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Section 1: Course Specific Information

About this guide                                               3
Welcome                                                        4

About the Course
Midwifery Education Philosophy                                 5
Programme Aims                                                 5
Programme Outcomes                                             6

Course Structure
Length of the programme                                        10
Course Outline                                                 11

Module Descriptions                                            13

Course Management
Arrangements for staff-student liaison                         19
Quality Assurance                                              22

Staff Involved with the Programme                              23

Learning and Teaching
Multi Professional Learning                                    27
Theoretical and Clinical Modules                               27
Information Technology and IT Support Learning                 28
Health and Safety
Mandatory Training                                             31
Personal Belongings                                            31
Uniform Provision                                              31

Employability & Your Personal Development Portfolio (PDP)      32

Career Opportunities and Future Study                          33
Academic Regulations                                           34
Progression                                                    34
Professional Conduct                                           37
Penalties for over wordage and breach in confidentiality       37

Additional Information specific to your course
Attendance, Sickness, Absence                                  39
Annual Leave                                                   43
Equal Opportunities Policies                                   44
Complaints                                                     44
Disciplinary Procedure                                         45
Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) Annual self declaration           45
Finance                                                        46
Termination of Studentship                                     48
How to register with NMC                                       49

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Section 2: School Specific Information

Communication                                      50
Academic Counselling                               51
Where to get help with your course                 52
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)              53
Transfer                                           53
Interruptions to programme - leave of absence      53
Stepping Off                                       54

Getting the best from your work                    55
Handing in Assignments                             57
Feedback on assessment                             58
E-Vision                                           58
Return of Assignments                              58

Keywords                                           59


Appendix 1     Statutory requirements
Appendix 2     Student Declaration
Appendix 3     Time Sheet
Appendix 4     Authorised Absence Form Theory
Appendix 5     Special Leave

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Section 1: Course Specific Information
About this guide

This Course Guide will help you understand your course. It tells you which modules you must study
and pass, and lists all the modules that contribute to your award. The Guide also offers you brief
descriptions of each module, including general information about assessment tasks, and an
overview of how the Course can be used for future career choices.

You should read this Course Guide in conjunction with the Undergraduate Student Handbook; the
University’s Principles and Regulations; Module Guides and Clinical Placement Handbook.
Together, these documents should provide you with all the basic information that we think you will
need for your period of study here.

You are encouraged to read through this Guide through now. It will be a considerable advantage to
you to be familiar from the outset with the various aspects of your studies that are described. It may
be that the relevance of some of the sections will not be immediately obvious. Keep it somewhere
accessible, so that you can refer to it as needed. The answers to many of the questions that you will
want to ask are contained in it.

Obviously even in a document like this we have not covered every query and problem that you might
have about the course. If you find that there is something you need to know, please do not hesitate
to approach your personal tutor or course co-ordinator. You can also consult the University’s
Student Support and Guidance Services as appropriate. We are pleased to hear your views and
welcome suggestions for ways of improving the operation of the Course.

      Please enter the contact
      details for your Personal Tutor
      for your future reference:

                                  The Administration Assistant to Midwifery
      Your local Academic School
                                  Boundary House, Gorway Road, Walsall,
      Office and contacts are:
                                  WS1 3BD
                                  Tele No: 01902 518805/8806
      Additional School of Health
                                  City Campus – 01902 51 8600
      and Wellbeing and Wellbeing
                                  Burton Campus – 01283 566333 ext 2200
      Offices include

Please note that in order to develop and improve the Course, it may be necessary on occasions to
amend or revise the details given in this Course Guide.

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On behalf of the Course Management Team I should like to extend to you a very warm welcome and
we would like to take this opportunity to wish you every success in your studies at the University of
Wolverhampton, and trust that your time at the University of Wolverhampton will prove to be
enjoyable, stimulating and rewarding.

The Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Midwifery Course is one of many run by the School of Health and
Wellbeing and Wellbeing, which has itself established an excellent reputation for the quality of its
courses, for an innovative approach to teaching and learning, and for the friendliness of its staff.

We believe it is important that you are encouraged to make your own contribution to the effective
operation and development of your chosen course. We are, therefore, keen to hear your views and
would welcome any suggestions that you may have about ways of improving any aspect of your
course and/or the student experience here at the University. In practice, you will have the
opportunity to do this through our student voice processes.

Remember that the outcome of your studies could affect the whole of your future career and
therefore study should certainly be your first priority. In resolving to work hard however, do not forget
to have time for recreation and social activities. Do take full advantage of the University facilities at
your disposal.

Marcia Edwards
Lead Midwife for Education
Head of Midwifery, Maternity & the Newborn

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About the Course
The Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Midwifery can only be studied as a specialist subject. This guide
outlines the modules contributing to this course, teaching and learning styles and assessment tasks.
If there is anything you need to discuss further, please contact either Marcia Edwards (01902
518860 or Debbie Holmes (01902 518865 your Course


It is our belief that central to midwifery education is the mother, her family and the midwife all of
whom are supported and protected by the professional and legislative framework in which midwifery
is enshrined. We believe that the course reflects contemporary policy in that consumer involvement
and decision making is paramount along with the development of autonomy, responsibility and
accountability in the student midwife.

