The advantages of a work placement: gain valuable work experience and improve your job prospects on graduation.
A psychology degree with a work placement is a great start to your CV. But a degree with two placements? That’s going to stand out for potential employers. Which is why at Brunel we offer two six-month placements, otherwise known as a thin sandwich course. A regular sandwich course involves one year-long placement, usually between your second and third year. If you opt for Brunel’s thin sandwich course, we help you gain a placement between your first and second year, and then again between your second and third year.
The feedback we’ve had is that these two six-month stints are less disruptive to study than a full year. It also means that you have the opportunity to experience two different work environments if you’re not yet sure in which area you would like to specialise in your final year.
A dedicated placement tutor from the Professional Development Centre will work with you to help secure your work placements, which could be in a school, hospital, prison or as part of a research team.
Should you choose to take the four-year sandwich course, it's worth noting that placements are often unpaid but your placement year's fees will only be £1000 as you will still gain regular support and contact from your Brunel Psychology placement tutor.
The Professional Development Centre at Brunel are always willing to help. I am currently doing a work placement that they helped me to find. Being in Greater London also helps with job opportunities as it is so easy to get into the capital.
Abigail, Psychology BSc
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