The University of Southampton

HMPR2004 Placement Preparation

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To assist you in securing your work placement. Specifically, it aims to help you to understand workplace recruitment processes, develop your employment skills, support your placement application and prepare you for successfully undertaking your placement.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Increased your understanding of recruitment and selection processes
  • Developed your skill in applying for work
  • Applied for a range of work placement opportunities
  • Secured a 32 week work placement in a single health related organisation or two shorter placements in two organisations with a minimum of 32 weeks work experience in total.
  • Enhanced the skills necessary to succeed in your placement


The content of this module is designed to develop the skills needed to secure your work placement. Indicative content will cover the following areas: • The value of work placements - employability, networking, career knowledge, skill development, address specific needs (i.e. disability or niche employment) • Briefing about the work placement programme including the responsibilities of yourself, academic staff, employers and work mentors. • Meet your mentor event. • How to find placements - opportunities, websites etc. • Employability talks. • CV and Covering letter preparation • Interview techniques, mock interviews, and sourcing help for aptitude and psychometric testing • Health and Safety, ethics, confidentiality and IPR (especially for research, project based placements) • Job application checks • Workplace etiquette, communication, handling conflict • Placement Assessment.

Special Features

In addition, you will be allocated a work place mentor. You will be introduced to your mentor at the start of the year at a “Meet your Mentor” event. Mentors will be alumni of the NHS Graduate Scheme, alumni of other schemes or employers working for placement providers. Your mentor will arrange with you to spend a day at their place of work in a “Day in the Life Event” during which you will spend time with different staff in their organisations in order to gain insight into the work environment before your placement.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module is delivered through workshops which help you develop the knowledge about employment and the skills needed to succeed in the recruitment market and work environment. Each workshop will develop the issues identified above. Your learning will be facilitated through training events delivered by careers destinations, placement providers and the Faculty of Health Sciences Employability Coordinator.

Practical classes and workshops27
Completion of assessment task107
Preparation for scheduled sessions54
Total study time188

Resources & Reading list

Bright, J (2005). Brilliant CV: What employers want to see and how to say it.. 

Trought F (2012). Brilliant employability skills: how to stand out from the crowd in the graduate job market. 

Barrett, J. (2004). Aptitude, personality & motivation tests : assess your potential and plan your career. 

Career Destinations has a range of useful resources on their website which form a useful starting point..

Amos, J. (2004). Be prepared! Getting ready for job interviews. 

Amos, J. (2004). Write a winning CV. 


Assessment Strategy

All the workshops in this module form compulsory elements of assessment. Whilst these will not attract credits, they are a necessary component for application to any of the placement providers identified by the University and therefore necessary for your progression. Students who miss any workshops will be expected to undertake supplementary work.


MethodPercentage contribution
The confirmation of a placement offer 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
The confirmation of a placement offer 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External


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:

Books and Stationery equipment

Students may wish to purchase texts to support their learning, however, the library is well stocked with suitable texts.

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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