Work Placement | Abertay University

Work Placement


The level 10 work placement is designed to support the articulation of students into full− time employment. Its purpose is to increase students’ competence and awareness of both subject−based and transferable skills within a prospective work environment. It supports professional and personal development and provides the opportunity for students to expand their knowledge and understanding of their subject and its applications within a real−life setting.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with an experience of the pressures, constraints, and opportunities associated with their future career and prospective work environments.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Evaluate and prioritise their subject−based and transferable skill needs that may enhance their career progression

2.  Demonstrate an understanding of, and ability to critically evaluate, the scope and structure of their selected career pathway

3.  Demonstrate the ability to operate professionally and effectively within a work place setting

Indicative Content

1 Career pathways

The student will be expected to reflect on their prospective career path and evaluate their subject− based and transferable skills, 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 programme 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 22
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 15
Assessment 35
Independent 125

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.