I have absolutely loved my placements. We were able to pick organisations in areas that we were passionate about and therefore really wanted to work with. I did a placement with a charity called HOPE. This organisation supported people in the community with mental health issues. I ran support groups and did home assessments. My current placement at St Anne’s in Leeds. I have been lucky enough to secure a part-time job as a Community Care Officer.
There are two work placements in the programme. They take place in Semester 1 (September – January) in Years 2 and 3.
Members of the programme team and staff from Careers and Employability Services work with you to help you identify placement opportunities that match your individual learning needs and career goals. There are lots of opportunities out there, and we guide you through the process from start to finish.
When we help you organise your placement you will negotiate with the organisation what you will be doing and what you want to get out of the placement experience. You might want to get plenty of hands-on experience, or you might prefer to be involved more in preparing funding bids, for example.
Our students have completed successful placements in areas such as: housing/homelessness; mental health; immigration/refugees/asylum seekers; community organisations; sport/fitness; children and young people; education; substance misuse/recovery; arts/creative expression; older people.
Each placement is 100 hours, which is around 15 days. Students usually do one or two days per week and attend University on the days they are not on placement. The exact days and hours worked per day are agreed between each student and the placement organisation, so your individual needs and availability are taken into account.
Placements draw upon and support the rest of the programme, so that you can apply your knowledge in real-world settings and learn alongside experts in the field. You'll gain valuable experience and have the chance to try out an area of work you may be interested in, helping prepare you for your graduate career.
Whichever area you choose to work in, graduate employers want people who have academic qualifications – but they are not enough on their own. They need employees with skills in communication, problem solving, teamwork, personal effectiveness and adaptability. You can learn about these things in class, but you can only learn to use them in real world situations – and that means going out on placement. To succeed in the graduate job market you also need to demonstrate that you have relevant experience.
Learning and assessment
Teaching methods include formal lectures, seminars, group work and tutorials, supported by our virtual learning environment Canvas. This is used to access additional learning resources and will let you participate in online group discussions and activities.
Assessment strategies will aim to develop both knowledge and skills and include written assessment, verbal and poster presentations, reflective accounts and case studies.