University of Chester

Programme Specification
Children's BN (Hons) (Single Honours)
2016 - 2017

Bachelor of Nursing (Single Honours)

Children's

Children's

University of Chester

University of Chester

As determined by the Faculty of Health and Social Care, but normally Chester (Riverside)

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

Full-time and Part-time

Classroom / Laboratory,

3 years (Full Time) 6 years (Flexible Route)

7 Years

Annual - September

B730

B730

Yes

17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Health and Social Care Health and Social Care

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards for pre-registration nursing education (NMC, 2010)

Quality Assurance Agency (2008) The framework for higher education qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Gloucester: QAA. (Subject benchmark standards for healthcare programmes: Nursing)

National Qualifications Framework (NQF)

Skills for Health Framework (2010)

The Skills Inventory is mapped against the Essential Skills Clusters Annexe 3, Guidance G7.1.5b as part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (2010) Standards for pre-registration nursing education [Online at] https://www.nmc.org.uk/globalassets/sitedocuments/standards/nmc-standards-for-pre-registration-nursing-education.pdf

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Pre-Registration Nursing Programmes Module Assessment Board

Tuesday 1st November 2011

The programme aims to provide professional nurse education which takes account of all the relevant professional and academic benchmarks, producing nurses who must act first and foremost to care for and safeguard the public.  They must practice autonomously and be responsible and accountable for safe compassionate person-centred, evidence-based nursing that respects and maintains dignity and human rights (NMC 2010). In the spirit of the new standards, this programme promotes shared learning, with and between fields.  The programme includes generic and field specific modules with an increasing amount of field learning as the programme progresses. The programme aims to enable students to:       
  

  • Undertake a dynamic and quality educational experience by providing a learning environment that promotes flexibility and creativity.
  • Become a proficient, confident, safe and accountable nurse underpinned by professional values and a rigorous evidence base. 
  • Develop and promote the skills of critical, analytical and reflective thinking.
  • Engage with the ethos of lifelong learning advancing their sense of personal responsibility and commitment to their ongoing education and development.
  • Become a competent professional practitioner who is fit for practice through promotion of practice-centred learning and the integration of evidence based theory and practice.
  • Provide high quality care, with an understanding of the way in which people's lifestyles, environments and the location of care delivery, influence their health and well-being.
  • Deliver complex care to service users in their field of practice, working in partnership with a variety of agencies and health care professionals.
  • Appreciate the distinctiveness of adult, children and young people, learning disability and mental health nursing and maternity care.  
  • Be able to understand and respond appropriately to constantly changing service delivery requirements.
  • Act with professionalism and integrity, and work within ethical and legal frameworks.
  • Develop leadership skills, including the ability to exercise initiative and decision-making in complex, enduring and unpredictable contexts.
  • Develop key transferable skills in the context of local, national, international and global health care delivery.
  • Engage in the world of work by acquiring the necessary skills valued highly by employers, and/or to establish enterprise and entrepreneurial acumen.
  • Develop an autonomous practitioner who is able to supervise and manage others in the delivery of care.

By the end of the programme (Level 6/Honours H Level), the students are able to:

  • Critically review, consolidate and extend a systematic and coherent body of knowledge.
  • Critically evaluate new concepts and evidence from a range of sources.
  • Transfer and apply diagnostic and creative skills and exercise significant judgement in a range of situations.

Knowledge and Understanding

Following successful completion of 120 credits at level 4 (exit award of Certificate of Higher Education in Health Care Studies) and achievement of progression point one criteria from Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards for Pre-registration Nursing (2010) students will be able to:

  • Identify and discuss key concepts, principles, and underpinning theories in health and social care (All level 4 modules)
  • Understand own role as a child field student nurse and their responsibilities towards patient safety and public protection within the context of the Code (NMC 2015) (NM4210, NM4221, NM4201, NM4202)
  • Identify professional, legal and ethical issues (NM4210, NM4221, NM4202)

Following successful completion of 120 credits at level 5 (exit award of Diploma of Higher Education in Health Care Studies) and achievement of progression point two criteria from Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards for Pre-registration Nursing (2010) students will be able to:

