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.
To pass this module, students should be able to:
- Put theory into practice and appraise the relevance of academic studies in the world of work.
- Gain, review and reflect on marketable experience and skills that will be of benefit when looking for a job following graduation.
- Construct and defend personalised learning objectives related to work placement opportunities in light of potential career paths.
- Independently plan, secure and complete suitable work experience relevant to the chosen career path.
- Develop, criticise and apply relevant knowledge, skills and professional attributes to the work context.
|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|
Assessments may differ in 2020/21 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.
There is no set text for this module; however students are required to read the Placement Student Handbook.
- 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
- Targetjobs https://targetjobs.co.uk/internships and https://targetjobs.co.uk/internships-vacancies
- Prospects https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and-work-experience/work-experience-and-internships
- Milkround https://www.milkround.com/jobs
- Rate my Placement https://www.ratemyplacement.co.uk
- Student Ladder https://www.studentladder.co.uk/Work-Experience/work-experience.html
- Graduate Talent Pool https://graduatetalentpoolsearch.direct.gov.uk/gtp/index
- e4s http://www.e4s.co.uk/
- Placement UK http://placement-uk.com/students-home/
- Step https://www.step.org.uk/
All current module resource lists are accessible at: https://rau.rl.talis.com/index.html?lang=en
Students are expected to actively search for placement jobs via the internet, media, industry publications and via their own networks.