It is recognised that the public healthcare agenda places great emphasis on midwifery practice in
which the diversity of the attitudes, values and beliefs in a social situation must be respected. Thus
midwifery care is tailored to meet the individual needs of the woman. This encompasses the
fostering of parental confidence by supporting parents in the care of their infants. We acknowledge
that the midwife does not work in isolation and therefore embrace the practice of shared learning
and collaborative working.

We firmly believe in a student-centred approach to learning in a climate that encourages openness,
critical analysis and the development of self-awareness. We further believe in the philosophy of life-
long learning, which will enable the student midwife to explore and evaluate all available evidence,
constantly striving for excellence in clinical practice.


The Pre-Registration Midwifery Programme aims to: -

1. facilitate student’s development, empowering them to attain the skills and underpinning
   theoretical and professional knowledge to become safe, competent, evidenced based,
   accountable and women centred practitioners of midwifery.

2. provide clinical and professional experiences that will facilitate the students’ personal
   progression to become a competent practitioner who can critically reflect upon practice to reach
   own judgements and exercise effective decision making in complex situations.

3. develop within the student the professional enthusiasm to respond effectively to the wide ranging
   public health needs of childbearing women and families. To promote self-awareness and the
   development of competent communication skills, which will facilitate the practitioner’s role within
   health and parenting education.

4. facilitate the student’s professional development, enabling the individual to emerge as a
   competent practitioner with the capacity to work in all heath care settings both independently and
   as a valuable and cohesive member of the multi-professional team.

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On completion of the Course, the student is expected to be able to demonstrate:

Subject knowledge and understanding of

1. the anatomy, physiology, microbiology and patho-physiology necessary to underpin reproductive
    health and midwifery practice.
2. pharmacology its use and misuse, incorporating the administration of pharmacological
    preparations and complimentary therapies and the effect on childbearing.
3. the cultural, social, psychological factors which influence pregnancy, childbirth and parenting.
4. the impact of prejudice, interpersonal, institutional and structural discrimination, empowerment
    and anti discriminatory practice.
5. the impact of health and social policy, political and ideological influences on contemporary
    midwifery practice and organisation of midwifery services.
6. historical developments and contemporary perspectives on local, national and international
    midwifery practices which inform holistic care.
7. systems of care, theories, frameworks and models of holistic women centred midwifery care.
8. theories of collaborative working and strategies to promote effective inter and intra professional
    multi-agency working
9. the contribution of demographic and epidemiological evidence to the provision of a responsive
    public health agenda and its applications to maternity services.
10. medical disorders, mental ill health and disabilities which may have significance to childbirth and
11. moral, legal and ethical frameworks that relate to the childbearing woman and her family
    facilitating the provision of effective midwifery care.
12. legislative, legal and statutory framework that govern midwifery practice.
13. communication skills required for professional therapeutic caring relationships with client and
14. the principles of teaching and assessing to facilitate learning opportunities for women, carers
    and others involved in maternity care provision.
15. methods of enquiry to collect and interpret data
16. quality assurance, risk management and clinical governance frameworks and their application to
    midwifery practice.

Subject-Specific Skills - able to:

1. communicate effectively with women and their families throughout the preconception, antenatal,
   intrapartum and postnatal periods
2. diagnose pregnancy, assess and monitor women holistically throughout the pre-conception,
   antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal periods through the use of a range of assessment methods,
   and reach valid, reliable and comprehensive conclusions
3. determine and provide programmes of care and support for women
4. provide seamless care and interventions in partnership with women and other care providers
   during the antenatal period
5. refer women who would benefit from the skills and knowledge of other individuals

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6. care for, monitor and support women during labour; monitor the condition of the fetus and
    support spontaneous births.
7. undertake appropriate emergency procedures to meet the health needs of women and babies
8. undertake appropriate emergency procedures to meet the health needs of women and babies
9. examine and care for babies immediately following birth
10. work in partnership with women and other care providers during the postnatal period to provide
    seamless care and interventions
11. examine and care for babies with specific health or social needs and refer to other professionals
    or agencies as appropriate
12. care for and monitor women during the puerperium, offering the necessary evidence-based
    advice and support regarding the baby and self-care
13. select, acquire and administer safely, a range of permitted drugs consistent with legislation,
    applying knowledge and skills to the situation that pertains at the time
14. complete, store and retain records of practice
15. monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of programmes of care and modify them to improve the
    outcomes for women, babies and their families
16. contribute to enhancing the health and social wellbeing of individuals and their communities
17. practice in accordance with The NMC code of professional conduct: standards for conduct,
    performance and ethics, within the limitations of the individual’s own competence, knowledge
    and sphere of professional practice, consistent with the legislation relating to midwifery practice
18. practice in a way which respects, promotes and supports individuals’ rights, interests,
    preferences, beliefs and cultures
19. practice in accordance with relevant legislation
20. maintain confidentiality of information
21. work collaboratively with other practitioners and agencies
22. manage and priorities competing demands
23. support the creation and maintenance of environments that promote the health, safety and
    wellbeing of women, babies and others
24. contribute to the development and evaluation of guidelines and policies and make
    recommendations for change in the interests of women, babies and their families
25. review, develop and enhance the midwife’s own knowledge, skills and fitness
    to practice
26. demonstrate effective working across professional boundaries and develop professional
27. apply relevant knowledge to the midwife’s own practice in structured ways which are capable of

