Welcome to the Futuretrack survey of people who applied between September 2005 and September
2006 through UCAS for full-time higher education courses. Five years have passed since then. In
this questionnaire, we ask about your experiences and views on the opportunities available to you,
in education, employment and more widely.
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this important study.
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Between September 2005 and September 2006, did you apply to UCAS for a full-time place in higher
education (whether or not you then went on to take up a place you applied for)?
(Please note: If you applied in 2004/05 and deferred entry to start higher education in 2006, tick
‘Yes’.)
.
Yes
No
Since applying to UCAS in 2005/6, which of the following has applied to you?
I completed an undergraduate course and I am no longer a full-time student
I completed an undergraduate course and am currently a full-time post-graduate student
I completed an undergraduate course and a postgraduate course and am no longer a full-time student
I started but did not complete an undergraduate course and I am no longer a full-time student
I did not go on to study full-time and have not been a full-time undergraduate student since then
I am currently a full-time undergraduate student
Please specify the broad subject area of your undergraduate degree.
Medicine and Dentistry
Business and Administrative studies
Subjects allied to Medicine
Mass Communications and Documentation
Biological Sciences
Linguistics, Classics and related subjects
Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related
subjects
European Languages, Literature and related
subjects
Non-European Languages, Literature and
related subjects
Physical Sciences
Mathematical and Computer Sciences
Engineering
Technologies
Architecture, Building and Planning
Social studies
Law
Historical and Philosophical studies
Creative Arts and Design
Education
A combination of 2 subjects in different areas
A combination of 3 subjects, or other general
courses
Please specify the subject area of your undergraduate degree, and enter the type and subject of
your degree.
Pre-clinical Medicine
Pre-clinical Dentistry
Clinical Medicine
Clinical Dentistry
Others in Medicine and Dentistry
Type of degree e.g.
MBBS
Subject of degree e.g.
Medicine
Please specify the subject area of your undergraduate degree, and enter the type and subject of
your degree
Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
Aural and Oral Sciences
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy
Nursing
Complementary Medicine
Medical Technology
Nutrition
Combinations within Subjects allied to
Medicine
Ophthalmics
Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
Type of degree e.g. BSc
Subject of degree e.g.
Physiotherapy
Please specify the subject area of your undergraduate degree, and enter the type and subject of
your degree
Biology
Sports Science
Botany
Molecular Biology, Biophysics and
Biochemistry
Zoology
Genetics
Microbiology
Psychology
Combinations within Biological Sciences
Others in Biological Sciences
Type of degree e.g. BSc
Subject of degree e.g.
Applied Psychology
Please specify the subject area of your undergraduate degree, and enter the type and subject of
your degree
Pre-clinical Veterinary Medicine
Food and Beverage studies
Clinical Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry
Agricultural Sciences
Animal Science
Combinations within Veterinary Sciences,
Agriculture and related subjects
Others in Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and
related subjects
Agriculture
Forestry
Type of degree e.g. BVSc
Subject of degree e.g.
Veterinary Science
Please specify the subject area of your undergraduate degree, and enter the type and subject of
your degree
Chemistry
Materials Science
Physics
Forensic and Archaeological Science
Astronomy
Geology
Ocean Sciences
Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
Combinations within Physical Sciences
Others in Physical Sciences
Type of degree e.g. BSc
Subject of degree e.g.
Geography
Please specify the subject area of your undergraduate degree, and enter the type and subject of
your degree
Mathematics
Operational Research
Statistics
Computer Science
Information Systems
Software Engineering
Artificial Intelligence
Combinations within Mathematical and Computing Sciences
Others in Mathematical and Computing Sciences
Type of degree e.g. BSc
Subject of degree e.g.
Computer Games Design
Please specify the subject area of your undergraduate degree, and enter the type and subject of
your degree
General Engineering
Civil Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
Naval Architecture
Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Production and Manufacturing Engineering
Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering
Combinations within Engineering
Others in Engineering
Type of degree e.g. BEng
Subject of degree e.g.
Automotive Engineering
Please specify the subject area of your undergraduate degree, and enter the type and subject of
your degree
Minerals Technology
Metallurgy
Ceramics and Glasses
Polymers and Textiles
Materials Technology not otherwise specified
Maritime Technology
Industrial Biotechnology
Combinations within Technology
Others in Technology
Type of degree e.g. BSc
Subject of degree e.g.
Biomaterials
Please specify the subject area of your undergraduate degree, and enter the type and subject of
your degree
Architecture
Building
Landscape Design
Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
Combinations within Architecture, Building and Planning
Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Type of degree e.g. BSc
Subject of degree e.g.
City and Regional
Planning
Please specify the subject area of your undergraduate degree, and enter the type and subject of
your degree
Economics
Politics
Sociology
Social Policy
Social Work
Anthropology
Human and Social Geography
Combinations within Social Studies
Others in Social studies
Type of degree e.g. BA
Subject of degree e.g.
International Relations
Please specify the subject area of your undergraduate degree, and enter the type and subject of
your degree
Law by area
Law by Topic
Combinations within Law
Other in Law
Type of degree e.g. LLB
Subject of degree e.g.
Scots Law
Please specify the subject area of your undergraduate degree, and enter the type and subject of
your degree
Business studies
Management studies
Finance
Accounting
Marketing
Human Resource Management
Office skills
Tourism, Transport and Travel
Combinations within Business and Administrative studies
Others in Business and Administrative studies
Type of degree e.g. BA
Subject of degree e.g.
