Year 2 Opportunities

Students elect to do their five-week placement in many different ways, from teaching, to surveying, to environmental consulting. All demonstrate the wide range of career sectors and professional roles open to our graduates."

In your second year, you will focus on developing your research capability and advancing your fieldwork and laboratory skills.  You will be afforded a range of practical opportunities and work-based placements through which to raise your professional profile and enhance your future employment prospects. Depending on your chosen undergraduate degree programme and module selection, you may visit locations such as Manchester, Warrington, Kinmel Bay, Talacre beach and dunes, Llangollen escarpments and the Dee Estuary. 

A distinctive feature of the undergraduate degree programme at the University of Chester, and one that is highly rated by employers, is the requirement to complete an experiential work-based learning (WBL) module during the summer term of your second year. This not only counts as one module towards your degree, but also provides invaluable experience for your CV, complete with an employer reference.  Alternatively you might consider developing your CV by opting to take a module in 'Fieldwork Applications' or an 'Experiential Learning Abroad' module. Our Fieldwork Applications module is based around a fieldtrip to New York City, USA, whilst the Experiential Learning Abroad module is available though the University's Work Based Learning unit and offers experiences from China to Costa Rica.


Work Based Learning

You may take this module, which includes a five-week work based learning placement. You can either negotiate your own placement or ask the University to arrange a placement for you through its extensive network of employer links. The University's dedicated Work Based Learning unit has links with a wide variety of large and small organisations that offer a broad range of exciting placement opportunities. Work Based Learning could give you the chance to work with some of the most prestigious and innovative practitioners in business, industry, government, public service or the third sector. Our students have enjoyed placements with the Environment Agency, Ministry of Defence, AXA Insurance, CAFOD, Liverpool Mutual Homes, Homeserve, Chester and Cheshire West Council, The Environment Partnership (TEP), Natural Resources Wales and Safe Child Africa, as well as placements in primary, secondary and tertiary education around the country.

Fieldwork Applications: New York

New York Walking Tour

We offer this optional fieldtrip to visit one of the world's most famous global cities, New York, USA. You will have the chance to become immersed in a wide range of current issues such as immigration and urban regeneration.

Experiential Learning Abroad

Opportunities to undertake experiential learning abroad are available through the University's Work Based Learning unit. Alongside a significant number of our students, you might use this opportunity to gain meaningful experience of community based development work overseas in a developing country.

Optional Expedition: Norway 

During the summer vacation between Years 2 and 3 you will get the opportunity (dependent on interest) to go on an optional expedition to the breath-taking F√•bergstolsbreen glacier foreland in Norway to carry out research for your third year dissertation.