If you are studying a Bachelor's degree at Westminster Business School, you can choose to take a year's break from your studies in your third year to do a placement.
A placement year is a great way of gaining practical work experience within an industry relevant to your studies. It increases your confidence and skills, and boosts your employability. It gives you a chance to apply the theoretical techniques you have learnt during your undergraduate degree so far to a real business environment while you work as a member of an established organisation.
Undertaking a placement year demonstrates maturity and experience that is sought after by employers. Statistically, you are much more likely to gain employment after you graduate, with a higher starting salary than those without placement experience.
Benefits that you can gain from a business placement year:
- Boost your graduate employability
- Experience the world of work and utilise this opportunity to test drive a career
- Develop real business skills and competencies
- Get paid while gaining invaluable experience
- Boost your CV
- Gain a 20 credit level 6 module
"Taking a placement year was one of the best decisions that I have made to date"
Christina Youakim, Marketing Management BA Hons
Junior Account Executive, Blue Chip Marketing
"A placement is an excellent way to test your future career, to pick up vital skills in your field and to build up your professional network."
Harshik Dabasia, Accounting with Management BSc Hons
Finance Trainee, NEL CSU
"The most enjoyably knowledgeable of my academic life."
Sumye Fung, Finance with Management BSc Hons
Regulatory Reporting Placement – Finance and Control, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Some of the places our students went to do a placement or an internship:
|Allianz||Learning and Development Intern|
|Enterprise Rent-a-car||Management Trainee|
|ESPN Sports Media Ltd||Finance Intern|
|GE Oil & Gas||Financial Planning and Analysis Intern|
|House of Fraser||HR Administrator|
|LIDL UK||Management Trainee|
|McDonalds||Rotational Placement Scheme|
|NHS||Trainee Accountant/Finance Assistant|
|Siemens||Commercial and Finance Intern|
|The Walt Disney Company||Finance Intern|
|Universal Music Group||Finance Assistant|
|Volkswagen Group||L&D Coordinator|
|Warner Brothers||Marketing Intern, Creative Services Intern|
|Westminster Business School||Marketing Placement|
|Xerox||Procurement Support Executive|
Students are supervised by an academic tutor as well as their line manager throughout the placement; ensuring the student is adding value to the company as well as gaining the appropriate experience to add to their academic studies. An interesting workplace project is undertaken in order to allow students to explore in depth the employing organisation and to demonstrate critical and intellectual skills to support their work with appropriate academic models and research. The Workplace Project will be deemed to be of value to the employing organisation either by tackling a current issue within the organisation or one that is relevant to the sector more broadly.
Choosing to take a placement year extends your degree to four years. The placement year is academically assessed as a 20 credit level 6 module and counts towards your final degree.
The length of your placement is normally 48–52 weeks and usually starts any time after your Year 2 exam results are released in the summer (June) onwards. The placement is full-time.
For further information and details about specific employability programmes, please contact:
The Business Experience Team
Westminster Business School
Employability Hub (CG01)
E: [email protected]
T: +44 (0)20 3506 7027