Business Management
Please specify the subject area of your undergraduate degree, and enter the type and subject of
your degree
Information Services
Publicity studies
Media studies
Publishing
Journalism
Combinations within Mass Communications and Documentation
Others in Mass Communications and Documentation
Type of degree e.g. BA
Subject of degree e.g.
Broadcast Journalism
Please specify the subject area of your undergraduate degree, and enter the type and subject of
your degree
Linguistics
Comparative Literary studies
English studies
Ancient Language studies
Celtic studies
Latin studies
Classical Greek studies
Classical studies
Combinations within Linguistics, Classics and related subjects
Others in Linguistics, Classics and related subjects
Type of degree e.g. BA
Subject of degree e.g.
English Literature
Please specify the subject area of your undergraduate degree, and enter the type and subject of
your degree
French studies
German studies
Italian studies
Spanish studies
Portuguese studies
Scandinavian studies
Russian and East European studies
Combinations within European Languages, Literature and related subjects
Others in European Languages, Literature and related subjects
Type of degree e.g. BA
Subject of degree e.g.
European Studies
Please specify the subject area of your undergraduate degree, and enter the type and subject of
your degree
Chinese studies
Japanese studies
South Asian studies
Other Asian studies
African studies
Modern Middle Eastern studies
American studies
Australasian studies
Combinations within non-European languages and related subjects
Others in non-European languages and related subjects
Type of degree e.g. BA
Subject of degree e.g.
Chinese Studies
Please specify the subject area of your undergraduate degree, and enter the type and subject of
your degree
History by period
History by area
History by topic
Archaeology
Philosophy
Theology and Religious studies
Combinations within Historical and Philosophical studies
Others in Historical and Philosophical studies
Type of degree e.g. BA
Subject of degree e.g.
Modern History
Please specify the subject area of your undergraduate degree, and enter the type and subject of
your degree
Fine Art
Design studies
Music
Drama
Dance
Cinematics and Photography
Crafts
Imaginative Writing
Combinations within Creative Arts and Design
Others in Creative Arts and Design
Type of degree e.g. BA
Subject of degree e.g.
Fashion Design
Please specify the subject area of your undergraduate degree, and enter the type and subject of
your degree
Training Teachers
Research and Study Skills in Education
Academic studies in Education
Combinations within Education
Others in Education
Type of degree e.g. BEd
Subject of degree e.g.
Primary Education
Please enter the type and
subject(s) of your
undergraduate degree
Type of degree e.g. BA
Subject of degree e.g.
History and French
Please enter the type and
subject(s) of your
undergraduate degree
Type of degree e.g. BSc
Subject of degree e.g.
Human Sciences
Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
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Abertay Dundee, University of
Aberystwyth, University of Wales
American InterContinental University, London
Anglia Ruskin University
Arts Institute at Bournemouth
Askham Bryan College
Aston University
Bangor, University of Wales
Barking College
Basingstoke College of Technology
Bath Spa University
Bath, University of
Bedfordshire, University of
Birmingham City University
Birmingham, University of
Bishop Burton College
Bishop Grosseteste University College
Blackpool and The Fylde College
Bolton, University of
Bournemouth, University of
Bradford College
Bradford, University of
Bridgwater College
Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Brighton, University of
Bristol, University of
British College of Osteopathic Medicine
British School of Osteopathy
Brunel University
Buckingham, University of
Bucks New University
Cambridge, University of
Canterbury Christ Church University
Capel Manor College
Cardiff, University of
Cardiff, University of Wales Institute
Carmarthenshire College / Coleg Sir Gar
Castle College Nottingham
Central Lancashire, University of
Central School of Speech and Drama
Chester, University of
Chesterfield College
Chichester College
Chichester, University of
City and Islington College
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Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
City College Birmingham
Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Please specify other
What class of undergraduate degree were you awarded?
First Class Honours
Upper Second Class Honours
Unclassified Second Class Honours
Lower Second Class Honours
Third Class Honours
Ordinary Degree (unclassified)
Other
Please specify other
To what extent were the skills and capabilities listed below developed on your undergraduate
course?
Not at all
Written communication
Spoken communication
Numerical analysis skills
Critical evaluation
Research skills
Presentation skills
Innovative thinking
Entrepreneurial skills
Ability to work in teams
Ability to work individually
Ability to manage my time effectively
Some
A lot
During your undergraduate course, which of the following employment-related activities, if any, did
you do?
SELECT ALL THAT APPLY
A sandwich year undergraduate placement
One or more shorter structured work placement/s integral to your course
Assessed project work in an external organisation as part of your course
A vacation internship with an employer
Paid work undertaken to gain useful career related experience
Paid work undertaken only for the money
Unpaid work undertaken in order to gain useful career related experience
Other work-related activity
None of the above
Please specify other
On a scale of 1-7, where 1 means ‘strongly agree’, and 7 means ‘strongly disagree’, where would
you put yourself in relation to the following statements?
Strongly
Strongly
disagree
agree 1
2
3
4
5
6
7
The undergraduate subject I studied has
been an advantage in looking for
employment
The university I attended for my
undergraduate course has been an
advantage in looking for employment
The skills I developed on my undergraduate
course made me more employable
With hindsight, if you were starting again, would you choose the same undergraduate course?
