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Begin your career in humanities, education or social sciences

Discover the benefits of a placement on a course such as Criminal Justice, Education, Languages, History or English Literature

You can boost your studies by taking a placement year on many of our humanities and social science sandwich degree courses. 

When you do a placement year, you'll work for a business, charity or startup company. You can also work self-employed. Our previous students studying humanities or social science subjects have done placements roles such as English language assistant, education assistant, data analyst and forensic accounting assistant.

You'll get valuable experience on your sandwich year placement. You can also grow your professional network, enhance your CV and improve your chances of employment after graduation.

Humanities; Graduation; July 2019

Undertaking a placement year enabled me to gain work experience and increase my employability whilst still a student. Heading abroad not only gave me the opportunity to travel halfway around the world to learn a second language but also to engage and immerse myself in the local culture and communities, an experience I could only dream about from Portsmouth.

Samuel Bladen-Hovell, Otra Cosa Network, Peru and British Council (Spain) placement student, BA (Hons) International Development

Placement year job roles

The type of placement role you’ll apply for depends on your interests and career aspirations. 

Some of the roles our students have done during their placement year include:

  • Data analyst
  • Research assistant
  • English language assistant
  • Restorative justice administrator
  • Charity fundraising assistant
  • Event management
  • Fraud analyst internship
  • Victim support caseworker
  • Education assistant
  • Translation assistant
  • Youth worker
  • Marketing, PR, social media
  • Management trainee
  • HR assistant
  • Recruitment assistant
Graduation July 2019

I completed a year-long placement year with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Arson Task Force. This allowed me to put into practise the knowledge I had acquired during my studies, at multiple fire scenes. I also developed personal and practical skills such as public speaking skills when I assisted in providing training for military personnel and firefighters.

Rebecca Slattery, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Arson Task Force placement student, BSc (Hons) Criminology and Forensic Studies

Where you could work during your placement

Placement locations

  • Aurora New Dawn – a charity that gives support, advocacy and safety advice to victims of domestic abuse, sexual violence and stalking
  • Avviso Media – helping marketers and company directors connect with customers and audiences through engaging content that delivers a return on investment
  • Bradsfield Academy – a boarding and day school for 13–18 year old's
  • The British Council – specialises in international cultural and educational opportunities
  • Catch22 – building resilience and aspiration in people and communities through the social welfare cycle
  • Citizens Advice Bureau – a network of 316 independent charities in the UK that give free, confidential information and advice about money, legal, consumer and other problems
  • GlaxoSmithKline – a British multinational pharmaceutical company
  • Gaucho Restaurants
  • Meon Junior School
  • Michael Page – a British-based recruitment business
  • Motiv8 – improving opportunities for young people and families
  • Otra Cosa, Peru – a non-profit dedicated to advancing the education possibilities and resources for people living in lower-income communities in Huanchaco, Trujillo on the coast of Northern Peru
  • Pizza Express
  • Portsmouth College – a sixth-form college in Portsmouth
  • Prospect Soft – a UK based CRM and eCommerce company
  • Prysmian Group – an Italian multinational corporation that manufactures electric power transmission and telecommunications cables and systems
  • Silcester Primary School
  • Victim Support – delivering tailored support to help people recover from the effects of crime and traumatic events, and speaking up for victim's rights in the criminal justice system
  • Youth Employability Service – offering free careers and employability support to 16–19 year-old's living in Brighton and Hove who aren't in education, employment or training

  • Babylangues, France – a provider of English-speaking nannies, baby-sitters and tutors
  • Busy Bees Academy, Gran Canaria – and English academy for young children
  • Cesag, Dakar – the African Center for Higher Studies in Management
  • Le College Bilingue, Dakar
  • Ecole Renaissance des Sourds, Dakar
  • Ecole Saint Cyprien, France
  • Entrelenguas, Ronda – a language experience company offering Spanish classes, tours and activities and cultural events
  • HMY Group, France/Germany – offering integrated solutions for engineering, manufacturing and fitting retail furniture
  • Mediterranean Hotel, Malaga
  • M.E.P. Europrojects Granada – a private training organisation aimed at organising and implementing different European projects in Granada
  • Kings Language Academy, Valencia
  • Seiha Network, Japan – a network of private English conversation schools
  • University of Salamanca, Spain

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I believe this experience has expanded my knowledge and critical thinking when assessing evidence potential at crime scenes and also formulating strategies proportional to the circumstances of each case. The main reason why I chose this placement was to elevate my understanding even further regarding the tasks of a CSI within the Criminal Justice System. I also knew it would enhance my career prospects in a positive way.

Alex Sala, Hampshire Constabulary, Crime Scene Investigation Unit placement student, BSc (Hons) Criminology and Forensic Studies

Browse our courses

Are you ready to increase your employment opportunities and strengthen your skills by doing a sandwich year degree? Browse our placement degree courses now.

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Contact Us

To get in touch, please contact our Faculty placement office.

Phone: +44 (0)23 9284 6179


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