University of Chester

Programme Specification
Midwifery BSc (Hons) (Single Honours)
2017 - 2018

Bachelor of Science (Single Honours)

Midwifery

Midwifery

University of Chester

University of Chester

Sites determined by the Faculty of Health and Social Care

Professional/ Specialist/ Community/ Advanced Practice (Nursing & Midwifery)

Full-time

Classroom / Laboratory,

3 years

7 Years

Annual - September

B730

B720

Yes

17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Health and Social Care Health and Social Care

NMC (2009) Standards of Proficiency for Pre-Registration Midwifery Education 

QAA for Healthcare Programmes: Midwifery 2001

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Faculty of Health and Social Care, Midwifery Module Assessment Board

Tuesday 1st May 2012

By the end of the programme, students will be able to:

  1. Perform as accountable and autonomous practitioners within health care teams or independently in accordance with:  (i) European Community Midwives Directive, 80/155/EEC.

    (ii) European Community Midwives Directive, 89/594/EEC.

    (iii) QAA Academic and Practitioner Standards for Midwifery (QAA August 2001) - Standards of Proficiency for Pre-registration Midwifery Education (2009), Nursing and Midwifery Council, London.

    (iv) Standards to support learning and assessment in practice (2008) Nursing and Midwifery Council, London

    (v) Quality Assurance Handbook (2014) Nursing and Midwifery Council, London

    (vi) The Code Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives (2015) Nursing and Midwifery Council, London.

  2. Utilise the skills of analysis and reflection to appraise the basis of midwifery theory and practice.                         
  3. Demonstrate fitness for practice through comprehensive assessment of the needs of clients to include physical, social, psychological, spiritual and health promotion needs.                         
  4. Plan and implement evidence-based care for clients with reference to professional, multi-professional, holistic, ethical and legal frameworks within a range of healthcare settings.
  5. Demonstrate fitness for purpose through reflecting on all aspects of midwifery care, using reflective, problem solving and decision-making skills, and integrating evidence-based theory and practice.                        
  6. Demonstrate fitness for award through achievement of competencies at all levels of study within the programme, and promote the ethos of life-long learning and commitment to ongoing education and development.                      
  7. Meet professional requirements and responsibilities regarding professional conduct, accountability, ethical and legal obligations and respect for others.
  8. Participate effectively in teams and in multi-professional approaches to care, showing sound communication and interpersonal skills. 
  9. Challenge assumptions and practice, justify own practice, and initiate and participate in research-based activities.                          
  10. Demonstrate the ability to prioritise the care giving of self and others, to promote partnerships of care and to contribute to the development of quality assurance protocols. 
  11. Demonstrate leadership and autonomy in care giving and management. Offer support and guidance to others while analysing needs and abilities. 
  12. Demonstrate a proactive approach to practice with the ability to act as a role model and critically analyse and evaluate policies and protocols.

Evaluate the underpinning theoretical base of midwifery using a reflective framework, including:

  • Professional, legal and ethical issues.
  • Key concepts, principles and policies related to midwifery care.
  • The evidence-based approach and dissemination of information.

The learning outcomes for each module clearly show the requirements for all students undertaking the programme with regard to the wide range of programme content and the expected level of achievement commensurate with standard benchmarks. The teaching, learning, and assessment strategies for the programme are designed to facilitate the student to gain knowledge and develop a sound understanding of all theoretical components and, importantly, apply the theory base to practice. Progression of the students' knowledge and understanding is thus demonstrated through the learning outcomes, the variety of assessment strategies, the ongoing record of achievement and the level-related assessment marking criteria.

Students who achieve 120 credits at level 4, 120 credits at level 5 and 120 credits at level 6, will exit the programme with a BSc (Hons) Midwifery.

