provide the context of the working
environment of an organisation within and
from which you can learn;
help you to apply learning from previous
modules to a work place setting;
give a better context for learning in semesters
5 and 6;
help you to learn what might be expected of
you in work;
give you the opportunity of working in an
organisation that interests you and in which
you may wish to seek employment;
help you to learn what might help you gain
What must the organisation
A variety of experiences.
The opportunity of fulfilling course outcomes.
Someone within the organisation to take
responsibility for supporting and challenging you
who will be your Mentor.
Travelling expenses if you are sent to work outside
your base in the organisation.
AN ACCEPTABLE PLACEMENT
Must offer meaningful work
Understand that you need to work and learn
from the work
Provide support and challenge
Provide a Mentor
Ensure half a day for research
Min of 37 hours per week
You MUST work a full-week. This cannot be
shortened in order to accommodate any paid
employment you may have: your course
requirements must have priority. Please bear
in mind that you have chosen to follow a course
that involves a vocational work experience and
you are given appropriate notice to enable you
to make suitable arrangements regarding any
part-time paid employment.
ORGANISING YOUR PLACEMENT
Students are expected to arrange their own
The experience of finding a placement is
Skills/abilities are developed similar to
those required to find a job.
You will have more ownership of the
Placement list in the VLP.
Placements in Schools
You will need to pay for a CRB check.
In 2005 the cost was £41 - £29 and £12
admin fee charged by the CRB.
When you are invited for an interview you
MUST ask your Course Administrator to
send a Mentor’s Handbook to the placement
– she will need full addressee details to be
able to do this.
University’s Careers and Advisory Service
3rd Year Students
Write a letter or telephone or call in person
Send your CV
Send course information and Placement
Initial letter of introduction
Ask someone to check these for you.
See your Placement Handbook
You will need to complete 2 assignments one
for each strand of your course.
Tutors responsible for these assignments need
to sign your Learning Contract.
If you need information about how your
placement may affect your loan refer to the
You can also contact Sarah Cook on 2996
Support During Placement
Tutor – visit, telephone, email
VLP Discussion area
Remember we are
there to support you!
Health and Safety
You must ensure you have a copy of the Health
and Safety booklet before you start your
You must attend your health and safety briefing in
Your placement has to complete a Risk
Assessment checklist prior to the start of the
Please bear in mind that small companies with less
than 5 employees might not have the relevant
insurance for you to be able to go on placement.
You must ensure your placement can provide
you with opportunity to meet your Module
Outcomes and key skill development:
Planning and Problem solving
Working with Others
Complete your Placement form.
Complete your Learning Contract – each tutor
responsible for your assignments needs to sign
this. THIS IS AN ESSENTIAL DOCUMENT.
Complete your Job Description – including the
hours you will be working.
NB Please obtain a hard copy of these forms from
your Course Administrator or the VLP.
Pass this information to the Course Administrator
by 26 May 2006.
A really valuable experience
I have learned lots of new skills and grown in
Employers will look at it favourably
I experienced the world of work and what it is
like to have a day-to-day job
A good experience - finding practical
applications for some of the previous
modules we have studied
Helps to reduce anxiety about finishing
university and what next?
Start arranging your placement NOW.
Ensure you meet the deadline of 26 May.
Ensure your letter and CV are excellent.
Remember to put good detail into your job
description – examples in your Handbook.
Remember to ask your Course
Administrator to send a Mentor’s Handbook
to the placement prior to your interview.
START PLANNING YOUR