Placements and work-based learning

What is a placement year?

Simply put, it’s a year spent working for a company after you’ve finished your second year. Once completed, you’ll return for the final year of your course. A placement year is a great opportunity to gain real-world experience in your chosen area. And while you’re putting your learning into practice, you’ll also pick up a whole range of employability skills to kick-start your career.

What’s in it for me?

  • Boost your employability. Employers are more likely to favour graduates with actual work experience.
  • Open the door to graduate opportunities. Employers regularly choose previous placement students for their graduate schemes.
  • Improve your results. Students often return for their final year with more motivation and the ability to juggle high workloads.
  • Get a taste of your chosen career. There’s no better way to work out if it really is the job for you.
  • Make money. You’ll earn between £12,000 and £20,000 - depending on the subject and location.
  • Take the chance to work abroad. Students often choose to complete their placement internationally.

Why Plymouth?

  • Complete your placement with Plymouth and you'll get access to a huge range of tailored support.
  • Get all the advice you need from our dedicated team of placement officers, who have all worked in industry. Find the perfect placement and get guidance on how to apply. We'll help you write or improve your CV, too.
  • Get one-to-one support from your own personal placement tutor throughout the year. There will also be a supervisor at the company you’re working for who’ll oversee your development.
  • Receive a certificate of professional training once you’ve completed the placement. This recognises your achievement, which is additional to your degree certificate.

How can I find out more?

Come to one of our open days and we’ll be happy to talk to you about your options. If you’d like to talk to someone sooner, get in touch on placements@plymouth.ac.uk or +44 (0)1752 586007.