At Leeds you have the opportunity to work across different NHS trusts and private providers, exposing you to a variety of clinical environments – something that sets our students apart from others.
The breadth of specialities you will experience while on placement provides valuable insight and will allow you to develop a more rounded understanding of practices across NHS trusts. As a result of this approach, our students are better equipped and more able to adopt a flexible approach to working in different clinical settings following graduation.
The duration of placements will be around 10 weeks in year one, 15 weeks in year two and 20 weeks in year three.
Exceptional clinical placements
Our students always talk positively about their experiences on clinical placement. We have a clinical placement coordinator who works closely with our clinical colleagues to ensure that all our clinical placements throughout the Yorkshire region provide students with an exceptional experience.
Whilst on placement you will also be supported by a member of the audiology lecturing team who will have worked in clinical departments and will be able to help you gain the professional and clinical skills required to be an audiologist.
Audiology placements are based in a variety of hospitals including those in Harrogate, Sheffield, York, Hull and Bradford, and one of the key training partners for our courses is the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. This trust is one of the largest and most innovative in England, combining high-quality clinical services with academic research, pushing the boundaries of healthcare. We also have close relationships with specialist units in the region.
We believe in providing the broadest healthcare experience possible and have excellent relationships with teaching hospitals and universities around the world, which offers you the opportunity to experience healthcare settings outside of the UK.
How our placements are structured
Clinical placements are arranged for you in NHS hospitals and some private practices in the Yorkshire & Humber region (and one opportunity in Newcastle) in tandem with practical training in our bespoke audiology laboratories at the University. These total up to 11 weeks in Year 1; 18 weeks in Year 2 and 22 weeks in Year 3.
What you will learn during your placement
Hospital placements which were woven into the Audiology degree, developed knowledge and confidence in how to present myself both physically and behaviourally.
How it will benefits you by going on placements throughout the course
We guarantee that every student gets a placement
Where our placements are based
I know not all Universities find placements and accommodation for their students, but Leeds do support their students in this way. This is really helpful and reduces a lot of stress.
The Audiology degree at Leeds gives you an excellent grounding in patient centred care. I am now a Senior Audiologist, I would not have got here without the skills this degree taught me or my experiences on placement. When people ask, I always feel proud to say that I studied Audiology at Leeds.
Private sector placements
The University of Leeds has developed close partnerships with private sector audiology providers so that our students have the opportunity to go gain high quality experience in a private hearing dispenser setting. We believe that you should graduate having gained the broadest work experience available. We also want to ensure that your levels of employability remain high throughout your career due to the variety of placement experience you gain.
Enhancing your career
Work placements in the private sector will help develop a range of transferrable skills so that you are fully equipped to thrive in a competitive jobs market. On completion of our course you will be qualified and ready to work for a range of different employers which will give you a number of options once graduated.
What you will learn
In recent years we are pleased to have developed a circuit of exciting placement opportunities around the Yorkshire area with Boots and Amplifon. You will get the opportunity to experience how hearing aids are dispensed by high street providers and learn valuable skills in customer care, professionalism and understanding the client journey. You will learn specialist procedures and see the audiological profession from a commercial aspect.
We have also developed a close strategic partnership with Bayfields who own and operate stores across the north and the south east of England. The University of Leeds and Bayfields have agreed new opportunities for students to gain work experience in Bayfields stores and learn how they care for their clients. You will have the opportunity to benefit from this partnership through the delivery of some classroom teaching by Bayfields’ staff and by attending placement in one of their stores.
We are constantly innovating the relationships we have with our commercial partners and provide several opportunities for hearing aid manufacturers to contribute to the teaching on our course. We want you to benefit by developing advanced knowledge in technological advancements in the sector and we believe that the combination of manufacturer and retail expertise offered will really enhance your career. This knowledge, in tandem with both commercial and NHS placements will prepare you for a successful and exciting audiology career.