Programme outcome mapped against modules: 

Module

Knowledge & understanding

MW4100 Applied Sciences in Midwifery I

CLT

MW4101 Applied Sciences in Midwifery II

CLT

MW4105 Key Skills in Midwifery

CLTP

MW4103 Normal Midwifery Care

CLTP

MW4104 Skills for Midwifery Practice

CLTP

MW4102 Health Promotion and Public Health (achieved at level 4)

CLT

MW5100 Sexual Health and the Role of the Midwife

CLT

MW5103 Professional Issues in Midwifery

CLT

MW5102 Maternity Complications and Emergencies

CLT

MW5105 Medical Disorders in Pregnancy

CLT

MW5101 Care of the Newborn

CLT

MW5104 Neonatal Nutrition (achieved at level 5)

CLT

MW6203 Research in Context

CLT

MW6200 The Accountable Midwife

CLT

MW6202 Preparation for Professional Practice

CLT

MW6201 Governance Driving Maternity Services

CLT

MW6204 Research Proposal (double module) (achieved at level 6)

CLT

 Key: C = Content   L= Learning/teaching method   P = Practice   T = Theory assessment

The ability to:

  • Analyse and evaluate self-management and direction, and the ability to think logically and critically.
  • Evaluate the delivery and management of care using reflective, problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Explore, analyse and process information applicable to their area of practice.

The programme is designed to foster the development of the students' intellectual/cognitive skills. The close alignment of the teaching, learning and assessment methods requires students to engage with others in both practice and classroom settings, to share ideas and to gradually develop critical, analytical and reflective skills. At level six, students are further encouraged to challenge current thinking and practice. All students are encouraged to develop problem-solving skills through enquiry/problem-based learning. Seminars and group work will provide forums for students to articulate thoughts, feelings, and beliefs, and develop skills in constructing intellectual concepts for debate. This will further encourage the development of critical and reflective skills of students, and learning outcomes reflect the development of these skills to the appropriate level.

Programme outcome mapped against modules: 

Module

Cognitive Skills

MW4100 Applied Sciences in Midwifery I

CLT

MW4101 Applied Sciences in Midwifery II

CLT

MW4105 Key Skills in Midwifery

CLPT

MW4103 Normal Midwifery Care

CLTP

MW4104 Skills for Midwifery Practice

CLTP

MW4102 Health Promotion and Public Health (achieved at level 4)

CLT

MW5100 Sexual Health and the Role of the Midwife

CLT

MW5103 Professional Issues in Midwifery

CLT

MW5102 Maternity Complications and Emergencies

CLT

MW5105 Medical Disorders in Pregnancy

CLT

MW5101 Care of the Newborn

CLT

MW5104 Neonatal Nutrition (achieved at level 5)

CLT

MW6203 Research in Context

CLT

MW6200 The Accountable Midwife

CLT

MW6202 Preparation for Professional Practice

CLT

MW6201 Governance Driving Maternity Services

CLT

MW6204 Research Proposal (double module) (achieved at level 6)

CLT

 Key: C = Content   L= Learning/teaching method   P = Practice   T = Theory assessment

Practical Skills:

The ability to:

  • Communicate effectively with individuals and groups.
  • Identify, analyse and integrate appropriate evidence to underpin practice.
  • Select and utilise effective midwifery skills.
  • Demonstrate accountability and responsibility when undertaking the delivery of midwifery care

The programme is designed as 50% theory and 50% practice. Students are therefore required to develop practical skills to a minimum of the NMC Standards (NMC 2009) for entry to the register. Skills development is fostered in both the clinical setting and in skills laboratories. The underpinning theoretical and attitudinal base is placed appropriately in the module delivery so that clear links are made between theory and practice. The assessment strategy requires learning outcomes to be met and the use of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) in the programme offers measurement of practice outcomes.

Transferable Professional Skills:

The ability to:

  • Communicate effectively at both individual and group levels.
  • Select and utilise appropriate technologies to process information.
  • Apply and evaluate literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Work collaboratively within an inter-professional environment.
  • Identify and utilise a self-directed approach to learning in both formal and informal environments.
  • Apply evidence-based practice.

The programme fosters the development of many transferable skills. These may be considered under the heading of Key Skills.

Programme outcome mapped against modules: 

Module

Practical Skills

MW4100 Applied Sciences in Midwifery I

P

MW4101 Applied Sciences in Midwifery II

P

MW4105 Key Skills in Midwifery

P

MW4103 Normal Midwifery Care

CLTP

MW4104 Skills for Midwifery Practice

CLTP

MW4102 Health Promotion and Public Health (achieved at level 4)

P

MW5100 Sexual Health and the Role of the Midwife

P

MW5103 Professional Issues in Midwifery

CLT

MW5102 Maternity Complications and Emergencies

CLT

MW5105 Medical Disorders in Pregnancy

CLT

MW5101 Care of the Newborn

CLT

MW5104 Neonatal Nutrition (achieved at level 5)

CLT

MW6203 Research in Context

 

MW6200 The Accountable Midwife

CLT

MW6202 Preparation for Professional Practice

CLT

MW6201 Governance Driving Maternity Services

CLT

MW6204 Research Proposal (double module) (achieved at level 6)

CLT

 Key: C = Content   L= Learning/teaching method   P = Practice   T = Theory assessment

The ability to:

  • Communicate effectively at both individual and group levels.
  • Select and utilise appropriate technologies to process information.
  • Work collaboratively within an inter-professional environment.
  • Apply and evaluate literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Identify and utilise a self-directed approach to learning in both formal and informal environments.
  • Develop a logical approach to problem-solving in a caring environment.

