Get help finding a placement

Finding a placement

Top tips from UWE Bristol students on how to find a placement.

Getting started

What kind of roles to apply for

The placement should be relevant to your programme of study and enable you to meet the learning objectives of your placement module. Details about placement requirements are included on the programme and module databases.

Individual roles will vary and should be discussed and agreed between you and the employer.

Types of organisations you can apply to

Each year we source hundreds of excellent placement vacancies in companies of all different sizes and locations and promote them via InfoHub.

Keep your options open and focus your search on finding a role that suits you. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to secure an appropriate placement but there is plenty of help available.

When to start looking

Start your search well ahead of your deadline and bear in mind that some employers can recruit up to a year in advance. It is a competitive process and taking the time to develop your application techniques and developing resilience is essential if you’re to find that dream job.

Please use this helpful checklist to help you with your placement journey.

Where to look for vacancies

Keep checking regularly for the latest vacancies and explore other sources of placements and work experience.

You can also view our further tips on job hunting and networking through our careers toolkit to help you to help identify placement opportunities.

Need help finding a placement?

Get support from our Careers Team at one of our drop-ins or appointment services.

Is there a deadline for finding and confirming a placement?

Yes, you’ll need to have found a placement before term begins in September. This will allow you time to register with UWE Bristol, get your placement approved and start work by September, or register with the University and return to your final year if you don’t secure a placement.

It’s important that you start your placement search early – most placements are confirmed in spring or summer.

Please talk to the Placement Team if you’ve got any concerns about meeting these deadlines.

How long is a placement?

Placements can take place at different points depending on the requirements of your programme and can vary in length from just a few days to a full academic year.

Where offered, sandwich placements generally take place between years 2 and 3 and lead to the award of a sandwich degree.

Finding placements abroad

Find placement vacancies abroad and schemes run through UWE Bristol.

Further help

If you want further help to find a placement please have a look at our drop-ins and careers appointments.

Get help with applications and interviews

We strongly encourage students to use the resources on our Careers Toolkit to help you write your CV or application form. For further help please check out our careers services.