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Work-based Learning and Placements

COVID-19 Update: The University has introduced extraordinary measures in order to ensure we do our part to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. This includes the requirement to revise situations that may lead to students being in environments that are contrary to guidance on social distancing and protecting vulnerable people.

With regret, some placements ran by the University of Northampton have been cancelled and those providers have been informed. If you are a placement provider that has not heard from the University you can be assured that the placement is unaffected. Should that circumstance change we will contact you immediately.

Many placements administered by the University are regulated by external professional regulators, and so we are ensuring that all decisions regarding which placements are cancelled, delayed, or will continue are in line with these organisations’ guidance.

Our official guidance for placement students is available on our Situation Updates page which outlines out actions in light of the ongoing situation.

If you are a placement organisation no longer able to accommodate a student on placement, or if you have any further questions or concerns, please email

One of the many benefits of studying at the University of Northampton is that many of our academic programmes offer practical work-based learning opportunities to support you as you study with us. Work-based Learning (WBL) gives you the opportunity to experience the world of work, completing module assessments that reflect on your experience as part of your award.

3,500 students undertake WBL every year as part of their course, with high module pass rates (93%).

WBL can include placements, client briefs, internships and paid work. Some of our work placement programmes will also lead to a professional recognition. Optional placement years are available to all joint honours students and these are always paid. This is also open to International students on Tier 4 visas. The University of Northampton will be your sponsor for this year and you will be able to earn a full time salary as part of your visa regulations.

We are focused on you. You can access support from the Changemaker Hub, which is available to all confirmed offer holders. So before you even start with the University of Northampton, you can start to think about the skills and knowledge you wish to focus on whilst studying at university which will enhance your employability prospects.

For some of the courses we do ask you to find your own WBL opportunities, but this then allows you to make use of existing work experiences, as well as develop your employability. You will be supported by the Changemaker Hub and your course teams, who will ensure that the right WBL opportunities will give you the depth of experience to meet the requirements of your course and your personal interests.

To find out more about WBL opportunities in the courses you are interested in please go to the course pages, talk to the programme teams at our open days or contact us on 01604 893781.

Already an enrolled student and want more information about WBL opportunities? Please visit our Work-based Learning pages on the Student Hub.

Workbased Learning, Placements and the GDPR

In accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679, the University of Northampton needs to explain which Article 6 condition it is relying on for holding and processing personal data.

The University will process personal data in accordance with the performance of contractual arrangements you as a student have with us (including your obligations to the professional body).  (Art 6 1(b)).

The University of Northampton also has a legitimate interest (as defined by Art 6 1(f)) to share your personal details before and during your programme with the organisations that provide you a placement and work based learning opportunity. You can download a list of placement organisations used by the University of Northampton.

You have the right to make representation to the University and at any time during your enrolment on your programme. Should you have any concerns in relation to sharing your personal data for placement, please contact

European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students (Erasmus)

The Erasmus Programme is an EU exchange student programme that will give you the opportunity to study abroad with one of our partner institutions in Europe while gaining credits towards your degree. We have over 40 Erasmus agreements with our partners throughout Europe.

If you want to apply for the Erasmus programme, please email Ann Pillans or phone 01604 892603 to make sure that an Erasmus inter-institutional agreement is in place within your subject area.

Modules under the Erasmus programme usually last for a whole academic year, but if you choose to study for a shorter period of time your credits will be calculated and accredited based on this. All courses are taught in English.


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