  • Apply key concepts, principles, theories and policies in health and social care to own role as a child field student nurse and potential role as a registered adult nurse (All level 5 modules)
  • Explore the uniqueness of their own role and the diversity of other inter-disciplinary roles, and how they can be utilised to empower individuals, groups and communities (NM5220, NM5221, NM5205, NM5204)
  • Demonstrate an evidence-based approach to the ongoing development of their role and nursing practice and the dissemination of information (all level 5 modules)
  • Analyse and debate professional, legal and ethical issues (NM5220, NM5221, NM5208)

Following successful completion of the programme students will be able to:

  • Critically discuss key concepts, principles, theories and policies in contemporary health and social care (All level 6 modules)
  • Critically review the uniqueness of their own role and the diversity of other inter-disciplinary roles, and how they can be utilised to empower individuals, groups and communities (NM6420, NM6422, NM6405)
  • Demonstrate an evidence-based approach to the ongoing development of their role and nursing practice and the dissemination of information (All level 6 modules)
  • Critically analyse and respond to professional, legal and ethical issues (NMX601, NM6402, NM6405, NM6420, NM6421, NM6422).

Following successful completion of 120 credits at level 4 (exit award of Certificate of Higher Education in Health Care Studies) and achievement of progression point one criteria from Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards for Pre-registration Nursing (2010) students will be able to:

  • Identify and respond appropriately to policy initiatives at individual, local and national levels (All modules at level 4)
  • Identify evidence-based information applicable to practice (All modules at level 4)
  • Understand nursing roles from both professional and service user perspectives (All modules at level 4)
  • Understand own learning needs as a reflexive practitioner (All modules at level 4)

Following successful completion of 120 credits at level 5 (exit award of Diploma of Higher Education in Health Care Studies) and achievement of progression point two criteria from Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards for Pre-registration Nursing (2010) students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate independence of thought, and the ability to think logically (All modules at level 5)
  • Recognise, evaluate and respond to policy initiatives at individual, local and national levels (All modules at level 5)
  • Access, critique and process evidence-based information applicable to practice (All modules at level 5)
  • Utilise analytical skills when evaluating professional work from both professional and service user perspectives (All modules at level 5)
  • Demonstrate a reflective approach to continuing professional development (All modules at level 5)
  • Appraise own learning needs as a reflexive practitioner (All modules at level 5)

Following successful completion of the programme students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate independence of thought, and the ability to think logically and critically (All modules at level 6)
  • Recognise, evaluate and respond to policy initiatives at individual, local and national levels and facilitate appropriate responses in others (All modules at level 6)
  • Access, analyse, process and disseminate evidence-based information applicable to practice (All modules at level 6)
  • Utilise analytical skills when evaluating professional work from both professional and service user perspectives (All modules at level 6)
  • Demonstrate a reflective approach to continuing professional development (NM6402)
  • Appraise own learning needs as a reflexive practitioner (NM6402)
  • Demonstrate innovative and creative thinking and problem solving strategies (All modules at level 6).

Following successful completion of 120 credits at level 4 (exit award of Certificate of Higher Education in Health Care Studies) and achievement of progression point one criteria from Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards for Pre-registration Nursing (2010) students will be able to:

  • Achieve a range of appropriate practice skills relevant to the progression point one criteria (NMC 2010) (NM4210, NM4221, NM4201)
  • Apply safely and under supervision a range of relevant assessment strategies (NM4210, NM4221, NM4201)
  • Understand and demonstrate the requirement for evidence-based practice (NM4210, NM4221, NM4202)
  • Demonstrate collaborative, working partnerships with service users and carers (NM4210, NM4221, NM4201)

Following successful completion of 120 credits at level 5 (exit award of Diploma of Higher Education in Health Care Studies) and achievement of progression point two criteria from Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards for Pre-registration Nursing (2010) students will be able to:

