At Leeds you have the opportunity to work across different NHS trust which exposes you to a variety of clinical environments.
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 audiology centres. 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, up to 15 weeks in year two and around 20 weeks in year three and comprise of day and block placements.
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 and centres including those in Harrogate, 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.
All you need to know about our clinical placements
How our placements are structured
Clinical placements are arranged for you in NHS hospitals in the Yorkshire and Humber region (and one opportunity in Newcastle) in tandem with practical training in our bespoke audiology laboratories at the University. These will be around 10 weeks in year one, up to 15 weeks in year two and around 20 weeks in year three and comprise of both single day and block placements.
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.
Enhancing your career
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. The course is HCPC approved which enables our graduates to apply for HCPC registration and seek employment as a Hearing Aid Dispenser.
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 the possibility of 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.