Things to consider
There are a number of things to consider when thinking about a placement year. The placement year will extend your course for an extra year. The placement does also need to meet certain academic requirements. A placement is not guaranteed and you are responsible for finding your own placement. You are also responsible for finding your own accommodation during your placement and doing your research of the local area. Some placements are unpaid and budgets may be a part of your decision. Please see below for more information on work-based learning costs.
If WBL is integral to your module you should be able to claim back the costs (up to a certain limit) of any travel required to complete that placement or project. Please check with your module supervisor to ensure that the activity is eligible before making any travel plans.
Some schools/departments may direct you to utilise the online travel expenses claims system. This system allows you to upload tickets/receipts and claim back any money you’ve spent on travel for integral WBL. The system is accessible via MyEssex and you will only be able to access it if you are studying an eligible module.
Please note: Although they contain integral WBL, paid Placement Years do not qualify for travel expense reimbursement. If you are completing an unpaid placement year you may be eligible for a travel bursary. You will have been emailed by the Placements Team if you are eligible, but if you are unsure whether this is applicable to you please contact the Placements Team on firstname.lastname@example.org
WBL travel expenses are not always fully reimbursed for practice placements (placements in Physiotherapy and throughout the School of Health & Social Care) and separate arrangements exist for these courses through NHS bursary schemes. For full details on eligibility for practice placement travel expenses please contact email@example.com.