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28. inform and develop the midwife’s own practice and the practice of others through using the best
    available evidence and reflecting on practice
29. manage and develop care utilizing the most appropriate information technology (IT) systems
30. contribute to the audit of practice to review and optimise the care of women, babies and their

Intellectual skills – able to:

1. critically analyse, evaluate, interpret and synthesise evidence underpinning contemporary
2. apply the organisational and analytical skills needed for academic study and enquiry to reach
   own judgements drawn from their own evaluation of data, evidence and ideas.
3. critically evaluate ideas and information from a variety of sources in order to gain a coherent
   understanding of theory and practice.
4. integrate theory to practice to make complex decisions
5. demonstrate effective negotiation skills

Key skills – able to:

1.    Improving own learning and performance
i     Develop a strategy for improving your own learning and performance.
ii    Monitor progress and adapt your strategy to improve your performance.
iii   Evaluate your strategy and present the outcomes of your learning.

2. Problem Solving
i Develop a strategy for problem solving
ii Monitor progress and adapt your strategy for solving the problem.
iii Evaluate your strategy and present the outcomes of your problem solving skills.

3.    Working with Others
i     Develop a strategy for working with others.
ii    Monitor progress and adapt your strategy to achieve agreed objectives
iii   Evaluate your strategy and present the outcomes from your work with others.

4. Communication
i Develop a strategy for using communication skills over time
ii Monitor progress and adapt your strategy, as necessary, to achieve the quality of
    outcomes required in work.
iii Evaluate your overall strategy and present the outcomes from your work, using
    at least one formal oral presentation. Include a variety of verbal, visual and
    other techniques to illustrate your points.

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5. Information and communication Technology
i Develop a strategy for using ICT skills over an extended period of time
ii Monitor progress and adapt your strategy, as necessary, to achieve the quality of
    outcomes required in work involving the use of ICT for two different, complex
iii Evaluate your overall strategy and present the outcomes from your work using
    at least one presentation, showing integration of text, images and number.

6. Application of number
i Develop a strategy for using application of number skills over an extended
    period of time.
ii Monitor progress and adapt your strategy, as necessary, to achieve the quality of
    outcomes required in work
iii Evaluate your overall strategy and present the outcomes from your work,
    including use of charts, graphs and diagrams to illustrate complex data.

The above is based on level 4 key skills of the QCA framework available at the following web

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Course structure

This is an integrated programme of theoretical and practical experiences organised on a modular
framework.         The programme has been developed to enable you to acquire the necessary
knowledge and skills to practice confidently and competently as a practicing midwife following initial
registration to the Midwifery Part of the Professional Register.

The programme is conjointly validated, offering a professional and academic award. The
professional award is from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the academic award is
from the University of Wolverhampton.

Central to the educational programme is the achievement of programme outcomes and midwifery
standards of proficiency. Additionally you must achieve certain clinical experiences to meet the
European Union (EU) requirements for clinical practice (Appendix 1). You will be expected to sign
a declaration of achievement of the EU requirements prior to registration with the NMC.

This programme has been designed to offer shared learning between the 3 year and the shortened
pre-registration midwifery programmes. Students undertaking the shortened programme will join in
term 2 of year two. An outline of the 3 year and shortened routes are illustrated in the tables


For students undertaking the three year route, the programme must be completed within five years
of initial enrolment. This includes any periods of leave of absence taken during the programme
(NMC 2004).

For students undertaking the shortened route, the programme must be completed within two and
half years of initial enrolment. This includes any periods of leave of absence taken during the
programme (NMC 2004). The only exception to this is following maternity leave, when students
have up to three and half years to complete.

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Year 1
          Term 1                          Term 2                          Term 3
                                  MI1012 Clinical Practice 1
                                        (45 credits)

 MI1011 Anatomy & Physiology Applied to Childbearing (30

   MI1014 Health & wellbeing related to the Childbearing
                  Women (30 Credits)

         MI1013 Research Appreciation (15 credits)

Year 2
           Term 1                         Term 2                         Term 3
   MI2035 Framework for               MI2037 Sexual &
   Professional Midwifery          reproductive Health in
    Practice (15 credits)         Contemporary Society (15
                                      MI2036 Integrated Midwifery Theory ( 45 credits)

                            MI2034 Clinical Practice 2 ( 45 credits)

Year 3
         Term 1                         Term 2                            Term 3
MI3032 Developing the Accountable Practitioner (30 credits)

   MI3033 High Risk Care of Mother & Baby (30 credits)

                            MI3031 Clinical Practice 3 (60 credits)

All modules are core modules

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Year 2
         Term 1                         Term 2                         Term 3
                                    MI2036 Integrated Midwifery Theory (45 Credits)

                                         MI2043 Clinical Practice 2 (45 Credits)

                                   MI2037 Sexual &
                                Reproductive Health in
                               Contemporary Society (15

Year 3
        Term 1                         Term 2                            Term 3
MI3032 Developing the Accountable Practitioner (3 credits)

  MI3033 High Risk Care of Mother & Baby (30 credits)

                         MI3031 Clinical Practice 3 (60 credits)

