Work Placements

Professional Development: Work Placements

Sociology has been offering a work placement scheme for many years, which are a unique feature or our four year (thin sandwich) Undergraduate programmes.

Our students participate in two work placements which offer excellent opportunities to enhance existing skills by gaining real experience in the workplace. Through problem solving, teamwork, learning and performance placements are geared to develop the sort of personal and social skills you will require once you leave university. They also enable you to gain hands on knowledge about careers and occupations you might be interested.

Placements give you a competitive edge when you enter the job market and will provide an excellent way to make contacts:

  • Increase your employability potential
  • Inform your career choices
  • Significantly reduced fees for placement year
Placements do not have to be close to Brunel University or even London. In fact, they can be undertaken anywhere in the UK, or sometimes even in another country. Sociology and Media students have gained vital work experience in areas such as the media industries, social services, health organisations, charities, public relations. 

While on placement, academic visits are organised to ensure the smooth running of the student’s placement and help in keeping the link with academic studies. In addition, the award winning Professional Development Centre (PDC) is on hand to give advice from writing your CV for potential employers to helping you find your ideal placement. The PDC is specifically aimed to deliver high quality guidance, information, careers education, work placement and recruitment services and to support the University in developing confident, talented and versatile graduates.

If you are unsure about taking a four year (thin sandwich) degree, you may study the three year programme and defer you decision until the second term of Level one studies.

Page last updated: Monday 28 September 2015