Careers and Entrepreneurship

Graduate schemes

Find out how to research and apply for graduate schemes in the UK

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Graduate schemes are structured training programmes that give you the chance to experience various aspects of an organisation and undertake an accredited qualification if the role requires it. 

Schemes are mainly offered by large organisations and are highly competitive, accounting for under 10% of all graduate jobs. 

Applications generally open a year in advance, with schemes starting in the summer or autumn after graduation.

Researching employers and schemes

Searching for schemes 

Graduate schemes are well-promoted via the major graduate job sites: 

Search our sector guides to find employer directories and sector-specific job sites.

Recruitment process

There are various stages to the recruitment process:

Employers often visit campus to offer information and tips on their recruitment process. See our Events listings for more details.

Applying as an international student 

Find out more about working in the UK after your studies.

When applying, some employers will ask for UCAS points and GCSE grades. It is possible to get a Statement of Comparability from UK Naric, although they cannot convert your grade scores to UCAS points.

You may need to contact employer for further advice about individual grade equivalences, or use the 'note' or 'additional information' section to explain your qualifications.

Graduate schemes

If you are a recent Sussex graduate and can't access CareerHub, please call 01273 678429 or email careers@sussex.ac.uk