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Placement and Work-Based Learning

The Manchester School of Art Placement and Work-based Learning Protocols have been developed in conjunction with the university’s health and safety, legal and insurance teams to help ensure the safety and legal protection of students. It is an important educational aspect that the student takes the primary role in organising the completion of these. These replace any documentation or protocols previously used within the school and provide a common template to help ensure the safety of students when working off-site in relation to validated and assessed units.

Placement and Work-based Learning refers to any period of vocational or academic activity whereby students engage with a third-party as part of their study and where there is a transfer of direct supervision of the student to this third party. This includes any P&WBL activity which the student has been advised or recommended to engage with and also includes periods outside of term time.

The forms have been developed to be straightforward and easy to use and are primarily completed by the student undertaking the work experience and in doing so contribute to their understanding of their professional and employability contexts.

They are a tripartite arrangement between a student, the university and the external provider and require validation from each prior to any work being undertaken.

The protocols consist of three forms:


If you have any questions about these protocols or need assistance with completing the forms please contact the Manchester School of Art Placements Team.


Telephone: 0161 247 1712

Summary of Process

For current students at the Manchester School of Art.

  1. Discuss the placement or work-based learning proposal with the external provider and your Unit Leader.
  2. Complete the Proposal Form and submit it to the Student Hub in Geoffrey Manton Building.
  3. You will be notified if your proposal has been approved.
  4. Complete the Risk Assessment and Checklist forms, get them signed by the provider and your Unit Leader, and submit them to the Student Hub.
  5. Before you start your work based learning or placement please make sure that all forms have been approved.