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Undergraduate Programme Specification

BSc Midwifery

Academic Year 2021/22

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 processes. All degrees are awarded by Queen's University Belfast.

Programme Title BSc Midwifery Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)
Bachelor of Science
Programme Code NAM-BSC-M UCAS Code B720 HECoS Code 100288 - Midwifery - 100
ATAS Clearance Required No
Mode of Study Full Time
Type of Programme Single Honours Length of Programme 3 Academic Year(s) Total Credits for Programme 360
Exit Awards available

Institute Information

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Nursing & Midwifery

Quality Code
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code

Higher Education Credit Framework for England
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/higher-education-credit-framework-for-england

Level 6

Subject Benchmark Statements
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/quality-code/qualifications-frameworks.pdf

Midwifery (2001)

Accreditations (PSRB)

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 11-11-20

Regulation Information

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

100% attendance in clinical practice is mandatory. Students will normally have the opportunity to make up clinical hours for practice missed through absence or illness or other recognised extenuating circumstances. Students are required to pass 100% numeracy examination before completion of the programme. Students must complete all modules and achieve satisfactory performance in all compulsory elements. Compensation between elements is not permitted. In addition to satisfying the University's Conduct Regulations, students will be required to meet the NMC requirements of Good Health and Good Character for eligibility for entry to the NMC Professional Register. Students are required to complete an annual self-declaration form prior to progression to each part of the programme declaring any criminal record they may have attracted. Outside the annual declaration process, students are required to inform the School immediately if they are under investigation for an offence, have been charged or have been released on bail for an offence. RPL is not permitted for this programme.

Programme Specific Regulations

Entry Criteria
All applicants (except Access/Foundation applicants) must normally have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade B to include Mathematics and a Science subject (i.e. Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Double Award Science or Single Award Science). GCSE Applied Science is not acceptable in lieu of GCSE Science. English Language (minimum grade C) or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, is also required.

Applicants offering Access/Foundation courses must also have a grade B in GCSE Mathematics and a Science subject (see above) or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Within an Access programme, a pass in NICATS Mathematics and 70% in a Level 3 Biology or Chemistry or Physics module would fulfil the GCSE Mathematics and Science requirements.

In addition to the GCSE requirements, or equivalent, applicants must offer one of the following qualifications:
A-level requirements:
 BCC including a relevant Science (Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Life & Health Sciences, Mathematics or Physics)
OR
 BBC where a relevant Science subject is not offered.

For further information, including equivalent qualifications, please refer to http://www.qub.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/

Attendance
Students should attend all timetabled classes. Students who fail to satisfy the attendance
requirements will be referred to Health and Conduct Committee and if their absence is deemed to compromise satisfactory completion of the module they will be referred to the Board of Examiners.
100% attendance in clinical practice is mandatory. Students will normally have the opportunity to make up clinical hours for practice missed through absence or illness or other recognised extenuating circumstances.
Assessment
Students must complete all modules and achieve satisfactory performance in all compulsory elements. Compensation between elements is not permitted. Re-sits for modules will be facilitated at the next available examination/ assessment opportunity.
Students are required to pass 100% numeracy examination before completion of the programme.
Examinations and assignments shall be planned to assess the student's knowledge, skills and attributes, and demonstrate ability to achieve NMC Progression Points for entry to the appropriate part of the NMC
Professional Register. Examinations and assignments will reflect module content and NMC requirements. Specific dates for submission of assignments will be available in individual module booklets and examination dates and times will be posted on the University Examination website. Students must complete all formative assessments. The pass mark for all level 6 modules is 40% unless otherwise stated. Re-sits will be facilitated at the next available opportunity.

Supervision and assessment in practice will follow the NMC Standards for Student Supervision and Assessment and the NI Regional Standards for Supervision and Assessment in Practice for all nursing and midwifery students. The Midwifery Ongoing Record of Achievement (MORA) will evidence the requirements of the NMC Standards of Proficiencies for Midwifery which will be assessed formatively and summatively across the three years of the programme.

Conduct
In addition to satisfying the University's Conduct Regulations, students will be required to meet the NMC requirements of Good Health and Good Character for eligibility for entry to the NMC Professional Register.

Students are required to complete an annual self-declaration form prior to progression to each part of the programme declaring any criminal record they may have attracted. Outside the annual declaration process, students are required to inform the School immediately if they are under investigation for an offence, have been charged or have been released on bail for an offence.
Progression
The BSc (Hons) Midwifery is a 3-year programme of preparation leading to the award of a Batchelor of Science in Midwifery and eligibility to apply to the appropriate part of the Professional Register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).


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 records two absent medicals for an assessable component of the course will be reviewed at the Board of Examiners.
A student on temporary withdrawal shall return to the programme at the point where they were last deemed competent.
A student whose temporary withdrawals from the course exceed two years will be required to permanently withdraw from the programme in line with current University Regulations. If the student wishes to return to the programme at a later time, they will be required to reapply to the School.
A student who has been required to take a temporary withdrawal will be required to complete a self-declaration form prior to return to the programme, declaring any criminal record they may have attracted during absence.
There are two progression points in the BSc (Hons) Midwifery programme at the end of Years 1 and 2.
Year 1 and Year 2 assessments in both theory and practice must be achieved and confirmed by the appropriate Board of Examiners before progression to the next part of the programme.

