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Year in industry

All our BSc programmes offer you the opportunity to take a year’s work placement in industry during the third year of the course.

Placements are paid jobs in a wide variety of organisations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and offer you a valuable opportunity to experience first-hand how business and management concepts are applied in practice and to give you direct exposure to real issues in the workplace.

Why do a placement?

The placement year is a vital part of your learning and will add significantly to your personal development, self-confidence, planning, communication and business acumen skills.

Statistics show that students who have undertaken a placement year benefit from a better graduate job, higher graduate starting salary and a better degree outcome.

In a competitive graduate market, valuable experience and employability skills gained from a year’s work placement will differentiate you from the thousands of other graduates seeking work.

We find that students return from their placement year with their confidence and personal skills enhanced and ready to implement their focused plan for the future.


"The practical experience, exposure, and insight that I have gathered have been of unquantifiable personal, educational, and professional benefit. From creating and leading pitches for a new client, to shadowing multimillion-pound company acquisitions, my placement has presented me with countless opportunities which has strengthened my employability attributes."

Maryia Amrez
BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance

Positive impact

The School has an excellent network of organisations that offer placements including:

Together we ensure your placement is appropriately challenging and that you can make a real and positive impact on the business.

Your experience will be monitored and assessed through a credit-bearing work-based learning module that will count towards your final degree.

This portfolio-based module will develop your ability to reflect on professional work-related experiences and recognise the impact on your career development planning.