Placement Year

The details
Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
02 February 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC N233 Actuarial Science (Including Placement Year),
BSC N233DT Actuarial Science (Including Placement Year),
BSC L1G2 Economics and Mathematics (Including Placement Year),
BSC GN15 Finance and Mathematics (Including Placement Year),
BSC G103 Mathematics (Including Placement Year),
BSC 9K13 Statistics (Including Placement Year),
BSC G1IK Mathematics with Computing (Including Placement Year),
BSC G1F4 Mathematics with Physics (Including Placement Year),
BSC I1GB Data Science and Analytics (Including Placement Year),
BSC N334 Actuarial Studies (Including Placement Year),
BSC N334DT Actuarial Studies (Including Placement Year)

Module description

Students will undertake their placement at a host organisation. Students will be responsible for securing a placement, with support from the Industry Engagement and Placements Team.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • to give students the opportunity to put their academic learning outcomes into a work context

  • to add work-related learning outcomes to their portfolio

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be expected to:

  1. Have experience-based understanding of work roles.

  2. Have a capacity to connect subject-specific theory to practice in a work environment.

  3. Be able to communicate with a range of colleagues and clients in a working environment.

  4. Have the capacity to work in a team within a work environment.

  5. Have improved personal professional practice through a reflective approach within a work environment.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The learning and teaching methods will be dependent on the placement and will be recorded for an individual student on the training agreement signed by the placement provider, the student, and the University.


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   Pre-placement Report    20% 
Coursework   Final Report on Placement Experience    40% 
Practical   Presentation    20% 
Practical   Site Visit     20% 

Additional coursework information

The assessment of the placement year is through a single assessment comprising four components: a report prior to going on placement detailing the student’s role in securing the placement and a plan of what they wish to achieve; an assessment of the student’s performance during the placement via a site visit conducted by a member of staff; a final year report on the placement experience, and a presentation by the student on the experience.

The first component will be assessed by the Department. The second component comprises an assessment by the visiting member of staff in the form of a report on the student’s performance. The third component will be a reflective report written by the student, and assessed by the Department. The fourth component will be based on a presentation, assessed by the Department.

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
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Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Sema Gunturkun, email:


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 Yinghui Wei
University of Plymouth
Dr Murray Pollock
Newcastle University
Director of Statistics / Senior Lecturer
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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