Work Placements, Language Skills and Foundation Programme




The Work Placement Team

As a student at Cardiff School of Management, you will undertake a work placement as part of the degree programme. We believe that it is vital for you to have the opportunity to experience the world of work during your university career so we have built professional development into the curriculum to make sure that you are as prepared as possible for your chosen career.

Your work placement will usually take place during the second  year but you can take a whole year out on placement if you choose or do it over the summer vacation period. The team will help you find your placement through the extensive range of contacts they have or you can find your own if you prefer but it must be approved by us.

If you want to have a chat to us about work placements just email or go to the School Helpdesk and ask to speak to Elaine Williams or Shane Colhoun. 

Foreign Languages and Intercultural Studies

We live in a globalised world where knowing another language immediately gives you an advantage in the job market. At Cardiff School of Management,  we want to provide our students with as many opportunities as possible so we have a dedicated language team that works with many students from many different programmes.

If you study International Business Management, you will have the opportunity to develop your Mandarin Chinese, French and/or Spanish language skills as part of your degree programme. If you are doing another degree programme at Cardiff School of Management that does not have a foreign language element, you could also study French, Spanish or Mandarin Chinese if there are places available in the classes.

As well as the language element, we teach students about intercultural diversity and how to manage this in a business context. Specialist modules prepare students to enter the international business arena along with the amazing opportunities already offered at the school through the rich diversity of students from all over the world who study here.

If you would like to know more about languages at Cardiff School of Management, please email

The Foundation Programme​

The Foundation Programme is one of the most popular programmes at Cardiff School of Management with an intake of approximately 200 students a year. It provides students who have not quite got the points they needed to join the first year of their chosen degree programme an opportunity to join at year 0. Once a student has successfully completed this year, they are eligible to join any Cardiff School of Management undergraduate degree programme they choose.

The programme is made up of six 20 credit modules and delivered by a dedicated lecturing team. Students on the programme are also allocated their own personal tutor and supported whenever they need throughout the year.​

For more information, please contact