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Placement is a core module for students of Q-Step undergraduate degrees. The module includes a 4-week placement that you are required to undertake to following completion of Year 2. This module thus renders your degree professionally relevant, enabling you to develop real world employability skills and apply your statistical analysis skills in a non-academic setting.

Although the module is credited in Year 3, Year 2 consists of a number of mandatory workshops and seminars (both Autumn and Spring Term) to prepare you for your placement. The module is assessed through a 2500-word reflective essay (60% of your overall mark) and a poster (40% of your overall mark) displaying information and results from the project(s) you undertook during your placement. You will be asked to submit your assignments at the first term of Year 3. We will also organise a poster session in the same term, providing you with the opportunity to present your poster to fellow students and members of staff, and hear about other student’s experiences.

Frequently Asked Questions
Why does the course have an integrated placement period?

Placements benefit students in a number of ways including:

  • Giving students the experience of working with quantitative data and methods in a professional organisation;
  • Enabling students to develop real world employability skills such as teamwork, professional communication skills, application of numeracy in the workplace, dealing with numbers, general quantitative awareness and its application in practical contexts, achieving set goals and targets and working to tight deadline.
  • Giving students practical experience and insights that they can draw on for their final dissertation project in Year3.
Are placements compulsory?

Yes, placements are a compulsory and credited part of the degree course.

When will the placement take place?

The placement will take place in the summer after the end of the second year of the degree course. Employers are usually flexible in terms of timing. Once you are offered a position, you and your employer can negotiate about the period during which you will conduct your placement.

How long will the placement period be?

The duration of the placement is 4 weeks, in exceptional cases students may be given permission to conduct a 3-week placement.

Will the placement be paid?

All student are paid a bursary by the University, which is intended to cover travel and living costs for the duration of the placement. The value of bursary may vary slightly from year to year but will typically be around £250/£220 per week for a London/Non-London based placement. The bursary will normally be paid as a lump sum payment, shortly before the start of the placement period.

What types of organisations will students be placed in?

We collaborate with organisations that use statistical analysis and social surveys to study topics around sociology and politics. Students from previous cohorts have conducted placements in organisations such as The Family and Child Care Trust, National Centre for Social Research, Ipsos MORI. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Coventry Citizens Advice Bureau, Institute for Social and Economic Research, Office for National Statistics, and Demos. Some students chose to conduct internal placements, working as research assistants for members of staff in Sociology and PAIS. As Q-Step degrees are expanding, the range of options for placements will expand too.

Where will the placements be located?

We collaborate with many prestigious employers that are based in London. However, we also offer opportunities for internal placements at Warwick University. We are usually able to confirm the list of available employers at the beginning of Term 2, Year 2. Placement providers for 2016 included:

Will students have a choice in which placement they are allocated to?

Student are able to apply for their choice of placement from a set list of employers. We will send their CVs and cover letters to their employer of choice, who may then ask for an interview in order to make an informed decision. We make every effort to match you with an employer who focuses on your substantive interests, and take account of any mitigating circumstances that may affect your ability to work in London etc.



Placement Providers 2016

This year our students undertook placements with the following organisations:

  • The Family and Childcare Trust
  • National Centre for Social Research
  • Ipsos MORI
  • The Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Coventry Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Office for National Statistics
  • Demos
  • ISER
  • Department of Sociology, Warwick University

Placement Poster Presentations 2016


Find out about the experiences of Warwick Q-Step students who have completed a placement this year.

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Our organisation really benefited from the placement and we were also able to provide the students with useful work experience, including specific research skills.

- Placement Provider 2016