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Faculty of Health & Life Sciences Employability Statement

All programmes in the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences at York St John University support students’ employability.


Career planning and employment

Undergraduate programmes within Faculty of Health & Life Sciences have a strong vocational focus. Many provide opportunities to achieve industry recognised awards or eligibility to apply for professional registration.

Every student is allocated to an academic tutor who is responsible for facilitating their progression through the programme, offering advice on employment and writing references for the student seeking employment.

The teaching staff in the faculty are keen to share their enthusiasm for careers in their subjects with students. As well as academic credibility most of the teaching staff in Faculty of Health & Life Sciences have had successful careers within their chosen subject area and many still practise as counsellors, therapists, coaches and trainers.


Opportunities and support for work experience and placements

The faculty has developed a placements office to manage the quality of work experience and placements for all students. The faculty operates with partners in local authorities and health trusts to give students access to a network of over 500 work placement opportunities in health and social care. The faculty has developed a strong relationship with Leonard Cheshire International that provides placement and internship opportunities for new graduates around the world.


Signposting where information is available on courses accredited or endorsed by professional bodies, employers or Sector Skills Councils

Information on the quality of the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences courses and employment opportunities for graduates can be found on the websites of the following professional and regulatory bodies.


Support for the development of employability within courses

Students are encouraged to engage in collaborative research and consultancy projects alongside academic staff both within the UK and abroad. Recent projects have included evaluating disability services for a local charity and assisting in restoration work following Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi.


Opportunities for personal development planning and recording achievements

The faculty is developing the use of e-portfolios within which students reflect on how their studies relate to their future ambitions and gather evidence of their employability.


Support for postgrads

Many students return to the faculty to undertake continual professional development or Masters level study. The faculty has a £400,000 contract with the NHS to provide continual professional development programmes across the region.


Opportunities for developing employability outside the curriculum

Many students find that the skills they develop on the programme can be used to obtain part-time employment as carers, research assistants and sports and fitness workers while they continue to study.