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Module Descriptions

Year 1 modules ( 3 Year Programme only)

Title :        MI1012: Clinical Practice 1                                    Credits 45
Aim :          The module will facilitate an understanding of the principles of midwifery
               care, and enable the student to prepare a portfolio of evidence to support
               clinical practice.
Outcomes :        1. Demonstrate an awareness of effective midwifery practice.
                  2. Describe the principles of professional, legal and ethical midwifery
                  3. Identify personal skills, knowledge and fitness to practice with
                     multiprofessional team.
                  4. Demonstrate an awareness of the midwife’s role in promoting quality
                     care that is evidence based.
Assessment :                                                           Weighting
                  1 Portfolio of evidence (4 reflections 10% each)     40%
                     (1,250 -1,500 words each)
                  2 Continuous assessment of practice
                  3 Viva voce                                           60%
                                                                       (components 2/3)

Title :        MI1014: Health & Wellbeing related to the Childbearing Women
                                                                          Credits 30
Aim :          This module aims to explore the psychosocial and political issues that
               influence the health and wellbeing of the childbearing woman.
Outcomes :     1. Demonstrate an awareness of the factors that influence effective
                  communication to women and their families.
               2. Have an awareness of the cultural, social, psychological and
                  education factors which may influence childbearing and
                  midwifery practice.
               3.Discuss the psychosocial influences that determine human
                  behaviour in relation to the childbearing process and the
                  provision of maternity care.
               4. Identify the contribution of demographic and epidemiological
                  evidence to the outcomes of maternity services and use of the
                  knowledge to improve public health
               5. Be aware of inequalities and differential needs in a diverse
Assessment :                                                                Weighting
               Poster Presentation = 30%
                                                                            100 %
               Written Paper = 70%

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Title :        MI1011: Anatomy & Physiology Applied to Childbearing
                                                                              Credits 30
Aim :          This module aims to provide an introduction to human anatomy and
               physiology and its applications to childbearing.
Outcomes :     1. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the major tissues,
                  organs and systems.
               2. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the reproductive
               3. Demonstrate an awareness of physiological adaptations to
               4. Outline the normal pattern of inheritance and key stages in
                  embryonic, fetal and neonatal development.
               5. Identify the major drug groups, outlining their actions and
                  implications for childbearing women.
Assessment:                                                   Weighting
               1 Work Sheet                                   40%
               2 Unseen Examination                           40%
               3 Multiple Choice Questions                    20%

Title :        MI1013: Research Appreciation                                     Credits 15
Aim :          The aim of this module is to introduce students to the concept of
               evidence-based practice within health care and to develop the knowledge
               and skills to undertake a thorough search of the available evidence,
               appraise a research article and apply the findings to clinical practice.
Outcomes :     1. Identify a suitable topic for investigation within clinical
               2. Demonstrate effective skills in literature search and present
                   evidence of the search process.
               3. Present the findings of the reviewed research article and its
                   implications to clinical practice.
Assessment :                                                         Weighting
               1 Retrieve a research study relevant to
                 childbirth, submit evidence of the                  30%
                 literature search, discuss the search
                 process and rationale for choice of
                 study. 500 words
               2 Present a review of the study to the
                 peer group and discuss the implications             70%
                 for clinical practice.

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Year 2 Modules

Title :       MI2035: Framework for Professional Midwifery Practice
              (3 year route only)                                        Credits 15
Aim :         This module aims to explore the underpinning legal, ethical and
              professional principles that inform and guide midwifery practice.
Outcomes :    1. Identify and explain the statutory framework that guides
                  midwifery practice.
              2. Recognise how Law protects individual rights and provides a
                 framework for professional practice.
              3. Analyse ethical theories and explain how these impact upon
                 midwifery practice.
              4. Discuss informed consent and justify the midwife’s legal, ethical
                 and professional responsibilities within the process of information
                 for women to consent.
              5. Explain professional accountability and apply this to clinical
Assessment:                                                      Weighting
              2500 word essay
              Discuss the midwife’s role in ensuring the
              woman gives valid consent for all clinical
              procedures. Consider the legal, ethical and 100%
              professional issues involved and the
              implications for the midwife if consent is not
              deemed valid.

Title :       MI2036: Integrated Midwifery Theory                                 Credits 45
Aim :         To develop the students’ knowledge in order to provide holistic care to
              mother and baby within the sphere of midwifery practice.
Outcomes :    1. Explain the anatomical and physiological principles that underpin
                  practice during the ante, intra and postnatal periods
               2. Critically examine altered physiology that adversely impact on
                  the mother and fetus incorporating the assessment of maternal,
                  fetal and neonatal wellbeing.
              3. Critically discuss the role of the midwife in managing care during
                 the ante, intra and postnatal periods.
              4. Demonstrate the application of psychological theory to explore
                 child bearing experiences and to facilitate the provision of holistic
                 and sensitive care.
              5. Analyse the inter-relationship of legal, ethical and socio-political
                 issues relating to the care of the mother and baby
Assessment                                                        Weighting
              1. Seen examination                                 25%
              2. Multiple choice questions                        25%
              3. Unseen examination comprising 2                  Part A – 25%
                 parts both of which must be passed at            Part B – 25%
                 a minimum of D5

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Title :        MI2034: Clinical Practice 2                                           Credits 45
Aim :          This module will enhance the development of midwifery knowledge, skills
               and practice, facilitated by critically reflecting in and on practice.
Outcomes :     1. Demonstrate clinical effectiveness within practice.
               2. Discuss the application of professional, legal and ethical
                  principles within midwifery practice.
               3. Analyse personal skills, knowledge and fitness to practice within
                  a multiprofessional team.
               4. Discuss the principles of evaluation and how this contributes to
                  quality care that is evidence based.

