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Code of Practice on Placement Learning

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1. Introduction

1.1 Coverage and scope

This Code of Practice provides guidance on the design, management and maintenance of periods of placement learning. It functions as a concise point of information on key issues, sets out minimum standards and expectations and notes examples of good practice. Its primary aim is to help Schools provide periods of placement learning and study away from Cardiff University that enrich the student experience and are valued by employers.

This current version of the Code of Practice aligns with the UK Quality Code for Higher Education[1]. Chapter B10: Managing Higher Education Provision with Others, in particular, sets out sector-wide expectations and indicators of sound practice that provide the context for this document and placement provision at Cardiff University[2].

1.2 What is placement learning?

1.3 Role and value of placements

1.4 Key contacts

2. Common Principles and Minimum Requirements

2.1 Common principles

2.2 Minimum requirements, responsibilities and entitlements

3. Programme design

3.1 Designing placement programmes

3.2 Programme design:  Before and after placements

3.3 Assessment and feedback

3.4 Creating inclusive placements

4. Managing placements

4.1 Health and safety

4.2 Insurance

4.3 Fees and funding

4.4 Staff roles

4.5 Placement agreements

4.6 Contact between the School, students and the placement host

4.7 Cardiff University as placement host

4.8 Monitoring and evaluation

Appendix 1

Appendix 2

[1] Document history: the current Code of Practice on Placement Learning is a revision of the 2012 Code. This was preceded by the 2004 Code of Practice on Study Away Interim Guidance Note and the 1999 Code of Practice on Study Away.

[2] QAA Quality Code for Higher Education. Chapter B10: Managing Higher Education Provision with Others.


Dr Nathan Roberts

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Page last updated: 23 September 2015