Information for new DMU applicants and current students: Placement Terms and Conditions
Choosing to undertake a placement year adds an exciting and rewarding opportunity to your time at university, can improve your CV, make you highly employable and put the skills you learn on your course into practice. Placements can enhance your career prospects and give you the chance to use theory from the classroom in a real-world scenario before you have even graduated.
Employers also benefit from the placement year as they have access to open minded, enthusiastic team members and often use the opportunity to train the student as a potential graduate employee. Students can gain a competitive edge by developing the intellectual and personal attributes required of a professional graduate.
Our placement students have worked for a range of organisations from small businesses through to multinationals across the world including Microsoft Ltd, IBM, GlaxoSmithKline and PepsiCo International.
Going on a placement year can bring great rewards but it does require students to be very proactive when applying for placements and to understand the competitive stages involved.
Please read the Placement terms and conditions to make sure a placement year is the right opportunity for you.
Benefits of a placement year
Better academic performance
Statistics show that students who undertake a placement are not only more employable on graduation; they are also more likely to gain a higher degree classification.
Enhance your CV
Increase your transferable skills such as team working, project management, presentation skills, leadership, communication and time management, plus specific technical skills related to your degree.
Better career opportunities
Gain a competitive edge in the graduate labour market. Placement employers may offer you a job after graduation, or accelerated entry to a graduate training scheme.
Experience of job hunting
Gain experience searching for jobs, making applications and attending interviews, assisted and coached by the Technology Placement Team, putting you in a confident position for entering the job market when you graduate.
Build your network
The contacts you make on placement help open doors for you in the future, whether for a direct job role or a recommendation to another employer.
Technology's specialist Placement Team provides support to all our students looking to integrate a placement with their degree at undergraduate or postgraduate lavel.
The Placement Team, located in Gateway House, is experienced in dealing with placement students and employers. Weare here to help you find the right placement, providing help and advice with a range of issues including CV checking, application support and interview techniques.
Hear what some of our past placement students and host employers have had to say about their placement experience in our case studies.
Contact the Placement Team for further information:
T: 0116 207 8345
Placement Terms and Conditions
Some of our programmes offer an optional work placement as an opportunity to gain relevant industry experience as part of your course. If you are interested in undertaking a work placement, please read the terms and conditions below to ensure you understand the personal commitment and processes involved:
- A placement is a period of specific industry experience that is relevant to your degree course
- Not all degrees allow students to add a placement year. DMU applicants and students should check placement options in the ‘Key Facts’ section of the relevant course entry on the DMU website
- Students at partner colleges who only complete their final year at DMU are not eligible to do a placement year
- The placement is assessed by the university on a pass/fail basis. A Placement Tutor will be assigned to support your learning and will usually visit you during the year
- The current placement year fee is £650 for home/EU students and £750 for overseas students. Home/EU students may be eligible for tuition fee and maintenance loan support from Student Finance England (or relevant body).
- All participating students are required to pay all travel and accommodation costs associated with their placement
- Undergraduate sandwich year placements take place following successful completion of your second year of study (level 5). The placement begins between June and September, depending on the employer, and lasts for 12 months
- Postgraduate sandwich year placements:
- September start students: Placements take place following successful completion of all your taught modules and before you begin your final project report/dissertation. The placement begins between June and September, depending on the employer, and lasts for 12 months.
- January start students: Placements take place following successful completion of your first set of taught modules. The placement begins between June and September, depending on the employer, and lasts for 12 months.
- Placements are usually full-time.
- Recruitment for placements is competitive. All students will need to apply for roles proactively and succeed at placement interviews. The outcome is decided by the employer and no student is guaranteed a placement
- Employers advertise and recruit for placements up to one year in advance, so it’s important to start applying as soon as possible
- The Placement Team in your Faculty will offer a full programme of support to help you apply for placements, including:
- Inviting you to attend a Placement Introduction Talk
- Advertising placement vacancies on MyGateway (DMU careers portal)
- Providing individual CV advice, interview preparation and application support
- Training sessions and workshops
It is the student’s responsibility to engage with this support, to attend meetings and events organised by the Placement Team, to actively write applications and attend employer interviews when invited. Students who do not engage with this support may significantly reduce their chance of securing a placement offer from an employer.
- If your request to undertake a mode of the course that includes a work placement is approved, we will, within Tier 4 rules, extend the dates on your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to include the potential work placement, which will impact on the end date of any visa you are issued that was applied for using that CAS
- If you have a visa that includes a period to include a work placement, but do not subsequently undertake a work placement your course will finish before the end of your original sponsorship period. The university will notify UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) of the change in your expected course end date and your visa will be curtailed (shortened) in accordance with your earlier course end date. This change will be recorded on your immigration record with UKVI
- The length of time you are sponsored at the start of your course may contribute towards your overall time limit to study in the UK, even if the visa is subsequently curtailed
- If you do not select the option of a work placement, the dates on your CAS letter will not include a potential placement. If, after arriving, you decide you wish to undertake a placement, we may be able to accommodate this. However you would need to make an application extend your Tier 4 visa to include the placement. You would need to return to your home country to make this fresh Tier 4 application and there is a risk the application could be refused, depending on UKVI’s appraisal of your circumstances at that time
- Further information about placements is available at dmu.ac.uk/placements
INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS ONLY:
I confirm I have read and understood all the information above and would now like to be considered for a CAS to include a period allowing for a work placement opportunity as part of my offer. I understand sandwich year placements are only possible for some courses and I have checked that my chosen course offers a sandwich year option. Please follow this link: dmu.ac.uk/caswp