Written by Luci Hamerston
Why consider a placement?
Your placement is a fantastic opportunity to network and, if you impress during your work experience, you may even find you have a job waiting for you when you graduate. Many of our graduates have been offered permanent roles with their placement firms – a testament to the skills and work ethic our students possess.
Students on health and social care courses will be placed at various NHS hospitals and medical centres throughout the south west.
How long are the placements?
Mandatory placements vary in length from 2 to 30 weeks – a full academic year. Shorter work placements are typically designed to fit around your modules of study.
What support is given prior and during my placement?
If your course includes a work placement, or you decide you would like to spend a year in industry, our individual faculty team will help you find an appropriate role. We’ll be on hand to provide support throughout your time working in industry. You’ll be given plenty of information about all of your placement options once you start your course.
Do we get paid during our placements?
We do our best to help all of our students find paid work placements, but is not always possible. We encourage all the employers we work with to provide at least a minimum wage to our students (currently £5.55/hour for those aged 18-20, £6.95/hour for 21-24-year-olds, or £7.20/hour for anyone 24 or over). You will still be eligible for financial support during your placement year.
Do I pay my tuition fee when on placement?
If you undertake a 30-week placement, students starting with us in September 2017 will only need to pay £790.
Can I go abroad?
We offer opportunities for overseas study in 20 different countries within our network of partner universities. Countries include Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Norway, Russia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey and the USA. Study overseas opportunities are normally offered for one semester of study in year two or during your placement year (depending on your particular course of study).
The Erasmus+ mobility scheme is designed to help you fund a placement of two months or longer in the European Economic Area (EEA). Funding is available to help cover some of the costs of a work placement in Europe while you’re studying.
Are placements optional?
Although some courses feature mandatory placements, the option to undertake a placement as part of your degree is open to every student.
Do you offer internships?
BU offers all undergraduate students the opportunity to do an internship or placement but why are they such a great idea? Check out a current student’s vlog here.
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