Can I take any placement ?
The placement must be relevant to your course i.e. it must reflect a key topic contained within your degree programme. If you are unsure whether a placement is relevant talk to your tutor or your Placements and Employer Liaison Adviser.
Can I take a freelance or self-employed placement?
A very small number of students each year ask to undertake a freelance or self-employed placement. As long as we can be assured that you will have a similar learning experience to those students following the more traditional route then it can be considered and agreed.
Check out Gradlancer. They aim to connect freelance opportunities with university students to complete project work.
The University provides advice and practical assistance to help you to either set up or develop your own business.
- the BETA Enterprise programme
- the Formation Zone who deliver business start-up advice every month
- the Plymouth University Business Challenge, delivered by the Formation Zone provides free workshops and one to one sessions, access to expert support and advice to help develop your innovative business idea and supports you to make it happen. Your outline business plan will be judged by a panel of experts and can lead to the allocation of seed funding and support for viable plans.
For your faculty to agree to a self-employed placement you will need to have engaged with these services and have a sustainable business idea as a minimum.
What if I need disability assistance or have a health condition?
If you are a student with a disability and require reasonable adjustments and/or disability support during your placement it would be a good idea to discuss your requirements with Disability Services and the Careers & Employability Service during the early stages of planning your placement. Disability Services can give you support with your Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). Disability Services can be contacted as follows: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call +44 152 587676.
What if I am an international student?
Due to UKBA restrictions you will need to work with ISA and the Careers & Employability Service to check visa requirements. If you are a student with a Tier 4 visa you are permitted to go on placement and work full time if you meet certain conditions. If a placement or work-based learning is not a formal assessed part of your study it may not be possible for you to undertake a placement or work-based learning in the UK as a Tier 4 (General) student visa holder. You may be able to take a placement overseas. Before looking for opportunities, speak to your personal tutor, and we can ensure that a placement is appropriate and that all of the required paperwork is in place.
Guidance for international students on placements.
Can I go on placement overseas?
It may be possible to spend your placement year working overseas. The benefits of this type of experience can be enormous, but you will have to be extremely pro-active in your placement search and carry out your research thoroughly. You must ensure that you have seriously considered all the implications. There are various organisations able to provide advice and guidance and details of these are available, from the Careers & Employability Service.
Don’t forget that you will need plenty of time to organise visas, accommodation, flights etc. and you may be liable for all the costs and possibly agency fees. Please do not commit yourself financially until you have approval from the University.
When considering a placement abroad you should also consider personal health and safety. You will be required to complete a Risk Assessment form before you commence a placement abroad and to ensure that you have sufficient personal insurance.
Consider the following:
- are you clear about visas, vaccinations, climatic issues, language, cultural and as far as possible, local conditions?
- do you have sufficient health cover for injury, sickness, dental care, eye care, hospitalisation etc?
- does your insurance cover personal liability, money and credit cards, travel delay, baggage and personal effects?
- do you have adequate cover for all aspects of travel, not only getting to the country but also return trips and other journeys within?
- are you sure about your accommodation on arrival and for the duration?
The Plymouth Business School runs foreign language courses if you wish to take up a placement abroad.
If you undertake a placement abroad, a personal tutor visit may not be possible. However, attempts for a visit will be made, either by a representative from another institution, or it may coincide with a conference visit. If a visit is not possible, the Programme Manager will be responsible for the monitoring, assessment and evaluation of the placement via email or Skype.