Undergraduate placement modules

In the College of Arts and Law, we recognise the importance and value of having the opportunity to undertake work experience opportunities during your degree.

Placements are undertaken during your studies and are usually related to the subject you are studying, and are designed to provide practical, hands-on experience. They can last anytime from a couple of weeks to three months. The College works with a large number of placement partners, ranging from small cultural organisations to global charities.

Why choose a placement module?

Our placement modules will enable you to:

  • Link theory and practice, allowing you to see how your academic studies are preparing you for the workplace
  • Develop key skills sought after by graduate employers
  • Enhance your job applications when you apply for graduate jobs, making you stand out from others
  • Network with relevant organisations and obtain references
  • Explore a career path and reflect on new experiences

Working in archives

“I have gained much more confidence in being in a professional environment and realising the skills I am learning on my course can actually be put into a working context with real-life outcomes.” English and Creative Writing student

“The skills I learnt whilst on placement have definitely helped me grown in confidence and influenced my future career.” English and Creative Writing student

“I feel like I have gained valuable work experience, and skills that will boost my CV over the majority of other History graduates.” History student

An office placement

Can I take a placement module as part of my degree?

In the College of Arts and Law, the following Undergraduate placement modules are currently available:

  • English Literature Professional Skills module
  • History and Culture Professional Skills module
  • Creative Writing Professional Skills module
  • Theology and Religion placement module

You can read about student experiences on placement via our CAL Careers blog:

More information

Please contact Sarah Hughes, Placements Officer on calplacements@contacts.bham.ac.uk