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Placements at Leeds Beckett

A work placement is a partnership between a student, an employer and an education provider. The aim of a placement is to give students a realistic view of what working as a graduate would be like. Here at Leeds Beckett, we are always on the lookout for quality employers to provide placements for our students.

Our courses have a range of placements. In some areas, such as health, social care and education, placements are a statutory part of training to become a professional. In other courses, placements may be of a year’s duration, or shorter work based learning elements.

What's involved?

A student on placement receives the support of the university and works for an employer, delivering an agreed programme of work. On year-long placements, the student is effectively an employee of the organisation, doing a regular job alongside colleagues. Smart employers know this is a great way to ‘try before buy’ and select the very best students to work with their company on a long term basis. The student has the chance to develop their existing skills and learn valuable new ones.

On shorter placements, students often work to a project brief (which we call learning outcomes). This is often specified by the employer, to be a project that makes a difference to the organisation and gives our students the opportunity to do graduate level work.

Students can also undertake work-based learning alongside their studies, providing them with the opportunity to apply their academic skills within a real-lifer work environment.  

Want to recruit a placement student? 

If you would like to recruit a placement student, we have a wide range of placement models and options and would be delighted to talk to you about your requirements.   

For placements in the following areas, please telephone 0113 812 7510 or email

  • Accounting
  • Architectural Technology
  • Art and Design 
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Civil Engineering 
  • Economics
  • Fashion and Fashion Marketing 
  • Film
  • Finance
  • Geography
  • Graphics
  • Humanities
  • Journalism
  • Law 
  • Management 
  • Marketing and PR
  • Social Sciences
  • Surveying

 For placements in the following areas, please telephone 0113 812 6718 or email

  • Computing, Creative Technologies and Engineering
  • Events, Tourism and Hospitality
  • Music Technology and Entertainment
  • Sports
If you would like to discuss a placement opportunity that is suitable for a number of areas, please contact us via either of the numbers or email addresses shown above and we would be happy to help.

Education Placements

For placements in the following areas please telephone 0113 812 1761 or email

  • Education and Childhood
  • Teacher Training 

Health and Social Care Practice Learning

The Health and Social Care Practice Learning Team (HSCPLT) advises students and practice partners on placements and professional practice requirements and assessment. Please follow the link to the HSCPLT page for further details of your professional area support.

For placements in the following areas, please telephone 0113 812 5649 or email 

  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Counselling
  • Dietetics
  • Nursing - Pre and Post Registration
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Playwork
  • Social Work
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Sport and Exercise Therapy
  • Youth and Community
For any Professional Practice Requirements questions or issues, please telephone 0113 812 5649 or email
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