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We want to make sure that you’re fully prepared for an increasingly competitive job market, helping you with the skills, knowledge and experience to make you highly desirable to future employers.

As a full-time undergraduate student, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake a placement year as part of your degree, giving you invaluable business experience, the opportunity to apply and enhance your skills, both old and new, while creating lasting professional relationships.

You'll gain confidence and motivation, and potentially come back with ideas for your dissertation. It can also help you achieve a better class of degree in your final year.

There are many ways a placement year can benefit you; from business related work experience to helping you decide on what career route to take on graduation, increased practical skills and knowledge to a professional reference from your placement company. All of which can be used to get ahead of the competition when you graduate. Some of our placement students have also been offered graduate roles with their placement companies when they leave.

Explore our courses offering placements

Important Information

Placements are not guaranteed and the responsibility of finding a placement rests with you. Like applying for any job, you should be prepared to apply for many different roles to ensure you secure a placement.

You will be required to pay a reduced fee of £1,000 to ARU for your placement year and are responsible for any additional costs incurred in relation to your placement such as travel costs, laptops/mobile phones, clothing, materials etc. 

We've put together some FAQs for you to make sure a placement year is right for you.