Degree with Employment Experience


Students of Geography or Environmental Science can switch to a 'Degree with Employment Experience'. A placement year would be taken in your third year of study and lasts a minimum of 38 weeks. This means you study your first and second year at university before undergoing your placement in your third year. You then return to Sheffield to complete your fourth and final year.

The successful completion of your placement will change your degree title to recognise this e.g 'BSc Environmental Science with Employment Experience'.

Rather than applying through UCAS, you can transfer onto this degree in your first year at Sheffield. A placement year is an excellent opportunity to apply what you’ve learnt in your course so far and gain invaluable workplace experience. Placements aren't guaranteed but we’ll do everything we can to help.


Students undertaking a placement year pay a substantially reduced fee. You can undertake a placement within the UK or internationally.

Find out more on the Careers Service website.

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Jonathan Kerr's Degree with Employment Experience landed him a placement with L'Oréal. Following this, he was awarded a place on L'Oréal's Management Trainee Programme after he completed his degree.

"I joined the degree with employment experience degree scheme late last semester after contemplating the idea for a couple of months. In order to decide I consulted both the Careers Service and Geography Department, both of which were very passionate about students working a year within a company. The careers service provided a long list of advantages such as how by doing a placement year, students often secure a graduate level job with the same firm, placements give a taster of what a certain career would be like and also how placement would enhance a student’s CV incredibly. The later advantage is made more evident through how many students graduate with some form of work experience, yet very few can boast of having done an entire year’s worth of work in a company, such an attribute truly does make students more marketable. The main reason I pursued the scheme was to enhance my marketing experience, hence I knew that I wanted to work for a company that would provide me with a wide variety of challenges and possessed a strong marketing department.

"I applied to a few companies including Unilever, GSK, P&G, Mars, M&S, Boots, but L'Oréal was my preferred choice on the basis of the firm’s products, cultural diversity and ranking of 2nd for marketing in consumer brands in the Guardian’s UK top 300 companies. Moreover, L'Oréal recruits a large number of graduate employees from those who completed a placement or summer internship with the company. With regards to what I seek to gain from a Marketing Placement with L'Oréal, I hope to face different challenges on a daily basis that will enhance my previous background in Marketing also I hope that this placement will secure me a graduate job within the company or a least provide me with a strong platform to apply to other companies."