Work Experience and Volunteering

As part of your full-time study programme, you will be required to take part in work experience in your chosen subject area.  Work experience can take place in different forms, depending on which course you study. This may include a minimum 10-day placement or a 45-day industry placement.

Whether you have a clear career plan already or are considering all your options, our Work Experience Officers provide dedicated support to help you develop job search skills and find professional placements.

We work with a variety of employers across London who provide placements to allow you to gain an understanding of what it is like to work within that field and develop practical skills which are hard to gain in the classroom.

What are the benefits of a work placement?

  • Gain an understanding of how a business works and get to know about different job roles that exist
  • Develop transferrable skills which will make you more employable
  • Help you to make an informed decision on what you would like to do in your future career
  • Build your network and meet industry professionals
  • Enhance your CV and obtain an employer reference

Some of our students are offered jobs or other opportunities, as a direct result of their work experience placement!

If you have any questions, please speak to your tutor or a member of Learner Services.


With studying and socialising, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you and your community. The right volunteering opportunity can help you find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career.

Some university courses and careers require a certain amount of work experience, such as in the early years and care sectors. Even if you can’t secure work experience directly in your related career choice, having any type of work experience which displays key skills such as team work, communication, good attendance and punctuality and customer service can go a long way. 

Remember, for certain jobs, you will need to be DBS Checked. The organisation you volunteer for may organise this for you but make sure you check in advance.

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