Degrees with Employment/Placement Elements

Placements for Bristol students fall into three categories:

  • study placements (where students study at other institutions as part of a University programme)
  • work/industrial placements (where students gain work, commercial and/or industrial experience relevant to their studies, such as a degree with year in industry and Erasmus work placements)
  • professional practice placements (where students develop the practical skills, competencies and ethics associated with a profession such as clinical placements for medical students)

The University has a duty of care to students who are on such a placement and takes this seriously. In particular, the University has responsibility to ensure that the academic elements of placements are satisfactory. This can be broken down into three categories:

  • placement content – should fulfil students’ learning needs and be in alignment with the requirements of any professional, statutory or regulatory body
  • assessment – should be appropriate and adhere to the approved assessment methods for the faculty, programme and unit
  • academic credit – any marks awarded for placement learning should be transferable

If you encounter any problems whilst on your placement, we recommend that you first raise this informally with your placement supervisor, line manager or Erasmus organiser. If you are unable to resolve any issues at that stage, contact your University-based placement organiser, your personal tutor or a Just Ask Adviser. You may find it helpful to refer to the University’s guidelines on student placements in taught programmes.

If you behave badly on a placement, you may face disciplinary action by the University or your placement may be put in jeopardy. If you find yourself in such a situation, please contact a Just Ask adviser.