Placements

Our courses at Bucks are designed to help you hit the ground running in your chosen career. So, as well as a strong academic foundation in your specific subject, you’ll have opportunities to add to your knowledge with work-related learning.

On several courses, you’ll go on a placement related to your subject (and in some cases, more than one). It’s a chance to put the theory into practice, gain first-hand experience of working in your chosen field, and hone valuable skills that will help you stand out in the jobs market.

Thanks to our close links with employers like Thames Valley Police, Wycombe Wanderers and the NHS, we can offer our students some great quality internships and placements – both formal ones and others arranged on a more ad-hoc basis through our established contacts in each industry.

Once you’re on placement, we’ll stay in touch with you, and visit you regularly, to check you are getting on well, and getting the most value from the experience.

If you study nursing with us, thanks to our close links with the NHS, we can offer you a wide choice of clinical experiences in different health settings, depending on the course you are on and where your interests lie.

We offer placements over a large geographical area in north west and central London (adult, children’s and mental health), Buckinghamshire and Berkshire (children’s).

You will be allocated a ‘home base’, which will be at one of the major hospitals in the region. This is where you’ll complete most of your clinical experience (although if you’re studying children’s or mental health nursing, you’ll work throughout the whole NHS region to gain a broad range of experiences).

While you are on placement, a member of our teaching staff will be assigned to your clinical area, and will visit you to see how you are doing, and offer you any support you might need.

As a nursing student, you will spend 50% of your course at the University and the other 50% out on clinical experience at one of our local NHS trusts or independent care partners.

If you study social work at Bucks, you will go on out on assessed placements throughout your course.

You will work within different kinds of organisations related to social work, and  gain experience of relevant statutory tasks and duties. You will also develop the skills and competencies you’ll need to be able to practise as a social worker when you graduate.

We work with a broad range of organisations to offer interesting social work placements, including the local authority, NHS, voluntary and independent sectors. Our students have worked with organisations such as Barnados, Sure Start Children’s Centres, Mind and The Prince’s Trust, as well as local county councils and schools.

As clinical practice is a large part of our operating department practice courses, we work closely with several NHS trusts to provide clinical placements for all our students.

Going out on placement will give you the chance to experience working in a

fully functional operating theatre. You’ll work with anaesthetics, surgery and recovery teams, and get first-hand insight into the skills needed to provide effective patient care.

Developing your knowledge in these areas, across a variety of clinical settings, will help you to meet the competencies required to be able to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) when you graduate.

During your placement, a clinical member of staff will provide mentorship, supervise your experience, and make sure you are meeting the requirements of the course. Teaching staff at Bucks will also be there to support you.

You will spend around 35% of your course time at university, and the rest on placement.