, in the United Kingdom more interest in analysis. The US degrees are 4 years in length.

2. How you are assessed is different
In America, university students are graded constantly. There are regular quizzes, mid-terms, finals, papers, projects, and even ‘class participation’. All these elements together compose a student's overall academic ranking. In the UK, the majority of your final grade is dependent on year-end exams.

3. Social life
In the US, as in the UK, alcohol plays a role at university. However, the American legal drinking age is 21. In some universities, alcohol is actually banned on campus. In US universities student life tends to be centred on the campus. Many students live in dorms all four years, eating meals together, playing sports together in college facilities, and so forth.

4. Cost
American universities tend to be expensive. According to the College Board's 2013 Trends in College Pricing report, full costs (tuition plus room and board) range from around £19,762 to £25,265 per annum. Places like Harvard go upwards of £40,000. The gap however with UK costs is starting to close.

What’s involved?

Degrees on offer

US universities offer either a 2-year Associates degree or a 4-year Bachelor degree. Entrance requirements are much less competitive for the 2-year degree.

The 4-year degree can be either a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science. They both follow a broad liberal arts approach meaning that you study a number of subjects in your first 2 years, thereby keeping your options open, and then choose a specific subject to major in. This provides a very well rounded education.  Most students major in one subject but you can pursue a double major.

Minimum Academic qualification

The most competitive universities will expect to see three A-Levels or their equivalent. This could include a minimum of three Scottish Highers, A-Levels alongside the Welsh Baccalaureate, the IB or Pre-U. They like the IB as its very broad.

Admissions Tests

There are two admissions tests: the SAT and ACT. US Universities accept both and you can choose which one to sit. Some of the more competitive universities will also require 2-3 SAT Subject Tests, in addition to the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT.


The SAT Reasoning Test is a three hour and forty-five minute test comprised of three sections: Critical Reading, Maths, and Writing. The test is designed to measure critical thinking and analytical skills. It is offered several times per year at numerous sites throughout the UK

The SAT subject tests are one-hour, multiple-choice tests offered in the following subjects: Literature, US and World History, Mathematics Level 1 & 2, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. In addition there are two types of language tests, both with and without a listening component, in most language disciplines. Most US universities will not specify which Subject Tests you should take – so take those you will score highest in – probably your A Level subjects.


The ACT is a curriculum-based test testing students in English, Mathematics, Reading and Science Reasoning. The test is 2 hours, 55 minutes with an optional 30-minute Writing section as the final section. The more competitive US universities will require students to take the Writing section.

Since the ACT has a Science Reasoning section and its Maths section measures at a higher level (trigonometry) than the SAT Reasoning Test (geometry), students strong in these fields may benefit by taking the ACT. Additionally, some students applying to the most competitive universities will prefer the option to complete their admissions test requirement in one testing date (ACT with Writing), rather than two (SAT Reasoning Test on one testing date, SAT Subject Tests on a second date).

Timing and Registration

It sensible to try and sit the admissions test in the autumn of Year 13/lower sixth form, if not before. Sit your first test by the October testing date, leaving you the option to re-sit the test in November or December if you are not satisfied with your results or need to sit the SAT Subject Tests in November or December. Also, keep in mind spaces fill up quickly, particularly in London, so you will want to register as soon as possible!

Register for the Sat test here

Register for the Act here

The Application Process

The US application process follows a similar timeline to UCAS. Ideally, the process of applying for undergraduate study in the US will begin 1-1½ years before enrolment. For most students, this is during the spring/summer at the end of Year 12 or school Lower Sixth Form.

University Funding

Nearly a quarter of international students report US universities as their primary source of funding. US universities award funding on the basis of financial need (grants), merit (scholarships) or sports scholarships. Most funding will be renewable from year-to-year, based on maintaining specified academic standards or grades. Scholarships are upwards of $9000 and can be for the full course fees. If funding is a key consideration, then ensure you choose universities that provide scholarships for UK students. This will be on their website and also on sites such as Big Future by The College Board.

Scholarships are usually awarded dependent on your admission test marks.

Unlike academic scholarships whereby one simply submits an application indicating an interest in receiving funding to study at a university, students seeking a sports scholarship must engage in a highly-regulated recruitment process. Sport scholarships are granted by the university athletic department. Athletic directors and coaches play a central role in award decision-making. Scholarships are generally awarded for the following sports: baseball, basketball, crew (rowing), cross-country, fencing, football (American), golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, indoor track, lacrosse, skiing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, women’s field hockey and wrestling.

Choosing a University

Unlike the UK, there is no limit to the number of universities you can apply to. There are 4,000 to choose from, and you make an application to each university. As this is time consuming it would be sensible to narrow your list to 4-6. Each year there is a USA College Day Fair held in London, which 170 US universities attended this year. Take a look at the Database of Colleges website for a full list of possibilities. They provide tuition fees for each, as well as the course length.

US Universities

The most popular US universities for UK students are

  • Harvard
  • Yale
  • University of Southern California
  • New York
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • The New School (based in New York)

Other top ranking US Universities include: Princeton, Columbia, Stanford, University of Chicago, Duke, MIT,  California Institute of Technology, Dartmouth College, John Hopkins, North Western, Brown, Washington, Cornell, Vanderbilt, Rice, Emory, Georgetown, University of California; Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, University of California – Los Angeles, University of Virginia, Wake Forest, Tufts, Boston College, Brandeis, University of Rochester, Georgia Institute of Technology, Boston University, University of Miami, University of Texas, University of North Carolina, University of Vermont, University of Michigan, William & Mary.


