Gain Future Skills with your undergraduate degree

Knowledge to give you the edge

At Kingston University, we're passionate about enhancing our students' life chances by helping them make the most of their learning opportunities and equipping them with the future skills and knowledge needed in the 21st Century's demanding workplace, so when you choose to study an undergraduate course at Kingston, you know that you will gain more than a degree.

The development of Future Skills is ingrained throughout every year of every course, ensuring you learn employability enhancing skills with your subject.

During your course, you will develop your expertise, personalise your learning and demonstrate the skills you've gained. You'll study how to navigate, explore and apply these skills, so that you can articulate to potential employers how Future Skills give you the edge.

In your first year with Kingston University, you'll be part of the Navigate programme, including workshops on Understanding each other, Understanding yourself and Understanding your future. The following year you'll explore beyond your own discipline, working on projects with students across the University and then in your final year you'll learn to apply your skills beyond the University.

Future Skills is also part of something bigger – it connects you to the rest of your Kingston community and helps you to achieve your best.

What our students say

The self-assessment really stuck with me in helping to identify areas for development. I now know how to explain this to employers in an interview.

First year, BSc (Hons) Computer Games Programming student

I have learned more about what is expected of me from employers, as well as what my strengths are.

First year, BSc (Hons) International Business student

Kingston is leading the way with a Future Skills campaign

Did you know that we conducted a major piece of research which surveyed 2,000 businesses and 1,000 students on the skills most important to future careers and the economy?

We listened to what employers want, so we could understand the way society is changing and see what skills the world is likely to need in the future. Leading firms, including Coca-Cola, TikTok and Mastercard, shared their views on what matters most in the graduates they recruit. This enabled us to tailor our academic programmes to ensure you are Future Ready when you graduate from Kingston.

In addition to subject-specific knowledge, a degree from Kingston University will give you key skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, adaptability and creativity, which are among the core skills most valued by employers. These Future Skills will equip you with the ability to continually learn and adapt your knowledge to different circumstances.

The Future Skills you will be taught

The Future Skills you will be taught

  • Adaptability
  • Collaboration
  • Creative problem solving
  • Digital competency
  • Empathy
  • Enterprising
  • Questioning mindset
  • Resilience
  • Self-awareness

Future-proof graduates

Embedded within the curriculum and throughout the whole Kingston experience, Future Skills is playing an integral role in making our students future-proof graduates.

At Kingston University, we're not just keeping up with change, we're creating it.

Watch the video to hear from students, politicians and business leaders how Future Skills is being embedded into the Kingston curriculum.

A common mistake that people make when discussing tech companies is that they automatically assume companies like TikTok are only looking for people who can code or data scientists, but it is not just about sitting in front of a computer all day. Students should learn how the skills they are learning can help them get a job in the future, and businesses can support in developing this.

The sector needs to develop programmes where graduates can be placed in different parts of a business and adapt to new roles. This is why partnerships on modules will be so important, to develop the skills needed for constant change in a career. This is how we will create graduates that are ‘job ready' most effectively.

Giles Derrington, Senior Government Relations and Public Policy Manager, TikTok

The most important skills needed for today's working world involve having a curious, growth mindset. As automation and technology change the nature and types of jobs we do, we will all need the confidence and openness to learn new skills and ways of working throughout our careers. And to be innovative it is crucial to think divergently – questioning assumptions and stretching boundaries. Skills like divergent thinking are critical to human progress.

John Vary, Futurologist, John Lewis Partnership

The ability to communicate, analyse, adapt, problem solve and think creatively are the key skills that business requires. Despite the changing global situation, such skills were similarly identified in polling last year. What business says it needs could not be more emphatic. As our case studies demonstrate, those skills can be delivered in a range of courses and the work of a multidisciplinary team can powerfully raise performance. Kingston University is so committed to the power of this that our new Town House Strategy will ensure Future Skills are embedded in the curriculum for every student.

This report confirms that Future Skills are a priority for the nation's prosperity. But to deliver the successful integration of Future Skills in all areas requires coherency in both policy and approach. We need government, industry and education to work collaboratively to ensure existing hurdles are overcome, emerging obstacles can be avoided and potential opportunities maximised."

Professor Steven Spier, Vice-Chancellor, Kingston University

Professor Steven Spier, Vice-Chancellor, Kingston University