Placement Year

The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
06 July 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W803 Creative Writing (Including Placement Year),
BA W403 Drama (Including Placement Year),
BA QW25 Drama and Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA T723 English and United States Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA Q303 English Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA PW39 Film and Creative Writing (Including Placement Year),
BA W623 Film Studies (Including Placement Year),
BA QW27 Film Studies and Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA LQ33 Literature and Sociology (Including Placement Year),
BA P503 Multimedia Journalism (Including Placement Year),
BA QW33 Literature and Creative Writing (Including Placement Year),
BA Q212 English and Comparative Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA P551 Journalism and Criminology (Including Placement Year),
BA P541 Journalism and Sociology (Including Placement Year),
BA P511 Journalism and English Language (Including Placement Year),
BA P531 Journalism and Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA P572 Journalism with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA P581 Journalism and Politics (Including Placement Year),
BA P402 Film and Drama (Including Placement Year),
BA WW82 Drama and Creative Writing (including Placement Year),
BA P567 Film and Journalism (including Placement Year)

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.

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

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 Coursework weighting
Coursework   2 x career research reports (between 500 - 800 words)     35% 
Coursework   Final reflective report (1,500 – 2,000 words)    55% 
Practical   Reflective discussion with Academic Supervisor    10% 

Additional coursework information

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.

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr James Canton, email:
Academic supervisors
Employability and Careers Centre


Travel costs for UK - based unpaid, approved work placements and live projects which are an integral part of a module may be covered by your department. (NB this will usually exclude field trips and site visits). Please check with your module supervisor to ensure that the activity is eligible.

External examiner

Dr Andrew Birtwistle
Canterbury Christ Church University
Reader in Film and Sound
Dr Eleanor Perry
University of Kent
Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry)
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information

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