Placements Manager Sarah talks you through what you need to know about university work placements.
A placement is a year of work experience that takes place between the second and third year of your degree course, giving you hands-on experience in the industry you want to work in and an insight into your dream job. At the end of your placement year you’ll return to University to finish your final year of study with the advantage of specialised workplace knowledge and skills to help you.
A work placement will give you:
All of our Engineering and Built Environment, and Computing and Technology undergraduate degree programmes contain a placement year. A number of our Life Science degrees do, too.
If you’re not already on a placement degree course, chances are you’ll be able to transfer onto one from your current three-year course.
Placements are also available to international students who have enrolled directly onto a four-year placement degree.
For more information, contact our Faculty Placement Team: Placements@anglia.ac.uk.
Placements aren’t guaranteed as they rely heavily on the market availability and on your own enthusiasm and commitment. Like any job application, applying for a placement will require a CV, covering letter, interview(s), and for the more competitive placements, assessment centres to ensure that the placement will provide a good fit for both you and the employer.
We are here to help support you in your search for a placement and are always on the lookout for upcoming opportunities. We have connections with a number of local organisations who are always looking for enthusiastic students to join their team. We'll advertise placement positions through internal adverts on the University Jobs Board website and email opportunities directly to your student email. We will also invite employers to lectures, seminars and Careers Fairs throughout the year so you can find out about upcoming placements directly from the companies themselves.
We also encourage you to search for your own placement opportunities in order to find a company and role that will really appeal to you and your interests. A great starting point is searching through online placement websites such as Gradcracker, PlacementUK, and RateMyPlacement. Please note that the placement must relate to your degree and must be approved by the University before you can enter into a contract with the company. If you’re successful in finding an organisation who can support your placement, please contact the Placement Team straight away in order to complete the correct approval forms.
For more information, please contact the Placements Team at Placements@anglia.ac.uk.
The first step is to send your CV and covering letter to either the Placement Team or the organisation you'd like to work for (depending on the terms of the application).
If you’re offered an interview and receive an offer of employment, please tell our Placement Team immediately.
The next stage involves signing our Work Placement Agreement which is a contract between you, the University and the Placement Provider, and outlines key responsibilities and roles for the year ahead. This document is drafted by the Placement Team and must be signed before your placement begins. The terms and conditions of your employment will be negotiated during this time, including salary, hours of work and details of your exact role and responsibilities.
Once everything has been signed, approved, and completed, your placement is secure and you’ll start on the agreed date in your contract.
Some of our previous students have held placements at the following companies:
You could be earning a salary anywhere from £13,000-£18,000, depending on the company and job role you’ve applied for. If your placement does not have a salary attached, your employer may help cover travel expenses instead.
Your placement can start within the first two months following the successful completion of your second year of study.
The official start date will be negotiated with your Placement Provider; it must last for a minimum of 38 weeks, or around ten to 12 months. Your placement must finish before Semester 1 of your final year of study.
Yes, your placement year will be assessed through a portfolio of reflections on your personal development during the year, and upon successful completion you’ll receive 120 placement credits. Please note that placement credits differ from academic credits and you’ll still need to complete the full 360 academic credits to successfully graduate.
The placement year is a pass/fail module and won’t affect your progression from level 5 to level 6 of your course. More information on the assessment can be found in the Placement Module Guide or MDF.
We’ll assign a Work Placement Tutor to help support your academic learning, and your Employer will assign a Workplace Supervisor to help support your workplace learning. The Placement Team is also available to answer any administrative or technical queries about the placement process at any point during your course.
Placement fees for the academic year 2018/19 are £1,000 if the student started with us from the academic year 2017/18 or earlier.
The fee is £1,250 for any student who joins us in 2018/19.
Yes, once you have successfully graduated your degree certificate will show ‘with placement’.
The Employability Service has advisers available every day who can help you with any CV or covering letter advice.
They’re located in Helmore 341 (Cambridge) and 2nd Floor Tindal (Chelmsford). There's a drop-in service at both campuses from 12-2.30pm weekdays. You can also email the team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any further queries about placements or are interested in taking part, please contact the Placement Team.
Email Placements@anglia.ac.uk, or drop in to see us in Coslett 010, Cambridge between 9am-4.30pm weekdays.