We understand that in today's competitive jobs market, increasing numbers of employers expect new graduates to have substantial experience of the workplace.

You may be required to undertake a placement as part of your course, or offered the opportunity to do so voluntarily during your time at BCU. Our students have enjoyed placements with companies like the BBC, Cisco, IBM, NHS, Microsoft, Dolby, Selfridges, ASOS and more.


I'd recommend doing a placement because it sets you apart from everyone else who's applying for graduate jobs when you finish. Bosch is a big name and I have that on my CV.

Are you holding that knee? Have you damaged your knee?


The most rewarding element of placement for me is just developing those communication skills with my patients I really love the part of my job where I can reassure people.

Did you manage to sort the new heights out for the boilers? It's so valuable the experience and knowledge you can gain on placement so anybody looking to come into the business this is definitely the way forward come into a placement year

Sulphuric acid inside the small beaker of copper oxide and we're gonna see a reaction take place. There's a big difference in terms of studying and coming on to the job it's all practical when it's kind of linking in the theory the pedagogy side of education with putting it into practice.

We just quickly look through the cost tab as well and see all of that's pulling through correctly slight variance in the overhead. It's been a wonderful year I've managed to travel to all of the different sites within the bend of the group in the UK I've also had exposure to several different departments.

Yeah of course if you just want to give me your name I can make sure you're on the door for tonight so you'll be able to get in. I'm on my third year placement Edgbaston Cricket Ground is commercial executive as far. As we're concerned she's a full-time member of staff and contributes to what we're trying to achieve all the time.

Engineering has been a right choice for me it's really satisfied my edge of technology and being part of the BBC on placement has been really fun working with teams that produce content for millions of people has been really really satisfying.

You want to see a variable name and you want to see the data so I'll give you another two minutes to do that. I'm extremely ecstatic that I've done the course and I'm looking forward to starting September as a newly qualified teacher and bringing all the skills knowledge and understanding that I have into my new profession.

Why do a placement?

How placements work

Completing a placement is an excellent way to put what you have learned on your course into practice and develop new skills relevant to your future career. We've put together all the information you need to know about placements.

Placement stories

My placement witth Toyota Motor Europe

Izabella, an Automotive Engineering student, worked for Toyota Motor Europe, in the Assembly Division for Vehicle Production Engineering.

Izabella's placement

My placement with support through court

Law student Lauren completed a placement in our on-site law clinic which led to a job offer before she had even finished her studies.

Lauren's placement

My placement with Turner and Townsend

Quantity Surveying student David spent his placement year at leading global consultancy Turner & Townsend as a Trainee Cost Manager.

David's placement

My teaching placement

Primary Education student Ben is completing his placement at a village primary school, he tells us what it's like to be a trainee-teacher.

Ben's placement


Corinne, a Music Business student, is undertaking her placement with BE83, a Birmingham-based music management, recordings and publishing company.

Corinne's placement

My Placement at Grayling PR

Second-year Fashion Business and Promotion student Tom undertook an exciting two-month work placement at Grayling PR.

Tom's placement

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