Assessment                                                        Weighting
               1 Portfolio of evidence (4 reflections 10%         40%
                 each) 1,250 – 1,500 words each)
               2 Continuous assessment of practice
               3 Viva voce                                         60% (Components 2/3)

Title :        MI2037: Sexual and Reproductive Health in Contemporary Society
                                                                       Credits 15
Aim :          This module explores how psychological, physical, social, cultural and
               political factors, influences a women’s sexual and reproductive health
               and sexuality.
Outcomes :     1. Debate the contemporary definitions and components of sexuality and
                  sexual health
               2. Discuss the provisions for screening, control and maintenance of
                  sexual health
               3. Compare and contrast the evolving and diverse nature of women’s
                  sexuality and sexual health needs.
               4. Review and discuss the implications when reproductive status is

Assessment :                                                      Weighting

               Individual Presentation of a topic relating to      100%
               sexual and reproductive health

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Year 3 Modules

Title :       MI3032: Developing the Accountable Practitioner                Credits 30
Aim           Facilitate the students’ professional development towards registration by
              enhancing decision-making processes, demonstrating responsibility and
              accountability within professional practice.
Outcomes :    1. Evaluate the role of the midwife as an accountable practitioner.
              2. Critically analyse the legal, professional and ethical issues
                 which impact upon midwifery practice.
              3. Critically appraise management and leadership theories.
              4. Critically evaluate the evidence base to support decision
                 making and its application to midwifery practice.
              5. Critically discuss the role of the midwife as an educator.
              6. Critically appraise quality assurance frameworks.
Assessment:                                                   Weighting
              1. Action Plan including rationale for          100%
                 change 5,000 words.
                 Complusory formative assessments x 2

Title :       MI3033: High Risk Care of Mother and Baby                           Credits 30
Aim :         The aim of this module is to enable the student to develop knowledge and
              skills in relation to the critical care of the high-risk childbearing woman and
              her baby.
Outcomes :    1. Discuss how high-risk conditions can be recognised
                  and demonstrate the ability to organise individualised plans of
              2. Critically discuss the referral process and care pathways for
                  women and babies from diverse backgrounds.
              3. Determine the physiological, psychological and sociological
                  factors that impact upon maternal and perinatal mortality/morbidity.
              4. Critically discuss the effective care and management of
                  obstetric and neonatal emergencies.
              5. Evaluate evidence based care of high-risk women and babies in
                  relation to national and local policy.
              6. Critically analyse the psychosocial aspects of women
                  experiencing high-risk and critical care intervention
Assessment                                                        Weighting
              1 4 OSCEs – covering maternal and                   25% each
                neonatal cases                                    total 100%

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Title :      MI3031: Clinical Practice 3                                      Credits 60
Aim :        This module will facilitate the transformation of learning to achieve competent
             professional midwifery practice.
Outcomes :   1. Critically evaluate effective midwifery practice.
             2. Demonstrate critical understanding of professional, legal and
                ethical midwifery practice.
             3. Critically appraise personal development, knowledge, skills and
                fitness to practice as a midwife.
             4. Demonstrate the ability to achieve quality care through
                evaluation and research
Assessment                                                      Weighting
             1 Care study                                       50%
             2 Portfolio of evidence (3 reflections 17%,
                 17% and 16%)
             3 Continuous assessment of practice                  50% (Components 2/3)

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Arrangements for staff-student liaison

As part of your experience at the University it is important for you to develop evaluative and critical
skills. Accordingly, you will be given many opportunities to feedback your opinions on the content
and organisation of your course, and on the methods of teaching delivery and assessment. Student
feedback will be achieved through:

   Representation on the Midwifery Subject and Course Management Committee
   Direct contact with the staff teaching the module,
   Module, award and practice evaluations.
   Student Midwife Forum.
   Undergraduate Student Council
   Informal meetings with academic staff.
   School of Health and Wellbeing and Wellbeing Student Forum

Student Midwife Forum

The Student Midwife Forum exists for all student midwives to meet together to discuss programme
issues with representatives of the midwifery academic team. Notes of the meeting are distributed to
students via group representatives and are posted on the WOLF topic. Dates of meetings are set
at the beginning of each academic year.

Membership :
Chair           Nominated Student
Deputy Chair Nominated Student
All current student midwives
Academic Staff Midwifery Subject Team
Secretarial Support: Midwifery Subject Team

Frequency of Meetings:
3/4 times per year

Quorate :
75% of groups represented

Terms of reference
   To provide a forum to raise issues that affects the student experience.
   Offer peer support
   To co-ordinate development of an annual conference for all student groups
   To contribute to quality monitoring and enhancement of pre registration midwifery awards
   To produce an annual report of activities to inform annual monitoring

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This Committee may make recommendations to :
   Midwifery Course Management Committee
   Undergraduate Student Council
   School Quality Committee
   Student Union
   School of Health and Wellbeing and Wellbeing Student Forum


   To be distributed no less than 5 working days prior to each meeting.