Communication is specifically addressed in the module content and/or practice outcomes throughout the programme. It can also be seen that all written work will demonstrate the development of the students’ written communication skills. The completed profiles for each module will therefore evidence the development of communication as a key skill. The students will demonstrate via their 8,000 word dissertation, a level of written communication skills commensurate with graduate status. The promotion of communication by learning/ teaching methods is identified in every module. This reflects two aspects of module delivery, namely the use of small group work with seminars and tutorials in every module, and the practice-based learning component which requires the student to develop their communication skills through the learning process of developing practical skills.

Application of number is principally incorporated as either part of the module content and/or as a practice outcome. This reflects the fact that the main applications of this skill in the programme are in drug and fluid calculations, measurements of physical parameters, and the retrieval and analysis of data. Students are expected to further develop this key skill with relation to analysis of research-based statistical data in their third year of studies. Summative assessment relating to numeracy forms part of the programme in years one and three with the requirement that students are assessed in numeracy in the practice area.

Information technology is incorporated in all four categories throughout the programme. This acknowledges the fact that students are expected to access and use the available IT facilities. Demonstration of word processing skills is expected in written assignments such as essays, care studies, seminar reports etc.  The students receive in-house computer training at the Hospital Trusts to enable them to use the onsite record and computer systems.

Improving own learning has been identified as a skill which will develop throughout, evidenced particularly in the practice outcomes. The assessment strategy requires students to reflect on the outcomes, which includes identifying their own learning needs. The programme also encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning, and to become more independent and autonomous learners with an increasing use of self-directed study time as the individual progresses throughout the programme.

Working with others is a skill promoted throughout the programme, particularly as a learning method. The student will develop expertise in working with others in both the clinical and classroom settings e.g. group work with feedback and enquiry based learning. The skill is also inherent in the module practice outcomes as students must not only work with others, but care appropriately for others in the practice setting.

Problem solving is primarily fostered through the use of problem-based learning. This will be used to some extent in most modules, but is identified as a learning method in specified modules such as MW6200 The Accountable Midwife.

All key skills can therefore be seen to be incorporated throughout the programme, allowing the student the opportunity to develop appropriate levels of skills in all six key areas.

Programme outcome mapped against modules: 

Module

Communication Skills

MW4100 Applied Sciences in Midwifery I

 

MW4101 Applied Sciences in Midwifery II

 

MW4105 Key Skills in Midwifery

CLTP

MW4103 Normal Midwifery Care

CLTP

MW4104 Skills for Midwifery Practice

CLTP

MW4102 Health Promotion and Public Health (achieved at level 4)

CLT

MW5100 Sexual Health and the Role of the Midwife

CLTP

MW5103 Professional Issues in Midwifery

CLTP

MW5102 Maternity Complications and Emergencies

CLTP

MW5105 Medical Disorders in Pregnancy

CLTP

MW5101 Care of the Newborn

CLTP

MW5104 Neonatal Nutrition (achieved at level 5)

CLTP

MW6203 Research in Context

CLT

MW6200 The Accountable Midwife

CLTP

MW6202 Preparation for Professional Practice

CLTP

MW6201 Governance Driving Maternity Services

CLTP

MW6204 Research Proposal (double module) (achieved at level 6)

CLTP

 Key: C = Content   L= Learning/teaching method   P = Practice   T = Theory assessment

The programme is informed by the validation requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and University of Chester.  The programme conforms to the NMC requirement to equal no less than three years' full time study and no more than seven years' part time study.  This requires a total of 5062.5 hours, 50% of which are theory and 50% practice.  Each module within the programme is worth 20 credits with 200 hours of associated learning and teaching, except for the double modules which are 40 credits with 400 hours of learning and teaching.   

