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NCL3000 : Career Service Placement Year Module

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Salome Bolton
  • Co-Module Leader: Dr Gigi Herbert
  • Lecturer: Dr Gillian Mabbitt, Mr Darrin Beattie, Dr Jessica Jung
  • Owning School: Careers Service
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
  • Capacity limit: 125 student places

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 60
Semester 2 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 60.0
European Credit Transfer System


The placement module aims to :

- Provide students with the experience of seeking and securing a position with an employer.
- Facilitate independent self-management and proactive interaction in a non-university setting.
- Provide a period of practical work experience that will benefit current academic study and longer term career plans.
- Enable students to ethically apply their knowledge and skills in the work place, reflect upon their development and effectively evidence and articulate their learning in relevant future settings e.g. recruitment processes

Outline Of Syllabus

With Careers Service support, (e.g. vacancy advertising, advice and guidance sessions, CV checking, application and interview support), the majority of students will arrange and confirm a 9-12 month placement by the deadline dates stipulated on the Careers Service placement year webpage. Support will be offered through Newcastle University Careers Service prior to commencing the placement and a placement workshop or placement visit will be offered to all students through the academic year.

Students will attend a ‘Workshop’ in May/June (or access the material if starting later) where they will prepare for success through engagement with an Induction to the Placement Year including a series of preparation activities such as skills audits, job role analysis, familiarisation with the Graduate Skills Framework, personal action planning and reflection.
Students will then complete a series of online blended learning resources via canvas throughout the placement year, with release of information at key points to link to assessment requirements (e.g. blog entries to aid personal reflection and development).

In the case of fails, the resit task will be set at the start of the August resit period with the deadline at the end of the 2 weeks. A 3000 word essay will be set addressing skills development for an identified career/role, allowing the students time to research and carry out relevant study. The resit task will be instigated if any component is failed.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Placement/Study AbroadEmployer-based learning11131:001131:00Attendance at placement
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:301:30Online or inperson workshop ran by placement team
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity149:0049:00Self-reflection activities including ongoing compilation of log book and reflective report.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery20:301:00X2: 1-1 tutorial in person/online with academic teaching team
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:001hour workshop or face to face interaction by placement team
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery20:150:302 x 15 mins online interactions by placement team
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study110:0010:00Familiarisation with learning resources.
Guided Independent StudyDistance Learning Advance Preparation16:006:00Engagement with canvas community materials to prepare for placement through online materials
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Teaching is provided at the beginning of the module to prepare the student for both a professional approach and skilled behaviour while attending a work placement year. These online resourses or workshop will equip the student with tools and material to explore their own skills (linked to the graduate skills framework), development needs and requirements of the workplace. There will be specific activities that will prepare the student to engage with action planning and skills recognition/development. They will also be introduced to ways of utilising labour market intelligence to develop occupational awareness through focusing on behavioural factors that underpin graduate employability and long-term career planning and career management skills. The Workshop will also allow the student to establish a support network of relevant staff and fellow students.

Practical activity in the form of a work placement provides the student with a context within which they are expected to practice experiential learning through reflection, analysis and continuous improvement.
Submission of 3 formative blogs throughout the year, in line with the assessment criteria and graduate skills framework, will demonstrate students’ application of their learning at their work placement. These, alongside feedback, will support the submission of the final Personal Impact and Development report.

Self-directed e-learning resources which are available from Canvas have been designed to be completed pre and post attendance at the Workshop and across their time at placement to provide students with a comprehensive framework to support their progress through the placement module.

The provision of a workshop or placement visit during the placement year ensures the student feels supported by the Careers Service, as does feedback from each Blog entry (throughout the year to ensure they are on track).

The aims of the module are drawn from the Newcastle University Graduate Skills Framework. Students will achieve the learning outcomes for the module through full engagement with the activities indicated above.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2A100Portfolio submission which includes a 3000 personal impact and development report (PIDR) and supervisor feedback.
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MSelf & Occupational Awareness: Skills benchmarking and analysis (Situation)
Written exercise1MProfessional Development Planning: Goal-setting and Action Planning (Task)
Written exercise2MEvidencing own Competence and Impact (Actions & Results)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment components are designed to develop and assess application of personal and professional development tools to enhance professional effectiveness in a work environment (PDP aspect of the Reflective Report)
The summative evidence in the final Personal Impact and Development report will evidence effective performance as described in the Newcastle University Graduate Skills Framework provided for the students and the assessment criteria for the module (linked to definitions of employability in Newcastle University and sources such as Effective performance in the graduate skills will be validated through the supervisor evaluation.
Students are expected to engage with material introduced at the Workshop and on Canvas to then inform their Blog entries which will be assessed against the Assessment Criteria for evidence of graduate skills against the knowledge outcomes to:
1.       Research, select and apply relevant knowledge aimed at enhancing their own skills and effectiveness in specific duties at their placement.
2.       Demonstrate an awareness of placement organisational functions, values, ethos and culture and articulate their contribution to it.
And skill outcomes to:
1.       Reflect on and manage own learning and development within the workplace.
2.       Use existing and new knowledge to enhance personal performance in a workplace environment, evaluate the impact and communicate this process.
3.       Use graduate skills in a professional manner in a workplace environment, evaluate the impact and communicate the personal development that has taken place.
The Supervisor Evaluation will allow the Placement to assess the performance of the student against the same Assessment Criteria and confirm the student’s ability in specific Graduate Skills in addition to the intended knowledge/skills learning outcomes. Only students that have completed a minimum of 90% of placement hours as specified in the MOF will have this component assessed. Students that have not completed 90% of placement hours as specified in the MOF by the end of the University Assessment Period and have not had a PEC approved by their academic school will be awarded a Fail for this component of module assessment.
In the case of fails, the resit task will be set at the start of the August resit period with the deadline at the end of the 2 weeks. A 3000 word essay will be set addressing skills development for an identified career/role, allowing the students time to research and carry out relevant study. The resit task will be instigated if any component is failed.

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