Midwifery Course Management Committee

The Midwifery Course Management Committee meets three/four times per year and includes
membership from all key stakeholders.

Terms of Reference:

   Monitor student recruitment and retention.
   Evaluate curriculum in line with relevant policy, for example, subject benchmarks professional
    standards, race equality action plan.
   Revise the content operation and administration of the programme in accordance with
    professional statutory and regulatory body requirements.
   To receive and consider reports from Course Monitoring Meetings, Module Leaders, course Co-
    ordinators and student representatives as appropriate.
   To provide an annual report to the School Quality Committee
   Implement and monitor action plans in response to professional bodies and external agencies,
    quality assurance activities
   Prepare reports for professional and external agencies as required

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   Academic Subject Team
   Head of Midwifery, Maternity & the Newborn (Chair)
   Student Representatives from each cohort
   Trust Representatives
   User Representatives

Links with other Committees:

Reports to:

 School Quality Enhancement Committee.

Communicates with:

 Midwifery Course Monitoring
 Trust Management Committees
 Student Midwife Forum

School of Health and Wellbeing Student Forum

The School of Health and Wellbeing student forum provides an opportunity for student
representatives on all programmes in the school to meet with senior managers to discuss issues
relating to the overall student experience.


Dean of School (Chair)
Senior Management Team of the school
Head of Midwifery, Maternity & the Newborn
Subject Module Leaders
Student Representatives

Forum Meetings:

Held three times per year at all campuses.

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The School of Health and Wellbeing is committed to provide high quality services to its students,
NHS Trusts and Independent Healthcare purchasers. Your programme is quality assured through a
range of internal and external quality monitoring activities. You may be asked to contribute to
various meetings with key stakeholders and review teams that seek to obtain students views of the
programme, for e.g. University Quality Committee, Nursing Midwifery Council and the Strategic
Health Authority.

You will have the opportunity to evaluate modules of study by completing a module evaluation form,
and by verbal feedback to your module leader. Formal evaluations of the programme will be carried
out at the end of each year of study. Twice yearly evaluations will be held in placement.

Data obtained through evaluations are analysed and reported the School Quality and Enhancement
Committee through annual monitoring and to the Midwifery Course Management Committee, where
any actions necessary as a result of evaluations is monitored.

Your feedback is important in helping to us maintain and improve the quality of your course, you can
also talk to your personal tutor, course co-ordinator or Head of Midwifery, Maternity & the Newborn
in Education.

The National Student Survey (NSS)

The National Student Survey is targeted at final year undergraduates in England, Wales, Northern
Ireland and participating Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Scotland. The survey provides
students with an opportunity to make their opinions on their higher education student experience
count at a national level. The results are analysed and used to compile a year comparison of data

       a) Helps prospective students make informed choices of where and what to study.

       b) Enables the participating institutions to identify and improve in areas where
          they may have let their students down.

The School of Health and Wellbeing actively encourage students to take part in the survey, as this
provides us with valuable information about the quality of our provision, which can be used to make
improvements to enhance the student experience for future students.

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Staff involved in the programme

Staff involved in the undergraduate midwifery programme are detailed below

Name          Key Roles                                 Telephone and E-Mail

Karen         Module Leader                   
Bartter         Developing       the    Accountable
                Framework         for   Professional
                  Midwifery Practice
               Module leader                  
Janet           Anatomy & Physiology Applied to
Bolton            Childbearing
Marcia         Head of Midwifery, Maternity & the
Edwards        Newborn
Marcia         Module Leader                  
Edwards         Integrated Midwifery Theory

Debbie         Module Leader                  
Holmes          Clinical Practice 1

Pak Hung      Module Leader                   
               Post     Qualifying,  Sexual    and
                 Reproductive Health and Midwifery
               Research Appreciation
Pauline Lim   Module Leader                   
               Clinical Practice 2
Hilary        Module Leader                   
Lumsden        Post Qualifying, Neonatal Modules
               High Risk Care of Mother and Baby
Sandie        Module Leader                   
Sandbrook      Sexual & Reproductive Health in
                 Contemporary Society
               Health & Wellbeing
Sue           Module Leader                   
Southall       High Risk Care of Mother and Baby
               Clinical Practice 3

Midwifery administration staff: 01902 518805
Reception:                      01902 518800
Study skills advisor            01902 518800
Student Advisor(Gemma Thompson) 01902 518800/518882

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Module Leader

The module leader will ensure that you are provided with educational support. They
will, as appropriate:-

   issue module guides at the commencement of a module.
   advise on academic standard required.
   maintain written records of tutorial sessions.
   liaise with the Course Co-coordinator/Head of Midwifery, Maternity and the Newborn about your
   participate in preparatory and evaluative processes in order to facilitate students’ learning and
    enhance quality
   manage and organise modules to ensure effective delivery

Personal Tutor

You will be allocated a personal tutor for the duration of your programme. It is important that you
make early contact with her.