The programme is linked to a Higher Education accreditation system, with existing mechanisms for the award of credit for appropriate learning and prior experiential learning, although at present AP(E)L is not permitted in midwifery programmes.  No student may seek an award for completion of the modules comprising this programme without having been registered for the qualification and having engaged with all the appropriate programme admissions procedures.  Through this, the graduate will have developed analytical techniques and problem-solving skills that can be applied in their chosen field of employment.  The graduate will be able to evaluate evidence, arguments and assumptions, to reach sound judgements, and to communicate effectively. An Honours graduate should have the qualities needed for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility, and decision-making in complex and unpredictable circumstances.  They will have the qualities necessary for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making, and be fit for practice, purpose and award. 

The modules have internal integrity and are linked together to form a coherent programme of learning.

Year 1

The underpinning principles for the first year of the programme are to introduce the student to normal midwifery and the acquisition of appropriate skills for practice. MW4103 Normal Midwifery Care module focuses on the care required by women during pregnancy, intrapartum and postnataly, and MW4104 Skills for Midwifery Practice module focuses on the specific skills required for delivering midwifery care. Initially, students will have the opportunity to practise skills within a dedicated skills laboratory, prior to gaining skill in the live situation. Students are focused towards the concepts of normal midwifery and management of care, underpinned by  MW4100 and MW4101 Applied Sciences in Midwifery Practice  I and II modules which give an holistic approach to anatomy and physiology, all applied to midwifery practice. There will be an introduction to public health role of the midwife in MW4102 Health Promotion and Public Health in Midwifery Practice including the way midwives work interprofessionally. Key skills are taught via a dedicated module.

The NMC Standards practice assessment document sits within MWX400 a non credit bearing module, which students must pass in order to progress to level 5 studies.

All modules studied in year one are at academic level 4.

Students who achieve 120 credits at level 4 may exit at the end of year one with a Certificate in Higher Education - Health Care Studies.

Year 2

During year two, the acquisition of midwifery-specific skills will continue, with the focus on MW5102 Maternity Complications and Emergencies and MW5105 Medical Disorders in Pregnancy. The expanding role of the midwife in other aspects of health is a major part of this year, with student placements and modules relating to neonatal care (MW5101), reproductive and sexual health (MW5100) included in addition to midwifery placements. Legal and ethical issues will be studied (MW5103), integrated with midwifery theory, and students will have the opportunity to analyse the evidence base for practice. A dedicated module on neonatal nutrition (MW5104) is offered which has recently gained full accreditation from the Baby Friendly Initiative.

The NMC Standards practice assessment document sits within MWX500 a non credit bearing module, which students must pass in order to progress to level 6 studies.

All modules are at academic level 5.

Students who achieve 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 may exit at the end of year two with a Diploma in Higher Education - Health Care Studies.

Year 3

Acquisition of specific midwifery skills will continue, and be completed during this year. The practice focus of this year is the development of a skilled, accountable practitioner, who has the competencies for admission to the NMC register (MW6200). Professional development is a major focus during this year with case-loading, international perspectives, risk management, management issues and team-working included in (MW6202). (MW6201) Governance Driving Maternity Services provides a political awareness of the development of initiatives within maternity services, and an overview of clinical governance and quality frameworks. Research in Context (MW6203) provides the student with a systematic breakdown and application of the research process, in preparation for the final module (MW6204) which is a double module, where a research proposal is prepared and submitted as a dissertation.

The NMC Standards practice assessment document sits within MWX600 a non credit bearing module, which students must pass in order to achieve a BSc (Hons) Midwifery and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council .

All modules are at academic level 6.

Students who achieve 120 credits at level 4, 120 credits at level 5 and 120 credits at level 6, will exit the programme with a BSc (Hons) Midwifery.

Students who complete 120 credits at level 6, but do not pass the final practice element/or do not complete the necessary hours and are not eligible for registration. These students may exit with a BSc (Hons) Health Care Studies.

Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
MW4100 4 Applied Sciences in Midwifery Practice 1 20 Comp
MW4101 4 Applied Sciences in Midwifery Practice 2 20 Comp
MW4102 4 Health Promotion and Public Health in Midwifery Practice 20 Comp
MW4103 4 Normal Midwifery Care 20 Comp
MW4104 4 Skills for Midwifery Practice 20 Comp
MW4105 4 Key Skills for Midwifery 20 Comp
MWX400 4 Standards of Proficiency (Practice) 4 0 Comp
MW5100 5 Sexual Health and the Role of the Midwife 20 Comp
MW5101 5 Care of the Newborn Infant 20 Comp
MW5102 5 Maternity Complications and Emergencies 20 Comp
MW5103 5 Professional Issues in Midwifery 20 Comp
MW5104 5 Neonatal Nutrition 20 Comp
MW5105 5 Medical Disorders in Pregnancy 20 Comp
MWX500 5 Standards of Proficiency (Practice) 5 0 Comp
MW6200 6 The Accountable Midwife 20 Comp
MW6201 6 Governance Driving Maternity Services 20 Comp
MW6202 6 Preparation for Professional Practice 20 Comp
MW6203 6 Research in Context 20 Comp
MW6204 6 Research Proposal 40 Comp
MWX600 6 Standards of Proficiency (Practice) 6 0 Comp

Year One comprises of 6 x 20 credit modules, which equates to 120 credits at level 4. On successful completion of 120 credits at level 4 the exit award is a Certificate in Higher Education Health Studies (without midwifery registration).

Year Two comprises of 6 x 20 credit modules, which equates to 120 credits at level 5. On successful completion of 120 credits at level 5 the exit award is a Diploma in Higher Education Health Studies (without midwifery registration).

Year Three comprises of 4 x 20 credit modules and one 40 credit module, which equates to 120 credits at level 6. Students are awarded a BSc (Hons) Midwifery and registration on the Midwifery part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Students who complete 120 credits at level 6, but do not pass the final practice element/or do not complete the necessary hours and are not eligible for registration. These students may exit with a BSc (Hons) Health Care Studies.

Students must pass every component and module, with a minimum mark of 40%. Students are only allowed two attempts at their practice assessments.

The following benchmarks have been mapped to the modules to ensure that national quality frameworks have been met: The NMC Standards for Pre-Registration Midwifery Education (http://www.nmc.org.uk/), and QAA Midwifery subject benchmarks which are available on the QAA website (http://www.qaa.ac.uk/).  They represent the general expectations of standards for the award of qualifications at a given level, and articulate the attributes and capabilities that should be demonstrated by a registered midwife.

The NMC have removed mandatory maximum time limits for completion of education programmes.  The removal of time limits gives greater flexibility to students, making sure that no individual is disadvantaged if unforeseen events interrupt their studies.  The NMC feel that education institutions are best placed to decide the length of their courses, and to make reasonable adjustments to this in individual cases where students have specific needs.

Following advice from Registry, current University of Chester registration periods will now apply to Bachelor’s degrees: this clearly applies to the Pre-Registration Midwifery programme.  For entry at level 4, the time limit for completion will be seven years.  Registry have made it clear that it is extremely important that everyone involved understands that the NMC’s new guidance does not mean that students can take as long as they like to complete.

Following sucessful completion of 360 credits including all practice outcomes and assessments the student is eligble to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Applicants must comply with the guidance from the NMC with regard to admission to a programme of midwifery education.  Applications are encouraged from mature students and from groups normally under-represented in higher education. Applicants are invited to attend for interview following scrutiny of their application form and based on their academic qualifications. T he interview, conducted by a member of academic staff and a representative from clinical practice or service user, will seek to assess the candidates' communication skills, knowledge of the role of the midwife, the ability to discuss a relevant midwifery article and their motivation and aptitude for midwifery in relation to behavioural and situational scenarios.

Applicants for the BSc (Hons) Midwifery require a minimum of 5 passes at GSCE, one of which should be English and one Mathematics, and also 120 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent, including Biology, Human Biology or Applied Science. Of the 120 UCAS points, 8 points can be obtained from GCE or VCE A levels.

Details of equivalent courses can be obtained from Admissions.

The Faculty of Health and Social Care facilitates a widening of access to its programmes by accepting that qualification points for entry may be met by ‘a combination or range of educational, vocational and access qualifications, which would indicate that the candidate has undertaken a substantial course of study'. (NMC circulars will advise future qualification requirements).

Midwifery is both mentally and physically demanding, and the good character and health of all successful applicants will be assessed to establish fitness to undertake midwifery education.  The Occupational Health Departments of our partnership NHS trusts examine and assess the health of all candidates to ensure that they are physically fit to commence the programme.  In addition, each candidate must be declared 'fit' in accordance with the Clothier report recommendations.  This is normally done via a letter from the candidates' GP.  An enhanced DBS check is also required prior to commencing the programme.

