Placement Year

The details
Sociology and Criminology
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
10 June 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA M904 Criminology (Including Placement Year),
BA L3H8 Criminology with Social Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BA LP34 Media and Digital Culture (including Placement Year),
BA CL93 Sociology with Social Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BA L306 Sociology (Including Placement Year),
BA LM38 Sociology and Criminology (Including Placement Year),
BA LL24 Sociology and Politics (Including Placement Year),
BA L3J9 Sociology with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA LCJ8 Sociology with Psychosocial Studies (Including Placement Year),
BA LL6P Social Anthropology (Including Placement Year),
BSC L317 Sociology (Applied Quantitative Research) (Including Placement Year),
BA LL39 Social Anthropology with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA L335 Criminology with Counselling Skills (Including Placement Year),
BA LM13 Criminology with Criminal Law (Including Placement Year),
BSC L312 Sociology with Data Science (including Placement Year),
BA LY11 Social Sciences (Including Placement Year),
BA L352 Sociology and Health (including Placement Year)

Module description

This is a full year module available only to students in the Department of Sociology undertaking a placement year course. Students will undertake their placement at a host organisation. The student is responsible for securing the placement, with support from the University.

The module enables students to undertake a full placement year with an external Placement Provider. During the placement, the student will be supervised by an academic member of staff to complete a number of assessments which will enable the student to utilise and develop the links between the knowledge and skills developed in their academic course and the work-based skills developed in carrying out their placement role.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • to provide the student with the opportunity to apply their academic learning outcomes in a work-related context

  • to enable students to develop essential work-based skills throughout the placement

  • to provide students with the opportunity to analyse their practical work in a theoretical context

  • to contribute to development of student employability portfolio

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Knowledge and understanding

    • An experience-based understanding of work roles.

  2.  Intellectual/cognitive skills

    • A capacity to connect subject-specific theory to practice in a work environment.

  3.  Practical Skills

    •  The ability to communicate with a range of colleagues and clients in a working environment.

  4. Key skills

    •  The capacity to work in a team within a work environment.2. Improved personal professional practice through a reflective approach within a work environment.

Module information

30 weeks for unpaid placements;
40 weeks for paid placements


The syllabus will be determined on an individual basis for each student on the basis of the placement they are undertaking. The Department and Placement Provider will agree the focus of the placement via the Tripartite Work Placement Agreement, and this will ensure that the student is able to meet the module learning outcomes set out in the previous section of this form.

Learning and teaching methods

The learning and teaching methods will be dependent on the placement and will be recorded for an individual student on the training agreement signed by the Placement Provider, the student, and the University.

Each student will be assigned by the Departmental Employability Director to an academic supervisor, and a Placement Supervisor named by the Placement Provider.

Students will liaise with their Academic Supervisor and their Placement Supervisor on a regular basis throughout the period of their placement, and as necessary after the placement has ended in order to allow the student to complete the assessed work for the module.

The Academic Supervisor will be appointed prior to the student undertaking their placement, and will contact the student at defined points throughout the placement. The Academic Supervisor will be available via email and phone as necessary during the period the student is on placement.

Students will additionally be provided with the contact details of administrative staff in the Department who will be contactable throughout the placement; and with the details of the Placements Manager for Social Sciences who will be available to students throughout their placement to provide advice and support in relation to generic work-based learning issues.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Initial Report     15% 
Coursework   Monthly Learning Log    25% 
Coursework   Final Report     50% 
Practical   Mid-Point review by Friday 22 March 2024    10% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Reid Kleinberg, email:
Department Employability Director; Employability and Careers Centre staff; academic placement supervisors
Jane Harper, Undergraduate Administrator, Telephone: 01206 873052 E-mail:


Travel costs for UK - based unpaid, approved work placements and live projects which are an integral part of a module may be covered by your department. (NB this will usually exclude field trips and site visits). Please check with your module supervisor to ensure that the activity is eligible.

External examiner

Dr Paul Gilbert
University of Sussex
Senior Lecturer in International Development
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
Sociology and Criminology

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