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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HECS3242 International Study - Healthcare Provision Outside the UK (26 weeks)

10 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Melanie Robbins

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

- Completion of 120 Level 2 credits or equivalent
- Theory and Practice Module 5; assessed clinical placement and practice hours.
- Identify and agree an appropriate theoretical module to be undertaken in the host country .


HECS3248Theory and Practice Module 5

This module is mutually exclusive with

DONE3007European Nursing
HECS3169International Healthcare
HECS3170Independent Study Outside UK

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary



The overall aim of the module is to widen the student’s perception and experience of health care which is important with the increasing globalisation of healthcare and in terms of employability. This will be achieved by exploring the health needs of communities/client groups of a foreign country and analysing how these needs are met through legislation, policy and service organisation and delivery during a 26 week placement in the chosen country. This constitutes experience not normally available in the UK. The student will then be able to draw comparisons between the UK and their chosen country as well as identify innovations in practice which could be usefully adopted here.

Additionally the international placement will provide the student with an opportunity to develop personal and professional skills required for independent study which are essential for healthcare professionals. The student will also have an opportunity for peer learning. This module complies with the Erasmus / Socrates schemes. The practice undertaken aboard will constitute part of the student’s assessed practice requirements and constitute part of the assessed theory requirements of their specific programmes, via the co-requisite modules, and the regulations re pass/fail of practice placements will apply, as indicated within the co-requisite module.

In addition, all placements will need to be organised through the International Lead for the School to ensure the placement meets the following criteria:
- The student must have agreement from the Programme Manager to undertake the module
- The student must have completed all level 2 theoretical work by end of July of year 2
- The student must have completed all year 2 clinical placements by the beginning of year 3
- Academic support or equivalent from a linked educational establishment in the intended country
- All student experiences must be in environments that are recognised, and have been approved, by the linked educational establishment
- The 26 week period in placement outside the UK complies with the requirements of the student's UK professional/regulatory body in terms of registration criteria
- Students language skills (relevant for host country) are at a level to enable them to undertake a clinical placement by the time placement in the host country begins (NB Erasmus /Socrates monies available to undertake intensive language course prior to placement)
- The student has an agreed learning contract with the module manager and International lead for the School and the appropriate person in the chosen country.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will:
- Be able to analyse their experience of a health care system outside the UK in relation to the students chosen profession/client group.
- Critically analyse the health needs of other communities /client groups outside UK
- Have evaluated the service provision available to meet the needs of the community/client group
- Demonstrate development personal and professional skills evidenced by the ability to study independently
- Have undertaken an agreed theoretical module to meet programme outcomes. This may be by undertaking module(s) at host University/School of Nursing or by undertaking modules from own programme via distance learning.
- Have completed an assessed practice placement within host country. The placement area must be agreed and enable to the student to complete the required practice outcomes relevant for their programme requirements.


This is negotiated so will vary from student to student. Details are given under module objectives.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning21.002.00
Private study hours89.80
Total Contact hours10.20
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Fieldwork: Hours dictated by co-requisite module/ professional body and these hours sit within the co-requisite module.

Formulating learning contract.
Preparation for practice area
Preparation for presentation and report writing.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Learning contract - revision & development.
Identification of presentation area
Academic supervision.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report1,500 word project report70.00
Presentation20 minute verbal presentation + 10 minutes for questions30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

As both elements are designed to assess different learning outcomes compensation will not be allowed

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/12/2018 16:33:09


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