Professional Placement Year

Why should you consider doing a placement?

“The number of work experience places available at the UK’s leading graduate employers is expected to increase by 3.0% in 2020s” 

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A year in industry offers you the opportunity to explore a role in an organisation over a 6 – 12 month period. You will complete your year in industry in your third year, after your first two years of study and then return to complete your fourth and final year

The aims of a placement are:

  • to prepare you for your final stage studies through a placement in a relevant business function and help you make an informed career choice when you graduate;
  • to give you an appreciation of the business environment through hands-on experience;
  • to give you opportunities to take what you've learned in the classroom out into the wider world.

Help and support

While it is your responsibility to find a placement, there is dedicated support on offer to you from the School to help you find a placement and prepare for your year in industry. We will help you to identify suitable opportunities, make applications and prepare for interviews, secure a role, and monitor and support you during your placement.

Available for all Christ Church Business School students

  • A year in industry is available to all undergraduate students studying a Christ Church Business School programme, including single and combined honours.
  • Previous students have worked at companies such as Cummins, Enterprise rent a Car, Church & Dwight , Instron,  Barbour, Russell Publishing, Vauxhall, P&O Ferries, CCCU, Nike, Medway Community Health Care to name a few. You can read about our students' experiences by reading our student work placement profiles.  

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Any student studying a Business School programme (combined or single honours) can complete a year in industry.
The tuition cost of the programme is £1,850*. This can be covered by SFE and you are still entitled to a reduced maintenance loan.
You are solely responsible for securing your own placement, but there is extensive support on offer to you. The programme is not currently credit bearing and does not relate to your final degree mark.
We encourage all placements to be paid. Salaries range from £13.5k – £21k p.a. If a student decides to complete an unpaid placement this is their decision, but it is not recommended.
You will be recognised for this on your degree transcript which will read ‘COURSE TITLE with a professional placement’.
There is extensive support on offer to you from the placement team and University careers team. This takes the form of workshops, one-to-one appointments and other initiatives.
You are required to complete a placement portfolio, a reflective piece of writing on your experience. This is graded as pass or fail.
Yes, anyone can apply for the year in industry as long as you haven’t yet completed your second year of study.
You can complete your placement anywhere you like providing it meets the placement quality criteria. Students have completed placements across the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.
Not at all, the point of completing a placement is to give you career focus. Therefore we encourage you to explore your career interests, which may not always be what you are studying. 
The Business School has links with a number of companies across the UK and abroad. We encourage students to work for a variety of companies across a number of different industries dependent on your career interests. 
A good starting point is ( insert link to the resources page of the website.
Please go to blackboard and click on the professional placement programme board. If you can’t see, please ask the school office to add you to the site.
It is your responsibility to find one, but we have  dedicated placement hub within the business school to support and help you secure your placement.

Our placements hub can help you develop your CV, application forms and online profile as well as just sitting down have a chat about all things placements.  We also have an extensive online resource via the CORE. 

Yes all students studying single or combined honours can do a placement. You just complete a change of study form that can be found on the student portal.
You must have secured your placement and had it approved at the latest by September of the placement year.
You can complete a change of study form and  move back into your third and final year.

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