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Work experience, in the form of work practice or work placement, is an integral part of your BSc(Hons) and FdSc degree studies at Sparsholt College. And in the context of any visa-related restrictions on working, this is generally considered to be work-based learning, and it does not normally affect the hours you are allowed to work.

The purpose of all work experience, as the name suggests, is to give you structured work-place experience of the subject you are studying. It aims to enable you develop industry awareness and vocational competence, and to increase your familiarity with your chosen areas of industry, thus identifying opportunities for the development of your own career prospects in the future. Some optional study visits can also contribute to work experience requirements.

map showing locations of Sparsholt students' work experience

In addition to local and national locations our students have literally travelled the world in their course-related work experiences, including Argentina, Australia, Chile, Denmark, Dubai, Fiji, France, Indonesia, Ireland, Jamaica, Malawi, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Namibia, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uganda, USA, and Zambia.

Work experience is not a formal part of postgraduate study at Sparsholt College.

BSc(Hons) undergraduate degrees

All Sparsholt College BSc(Hons) undergraduate degree courses include a period of work experience in the first year of the course. This takes place in the unit of study, Work Practice 1A, and it involves a minimum of 150 hours in a relevant industry placement. The syllabus outline for this placement states:

The student is expected to learn and apply a suite of industry-specific procedures or methods while undertaking the workplace tasks allocated

The student will become familiar with the Health & Safety and COSSH requirements of the industry, organisation and management structure, day-to-day management processes and the responsibilities of employer and employee.

BSc(Hons) Animal Management also has a work placement in the second year of the course.

BSc(Hons) Aquaculture and Fishery Management has a work practice unit in the second year of the course, and also a work placement unit in the third year.

FdSc foundation degrees

All Sparsholt College FdSc foundation degree courses include a period of work experience in the first year of the course. This takes place in the unit of study, Work Practice 1A, and it involves a minimum of 150 hours in a relevant industry placement. The syllabus outline for this placement states:

The student is expected to learn and apply a suite of industry-specific procedures or methods while undertaking the workplace tasks allocated

The student will become familiar with the Health & Safety and COSSH requirements of the industry, organisation and management structure, day-to-day management processes and the responsibilities of employer and employee.

The FdSc foundation degrees in Animal Management and Applied Science, Equine Studies, Marine Ecology and Conservation, and Sports Fisheries and Aquaculture also have work placements in the second year of the course.

The three year FdSc Veterinary Nursing Science foundation degree incorporates 60 weeks of real-time work-based learning in veterinary practices as part of the incorporated (RCVS) requirements to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse. Placements in veterinary practices start in the second term of the first year. This is eligible work-based learning and does not exclude international students applying for a Tier 4 (General) student visa, nor does this course-related work experience affect the hours that you are allowed to work if you are here on a student visa.

COSHH is the UK government’s guidance on Control of Substances Hazardous to Health. The COSHH website can be found here.

RCVS is the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, which is responsible under the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 for keeping the register of veterinary surgeons eligible to practise in the UK, setting standards for veterinary education and regulating the professional conduct of veterinary surgeons. We also exercise powers under our Royal Charter to award Fellowships, Diplomas and Certificates to veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and others. The RCVS website can be found here.