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SP20067: Placement

[Page last updated: 01 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Social & Policy Sciences
Credits: 60 [equivalent to 120 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 1,200
Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: PL 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Placement (PL 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: By the end of the unit the students should be able to:
  • Apply their academic knowledge to a practical work setting;
  • Reflect on how their work experience relates to the knowledge gained at University.

  1. To complete a work placement with an organisation, either in the UK or overseas, most typically in some sort of human resource management, policy, research or evaluation setting.
  2. To provide a potential basis for the final year dissertation
  3. To develop critical, analytical problem-based learning skills and the transferable skills to prepare the student for graduate employment or further study.
  4. To enhance the development of the students' interpersonal skills.
  5. To assist the student to develop the skills required for both autonomous and team work.

Skills: Intellectual skills:
  • To utilise problem solving skills.
  • To explore a variety of relationships and environments relevant to learning and practising within the context of the students' degree discipline.
Professional Practical skills:
  • To effectively and efficiently apply principles of sociological/social policy analysis within a variety of environments.
  • To develop sensitivity to the values and interests of others
Transferable/Key skills: to develop:
  • Inter-personal and communication skills
  • Time-management and administrative skills
  • Basic Information and Computing Technology skills (word processing, email, using the web to search for information)
  • Presentation skills and verbal communication (i.e. oral presentations, seminar and tutorial contributions)
  • Team and group working skills
  • To lead others confidently and competently
  • To reflect upon his/her own academic and professional performance and take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development
  • To solve problems in a variety of situations
  • To manage time effectively and respond to changing demands
  • To prioritise workloads, and utilise long- and short-term planning skills
  • To understand career opportunities and challenges ahead and begin to plan a career path

Content: The content of placements is very varied. Students find research and/or policy placements with organisations such as the Metropolitan police and the Welsh Government, or in NGOs and charities in the UK or abroad. In addition, students are able to work in business-related placements within commercial companies and teaching-related placements within schools and colleges.

Programme availability:

SP20067 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • UHSP-AKB22 : BSc(Hons) Criminology with Year long work placement (Year 3)
  • UHSP-AKB21 : BSc(Hons) International Development with Economics with Year long work placement (Year 3)
  • UHSP-AKB16 : BSc(Hons) Social Policy with Year long work placement (Year 3)
  • UHSP-AKB05 : BSc(Hons) Social Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 3)
  • UHSP-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Sociology with Year long work placement (Year 3)
  • UHSP-AKB10 : BSc(Hons) Sociology and Social Policy with Year long work placement (Year 3)


  • This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2022/23 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2023/24 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2022/23.
  • Programmes and units are subject to change in accordance with normal University procedures.
  • Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.
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