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Undergraduate Programme Specification

BSc Midwifery Sciences

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 Sciences Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)
Bachelor of Science
Programme Code NAM-BSC-MC 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 16-04-13

Regulation Information

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

Yes, as noted in 1.4.23. All practice modules contain components which require 50% and 100% to pass the module.

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. At the discretion of the Programme Co-ordinator, students will normally have the opportunity to compensate for practice missed through absence or illness or other recognised extenuating circumstances.
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 45 programmed weeks each year) 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 must complete all modules and achieve satisfactory performance in all compulsory elements. The pass mark for all modules is 40% apart from the Practice Modules. Re-sits will be facilitated at the next available opportunity.

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.
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 whose temporary withdrawal from the programme exceeds two years will be required to permanently withdraw from the programme in line with 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 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.

Exit Points

The BSc (Hons) Midwifery Sciences is a degree programme comprising 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 120 CATS at Level 1 and do not wish or are unable to complete their midwifery programme may be awarded a Certificate in Healthcare Sciences or;
2. Students who successfully complete 120 CATS at Level 1 and 120 CATS at Level 2 and who do not wish or are unable to complete their midwifery programme may be awarded a Diploma in
Healthcare Sciences or;
3. Students who have successfully accrued 120 credit points at level 1, 120 credit points at level 2 and 120 Credits at Level 3 may be awarded a Degree in Healthcare Sciences.

Additional Relevant Information

May be found in the ‘Course Handbook’ which can be accessed on QoL Learning and Home Page (students)
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 the 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.

For Further Information Refer To QoL Learning and Homepage (students), www.qub.ac.uk.qol/

Students with protected characteristics

This programme includes practical and clinical elements where patient safety must be the primary consideration.

Applications will be considered on an individual basis and in conjunction with professional guidelines, Occupational Health and Disability Services.

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

Yes
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:

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
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios

Methods of Assessment

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

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
Skills laboratory work
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
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Poster
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
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios

Methods of Assessment

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

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
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios

Methods of Assessment

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

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

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

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
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios

Methods of Assessment

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

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
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios

Methods of Assessment

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

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
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios

Methods of Assessment

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

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
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios

Methods of Assessment

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

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
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios

Methods of Assessment

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

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
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios

Methods of Assessment

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

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
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios

Methods of Assessment

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

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
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios

Methods of Assessment

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

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
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios

Methods of Assessment

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

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
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios

Methods of Assessment

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

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
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios

Methods of Assessment

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

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
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios

Methods of Assessment

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

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
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Self and Peer Assessment
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
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios

Methods of Assessment

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

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
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Self and Peer Assessment
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
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Self and Peer Assessment
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
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Self and Peer Assessment
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
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios

Methods of Assessment

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

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
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Self and Peer Assessment
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
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Course Work
Poster
Practice Based Continuous Assessment
Clinical Portfolios
Self and Peer Assessment
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
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios

Methods of Assessment

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

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

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

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
Problem based learning
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios
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
Problem based learning
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios
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
Problem based learning
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios

Methods of Assessment

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

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
Problem based learning
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios

Methods of Assessment

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

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
Problem based learning
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios

Methods of Assessment

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

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
Problem based learning
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios

Methods of Assessment

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

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
Problem based learning
Skills laboratory work
Clinical Portfolios
Numeracy skills

Methods of Assessment

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

Module Information

Stages and Modules

Module Title Module Code Level/ stage Credits

Availability

Duration Pre-requisite

Assessment

S1 S2 Core Option Coursework % Practical % Examination %
Professional Midwifery Values MID1102 1 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Foundation in Midwifery Practice MID1103 1 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 0% 40% 60%
Public Health: National and International Perspectives in Maternity Care MID3102 3 40 YES YES 15 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Antenatal and Reproductive Health MID2104 2 40 YES YES 20 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Integrated Midwifery Knowledge MID3101 3 40 YES YES 34 weeks N YES 50% 50% 0%
Managing and Leading for Midwifery Practice MID3103 3 40 YES YES 23 weeks N YES 70% 30% 0%
Complex Childbearing MID2103 2 40 YES YES 41 weeks N YES 10% 50% 40%
Health and Wellbeing NFM1101 1 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 20% 0% 80%
Evidence Based Midwifery MID2102 2 20 YES 7 weeks N YES 80% 0% 20%
2 20 YES 6 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%

Notes

These modules are available only to students currently on this programme.  The BSC Midwifery programme will replace this programme in the academic year commencing September 2021 except for those students in stage three of this programme.