The following benchmarks have been mapped to the modules to ensure that national quality frameworks have been met: The NMC Standards of Proficiency, Standards for pre-registration midwifery education (NMC, 2009) (http://www.nmc.org.uk/), and QAA Midwifery subject benchmarks (2001) which are available on the QAA website (http://www.qaa.ac.uk/). They represent the general expectations of standards for the award of qualifications at a given level, and articulate the attributes and capabilities that should be demonstrated by a registered midwife.

The programme clearly offers students the opportunity to achieve the characteristics of a graduate, with assessment criteria based on the QAA (QAA, 2001) and the University of Chester documents which define these characteristics at level 6.  These characteristics demonstrate reasoning with regard to complex issues which shows a suitability to explore and develop alternative solutions.  Acquisition of knowledge that is at the forefront of at least some aspects of the subject, and which is informed substantially by current research or other advanced scholarship. Apply the methods, techniques, and modes of practice that they have learned and review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding.  Conceptual understanding that enables the student to describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research or equivalent advanced scholarship, in the subject. Demonstrate appreciation of the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of relevant knowledge and applicable techniques enabling them to take initiatives and accept significant responsibility within organisations.  Demonstrate critical analysis and be able to deal with complex issues.  Consider abstract data, concepts and/or raw materials and frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution, or identify a range of solutions to a problem.  Demonstrate the ability to deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry.  Critically evaluate current research methodology and scholarship. Communicate ideas, problems and solutions in a variety of formats appropriate to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

The above themes of reasoning, knowledge, understanding, theory/practice link, analysis, problem solving, evaluating evidence and argument, reaching sound judgements, communication and midwifery skills run throughout the programme.  They are introduced to the students at level 4 and then developed throughout levels 5 and 6.  All of the modules within the programme are applied to midwifery practice. Transferable key skills are further developed throughout the modules.  Midwifery practice is underpinned by the key components of research and evidenced based practice and they are integral to the delivery of the programme.

Within Level 4 studies the students are introduced to normal midwifery practice and their knowledge, reasoning, understanding, theory/practice links, communication and delivery of midwifery care are focused on this sphere of care delivery.

Within Level 5 studies the students are introduced to complex issues and care in the maternity care setting and they further develop their knowledge, reasoning, understanding, theory/practice links, communication and delivery of midwifery care and are introduced to critical analysis, problem solving, evaluating evidence and argument, and reaching sound judgements.

Within Level 6 studies the students must demonstrate their ability to be critical thinkers who can plan, implement and evaluate maternity care pathways.  By the conclusion of this level of study the students should demonstrate their abilities to able to reason, apply their knowledge and understanding and clearly make theory/practice links, have the skills to be able to critically analyse, problem solve and evaluate evidence to enable them to reach sound judgements, possess excellent communication and midwifery skills, so that they on the point of qualification have the abilities to be dynamic, accountable, competent and confident midwifery practitioners.               

Students will experience a variety of teaching and learning methods designed to facilitate the achievement of all learning outcomes within a student-centred approach, and to foster personal and professional development.

A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be used to meet the programme learning outcomes.

  • Formal lectures
  • Tutorials (Individual and Group tutorials)
  • Group work
  • Discussion
  • Concept mapping
  • Poster and seminar presentations
  • Work-based learning
  • E-learning, blended learning
  • Enquiry-based learning
  • Scenario - based learning
  • Library and web-based research exercises
  • Project work
  • case discussions
  • Action learning sets
  • Experiential learning sets
  • Demonstrations, skills drills and simulations, service users and clinical perspectives
  • Learning in practice environment
  • Self-directed learning
  • Inter-professional learning is a key feature within the programme
  • Peer learning will be encouraged throughout

Inter-professional learning is addressed in theory and practice it is formally assessed with the Portfolio of Practice Learning and the NMC Standards.

The programme utilises service users in the delivery of the curriculum, by direct teaching, reflection on service user/carer, and personal stories.

Student support and direction will be provided by interactive discussion and individual feedback, which will promote development of the reflective thinking skills required to address practice issues.

All assessments incorporate formative assessment elements designed to enable progression of learning for example mock examinations, formative seminar presentations, tutorial feedback and intermediate practice assessments.  Students receive feed forward comments on all formative and summative assessments to enable them to achieve the stated learning outcomes of every module and to progress with their studies.

