Module: Industry Placement

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Peter Morris, Chris Brough, Ruth Lancaster
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

  • Contact hrs

    A minimum of 1 visit by placement tutor

Module content

This module is designed to enable students to complete a relevant work placement experience to help them identify future career choices and enhance relevant skills sets sought by employers. These will be specific to the area of employment and also generic transferable skills. A guide to these is provided in the student placement module handbook.

The module is assessed and carries 15 credits.

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

Workplace learning will in the main be self-managed.  The Workplace Supervisor and Placement Tutor will monitor students’ work and progress.  Learning will result from the application and acquisition of knowledge and skills developed during the completion of tasks and activities within the workplace.  These activities vary widely depending upon the nature of the placement.

Whilst on placement, formative feedback is provided by the Placement Tutor on their visits by reviewing the students’ learning. It is expected that the Workplace Supervisor will also provide feedback on the students’ performance to both the student and the Placement Tutor.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students 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.


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

All current module resource lists are accessible here

Students are expected to actively search for placement jobs via the internet, media, industry publications and via their own networks.