Student Placement - Centre for Education Research and Practice (Manchester)

Job summary
AQA’s Centre for Education Research and Practice
Part of the Research and Compliance group
Student Placement: Manchester (1245T)
June 2018 - August 2019
circa £16,137 per annum

AQA’s Centre for Education Research and Practice (CERP) provides cutting-edge assessment research and technical expertise, with a focus on high stakes qualifications such as GCSEs and A-levels. Our researchers include statisticians, psychologists, educationalists and scientists, equipping us with a wide range of quantitative and qualitative research skills. We investigate issues grounded in the practicalities of education, assessment and qualifications and our research is used to continuously improve the quality of AQA’s qualifications and promote best practice in the UK assessment community and internationally. More information about CERP can be found at

As a placement student in CERP, you will assist with research projects, and undertake some of your own, under supervision. The placement is tailored to the strengths and interests of the particular student, but some of the activities you might expect to undertake include: collecting, manipulating and analysing quantitative and qualitative data; computer programming; and drafting reports. There will also be some administrative tasks including taking queries from customers and other stakeholders. The experience gained during a placement year at CERP will set you in good stead for a career in any field requiring numeracy, data handling and report writing.

The successful candidate will: be numerate, be studying for a degree with a strong mathematical or statistical component and/or a social science degree that includes research methods; possess good organisational skills; and be self-motivated.

If you would like to find out more about the placement informally, please contact our current placement student, Shannon Gardiner (

Please note that this is a 14-month placement opportunity for undergraduates who are on a university course containing a placement year in industry. You should be available to start in mid-June.

An application form and further details of the posts can be obtained from our website at
Please indicate on your application which post(s) you wish to be considered for.
Completed applications, together with a copy of proof of your eligibility to work in the United Kingdom, should be completed online by 19 January 2018.

The AQA Manchester office

CERP Manchester is located within AQA’s main building in the middle of the thriving University of Manchester campus, a short walk from the City Centre – you will be surrounded by fellow undergraduates all year round. There are nearby bars and restaurants, an Olympic-sized swimming pool and Manchester’s famous ‘Curry Mile’. The office is situated on Europe’s claimed busiest bus route, offering continual services into and out of the city centre. Only short journeys away are the affordable student areas of Fallowfield and Rusholme where most of our previous student placements have lived during their time here (and the buses are cheap at £1).

Often quoted as being the UK’s ‘Second City’ in terms of cultural, media, musical and scientific impact, and sporting and transportation connections, Manchester has a long history and is a major hub of the north. As a post-industrial city having once been famous for its many cotton factories, Manchester has many wonderfully grand red-brick buildings which have been protected and sympathetically restored. The nearby Mathematics Department building is named after Alan Turing, the mathematician and code-breaker famed as a pioneer of computation and the first computer at UMIST in the 1940s. Manchester has many art galleries and museums as well as a vibrant music scene, from classical at the famous Bridgewater Hall to contemporary at one of the many and varied ‘event spaces’. There are also excellent city-centre cinemas and theatres which host many touring shows visiting from London.

The Peak and Lake Districts are about an hour away from Manchester by train, offering beautiful walks and scenery. The train connections to the south are extremely good, and you can be in London in two hours and Bristol in three. Manchester’s international airport is also within 20 minutes of the city centre by train – the largest after Heathrow and Gatwick. You can relax at one of the many tea shops or coffee houses in the trendy Northern Quarter, bustling canal-side bars of the Gay Village or Castlefield, or large parks and meadows surrounding the picturesque suburbs of Chorlton and Didsbury.

Manchester offers a great deal for a student placement – it is London, but without the stress and the cost! So if you think you match the profile of our ideal candidate and fancy a year living in and exploring this great city, please send us your application.