  • Achieve a range of appropriate practice skills relevant to relevant to the role of a child field student nurse and the progression point two criteria (NMC 2010) (NM5220, NM5221, NM5222)
  • Apply safely (under supervision) a range of relevant assessment and intervention strategies (NM5220, NM5221, NM5222).
  • Communicate effectively and collaboratively with individuals, groups and communities (NM5220, NM5221, NM5222)
  • Demonstrate evidence-based practice (All level 5 modules)
  • Demonstrate collaborative, interdisciplinary working practices and partnerships (NM5220, NM5221, NM5222)

Following successful completion of the programme students will be able to:

  • Achieve a range of appropriate practice skills relevant to relevant to the role of an child field registered nurse (NMC 2010) (NMX601, NM6420, NM6421, NM6405)
  • Apply safely a range of relevant assessment, intervention and evaluation strategies in their role as a registered adult nurse (NM6420, NM6421, NM6405)
  • Communicate effectively and empower individuals, groups and communities (NM6420, NM6421, NM6405 NM6422)
  • Demonstrate evidence-based practice (All level 6 modules)
  • Demonstrate collaborative, interdisciplinary working practices and partnerships (All level 6 modules)
  • Demonstrate effective profiling skills (NM6422)

Following successful completion of 120 credits at level 4 (exit award of Certificate of Higher Education in Health Care Studies) and achievement of progression point one criteria from Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards for Pre-registration Nursing (2010) students will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively with individuals, groups and communities (NM4210, NM4221, NM4201)
  • Produce clear, concise, factual written reports in the practice setting (NM4210, NM4221, NM4201)
  • Demonstrate a range of IT skills to enable them to identify and access appropriate evidence based resources (All modules at level 4)

Following successful completion of 120 credits at level 5 (exit award of Diploma of Higher Education in Health Care Studies) and achievement of progression point two criteria from Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards for Pre-registration Nursing (2010) students will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively with the multi-disciplinary team (All modules at level 5)
  • Demonstrate a range of IT skills to enable them to identify and access a full range of appropriate evidence based resources (All modules at level 5)
  • Use a range of communication strategies to develop and maintain effective relationships with service users and carers (NM5220, NM5221, NM5222)
  • Use a range of communication strategies to identify service user’s needs and to collaboratively plan care (NM5220, NM5221, NM5222)
  • Use a range of communication strategies to empower individuals to make effective health choices (NM5220, NM5221, NM5222, NM5204)
  • Use a range of communication strategies to deliver health education/ health advice to service users and carers (NM5220, NM5221, NM5222, NM5204)

Following successful completion of the programme students will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively with the multi-disciplinary team and disseminate information as required (All level 6 modules)
  • Demonstrate a range of IT skills to enable them to identify, access and assess a full range of appropriate evidence based resources (NM6420, NM6405, NM6402)
  • Use a range of communication strategies to assess and evaluate service users’ needs and to collaboratively plan care (NM6420, NM6421, NM6405)
  • Use a range of communication strategies to empower individuals to make effective health choices and act as an advocate when required (NM6420, NM6422, NM6405)
  • Use a range of communication strategies to deliver education to service users, carers and colleagues (NM6402).

This degree programme (Level 6) incorporates the requirements of the NMC's Standards for pre-registration nursing education (NMC, 2010) and the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (QAA, 2008). This three year (full time) or six years (flexible route) Pre-registration Nursing programme meets the 4,600 hours (of which at least 2,300 are practice learning hours) stipulated by the NMC (2010) and there is an equal 50:50 ratio of theory and practice hours. The student must complete the programme within 5 years full time or 7 years part time (NMC 2010).

The programme has been designed to take account of the essential physical and mental health of all people; including babies, children and young people, pregnant and post natal women, adults and older people. The students are required to register at the first level on the nurses' part of the register in the Child Nursing field. The programme has a common framework with specific field application for all of the fields.

The programme has been designed to offer one programme with four field pathways. The programme has generic modules which are designed to enable students to meet the generic competencies from the NMC Standards for Education (2010). The content of these modules will be relevant to all four fields of nursing practice. There are also field specific modules, the content of which will enable students to meet the field specific competencies of their chosen field (NMC 2010). There is an increasing amount of field specific learning as the programme progresses.