Yes, definitely
Yes, probably
Would choose a similar course at a DIFFERENT university or college
Would choose a different course at the SAME university or college
Would choose a DIFFERENT course at a DIFFERENT university or college
Would not go to university or college
Don't know
Would choose a similar course at a DIFFERENT university or college - Why is that?
Would choose a different course at the SAME university or college - What would you choose and
why?
Would choose a DIFFERENT course at a DIFFERENT university or college - Why is that?
Would not go to university or college - Why is that?
On a scale of 1-7, where 1 means ‘strongly agree’, and 7 means ‘strongly disagree’, where would
you put yourself in relation to the following statement?
My undergraduate course was good value for money
1 - Strongly agree
2
3
4
5
6
7 - Strongly disagree
How much repayable debt did you have when you completed your undergraduate course?
(DO NOT INCLUDE MORTGAGES OR EXISTING DEBT PRIOR TO YOUR STUDY)
None
Up to £4,999
£5,000-£9,999
£10,000-£14,999
£15,000-£19,999
£20,000-£24,999
£25,000-£29,999
Over £30,000
Which of the following applied to you?
My options after graduating were not limited by my debts
My options after graduating were limited by my debts
In what way were your options limited?
SELECT ALL THAT APPLY
I wanted to do a postgraduate course, but did not want to add to my debts
I had to apply for a postgraduate course where I could live at home rather than where I would have
preferred to study
I had to accept the best paid job I could get rather than one I would have preferred
I had to live at home and/or be supported by my family
I did not believe I could take a gap year because I thought it important to get a job quickly
Other impact(s) of debt on my decisions
Please specify other
Since graduating have you repaid your debts?
Wholly
Partly
Not at all
Wholly
Partly
Not at all
I have repaid my debts
Did others help you with repayment?
An employer (e.g. as a ‘Golden hello’)
A partner or member of your family
Other
Please specify other
In the section that follows, we ask you to provide details about your work-related activities since
October 2006, whether or not you went on to complete a degree, so that we can build a picture of
the various routes that Futuretrack participants have had access to, to get to the situation they are
in now.
What have you been doing since October 2006?
If you had more than one activity at any time, please tell us about what you regard as the MAIN
activity. You will be asked about your other activities in the next section.
MAIN ACTIVITY
Date from: 10/2006
Main activity:
Employee
Self-employed
Studying
Unemployed and looking for work
Other
Please specify other
ABOUT THIS PERIOD OF EMPLOYMENT:
a) Job title e.g. primary
teacher, software
engineer, sales engineer,
sales assistant
b) Name of employer (STATE 'SELF' IF SELFEMPLOYED)
Were any of the following qualifications required for this job?
PLEASE SELECT ALL THAT APPLY
A levels
An undergraduate degree in a particular subject
An undergraduate degree in any subject
A postgraduate qualification
Other professional/vocational training
Employment experience/training in this organisation in another job
Employment experience/training in another organisation
None of these
Please specify other
Do/did you use the subject/discipline knowledge you acquired on your undergraduate degree
programme?
Yes
No
I have not completed an undergraduate degree
Do/did you use skills developed on your undergraduate degree programme?
Yes
No
I have not completed an undergraduate degree
ABOUT THIS COURSE:
Type of course:
Undergraduate: degree for which I applied for a place in 2005/6
Undergraduate: a different HE qualification to the one I applied for in 2005/6
Postgraduate
Other
Please specify other
Qualification
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Foundation degree, DipHE, HND
Three or four year undergraduate degree
Undergraduate degree lasting more than four years
Postgraduate Teaching Certificate
Other vocational/professional training leading to professional qualification or diploma
Other postgraduate diploma
Taught Master's degree
Ph.D or other research degree
Other
Please specify other
Subject
Name of awarding institution e.g. University of Warwick, Chartered Institute of Accountants
How is/was this course funded?
PLEASE SELECT ALL THAT APPLY
Private funds (e.g. savings and family support)
Student Loan Company
Career Development Loan
Other commercial lender
Postgraduate Award or Bursary (e.g. EPSRC, NHS, British Academy, Training and Development
Agency Training Bursary, University Postgraduate Studentship)
Doing paid work
Other
Please specify funder
Please specify other
Is this your current activity?
Yes
No
When did this activity end?
Month/Year (mm/yyyy)
Date from: {H1}
Main activity:
Employee
Self-employed
Studying
Unemployed and looking for work
Other
Please specify other
ABOUT THIS PERIOD OF EMPLOYMENT:
a) Job title e.g. primary
teacher, software
engineer, sales engineer,
sales assistant
b) Name of employer (STATE 'SELF' IF SELF
EMPLOYED)
Were any of the following qualifications required for this job?
PLEASE SELECT ALL THAT APPLY
A levels
An undergraduate degree in a particular subject
An undergraduate degree in any subject
A postgraduate qualification
Other professional/vocational training
Employment experience/training in this organisation in another job
Employment experience/training in another organisation
None of these
Please specify other
Do/did you use the subject/discipline knowledge you acquired on your undergraduate degree
programme?
Yes
No
I have not completed an undergraduate degree
Do/did you use skills developed on your undergraduate degree programme?
