Tuition fees for optional placement years

An optional placement year is an opportunity to gain experience working for a company or organisation during your degree. Most of our undergraduate courses provide you with the opportunity to complete a placement year.

Placement years can also be referred to as a ‘sandwich year’, ‘work placement’ or a ‘year in industry’.

Placement years can last between six and twelve months depending on your course and employer. The majority of placements give you an opportunity to earn a salary while you work.

Placement year tuition fee

The current placement year tuition fee for students who start their course in 2021/22 is £1,850.

A placement year is considered part of your degree because you will remain enrolled on your course, you will have to complete assessment, and you will continue to be supported with access to University services.

All of our tuition fees are reviewed on an annual basis. The placement fee you will eventually pay may be different to the one currently advertised. However, it will not exceed 20% of the standard annual University tuition fee for the academic year you complete your placement.

Paying your placement year tuition fee

The tuition fee for placement year can be covered by your tuition fee loan.

You’ll need to reapply for student finance each year of your course so you don’t need to apply for additional student finance until you decide to complete a placement year.

Placement modules

For some courses (such as education and health), you will be expected to complete placement modules as part of your core programme of study to achieve a professional qualification.

These placements are covered by the standard annual tuition fee so there are no additional tuition fee costs for completing them.