Module:Professional Placement Year

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

  • Module Level

  • Min study time

    Work based learning - 1200 hours - 35 weeks @ minimum 35 hrs per week.
  • Contact hrs

    A minimum of 2 visits by placement tutor (or 2 interactions such as skype call – dependent on location)
  • Teaching Period

    Between Year 2 and Year 4

Module content

This module is designed to enable students to complete a relevant enhanced work placement experience to help them identify future career choices and enhance relevant skills sets sought by employers. It is an additional module that students can choose to take after their work experience at L5. The module allows students to develop a deeper understanding and gain further experience in a relevant business or employment area to enhance their work experience at L5. Students are expected to experience and engage in various aspects of their chosen industry from an operational to practical working.     

The module is assessed on a pass/fail basis.

In addition to attending a placement for a minimum of 1200 hours, equivalent to 35 weeks full-time, in order to pass the placement year and achieve a sandwich degree, students are required to submit a portfolio of learning achievement.

Once the placement has finished and the portfolio has been received students will be awarded a “pass/fail” grade for the placement year.

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 contract and providing feedback on their presentation. 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 pass this module, students should be able to: 

  1. Put theory into practice and appraise the relevance of academic studies in the world of work.
  2. Gain, review and reflect on marketable experience and skills that will be of benefit when looking for a job following graduation.
  3. Construct and defend personalised learning objectives related to work placement opportunities in light of potential career paths.
  4. Independently plan, secure and complete suitable work experience relevant to the chosen career path.
  5. Develop, criticise and apply relevant knowledge, skills and professional attributes to the work context.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Portfolio to include: Learning contract identifying achievement against agreed learning objectives , 2000 word case study or video (equivalent) , Placement Tutor sign-off form
Practical End of placement presentation

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