Practical Applications for Health and Social Care

University of Sunderland London campus runs a B.Sc. in Health and Social Care. As part of the course students are required to undertake a work placement component in their final year which forms the basis for the module SSC310 Practical Application. This 20 credit module will enable the student to undertake work based practice in an organisational setting of their choice. Students will utilise this experience to develop and reflect upon a range of generic, subject and programme specific skills which are likely to be required in any future career or area of employment.

Each student will consider their personal skills when choosing an area of placement. The placement should be for a total of 60 hours, the duties and times being negotiated between the student and the practice supervisor when agreeing the Learning Contract which will be provided by the student.  The placement should provide an opportunity to observe and become involved in normal organisational activities relevant to the student’s interests, knowledge, skills and abilities. This may include for example activities such as helping with personal care to clients, assisting at mealtimes and activities sessions. The students may also attend training sessions in the care setting as required to ensure safe and dignified care.

It is important that the students identify a practice supervisor who agrees to provide on-going support and guidance in placement.

Should the student wish to continue providing any service in a paid or unpaid capacity to the organisation after the duration of the placement that would be deemed a different contract between the student and the employer. This will be outside the jurisdiction of the University of Sunderland.

We would greatly appreciate if your care setting is able to provide our students with this valuable learning opportunity. If you are interested in working with us please email