Advertise with The Student Ladder

We list student and graduate schemes free of charge on the site meaning that we have become a one stop shop for students as all available opportunities are in one place. We attract students from 16 to 24 years old and are particularly popular with sixth formers and 1st and 2nd year undergraduates looking for work experience, apprenticeships and internships. This allows you the opportunity to reach out to young students early on in their education building an awareness and identity of your brand.

Our Stats

  • We are visited by c60, 000 unique students each month.
  • We have a database of c55, 000 registered students who we are able to email. An additional 2,000 register each month.
  • We provide c2000 click-throughs each day to employer websites.

 Why partner with The Student Ladder?

  • Large numbers of students coming to the site looking for employment, as its the only site that lists all available opportunities in one place
  • Particularly popular with sixth formers and 1st year undergraduates so you can have an impact and make an impression early
  • A dedicated sister site for higher and degree apprenticeships and school leaver programmes
  • Organised by career interest and year of study so you can closely target the right students
  • Large database of students who have specifically requested information on job opportunities


Marketing Opportunities

If you would like to be more proactive in terms of your marketing, we offer a number of possibilities, as follows:

The Bronze Package. This is the entry level that gives you a formal relationship with us and gives you access to our database of students. It ensures that your job listings are accurate and up to date and all links to your website connect correctly. In addition, it provides you with an identity and profile on the site. It basically starts to differentiate your from from others in your sector. The package includes:

  • Updated Scheme links: we check the links regularly, but with over 2500 opportunities on the site, they can easily get out of date or broken. If you change your web site or schemes, this allows you to update an account manager with the details immediately, ensuring they are always intact. 
  • Content enhancement: we will give you the opportunity to provide updated content on each of your schemes for your listings
  • Monthly activity report: we will provide a monthly report covering activity on the numbers of click-throughs to your website relating to each scheme
  • Database mailing: we have a student database of c55,000 and we will email them the dates of the opening and closing of your student and graduate schemes. In addition, we will provide the information over Facebook and Twitter  
  • Corporate Profile: we will host your 1 page corporate profile on the website which is dedicated to your company, including links to your site


The Silver Package. In addition to the benefits of the bronze elements above, this gives you the ability to promote your student and graduate recruitment schemes to our database of over 55,000 students and engage with a significant targeted student audience. The package  includes:

  • All aspects of the bronze package plus
  • Dedicated newsletter mailing to our database on your schemes. This is bespoke to your firm and your choice of content and imagery.


The Gold Package. This steps up your marketing programme by combining a further mailshot opportunity to our database with advertising on the website for a 3 month period. In addition, you can contribute a piece to the Insights section for your sector. This can be of a subject of your choosing, be bespoke to your company and include video. It needs to contain some sort of educational or informative content for a student audience. The package includes:

  • All aspects of the bronze and silver packages plus
  • Another dedicated newsletter mailing to our database
  • Contribution to the Insights section of the website - your choice of subject matter
  • Advertisement on the Student Ladder website for 3 months in 1 position- taking the large slot replacing the image at the top of each page.


The Platinum Package. Over time, we have seen that the higher-ranking employers in a list receive more click-throughs to their site than those lower down the list. We therefore charge for the top 3 or 4 positions, as they tend to receive significantly more click-throughs than others and therefore are of greater value. The Package, includes:

  • All aspects of the bronze, silver and gold packages plus
  • Top Ranking position in sector- One of the top 3 or 4 positions on the site in your sector across all the year groups


E-mail our Users

The Student Ladder started asking students to voluntarily register in January 2015. We now have c55,000 registered users, who have provided their year of study and their career interest. Users register at a rate of c2000 per month, so our database is growing quickly. We regularly send a newsletter and are able to bespoke them with relevant content on a particular job opportunity on behalf of your company and send to a particular audience. You can provide the content and imagery and we will construct the newsletter. The newsletter is tracked so we can provide you with detailed analytics on open rates and click through rates.


Advert size & Formats

The adverts on the student ladder are large in order to make an immediate impression on the student population. The advert will replace the large image at the top of each page, so is prominent and well targeted. We require adverts in any of the following file type formats:

  •  .jpg
  • .png
  • .gif + animated .gif

Available Adverts include:

  • The large rectangle slot on the home page is 648px x 250px in size and can be fully animated. You can rotate other adverts if you wish.
  • The square slots on the home page are 300px x 250px in size and can be fully animated. You can rotate other adverts if you wish.
  • The large rectangle slots on the other pages throughout the site. The advert size is 646px wide x 230px high or 980px x 350px and are fully animated. You can rotate other adverts if you wish.


Targeting your advertising

Listed below are the areas that The Student Ladder have pages dedicated to by year of study, so you can assess which best fits your own profile and which student population you are looking to reach.


There is a large section on careers and pages dedicated to each particular job. So for example the section on Insurance, has separate pages for insurance broker and insurance underwriter. For the various options within careers , click here:

Contact us

If you would like to discuss marketing opportunities in more detail or request a media pack either e-mail Karen Young at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07786 381559.

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