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Module title Introduction to Clinical Placement
Module code AUDI2009
Module lead

Daniel Rowan

Module lead profile url:
External Examiner: Mrs Wendy Stevens, De Montfort University
Faculty Engineering & the Environment
Academic unit ISVR
Academic session first offered 201516
Credit Points ECTS 0
Level Undergraduate
When will the module be taught Non-Standard
Pre-requisite and/or co-requisite modules
Programmes in which the module is core
Programmes in which the module is compulsory MSci Healthcare Sci(Audiology) (year 2)
BSc Healthcare Sci (Audiology) (year 2)
Programmes in which the module is optional
Date of last edit 15th Apr 2016 - 2:07pm

Module overview

The module consists of 18 weeks of clinical placement between June to September in the summer of Year 2.

See also the separate document Terms of Placement, which you will have accepted when accepting the offer of a placement; also available from

You must pass this module to progress into Part 3 of the clinical pathway, which includes the second part of your clinical placement training and the assessment of your competence. If you do not pass this module, you can transfer to the non-clinical pathway and progress into Part 3, which does not include further clinical placement.

Pre-requisite module/s: AUDI2006 Clinical Practicum 2 (audiology)

Aims and learning outcomes


Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to:

  • The aim of this module is to provide you with an introduction to clinical training in audiology within a real healthcare service as part of your training to become a Healthcare Science Practitioner. Specifically, to provide you an opportunity to progress your professional and discipline-specific learning towards the criteria required to demonstrate competency in AUDI3007.

Disciplinary Specific

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate professional conduct and engagement in placement learning according to (i) the Placement Handbook and Terms of Placement (including the Placement Learning Charter); (ii) NHS constitution (particularly the Principles and Values of the NHS), (iii) Guidance on Conduct and Ethics for Students by the Health & Care Professions Council;(iv) Code of Conduct by Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists appropriately interpreted for students;(v) Good Scientific Practice by Academy for Healthcare Scientists appropriately interpreted for students;(vi) guidance in the Placement Handbook on attendance, punctuality and use of social media;(vii) adherence to local policies on dress code, hygiene, health & safety and other policies covered in your inductions.
  • Demonstrate a basic level of safe, effective and patient-centred practice of core procedures related to adult rehabilitation in the Individual Record of Clinical Practice (IRCP).
  • Reflect on your conduct and engagement in placement learning (with respect to the guidance, codes and polices referred to in Learning Outcome A), your progress (with respect to the IRCP in Learning Outcome B) and your experiences on placement, demonstrating self-awareness of your strengths and weaknesses, your accomplishments and challenges, and your learning needs for the next clinical placement.

Graduate Attributes

Graduate Attributes are the personal qualities, skills and understandings that University of Southampton students have the opportunity to develop. They include but extend beyond subject-specific knowledge of an academic discipline and its technical proficiencies. The Graduate Attributes are achieved through the successful attainment of the learning outcomes of the programmes, and successful engagement with the University’s co-curriculum e.g. the Graduate Passport.

A checklist for embedding the graduate attributes is available at:

Summary of syllabus content

  • See the Individual Record of Clinical Practice (IRCP) and placement handbooks
  • Reflective practice and your Professional Development Portfolio
  • The Knowledge & Skills Framework and your Professional Development Portfolio
  • Reflecting on your first placement period

Summary of teaching and learning methods

  • Observation of clinical practice
  • Participating in clinical practice under direct/indirect supervision (see Terms of Placement)
  • Self-directed study, including protected study time (half a day per week)
  • Receiving feedback on above
  • Tutorials
  • Open door policy by clinical supervisor

Contact hours:

Placement - up to 18 weeks: 567 hours

Independent study; Some of the 18 weeks will involve independent study 63 hours

Total: 630 hours

Summary of assessment and Feedback methods

Assessment Method Number % contribution to final mark Final assessment (✔)
1 x Pass/Fail - final assessment: Two academic members of the University of Southampton Placement Team will independently assess the following to determine whether the learning outcomes have been met overall: 1. A report of your conduct, practice and engagement in learning provided by your Placement Supervisor using a specific template (Learning Outcome A) 2. Your electronic IRCP against the minimum requirements for the summer placement set out in the Placement Handbook (Learning Outcome B) 3. An end-of-placement report including: (i) report on your experiences on placement; (ii) evaluation of your placement centre using a specific template (which is returned to your placement centre, not anonymised); (iii) a reflective account (Learning Outcome C). If the two assessors do not agree, a third assessor (usually also a member of the Placement Team) will adjudicate. %

Other Assessment Notes

Note that the assessment will not affect progression to Part 3 of the placement pathway for those who started the programme before 2016-17.

For those who started the programme in or after 2016-17, you must pass this assessment in order to progress to Part 3 of the placement pathway.


Referral Method

See notes below

Referral Method: None; if fail then can transfer to non-placement pathway and progress to Part 3.

Repeat Year - N/A

Method of Repeat Year

Special Features

Placement: guaranteed, organised and overseen by University

Students requiring reasonable adjustments to their placement activities need to ensure the placement co-ordinator is aware of these reasonable adjustments in sufficient time to provide them if appropriate. Many requests for reasonable adjustments can be accommodated.

Learning Resources

Resource type: Other

See Placement Handbook, the various resources on the Placement Website ( and briefings during Parts 1-3 of the programme.

Health and Safety

Covered by Practice Placement Agreements or Honorary Contracts; risk assessment completed by Placement Centre

Cost Implications

Placement costs relate to: 

  • Possibly £44 for an additional criminal records check (Enhanced with list checks) before starting placement; this is in addition to the criminal records checks you paid for as part of your application to the programme. Some placement centres require this; others do not
  • 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 to the placement centre and all outstation clinics; see the Terms of Placement document available at
  • Accommodation. Note that the summer placement and spring placements are separated by one semester at university; it might be necessary to enter into a contract for placement accommodation that includes the period of time you are back at University. See our website for placement dates:
  • Sufficient appropriate clothing to meet our and the Placement Centre’s dress code
  • Undergraduate students must register for travel/health insurance cover via the University online store whether abroad or within the UK or purchase their own private cover. See: 

Costs will vary by placement location, placement outstation clinics, personal circumstance and personal choice. For example, if you are allocated to a placement centre with no outstation clinics within walking distance from home in the UK and already have sufficient suitable clothing, your costs may be zero. If you are allocated to a placement centre in Central London and also use public transport from a London-based private accommodation to the centre and several outstation clinics, your costs could exceed £3000. Note that while we endeavor to allocate students to their preferred placement centres, our commitment is to provide a placement that is fit for purpose, wherever that may be; see the Terms of Placement document for further information ( 

Many UK/EU students will receive a bursary from the NHS for the first three years of the programme, which are intended to be used towards the costs involved with being on placement. International students are not eligible for this payment.

Appendix: KIS hours

Contact hours for Teaching:Hours
Seminars (including sessions with outside speakers)0
Practical Classes and Workshops (including Boat work)0
Project supervision0
Demonstration Sessions0
Supervised time in studios/workshops/laboratories0
External Visits0
Summer Workshops0
Work Based Learning0
Independent studyHours
Preparation for scheduled sessions0
Follow-up work0
Wider reading or practice-417
Completion of assessment task0
Placement Hours0
Year Placement0
6 Month Placement0