Nursing placements

All of our clinical placements welcome student nurses as part of the healthcare team.

You’ll be given many learning opportunities to work with and gain insight and understanding into how professionals work as part of a wider team, for example working with physiotherapists, clinical nurse specialists, operating department practitioners, admission and discharge teams.

The placements that you experience during the course will equip you to work as a registered nurse in an area of your choice, such as a hospital, community, primary care setting, private or voluntary sector, within a specialist team or GP surgery. When you qualify, you may wish to undertake further training in areas such as Health Visiting or School Nursing.

The development and assessment of nursing competencies in clinical practice is a key requirement of the course, as well as being the most rewarding element of your course. You’ll spend 50% of your learning time in clinical practice, developing clinical knowledge, skills and confidence as a key member of the professional healthcare team in a range of practice placements within community, primary and hospital settings, including the NHS and private, voluntary and independent sectors.

Over the three years you’ll have two blocks of core placements each year (each lasting seven-nine weeks, 12 weeks in Year 3). You’ll also undertake additional four-week placements at the end of Year 1 and an eight-week placement in Year 2, allowing you to explore other clinical areas, or travel overseas (four weeks) in Year 2.

This a full-time course, covering 52 weeks each year and full attendance is expected for all elements of the course. You may like to have a look at our placement maps to get an idea of the different locations available.

Adult nursing

Mental health nursing

Child nursing

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Support on clinical placements

During clinical placements, you’ll always be supervised by registered health professionals, who will support and guide you through the use of supervision, teaching and coaching skills. You’ll be assessed on your knowledge and skills against required competencies by practice assessors who are registered nurses and who have undertaken training for this role.

We're committed to supporting you during your practice experience. We've worked in partnership with our placement providers to invest in a number of strategies to ensure the quality of the learning experience.

While we make every effort to minimise the travelling distance involved, it is important that you are prepared to travel and that you have considered the implications of this as many students may find that they have to travel a distance to their placement.