The Centre for Workplace Learning (CWL) offers students the opportunity to undertake a work placement in the sector of their choice.

Working with a wide range of businesses, from local SMEs to international brands, and from corporates to community organisations and charities, the Centre for Workplace Learning supports students in sourcing placements that reflects their personal and professional requirements.  Previous students have secured placements in a range of organisations from local schools and charities to international brands and premiership football clubs.

Our specialised modules in Education, Business, Sport, Entrepreneurship and Management enable students to really develop their professional practice within their chosen sector. The modules are assessed through a variety of different mediums including presentations and portfolios with an emphasis on reflective practice.

Why do a work placement?

Taking a work placement module at St Mary's will enable you to gain practical experience which complements the theoretical aspects of your degree studies and provide networking opportunities to assist with exploring future employment opportunities. The academic aspects of the modules develop your ability to reflect on the development of your professional practice and to gain an in-depth understanding of your chosen employment sector.

The work placement allows you to:

  • Explore different career areas
  • Identify and develop your transferable skills
  • Become self-aware
  • Apply theory to practice
  • Enhance your CV with good, practical and relevant experience
  • Boost your employment chances

Whatever subject you are studying, a placement will enhance your learning and help to prepare you for life after university. You can undertake a placement in the Arts, in the media, in business, in a charity, in a school, in a tourist attraction, in a sports club or in government offices. There is no limit to the types of organisation that can offer a genuine learning experience and a chance to network, develop and get one step ahead on the career ladder.

To find out more about the placement experience, please feel free to contact us.

Current students can also find more detail about the placement modules on the CWL pages on SIMMSpace.