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Placement year

The knowledge, experience and skills you acquire set you apart from other graduates and it is a fantastic opportunity to get a feel for what it’s like in a real working environment.

Rebecca Munson
Placement with Lights Project, Bournemouth Social Care

Our students have taken placements at:
  • City Year
  • Warminster School
  • Platform 51
  • Body & Soul
  • Cornwall Council

We offer an optional placement year to our students during the third year of study on the BA (Hons) Education with Psychology course.

Overview of the placement year

Students Terri Parkin, Lucy Persiva and Bethany Oddy share their experience of the placement year on the Education with Psychology course.

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Type of placement

There are many types of professonal placements in a wide range of organisations in the private and public sectors, including:

  • teaching
  • youth work
  • social services
  • research assistantship roles in academic departments
  • work in charity/not for profit sector

All placement jobs are at a junior professional level. Ideally, you will be given a project or a piece of work that will be your individual responsibility. The job will provide you with a challenge and allow you to use existing skills and develop new ones. Placements may involve an element of routine work as well.

Placement support

Our dedicated Placements Team will support and guide you through the recruitment process to gain your placement. View an overview of the placement support process.

When to decide

You can decide to undertake a placement year when applying to study, however it is possible to change at any point during the first two years of study. We strongly advise you to consult your LEA to clarify any requirements if you do change during your first year of study.

You will be expected to actively participate in finding a suitable placement during your second year of study with support from the Faculty Placement Team throughout.

Requirements and assessment

Your placement must be at least 30 weeks in duration; however this does not necessary need to be with just one organisation.

You will remain in contact with the University during your placement and your progress will be monitored and assessed through mid-placement reports and a placement report at the start of your final year of study.

You will be visited by the Placements Tutor or Placements Officer (if possible) and we expect placement providers to allocate a supervisor who will act as a mentor.

Further information

View the course summaries or fee pages for more information about placements. You can also download the course brochures.

If you have any quiries about a placement year then you can email: