Guaranteed work experience

Guaranteed work experience

What is it?

Graduates who've secured relevant work experience alongside their study are more likely to get the job they want. That's why we guarantee the opportunity of work experience for all new undergraduate students.note

For undergraduate students commencing 2016 onwards, restrictions apply to overseas students on Tier 4 visas. Tier 4 students are expected to seek advice from the International Student Support team before making any arrangements: email

Work experience may be closely linked to your course, or it could be a broader experience designed to develop your employability skills.

Our commitment aims to give students the best possible mix of knowledge and experience, so that by the time you graduate, you're already standing out from the crowd. Terms apply.

Types of work experience typically include:

Professional placement

Professional placements (or "industrial work placements") are usually mandatory and tied into the course structure. Nursing and PGCE teacher training are examples of professional placements in which students receive direct experience of their future career as part of their course.

Sandwich placement

A sandwich placement is a work experience opportunity which forms part of the University degree programme and is usually the third year, of a four year course. It adds to your experience and is an integral part of the course itself.

Short or Serial placement

Placements give students professional development whilst studying at the same time. A short placement is work experience for a fixed period of time and a serial placement is work experience on a regular, on-going basis.

Voluntary work

Volunteering is working without payment or reward and is usually done for a good cause or charity. Volunteering can be done as a one-off experience, such as supporting an event or on a regular basis.

Job shadowing

Job shadowing is a work experience option where students learn about a job in the work place as a shadow to another worker. A student may shadow employees in various positions/functions to appreciate and get a better idea about what it takes to build a career in their given sector. It offers the experience of the future career, without doing the job itself.

Benefits of work experience

Where could work experience take you?

James Bruce, BSc (Hons) Motorsport Technology

James got hands-on work experience with Slidesports Race Engineering - specialists with over 20 years of expertise in competing and winning at World level.

James is now a technician in the vehicle development department at McLaren Automotive.

"I think being part of a race team and getting a degree at the same time put me in better stead than just getting a degree. It takes both parts to be employable."

Rebekah Clarke, BA (Hons) Events Management

Rebekah undertook work experience with the Stone Food Festival, Newcastle Jazz and Blues Festival and the Tourism Management Institute.

Rebakah will soon be using her new found skills when she begins a six-month Events Marketing internship in Toronto.

"They looked at my experience more than my grades so without the work experience opportunities I had on the course I wouldn't have been able to go."

Work experience hat-trick

Honing skills with Premier League outfit Stoke City Football Club was more than a game of two halves for Journalism students Dean Wootten, Sam Bryant and Jac