On this course, subject to meeting the relevant criteria, you could undertake eight placements over three years, each lasting from 2-10 weeks.  They take place in a range of settings including medical, surgical, acute care and community nursing.  

These include an elective placement and a final, management placement. During placements students are supported by experienced Practice Assessors and Supervisors. 

We aim to offer as wide a range of experiences as possible with our placement allocation. You will be allocated to both acute and community settings throughout the three years – this could include, but is not limited to, allocation to some of the following practice experiences: 


Placement information



  • Emergency department (ED) 

  • Critical Care (CCU) 

  • Trent Cardiac Centre  

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) 

  • Medical – CF/ urgent medical care/ assessment unit 

  • Surgical – elective/ emergency 

  • Renal 

  • Oncology 

  • Neurology 

  • Burns and plastics 

  • Gastroenterology  


  • Health visitors 

  • Community nurses 

  • School Nurses 

  • Nurse specialist teams 

  • Research nurse teams 

  • Outpatients 


Elective placement 

There is an 'elective placement' in the second year which you will arrange yourself, with some support from the school. This is an opportunity to get a deeper understanding of nursing, in an area that you're most interested in personally.  

In the past, students have pursued elective placements in various locations, including the prison service, neonatal units, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), and the Department of Health and Social Care.

Your nursing placements  

Please note:  The elective placement is self-funded. In order to undertake a placement, you will need to achieve the relevant academic requirements as set by the University and meet any requirements specified by the placement host. There is no guarantee that you will be able to undertake a placement in a specialist clinical setting as part of your course.