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BSc Midwifery Studies

Academic Year 2017/18

A programme specification is required for any programme on which a student may be registered. All programmes of the University are subject to the University's Quality Assurance and Enhancement processes as set out in the DASA Policies and Procedures Manual.

Programme Title

BSc Midwifery Studies

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Bachelor of Science

Programme Code

NAM-BSC-MT

UCAS Code

JACS Code

B720 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

For current general University entry requirements for this pathway go to http://www.qub.ac.uk/ado

• Applicants who are registered with the NMC as nurses from the Adult field are eligible to undertake a shortened midwifery programme

In addition, candidates must have:

• Current registration on the Nursing (Adult) part of the NMC register
• A minimum of twelve months’ post registration clinical practice
• A minimum of 120 level 2 CATs points
• Applicants are interviewed and places on the programme are offered based on interview performance. Offers are conditional upon applicants achieving the required academic grades, a satisfactory AccessNI criminal record check and, a satisfactory occupational health assessment. Applicants must also provide two satisfactory references.

Non-EU applicants where English is not the first language

• Overseas non-EU applicants must, as part of the academic requirements, must offer an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 7.0 in the following sections (listening, reading, writing, speaking), and provide an overall average test score of at least 7.0.

Transfer between Approved Educational Institutions

Students may transfer their programme with credit for prior learning only where:
• they transfer from and to an approved educational institution
• they transfer from and to an NMC approved pre-registration midwifery programme of education
• the NMC requirements for good health and good character for continued participation in an approved pre-registration midwifery programme of education are met
• their prior learning has been mapped against the programme they will complete for registration and all NMC requirements and standards of education will be met
• they provide two references, one of which must come from the LME or deputy from the transferring approved educational institution.

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Single Honours

Length of Programme

90 Weeks

Total Credits for Programme

120

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Nursing & Midwifery

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 6

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Midwifery (2001)

Accreditations (PSRB)

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 16-04-13

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Ms Judith Sutherland

City University

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

Programme Specific Regulations

Attendance
• Students are required to fulfil the compulsory attendance requirements for each module in terms of:
• timetabled classes (to include lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals, workshops and any other classes which may from time to time be prescribed);
and
• clinical practice. I00% attendance in clinical practice is mandatory.
• Students who fail to satisfy the attendance requirements will be referred to the Programme Coordinator and if their absence is deemed to compromise satisfactory completion of the programme, they may be referred to the Board of Examiners for consideration.
• Time will not be made up during revision and assessment weeks without the approval of the programme co-ordinator. The NMC requires that all programme time (theory and practice, for the full 3000 hours) is completed. Any time that is ‘lost’ from the time allocated for either learning in practice or theory must be made up at the end of the programme in order to meet the requirements for registration.

Progress
• Students whose progress appears to be unsatisfactory at any stage of their studies, who are absent from a University examination for a reason not approved by the School, or who record two absent medicals for an assessable component of the programme will be considered by the Board of Examiners.
• Students with extenuating circumstances may be granted a temporary withdrawal from the Programme.
• A student on temporary withdrawal shall return to the programme at the point where they were last deemed competent. A midwifery student who has an interruption to a pre-registration midwifery programme of education shall complete the outstanding period of that programme. Programme providers must ensure that the student’s acquired knowledge and skills remain valid to enable the completion of the competencies set by the by the NMC.

• In conjunction with their personal tutor and programme co-ordinator, an orientation plan will be developed to ensure a smooth return to clinical and academic learning.

• A student who has taken a temporary withdrawal will be required to complete a self-declaration form for Good Health and Character prior to return to the programme, declaring any criminal record they may have attracted during absence.


Additional Relevant Information

• May be found in the ‘Course Handbook’ which can be accessed on QoL Learning and Home Page (students), www.qub.ac.uk.qol/
• A student, on successful completion of the programme, is eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council on the professional register as a Registered Midwife. A Registered Midwife can expect career possibilities in a wide range of hospital and community settings.
• Clinical placements are within all Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland.
• Students have the opportunity to choose to undertake an elective clinical placement outside Northern Ireland; the duration of this placement will not exceed four weeks.
• All students will have access to a personal tutor throughout their programme. In clinical placement they will be supported by a sign-off mentor midwife and a midwifery lecturer/ teaching fellow from the University.

Students with protected characteristics

No impediments to applicants for this programme.

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No
Fitness to Practise programmes are those which permit students to enter a profession which is itself subject to Fitness to Practise rules.

