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School of Business and Creative Industries WIL FAQs

You can find answers to frequently asked questions below:

What is WIL?

WIL is an acronym for Work Integrated Learning. WIL prepares you to develop the skills and competencies to succeed in your field, following your graduation. Several work learning opportunities are embedded in every course, to provide you with an opportunity to support your employability. In addition, within SBCI, the following four courses are specifically designed to provide you with an exciting opportunity to fully engage in a WIL placement or a WIL project.

For Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) students: 

For Bachelor of Communication, Bachelor of Creative Industries, Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Music Students: 

What is the purpose of the WIL Program?

The WIL Program provides an opportunity for you to collaborate with, or work directly alongside, employers and industry professionals, and community groups, to gain work experience relevant to your chosen career or field, prior to graduating. The WIL Program may provide a valuable foot in the door for your future career prospects.

What WIL courses are offered at the School of Business and Creative Industries?

At SBCI, the following four specific courses are designed to provide you with an exciting opportunity to fully engage in work-integrated learning placement or projects.

For Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) students: 

 For Bachelor of Communication, Bachelor of Creative Industries, Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Music students: 

What is the difference between a “WIL project” and “WIL placement” course?

In a WIL project course (BCI300 and BCI302), you will work in multidisciplinary teams with other students to complete an applied or research project that will develop a solution to a current industry problem, or seize an emerging opportunity.

In a WIL placement course (BCI301 and BCI303), you will be required to complete 96 hours of workplace learning, which is completed at a designated business. Students should source their own placements before enrolling in the course. For more information, please contact SBCIWIL@usc.edu.au.

What will I do in a WIL project course?

In this course you will work on a group or individual project in one of the following three streams. In each stream, students will apply their unique skillset and discipline knowledge and competencies to complete an industry facing project. Each project is monitored and assessed by an academic advisor in the relevant field:  

Industry-project Stream:  In this steam, students will join interdisciplinary groups to work on a project that is developed in collaboration with industry. The projects usually involve developing solutions to address a current industry problem, or seizing a new opportunity.

Entrepreneurship Stream: This stream allows students to work in groups to propose a new start-up or work on developing their own product, prototype, service etc. In this pathway students engage in start-up type processes to realise an entrepreneurial outcome.

Research Stream: Students who can demonstrate a record of academic excellence (GPA of 5 or above), will have the opportunity to join the research stream. In this stream, students will develop an individual research project to explore a topic they are passionate about, or to solve an industry problem.

What will I do in a WIL placement course?

Students source their own placements, however the school is building a strong network of partnerships whose placement opportunities will be advertised on Sonia. After assignment to a placement, students work directly with a workplace supervisor on site in a host organisation. Students must complete 96 hours of placement. Each placement is also monitored by a USC-based academic supervisor, who is an expert in the field that the student is working. The nature of the tasks and activities students undertake are determined by the placement hosts and are designed around the specific discipline knowledge and skillset that students possess

How can I enrol in a WIL placement or project course?

Please refer to the course outline to learn more about pre-requisites and eligibility.

Please note: Students will generally undertake a maximum of 24 units of WIL courses across their degree. This includes students whose degree requires them to successfully complete both the WIL Project course (BCI300 or BCI302) and the WIL Placement course (BCI301 or BCI303). Should students have an elective course available to them, these students may choose to use that elective to undertake the WIL Project course for a second time; or they may choose to use that elective to undertake the WIL Placement course for a second time. Prior to submitting an Expression of Interest to undertake a WIL course for the second time, please check your academic transcript to ensure you are eligible to take your chosen course and that you meet this Program rule. In exceptional circumstances, students can seek permission from their Program Coordinator to enrol into a WIL course up to three times.

Prior to enrolling into any of these courses, all students should submit an Expression of Interest form using Sonia Online (click here).

Business students complete BCI300/301 Student Expression of Interest Application registration form. On that form you can choose either the WIL Project, Wil Project Research Stream or WIL Placement course. You must complete one form per course if you intend on expressing your interest in enrolling in more than one course.

Creative Industries students complete BCI302/303 Student Expression of Interest Application registration form. On that form you can choose either the WIL Project, Wil Project Research Stream or WIL Placement course. You must complete one form per course if you intend on expressing your interest in enrolling in more than one course.

All Students: Please select your preferred course, semester or session, and year. You will need to upload your academic transcript and resume on each form. Once you have completed that process your details will be reviewed by the Course Coordinator and considered for approval. You will be notified of the outcome and provided with further instructions in a timely manner.

How can I secure a placement?

Students source their own placements, however, the school is constantly receiving high level and relevant placement opportunities from our industry partners and community groups. Students who submit their EOI will then have access to these industry and community group placement opportunities. Additionally, the Student Hub career development website (link here) may also include relevant work opportunities.

How do I know that I am doing an ethical placement and not just working as unpaid labour?

We work closely with industry and community partners to ensure that the project or placement offers a meaningful learning experience to students. Please click here and here to access information about Fair Work.

I have participated in the Work Experience Scheme (WES), can I use that to gain credit transfer for The WIL Program and just do the assessment?

No. Students must actively participate in the WIL Program and be enrolled in either a Project or Placement course while completing the associated assessments.

Do WIL project courses have scheduled classes?

Yes. A WIL Project course will follow a regular coursework schedule incorporating online material, workshops and seminars. Please refer to the course outline.

Do WIL placement courses have scheduled classes?

In a WIL placement course, you will need to attend a mandatory workshop prior to the placement. Further optional sessions may be scheduled to support students’ progress.​

What if I am not successful in gaining a placement?

If you cannot secure a placement, you may consider enrolling in a WIL Project course.

The WIL team at the School may be able to offer a limited number of placements which are advertised on Sonia Online.

Do I have to complete assessments?

Yes, assessments are a central component of The WIL Program and provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate where, when, and how they have applied existing field specific skills and competencies and how they have developed new skills. Please refer to the course outlines.