James Harman, BA Pol&Soc with PADA

I have taken enough Q-Step modules to qualify for the Proficiency in Applied Data Analysis.

These have definitely been the most interesting, relevant and enjoyable modules that I have done. I learned how to interpret the empirical papers for my literature review and how to conduct the survey and secondary data analysis which are the core of my thesis.

Q-Step also supported me with a bursary to attend the University of Essex's Summer School. Best of all, thanks to the skills and experience gained, I have been accepted into the Government Social Research Service. My involvement with Q-Step has made the difference between a good degree and a great degree.

James Harman, BA Politics and Sociology with Proficiency in Applied Data Analysis


Students enrolled on our Q-Step BSc programmes and the Proficiency in Applied Data Analysis will be given the opportunity to undertake a work placement with one of our industry partners.

Work placements students will also receive a bursary of up to £2,000 to support them during the placement.

The work placement is designed to give you an opportunity to put in to practice the skills that you are learning on your programme. A work placement will allow you to get hands-on analysis experience for a period of 2 to 11 weeks.

There are wide variety of placements to choose from locally, nationally and in Europe with a variety of public sector organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and industry.

What you do during your work placement will depend or the individual business or organisation that you undertake your experience with; however, it will give you an opportunity to put in to practice the skills that you have gained during your programme. It will provide you with an opportunity to see data analysis tools and techniques being used in the real world. You will have a choice of where you undertake your placement but some of the most popular placements may be subject to competitive selection processes.

The work placement is not compulsory but we would strongly encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity; it will enhance your academic learning, give you practical experience and start building your networks with potential employers.