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

The aim of the curriculum is to prepare the student to practise safely and effectively so that, on registration, the student can assume the responsibilities and accountability for their practice as a midwife.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate a women-centred approach to care based on partnership, which respects the individuality of the woman and her family.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Problem based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Self and Peer Assessment
Numeracy testing

- Reflect the quality dimension of care through the setting and maintenance of appropriate midwifery standards.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Problem based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Self and Peer Assessment
Numeracy testing

- Practise utilising the best available evidence base.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Problem based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Self and Peer Assessment
Numeracy testing

- Demonstrate an attitude of intellectual curiosity and an appreciation of how active, life- long learning can benefit them personally, and, the women and babies they care for.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Problem based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Self and Peer Assessment
Numeracy testing

- Demonstrate an appreciation of the duties and responsibilities when caring for women, their babies and families and when dealing with colleagues.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Problem based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Self and Peer Assessment
Numeracy testing

- Take account of the changing nature of midwifery practice.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Problem based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Self and Peer Assessment
Numeracy testing

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

- Communication, listening, self-awareness, stress management, self-appraisal, professionalism, teaching/presentation skills.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Problem based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Self and Peer Assessment
Numeracy testing

- Sensitivity, empathy, sympathy, appropriate self-disclosure, conflict management, boundary setting, non-judgemental acceptance.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Problem based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Self and Peer Assessment
Numeracy testing

- Leadership, group facilitation skills, giving and receiving feedback, coping with dynamics within a group, e.g. silence, defence mechanisms.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Problem based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Self and Peer Assessment
Numeracy testing

- Problem analysis, creative thinking, decision making, negotiation skills, reflection, evaluation, observation, symptom recognition and referral.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Problem based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Self and Peer Assessment
Numeracy testing

- Time management, goal and objective setting.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Problem based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Self and Peer Assessment
Numeracy testing

- Reading, writing, information retrieval, referencing, analysing, drug administration.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Problem based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Self and Peer Assessment
Numeracy testing

- Research awareness, literature search skills and evidence based practice.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Problem based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Self and Peer Assessment
Numeracy testing

- Awareness of needs assessment, utilisation of risk assessment model/framework.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Problem based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Self and Peer Assessment
Numeracy testing

- Use of self, role modelling, information sharing, needs assessment and referral systems.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Problem based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Self and Peer Assessment
Numeracy testing

- Ability to manage self, delegate to others, accept responsibility, plan in collaboration with other professionals.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Problem based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Self and Peer Assessment
Numeracy testing

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

- Create and utilize opportunities to promote woman centred care and the health and wellbeing of women, babies and families.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Enquiry based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy testing

- Undertake and document a comprehensive, systematic and accurate midwifery assessment of the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of women and their families.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Enquiry based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy testing

- Formulate and document a plan of midwifery care, in partnership with women, families and friends within a framework of informed choice and consent.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Enquiry based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy testing

- Based on the best available evidence, apply knowledge and an appropriate repertoire of skills indicative of safe midwifery practice.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Enquiry based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy testing

- Provide a rationale for the midwifery care delivered which takes account of social, cultural, spiritual, legal, political and economic influences.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Enquiry based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy testing

- Evaluate and document the outcomes of midwifery care and other interventions.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Enquiry based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy testing

- Demonstrate sound clinical judgement across a range of differing professional and care delivery contexts.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Enquiry based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy testing

- Contribute to public protection by creating and maintaining a safe environment of care through the use of quality assurance and risk management strategies.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Enquiry based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy testing

- Demonstrate knowledge of effective inter-professional working practices which respect and utilize the contributions of members of the health and social care team.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Enquiry based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy testing

- Demonstrate a commitment to the need for continuing professional development and personal supervision activities in order to enhance knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed for safe and effective midwifery practice.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Enquiry based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy testing

- Enhance the professional development and safe practice of others through peer support, leadership, supervision and teaching.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Enquiry based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy testing

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

- Practice in accordance with the NMC’s Code (2008), Midwives Rules and Standards (2012) and other advisory documents, within the limitations of one’s own competence, knowledge and sphere of professional practice, consistent with legislation relating to midwifery practice.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Enquiry based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Self and Peer Assessment
Numeracy testing

- Practice within a legal framework that protects the rights of the woman including respect for confidentiality.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Enquiry based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Self and Peer Assessment
Numeracy testing

- Practice in a fair and anti-discriminatory way, acknowledging the differences in beliefs and cultural practices of individuals or groups.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Enquiry based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Self and Peer Assessment
Numeracy testing

- Collaborate with other practitioners and agencies in the provision of care to women and their babies.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Enquiry based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Self and Peer Assessment
Numeracy testing

- Manage and prioritise competing demands.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Enquiry based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Self and Peer Assessment
Numeracy testing

- Support the creation and maintenance of environments which promote the health, safety and well-being of women, babies and others.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Enquiry based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Self and Peer Assessment
Numeracy testing

- Contribute to the development and evaluation of guidelines and policies and make recommendations for change in the interest of women, babies and their families.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role play
Supervised clinical practice
Enquiry based learning
Clinical Skills/Simulation
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Self and Peer Assessment
Numeracy testing

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Normal Midwifery Practice

MID3088

3

40

17 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Midwifery & Complex Childbirth

MID3089

3

40

38 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

The Contemporary Midwife Practitioner

MID3090

3

40

23 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Notes

Students will follow a full-time programme of education of not less than 18 months duration. The programme will be 90 calendar weeks inclusive of annual leave which meets the EU Directive 2005/36/EC which came into effect on the 18th January 2016.