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PL20413: Work placement

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Credits: 60 [equivalent to 120 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours:
Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: OT 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Placement (OT 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Reassessment not allowed
Learning Outcomes: Students who complete a work placement will have:
* acquired practical experience in the application of knowledge and skills gained at the University;
* developed competencies in communication, both oral and written, planning and time-management procedures, problem-solving and analytical decision-making, and gained confidence in their own ability to participate within a team framework, and assimilate and appraise new information;
* acquired an understanding of the structure of employing organisations and an opportunity to investigate and assess potential career options prior to graduation.

Aims: To offer students the opportunity to gain practical experience in a working environment and to develop personal and organisational skills.

Skills: Skills in communication, decision-making, problem-solving, time-management and teamwork are developed in this year, along with practical competencies relating to living and working outside the university environment.

Content: A work placement in a public, non-governmental or commercial agency, in the UK or abroad, approved by the Faculty Placements Officer. Students will be required to submit interim and final reports on their experience.

Programme availability:

PL20413 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AKB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations with Year long work placement (Year 3)
  • UHPL-AKB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics with Year long work placement (Year 3)


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