The practice modules in each year are a mixture of hub and spoke learning with both generic and field specific opportunities. Hub placements are the main placement opportunities with shorter spoke learning opportunities. Each field meets all of the standards for competence that are generic and field specific for their own field of practice. There are three practice placements in each year of the programme, totalling 20 weeks practice per year (pro rata for flexible routes). There are 2 x 20 credit practice modules in both Level 4 and Level 5, and 1 x year-long practice module (40 credits) at Level 6.

At Level 4 and Level 5, the first practice module is linked to the first placement of that year, and will provide an opportunity to summatively assess the professional domain of the NMC standards for education 2010. Students who fail to achieve this domain will have a retrieval opportunity in second placement at that level.

The second practice module at Level four and Level five will summatively assess all four domains of the NMC standards for education, appropriate to the relevant progression point criteria. There is opportunity for Interprofessional Learning (IPL) through the hub and spoke placement learning opportunities which will have mapped learning pathways.

The programme comprises three distinct and equal parts with two specific progression points, which occur at the end of Year 1 and the end of Year 2. All students must complete the academic requirements for each year to be able to progress to the subsequent year. The programme has been granted derogation from the University regulations, and so students will have two attempts only at each practice assessment record.  All students must pass every component and module, with a minimum mark of 40%.

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. Modules are designed to enable students to take more responsibility for their own learning as the course progresses. This is reflected in the reduced student contact hours and increased student led activities as the course progresses. In addition, the modules have an increasing academic demand that has a normal sequencing, progressing from Level 4 to 5 to 6 to form a coherent programme of learning.

There are 17 modules within the programme. The majority of modules are single theoretical modules rated at 20 credits with 200 hours of associated teaching and learning. The only double module is a Level 6 practice module and is rated at 40 credits with 400 hours of associated teaching and learning. The modular structure facilitates the application of theory to practice. Modules are designed and delivered in accordance with the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) using their stated level descriptors as a reference point.

Year 1, Level 4 modules consist of 3 x 20 credit theory, 1 x 20 credit skills module and 2 x 20 credit practice modules that are delivered in semesters over the academic year. The emphasis in Year 1 is the instillation of professional values and attitudes, and the development of fundamental nursing skills that ensure safety, safeguarding and protection of service users of all ages, their carers and their families. There is an exit point of 120 Level 4 credits with an award of Certificate in Higher Education in Health Care Studies upon successful completion (without nurse registration).

Year 2, Level 5, consists of 3 x 20 credit theory, 1 x 20 credit skills module and 2 x 20 credit practice modules that are delivered in semesters over the academic year. The emphasis in Year 2 is ‘going deeper’; it builds on Year 1 and enables the student to develop confidence and the ability to work more independently. During Year 2, students may take advantage of the opportunity to experience practice learning throughout the UK and abroad. There is an exit point of 240 credits (120 at Level 4 and 120 at Level 5) with an award of Diploma in Higher Education in Health Care Studies upon successful completion (without nurse registration).

Year 3, Level 6, consists of 3 x 20 credit theory, 1 x 20 credit skills module and 1 x 40 credit practice module that are delivered in semesters over the academic year. This year is designed to enable the student to work independently, preparing them to be leaders and fit for practice to enter the professional register. On successful completion of all components of the course, the exit award is Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) in the field of Children’s Nursing.

Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
NM4201 4 Developing Skills for Practice 20 Comp
NM4202 4 Learning to be a Professional 20 Comp
NM4203 4 Understanding Health of Individuals Across the Lifespan 20 Comp
NM4204 4 The Determinants of Health and Wellbeing 20 Comp
NM4210 4 Introduction to Practice Learning 20 Comp
NM4221 4 Practice Learning 1 (Child) 20 Comp
NM5204 5 Enhancing Health and Wellbeing Across Populations 20 Comp
NM5205 5 Field Specific Nursing Practice (Child) 20 Comp
NM5208 5 Contextualising Evidence Based Nursing Practice 20 Comp
NM5220 5 Practice Learning 2a (Child) 20 Comp
NM5221 5 Practice Learning 2b (Child) 20 Comp
NM5222 5 Enhancing Skills for Practice (Child) 20 Comp
NM6402 6 Preparing for Future Practice 20 Comp
NM6405 6 Managing Complexities in Care Delivery (Child) 20 Comp
NM6420 6 Practice Learning 3 (Child) 40 Comp
NM6421 6 Skills for Registration (Child) 20 Comp
NM6422 6 Critical Perspectives in Health and Social Care (Child) 20 Comp
NMX601 6 Numeracy Competency for Registration 0 Comp

