Course teams are expected to work closely with work-based learning and placement providers in order to secure the quality of students' learning experiences and the safety of both the students and those with whom they will work with and provide services to. Involving current or potential placement providers in the course development process is essential for many courses, particularly vocational courses involving prolonged placement for all students with established providers such as health services and local councils. Where placements are optional, or may involve a wide variety of settings or types of organisation, in-course preparation for placement learning opportunities may need to be more generic.
For health related courses, and for many other vocationally focussed courses, placement learning is a substantial and fundamental part of the provision and should be integral to, and clearly articulated to, the non-placement learning. In such cases, the anticipated role of activity that students will be expected to engage with in placement, and how this develops through their study, is a key determining factor in the design and ordering of the curriculum. The following points are set out to prompt course team's conversations with placement providers, but each course and subject area will have it own specialist considerations to take into account.
The university encourages all course teams to include some type of work experience or work based learning within their courses, and the inclusion of placement opportunities is one means by which many courses achieve this in a meaningful manner. However, including a placement in a course needs careful consideration and the following questions are worth considering as teams work with current and potential placement providers to explore the inclusion of placement opportunities in their curricula: