Summary module description:

There are two elements to this module:

  1. Students will complete a minimum of 20 weeks full time employment to gain relevant work experience in their chosen industry. Theoretical knowledge and practical skills gained throughout Part 1 and Part 2 will be used to benefit the placement organisation. Placements must be agreed by the module convenor or Programme Director before they commence. Students will be supported in this process via lectures in the Autumn term. 

  2. Students will complete a study abroad semester with approval from the module convenor and in discussion with their programme director and Study Abroad Co-ordinator. This will usually be a full semester at an institution abroad, equivalent to 60 credits/30 ECTS, either in Europe as part of the ERASMUS exchange scheme, or in another country where the University has an exchange agreement. The deadline to submit your application (in particular for destinations outside of Europe) is usually at the end of January in Part 1. IT IS COMPULSORY TO ATTEND ANY ORGANISED STUDY ABROAD ELEMENT.


  • to develop an understanding of, and gain practice in, the application process

  • to gain insight into a course-related industry and apply the knowledge and skills developed in Part 1 and Part 2 to the benefit of the host organisation

  • to further develop the student’s knowledge and practical skills

  • to develop and implement the use of transferable and interpersonal skills

  • to be aware of the aims and goals of the organisation as a whole and relate the outcomes of the placement department with the aims of the organisation

  • to develop a knowledge of a range of subject areas relating to the their area of study and to provide students with an understanding of how these subject areas are perceived and taught overseas.

  • to develop an awareness of the different methodologies and develop research and writing skills appropriate to their new learning environment.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module, students should be able to demonstrate:

• knowledge and awareness of their placement organisation and their contribution 

• problem-solving skills

• the successful use of IT

• effective team working skills

• efficient communication skills (written and oral)

• application of knowledge and skills acquired during Part 1 and Part 2

• career managements skills including job search and effective applications

     •these will be in accordance with the host institution.

Additional outcomes:

The module also aims to encourage students to be more self-reliant and to give them an opportunity to broaden their education through travelling and studying abroad and to experience the life and culture of another country and/or to enhance their employability prospects.

Outline content:

The nature of the placement will vary widely depending on the host company (and host institution of Study Abroad institution), but students should integrate into the relevant organisation and become a useful asset. See the Blackboard site for this module for further information.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Arrangements in accordance with the standard arrangements in the host university and host company. Students must attend lecture/assessment presentations, before and after the placement year.

The contact hours are indicative.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Placement 400 400 400
Total hours by term 400.00 400.00 400.00
Total hours for module 1200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage

Other information on summative assessment:

Students are required to produce a 5 minute podcast on the applications process to be submitted by the 1st October of the year the placement begins. A 15-minute presentation will be given in the Autumn term of the year you return, detailing the placement organisation, the student’s contribution and reflection on skills developed. See the Blackboard site for detailed information. The employer will rate the student’s performance.

The three elements of assessment are:

1. Podcast

2. Presentation

3. Employer report 

Students must successfully complete their placement, pass all three components of the assessment and achieve an overall mark of 40%.

Students must also complete any coursework and examinations as part of their Study Abroad experience in accordance with the standard arrangements in the host university.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:

    Students must complete their placement and pass all three components of the assessment. Students must also achieve a mark of 40% overall, usually equivalent to an ECTS grade E, for the Study Abroad element.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Reassessment for the failed element as follows:

    Placement - Re-submission of all assessment elements which are not passed at the first attempt except the 'employer report', which cannot be reassessed.

    Study Abroad - Where a re-sit is permitted, work of equivalent value will be set and marked by the University of Reading and must be submitted by 1 September, or as per the requirements of the host institution.

    Students who fail after the second attempt may transfer to the three year version of the degree.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 22 August 2017

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