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Professional pathway

The Professional Pathway (PP) scheme is an innovative mode of study, unique to the Department of Computer Science at City. It allows students to transfer to relevant four-day-a-week employment after a period of study and complete their degree by a combination of day-release and e-learning. PP students do the same course content as full-time students, but over a longer period.

How does it work?

A student can join the scheme at various points during their degree, providing they have met the satisfactory academic requirements.

Professional Pathway Entry Points

  Entry Point:  year two Entry Point:  year three Entry Point: after year two plus one-year placement

Must have completed

One full year of the degree

Two full years of the degree

Two full years of the degree and a placement year

Total duration of degree

Four years

Four years

Five years

*undergraduate international students on a Tier 4 visa can only be employed on the PP scheme after completion of year two of their degree and for a maximum of two years.

*To join the Professional Pathway scheme students have to be studying for a BSc degree, unfortunately those that are studying the MSci route are unable to undertake Professional Pathway due to the requirements in the range of modules that they need to study.

Studying whilst working

PP students are employed for up to four days a week and study their course for 45 weeks of the year. They normally attend lectures and other course components with full-time students. They do the same course content as full-time students, but over a longer period.

Support from the Professional Liaison Unit (PLU)

The PLU offers support and advice to students throughout the placement process.

  • The PLU has long established links with employers who offer exclusive Professional Pathway opportunities. The Unit is continually working to source more opportunities for those seeking to complete a placement.

  • The Unit delivers workshops and seminars which are designed to assist with your professional development and enhance student employability in preparation for undertaking a placement.

  • We offer personalised advice and guidance for students making applications and attending interviews for placements.

  • Students on the Professional Pathway scheme are assigned a work-based learning advisor (WLA) who provides a central point of contact and support throughout the placement.