The University of Southampton

HMPR2008 Work Placement

Module Overview

The work placement year is intended to provide you with the opportunity to experience the environment of a real healthcare or healthcare related organisation and to develop their employment skills. Employability skills, a positive attitude and prior work experience are the top three factors organisations consider when recruiting graduates (CBI, 2009) making this module a crucial element of your career development. This module aims to help you to have a better understanding of the workplace and the contribution you can make to it. It will also enable you to think about how your academic studies relate to real world experiences in a hands-on way.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

See the learning outcomes below.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Completed a minimum of 32 weeks employment (inclusive of holiday allowance) in a healthcare organisation
  • Have gained insight into a healthcare organisation and its operations
  • Have increased your ability to relate academic theory to the work environment
  • Have further developed a range of employment skills including; teamworking, self-management, communication skills, time management, innovation, creativity, risk taking, resilience and self-reflection
  • Be able to apply relevant employment skills and knowledge in a work context
  • Be able to demonstrate use of initiative in dealing with issues/problems in the working environment
  • Have reflected on your learning experiences and how they fit with your personal objectives and development in both the short and the long term.


Specific employment content is subject to the nature of the placement obtained.

Special Features

In order to ensure that the placement year is accessible to all students, students with disabilities or dyslexia will be entitled to 'reasonable adjustments' to be made by the placement provider. The University at the same time is responsible for ensuring that professional standards are met ( Any adjustments provided will need to be balanced with the need to demonstrate skills and meet the module learning outcomes. Disabled and dyslexic students on placement have to demonstrate the necessary skills and competencies to show that they are fit to practise in the particular profession. They are also entitled to reasonable adjustments to help them reach the required standard. However, if they do not manage to achieve the level required for the profession, despite appropriate support in place, they will not be able to complete the placement successfully. Where a student is commencing a work placement, the University will assess the placement provider in advance to identify any particular issues that the disabled student may face whilst on placement. This may involve communicating clear information about the student's disability and needs to the placement provider, (with the students consent). The University will then, work closely with the placement organisation and the individual student to establish what the student's needs will be whilst on placement and how any potential issues can be overcome.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Learning on the placement comes largely through your own self-directed work-based learning. You will build on the skills developed during the year 2 'Placement Application' module to reflect on how you are engaging with the work setting, identifying both strengths and those aspects needing development. During your placement you are required to be proactive in seeking feedback from your manager in order to facilitate your development. Your employer will provide you with a role description and assist you in setting performance objectives throughout the placement. In addition workplace mentors can be consulted for advice to help you tackle problems, develop your resilience to workplace challenges and promote the development of self-reflection. During your placement you will be further supported by the placement module lead to ensure that specific learning related to the programme is achieved. You will receive one placement visit, or, where distance prevents a visit, have a skype meeting, in order to check on your progress and the quality of the learning experience. This visit will be further used to assess workplace learning objectives and to help you prepare for your summative assessment. The module lead will also provide pastoral support during your placement and assist if any difficulties arise during the period of employment. Student work-based learning is further supported by handbooks for students, employers, workplace mentors, and module leads. These documents clearly identify the expectations and responsibilities of each party, laying out clearly defined policies and procedures for monitoring and supporting you during the placement. These documents also identify policies and procedures for dealing with situations if difficulties arise in relation to your placement or where the work placement needs to be terminated for some reason. The University will ensure that all partners providing work-based and placement learning opportunities are fully aware of their related and specific responsibilities, and that the learning opportunities provided by them are appropriate.

Completion of assessment task30
Project supervision2
Total study time1200

Resources & Reading list

Universities UK. [PDF].

Future Fit: Preparing graduates for the world of work.


Assessment Strategy

Method of repeat year: There is no right to repeat the placement year.


MethodPercentage contribution
Conference presentation 50%
Reflective log of work-based learning 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Report 100%

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: HMPR2004 - Placement Preparation


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:

Travel Costs for placements

Costs may include travel expenses to and from the placement, as well as expenditure to obtain professional and appropriate work attire. Your placement organisation may provide you with an income, but you will need to ensure that these monies are suitable to cover accommodation and living costs. You should note that you will be charged a placement year tuition fee, even though you will not be attending the University for classes. The placement fee is lower than the usual annual University fee and covers the additional preparation, support and assessment of the year. You will also be required to meet attendance costs for assessment conference at the University of Southampton.

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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