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Guidelines

Students are permitted to make an application to take a voluntary year from their studies in order to gain work experience as set out in University Regulation 36.1 (10). Any such application must include a completed application form which will be considered, if supported by the student’s home department, for approval on behalf of the Senate by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience) and the Academic Registrar.

1. Eligibility Criteria

The Voluntary Year Out Scheme is available to any undergraduate student enrolled on a course which does not provide the opportunity to undertake a year out or an intercalated year.

Students who are currently temporarily withdrawn from their course cannot apply to take part in this Scheme whilst they are temporarily withdrawn.

The Scheme is not available to students enrolled on a Degree Apprenticeship.

It is not possible for a Tier 4 visa holder to take part in Warwick's Voluntary Year Out Scheme. (If you are here on a non-PBS student visa, it may be possible for you to take a year out of your studies to work if you participate in the University of Warwick Voluntary Year Out scheme. You must have gained approval from your department and from the Academic Office before taking a year out under this scheme.)

Where an application is approved the student will be granted a 12-month suspension from their studies and will retain their student status throughout this duration. In most cases the voluntary year out would occur between the penultimate and final years of study. Students must return to the same course as the one they left. Only one such year out may be taken by any student.

2. Objectives of the Scheme

The Voluntary Year Out Scheme is designed to enable students to put into practice the skills learned as part of their course and to develop broad-based transferable skills which will stand them in good stead when looking to enter the workplace after graduation.

3. Application Process

a. Students eligible under the criteria set out in 1, above, should first discuss their intention to make an application with their personal tutor and must make an appointment to see a careers advisor from the Centre for Student Careers and Skills before approaching potential employers. Contact careers@warwick.ac.uk to arrange the appointment with the careers advisor. The Centre for Student Careers and Skills may be able to offer advice and guidance on both sourcing one year placements and also with the completion of this application form. The Centre may also be able to offer support in approaching your personal tutor.
b. If your personal tutor is willing to support your application you should then complete this form and submit it to either the Director of Undergraduate Studies in your home department or your Head of Department to complete Section Four of the form.
c. Your department will then forward the form to the Student Records Co-ordinator in the Academic Office who will seek the consideration of both the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Academic Registrar.
d. The deadline for the receipt of the application by the Student Records Co-ordinator is 30th June.
e. Students who undertake their work placement in France are likely to require a Convention de Stage, copies of which are available at go.warwick.ac.uk/ studentrecords/students/placements/advice.

4. Completion Report

Upon completion of the voluntary year out you will be asked to submit a report which will formally document, review and evaluate the skills learned and used on your placement. The report form can be downloaded from go.warwick.ac.uk/ studentrecords/students/placements and should be jointly submitted to your Head of Department and to the Centre for Student Careers and Skills.