It's vitally important for students to apply theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom to patients or clients within a practice-based setting.

That’s why most of our courses offer an equal split between placement and class-based study.

What happens on placements

Placements help you develop the knowledge and skills required to be successful in your future career

While on placement you will be expected to adopt the working hours of your department. This could involve working shifts, including late and night shifts, weekends and bank holidays.

Visit Courses to find out what proportion much of your chosen course will be spent on placement.

Watch The Placement Experience films to get a first-hand look at what is expected of you on placement and how the mentors will support you while you are there.

View the Student guide to placements to read the experiences of students from a variety of health and social care professions.

Placement support

We offer help to cover all aspects of your placement.

When you go on placement, you will be allocated a placement tutor, who will be contactable and may visit you during the placement.

Our Practice Learning team offers a comprehensive range of resources to help students on placement. The team is staffed by nurses and administrators who are on hand to ensure that you make the best use of your practical learning environments.

You can find specialised help for each profession through these mini-sites:

Adult Nursing

Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

Midwifery and Child Health

Social work

If you are a Mentor or Assessor, you can access a range of help and advice from the too. You can also find out how to become a mentor or an assessor.

Help when and where you need it

When on placement, you will be able to access Moodle, our online virtual learning environment. This will enable you to communicate with your tutors and fellow students and gain help and advice when and where necessary.

Inter-professional learning

To help you prepare for working collaboratively with colleagues, inter-professional learning is incorporated in all of our courses.

This will help you to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to work as a team across different professions, and help you appreciate input from others.

Inter-professional events provide the opportunity to debate and explore problems with other students in order to gain a greater insight into alternative disciplines.