Work Placement | Abertay University

Work Placement


The overall purpose of this module is to allow students to continue to enhance their employability by developing relevant skills and knowledge. This will be achieved by building on previous work experience and giving students the familiarity of working in their own chosen discipline. Content will focus on students evaluating their own strengths and weaknesses and identifying a work placement that will allow them to continue to develop as sport and exercise practitioners.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with a structured and practical experience of their own particular area of the sports industry.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Identify and prioritise areas of own learning.

2.  Be prepared to undertake a substantial placement within a relevant and agreed organisation.

3.  Examine professional issues involved in the employee/employer relationship.

4.  Appreciate the need for sustained commitment to learning and adapting to a changing work environment through self−reflection and assessment.

5.  Demonstrate the ability to operate effectively within the work place setting, using specific knowledge and skills.

Indicative Content

1 Career pathways

The student will be expected to reflect on their prospective career path, identifying strengths and limitations that can be addressed to enhance career progression

2 Understanding the prospective work environment and organisation

The student will identify appropriate organisations and opportunities for enhancing their own continued professional development. They will engage in the organisation of an appropriate work placement. This will be guided by staff but self−led to enhance the students’ abilities to find and apply for appropriate employment.

3 Work placement

The student will undergo an appropriate work placement, which aligns with their study programme. This placement will be within a prospective work environment, which enhances their ability to progress within their selected career pathway.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching and learning strategies focus on developing students’ skills in accordance with Abertay graduate attributes. This module particularly focuses on the aspect of the Professional; working independently and equipping the student to continue learning and professional development throughout their careers. The aspects of Personal and Active Citizen are also focused on; developing the students’ self−awareness and responsivity while making a real contribution to society. Through evaluating their own career needs and negotiating their own placement students will learn essential career management and employability skills. Students will take more control of their own career, more firmly establishing the actions and directions they will need to take in their career path. Students cannot begin their work placement until the appropriate forms have been fully completed as part of unit 1. If the placement is completed without this the student will receive an F for unit 2 and will automatically fail the module.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 3
Tutorial/Seminar 18
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 20
Assessment 30
Independent 129

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2018/19 , and may be subject to change for future years.