Does my course offer a placement?
The following Business School courses offer placements as a part of their syllabuses:
If my course does not offer a placement?
The following courses can only offer a placement route upon achieving a 60% grade or above in the first year, enabling a transfer to the four year course option which includes the placement option:
How much will I earn?
Salaries vary from employer to employer, depending upon the degree of responsibility involved in the job and the location where you will be working. On your one-year placement you can expect to earn between £12,000 and £20,000, with the average salary somewhere around £15,000.
Please remember that your focus and priority for your placement is on the value of the learning experience as a key component of your course. A successful placement at a reputable company/organisation is an investment in your future and should be viewed by the value of the experience, skills, knowledge and potential openings that it may bring rather than a short-term high salary.
When can I start?
Some employers have a specific date on which they want you to start, generally in early July. If they do not, then you need to negotiate a starting date with them. Please bear in mind that degree regulations require you to spend 48 weeks on placement and together with an average of four weeks holiday, this adds up to a period of 52 weeks minimum.
Please do not book holidays until you are sure you know your placement starting date.
The company will also determine the finish date. It will usually be twelve months after you start, but you may be able to arrange an extension. If another student is taking your place the company may ask you to stay on for at least a week or two, in order to hand-over to your replacement.
What is the placement project?
While on placement you will produce a work-related project of up to 10,000 words. This will be submitted early in the first month of your fourth year after your placement. Your placement project replaces your final year dissertation and also gives you exemption from a double module in the final year.
Will I have to pay university fees?
Fees for 2016–17 placement year are set at £1,000 for home/UK students and £2,000 for international/overseas students. These are the only fees that you will have to pay for this year apart from your usual living expenses.
This includes the support of the Placement Office throughout the placement as well as an allocated personal academic supervisor to help develop your placement project. Your tutor will visit you at the company and you will also be invited back to the university for two conferences based around your placement project.
Can I get a student loan on placement?
Yes you will still be able to obtain a loan; letters are issued by the Student Registry following registration and payment of the reduced fee.
What support will I get during the placement year?
You will receive the support of the Placement Office throughout the placement should you need it at any time. You will also be allocated a personal academic supervisor who will support you in developing your placement project. Your tutor will visit you at the company twice and you will be invited back to the university for two day-schools/conferences during your placement year.
Can I still use the library or studentcentral?
As a registered student you can use all university facilities and some areas you will still be able to claim student rates for public transport.
Will I now have to pay council tax?
Council tax exemption is not guaranteed. It is at the discretion of the local authority. Most local authorities do give placement students full exemption, but a very few will only give discounts and one or two give discounts to placement students living in university-approved accommodation only.
It also depends on who you share accommodation with. If it is other full-time registered students, exemptions are the norm. However, if you live with wage-earning graduates you may have to pay in full. You may wish to check with your local council.
Is it worth doing a placement?
The simple answer is yes! Students who complete a placement year usually get a better degree, are more career focused, develop their in-depth and practical understanding, transition easier from an academic to a work environment, improve personal communication skills, problem solving and confidence building and are generally one step ahead when starting their career!