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Criminology BSc(Hons): Work placements

Criminology work and volunteering

Worksites are important contexts for students to enhance their academic learning. They help students to achieve valuable work experience relevant to their future employability.

In the third year, Criminology BSc(Hons) students observe and undertake a subject-relevant placement.

This module forms a key part of our approach to student employment in the Department of Criminology and Sociology. It is therefore available to all of our students.

Read a full description of the Applied Criminology: Work and Volunteering module.

Work for change

Academic staff support students throughout all aspects of the module, from finding a placement to worksite support. Previous students have secured placements with:

  • Royal Borough of Kingston Council community safety team
  • Metropolitan Police Volunteer Programme
  • Victim Support
  • National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
  • Childline
  • Prison learning centres
  • Domestic violence shelters
  • Drug service drop-in centres

Experiential learning

Combining subject knowledge with practical application supports students' employability after their studies. We call this experiential learning. Experiential learning is challenging but deeply rewarding, with clear benefits for students' intellectual confidence and future employment.


"I started my placement in June 2014, and worked consistently with Witness Service and Victim Support throughout the year as a part of my course. I was offered a full term, permanent role as a domestic violence officer with the Kingston team as a result of my hard work and commitment throughout the year, and will start my specialist training in domestic violence within the next few weeks." – Monica Chumber, Criminology and Sociology BSc(Hons) 2015

"I'm working with the NSPCC [National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children] in two different ways. The first as a child services schools advisor, which involves working with schools to educate the staff on how to look out for/deal with issues of abuse or potential abuse and also running workshops with children so they understand what abuse is and who they can talk to about it. The second part is working with their online team, which searches through social media and chat-rooms reporting suspicious or worrying activity onto the police. So far it's going really well and I'm learning a lot." Chloe De Salis, Criminology(Hons) 2014

"I have enjoyed working first hand with drug users and [the undertaking of] risk assessments. I particularly like the flexibility of being able to do several different programmes within the drug service such as air football with cannabis users and the Saturday social club in Camden." Anna Harris, Criminology BSc(Hons) 2014


To find out about the Department's approach to practice-based learning please contact Amy Mitchell at

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