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Year In Employment

Ashleigh Cameron, Placement with Urban Outfitters
Ashleigh Cameron, Placement with Urban Outfitters

The Year in Employment is a great opportunity to complete a work placement between your second and third year as part of your degree. This placement year will help you develop fantastic skills and successful students will graduate with the Year in Employment on their degree transcript. You choose to undertake a placement in the industry of your choice. Check your course eligibility in our download below. 


How could the Year in Employment benefit you?

“I would encourage any student thinking about doing a placement year to go for it! It is a fantastic experience and doing a placement is a great platform to getting a job after University. I am really enjoying learning so much about the industry and feel it has given me invaluable insight and new skills I can transfer.

  • The Year in Employment Programme is suitable for full-time undergraduate students on eligible courses (see Useful Downloads for list). 
  • Full-time undergraduates on eligible courses studying on Tier 4 visas can undertake the Year in Employment Programme, but there are significant additional costs associated due to visa requirements. Please contact the Visa and Immigration Student Advice Service for further information and guidance.
  • Students must pass their year 2 exams at the first attempt to undertake the Year in Employment Programme. 
  • Placement roles must provide students with the opportunity to fulfill the Learning Outcomes (see Useful Downloads). Placements must be 9-12 months of full-time work - students may apply for roles under 9 months but to pass the assessment an additional placement must be undertaken to complete the minimum 9 months of full-time work. 

Students are responsible for securing their own placements, which are undertaken after the second year of study (this applies to students on both 3 and 4 year degree programmes).  We recommend that you begin considering where you'd like to complete a placement in the summer before your second year as many placement vacancies open in the autumn of your second year.

We have placement opportunities on MyCareer or you can source your own placements elsewhere (see 'Apply here' tab)

The process for moving onto the Year in Employment Programme

Email the Work Experience Team if you are considering or searching for a placement

  1. Find and secure a suitable placement. Please ensure that placements fulfill the Learning Outcomes, which can be checked by examining the Job Description. We cannot approve placements that do not offer the opportunity to fulfill these requirements. Contact the Work Experience Team if you are unsure of a role’s suitability. 
  2. Notify the Work Experience Team at the contact details below and send your placement details, Job Description and Offer Letter. You will then be invited to an Induction.
  3. Complete a Risk Assessment and confirm Health and Safety information with your placement provider (the Work Experience Team offer support with this)
  4. Once confirmed, the Work Experience Team will notify your faculty and change your course to include "with a Year in Employment"
  5. You begin your placement after your second year semester 2 exams


Once your placement begins, you will need to complete the following in addition to your responsibilities with your placement provider:

  • Return an induction checklist to us within your first 2 weeks
  • Liaise with the Work Experience Team and your Placement Supervisor regarding 2 placement check-ins
  • Consider completing 6 blogs during your placement
  • Inform us if there are any changes to your placement or personal circumstances
  • Submit a 3000-3500 word reflective report evidencing your fulfillment of the Learning Outcomes
  • Complete our feedback forms upon completion of your placement 


We offer support before, during and after your placement:

Before your placement

  • Help finding suitable placements 
  • Support for making successful applications
  • Access to our Drop In Service
  • Assistance from the Work Experience Team
  • An induction to prepare you for your placement
  • Guidance in the administration of your placement

During your placement

  • As an enrolled student you will be able to access all University services remotely
  • 3 touchpoints throughout your placement with the Work Experience Team
  • Additional contact with the University as required 
  • Help with your Year in Employment assessment through a Blackboard module

After your placement

  • A reflection event to consider your experiences and how to convey them effectively in future
  • An invitation to our Employability Excellence Awards to celebrate your achievements

Placement opportunities are listed on MyCareer, but you can source your own placements from elsewhere. Some useful sites are:

For more useful information on job hunting, please visit our page here

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Contact Us

We'd like to hear from you if you are considering the Year in Employment or have any questions on the programme. The Work Experience Team will support as required with our contact details below:


Telephone: +44 (0)23 8059 3501


Please inform us as soon as you've been offered a role by 30th June. We can confirm placements on the Year in Employment Programme after this date with approval from your faculty.

Useful Downloads

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Examples of placements on MyCareer

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