Careers FAQ – Bath Spa University

Answers to almost everything you've ever wanted to ask our Careers team about jobs, placements and more

Job and career support

Can you help me with my CV and cover letter?

You can find information around writing a CV and cover letter on the Applications and Interviews page. Our Resources page also includes an in-depth Guide to CVs, as well as other helpful information. 

Can I get my CV and cover letter checked before applying?

Yes! You can send in your CV and/or cover letter for review via the Submit a Query function on MyCareer. It will then be allocated to a member of the Careers team. We also have a range of CV guides on our website to help get you started.

Can I book an appointment with a member of the Careers team?

You can book a 20 minute appointment with one of our Employability Coaches via MyCareer. Please make sure you state clearly the reason for your appointment - this will help the Employability Coaches to find the right kind of support for you.

I have a question for the Careers advisors, but I don't want to, or can't, book an appointment. What can I do?

Have you had a look on MyCareer? We have a wealth of information about jobs, placements, enterprise support and more, all online.

But if you can’t find the answer on our website, you can submit your question directly to one of our Employability Coaches via My Career. We aim to respond to queries within five working days, so don’t leave it too late!

I'm looking for part-time work during my studies. How can I find out more?

Have you had a look on MyCareer? Whether part-time, on campus, or full-time after graduation, we can help you find a job that suits your current needs - please have a look at our current vacancies.

We also have a great Guide to Finding a Part-Time Job which gives a nice overview of things to consider and includes a range of links to help your search.


Things to consider before applying:

  • How far can you travel? How long will this take and what will it cost?
  • Do you want to work throughout the year or go home for the holidays?
  • How many hours do you want to work? (Students can only work for a certain amount of hours)

Good luck with your job hunting!

I'm a graduate. What support is available for me?

You will need to register for an Alumni account with Bath Spa Careers online portal (MyCareer) to continue to use our services such as booking an appointment, ask a question or booking an event. Please add your old Bath Spa University student number to help us find you. Your account will then be approved to allow you access.

Placements: general questions

How can I find a placement and where can I get further information and support?

We have some fantastic online resources including our Guide to Finding Yourself a Placement and a range of Industry Sector Guides. We also advertise placement opportunities through MyCareer which is updated regularly.

Have you seen our Help with PPY pages? You will find a guide to help you on your journey, and the Placements Team will provide support and advice to you at every stage of the process.

To ask a question to the Careers or Placements Team, please Submit a Query via your MyCareer account.

Can I find a placement at the University?

The Careers and Employability Team runs a variety of Placement schemes, many of which are paid opportunities. In the past, this has included the Summer Placement Scheme and the Bath Spa Works: Internships which offered a mix of short and longer term paid placements.

These scheme details can be found on MyCareer where you will find regular updates and postings.To ask a question to the Careers or Placements Team, please Submit a Query via your MyCareer account.

Finding a placement

Do I need to find my own placement?

Yes, it's your responsibility to find and secure a suitable placement. Depending on which degree you are studying and modules you are taking, you will be able to attend lectures and seminars to ensure you're well-equipped to conduct a successful placement search.

You should also consult the Careers team, as they can provide support and they advertise placement opportunities throughout the year. Remember to check MyCareer regularly for workshops and to see what placement opportunities are on offer.

How do I start my search for a placement?

We recommend that you start by looking at our online resources. Especially our Guide to Finding a Placement. Another great place to start your placement search is Rate My Placement which is a general placements website and regularly advertises placements of various lengths.

If you can’t find an advertised placement that suits you, you may want to consider applying speculatively to companies. We have a useful Guide to Making Speculative Applications that will help.

If you want further guidance, you can book an appointment via MyCareer and keep an eye out for our Workfest+ events.

Can I get my CV and cover letter checked before applying?

Yes! We have a range of CV guides on our website to help get you started. You can also send in your CV and/or cover letter for review using the Submit a Query function on MyCareer. It will then be allocated to a member of the Careers team who will provide feedback within five working days.

Professional Placement Year (PPY)

What is a PPY?

The Professional Placement Year (PPY) takes place in between your second and third year and is based around an extended period of work experience (at least nine months), tutorials and timetabled sessions. Your degree will be four years in total. You will receive ongoing support from the Placements Team.

To find out more about the PPY, work through the PPY Learning Pathway on MyCareer.

If you have any questions, please Submit a Query via your MyCareer account.

I am interested in doing a Professional Placement Year (PPY) but am not on a 4 year course. What should I do?

Whether you are in your first year or your second year, you can express your interest in the Professional Placement Year via the PPY Learning Pathway on MyCareer. Once you submit your interest, you will be added to the relevant Pathway (depending on which year you are in), where you will be able to access further support. If you are in your 2nd year, you will also be able to access the timetabled sessions.

The PPY takes place between your second and third year but you will not need to convert to the 4 year degree until you have secured a placement opportunity.

How many hours/weeks do I need to complete on my PPY?

This module allocates 1190 hours of independent study. At least 900 of those hours are expected to be completed on placement over a minimum of 30 weeks after you have completed exams at the end of your second year (typically from June), but must be completed by 30 September of the following year.

What do I need to do with my Record of Hours log?

You'll need to complete a Record of Hours sheet for each of your placements. Make sure you accurately record the hours you work and get this form signed by your placement supervisor. Email your completed hours sheet to placements@bathspa.ac.uk or your Placements Coordinator. We recommend that you complete this monthly and send this to us at the end of your placement.

Can I do more than one placement?

In some circumstances, you can undertake more than one placement to reach the minimum requirement for the PPY. You should first contact the Placements Team about this by asking a question via Submit a Query or booking an appointment.

Can I do any work experience, any time, to count towards my PPY placement?

No, your PPY takes place between your second and third year of university and the placement should provide a genuine learning experience and be beneficial to your future career goals. If you're unsure, you should contact the Placements Team by asking a question via Submit a Query or booking an appointment.

When you complete the Self Sourced Placement form, you'll need to explain clearly why the experience will benefit your future career. Only placements that have been pre-approved by the Placements team can count towards the module. You must not start your placement until approval has been given.

When can I start my Professional Placement Year?

You can start any time after you have completed exams at the end of your second year (typically from June), but must be completed by 30 September of the following year.

I have a query about my PPY assessment. Who can I ask?

Academic queries should be directed to your PPY Tutor. This will usually be a member of staff from your subject area who will introduce themselves to you before you go on placement. If you're unsure who your tutor is, please contact the Placements team via Submit a Query.

I no longer want to undertake my Professional Placement Year (PPY). What should I do?

If you no longer want to undertake your PPY, you will be required to inform the Placements Team and complete an ‘Application to Change to a 3 Year Degree form’.To access this form, please contact the Placements team via Submit a Query.

By what date do I need to secure my Professional Placement Year?

You need to have secured your PPY by 31 August at the end of your second year and need to have had your Self Sourced Placement Form approved by the team.

Other questions

What is the Placement Award?

If you find that you need financial support to do an unpaid or low paid placement with regards to paying for travel, food, accommodation or clothes, you may want to consider applying for the Placements Award, which is a grant of up to £300 to help with these costs.

You will be asked to fill in an application form and provide evidence of your placement. This will be reviewed by a panel before a decision is made. Retrospective applications will not be considered so please apply before or while you are undertaking your placement.

I’m interested in a school based placement. Who should I talk to?

All school-based queries should be sent to the Partnership Office by emailing ifepartnership@bathspa.ac.uk.

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