The Code of Practice The Code of Practice

The Code of Practice outlines the key principles of good practice for staff and students involved with Placement opportunities. The document also includes information you will need to get the most out of your placement, including all the relevant processes.

Code of Practice for Placements and Work-Based Learning

Risk Assessment Tool

Placement Provider Agreement Form

Placement Approval Form


Students who have a disability might want to contact our Student Support Service Team for Disability who can provide them with guidance and support.

More information on the Disability Team

Policy and Guidance Policy and Guidance

The following are our policies and guidance regarding placement, including information on Placement Directors - all of these come into effect at the start of academic year 2018/19.

Separate guidance is available for Postgraduate Research Placements; if you have any queries about postgraduate research placements contact your PGR Service Team

Taught Programmes Guidance

Roles and Responsibilities of Placement Directors

University Policy on Placements

Insurance for Placements Insurance for Placements

  • Placement providers are required to confirm that they have Employers’ and Public Liability Insurance or equivalent in place. The UEA Insurance Officer has prepared further information about the types of insurances required
  • Students travelling abroad on approved placements which are part of their course can apply to be covered by the UEA’s travel policy.
  • For students joining placements with professional service organisations, the Placement Provider must confirm they have Professional Indemnity or Medical Malpractice insurance which will cover the student.  If the Placement Provider cannot confirm cover please liaise with UEA Insurance in the first instance.  It may be possible that insurance is available through the student’s professional body eg the College of Occupational Therapists or the Medical Defence Union.

For more information email us

Disclosure and Barring Service Disclosure and Barring Service

DBS checks are required for a variety of reasons - mainly for enrolment on or participation in a course or placement where you will work with or come into contact with:

  • Children/young people aged under 18
  • Vulnerable adults
  • People who need medical treatment/examination

If your course requires you to have a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure conducted by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) your details will be provided by Admissions or the Learning and Teaching Service and we will contact you via email to provide instructions about the process. However, if you have any queries please feel free to contact the Student Disclosure Service.

Contact the Student Disclosure Service

contact information contact information

Queries about the Code of Practice, forms or general questions

Sally Barber

Julia Jones




Social Sciences



Primary PGCE


Secondary PGCE


Diploma in Counselling


BA Education &

BA Physical Education


BA & MA Social Work




Medicine and Health Sciences


BSc & MSc Occupational Therapy


BSc & MSc Physiotherapy


BSc Speech and Language Therapy


Pre-registration nursing BSc (all fields)

Midwifery BSc (3yr & shortened programme)

Operating Department Practitioners

Paramedic Science (BSc & DipHE)




Physician Associate



Masters in Pharmacy

Further Resources Further Resources

UEA holds institutional membership with The Work Based and Placement Learning Association (ASET); it covers every member of staff. They provide a Good Practice Guide for Work Based and Placement Learning in Higher Education (2013) 

Further health and safety guidance for Higher Eduction Students is provided by the Universities and Colleges Employers Association’s (UCEA).