Work Placements & Experience

Work Placements and Experience

Work Placements

Almost all of our degrees are available with a year-long work placement to help you stand out from the crowd in the competitive graduate jobs market. If you impress your host, you might even get a job offer on graduation!

Who can take a work placement?

Almost all of our degrees are available with the opportunity to spend between 9 and 12 months in the workplace.

You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so.

(Degrees that aren't eligible to take a placement year are: Medicine, Dental Science, Oral and Dental Health Sciences, Speech and Language Sciences, Chinese Studies and Japanese Studies.)

Where can I go?

Students can apply to any organisation, anywhere in the world. 

Why apply for a work placement?

Work placements can give a boost to your CV and help you work out what you'd like to do when you graduate:

  • apply your skills and knowledge to real business situations
  • try out a career choice
  • gain confidence and experience of adapting to different environments
  • develop your commercial acumen and occupational awareness
  • make contacts within the sector

How does it work?

Help to apply

Work placements are available either through your academic School or through the Careers Service Placement Year. You’re responsible for sourcing and applying for your own placement but you’ll receive our support to do so. 

Once you’re ready to apply, you’ll get help to write a targeted CV and cover letter. If you secure an interview, you can get free interview coaching to help you prepare.

Your placement extends your degree by a year. Like any job, placements are subject to availability and aren’t guaranteed. 

Support on placement

The support continues once you’re on placement. If you're in the UK, a member of staff will visit you at least once, to check how you’re getting on. If you're abroad, you'll receive contact through Skype.

You’ll complete a placement learning report on placement, to help you reflect on the skills you’ve developed and understand how to effectively communicate these to future employers.

Loans and fees 

Your placement year has a reduced tuition fee, which covers the cost of the support we provide.

You will be eligible for a reduced tuition fee loan during your placement year and can still claim your cost of living loan if you wish to.

Find out more

Student on a work placement at 3D animation firm Kuro Dragon

Work Experience

Work experience is a valuable step towards getting a job when you graduate. It will also help you to develop your skills and gain confidence.

There is a huge range of opportunities to gain work experience at Newcastle University. Some of these may be part of your studies, like a work placement or Career Development Module. Others are offered as part of our ncl+ initiative, which is all about developing the skills that employers are looking for.

Student Ambassadors

Join our team of paid Student Ambassadors and work at a wide range of events such as Open Days.

Newcastle Work Experience Scheme

Undertake a paid work placement in a local business, or at the University during term time or the summer vacation.

JobsOC (Jobs on Campus)

Get paid temporary or casual work on campus.

Student media

Get involved in the Students' Union's newspaper, radio or TV station, all run by and for students.

Career Development Module

Depending on the subject you study, you may have the option to choose Career Development as one of your modules. The Career Development module enables you use your work experience, volunteering or part-time job to count towards your degree.

There are no weekly lectures but you will attend training sessions and take part in an assessment at the end of your placement to demonstrate the skills you have learned.

There are three different routes available:

  • Student tutoring - helping learners in schools and colleges, or through community placements
  • Student volunteering - volunteering through Newcastle University Students' Union
  • Learning from work - develop your knowledge and skills using existing part-time work (paid or voluntary), including running your own business

Find out more about the Career Development module.

Student in a meeting


A degree alone is no longer enough to guarantee graduate success. That's why we're committed to promoting a full range of social, cultural, sporting and community activities that give you chance to develop skills and knowledge outside your course.

Our award-winning ncl+ initiative brings together activities from across the University. These are designed to help you develop the skills that graduate employers expect.

ncl+ opportunities are about meeting new people, trying new experiences, growing in confidence, having fun and enhancing your CV! They include activities such as:

  • improving your language skills
  • coaching a sports team
  • working on a student newspaper
  • leading a student society

Each skill offered through ncl+ is part of the Graduate Skills Framework. The Framework was developed with employers to define a set of skills which, when added to your degree, will help you to succeed in your life beyond university.

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Volunteering is a great way to get involved in the local community and develop new skills at the same time.

Volunteer experience may also be a pre-requisite for some careers.

Student Community Action Newcastle (SCAN), based in our Students’ Union, co-ordinates volunteering opportunities for our students.

There are over 200 activities on offer each year, including working with homeless people, working as a volunteer lifeguard in a local swimming pool and working with animals.

Find out more about volunteering opportunities for Newcastle students.

Students volunteering at Newcastle Food Co-op

Armed Forces

You can sample life in the armed forces while you're a student here. This can help you to develop leadership and communication skills, and can even lead to a career after graduation.

Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS)

Newcastle is one of only 10 UK universities taking part in the DTUS. It is a sponsorship scheme for students interested in a scientific, engineering or technical career in the armed forces or the Ministry of Defence.

You receive an annual bursary of £4,000 as well as training pay for the activities that you take part in. You can also earn a reserve forces bounty for completing a specified number of training days.

You will become a member of your chosen service’s reserve forces and will hold the rank of Officer Cadet (Midshipman for Royal Navy-sponsored students).

Other opportunities include:


Student discussing career prospects with Royal Air Force Sergeant