Professional Placements - WCON5321

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 6 120 (60) David Roberts checkmark-circle


The aim of the module is to provide students with the opportunity to spend a year (minimum 24 weeks) working in a professional environment, applying and enhancing the knowledge, skills and techniques that they have acquired in Stages 1 and 2 of their degree programme. This may be made up of a single placement of at least 24 weeks or of two or more shorter placements that together add up to at least 24 weeks. Individual placements will involve one or more defined roles or tasks; for example placements may involve contributing to, producing or carrying out (i) a piece of research; (ii) a management plan or other management tool; (iii) a policy report, a piece of law or policy or its implementation; (iv) an exercise related to the storage and systematisation of data sets; (v) facilitation, planning and coordination of a consultation process or an event (vi) development of educational, awareness-raising or advocacy materials or activities. The work they do is entirely under the direction of their line manager at each placement, but support is provided via a named member of academic staff within the School (the 'Placement coordinator' for each student). This support includes ensuring that the work they are being expected to do is such that they can meet the learning outcomes of the module.


Contact hours

Not applicable


[Standard SAC programmes] with a year in professional practice

Method of assessment

Manager Appraisal Pass / Fail, compulsory element
Report – 4000 words Pass / Fail, compulsory element
Presentation Pass / Fail, compulsory element

Reassessment method
100% Coursework (Report – 4000 words), Pass/Fail

Indicative reading

Not applicable

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
During the placement, students will:
8.1: gain familiarity with the workings of a professional organisation working in a field related to their degree programme
8.2: develop an advanced ability to apply academic knowledge from their degree programme and related generic skills to day-to-day work for a professional organisation
8.3 Understand and explain the theoretical, technical or applied dimensions of an applied problem relevant to their degree programme


  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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