Year 1 comprises of 6 x 20 credit modules accumulating in 120 Level 4 credits; total 120 credits. Upon successful completion of 120 Level 4 credits, the exit award of Certificate in Higher Education in Health Care Studies (without nurse registration). For the flexible route, students will take 2 years to complete this.

Year 2 comprises of 6 x 20 credit modules accumulating in 120 Level 5 credits; total 240 credits. Upon successful completion of 120 Level 4 credits, plus 120 Level 5 credits (total credits = 240), the exit award of Diploma in Higher Education in Health Care Studies (without nurse registration). For the flexible route, students will take 2 years to complete this.

Year 3 comprises of 5 modules: 1 x 40 credit module and 4 x 20 credit modules accumulating in 120 level 6 credits; total 360 credits. Accumulation of 120 level 4 credits, plus 120 level 5 credits, plus 120 level 6 credits (a total of 360 credits).
For the flexible route, students will take 2 years to complete this.

Upon successful completion the student will achieve an exit award of degree in Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) with nurse registration in the field of Children’s Nursing.

Students are only permitted to have two attempts at practice assessments.

There is no compensation within or across modules as per NMC standards (2010)

The programme is regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Students must complete all theory and practical assessments and obtain a pass at 40% or higher in order to successfully complete the programme there is no opportunity for compensation in or between modules.

Students must also complete 4,600 hours: 2,300 hours of theory and 2,300 hours of practice. Successful completion of required hours is recorded through the use of three non-credit bearing modules NMXX01 (Year 1), NMXX02 (Year 2) and NMXX03 (Year 3) and recorded at module assessment boards.

Students must complete all required theory and practice assessments in each year of the programme in order to progress to the next year. Students who, at the discretion of the board, are permitted to progress, in accordance with University regulations on progression must, in accordance with NMC (2010) standards, complete all required theoretical and practice assessments within the first twelve weeks of the subsequent year.

Applicants for the BN (Hons) in Nursing require a minimum of 280 UCAS points must be obtained from GCSE, A Levels or equivalent e.g. BTEC/OCR National Diploma; Irish Highers/Scottish Highers: B in 4 subjects; International Baccalaureate: 26 point; QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma; Open College Units or Open University Credits and The Advanced Diploma.

GCSE English Language or Literature and Mathematics at Grade C (or equivalent) or above is also required.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requires that where candidates are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as evidence of literacy are accepted. The scores must be at least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and at least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections, and where the overall average score is at least 7.0.

Applications are encouraged from mature students and from groups normally under-represented in higher education. Applicants are invited to attend for an interview (which includes group discussion and individual one to one interview) following scrutiny of their application form and based on their academic qualifications. The interview processes are conducted by a range of people including: a member of academic staff, a representative from clinical practice, and a service user will seek to assess the candidates’ communication skills, knowledge of nursing, motivation and aptitude for nursing.

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'. 

Nursing is both mentally and physically demanding and the good character and health of all successful applicants will be assessed to establish fitness to undertake nurse education.  An enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is carried out on all successful candidates. The Occupational Health department examines and assesses the health of all candidates to ensure that they are physically fit to commence nurse education. 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.

The following benchmarks have been mapped into modules to ensure that national and professional regulatory quality frameworks have been met.        

  • Standards for Pre-registration Nursing Education (NMC 2010) (http://www.nmc.org.uk/) that incorporates the European Directive 2005/36/EC.        
  • Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (QAA, 2008) (http://www.qaa.ac.uk/

These benchmark standards represent the general expectations of standards for the award of qualifications at a given academic level, and articulate the attributes and capabilities that should be demonstrated by a registered nurse with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council.

