Placement Year

The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
05 June 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W800 Creative Writing,
BA W801 Creative Writing (Including Year Abroad),
BA W803 Creative Writing (Including Placement Year),
BA W808 Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
BA W401 Drama,
BA W402 Drama (Including Year Abroad),
BA W403 Drama (Including Placement Year),
BA W408 Drama (Including Foundation Year),
BA QW24 Drama and Literature,
BA QW25 Drama and Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA WQ28 Drama and Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA WQ42 Drama and Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA QT37 English and United States Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA T720 English and United States Literature,
BA T723 English and United States Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA T728 English and United States Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q300 English Literature,
BA Q303 English Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA Q320 English Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q321 English Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA PW38 Film and Creative Writing,
BA PW39 Film and Creative Writing (Including Placement Year),
BA PW88 Film and Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
BA PWH8 Film and Creative Writing (Including Year Abroad),
BA P303 Film Studies (Including Year Abroad),
BA W620 Film Studies,
BA W623 Film Studies (Including Placement Year),
BA W628 Film Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA PQ32 Film Studies and Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA PQ38 Film Studies and Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA QW26 Film Studies and Literature,
BA QW27 Film Studies and Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA LQ32 Literature and Sociology,
BA LQ33 Literature and Sociology (Including Placement Year),
BA LQ38 Literature and Sociology (Including Foundation Year),
BA QL23 Literature and Sociology (Including Year Abroad),
BA P500 Multimedia Journalism,
BA P501 Multimedia Journalism (Including Year Abroad),
BA P503 Multimedia Journalism (Including Placement Year),
BA QW30 Literature and Creative Writing,
BA QW31 Literature and Creative Writing (Including Year Abroad),
BA QW33 Literature and Creative Writing (Including Placement Year),
BA QW38 Literature and Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q210 English and Comparative Literature,
BA Q211 English and Comparative Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA Q212 English and Comparative Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA Q218 English and Comparative Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA P550 Journalism and Criminology,
BA P551 Journalism and Criminology (Including Placement Year),
BA P552 Journalism and Criminology (Including Year Abroad),
BA P560 Journalism and Economics,
BA P561 Journalism and Economics (Including Placement Year),
BA P562 Journalism and Economics (Including Year Abroad),
BA P540 Journalism and Sociology,
BA P541 Journalism and Sociology (Including Placement Year),
BA P542 Journalism and Sociology (Including Year Abroad),
BA P520 Journalism with Business Management,
BA P521 Journalism with Business Management (Including Placement Year),
BA P522 Journalism with Business Management (Including Year Abroad),
BA P510 Journalism and English Language,
BA P511 Journalism and English Language (Including Placement Year),
BA P512 Journalism and English Language (Including Year Abroad),
BA P530 Journalism and Literature,
BA P531 Journalism and Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA P532 Journalism and Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA P570 Journalism with Human Rights,
BA P571 Journalism with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
BA P572 Journalism with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA P580 Journalism and Politics,
BA P581 Journalism and Politics (Including Placement Year),
BA P582 Journalism and Politics (Including Year Abroad),
BA P525 Journalism and Liberal Arts,
BA P526 Journalism and Liberal Arts (Including Placement Year),
BA P527 Journalism and Liberal Arts (Including Year Abroad),
BA P515 Journalism and Philosophy,
BA P516 Journalism and Philosophy (Including Placement Year),
BA P517 Journalism and Philosophy (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

This is a full year module available to students undertaking a placement year.

You will undertake your placement at one or more host organisations. You are responsible for securing the placement/s, with support from the University.

The module enables you to undertake a full placement year with one or more external Placement Provider/s. During the placement, you will complete a number of assessments which will enable you to utilise and develop the links between the knowledge and skills developed in your academic course and the work-based skills developed in carrying out your placement role.

Agreement, and this will ensure that you are able to meet the module learning outcomes.

Module aims

The aims of the module are: • To provide you with the opportunity to apply your academic learning outcomes in a work-related context. • To enable you to develop essential work-based skills throughout the placement. • To provide you with the opportunity to analyse your practical work in a theoretical context.

Module learning outcomes

After completing this module you should be able to: 1. Reflect on and articulate the learning gained from a work placement; 2. Devise and revise learning goals and identify future actions to enhance your employability; 3. Record and interrogate critical incidences and moments of insight; 4. Investigate jobs and organisations and identify opportunities that appeal to you; 5. Synthesise the impact that experiential learning in the work place has for your personal, academic and employability development and future career choices.

Module information

Anticipated Coursework Assessment for 2018/19:

Two career research reports (500-800 words) (35%), final reflective report (1,500-2,000 words) (55%), short discussion with academic supervisor about the reflective report (5-20 minutes) (10%)

There are three points where you will receive formative feedback:

1. Before you go on the placement, as part of the process of

a) agreeing learning goals and drawing up a learning agreement
b) you will also share a brief reflection (6-12 bullet points) on gaining your placement and discuss your aspirations with your Academic Supervisor.

2. During the first half of the placement, the Academic Supervisor will choose two of the monthly learning logs to provide formative feedback on.

3. Half way through the placement you will have a mid-point review. At this the Academic Supervisor will address any issues that have arisen.

In addition you will be expected to compile a portfolio of evidence, which is not marked, though you may receive informal formative feedback on some of this. This will be comprised of:

4. The CV and Covering Letter/Application form used to secure your placement.

5. The results of a skills audit.

6. A report by your placement line manager.

7. Monthly learning log entries.

General Reading:

Developing Employability for Business (Lumley and Wilkinson, 2013)
The Study Skills Handbook (Cottrell, 2008)
A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning, Theory and Practice (Moon, 2004)
The Graduate Jobs Formula (Redmond, 2010)
Understanding Careers: The Metaphors of Working Lives (Inkson, 2007)
Destinations© Comprehensive web-based information and exercises covering many Career Development Learning topics, owned by the E&CC.


The syllabus will be determined on an individual basis on the basis of the placement you are undertaking. The Department and Placement Provider/s will agree the focus of the placement via the Tripartite Work Placement Agreement, and this will ensure that you are able to meet the module learning outcomes

Learning and teaching methods

The learning and teaching methods will be dependent on the placement and will be recorded for you on the training agreement signed by you, the Placement Provider/s and the University. You will be assigned to an Academic Supervisor in your Department, and a Placement Supervisor named by the Placement Provider/s. You will liaise with your Academic Supervisor and your Placement Supervisor/s on a regular basis throughout the period of your placement, and as necessary after the placement has ended in order to allow you to complete the assessed work for the module. The Academic Supervisor will be appointed prior to undertaking your placement, and will contact you at defined points throughout the placement. The Academic Supervisor will be available via email and phone as necessary during the period you are on placement. You will additionally be provided with the contact details of administrative staff in the Department who will be contactable throughout the placement; and with the details of your Faculty Placements Manager who will be available to you throughout your placement to provide advice and support in relation to generic work-based learning issues.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework 2 career research reports assessed mid-w 35%
Coursework Final reflective report (1,500 – 2,000 w 55%
Coursework Reflective discussion with Academic Supe 10%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Academic supervisors
Employability and Careers Centre



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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