CIFE colleges pride themselves on getting good results. Exam grades are one indicator of success, but an even better measure is the quality of the places students gain for the next stage of education. To get onto the right university course a student needs strong grades backed up by expert advice and effective help with application procedures. A recent survey of university destinations shows that CIFE colleges do both very well indeed on both counts. Half of CIFE students get places at top universities in 2013

There are 160 institutions in the UK that can award degrees (see check-a-university-is-officially-recognised) but the most prestigious of the mainstream universities are the twenty four institutions which belong to the Russell Group. A degree from one of these universities gives graduates a real competitive edge.

In 2013, out of a total of 1390 university-bound students from CIFE colleges, 47% gained places at these top universities, an achievement our colleges can be truly proud of.


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 The table below ranks universities in order of the number of CIFE college students gaining places at each. Russell group universities are shown in green. The table shows the top 50, but there were another 82 institutions at which the remaining 236 students gained places. Many of these are specialist colleges such as the Courtauld Institute of Art, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural colleges, medical schools, art colleges etc.

University name No of CIFE students
University College London 72
Manchester 69
King’s College 54
City 46
Nottingham 42
Bristol 41
Queen Mary London 39
Exeter 38
Newcastle 38
Westminster 37
Leeds 35
Oxford Brookes 33
Aston 24
Durham 24
Essex 24
Royal Holloway 24
Sussex 24
Warwick 24
York 23
Brighton 21
Kingston 21
Southampton 21
University of the Arts London 20
Bristol, West of England 20
Birmingham 19
Leicester 19
Loughborough 19
Sheffield 19
Edinburgh 17
Kent 17
Coventry 16
East Anglia 16
Imperial College 16
Bath 15
London School of Economics 15
Liverpool 13
Reading 12
Oxford 11
Swansea 11
Cambridge 10
Goldsmiths 10
London Metropolitan 10
Nottingham Trent 10
Bournemouth 9
Brunel 9
Buckinghamshire 9
Hull 9
Keele 9
Lancaster 9