Computing and Maths Placements

At USW we create graduates who are prepared for tomorrow. 

We offer learning that reflects employer demands, and equip our students with the skills and experience to succeed. We produce employment-ready graduates who are a step ahead of their competitors. 

On our computing and maths courses you may have the opportunity to spend up to a year working in the industry to give you the best start to your career. 


Your placement year is often known as your “sandwich year.” A sandwich placement is a validated work experience opportunity that forms part of a university degree programme known as a sandwich course. 

Sandwich placements are usually taken in the penultimate year of a four-year degree. The name derives from the fact that the course includes a placement year which is ‘sandwiched’ in the middle of the degree. However, this isn’t the only option available for work placements. 


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Our graduates have found their placement year particularly beneficial as it has allowed them to gain practical, hands-on experience within their chosen career and the opportunity to learn directly from professionals based out in their industry. 



Our sandwich degrees offer the perfect blend of academic study and practical work experience, allowing you to build confidence in the workplace and graduate work-ready from your degree programme.


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It is not uncommon for placement year programmes to also open up future work opportunities in similar fields or professions for our graduates.

Find out more from our students

We have a variety of placements across each of our subject areas.

Find out more about the placements available in the subject area you are interested in and hear from the students who have been on our placements so far on these pages.

Computing and Maths at USW

We offer more traditional courses such as computing, mathematics and information communication technology, or more specialist courses including artificial intelligence, computer forensics and computer games development, to name a few.

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Professional bodies set the benchmark for employee standards and can unlock doors to high-level jobs. 

We build these standards and accreditations into our courses to ensure that you get the most out of studying with us and can progress to professional qualifications as quickly as possible when you graduate.


We have a Digital Investigation Lab, which is a computer forensic facility typical of those used by law enforcement agencies. Our Games Development facility features the latest Intel hardware to provide extra high-powered gaming PCs. You’ll also find numerous dedicated computing suites, all with the latest software.