NX9528 - Newcastle Business School Blended Placement Year: Work Placement Semester

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What will I learn on this module?

The Work Placement Semester module is a semester long 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which include the option to take a blended placement year of Work and Study Abroad which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6.

On this module you will undertake a semester long work placement. The placement consists of a period of full time work experience in a host organisation equivalent to a full semester of study which is relevant to your studies.

The placement is an important element of your course structure and it will provide you with the opportunity to:

• Experience the environment of a real workplace which will help you decide the type of career you would like to follow after graduation
• Develop your organisational and interpersonal skills required to enable you to work efficiently as a member of a team
• Acquire and develop relevant technical skills associated with the nature of your work
• Identify, analyse and discuss with experienced practitioners how theoretical concepts are adapted and applied to suit practical requirements
• Apply knowledge that will help you to plan and evaluate future study and career development.


This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised in your transcript as a 60 credit Work Placement Module. The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the training agreement signed by you, the placement provider, and the University. Combining this with the study abroad semester as part of the third year out of the University, this will be recognised on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad and Work Placement Year)”.

How will I learn on this module?

You will gain hands-on experience of the working world which will be invaluable to entering into your chosen career. You will learn more about how organisations operate, especially their culture and values; you will enhance your existing skills and develop new ones, in particular team working, communication and problem solving. You will develop a better understanding of how your studies fit in to the real work environment and you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the industry that you are keen to work in on graduation.
The learning and teaching methods will be dependent on the placement. The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the training agreement signed by the placement provider, the student, and the home University (Northumbria).

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Pre-placement: You are required to attend the pre-placement presentation and meet with the Academic Placement Co-ordinator.

On-placement: You will be monitored continuously through regular contact between the Placement Tutor and the Workplace Supervisor. The Placement Tutor (where possible) will visit you at your place of work mid-placement to discuss your progress with you and your Work Based Supervisor. In addition you Placement Tutor can provide you with additional support through virtual meetings where necessary.

You will be supported throughout by our experienced team of placement co-ordinators in the Student Employability Centre. The team will help you find the right placement for you and will help you prepare for interviews, assessment centres and psychometric tests. Once you are out on placement the team will continue to maintain regular contact with you and will continue to support you throughout the year.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• Contribute their ideas, knowledge and expertise effectively in a working environment. (MLO1)
• Reflect critically on their professional skills development in relation to employability. (MLO2)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Integrate academic knowledge and understanding with practical professional experience. (MLO3)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

• Communicate the placement experience to others. (MLO4)

How will I be assessed?

1. Formative Assessment: You will be allocated a placement tutor who will be available for formative assessment throughout the year. This will vary according to placement.

2. Summative Assessment: The module assesses both your performance on placement and your reflection on the placement experience.

You will be required to produce a Portfolio based on your work experience and a reflection on your time out on placement.

The portfolio will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your self-development , research and analysis skills and critical reflection on the usefulness of academic study to business.

This is a Pass/Fail module and an overall pass grade leads to the award of 60 credits. The Work Placement does not contribute to your degree classification.

The summative assessment will address MLO1, MLO2, MLO3 and MLO4.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

NX9529 - Newcastle Business School Blended Placement Year: Study Abroad Semester

Module abstract

In an increasingly competitive graduate recruitment market you’ll need more than a good degree to get the job you want. Graduate employers are increasingly looking for evidence of relevant work experience as well as academic achievement in candidates. A year out in industry and studying abroad enhances your employability prospects, making you more appealing to graduate employers.

You’ll get practical experience in your chosen field whilst developing many of the skills that you will need in the workplace. You’ll gain a better understanding of how organisations operate and you will be able to apply this knowledge directly to your studies. Indeed, research suggests that placement students perform better academically, in many cases by one classification higher.

Most of our programmes now include a placement year as standard, but even when they don’t, we strongly recommend that you consider taking up a year-long placement. So what are you waiting for?

Course info

UCAS Code N202

Credits 60

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Newcastle Business School

Location Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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