Yes
No
I have not completed an undergraduate degree
ABOUT THIS COURSE:
Type of course:
Undergraduate: degree for which I applied for a place in 2005/6
Undergraduate: a different HE qualification to the one I applied for in 2005/6
Postgraduate
Other
Please specify other
Qualification
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Foundation degree, DipHE, HND
Three or four year undergraduate degree
Undergraduate degree lasting more than four years
Postgraduate Teaching Certificate
Other vocational/professional training leading to professional qualification or diploma
Other postgraduate diploma
Taught Master's degree
Ph.D or other research degree
Other
Please specify other
Subject
Name of awarding institution e.g. University of Warwick, Chartered Institute of Accountants
How is/was this course funded?
PLEASE SELECT ALL THAT APPLY
Private funds (e.g. savings and family support)
Student Loan Company
Career Development Loan
Other commercial lender
Postgraduate Award or Bursary (e.g. EPSRC, NHS, British Academy, Training and Development
Agency Training Bursary, University Postgraduate Studentship)
Doing paid work
Other
Please specify funder
Please specify other
Is this your current activity?
Yes
No
When did this activity end?
Month/Year (mm/yyyy)
Date from:{H2}
Main activity:
Employee
Self-employed
Studying
Unemployed and looking for work
Other
Please specify other
ABOUT THIS PERIOD OF EMPLOYMENT:
a) Job title e.g. primary
teacher, software
engineer, sales engineer,
sales assistant
b) Name of employer (STATE ‘SELF’ IF SELFEMPLOYED)
Were any of the following qualifications required for this job?
PLEASE SELECT ALL THAT APPLY
A levels
An undergraduate degree in a particular subject
An undergraduate degree in any subject
A postgraduate qualification
Other professional/vocational training
Employment experience/training in this organisation in another job
Employment experience/training in another organisation
None of these
Please specify other
Do/did you use the subject/discipline knowledge you acquired on your undergraduate degree
programme?
Yes
No
I have not completed an undergraduate degree
Do/did you use skills developed on your undergraduate degree programme?
Yes
No
I have not completed an undergraduate degree
ABOUT THIS COURSE:
Type of course:
Undergraduate: degree for which I applied for a place in 2005/6
Undergraduate: a different HE qualification to the one I applied for in 2005/6
Postgraduate
Other
Please specify other
Qualification
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Foundation degree, DipHE, HND
Three or four year undergraduate degree
Undergraduate degree lasting more than four years
Postgraduate Teaching Certificate
Other vocational/professional training leading to professional qualification or diploma
Other postgraduate diploma
Taught Master's degree
Ph.D or other research degree
Other
Please specify other
Subject
Name of awarding institution e.g. University of Warwick, Chartered Institute of Accountants
How is/was this course funded?
PLEASE SELECT ALL THAT APPLY
Private funds (e.g. savings and family support)
Student Loan Company
Career Development Loan
Other commercial lender
Postgraduate Award or Bursary (e.g. EPSRC, NHS, British Academy, Training and Development
Agency Training Bursary, University Postgraduate Studentship)
Doing paid work
Other
Please specify funder
Please specify other
Is this your current activity?
Yes
No
When did this activity end?
Month/Year (mm/yyyy)
Date from:{H3}
Main activity:
Employee
Self-employed
Studying
Unemployed and looking for work
Other
Please specify other
ABOUT THIS PERIOD OF EMPLOYMENT:
a) Job title e.g. primary
teacher, software
engineer, sales engineer,
sales assistant
b) Name of employer (STATE ‘SELF’ IF SELFEMPLOYED)
Were any of the following qualifications required for this job?
PLEASE SELECT ALL THAT APPLY
A levels
An undergraduate degree in a particular subject
An undergraduate degree in any subject
A postgraduate qualification
Other professional/vocational training
Employment experience/training in this organisation in another job
Employment experience/training in another organisation
None of these
Please specify other
Do/did you use the subject/discipline knowledge you acquired on your undergraduate degree
programme?
Yes
No
I have not completed an undergraduate degree
Do/did you use skills developed on your undergraduate degree programme?
Yes
No
I have not completed an undergraduate degree
ABOUT THIS COURSE:
Type of course:
Undergraduate: degree for which I applied for a place in 2005/6
Undergraduate: a different HE qualification to the one I applied for in 2005/6
Postgraduate
Other
Please specify other
Qualification
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Foundation degree, DipHE, HND
Three or four year undergraduate degree
Undergraduate degree lasting more than four years
Postgraduate Teaching Certificate
Other vocational/professional training leading to professional qualification or diploma
Other postgraduate diploma
Taught Master's degree
Ph.D or other research degree
Other
Please specify other
Subject
Name of awarding institution e.g. University of Warwick, Chartered Institute of Accountants
How is/was this course funded?
PLEASE SELECT ALL THAT APPLY
Private funds (e.g. savings and family support)
Student Loan Company
Career Development Loan
Other commercial lender
Postgraduate Award or Bursary (e.g. EPSRC, NHS, British Academy, Training and Development
Agency Training Bursary, University Postgraduate Studentship)
Doing paid work
Other
Please specify funder
Please specify other
Is this your current activity?
Yes
No
When did this activity end?
Month/Year (mm/yyyy)
Date from:{H4}
Main activity:
Employee
Self-employed
Studying
Unemployed and looking for work
Other
Please specify other
ABOUT THIS PERIOD OF EMPLOYMENT:
a) Job title e.g. primary
teacher, software
engineer, sales engineer,
sales assistant
b) Name of employer (STATE ‘SELF’ IF SELFEMPLOYED)
Were any of the following qualifications required for this job?
