BE Professional Placement (BENV6800)


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Interested in kickstarting your professional career?

Are you interested in working with a built environment organisation? This could be a first step to forging your career and building work-ready skills.

Professional Placement (BENV6800) offers 6 units of credit towards your Built Environment degree and is graded Pass/Fail. Standard course fees apply.

Register your interest in a future placement HERE.

We will contact you regarding any advertised placements that are seeking students from your program and year level.

You can also register for a student-sourced placement including existing employment that you’d like to bring into the course.

Read this document for guidance on building a professional resume, cover letter and portfolio.

What is a Professional Placement?

BENV6800 Professional Placement is a 6 unit of credit elective course for undergraduate and postgraduate students within the Faculty of Built Environment. Professional Placement provides you with the opportunity to apply the theory and skills you’ve learned while studying in a professional workplace. The course is graded Pass/Fail. Standard course fees apply.

The course requires students to undertake employability modules, reflective tasks and a final report.

You cannot self-enrol into the course. Enrolment in the course will be completed by the faculty once:

  • you have been successful in gaining an Advertised Placement and received a confirmation from the host organisation; 


  • you have a faculty-approved Student-sourced Placement – note that this can be a new placement you have found yourself, or existing part-time employment.

Further detail on these options is outlined below under How do I apply for a placement?

How long do placements run?

Students complete 140 hours work within a host organisation, within one UNSW term. This can be two days a week over 10 weeks or equivalent alternative arrangements, as agreed by the student and host. Students also have the option to enrol over Summer Term and complete the course intensively over 4 weeks from early January to early February.

When will the course be run?


Standard Term – equivalent to 2 days a week (14 hours) on Placement over 10 weeks:

2021 Term 2   May 31 - August 12

2021 Term 3   September 13 - November 25


Summer Term - equivalent to 5 days a week (35 hours) on Placement over 4 weeks:

2022 Summer Term   Dates TBC

Standard Term – equivalent to 2 days a week (14 hours) on Placement over 10 weeks:

2022 Term 1, Term 2, Term 3   Dates TBC


Am I eligible?

Students must have successfully completed 72 units of credit (this restriction does not apply to Masters students), have space in your degree, and be in good academic standing. This course may only be enrolled in once per program in the Faculty of Built Environment. 

How do I apply for a placement?

Option 1: Apply for an Advertised Placement

  • Register here to express your interest in applying for an advertised placement
  • A list of available advertised placements can be found here
  • Read this for guidance on building a professional resume, cover letter and portfolio
  • Recruitment for advertised placements is managed by the host organisations who will interview students and accept/decline based on their own selection criteria. 
  • You are permitted to apply for a maximum of 2 opportunities per Term.
  • UNSW School of Built Environment will be notified of successful/unsuccessful candidates prior to commencement. 
  • The faculty will then enrol you into the course.
  • The host organisation will also sign a Placement Agreement to ensure the required learning outcomes of the course, and roles and responsibilities are agreed. 

Option 2: Source your own placement opportunity - Student-sourced Placements

  • Register here to express your interest in applying for a student-sourced placement
  • Get your potential host organisation or existing employer to register online here.
  • Your host organisation or employer will need to provide:

A Placement Role Description outlining an agreed program of tasks and duties for the 140hrs. 

If you are in existing employment, the tasks and duties will need to be distinctly different from, and stretch you beyond, your currently performed duties as part of your existing employment contract.

  • On approval of your placement, the host organisation or employer will also need to sign a Placement Agreement to ensure the required learning outcomes of the course, and roles and responsibilities are agreed. 
  • Student-sourced Placements will close on:

May 15 2021 for T2 2021

  • Please note that Student-sourced Placements will be capped.
  • This course may only be enrolled in once per program in the Faculty of Built Environment. 
What type of work is involved?

The placement will offer authentic learning experiences and incorporate meaningful learning activities with a clear purpose. The learning experiences offered will be aligned to course learning outcomes and goals that are negotiated jointly with your host supervisor.

What support will I get while on placement?

You’ll be paired with a supervisor at your host organisation who will regularly meet with you to discuss progress and challenges. Planning is important, and clear timelines and goals for the placement are jointly established prior to the start of the placement. The supervisor will also complete a short post placement report jointly with you. You’ll also be supported by a Course Convenor and Tutor for the duration of your placement.

Are placements paid?

This is up to the discretion of the host organisation. For all placements, a letter of agreement will be signed between UNSW School of Built Environment and the host organisation outlining the requirements to meet the course learning outcomes.
For students in existing employment, the letter of agreement outlines how students must be appropriately challenged with learning activities above and beyond whatever duties the student might already perform competently as an employee. This is to ensure that course learning outcomes can be met, and the student can use the time and activities for learning credit.

What happens after the placement ends?

Any offer of casual or part-time employment that may arise following the placement period is a matter for the company to negotiate with the student, independent of UNSW.  You should not have any expectation of an offer of employment arising from the placement.

Further questions?

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