Option 3: Long-term work experience (the sandwich award)

Many of our undergraduate programmes include the facility for a student to gain a ‘Sandwich Award’ (this option is not available at postgraduate level)

The ‘Sandwich Award’ (also referred to as an ‘Industrial Placement’ or ‘Internship’) is valuable in that it carries a positive message to potential graduate employers that the student possesses hands-on industry experience and has already been successful in undertaking a significant period of work within a related sector.

With prior agreement from the Programme Leader, in order to qualify for an award with Sandwich, a student will engage in work experience between level 5 and level 6 (ie. an additional year between the second and final years of full-time study) and will successfully complete a dedicated Sandwich module (6CTA1008).

In order for a Sandwich Year to take place, all agreements need to be in place by Week 3 of the academic Year that the placement will commence.

During the sandwich-period, the student will be registered upon a non-credit bearing module (6CTA1008). The module will be used to provide a supportive space on StudyNet, a way for the Student to remain in contact with tutors and other students on sandwich placements. The assessment outcome will be in the form of Pass / Fail only (ie. ungraded).

The Programme Specification will list the available module(s) for sandwich awards and the DMD (definitive module document) will provide the remaining details.

During the sandwich/placement time, a member of the academic staff will be assigned to the student to act as a Placement Tutor and will monitor the student’s progress (see section 3)

Indicative duration of long-term sandwich placements:

  • A ‘Sandwich’ work experience must be sustained for no less than 36 weeks in duration

For the purpose of assessment of a long-term, Sandwich Year work experience, Tutors should use the Sandwich Year Assessment Form. The form is available on the School of Creative Arts StudyNet Department page.

(StudyNet > Creative Arts > Department Information > Assessment Handbook and Forms).

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