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NPCG1021 Practice Experience (1)

Module Overview

This is the 1st practice learning placement in the PGDip Programme and is assessed at level 4.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The practice experience provides a work-based experience to enable you to apply the theoretical knowledge and skills learnt in academic module/s and work towards achieving NMC competencies by the end of the programme. Modular learning outcomes must be achieved in each practice experience. These will be demonstrated through a practice based assessment. Some of these learning outcomes will become core attributes and will be tested in each subsequent practice experience. In addition, specified essential skills and competencies must be achieved in each practice experience. Required mandatory skills will be identified in your skills log and their practise must be verified in this log.

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate effectively with others appropriate to situation
  • work effectively with others as a member of a group and meet professional expectations of mentor and others
  • evaluate own strengths and weaknesses
  • act with limited autonomy under direction or supervision of others within defined guidelines.
Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate under supervision safe, basic person centred care which meets people’s essential care needs.
  • promote a professional image in behaviour and appearance at all times
  • Demonstrate adherence to organisational requirements for hygiene, uniform and dress code in order to limit, prevent and control infection.
  • Demonstrate regular, punctual attendance and have knowledge of, or show application of organisational procedures for reporting absence from your practice experience.
  • Recognise and work within limitations of your knowledge, skills and professional boundaries.
  • demonstrate reflective skills when evaluating own practice


Each practice learning placement is supported by the electronic assessment of practice portfolio (eAOPP). This gives a clear indication of the learning requirements for each placement.

Special Features

You will undertake all statutory and mandatory skills training prior to commencing the placement.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Practice experience is supported by direct supervision from mentors and other professionals. Although you have supernumerary status you are expected to be involved in direct care. Opportunities may exist in each practice experience for you to arrange additional practice learning experiences to meet your learning needs. Further support is provided through discussion of practice experiences and specific case scenarios during Learning Group meetings with peers and academic tutors.

Total study time360

Resources & Reading list

Childs, L.L., Coles, L. and Marjoram, B. (2009). Essential Skills Clusters for Nursing: Theory for Practice. 

The NMC Code for Nurses and Midwives.

Faculty of Health Sciences (2009). Uniform Policy Southampton. 

Local policies for absence reporting, uniform policy where student is in placement should also be followed.. 

Standards for pre-registration nursing education. 

Essential standards for quality and safety. 

Standards for medicines management.

Taylor, B (2010). Reflective practice for healthcare professionals: a practical guide. 

Essence of Care.

Assessment of Learning in Practice Settings website.

Faculty of Health Sciences (2008). Absence reporting procedures. 



Clinical practice


MethodPercentage contribution
NMC competencies %

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:

Travel Costs for placements

The funding to support student learning in practice is negotiated by the Faculty as part of the Practice Partner Agreement with Health Education Wessex and our practice learning partners across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. If you are an NHS commissioned student who has to undertake a practice placement you may be entitled to have the cost of journeys between your term-time residence and the practice placement site (which is not part of your University), reimbursed. Practice placement involves training in hospitals or community health services rather than a classroom. The daily cost of travel to the practice placement site must be greater than the normal daily travel cost from your term-time residence to college. You are advised to contact NHS Bursary if you need to clarify your eligibility to claim for travel expenses. You can obtain further information about practice learning and travel costs on the pre-registration programmes Blackboard site:

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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