On placement with the Eden Project I managed Eden’s application for the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in the Access and Inclusivity Category. I gained analytical, time management, organisation and written skills, and found my employability was enhanced as it gave me the chance to work with a third sector employer.


Building brilliant careers

When you graduate, it’s not just about standing out from the crowd in order to get a job, it’s about having the skills and confidence to follow your passions and succeed in your chosen direction. The BSc Business not only equips you with the specialist business knowledge to pursue your career goals: its embedded work placements are an excellent opportunity to explore which roles and industries you may want to go into. Work experience also makes you a valuable job candidate and more attractive to potential employers by demonstrating you have developed your business skills in a real workplace environment. These skills, such as experience of business operations, project management and stakeholder relations, are also skills which will benefit you if you want to start your own venture.

In addition to the embedded work placements, you have the opportunity to apply to do a whole year in industry in your third year, before returning to study for a fourth and final year. This variant is called ‘BSc Business with Industrial Experience.’

Embedded work experience projects

Throughout your study you will complete project work with businesses, including work experience with local, national and international companies. Each placement lasts 60-80 hours.

In your first year, your placement will be with a third sector employer. During your second year, it could be with any organisation, and in your final year it takes the form of a consultancy project with a local or regional company, responding to a real world problem that they need your help to resolve.

All work experience is designed to give you the opportunity to apply the knowledge you have learned in the classroom and use it to contribute to real world businesses, as well as develop new skills according to the challenges you are presented during your work experience.

BSc Business with Industrial Experience

On the four year ‘BSc Business with Industrial Experience’, you undertake all embedded work experience as usual, but your third year is spent in a year-long placement before returning to your fourth and final year of study on campus. A whole year in placement gives you the opportunity to work for a sustained period on one large project or multiple projects within your chosen company, depending on the company you work with. As you will be based with your employer for the duration of your industrial experience, it is a good opportunity to acclimatise to working schedules and workplace relationships, as well as be exposed to the particular industry you have chosen.

You can apply for the 4 year ‘BSc Business with Industrial Experience’ directly through UCAS, or ask to transfer onto it during your first year. For further information please visit our website.

Employability support

In addition to the skills you develop throughout your degree, our remarkable careers support services are designed to top up all the other abilities needed to conquer applications, interviews and testing. As well as access to the Business School’s Careers Team, you will have your own dedicated BSc Business Employability Advisors. They support you with your work placements and help you build the confidence and abilities needed to find, secure and succeed in your chosen career.

Typical employability events include:

Employers who regularly engage with Business School students:


Jaguar Land Rover

Eden Project


Ernst & Young (EY)


Goldman Sachs



Save the Children

Employer feedback

Aula has undoubtedly made a great contribution to Ultramed in the course of her placement. She has researched extremely useful information and produced helpful reports which compliment, add value and will be of ongoing benefit to Ultramed’s work with the Department of International Trade.

Anne Davidson, Chief Operations Officer, Ultramed

The project that James undertook for us as part of his BSc Business has helped to steer the Council’s approach to Supplier Relationship Management. We were particularly impressed with how quickly he picked up a new and complex subject area. The report he provided at the end of his placement was informative, concise and of a very high quality.

Kieran Topping, Service Director (Commercial), Cornwall Council