The role of the personal tutor is to:

   provide pastoral support
   advise the student of sources of additional help available in the University
   support the student with the development a portfolio of evidence
   review the student’s progress in relation to attendance, theoretical assessment, and clinical
   work with the student and practice mentor in the development of an action plans to enhance
    professional development as appropriate
   meet with students in practice for a preliminary, intermediate and final interview during each year
    of study
   maintain student records
   internally verify the process of clinical assessment
   identify students at risk and notify the relevant assessment/progression board.

Request for Change of Personal Tutor

Any change of Personal Tutor must be approved. This should be discussed with your Personal
Tutor and request made in writing to the Head of Midwifery, Maternity and the Newborn in
Education. Approval of any change is not guaranteed and will be individually considered. Where
possible a change will be to another teacher clinically linked within the same Trust.

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Head of Midwifery, Maternity & the Newborn for Education

The Head of Midwifery, Maternity & the Newborn will assume overall responsibility for overseeing
your progress throughout the programme.

The Lead Midwife For Education (LME)

Each educational institution has one Lead Midwife for Education (LME) who:
 is the person named to receive correspondence from and liaise with the NMC in relation to
   matters affecting midwifery education.
 liaises with the local supervising authority and supervisors of midwives in order to identify the
   educational needs of midwives.
 oversees and monitors standards of midwifery education responsible for the development,
   delivery and management of midwifery programmes of education in accordance with the NMC
 signs and supports the declaration of good health and character to enable admission to the
   professional register as appropriate

Special Needs Tutor

This is a member of SoH academic staff who has particular responsibility for students who may have
specific learning needs, and who can advise on support systems to address these. The special
needs tutor for the school is Pauline Kim (

Study Skills Advisor

Study Skills Advisors based at School of Health and Wellbeing centres and provide support and
guidance for students. They offer a range of services, for example, how to access information, time
management, essay writing and preparing visual aids for presentation. Help from the Study Skills
Advisors is based on an appointment system, thus forward planning is essential to ensure you get
the help when you need it.

Student Advisors can be contacted via the receptionist at Walsall Campus on 01902 518882 in the
first instance Gemma Thompson or alternatively you can call reception on 01902 518800.

Student Advisor

A student advisor is appointed by the school to give general advice and support. If you feel you
would like to discuss any issues with someone who is not directly involved with your study, then
please contact the Student Advisor on 01902 518800 who will be happy to arrange a mutual
appointment to resolve any issues you may have.

Link Tutor

The role of the link teacher is to provide guidance and support for students and staff in placement
areas. For further information about the link teacher role you are referred to your clinical placement

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Practice Mentor
During each placement you will have an identified practice mentor/s who is also a sign off mentor.
Your practice mentor will provide support, teaching, supervision and assess your developing
competence. For further details about the role of the practice mentor, you are referred to your
clinical placement handbook.

Supervisor of Midwives

To introduce you to the role of Supervisor of Midwives you will be allocated a named
supervisor for the duration of your training. You are required to meet with your named supervisor at
least once a year. For further information, you are referred to your clinical placement handbook.

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Learning and Teaching

The practice-focussed nature of midwifery requires a range of approaches to support learning.
Taught and facilitated teaching methods are utilised to enhance the learning process and embrace
lifelong learning, strengthening the relationship between theory and practice.

Examples of teaching methods include lectures, discussions and peer presentations as part of
formative and summative approaches to assessment. It is anticipated that the varied approaches to
teaching will facilitate development of communication and negotiating skills and small group and
problem based learning scenarios are intended to enhance team work, critical thinking, and
stimulate learning from experience.

Appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and practice mentors will facilitate learning. Whilst
qualified midwife teachers lead all modules, students will have input from a range of experts, from
across the School and from varied user and professional groups. Clinical midwives will engage in
classroom as well as clinically based teaching, demonstrating the strong links and integration
between theory and practice.

Multi professional Learning

The pre-registration midwifery curriculum embraces the philosophy of interprofessional learning and
working to meet the multi professional and multi agency approaches to care. This is supported
through planned learning and teaching opportunities to promote interprofessional understanding and
co-operation. You will be required to include evidence of attendance at multiprofessional learning
sessions in your portfolio in the 2nd and 3rd years of study. This does not exclude the possibility of
you attending in year one, but this will not be mandatory.

Theoretical and Clinical Modules

The programme is inclusive of annual leave and is planned over 15 week terms to coincide with the
University’s calendar. Within a given term several modules are studied concurrently. The credit
volume of modules varies; 15 credits are equivalent to 150 hours of study, derived from a
combination of direct teacher/practice contact and individual study.

Clinical Placements

Organisation of the programme supports equal worth of theory and practice. Placement learning is
considered an integral part of the programme and as such contributes to its overall coherence and
integrity. Clinical placements enable the student to experience the full scope of midwifery practice
and provide the opportunity to develop skills to work across professional boundaries and alongside
other professionals in the provision of midwifery care.
Clinical placements are arranged in collaboration with NHS Trusts and are monitored through
annual audit and placement evaluations. Placements are planned in order that experience can be
gained in all aspects of midwifery practice. Initially placements are short, but there are opportunities
for longer placements as the programme advances.
There may be differences in the length and type of placement in the various NHS Trusts due to
variation in organisational structure and the experience available.  For example in one unit

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community and hospital services are integrated; midwives work in teams covering both hospital and
community, thus the allocation of students is to a team for the whole of the course, rather than to
specific areas. Whilst in another unit, midwives also work in teams, but there are separate teams for
hospital and community, therefore allocations in this unit are for set periods in hospital and
community. Although the placements vary between units, all students will have the opportunity to
develop the same range of midwifery skills, by the end of the programme.
Allocations will be issued at the commencement of your studies and at the beginning of each year of
your programme. On occasions it may be necessary to adjust allocations if you are short of a
particular experience.

