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
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
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
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
Support for the development of employability within
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
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
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