AP2PP1-Professional Placement

Module Provider: School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
Number of credits: 120 [60 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Placement opportunity: Maxi placement
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Dr Gillian Rose

Email: g.rose@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

By selecting a professional placement year you'll undertake a minimum of 40 weeks full time employment to gain relevant work experience in your chosen industry. You'll apply the theoretical knowledge and practical skills gained throughout Part 1 and Part 2 of your degree, benefitting the placement organisation and your own professional development. Placements must be approved by the University before they commence, and you'll be supported through the application and approval process by a Placement Coordinator. A maximum of two different placements can be undertaken with a minimum duration of 20 weeks full time per placement.


  • To develop 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

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 manageme nts skills including job search and effective applications

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

The nature of the placement will vary widely depending on the host company, 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:

One year industrial placement to gain relevant work experience in an industry related to the student’s degree programme.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Placement 400 400 400
Total hours by term 400 400 400
Total hours for module 1200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

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 

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

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

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Students must complete their placement and pass all three components of the assessment.

Reassessment arrangements:

Re-submission of all assessment elements which are not passed at the first attempt except the 'employer report', which cannot be reassessed. Students who fail the placement year after the second attempt may transfer to the three year version of the degree.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 24 July 2020


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