Foundation Year

Perhaps you know what you want to do after your studies, or perhaps you’re still considering your options? Whatever point you are at in planning your future, you'll find lots of support, resources and activities available at Warwick Business School and The University of Warwick to help you make decisions, enhance your employability skills and achieve your career goals.

WBS CareersPlus

Our dedicated CareersPlus team provides specialised careers services solely for Warwick Business School students including:

  • 1-2-1 careers coaching
  • Career planning and preparation workshops
  • Employer events
  • Work placements and internships

Bespoke employer events organised specifically for our students have seen the likes of EY, L’Oréal, Aldi, Johnson & Johnson, Royal Bank of Scotland, Grant Thornton UK LLP, Accenture and Aston Martin visit Warwick Business School, providing students with great networking opportunities and links to top local, national and international brands.

Upon commencing your course, you will also be able to access our exclusive social media pages on Facebook and LinkedIn, whereby you can view further opportunities, employer events and career resources specifically aimed at WBS students and graduates.

Student Careers & Skills

In addition, you will have access to the University of Warwick’s Centre for Student Careers & Skills who also provide advice, skills workshops, access to job vacancies and further opportunities to meet employers on campus. 

Events organised throughout the year include the Business, Finance & Consultancy Fair, Investment Banking Uncovered, Careers in Advertising, Marketing and PR, Careers in Digital Communications, Careers in Politics and Government plus many more. 

The university's job site, MyAdvantage lists thousands of graduate jobs, placement and internship opportunities throughout the year, as well as a range of other useful online resources.


Placement year support

If you choose to study BSc Accounting & Finance (with Foundation Year with Placement Year) or BSc Management (with Foundation Year) with Placement Year you will complete your work placement within your fourth year.

Our new Placement Year courses enable you to put your studies into practice while learning about a particular industry. Employers often look for workplace experience as part of their recruitment process and many make graduate offers to students as a direct result of placements so this can be a great way to kick start your career!

With established links to employers across all business sectors both in the UK and abroad, our dedicated CareersPlus team are on hand to support you through the process.

The advantages of taking a placement year

  • Professional placements are valued by employers
  • You have the chance to try out a career
  • You can gain essential workplace skills
  • You can potentially secure a graduate-level role
  • You have the opportunity to gain an advantage in a competitive job market
  • You can begin professional training if you choose to study BSc Accounting & Finance (with Foundation Year) with Placement Year*

*Through our Undergraduate Partnership Programme you can start your professional ACA qualification on your placement year with the ICAEW by taking a 12-month work placement with an ICAEW member organisation during the third year of your course. Depending on the organisation, you may also be able to take professional ACA exams during the placement which will form the first year of the ACA training contract. You can work in the UK or overseas, before returning to WBS for the final year of the course. The programme forms 10% of the overall degree classification.

Finding the right placement for you

If you choose to study BSc Accounting & Finance (with Foundation Year with Placement Year) or BSc Management (with Foundation Year) with Placement Year, you will spend your fourth year doing a work placement and our CareersPlus Team will help you:

  • Find the right placement
  • Complete your applications
  • Prepare you for interviews and assessment centres.

Whether you want to ask a question about writing applications or wish to explore your placement year options our dedicated careers team are here to offer their support both online and in person.

Through our online careers platform (which you gain access to once you enroll) you will be able to book onto workshops, webinars, and events that will give you an overview of all aspects of the placement year application process, from creating your CV to preparing for interviews and assessment centres.

The team can also help with your personal development such as how to make a great impression with employers, career decision making, and how to get the most out of your university experience when applying to placement year opportunities. Where possible, we will also help you to access advice from returning placement year students, our ‘Placement Pros’, to share their tips for success.

Improving your employability

Our undergraduate courses are designed to give you the skills you need to succeed in the business world. By completing our BSc Accounting & Finance (with Foundation Year with Placement Year) or BSc Management (with Foundation Year) with Placement Year you can put your skills to the test and make your mark by demonstrating yourself as a stand-out candidate for future career opportunities.

Many of our students who have successfully undertaken a placement year have gone on to either secure a graduate role with the same company or elsewhere with another organisation.

Here are some examples of the companies our students have worked at while on their placement as part of their BSc Accounting & Finance course:

  • Accenture
  • Enterprise Rent A Car
  • EY
  • GE Aviation Services Ltd
  • IBM
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Grant Thornton
  • Lloyds Bank
  • Mazars
  • Nationwide Building Society
  • Porsche
  • PwC.

Here are some examples of the companies our students have worked at while on their placement as part of their BSc Management course:

  • Accenture
  • Adidas
  • BNP Paribas Personal Finance
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • General Electric
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Gymshark
  • HSBC
  • IBM
  • L’Oréal
  • Microsoft
  • Pink Shirtmaker
  • Toyota
  • The Walt Disney Co.


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