Work placement is an integral part of all undergraduate programmes in the Department of Sport and Exercise Science. A one semester placement is built into all programmes except the BSc (H) in Sports Coaching and Performance where students go on placement for two semesters (full year).
Can I go abroad for work placement?
Many students have gone abroad previously on work placement. Students can also opt for a study abroad experience in lieu of work placement.
How do I find a suitable work placement?
Work placement is managed with the assistance of the School Placement Office. In addition, there is an academic work placement co-ordinator for each programme. We have established links with an extensive list of host organisations down through the years who regularly take students on work placement. Students are also free to propose a new work placement ahead of time and we will then vet the arrangements with the proposed organisation to ensure that a suitable experience is possible. The same organisation sometimes hosts students from different programmes but the student duties might vary in such circumstances.
What are the benefits of work placement?
Work placement is a major opportunity for students to put their academic knowledge into practice in the "real world of work", to develop new professional skills and new networks. It also improves students' prospects of future employment and helps to focus the student on career paths as well as on personal strengths and weaknesses. Placement facilitates the development of skills in the areas of communication, decision making, problem solving, teamwork, creativity, confidence and reflection, skills that are difficult to achieve in the classroom alone.
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