We want to make sure you leave us as highly employable graduates with an understanding of the relevance of academic learning in an organisational context.
Companies offering placements
Read our ‘Commercial Placements – A Guide to Getting Started’ as a first port of call to find out what you need to know about completing a placement year as part of your course. You can find advice on starting your placement search, how to prepare for success and more.
Benefits of a placement
A one year placement brings a wealth of benefits, including:
- Real life business experience – experience working in the career that you would like to enter and gain a deeper understanding of that job sector
- Practical evidence of achievement – Add any accomplishments to your CV and impress employers when applying for jobs
- Increased confidence – Enter your final year with a mature and determined attitude
- Commercial acumen and occupational awareness – Gain an understanding of how a business operates, and apply theory learnt at University into practise
- Networking opportunities – Meet employers during the year, and potentially receive a graduate job offer
- Earning a salary – The average salary of a placement year is £16,000 - £18,000 (depends on location/employer)
Companies offering placements include:
- Procter & Gamble
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car
- Marks & Spencer
With over 100 students going on placements each year, you are sure to to find something that's just right for you.
Connect with us
Connect with us
Contact James Wade to find out more: firstname.lastname@example.org
Help and Support
We offer full support to all students who are interested in doing a placement year as part of their degree between stages two and three.
Placement MattersPlacement Matters
A monthly e-newsletter sent directly to your inbox. It contains vacancies, details of events, student profiles and advice in searching for placements.
Drop-in sessionsDrop-in sessions
You can come along to meet the placement officer and returning placement students.
Skills sessionsSkills sessions
CV writing, assessment centres, Psychometric testing – all designed to help you with the application process. These are organised regularly through the careers service.
Career Development WeekCareer Development Week
We put on a dedicated week of careers related advice and activities at the beginning of Semester One. We host various skills sessions, preparing you for your placement application.
Appointments with the Careers ServiceAppointments with the Careers Service
You can arrange to meet with a careers advisor to discuss things such as CVs, cover letters, advice on where to look for placements and mock interviews.
Employer presentationsEmployer presentations
We welcome national and regional employers the opportunity to present to our students their work experience and placement opportunities. This means you get direct access to employers.
Returning placement student presentationsReturning placement student presentations
This will be a chance to hear from our stage three students who have completed a placement year. They will also become your Placement Ambassadors.
Employer fairs and skills eventsEmployer fairs and skills events
Hundreds of employers linked with the university visit St James’ Park each year to promote their placement and graduate schemes. We also host a placement and work experience fair at the Business School each year.
Why do an International Placement?
- demonstrate you are confident, organised and determined
- develop a global network - an opportunity you may otherwise miss out on
- gain maturity
- experience different cultures, customs and languages
Where to find International Placements
There are many sources of information which will be the key to your global work experience:
Remember, the placement must be relevant to your course and should you find an overseas placement, you must discuss it with us.
Whilst On Placement
As well as a full time employee, you will still be classed as a student whilst out on placement and will therefore still receive help and support, need to pay tuition fees, and complete assignments.
Whilst on Placement
Support from the Business School
- You will recieve support from the Placement Officer, your personal tutor, and module leader whilst you are out on placement.
- You will have a catch up with a member of staff during your placement year to let them know what you are doing on your placement/how it is going.
- You will be able to join a Facebook group set up for students on placement to keep in contact with each other, as well as staff.
Still classed as a student
- When you are on placement, you are still a student as Newcastle University, as well as a full time employee.
- You are still expected to pay tuition fees to the University for access to all of the facilities e.g. access to the library (including online), access to blackboard, student discounts and academic suport.
- You will still be eligible to apply for a maintenence loan, although this will be at a reduced rate
- You will need to complete assignments throughout the year. This will include 3 reflective reports and a final reflective report. All of which are assessed on a pass/fail basis.
For full details of what to expect when you're on placement, and information that you will need before the placement starts, see the Placement Handbook.
Charlotte Whatley: BSc Economics
Newcastle Building Society - Conduct Risk Student Placement
"I have had the opportunity to work with a range of people and to develop my communication and relationship building skills in a variety of situations".
Ryan Mottershead: BSc Marketing
Cummins Turbo Technologies - Industrial Sales Placement
"The year out has made me prepared to go into a graduate role. Many companies also look at experience rather than just academic accreditation; I can’t emphasise this point enough".
Helen Beeby: BSc Marketing
MYJAR - Markerting Assistant
"This placement year has helped me to focus on what area of Marketing I want to concentrate on. If you don’t know which area of your degree subject you want to branch out to, this year in industry will help you".
Davina Blakey: BSc Marketing and Management
Marks & Spencer - Business Selling Management Trainee
"The most significant skill that I have developed is my leadership; I have learned how to take ownership and responsibility in leading teams."
Jonathan Tse: BA Accounting and Finance
Newcastle University Business School - Alumni Relations Intern
"The placement has given me an insight of the working life. I have realised how time can be precious when working and how many responsibilities sit on my shoulders".
Yousef Mensli: BA Business Management
JLT, SR-M, Constellis and G+Europe - North African Analyst
The main reason I undertook a one year placement was to gain work experience, but I also felt that I needed to apply the knowledge I’d learnt over my educational life into a working environment.