As far as I am aware on this you must complete a certain number of hours or weeks on a placement as it's part of the coursework and without it then I think she would fail the course and would be therefore unable to go onto university for a nursing course ( if this is what she intends to do ) because this course gaunantee her a place at university.
Have they not suggested where she could do a placement about to allow her to look into it and try to get on one......!!!
It's similar to her doing a nursing course at university as must complete all the placement hours and the university studying hours to be able to get registered as a qualified nurse by the NMC.
I'm a registered midwife.