The level of the module outcomes demonstrate an appropriate levels of taxonomy for the level of study, as do the contact and study hours.

Coherence and quality monitoring was managed by members of the University of Chester planning group through the composition of the planning team that ensured that there were members of staff from academic and clinical practice backgrounds with experience in external consultancy and external examining.

The planning team included;

  1. Independent service user group were also involved in the development of the programme. This addressed the needs of the client, carers and their families.
  2. Students were part of the validation team which ensured the programme was relevant to student’s needs and expectations.
  3. Practice partners, employers and stakeholders who ensured that the workforce needs were addressed.

The internal quality monitoring and validation process of the University of Chester also ensures that experts from other Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) were fully involved in the scrutiny and validation process, further assuring the comparability of the programme with other HEIs. All of this scrutiny was invaluable in quality assuring the programme against national benchmarks and expectations.

The teaching and learning strategy is used for learning and teaching within the programme through the use of real scenarios from the healthcare settings, which facilitates integration of theory and practice, promotion of decision-making and problem-solving skills.

Students will be placed at the centre of the learning experience and are expected to assume responsibility for their own educational development through reflection and management of their learning Skills Inventory. The Skills Inventory is mapped to the Essential Skills Clusters (ESC). Methods of learning and teaching will emphasise student-centred techniques.  This will facilitate the student to become an increasingly autonomous learner, able to identify their own learning needs and goals within the parameters of the programme aims and outcomes.  This will require the student to actively identify and negotiate specific personal learning outcomes within the parameters of the module learning outcomes. The student will also be expected to complete a professional portfolio. The portfolio will contain all of the Practice Assessment Record (PAR) documents, assessed work, reflections and evidence of achievement of the learning outcomes. The portfolio contains some assessed work but it is not assessed as a complete document. The student is required to submit the professional portfolio during the course to ensure all elements are included for the student to progress.

This programme is innovative as it will take every opportunity to share learning, where appropriate, so that all fields of nursing can learn with, and about all aspects of nursing. This will reduce the possibility of students focussing on their own field to the exclusion of the other fields. The aim is to enable a competent practitioner who will feel confident in caring for clients across a range of ages and a spectrum of physical and mental health issues. We are also cognisant not to lose a clear sense of field identity so the programme also applies the generic content to bespoke field application sessions led by the field specialists’.

Students will experience a variety of teaching and learning methods designed to facilitate the achievement of all learning outcomes at Level 4, 5 and 6 within a student-centred approach, and to foster personal and professional development.  Each module will utilise a mix of teaching methods, which take account of the subject matter, the student group size, the students’ previous experience and the resources available. Methods of learning and teaching will include formal lectures, scenario-based learning sessions,  tutorials, seminars, action learning sets, presentations and debates, reflection, and case discussions, practice-based workshops, directed study, private study sessions, and e-learning packages.

Practice learning will be facilitated through clinical learning opportunities both in practice settings and through simulation.  Simulation will be provided as a study day in the first 10 week placement of every academic year. This accounts for 40 hours per year. So each student will have as minimum of 100 hours of simulated practice. Simulation will provide opportunities for practice and ESC skills acquisitions appropriate to the students learning needs which will include some of the following; communications workshops; role plays around escalating concerns; and health assessment scenarios. The simulation hours will form part of practice hours and will be monitored using an attendance record reviewed and collated by the Practice Office.

The practice-based modules are assessed using a Practice Assessment Record (PAR) document which is not graded. The student experience will be enhanced by the use of reflection which is assessed and is also part of the professional portfolio. The Practice Assessment Record (PAR) document and reflections form part of the professional is portfolio. 

Interprofessional Learning (IPL) in theory is through the e-learning and in practice through formalised learning pathways. Visiting lecturers and expert professionals and scenario-based learning are drawn from a range of professional areas will be utilised to enhance the students learning. Scenario Based Learning (SBL) is part of the teaching and learning strategy within the Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) programme. 

