• Employability
    Student Employability
    We know that employers value academic qualifications which equip students with the academic skills and knowledge, and the ability to apply these in the workplace. We will work with you to develop these skills.

Student Employability

We know that employers value academic qualifications which equip students with the academic skills and knowledge, and the ability to apply these in the workplace. We will work with you to develop these skills.

We place employability at the core of what we do. Our lecturers are specialists who also have industry experience. They therefore have a comprehensive understanding of the skills required by employers. At University Campus Oldham we work with employers across all industries and all sectors to ensure that our programmes are up to date and topical. Our Foundation degree programmes are not only of high academic quality but have been developed with employers to focus on the vocational skills and attributes you will need in your chosen career.

Our aim is to support you to meet your potential. We know that students can have complex lives and juggle conflicting responsibilities. You may be in employment and want to improve your qualifications to progress in your chosen career; change your career; or may have been out of education for a long time. Whatever your circumstances, our aim is to give you the best possible opportunity to succeed.

We have an academic excellence team who will support you in the transition to Higher Education. As a small University, our smaller class sizes mean that you will also receive more support in developing your CV and obtaining references which highlight your unique personal skills.

We work collaboratively with national and regional employer networks and professional bodies to make sure our programmes are topical and relevant.

Our qualifications have been developed with employers and are practical and work related. Our Foundation degrees are a great option for students who prefer to take a vocational route and build up the skills to succeed in the workplace.

We also work with local employers who are passionate about our students and work proactively with us to develop our qualifications. They also deliver guest lectures, act as mentors and for some qualifications provide opportunities for practice based, professional learning and work experience placements.

There are also other opportunities for students to get involved, including mentoring, work shadowing and undertaking projects and live briefs.

For all our qualifications, materials are topical and industry related. Wherever possible we encourage you to undertake work based projects to extend you skills and knowledge. We work with a range of employers and employer networks to identify potential opportunities to support this.

There are also opportunities for you as a student at University Campus Oldham to gain employability skills by:
  • Supporting open days and university events
  • Undertaking voluntary work
  • Becoming a student representative
  • Mentoring students
  • Setting up and running a student society.

In this section

Academic & Graduate Hub

A university education at UCO is a life changing experience. We offer a wealth of advice on how to make the most of your time here.

Library and Resource Centre

The heart of our campus is our library and computing centre. It is spacious, well stocked and designed to be conducive to private and group study.

Careers Service

We will help you plan your career from day 1 of your Higher Education journey, right up to 3 years following graduation, making your career journey is a very successful one.

Student Union

When you enrol at the UCO you will automatically become a member of the Students’ Union (SU) and a member of the Nation Union of Students (NUS). The Students’ Union is run for Students by Students, with support from staff.

Student Portal

A student portal is an online gateway where students can login to access important programme information.

Moodle

A virtual learning environment for all students at University Campus Oldham.