Module: Industry Placement

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Tony Lewis
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    525 hours minimum work based learning
  • Contact hrs

    A minimum of 1 visit by placement tutor

Module content

Students are required to attend a placement for a minimum of 525 hours (equivalent to 15 weeks full-time).

Module outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  1. Put theory into practice and identify the relevance of academic studies in the world of work.
  2. Value and develop key skills that are in demand from employers in their chosen industry.
  3. Test whether a particular sector of work or individual company is of interest as a potential employer following graduation.
  4. Reflection on own learning and development in relation to their future graduate careers in an employment environment.
  5. Complete and submit the documentation required by the placement module


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Reflective written piece or video of 1,500 words or equivalent 60%
Practical Presentation (10-15 minutes) 40%

Assessments may differ in 2020/21 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.

Key texts

Set text:

There is no set text for this module; however students are required to read the Placement Student Handbook.

Recommended Texts:

  • Chaita, M. (2017) Developing graduate employability skills; your pathway to employment   Universal publishers
  • Cottrell, S. (2015). Skills for Success:  The personal development planning handbook (3rd Edition). Basingstoke; Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Fanthome, C. (2004). Work Placements – A Survival Guide for Students. Bisingstoke; Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Gallagher, K. (2013). Skills Development for Business and Management Students. (2nd Edition). Oxford University Press.
  • Herbert, I., and Rothwell, A. (2004). Managing Your Placement:  a skills-based approach. Basingstoke; Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Hind, D., and Moss, S. (2011). Employability Skills (2nd Ed.). Tyne & Wear; Business Education Publishers Limited.
  • Littleford, D., Halstead, J., and Mulraine, C. (2004). Career Skills:  opening doors into the job market. Basingstoke; Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Nuegebauer, J., and Evans-Brain J. (2016). Making the most of your Career Development. SAGE.
  • Nuegebauer, J., and Evans-Brain J. (2009). Making the most of your Placement. SAGE.
  • Smale, B., Fowlie, J. (2015). How to Succeed at University: an essential guide to academic skills, personal development and employability. SAGE.

Supporting texts