School of Psychology


You can find information here on general placements that the University offers and clinical placements with the Sussex Partnership Trust that are specific to Psychology students.

How completing a placement year can help you:
  • Consolidation and application of academic learning
  • Knowledge of how an organisation works
  • Professional work experience to increase attractiveness to future employers
  • Greater career awareness and focus on career choice

A placement year is completed between the second and third year of your course extending it to a four year course.

Where to find placement information

The general placement opportunities that are currently available to apply for can be found on Careerhub, with further information on placements on the Careers and Employability centre website. You will also be added to the 'Psychology Placement Information' study direct site when you start the course. This is run by the Psychology placement convenor.

The Careers and Employability Centre also offer help with completing placement application forms and preparing for placement interviews. Appointments can be booked through Careerhub and students can see how many appointments are available and when.

You can book on the day (subject to availability) or book in advance, or by phone or by submitting a question.

T 01273 678429

Clinical Psychology and Charity placements

The School of Psychology offers placement opportunities within Clinical Psychology through the Sussex Partnership Trust and also has a number of opportunities to complete a placement within local charities. These opportunities are provided for Psychology students only.

These placements are available to apply for on Careerhub along with all other general placement opportunities. If you have any psychology placement questions please email:

Completing a placement year

You will complete learning logs to record your progress on placement throughout the year which also help you to complete the assessment at the end of the placement.You are assigned a placement tutor from within the school who gives feedback on your learning logs and visits you in your placement setting. On successful completion of your assessment and placement year, 'with a Professional Placement Year' will be added to your course title.

All placements are paid unless they are with a charity or specialist organisation such as the NHS. In this case you would be able to apply for the usual loans available to you on a normal year of the course. Tuition fees for the professional placement year are usually 20% of the normal course fee. For more information on financial aspects of a placement year please contact the Student Life Centre.

If you are considering a placement year
The Careers and Employability Centre run a 'Placements Preparation Programme'. The programme includes:
  • An introductory talk
  • 'Planning Your Placement Year' - an online resource which includes a CV review
  • Employer events and workshops
  • Weekly emails from the Sussex Placements Team
  • Placements advertisement
  • Careers Fair

 More information

Contact information: The Placements and Work Experience team at the Careers and Employability Centre:

01273 678429