PLEASE SELECT ALL THAT APPLY
A levels
An undergraduate degree in a particular subject
An undergraduate degree in any subject
A postgraduate qualification
Other professional/vocational training
Employment experience/training in this organisation in another job
Employment experience/training in another organisation
None of these
Please specify other
Do/did you use the subject/discipline knowledge you acquired on your undergraduate degree
programme?
Yes
No
I have not completed an undergraduate degree
Do/did you use skills developed on your undergraduate degree programme?
Yes
No
I have not completed an undergraduate degree
ABOUT THIS COURSE:
Type of course:
Undergraduate: degree for which I applied for a place in 2005/6
Undergraduate: a different HE qualification to the one I applied for in 2005/6
Postgraduate
Other
Please specify other
Qualification
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Foundation degree, DipHE, HND
Three or four year undergraduate degree
Undergraduate degree lasting more than four years
Postgraduate Teaching Certificate
Other vocational/professional training leading to professional qualification or diploma
Other postgraduate diploma
Taught Master's degree
Ph.D or other research degree
Other
Please specify other
Subject
Name of awarding institution e.g. University of Warwick, Chartered Institute of Accountants
How is/was this course funded?
PLEASE SELECT ALL THAT APPLY
Private funds (e.g. savings and family support)
Student Loan Company
Career Development Loan
Other commercial lender
Postgraduate Award or Bursary (e.g. EPSRC, NHS, British Academy, Training and Development
Agency Training Bursary, University Postgraduate Studentship)
Doing paid work
Other
Please specify funder
Please specify other
Is this your current activity?
Yes
No
When did this activity end?
Month/Year (mm/yyyy)
Date from:{H5}
Main activity:
Employee
Self-employed
Studying
Unemployed and looking for work
Other
Please specify other
ABOUT THIS PERIOD OF EMPLOYMENT:
a) Job title e.g. primary
teacher, software
engineer, sales engineer,
sales assistant
b) Name of employer (STATE ‘SELF’ IF SELFEMPLOYED)
Were any of the following qualifications required for this job?
PLEASE SELECT ALL THAT APPLY
A levels
An undergraduate degree in a particular subject
An undergraduate degree in any subject
A postgraduate qualification
Other professional/vocational training
Employment experience/training in this organisation in another job
Employment experience/training in another organisation
None of these
Please specify other
Do/did you use the subject/discipline knowledge you acquired on your undergraduate degree
programme?
Yes
No
I have not completed an undergraduate degree
Do/did you use skills developed on your undergraduate degree programme?
Yes
No
I have not completed an undergraduate degree
ABOUT THIS COURSE:
Type of course:
Undergraduate: degree for which I applied for a place in 2005/6
Undergraduate: a different HE qualification to the one I applied for in 2005/6
Postgraduate
Other
Please specify other
Qualification
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Foundation degree, DipHE, HND
Three or four year undergraduate degree
Undergraduate degree lasting more than four years
Postgraduate Teaching Certificate
Other vocational/professional training leading to professional qualification or diploma
Other postgraduate diploma
Taught Master's degree
Ph.D or other research degree
Other
Please specify other
Subject
Name of awarding institution e.g. University of Warwick, Chartered Institute of Accountants
How is/was this course funded?
PLEASE SELECT ALL THAT APPLY
Private funds (e.g. savings and family support)
Student Loan Company
Career Development Loan
Other commercial lender
Postgraduate Award or Bursary (e.g. EPSRC, NHS, British Academy, Training and Development
Agency Training Bursary, University Postgraduate Studentship)
Doing paid work
Other
Please specify funder
Please specify other
Is this your current activity?
Yes
No
When did this activity end?
Month/Year (mm/yyyy)
Date from:{H6}
Main activity:
Employee
Self-employed
Studying
Unemployed and looking for work
Other
Please specify other
ABOUT THIS PERIOD OF EMPLOYMENT:
a) Job title e.g. primary
teacher, software
engineer, sales engineer,
sales assistant
b) Name of employer (STATE ‘SELF’ IF SELFEMPLOYED)
Were any of the following qualifications required for this job?
PLEASE SELECT ALL THAT APPLY
A levels
An undergraduate degree in a particular subject
An undergraduate degree in any subject
A postgraduate qualification
Other professional/vocational training
Employment experience/training in this organisation in another job
Employment experience/training in another organisation
None of these
Please specify other
Do/did you use the subject/discipline knowledge you acquired on your undergraduate degree
programme?
Yes
No
I have not completed an undergraduate degree
Do/did you use skills developed on your undergraduate degree programme?
Yes
No
I have not completed an undergraduate degree
ABOUT THIS COURSE:
Type of course:
Undergraduate: degree for which I applied for a place in 2005/6
Undergraduate: a different HE qualification to the one I applied for in 2005/6
Postgraduate
Other
Please specify other
Qualification
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Foundation degree, DipHE, HND
Three or four year undergraduate degree
Undergraduate degree lasting more than four years
Postgraduate Teaching Certificate
Other vocational/professional training leading to professional qualification or diploma
Other postgraduate diploma
Taught Master's degree
Ph.D or other research degree
Other
Please specify other
Subject
Name of awarding institution e.g. University of Warwick, Chartered Institute of Accountants
How is/was this course funded?
