What to do before you start your placement
Once you have had your placement approved there will be a number of steps to take before starting your placement.
What you need to do
You'll need to attend a placement briefing in the spring term, so check our placement events information for dates.
We'll send you a separate briefing if you're doing a placement outside the UK and you'll be emailed details closer to the time.
You must register with UWE Bristol for your next academic year via MyUWE. You'll be told when you can register through your UWE Bristol email.
We will also attach you to the placement module and give you access to the Blackboard site in the new academic year.
Please note – if you have any issues access Blackboard you’ll need to contact a Student Advisor.
Failure to register can cause complications on access to your modules.
A sandwich placement costs the same as one academic module, which means that sandwich students have one less module to study in their final year.
Reapply for your funding if eligible online through Student Finance, the same as you did last year. Your course should be listed as SW e.g BSc Biological Sciences (SW) if not you can change this on your account.
There is no impact on your fees if you are doing a short-term placement.
You will need to organise your own accommodation for your placement year, as the University doesn't provide assistance with this. If you're on placement in a new city, speak to your employer as they may be able to advise you about potential areas to investigate. Larger employers who take on a number of placement students sometimes help students with finding accommodation.
View further accommodation guidance:
You may need to commute to work or travel as part of your job, so get information about what travel is expected as part of your role before accepting the position. Employers will often cover mileage and the cost of public transport, but you generally need to consider the cost of your commute to and from work.
If you're on placement in Greater London you may be eligible for an 18+ Student Oyster photocard. Please ensure you've updated myUWE to reflect your address in Greater London before you start your application, or your application will be rejected.
What do I do if I fail a module?
Don't worry, you can discuss your options with the Student Support Advisers.
You'll need to arrange time off with your employer so you can return for your resit, which might mean taking annual leave.
If you're an international student who fails a module, you’ll need to wait until your results have been published in the summer before you can start your placement. You may also need to discuss moving your start date with your employer. If that's the case, contact the Placement Team and we'll guide you through the process.
Is there any funding available to me?
See placement costs and finance for details on funding that might be available to you, advice on financing your placement and how much you can expect to be paid.
Am I still a student whilst on placement?
You’re officially still a student at the University whilst you’re on placement. Retaining your student status is good news as you’ll be exempt from Council Tax and will qualify for other student discounts. Just visit myUWE and click on ‘Documents’ under the ‘MyDetails’ tab.