This article will explain the process of applying for a Self-Employment Placement and how the Student StartUp Team can support you in this. Student StartUp is the University of Portsmouth’s Student Enterprise Team.

If you are interested in starting your own business or freelancing, the University of Portsmouth offers an option to undertake a Self-Employment Placement (SEP).

A Self-Employment Placement (SEP) may be undertaken by certain students currently studying at the University of Portsmouth. This will normally take place following the second year of studies and, where appropriate, replaces the traditional placement year in industry.

The aim of the SEP is to encourage the development of enterprise skills whilst starting-up and running a business, or social enterprise, or being self-employed during the placement year.

The self-employment placement assesses the development of certain skills which have been identified by the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education (NCEE). Evidence to demonstrate these skills will be collated on an on-going basis throughout the year and will be reviewed at the regular monitoring and development meetings.


How to apply for a Self-Employment Placement

If you are interested in finding out more about the Self-Employment Placement option and to see whether you are eligible to apply:

  • Book an appointment with the Student StartUp team to discuss your idea (Appointments run every Wednesday 2pm-4pm and every Friday 9.30am-11.30 am, you can book online via MyCareer or by emailing

  • Contact your placement office to register your initial interest in undertaking a self-employment placement

Please note: There are limitations on setting up a business if you are an international student studying on a Tier 4 Visa. For more information please attend an Enterprise Clinic or contact the team.


How can I get in contact for more information and advice?

The Careers and Employability Service has a dedicated team of friendly, experienced advisers on hand to talk to you. You can find out more about the support available from the Careers and Employability Service, access a wide range of information and advice and find out how to contact us by visiting our website at


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