PLEASE SELECT ALL THAT APPLY
Private funds (e.g. savings and family support)
Student Loan Company
Career Development Loan
Other commercial lender
Postgraduate Award or Bursary (e.g. EPSRC, NHS, British Academy, Training and Development
Agency Training Bursary, University Postgraduate Studentship)
Doing paid work
Other
Please specify funder
Please specify other
Is this your current activity?
Yes
No
When did this activity end?
Month/Year (mm/yyyy)
To enable us to get the full picture of your current work and study-related activities, please indicate
which of the following apply to you now?
SELECT ALL THAT APPLY
Employed full-time
Employed part-time, one job
Employed part-time, more than one job
Self-employed
In paid internship
In unpaid internship
Doing voluntary work related to my career path
Doing voluntary work, not related to my career path
Unemployed and looking for work
Engaged in full-time study, work-related training, or registered as a full-time research student
Engaged in part-time study, work-related training, or registered as a part-time research student
Creating a professional portfolio
Other (Retired, family responsibilities, career gap, waiting to start job/course already arranged, etc)
Please specify other
You said that you are currently undertaking more than one work role or work-related activity. To
what extent is it because…
PLEASE SELECT ONE OPTION FOR EACH ROW
A great
Some
extent
extent
Not at all Not relevant Don't know
I have been unable to get an appropriate
full time job
Combining two or more jobs is the only way
to get full-time equivalent work in my
preferred type of employment
One of these activities is allowing me to
develop the skills and/or contacts
necessary to move into the type of work I
really want
It is my choice to do different jobs - I like
the variety
My preferred work is on a freelance basis
so I need other paid work as well
It gives me time to maintain a balance
between work and my personal family
commitments
To supplement my income
Why did you decide to take your current main job?
PLEASE SELECT ALL THAT APPLY
It was exactly the type of work I wanted
The salary level was attractive
Other conditions of employment were attractive
I wanted to work in this locality/region
I was already working for this employer
It offered interesting work
To gain experience in order to obtain the type of job I really want
It offered job security
It was compatible with my partner’s career
It suits me in the short term
It is better than being unemployed
Other
Please specify other
In which of the following sectors is your current main employer?
PLEASE SELECT ONE ONLY
Agriculture, mining, quarrying (includes oil and gas extraction)
Manufacturing
Electricity, gas, water supply
Construction (includes civil engineering)
Distribution, hotels, catering (includes retailing, supermarkets, wholesale or retail distribution)
Transport and tourist services
Information and communications sector (includes media)
Banking, finance, insurance
Business services (includes legal services, computing, advertising, public relations, R&D)
Education (includes schools, colleges, and universities)
Other public services (local or central government, health services, police, social services)
Other
Please specify other
In which of the following types of organisation is your current main job?
PLEASE SELECT ONE ONLY
Public sector (e.g. Government department, Health Service, State education)
Private sector (e.g. manufacturing company, management consultancy)
Not-for-profit sector (e.g. charity, political party)
Other
Please specify other
How many people in total are employed at your main workplace?
SELECT ONE ONLY
9 or fewer
10-24
25-49
50-99
100-249
250-499
500-999
1000 or more
Is the establishment where you work part of a larger organisation?
Yes
No
Approximately how many people work for the organisation as a whole?
SELECT ONE ONLY
9 or fewer
10-24
25-49
50-99
100-249
250-499
500-999
1000 or more
What is the contractual basis of your current main job?
SELECT ONE ONLY
Permanent or open-ended contract
Fixed-term contract
Probationary period prior to confirmation
Self-employed
Temporary, through an agency
Other temporary or casual
Other
Please specify other
How many hours per week do you normally work in your
main job?
EXCLUDE MEAL BREAKS BUT INCLUDE OVERTIME,
UNPAID HOURS
How long do you normally spend travelling to and from work each day (return trip)?
IF YOUR WORK LOCATION VARIES FROM DAY-TO-DAY, ESTIMATE THE AVERAGE DAILY TIME
Hours
Minutes
To what extent do you work with others in your current job?
SELECT ONE OPTION IN EACH ROW
Always
Frequently
I work on my own
I work as part of a team
I work in a virtual team, with people in other
locations
I work with customers or clients
I am responsible for supervising the work of
other people
My own work is closely supervised
Occasionally
Never
In your main workplace is your type of job done...
SELECT ONE ONLY
only by graduates?
mainly by graduates?
by a fairly equal mixture of graduates and non-graduates?
mainly by non-graduates?
only by non-graduates?
only by you?
And is it done …
SELECT ONE ONLY
only by men?
mainly by men?
by a fairly equal mixture of men and women?
mainly by women?
only by women?
only by you?
What was your gross annual pay in your first job after you left full-time education? i.e. per annum
salary before income tax, National Insurance and other deductions and including any overtime,
bonuses, commission, tips? (If you entered higher education, please give the amount you earned in
your first job since leaving higher education.)
First job after leaving education
Annual earnings before tax
Less than £9,999
£10,000-11,999
£12,000-14,999
£15,000-17,999
£18,000-20,999
£21,000-23,999
£24,000-26,999
£27,000-29,999
£30,000-32,999
£33,000-35,999
£36,000-39,999
£40,000-49,999
£50,000-59,999
£60,000-79,999
£80,000 or more
On the same basis, what is your gross annual pay in your current occupation?
