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Sociology BSc(Hons): Work placements

Sociology 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, Sociology 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 Sociology: 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:

  • Victim Support
  • National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
  • Childline
  • 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.

The module offers a unique combination of placement and academic learning. Topics include:

  • contemporary organisational life;
  • reflective and ethical practice;
  • the relationship between policy and practice;
  • social aspects of working life;
  • interpersonal relationships and practices.

Students bring their learning to a placement. In turn, the placement supports a student's learning. Students gain the practical skills, networks and contacts relevant to their employment ambitions.


"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


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

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