Students must complete all Year 3 theory and practice assessments successfully and confirmed by the relevant Board of Examiners; achieve satisfactory attendance and meet the requirements for Good Health and Character to be eligible for the award of BSc (Hons) Midwifery and entry to the NMC Register.

Exit Points
The Bachelor of Science (Hons) Midwifery is a degree programme comprising of a professional award which leads to eligibility to seek registration on the Nursing and Midwifery Council Professional Register. Students who do not wish or are not permitted to continue on the professional qualification programme may be permitted to transfer to another programme as follows:
1. Students who have successfully completed a minimum of 120 CATS at Level 6 and do not wish or are unable to complete their midwifery programme may be awarded a Certificate in Applied Health Sciences.

2. Students who successfully complete 240 CATS at Level 6 and who do not wish or are unable to complete their midwifery programme may be awarded a Diploma in Applied Health Sciences.

Students with protected characteristics

This programme includes practical and clinical elements where the safety of women, infants and their families must be the primary consideration. Applications will be considered on an individual basis and in conjunction with Regulatory Professional requirements, Occupational Health and Disability Services.

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 programme is to prepare the student to practice 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:

1.1 Recognise and respect a woman’s relationships and individual family circumstances

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

1.2 Provide culturally inclusive care that is achievable and meets the needs of women and their families

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

4.2 To conduct holistic assessment and care planning through the continuum for women, infants and families

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

4.5 Recognise the value of designing, delivering and evaluating care with woman and families

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

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

2.1 Demonstrate a range of communication skills essential to act in the best interests of women, infants and families at all times

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

2.2 Provide clear, concise, accurate and relevant information to interprofessional colleagues, women and their families

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

2.3 Demonstrate the ability to advocate for women, their new-borns and families

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

2.4 Translate the principles of good communication into clinical practice, via digital and non-digital mediums

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

2.5 Offer information and access to resources and services to help women and families make informed choices

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

4.1 Demonstrate the ability to lead and coordinate care making appropriate referrals using evidence-based decision making

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

5.2 Recognize and utilize skills to challenge poor practice

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

5.3 Demonstrate ability to engage in reflective practice

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

5.4 Identify personal boundaries which contribute to poor mental wellbeing and establish methods to mediate and undertake self-care practices

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

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

1.3 Plan and implement safe effective care that is compassionate and focused to a family’s individual needs and family-centred

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

3.1 Contribute to the planning and provision of interdisciplinary care from the perspective of the midwife

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

3.2 Recognise the need for additional care and escalate to relevant specialists as required

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

3.3 Reflect on the influence of health systems on the team’s ability to identify and action critical incidents

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

3.4 Ability to apply critical thinking to own practice and within an integrated team setting

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

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

1.4 Promote physical and mental health and well-being of women and their families

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

1.5 Embrace digital technology and its impact on maternity services

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

4.4 Co-produce and design digital health solutions related to the public health role of midwifery

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

5.1 Work within their scope of practice acting as a role model for the profession

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Workshops
E Learning
Self-directed learning
Group work
Role Play
Problem solving case studies
Skills laboratory work
Simulation
Practice placements
Supervised clinical practice

Methods of Assessment

Examinations
Course work
Assignments
Clinical assessment (NMC Standards of proficiency)
Peer assessment

Module Information

Stages and Modules

Module Title Module Code Level/ stage Credits

Availability

Duration Pre-requisite

Assessment

S1 S2 Core Option Coursework % Practical % Examination %
Safe Medicate 2 - Midwifery MID2127 2 0 YES YES 36 weeks N YES 0% 0% 100%
Demonstrating Proficiency in Skilled Midwifery Practice MID3124 3 40 YES YES 36 weeks N YES 50% 0% 50%
Mental Health for Women, Families and Midwives MID3125 3 10 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Applied Life Sciences for Midwifery MID2120 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 0% 0% 100%
Leading Professional Midwifery Practice MID3122 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Embedding Professional Midwifery Practice MID2116 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Health for Women and Midwives MID1111 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Infant Feeding MID1113 1 10 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Applied Pharmacology for Midwifery Practice MID3127 3 10 YES 12 weeks N YES 0% 0% 100%
Evidence Based Midwifery for Quality Improvement MID3126 3 20 YES YES 36 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Midwifery Impact on Global Reproductive Health MID3123 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Professional Midwifery Practice MID1110 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Evidence Based Midwifery 2 MID2121 2 10 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Evidence Based Midwifery 1 MID1114 1 10 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Health for Individuals, Women and Families MID2117 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Contributing to Skilled Midwifery Practice MID2118 2 40 YES YES 36 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Essential Pharmacology for Midwifery MID2119 2 10 YES 12 weeks N YES 0% 0% 100%
Learning to Participate in Skilled Midwifery Practice MID1112 1 40 YES YES 36 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Essential Life Science and Pharmacology for Midwifery MID1115 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 0% 0% 100%
Safe Medicate 1 MID1125 1 0 YES YES 36 weeks N YES 0% 0% 100%
Safe Medicate 3 - Midwifery MID3137 3 0 YES YES 36 weeks N YES 0% 0% 100%

Notes

This programme is currently only available to students at level one and two.