Currently
Annual earnings before tax
Less than £9,999
£10,000-11,999
£12,000-14,999
£15,000-17,999
£18,000-20,999
£21,000-23,999
£24,000-26,999
£27,000-29,999
£30,000-32,999
£33,000-35,999
£36,000-39,999
£40,000-49,999
£50,000-59,999
£60,000-79,999
£80,000 or more
To what extent are you required to use the skills and capabilities listed below in your current job?
Not at all
Some
A lot
Written communication
Spoken communication
Numerical analysis skills
Critical evaluation
Research skills
Presentation skills
Innovative thinking
Entrepreneurial skills
Ability to work in teams
Ability to work individually
Ability to manage my time effectively
On a scale of 1 to 7, where 1 means ‘completely satisfied’ and 7 means ‘not satisfied at all’, how
satisfied do you feel with the following aspects of your job?
Complet
ely
satisfied
1
2
3
4
5
6
Not
satisfied
at all7
Promotion or career development
prospects
Total pay (including overtime or bonuses)
The number of hours you work
The actual work itself
Job security
Opportunity to use your own initiative
Using the same 1 to 7 scale, all things considered, how satisfied are you with your present job?
Completely
Not satisfied at
satisfied 1
2
3
4
5
6
all 7
On a scale of 1 to 7, where 1 means ‘ideal’ and 7 means ‘very inappropriate ’, how appropriate do
you think your current job is for someone with your skills and qualifications?
Very
inappropriate
7
Ideal 1
2
3
4
5
6
On a scale of 1-7, where 1 means ‘strongly agree’, and 7 means ‘strongly disagree’, where would
you put yourself in relation to the following statements?
Strongl
Strongl
y agree
y disag Not ap
1
2
3
4
5
6
ree 7 plicable
I have a clear idea about the occupation I
hope to have in 5 years' time and the
qualifications required to do so
I am optimistic about my long-term career
prospects
I have the skills employers are likely to be
looking for when recruiting for the kind of
jobs I want
The extent to which employment and study opportunities vary across regions and the impact of
geographical mobility are important research and policy issues. To help us assess the evidence,
please let us know the locations where you lived before you applied for HE in 2005/6 and where you
live now?
When you applied to enter HE in 2005/6
North East England
South East England
North West England
South West England
Merseyside
Wales
Yorkshire & the Humber
Scotland
East Midlands
Northern Ireland
West Midlands
Republic of Ireland
East of England
Other European country
London
Other overseas country
Where you live now
North East England
South East England
North West England
South West England
Merseyside
Wales
Yorkshire & the Humber
Scotland
East Midlands
Northern Ireland
West Midlands
Republic of Ireland
East of England
Other European country
London
Other overseas country
To help us assess the geographical mobility more precisely, please provide the UK postcodes of
your main residence when you applied for HE in 2005/6 and where you are living now.
If you were living outside the UK when you applied to enter HE or are living outside the UK now,
please enter the country where you were/are instead.
When applied to HE
Full UK postcode e.g.
CV3 7LE
Country if outside UK
Where you live now
Full UK postcode e.g.
CV3 7LE
Country if outside UK
As far as long-term personal values are concerned, how important to you are the following?
Very
Not very
important Important Not sure important Unimportant
Career progression
High financial reward
Doing a job where I am able to develop my
capabilities
Doing a job I really enjoy
Work-life balance
Being or becoming a parent
Job security
The ethics of my employer
Doing socially useful work
Gaining international work experience
In terms of your own views about your strengths and weaknesses now, how do you rate yourself in
the following areas?
Not very
Excellent Very good
Good
Adequate
good
Written communication
Spoken communication
Numeracy skills
Computer literacy
Self-confidence
Self-discipline
Ability to work in a team
Leadership skills
Creativity
Are you generally a person who is fully prepared to take risks or do you try to avoid taking risks?
10 - Fully
1 - Avoid
prepared
taking
to take
risks
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
risks
Using the scale, how dissatisfied or satisfied are you with your life overall?
1 - Not at all
satisfied
2
3
4
5
6
7 - Completely
satisfied
Personal details section
This section of the questionnaire deals with aspects of your personal characteristics that may be
relevant to your experience of education and career development opportunities. These will be used
solely to enable us to investigate how far social and demographic characteristics appear to be
related to opportunities and obstacles in higher education and subsequent employment patterns.
Are you
Male
Female
What year and month were you
born?
Year
What year and month were you
born?
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1989
1988
1987
1986
1985
1984
1983
1982
1981
1980
1979
1978
1977
1976
1975
1974
1973
1972
1971
1970
Month
1969
1967
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January
February
1966
March
1965
April
1964
May
1963
June
1962
July
1961
August
1960
September
1959
October
1958
November
1957
December
1968
1956
1955
1954
1953
1952
1951
1950
1949
1948
1947
1946
1945
1944
What is your ethnic group?
Asian - Bangladeshi
Black - Other
Asian - Chinese
White
Asian - Indian
White and Asian
Asian - Other
White and Black African
Asian - Pakistani
White and Black Caribbean
Black - African
Other Mixed
Black - Caribbean
Other
Please specify other
Thinking back to when you were 14 years old, what occupations did your parents have?
