Student Placements

We actively seek employers who are interested in taking on student placements for up to a year.

Our courses in interactive media, information and communication technologies, design technology and advanced engineering are available on four-year ‘sandwich’ courses, which include a one-year industrial placement between the second and the final year of formal study.

What's a sandwich year?

Industrial sandwich placement years are well-established across most industrial and business sectors in the UK. Some multinational companies employ large numbers of sandwich students year on year and many smaller companies employ one or two students each year.

Students are attracted to sandwich programmes because they offer the opportunity to gain work experience that is recognised as part of the degree and impresses graduate employers who, more than ever, are looking for high-calibre graduates with proven track records in demanding working environments.

The placements process explained

Each year, about 40 per cent of our second-year undergraduates register their intention to seek a sandwich placement for the following year. The Faculty employs an Industrial Placements Officer to support this, along with:

  • Placement Preparation workshops
  • A student guide to placements
  • Individual help with CVs, covering letters and interview preparation
  • Placement vacancies advertised on the intranet and notice boards
  • Placement search progress meetings

All students who secure placements are offered pre-placement briefings. Students out on placement benefit from three progress reviews and ongoing support from placements staff. Students are interviewed about their placement experience when they return for the final year of their course.

Get involved

The Industrial Placements Officer seeks sandwich year opportunities to advertise on the student intranet site and notice boards.

Vacancies are checked to ensure that the job role, skills specification and work duration are likely to provide the learning outcomes required.

Students securing placements that are not advertised by the Faculty are asked to provide a Job Description and Skills Specification, which is checked for suitability.

Contact the Industrial Placements Officer on +44 (0)121 331 5400 or email enquiries@tee.bcu.ac.uk