Work Based Learning 5-Week Placements

The University of Chester’s Work Based Learning module gives second-year undergraduate students the opportunity to complete five-week work placements and engage in reflective thinking about their journey towards gaining employment within a sector of interest.

Images of students on work based learning - one of a student holding a snake, the other of a student in a lab
Images of students on work based learning - one of a student holding a snake, the other of a student in a lab

Every year, our students secure placements in a range of sectors and organisations across the UK. The students have subject-specific knowledge from courses across the University’s faculties and they are keen to apply this in real-world settings – whether that is through a specific project or being involved in the day-to-day routine of a workplace.

All students attend a university-based induction programme which is designed to prepare them for both placement and assessment.  It helps to increase awareness of the sort of skills and abilities that employers are increasingly looking for in their employees including communication and teamwork.

Students are encouraged to work with their placement organisations to outline the structure and objectives of the placement.  This in turn will lay the foundations for their reflections on achievements and skills development required for the assessment.

Placements do not have to relate to the students’ current programme of study but do need to run for at least 150 hours over the 5-week period over May and June.

Our placement providers report that some of the benefits include:

  • An extra pair of hands at no extra cost.
  • Student can dedicate their time to a project or area of work.
  • Obtain fresh ideas and perspectives to working practices and challenges.
  • Assess, develop and recruit potential new members of staff.
  • Mentoring opportunities and staff development for staff.

For more details and a list of participating degree programmes please download our placements leaflet. You can also contact the WBL team on 01244 512100 or email wbl@chester.ac.uk.