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Work Placements

By choosing to study as an undergraduate at Kingston Business School, you will be given the opportunity of taking a four year degree, with your third year out on placement or working and studying abroad. The benefits of a year’s placement are immense. You will receive continuous support from the University during your placement year and plenty of help and guidance in finding a role that is right for you, including a mentor to help you through the application process. You may also graduate with an additional diploma reflecting your placement experience.

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New: Diploma in Professional Practice – more recognition for your work

Students who complete a full year placement and some related work-based coursework may be eligible to gain an additional qualification ‘Diploma in Professional Practice’.  This is an extra award in addition to the Bachelor degree and will give students more evidence of their many accomplishments while on placement.

The benefits of a work placement

The benefits of doing a work placement are immense:

  • Work Placement graphIt increases your chance of employment; 70 per cent of students who do a placement are offered a job on graduating and many employers will only recruit on to their graduate programmes students  who have completed a work placement.
  • It improves your academic performance: students who do placements are more likely to achieve a first class or 2:1 degree (click on the graph for more details).
  • You will develop work and personal skills and broaden your knowledge of business: you will not be spending a year making the tea! Many of our students undertake new projects for the companies they are placed with and if they work at smaller companies are given a lot of responsibility. Please watch the video below to find out more about what our students do on placement.
  • It gives you the chance to put the theory you’ve learned in class into practice without making a long term commitment.
  • You are paid for your efforts: the average placement salary is £15k. So you will be financially better off at the end of your placement than before it.
  • You can receive Erasmus funding if you choose to study and work abroad.
  • You may graduate with an additional diploma reflecting your placement experience.

Who you could be working for

Through the business services we provide at Kingston Business School and the many years we have been organising work placements, we have good contacts with some of the biggest names in business and many smaller specialist companies. Students from Kingston Business School are regularly placed with companies such as: IBM, Microsoft, Xerox, Hewlett Packard, Fujitsu, JVC, BskyB, Toyota, General Motors, Disney, Whirlpool, Marks and Spencer, Young and Co’s Brewery, Majestic Wine Warehouses, Lloyds Banking Group, GE Money, Axa, Experian, LCH. Clearnet, Attenda, Amadeus, James Worley and Sons, ISS, Centrica.

How we help you

You will not be negotiating the minefield of securing a placement alone: we will be with you every step of the way. We provide guidance and advice for application forms, competency and psychometric tests, assessment centres and interviews, including conducting mock interviews.

Our dedicated placement team will let you know of the latest placement opportunities and check your CVs and cover letters.  We can help you find a placement through our network of contacts with employers or through our workshops, placement fairs, networking and speed interviewing events.

We provide peer mentors to guide you through the application process and we give you continuous support during your placement year out.

Contact us

If you have any queries about how placements work, please do not hesitate to contact us:
Placement Office, Room KHBS003, Business School, Kingston Hill