Year in Industry Experience - BUSN6990

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 6 90 (45) Sophie Davis checkmark-circle


The Year in Industry experience provides you with a structured opportunity to combine work experience or entrepreneurial activity with academic study.

The Year in Industry allows students to develop and reflect on managerial and/or professional practice in real and often complex situations, and to integrate this with the study of the relevant subject(s) of your main degree programme.

Where relevant, students develop, reinforce and apply professional and/or technical expertise in an employment or entrepreneurial context. The placement portfolio requires students to document their experiences in relation to both their university studies as well as to a wide range of employability skills.

In addition, the portfolio allows demonstration of professional development through the collection and presentation of relevant evidence.
To be able to undertake this module it is necessary for the student to secure a placement or to have validated a Business Start-Up during Stage 2.

The Business Start-Up should build on the student's planned business activity as developed and validated by the ASPIRE Business Start-Up Journey.

The particular combination of the student’s degree programme and choice of modules together with the great variety of increasingly diverse Year in Industry situations make the "curriculum" of the Year in Industry essentially unique.

This module documents and assesses the evidence of Year in Industry learning being achieved.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 0 hours
Work Placement or Business Start-Up: 900
Total study hours: 900

Method of assessment

13.1 Main assessment methods
This module is assessed on a Pass/Fail basis: Pass/Fail (100%).
Placement Portfolio including reports from the employer or ASPIRE whichever applicable.

13.2 Reassessment methods
Reassessment Instrument: 100% Coursework (Pass/Fail)

Indicative reading

Brennan, J & Little, B (2002), A Review of Work Based Learning in Higher Education. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall
Rock, S. (2016). Work Experience, Placements and Internships. London: MacMillan
Sharp, J.A, Peters, J & Howard, K (2002), The Management of a Student Research Project (3rd edn.), Abingdon: Gower

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Demonstrate practical knowledge and understanding of successful business.
8.2 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of contemporary practice and issues, deepening and/or integrating subject knowledge with practice, using the industry context.
8.3 Apply some of the intellectual skills specified for the main programme in practice.
8.4 Analyse and draw reasoned conclusions about management problems and relatively complex situations working in business setting.
8.5 Apply some of the subject-specific skills specified for the required core in practice.

9. The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Identify and make effective use of information from various sources to assess ideas.
9.2 Be an effective self-manager of time, to plan and deliver required outputs effectively.
9.3 Communicate effectively orally and in writing, using media appropriate to the purpose;
9.4 Critically apply numeracy, analytical, quantitative IT skills to evaluate business issues and problems.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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