Student Placements

Placements are compulsory on the BA (Hons) Media and Communication degree course and all related specialist pathways.

That’s because we believe that the contacts you make and the experience you gain during your placements are invaluable and – for many students – play a vital role in helping them to clinch their first job.

You will have to complete two weeks (equivalent to 70 hours) of work experience during your first year and three weeks (a total of 105 hours) in the second.

It is up to you to find your own placements by locating a suitable company, applying and, where necessary, going through an interview process. This is all a useful learning process in itself – there’s nothing like practise for helping you to improve your application and interview techniques.

To help you with your application, we offer you great deal of information, help and support through the Professional Studies programme on the course, which includes:

  • A series of lectures about where to look for a placement and how to apply.
  • Personal tutorials to help you prepare an application pack, which forms part of your first assignment in Professional Studies.
  • A programme of workshops involving previous placement students giving tips in light of their own experiences and talks by industry professionals.

Media students who made an impression

Here’s what some of our placement providers said about our students:

Heart, Northamptonshire

“She seems to have a passion for radio. We were especially impressed with her audio editing skills and felt confident delegating tasks to her. She showed good initiative and didn’t need close monitoring.”

Sine FM

“He was punctual, hardworking and dedicated to what he was doing. He had initiative and was also very good at interacting with people, from staff to volunteers to potential clients. He was able to produce some outstanding promos and jingles for the station, which we are using now.

Big Brother, Endemol UK

“She was very keen to help out with whatever needed doing and always with a smile. She was very efficient and capable, and was more than keen to stay late if needed.”

Daventry Express

“She was very enthusiastic about getting first-hand experience of what it’s like to be a journalist and was a great help to the editorial team. She was a pleasure to work with and would be welcome to join us again in the newsroom.”

Golley Slater PR

“She established herself as an invaluable member of the team. In fact, such was her level of competence that we renewed her placement for a further month. Sometimes we even had to force her to go home as she stayed past her agreed hours to complete the tasks.”

Stream Records

“She was really friendly and professional throughout. Her photos were brilliant and captured the bands and overall atmosphere of the night. Some were printed – others have been used by the bands to aid their own promotion.”