Foundations for successful accredited work experience

Accredited work experience is most successful when a good working relationship and partnership between the university, the student and the employer / placement provider has been established. The following is a guide to the general responsibilities of all associated parties:

The University will:

  • build the academic and basic procedural requirements into its courses or modules at the design and validation stage covering learning outcomes, criteria for exemption, and details of assessment and accreditation
  • provide academic and administrative support for the student to optimise the preparation for and implementation of the experience

The student will:

  • accept responsibility for cooperating as necessary in the process of finding and delivering a suitable period of work experience, meeting the university’s requirements including assessment
  • operate as an effective ambassador for the university in all dealings with external parties / employers
  • take every action necessary to get the most out of the learning experience, such as relating learning to the course/module, building transferable skills, and using the opportunity to consolidate career planning.

The employer will:

  • think through the reasons for taking a work experience student and ensure that the student recruited is appropriate to the post being filled, and will be progressively developed rather than overwhelmed
  • work with the student and university to enable the learning experience to take place

(ASET – A Good Practice Guide for Placement and Other Work-Based Learning Opportunities in Higher Education, March 2009,


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