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Find a work experience placement

Our work experience programme for 2024 is open for applications.

Visit our website for more information.

Work experience is an important way for you to gain insight into the world of work. Our work experience placements will allow you to get a taste of some of the different career pathways available within the University. Explore the pathways below to find out more and apply.

Due to high demand, we're only able to offer work experience to young people aged between 14 and 18 who are in years 10 to 13 or first year of college. You must be living in the local catchment area. This includes Bath, Chippenham, Corsham, Melksham, Trowbridge, Bradford-on-Avon, Westbury, Frome, Radstock, Keynsham, Brislington and surrounding villages.

Our programme will be held between July 8-12 or July 15-19, 2024.

Career Pathways and Work Experience placements available:


From Barista to managing a restaurant, to organising events and catering, from Sous chef to supporting student living there are a wide range of hospitality careers on offer.

Placements available: Hospitality; Events & Marketing

Facilities & Property Management

A career in Facilities provides a wide range of pathways, from services such as plumbing, electrical, structural, and maintenance, to services such as cleaning and security, all pivotal to the upkeep of the university. 

Placements available: Multi Trades

University Careers   

University careers encompasses roles that are in, or support our education and research areas, for example, Technical Service that focus on supporting and accelerating research and teaching. The Library, that provides support to members of the academic community including students, researchers and lecturing staff. Research Assistants, that support research with impact.

Placements available: Engineering; Science; Data Analyst; Library; Psychology; Digital security and human behaviour

Corporate Careers   

Corporate careers at the university sit mainly within our professional services, that provide specialist expertise to the University − for example IT, Marketing, Human Resources (HR), Finance, Student Recruitment, Academic Registry and more.

Placements available: Administrative; Human Resources (HR).  

Digital Careers   

Digital careers at the university sit mainly within Digital, Data and Technology group. A career in Digital Data and Technology provides a diversity of career opportunities such as cyber security, analytics, gaming, digital marketing, design, social media management and more.

Placements available: IT 

The application process

The University will operate an application process for work experience, this is to enable us to offer a greater proportion of work experience placements and have resources in place to ensure we offer rewarding placements with adequate support.

We particularly encourage young people who are from disadvantaged backgrounds or under-represented groups to apply in line with the university's commitment to increasing the diversity and social mobility of our student and staff population.

To provide a fair opportunity for you to access work experience at the university, if you are interested in a work placement please select the opportunity of interest and   complete our online application form. As part of this you will be asked to indicate any preferential areas within your chosen career pathway (if available), providing an additional choice if desired (to enable us to support you in obtaining experience in an area that you are interested in). 

The process of completing an application form is a great learning opportunity as it reflects that of applying for a job. You can view guidance to help you to complete a good quality application form on our help with applying web page

The application form

We believe it’s important our people can demonstrate skills which link to our core University values and therefore on the application form you have the opportunity to show us what skills you’ve already started developing through your education and outside interests. It’s also a chance for us to see where your skills could be developed through a work experience opportunity here.

If you are under the age of 16, please ask a parent/guardian or teacher to help you complete the application form

 Why not take a look at the questions we'll ask you and start to prepare.

The skills we're looking for:

  • A positive ‘can-do’ attitude
  • A creative thinker who considers new approaches
  • A good communicator who enjoys working as part of a team, sharing ideas and thinking
  • A commitment to your own development, to take something away from the experience

Our values:

  • Delivering quality and excellence, whilst being quick to listen and learn
  • Nurturing high aspirations, for the benefit of all
  • Aspiring to the highest standards of scientific, ethical and professional integrity, whilst supporting the freedom to challenge received wisdom
  • Supporting a sustainable community and adopting best environmental practice
  • Fostering inclusion, equality, diversity and accessibility where the unique value of each individual is recognised as we build a community of trust and care by treating each other with respect

The questions we'll ask you to answer:

  1. Tell us about your favourite piece of schoolwork or out of school project that you’ve completed. Why was this your favourite
  2. Tell us how you plan to get the most out of your work experience at the University
  3. Describe what role you like to play within a team
  4. Tell us how you have supported the environment either at school, at home, or elsewhere
  5. What qualities do you have that would make you a good representative for the University

This page was last updated on Thursday 23 November 2023