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Course Overview

This innovative course provides an opportunity for students to reflect on their employability and professional development through either a part-time job, placement, personal development project or volunteering activity based within the UK. Students work towards a range of personal and work-related outcomes by participating in on-campus workshops and completing a range of assessments. All external engagement activities require the approval from the student’s academic School and must be verified by the external organisation.

The extended pilot course is available to students in the Schools of Psychology, Biological Sciences and Divinity, History & Philosophy.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Off-site Sustained Study No
  • Dr Paul Bishop
  • Dr Joy Perkins
  • Professor Kathleen Shennan

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Course Description

This innovative, 15-credit, Work-Related Learning course is structured for students to secure their own placement, part-time work or personal development project which is approved by their academic School. An underpinning part of the course is encouraging students to reflect on their personal and professional development and to make connections between their degree programme and the world of work. The extended pilot course is available to students in the Schools of Psychology, Biological Sciences and Divinity, History & Philosophy. The Careers Service supports the course and students’ learning via a series of employability workshops.

The course provides students with an opportunity to assess their Aberdeen Graduate Attribute development and enables them to identify and evidence a range of skills and qualities that employers look for in graduates, including communication, team working, problem-solving, reflection and professionalism.

Further Information & Notes

Contact Teaching Time:

The Careers Service plays a central role in supporting students on the course, working closely with academic colleagues.  The Service delivers a series of employability workshops to support students’ experiential learning via the CareerBites programme.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Proposal for placement or external activity (30%)

Individual Reflective Report (70%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Students receive written, oral, and peer feedback during the course. All summative assessments are marked against the assessment criteria and students receive constructive written feedback for each assignment.

Course Learning Outcomes


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