The placements you can go on during your time with us are invaluable. They give you the opportunity to put what you’ve learnt in the classroom into practice in the real world as well as allowing you to explore what direction you might choose to follow on completion of your course. We caught up with some final-year students from our Working with Children, Young People and Families degree when they returned from their last placement to see what they got up to and what impact it’s had on them.
"Originally, I wasn’t sure what to do. I was interested and inspired to apply to this course as it is so broad and has variety to it. After the course I plan to study for a PGCE Primary with SEN.
For my placement I worked in a private nursery called Little Lambs. It was very hands on and I got to get involved in all aspects of childcare such as learning-focused play, helping to develop young children’s fine motor skills. The nursery staff were friendly – they were happy to help and answered any questions I had. I was involved with helping out on day trips to the library, talking to parents, working on partnership with parents. I also helped with developing a learning journey for the children. The nursery also had a qualified Nursery Teacher."
"I thought I wanted to go into social work after I finished my degree, however, after doing a placement with children with behavioural difficulties, I think I’ve found my calling in life and have decided to go on to do teaching.
My placement was in a Pupil Referral Unit and I plan to study a PGCE after completing my degree.
"Originally I wanted to study psychology at university, however, I feared that I would not get onto the course due to not having studied Psychology at A Level, so I chose this course as an alternative.
For my third-year placement I worked at Pause, a mental health drop in centre for people up to the age of 25, where I had the opportunity to engage in one-to-one sessions with service users suffering from a variety of issues, such as depression, stress and anxiety. By listening to service users and asking the right questions, I was able to gain a good understanding of what they were experiencing, meaning the correct interventions could then be put in place. I thoroughly enjoyed my placement experience and love that I was able to make a difference for those suffering from mental health issues, so much so that I’ve decided to continue to volunteer at Pause.
Once I complete my degree, I hope to complete further study and become a qualified counsellor. My aim is to be a school-based counsellor to support young people in secondary school. I feel I can really make a difference to the lives of young people through encouraging them to talk about how they feel, and that there is no shame in this.
"For my placement I worked in a Special Educational Needs (SEN) school, Oakwood School, for 12- 16 year olds. This placement was very hands on and I was involved in many activities including observing challenging behaviour and strategies used to overcome this. I was involved in teaching and took on a Teaching Assistant role, and did 1-2-1 work with students in the classroom, helping them out with lessons. You have to have patience and adaptability to work in this field.
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but was attracted to this course due to the broad aspect of it. I currently do part-time work as a supply teacher and the future I would like to specialise in working in SEN.
"I was working at Kitts Green Shard End Children's Centre for my placement. I was involved in all aspects of family support such as safeguarding, registering new births and supporting families. I really enjoyed my placement and found it useful.
"For my placement I worked at Regent Park Academy. I worked with all ages within the school. The placement was very hands on and I got to be involved in all aspects such as the multidisciplinary team, lessons, 1-2-1 support with SEN students, role play in the classroom and trips. The placement was fun as every day is exciting as something new is going on. In the future I would like to look at specialising as a PE Teacher.