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AUDI1014 Audiology Clinical Placement 1

Module Overview

This module provides an introduction to, and an opportunity to experience, the large diversity of current healthcare services in Audiology. At the heart of the module are the short introductory placements: 3 weeks within audiology services, usually split into two or three blocks. These will give you experience of different services, and potentially different sectors, in audiology as well as an opportunity to apply and develop the reflection skills you began to develop in Introduction to Professional Practice in Semester 1. This module also includes an introduction to the complex landscape of audiology services and the forces that shape it, preparation for those placements (including professional practice while on placements), an introduction to the Professional Development Portfolio (PDP), exploration of issues that arise for students on placement and for service users interacting with services, and preparation in case you wish to seek employment as an assistant audiologist or Hearing Care Assistant after completing Part 1. The latter also serves as an introduction to graduate employability issues. The module builds on the development of your knowledge of healthcare services and professional practice in healthcare generally in Introduction to Professional Practice in Semester 1. It will also consolidate and contextualise your professional and clinical audiology skills being developed in Clinical and Professional Practice 1 by providing opportunities to put them into practice in the dynamic, challenging and hectic world of real clinical services. See also the Terms of Placement, which can be found in Appendix 1 of your Programme Specification.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Introduce you to the landscape of audiology services in the UK and the forces that shape it.
  • Develop your employability skills in audiology.
  • Provide you an opportunity to experience how an Audiology service functions by actively observing and assisting the work of staff at a variety of levels.
  • Consolidate and contextualise your professional and clinical knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours from other Part 1 modules, including patient-centred communication and care (with other healthcare professionals and service users).
  • Develop your awareness of the concepts of reflective practice and continual professional development


• Awareness of professional image and behaviour • Introduction to Audiology healthcare structure, the different sectors, funding and management • Introduction to, and debriefing after, taster placements, including the expectations placement centres will have of you and you can have of them • Application of patient-centred communication with hearing-impaired people to placement • Introduction to liaising with other professionals and reporting concerns • Awareness of national standards for Audiology. E.g. ‘CQC’, ‘IQIPS’ and waiting targets. • Introduction to reflective practice • Introduction to Professional Development Portfolios (PDPs)

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Lectures and seminars • Guided reading • Web based resources (including Blackboard learning support) • Introduction to and debriefing after taster placements • Work on the PDP • The clinical taster placements (3 weeks within audiology services, usually split into two or three blocks) • Alternative activities if it is not possible to provide the taster placements despite our best efforts • A formative counterpart to the summative assessment • Tutorials with your clinical placement supervisor

Preparation for scheduled sessions5
Follow-up work7
Wider reading or practice7
Completion of assessment task8
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

The placement website, on which can be found the Placement Handbook among other resources: The Terms of Placement can be found in Appendix 1 of the Programme Specification..



MethodPercentage contribution
PDP 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
PDP 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Accommodation and Travel

Accommodation e.g. hospital accommodation. Travel/health insurance cover via the University (see the Placement Handbook) or purchase your own private cover. See:


Sufficient appropriate clothing to meet our and the taster placement centre’s dress code (which you will also need for Clinical and Professional Practice 1)


During the application process for the programme, you will need to pay £44 for a criminal records check (Enhanced with list checks) in order to access the taster placements

Paying for immunisation and vaccination costs before being allowed to attend placements

Possibly costs of immunizations as part of your occupational health clearance. This depends on the immunizations you have had previously and whether additional immunizations are covered by your existing healthcare arrangements.

Travel Costs for placements

Travel to the taster placement centre and possibly outstation clinics; see the Terms of Placement in Appendix 1 of your programme specification

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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