The number of graduates who failed to find work after leaving university rose last year, according to figures released yesterday.

Graduates with degrees in computer science had the highest unemployment rate, with nearly 11 per cent thought to be not working or studying.

The Higher Education Statistics Agency figures showed men leaving university were more likely to land better paid jobs than women.

About 250,000 students will receive their A level results on Thursday, many planning to go on to start university courses in autumn.

For the first time this year, students will be charged top-up tuition fees of £3,000 a year for their courses, more than double the current fees.

Hesa figures released recently showed one in three university leavers was working in non-graduate jobs.

Today's figures showed the proportion of university leavers who were believed to be unemployed rose from 5.9 per cent in 2004 to six per cent in 2005.

This meant 15,385 of last year's graduates were out of work and not studying when Hesa conducted the survey six months after graduation.