The programme aims to integrate theory and practice through teaching methods and assessment strategies. The assessment strategies expose students to a variety of methods designed to integrate theory with practice such as; assignments; skills assessments; individual case studies, unseen written examination; oral examinations; portfolio development; e-learning, critique; and practice assessment. This tests knowledge and understanding of practice.  Students will be asked to demonstrate critical thinking and cognitive ability by drawing on practice experience to explore clinical themes and contemporary issues. Additionally the 40 credit (L6) 3rd year module will promote the mastery of the pathway. There is a skills assessment in in every year. To ensure the student develops skills and confidence in sheltered environment assessment will be practiced and simulated in the skills laboratory, with the final assessment conducted within practice. The assessment reflects the focus of the year, the progression criteria and the essential skills clusters (NMC 2010).

Service users' views are incorporated into the assessment process. The main vehicle for assessing practice learning and achievement is the Practice Assessment Record (PAR) that has been developed in collaboration across all the local HEI's. The documents have a common framework but there is a specific document for each field that takes account of the generic and field components of nursing and each field. The Practice Assessment Record (PAR) is supported by the assessment of skills through the skills modules, supportive evidence including the Skills Inventory and written reflections on practice experiences.  All aspects of the assessment strategy will be used to evaluate transferable/key skills and, where relevant, mapped against national benchmarks.

The programme offers students the opportunity to achieve the characteristics of a graduate, and it is assessment criteria based upon QAA and University of Chester documents which define these characteristics at level 6 (see below).

Reasoning
Demonstrate reasoning with regard to complex issues, which shows an ability 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. This provides an 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
The ability to deploy accurately, established techniques of analysis and enquiry.

Reaching sound judgements
The ability to critically evaluate the current research, methodology and scholarship.

Communicating
The ability to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions, in a variety of formats, appropriate to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

The graduate will have developed skills associated with professional practice within their chosen professional role.

Knowledge and skills learnt through the core modules will be enhanced throughout the programme and underpins the application of theory to practice. They will be able to demonstrate appropriate levels of decision making, and to monitor and improve standards of service delivery.

On completion, these graduates will be equipped to deliver the highest quality evidence-based practice appropriate to their work-based setting.

This programme fully embraces the University's commitment to the active promotion of equality of opportunity. The University seeks to ensure that no student is disadvantaged or discriminated against on the grounds of: gender; age; marital or parental status; sexual orientation; racial group (race, colour, nationality, ethnicity or national origins); creed (religious, political or personal beliefs or principles); membership or non-membership of a trade union; and socio-economic background. It also aims to ensure that disabled people and those with special needs do not suffer unfair discrimination, and that they are enabled to achieve their full potential as students. The ultimate objectives of the programmes delivered are to ensure all aspects of delivery are open to all sections of society, and that all students can participate in programme activities to the best of their ability. This programme is designed to ensure that the diverse needs of our students are provided for, and has been developed and will be delivered with this in mind.

Students on this programme will receive support and guidance from academic staff within the Faculty, Clinical Staff in practice and the support mechanisms of the wider University:

  1. Academic support and assessment guidance from the Module Leader.
  2. Support throughout from the Pathway Leader.
  3. Support from a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) throughout the programme
  4. Support and guidance from a nominated person within the supporting organisation.
  5. Student Support and Guidance (SSG) is available to all University of Chester students.
  6. The Programme Page which is available on the University intranet (https://ganymede.chester.ac.uk/index.php?page_id=1361291&group=3)
  7. The Programme Handbook which is available on the University intranet (https://ganymede.chester.ac.uk/index.php?page_id=1741819&group=1)
  8. Module Handbooks that provide more specific details about the module than the Module Descriptor e.g. specific breakdown of content including timetabled sessions, and an updated illustrative reading list to ensure that recommended reading remains relevant and current.
  9. Module descriptors, timetables and associated learning materials, e.g. learning packs, accessible via Portal.
  10. Induction programme.
  11. Guidance on APL /AP(E)L is available through the AP(E)L team.

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