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Health Work Placements

Many of our courses feature a significant amount of work-based learning. This is particularly so for the courses leading to professional registration.

Nursing and Midwifery

Nursing and Midwifery students are placed in health care settings for about half of the course. Placement settings include hospitals, nursing and care homes, health centres and day centres, and district nursing/midwifery teams.

Paramedic Science

Students taking the Paramedic Science FdSc also undertake a significant amount of practice-based study, and will be placed primarily with the Ambulance Service and in pre-hospital environments.

Placement support

Our Work Based Learning Support Office organises placements for pre-registration Nursing, Midwifery and FdSc Pre-Hospital, Unscheduled and Emergency Care students. Students are supported in practice by mentors, NHS practice facilitators, and by the University’s Practice Development Team. Current students can contact the Work Based Learning Support Office at

MA Social Work

Students on the MA Social Work study for a professional social work qualification combined with an academic award.  Students spend just over half of the course in an approved work placement of their own choice.  Successful completion of the course allows registration with the General Social Care Council, and licence to practice as a registered social worker.

Other placements

Some non-professional-registration courses also offer work-based placements, including: