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Vocational Stem courses beat degrees on pay

Vocational Stem courses beat degrees on pay

People who completed higher-level vocational qualifications in Stem subjects earn more than graduates from similar courses at non-Russell Group universities, new research shows. 

Researchers at the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR) affiliated with the Centre for Vocational Education Research (CVER) – part of the London School of Economics – found that by the age of 30, those who had completed a higher-level vocational qualification (level 4 or 5) earned more on average than their contemporaries who went to a non-Russell Group university to study similar subjects.

However, the research also found that those who attended Russell Group universities – a self-selecting group of universities with high-admission requirements, including Oxford and Cambridge – outpaced all other courses, except in the area of construction.

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