Work placement year

In your third year, you’ll do a significant work placement, spending 48 weeks gaining invaluable experience in the computer networking industry. You’ll apply the skills you’ve learnt in real-life situations, while learning from those around you.

Companies pay placement students a starting salary and the University only charges a nominal fee during this year. A University department supports students in finding and applying for these positions and the reputation of the course along with the already-complete Cisco training helps secure them. 

Plymouth students have been highly successful in obtaining positions in top-class companies. You might be working with a leading network device manufacturer such as Juniper Networks or Cisco, or helping to manage networks for an ISP or in companies such as Blackberry with Network Operation Centres covering the globe. Some placements are in large traditional IT companies such as IBM but many of the positions are in medium sized companies that need you to support their infrastructure. Some of the most challenging positions are in schools and colleges where you have to cover a wide range of tasks.

It’s the kind of experience that sets you apart from the competition. William Salt spent his placement in the USA, where he handled substantial equipment budgets:

"Whilst on placement, I planned, purchased and provisioned infrastructure in the UK and US with big budgets and tight deadlines. Services such as Samsung Media Hub, HTC Watch, and Blockbuster’s movie store now run on top of this infrastructure."

William Salt, BSc Computer Systems and Networks graduate 

Adam Jarvis worked for Cisco Systems

The technical knowledge that I have gained from undertaking my placement means that I had a huge headstart for final year. I’ve had the chance to learn how the business works and gain several industry standard certificates.

More about Adam, BSc (Hons) Computer Systems and Networks

Computing student placements

A ‘placement year’ is an excellent way to gain a competitive edge. It will set you up for when the graduation schemes launch and help you make better career decisions.

Develop your skills, knowledge and confidence and return better placed to meet the challenges of the final year.

Learn more about computing degree placements