My father was
My mother was
An employee
An employee
Self Employed
Self Employed
Not in Paid Work
Not in Paid Work
Don't know / Not Applicable
Don't know / Not Applicable
Father's job title
Mother's job title
Does/did your father have a
degree?
Does/did your mother have a
degree?
Yes
Yes
No
No
Don't know/Not applicable
Don't know/Not applicable
What were your highest educational qualifications prior to October 2006?
PLEASE SELECT ONE ONLY
GCE A-levels or Scottish (SQC) Higher or Advanced Higher levels
The International Baccalaureate (IB)
Other
Please specify
Please give details of the GCE A-level or Scottish (SQC) Higher grade examinations that you
passed prior to October 2006.
If you did more than six subjects, list the six with the best grades.
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Grade
A level
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A
B
Scottish Higher level
C
6
D
Scottish Advanced
Higher level
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A level
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A
B
Scottish Higher level
C
6
D
Scottish Advanced
Higher level
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E
A level
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A
B
Scottish Higher level
C
6
D
Scottish Advanced
Higher level
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E
A level
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A
B
Scottish Higher level
C
Scottish Advanced
Higher level
6
D
E
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A
B
Scottish Higher level
C
6
D
Scottish Advanced
Higher level
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A level
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A
B
Scottish Higher level
C
6
Scottish Advanced
Higher level
D
E
Which of the following, if any, apply to you?
PLEASE SELECT ALL THAT APPLY
I have a child/children under 5 living with me some or all of the time
I have a child/children aged 5-12 living with me some or all of the time
I have a child/children aged 13-18 living with me some or all of the time
I have adult dependant(s) living with me some or all of the time
I have adult dependant(s) who do not live with me
None of these
Do you have any long term illness, health problem or a disability which limits (or may be perceived
to limit) your employment options?
Yes
No
Please will you indicate what this/these restriction(s) is/are?
PLEASE SELECT ALL THAT APPLY
Dyslexia
Blind/partially sighted
Deaf/hearing impairment
Wheelchair user/mobility difficulties
Personal care support
Mental health difficulties
Autistic spectrum disorders
An unseen disability (e.g. diabetes, epilepsy, asthma)
Multiple disabilities
Other long-term illness or disability
Prefer not to answer
Please specify other
Was English your first language?
Yes, English was my first and only language
Yes, I was brought up to be bilingual in English and another language
No, I became a competent English speaker as a child
No, I became a competent English speaker as a teenager or adult
Other
Please specify other
In which of the following areas is your country of birth?
UK
EU, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
Other overseas country
What is your country of birth?
England
Northern Ireland
Scotland
Wales
What is your country of birth?
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Belgium
Bulgaria
Cyprus (Northern)
Cyprus (Republic of)
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Italy
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Republic of Ireland
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Other
Please specify
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What is your country of birth?
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Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei Darussalam
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
China
Colombia
Comoros
Congo, Democratic Republic of
Congo, Republic of
Costa Rica
Cote D’Ivoire
Croatia
Cuba
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
East Timor
Ecuador
6
What is your country of birth?
Egypt
What is your country of birth?
What is your country of birth?
Please specify
Which of the following applies to you?
I am a citizen of the UK, and I do not have multiple citizenships
I have multiple citizenships, one of which is the UK
I am a citizen of another EU country, and I do not have multiple citizenships
I am a citizen of a non-EU European country, and I do not have multiple citizenships
I am a citizen of a non-European country, and I do not have multiple citizenships
I have multiple citizenships, and none of them are the UK
Thank you for being part of the Futuretrack 2006 project and taking the time to complete these
questions. By doing so, you are eligible to enter this year’s prize draw. All respondents providing
emails will be entered into the prize draw unless they state below that they do not wish to be
included.
These emails will be used solely for the purposes of the prize draw and making contact with you
for this research and will not be passed to any third party without permission from you. We hope to
be able to extend the longitudinal study and, if we can, will be very grateful if you are willing to
participate.
Contact details
Name:
Email address:
Alternative email
address:
Telephone Number:
Mobile telephone
number:
Please indicate if you do not want to participate in the prize draw.
I do NOT want to be entered for the prize draw.
As part of the research, we will be carrying out a series of telephone interviews to follow up this
survey in order to explore particular experiences in greater detail. If you are willing to be
interviewed, please tick the box below
I AM willing to participate in a Futuretrack 2006 telephone follow-up survey.
We are occasionally approached by journalists who want to interview Futuretrack participants. If
you would consider being interviewed about your experiences and views about education and
work, please tick the box below. We will never provide your details without permission.
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respond to particular requests.
If you would like to add any comments about the questionnaire, or relating to the issues covered in
it, we will be grateful if you will type them in the box below.
This is the final Futuretrack 2006 survey for which we have funding, but we hope to be able to
obtain complementary funding to follow up particular categories of respondents (for example,
students who have not yet graduated, graduates who live in particular regions or who have studied
particular subjects). To ensure that we are able to keep in touch with you, we will be grateful if you
will supply the following information. This will only be used if we fail to contact you successfully
via your current email address.
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Once again, thank you for taking the time to complete the questionnaire. We hope your career is
going well, whichever path you have taken or plan to follow in the future. Your responses will be
treated in the strictest confidence and your details will not be passed to any third party.
Please click the 'submit' button below.
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