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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 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) course, 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

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 project 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. After assignment to a placement, students work directly with a workplace supervisor on site in a host organisation. 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 secure a placement?

Students source their own placements. Please visit Sonia online (link here) and Student Hub career development website (link here) that may also include relevant work opportunities. For more information, please contact

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.

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.

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

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

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