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Module title Clinical Placement
Module code AUDI3007
Module lead

Daniel Rowan

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External Examiner: Mrs Wendy Stevens, De Montfort University
Faculty Engineering & the Environment
Academic unit FEE Ed - Audiology
Academic session first offered 201516
Credit Points ECTS 30
Level Undergraduate
When will the module be taught Full Academic Year
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 3)
BSc Healthcare Sci (Audiology) (year 3)
Programmes in which the module is optional
Date of last edit 28th Oct 2016 - 11:53am

Module overview

The module consists of three components:

1. Up to 23 weeks of clinical placement from January to June of Year 3 (including the Easter break).

See our placement website for the dates of your placement:

2. Support for placements.  This consists of sessions at the University between the two placement periods and mid-way through the second placement period.

3. Employability.  This consists of sessions at the University between the two placement periods.

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


 Pre-requisite module/s: AUDI2009 Introduction to Clinical Placement



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 opportunity to gain the knowledge, experience and expertise in audiology to ensure that you are prepared to enter the profession and undertake the breadth of practice expected of a newly qualified Healthcare Science Practitioner and as required for professional registration.

Disciplinary Specific

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

  • Demonstrate safe, effective, empathetic, efficient and patient-centred practice in real-time as described in the Individual Record of Clinical Practice (IRCP) and with reference to appropriate national and local standards of practice such as published by the NHS (e.g. the principles and values that guide the NHS), your registration bodies (e.g. code of conduct) and your professional bodies. This includes clinical reasoning and problem-solving, communication with the public and other health care professionals, collaborative working in multidisciplinary teams and the ability to justify your decisions.
  • Critically evaluate clinical practice in the areas covered by the IRCP in terms of underpinning theory and evidence from a range of sources (including fundamental science, clinical studies, systematic reviews, guidelines and standards)
  • Demonstrate that you have met the relevant Core Dimensions and Indicators of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF)
  • Explain the role and processes involved in clinical audit and service improvement
  • Reflect critically on, and self-motivate learning related to, your practice, your experiences, general practice and professionalism within audiology and health services, the feedback you receive, the feedback you give and the role of the Healthcare Science Practitioner

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
  • Further reflecting on your first placement period
  • Preparation for your second placement period
  • Employability and preparation for employment and registration
  • Statutory and mandatory skills update

Summary of teaching and learning methods

  • Seminars
  • 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

Study time allocation

Contact hours: Teaching  10

Placement - up to 23 weeks

Private Study hours: some of the 23 weeks will involve independent study

Total study time: 600

Summary of assessment and Feedback methods

Assessment Method Number % contribution to final mark Final assessment (✔)
Assignment: Due mid-way through Spring placement. This assesses Learning Outcome D. 30%
Placement: you must complete the 40-week clinical placement period. If you cannot because the Placement Centre removes you from placement due to your conduct, professional suitability or disciplinary matters or where patient safety is compromised (Section 9 of the Practice Placement Agreement) or because of the outcome of a fitness to practice process, you will be deemed to have failed the placement. 1 = Pass/Fail Pass/Fail%
IRCP: see Placement Handbook for details. This assesses Learning Outcome A. All three elements of this must be passed for successful completion of module: continuous assessment (via the second Pathbrite portfolio and your hard/paper copy), the Assessment Visit and the full completion of the competency signatures. You are eligible for the Assessment Visit only if you have completed the core Sections B1-B5 of the continuous assessment component by the due date of the Assessment Visit. Pass/Fail%
PDP: due in near end of Spring placement. (via the first Pathbrite portfolio) See Placement Handbook for details. This must be passed for successful completion of module. This assesses Learning Outcomes C and E. 30%
Placement: you must complete the 40-week clinical placement period. If you cannot because the Placement Centre removes you from placement due to your conduct, professional suitability or disciplinary matters or where patient safety is compromised (Section 9 of the Practice Placement Agreement) or because of the outcome of a fitness to practice process, you will be deemed to have failed the placement. 1 = Pass/Fail Pass/Fail%
Exam      (Duration:2 hours) 40%

Other Assessment Notes



You must pass all five elements of the assessment individually to pass the module overall; in addition, you must pass all components, sections and sub-sections of the IRCP to pass the module overall. If you don’t pass all five elements of assessment individually, and therefore the module overall, you must retake the entire Year 3 including the full placement regardless of the score you achieved in other assessments.

You cannot compensate for failing one or more of the elements of assessment by passing the others with greater than minimum marks.

 In recognition of the high workload of the placement and the interaction between the assignment, exam and PDF with the placement learning, one remediation opportunity is available for one or more of the following assessments to students who would otherwise fail that (those) assessment(s): the assignment, PDP and exam. (I.e. a student can access a remedial opportunity for any of those assessments that they initially fail, including all three, but only once.) The marks for remedial attempts at the assignment and exam will be capped at 40%; the PDP is pass/fail. For the exam, the remediation opportunity will involve the student returning to the university. The deadline for the remediation opportunity might need to be such that the marks cannot be presented to the Exam Board in June; in which case, the marks will be presented to the Supplementary Exam Board in September, with the consequence of delaying when the degree is awarded (by 3-4 months) and delaying graduation (by one year). In short, the likely consequence of needing to take a remediation opportunity is that you delay your award by 3-4 months and graduation by one year.

Referral Method

See notes below

Remediation opportunity is offered for the Exam, Assignment and PDP elements of assessment
during the module as described above.

Method of repeat year: Repeat year internally only; must repeat placement from January to August (8 months) 


Method of Repeat Year

Repeat year internally

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, 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

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 is intended to be used towards the costs involved with being on placement. International students are not eligible for this payment.

  • 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 (other) - £44
  • 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 (other)
  • Travel to the placement centre and all outstation clinics; see the Terms of Placement document available at (travel)
  • 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: (placements)
  • Travel to the University for two compulsory days of activities during the Spring placement. One day is typically in March (during which you will sit the exam); the other is typically in early June before you finish placement. You might also require over-night accommodation for those (travel)
  • Sufficient appropriate clothing to meet our and the Placement Centre’s dress code (clothing)
  • 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: (travel)

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-187
Completion of assessment task-204
Placement Hours0
Year Placement0
6 Month Placement0