Students will be exposed to a variety of assessment methods designed to ensure that the content, outcomes and level of the modules are measured in a fair and transparent manner. Examples include assignments, Powerpoint seminar presentations, individual case studies, Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), unseen written examination, multiple choice examinations, care plans, workbooks, research critique and a research proposal.

Knowledge and understanding will be tested through written assignments, Powerpoint seminar presentations, examination, workbooks and individual case studies. Intellectual skills will be assessed normally through coursework, and students will be asked to demonstrate thinking and cognitive ability through written assignments, examinations, Powerpoint seminar presentations, individual case studies and reflective accounts. Practical skills will be assessed through OSCEs, Portfolio of Practice Learning and the Standards document, practice will be marked and graded, as required by the NMC. All aspects of the assessment strategy will be used to evaluate transferable/key skills and, where relevant, are mapped against national benchmarks.

A detailed Scheme of Assessment may be found in the Programme Handbook.

Employability

This programme has an excellent track record of employability for students on completion. The majority of our students gain employment in the North West in our local Trusts. Many of our graduates have progressed to work as advanced midwifery practitioners, ward managers or specialist roles. These roles include safeguarding, perinatal mental health, fetal medicine, public health, normality, home birth teams or caring for specific groups such as teenagers. 

Graduate characteristics

The programme clearly offers students the opportunity to achieve the characteristics of a graduate, with assessment criteria based on the QAA and the University of Chester documents which define these characteristics at level 6.

Reasoning

Demonstrate reasoning with regard to complex issues which shows a suitability to explore and develop alternative solutions.

Knowledge

Acquisition of knowledge that is at the forefront of at least some aspects of the subject, and which is informed substantially by current research or other advanced scholarship. Apply the methods, techniques, and modes of practice that they have learned and review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding.

Understanding

Conceptual understanding that enables the student to describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research or equivalent advanced scholarship, in the subject. Demonstrate appreciation of the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge.

Theory/practice link

Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of relevant knowledge and applicable techniques enabling them to take initiatives and accept significant responsibility within organisations.

Analysis

Demonstrate critical analysis and be able to deal with complex issues.

Problem solving

Consider abstract data, concepts and/or raw materials and frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution, or identify a range of solutions to a problem.

Evaluating evidence and argument

Demonstrate an ability to deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry.

Reaching sound judgements

Demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate current research methodology and scholarship.

Communicating

Demonstrate an ability to communicate ideas problems and solutions in a variety of formats appropriate to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.        

The University is committed to the promotion of equality of opportunity both as an employer and an educational institution. For this purpose it has an Equal Opportunities Policy and appropriate codes of practice to ensure compliance with the Equality Act 2010. The policy covers discrimination in relation to the protected characteristics of disability, age, race, gender, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. The policy relates to all aspects of employment, academic and student experience. It is implemented by heads of department reporting to a designated meber of the Senior Management team. Support is provided by the Director of Student Futures and the Director of HRM in consultation with bodies such as the Equlity Forum.

The aim of the policy is to ensure that all students and members of staff at the University of Chester have equality of opportunity and are treated solely on the basis of their aptitude, ability and potential to pursue a course of study or to fulfil the requirements of a job. The policy also aims to eliminate unlawful or unfair discrimination.

We are, in particular, committed to widening access to higher education. Within an ethically aware and professional environment, we acknowledge our responsibilities to promote freedom of enquiry and scholarly expression.

For full time students the programme must be completed within seven years of commencement in line with University regulations, and for part-time students, within seven years of commencement.

The NMC have removed mandatory maximum time limits for completion of education programmes. The removal of time limits gives greater flexibility to students, making sure that no individual is disadvantaged if unforeseen events interrupt their studies.  The NMC feel that education institutions are best placed to decide the length of their courses, and to make reasonable adjustments to this in individual cases where students have specific needs.

Following advice from Registry, current University of Chester registration periods will now apply to Bachelor’s degrees: this clearly applies to the Pre-Registration Midwifery programme.  For entry at level 4, the time limit for completion will be seven years.  Registry have made it clear that it is extremely important that everyone involved understands that the NMC’s new guidance does not mean that students can take as long as they like to complete.

The nutrition module MW5104 within the programme has been fully accredited by the UK Baby Friendly Initiative.

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