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

Job summary
AQA’s Centre for Education Research and Practice
Part of the Research and Compliance group
Student Placement: Guildford (1259T)
June 2018 - August 2019
circa £18,894 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, Oliver Higgs (

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 Guildford office

CERP Guildford is located in the middle of the University of Surrey campus – a student-filled environment with a vibrant, energetic atmosphere. The campus has many green areas centred on a lake, which are perfect for summer picnics. A short walk or bus ride from the campus gets you into town where frequent train services take you to London Waterloo within 40 minutes. Guildford is set in the midst of the North Downs, an area of outstanding natural beauty, perfect for hiking and cycling.

Guildford is home to a variety of attractions, from the cathedral (which featured in the film The Omen) to the castle and its surrounding gardens. In the town centre you can find the High Street, a picturesque cobbled street accommodating local businesses and independent stores, in addition to a large shopping centre. The High Street is also home to a monthly Farmer’s Market offering fruit, vegetables, flowers and crafts. There is always something to do; there are numerous bars, pubs and restaurants, a large cinema, and a local arts centre – G Live – where events ranging from music and dance to comedy can be found.

Surrey Sports Park, owned by the university, is a modern venue comprising a well-equipped gym, a climbing wall, tennis and squash courts and a 50 metre swimming pool. It is the home of the Surrey Storm netball team, as well as the permanent training base for the Harlequins Rugby Union team. Meanwhile, Guildford Spectrum, a large leisure complex, offers bowling, four swimming pools and an ice rink for both ice skating and ice hockey.

Guildford offers a great deal for a student placement – it is near enough to London to enjoy the big city lifestyle whilst being on the doorstep of the picturesque Surrey countryside. So if you think you match the profile of our ideal candidate and fancy a year living in and exploring this great town, please send us your application.