DegreePlus/Future Ready Award
The DegreePlus/Future Ready Award is an employability award that allows you to gain formal recognition and a certificate for the extracurricular experience you gain during your time at Queen’s.
You can gain this Award by completing an accredited DegreePlus/Future Ready Award Activity.
Added to your CV, it signals to employers that you’ve worked hard to develop the skills you need to succeed in the workplace.
We call it The DegreePlus/Future Ready Award because it gives you the opportunity to receive a certificate at graduation, on top of your degree. The award enables you to articulate your skills and experience, with your achievement verified on your QSIS Student Record (see unofficial HEAR in student QSIS accounts).
How to apply
Please watch our short DegreePlus / Future-Ready Award information video here to get an insight into the award before applying.
After watching the video students can apply for the award by logging into their MyFuture account at this link which takes you to the DegreePlus / Future-Ready award Combined Experience application in MyFuture.
Once in the MyFuture 'job' application download the application form in MyFuture and then follow the instructions within the MyFuture DegreePlus / Future-ready Award job.
Students who have a query on their application or want to find out more, are referred to this useful MyFuture Step-by-step induction on the DegreePlus/ Future-ready Award
Postgraduate Research students who are interested in ResearcherPlus should contact The Graduate School.
Remember, the deadline for applications is 10pm on Monday 3 April 2023!
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We have over 100 accredited activities available.
These include extracurricular work experiences, community and voluntary work, global opportunities to work or study abroad, as well as early professional development activities.
Provider Verified Activites: These are significant, challenging and rewarding activities to get involved in. Where you complete a Provider Verified activity in full, including any submitted/assessed elements, the Provider will verifiy this and confirm to The DegreePlus/Future Ready Award Team that you have met the requirements for the Award. You will then gain a DegreePlus/Future Ready Award accreditation on your QSIS record (can be viewed in your QSIS 'Unofficial HEAR') and you will receive a DegreePlus/Future Ready Award certificate at your graduation.
Combined Experience: We appreciate that it can be hard to fit extracurricular activities around studying, so we also offer you the opportunity to achieve DegreePlus by completing a combination of activities.
The Combined Experience is flexible in that it provides examples of experiential activities that you can engage in but the list is not definitive. Combined Experience entails combining two or more of the experiences, equating to a total of 30 hours+, plus submission of an application form (advertised and submitted via MyFuture>Jobs during term-time). The deadline for application forms is November 1st (for those graduating in Winter) or April 1st (for those graduating in Summer).
“DegreePlus is a great scheme and can help you to stand out. Employers aren't only looking for good academic qualifications. They also want an all-rounder which means they are more likely to hire applicants that are actively involved in extra-curricular activities. Being involved in DegreePlus is a great way to demonstrate everything else you learned or achieved while at Queen’s.” Carmen Chen Chinq Lih
You can complete your activity (or more than one activity), at any time, fitting them in alongside your studies and tracking your Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR) progress via QSIS.
If you take part in an extracurricular activity that is not currently listed on the Combined Expereince menu, it can still count towards your DegreePlus award, provided you can show how it improves one of the key employability skills.
Taking part in DegreePlus is free of charge, (although some Verified Activities might have costs involved – check with your activity provider), and allows you to add valuable skills and experience to your CV all while having fun, making new friends or travelling abroad.
Please note, DegreePlus is about using your initiative and going above and beyond what is required, so compulsary placements or work experience as part of your course do not count towards DegreePlus.