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Why do a placement?

Placements can put you at a distinct advantage when applying for future employment. A placement is a period of relevant, supervised work experience, assessed as part of a programme of study. In some cases placements are compulsory and in others they are optional.

Benefits of a placement

  • Better career prospects – Use the ‘real world’ experience you have gained on a placement to help you stand out at interview and increase your likelihood of gaining a professional or managerial role when you graduate.
  • Better academic prospects – Maximise the confidence and motivation you gain on placement to help you in your final year and, as evidence suggests, get a higher class of degree.
  • Better understanding of future career direction – Discover your strengths, what you enjoy and what you do not want to do before you graduate. By networking whilst on placement you will build up key contacts and find out about different careers and career paths.
  • Chance of a firm offer of employment – Perform well on a placement and you could be offered a firm job offer, plus you will have gained a network of contacts who can support you in your future career.

Do not just take our word for it, listen to some of our students talk about the benefits they have gained from their placements:


Hear UWE Bristol students talk about their proudest moments during their placement.

Who can do a placement?

You can find out if your course includes a placement by checking your programme specification. Your placement module will be assessed as part of your degree and during your placement you will be expected to complete coursework related to your workplace experience.

If your programme does not offer a placement module UWE Bristol Careers can offer advice on a range of other work experience and internship opportunities. To explore your options you can search opportunities online or come in to see us. You can also contact us.

Found a placement?

If you have already found a placement opportunity, follow our step-by-step guide to approving and confirming your placement.

Programmes that include professional practice

Different arrangements apply to students on programmes of study that include professional practice for instance in education or healthcare and social work where work placements are usually a compulsory part of your programme and are integrated in to the course structure.

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