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Careers Service Placement Year Module

Graduate with the skills employers are looking for. Get academic credit for a year of in-depth experience.

Our career-boosting placement year module

The Careers Service Placement Year Module is a 120 credit module completed over the course of the placement year (9-12 months). It's available to penultimate year students on selected degree programmes. This module will count towards your final degree classification.

The module gives you the chance to:

  • experience searching and applying for employment opportunities
  • undertake practical work experience that will benefit your academic study and career plans
  • apply your knowledge and skills in the work place and reflect on your development
  • learn how to explain what you have achieved to future employers



  • You will undertake 1200 hours on this module. The majority of your time will be taken up with hours spent at your placement. It also includes time spent completing the assessment activities.
  • You must complete 1131 hours at your placement before 31 May.
  • Only hours worked from the end of the last academic year will count towards your module total.

Learning and teaching

During your time at placement, you will take part in a programme of learning and teaching. This may include:

  • online tutorials
  • one to one tutorials
  • other forms of contact

These sessions will support you in setting goals to work towards during your placement, and develop your knowledge and skills.

You will be allocated a module tutor who will be your point of contact for all academic activity on this module. They will support you through your learning.


Our assessment aims to: 

  • help you demonstrate your learning from the module through the placement
  • encourage you to develop your employability skills

It will include:

  • 3 formative submissions across the academic year
  • final personal impact and development report
  • supervisor evaluation (from your employer)

Assessments will be conducted via the Careers Service Curriculum Team on a pass/fail basis.


Find out who manages your placement year on our Placements page to find out if you can sign up for our module, or who to contact in your school if you can't.

You are only eligible to register for the Careers Service Placement Year Module once you have a placement approved by the Careers Service. 

How to register

Once you have found out who manages your placement year, you can:

If your placement year is managed by your school, you won't be able to register for this module. Follow the step-by-step instructions for School Managed Placement Years instead.