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Intercalated Year

This page contains information for Computer Science, Computer Systems Engineering, Computer Science with Business Studies, and Discrete Mathematics students who are interested in spending a year away from the University (subject to academic performance and UK visa regulations). This can be to either work in industry or to study at a university overseas. The intercalated year is taken between the 2nd and 3rd years of a degree course. In the case of a 4-year degree course, the year away can alternatively be taken between the 3rd and 4th years.

In the first instance, please discuss the possibility of taking an intercalated year with your personal tutor.

Why take an intercalated year?

  • An intercalated year provides an opportunity for you to gain employment experience in your area of interest
  • Explore a subject or specialism in more detail and with hands-on experience
  • You will enhance your employability by demonstrating to employers you are committed to a career in a specific area
  • You will develop essential skills for employment in any sector including; communication skills; team working; problem solving; time management and negotiation skills
  • Employers look for evidence of professionalism – the ability to adapt to a professional or business environment. Completing a work placement or year in industry will provide you with the opportunity to acquire and demonstrate these skills at the application and interview stage
  • Take a look at these presentation slides for more tips and advice

Things to think about

Choosing to intercalate is a significant decision and there are a few of things to consider before you apply:

  • The additional cost of another year at university
  • Re-joining your degree a year behind your peers
  • Is the company or location right for you?