Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2047: Work Placement

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks), term 2 (11 weeks) and term 3 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Mrs Deborah McFarlane (Convenor)

Mr Ben Toulson (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


No prior knowledge skills or experience are required to take this module and it is suitable for specialist and non-specialist students.

For this module you will complete 40 hours of voluntary work experience with an employer of your choice.  The aim of this module is for you to gain employment experience, skills for finding and securing the perfect job, and to see how your academic learning translates into a post-university environment.  Consequently your assessment will be a portfolio detailed below, including a report which enables the practical application of your academic knowledge.  This might be a piece of work relevant to your employer, or it may be something that interests you.

We will have a series of workshop sessions to help you with the skills required to finding/ selecting your work placement, including CV writing, interview training, and practical sessions talking about day to day issues within your placements, and to share and discuss your experiences with your peers and tutor.

You may arrange your placements yourselves if you choose, and may undertake them at any point up until the end of April.  This will allow you to undertake placements in other parts of the UK/ world if you so choose.  Equally, you may compete for a limited number of opportunities on offer by Cornish businesses and other organisations, including social enterprises and local governance.

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