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Chereece Sociology profileCheerece Whyte

Course: Sociology BSc

"As well as the superb support networks and activities, what stood out for me at Brunel was its reputation for the four year (thin sandwich) Sociology course which allowed me to undertake two separate work placements."

The prospect of studying for four years instead of three was daunting at first, but I viewed it as an excellent opportunity to obtain hands-on experience in possible career paths. The assistance and encouragement given by the Professional Development Centre not to mention the guidance from my tutor allowed me carry out my placements in two Schools. These became more than just work experience but stepping stones to a possible career in teaching. Most importantly, they allowed me to apply theory learnt within lectures to educational settings such as how inequalities like class, ethnicity and gender can affect the educational system.

Having completed my final year at Brunel, I look forward to starting my PGCE in September to pursue a career in teaching that the four year course opened my eyes to. The endless opportunities alongside the supportive and knowledgeable lecturers made my experience at Brunel a positive one and I would definitely recommend it.

Hayley Sociology profileHayley

Course: Sociology and Media BSc

"Being able to carry out two different placements is an obvious benefit for a student, especially when you have the help, guidance and support of the amazing Professional Development Centre available at Brunel"

I initially enrolled on the three-year Sociology and Media course, but after a briefing by the Work Placement team during first year I decided to change to the four-year thin sandwich course and have never looked back.

When looking for my first placement, I decided to follow the media side of my degree and applied to the many Public Relations based jobs advertised. I found the personal support I received when producing a CV particularly helpful and will now always have that knowledge to carry through into life after Brunel. I loved my time at my first placement, and gained a real insight into the media and promotion industry, something a lecture would be unable to achieve. When choosing my second placement, I began researching the education sector, to broaden my skills base. I ended up working in the Individual Learning Department of a highly successful girls’ school in Middlesex.

With the support and guidance of experienced colleagues I began to develop the combination of teaching and counselling skills required to make a positive impact on the lives of the pupils. Having finished my four-year undergraduate degree, I have completed more PR based internships with the hope of securing a permanent position within a PR agency. Had it not been for my work experience I would be struggling to secure these internships and have a CV worth considering – something which I feel a standard three-year degree does not adequately provide you with.