Important Note

You are expected to work local Trust shift patterns over a 24 hour cycle, including weekends and
public (bank) holidays. Public holidays have been incorporated into your annual leave. If a public
holiday occurs during placement you are expected to work unless this falls on your day off.

You should refer to your clinical placement handbook for further information about clinical

Information Technology (IT) and Technology Supported Learning (TSL)

The NHS Connecting for Health (CfH) is delivering the National Programme for IT to bring modern
computer systems into the NHS to improve patient care and services. The National Programme for
IT will connect over 30,000 GPs in England to almost 300 hospitals and give patients access to their
personal health and care information, transforming the way the NHS works ( ). It is essential to introduce you to information technology to
allow you to develop skills and an awareness of the systems available to support both learning and
your future career.

Computer assisted learning will form an intregal part of the programme for teaching and learning.
Computers are available at all campuses, you may also access the systems from home or your NHS
placement where available.

You will be issued with a University e-mail address and a password which will allow you to access
your email and use other computer facilities. It is essential that you check your email at least once a
week as changes to teaching sessions or pre session instructions may be sent to all students in this
manner. You can access your email from home, university, and placement or by using a web
browser anywhere in the world by logging on to

The University has 2 electronic learning tools, one of which is called PebblePad The Pebble Pad e Portfolio system allows you to build
a diverse collection of items related to your studies, your personal development or your hobbies and
interests. Pebble Pad can be used to collate work for assessment; to support your personal
development planning; to record progress on professional courses and for supporting peer-networks
or project groups. Your lecturers may ask you to use Pebble Pad to create items for assessment or
personal and professional development. You are referred to your clinical placement handbook for
further information on developing your electronic portfolio.

The University has another electronic learning tool called Wolverhampton Online Learning
Framework (WOLF) accessible via . This environment provides students with

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modular information including module guides and extra learning materials to support the modules.

You will be provided with training and support to use these learning tools.

E Vision is a system that allows you as a student to
update personal details such as a change of address and to look up examination or coursework
results. Again login is via the University homepage

You will be required to abide by University rules regarding the use of the IT facilities,
failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.

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Health and Safety

Specific procedures relating to your course will be explained to you during induction and at
appropriate points throughout the course. The University can accept no responsibility for any injury
sustained through a student's negligence, misuse of equipment or disregard of instructions. You
must observe all instructions regarding accident and fire prevention. All accidents must be reported
immediately to a member of staff and will be recorded on an accident report form

If you have a medical or other condition which may endanger yourself or others in a particular
situation you must inform the member of staff present, and also discuss the condition beforehand
with the Special Needs Tutor.

Fire notices, exits and assembly points are posted in all teaching rooms and around the buildings.
Procedures to be observed when the alarm sounds are to leave as quickly as possible in a quiet and
orderly manner and to assemble at the appropriate point. Do not attempt to re-enter the building until
you are told it is safe to do so. You may need to show your identity card on entry to the building so
ensure you have it with at all times.

Important Note

Violation of health and safety standards will result in disciplinary action and may also leave you open
to criminal prosecution.

Mandatory Training

You must attend the following mandatory training sessions annually:

      Fire Lecture
      Moving and Handling
      Maternal and Neonatal Resuscitation
      Conflict Resolution

Fire lectures are offered regularly, in the local NHS Trusts. You must book to attend one of these as
soon as possible after you commence training and at the beginning of each year.

You will be advised of other mandatory training sessions that you need to attend. It is your
responsibility to ensure that you attend these sessions. If you miss a mandatory training session
that was planned for you, you must report this to your personal tutor and attend this at the next
available opportunity. Failure to attend mandatory training sessions may result in suspension of your
training until you have attended the relevant session.

Important Note

Records of attendance at all mandatory training sessions must be kept in your portfolio of evidence.

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Personal belongings
The School and the University cannot accept responsibility for the loss of any private property on
any part of their premises. You are strongly advised to ensure that your property is adequately

Your attention is drawn to the fact that the personal effects of the staff are NOT insured by NHS
Trusts. Trusts accept no liability for loss or damage to personal property belonging to students on
their premises.

Uniform Provision
You will be supplied with tunic tops and trousers on commencement of your programme. If you
need to replace these during your training for any reason, you need to contact the campus
reception, who will supply you with a replacement of uniform form to complete and delivery of the
new stock normally takes approximately 3 to 4 weeks. An e mail will be sent to you to notify you of

Upon completion of the programme, it is the student’s responsibility to cut out the motifs and
dispose of the uniform responsibly.

See your clinical placement handbook for additional health and safety information appertain to

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Employability and your personal development portfolio

What is ‘Employability’?

‘Employability’ is concerned with the development of skills aimed at enhancing your employment
prospects throughout your time here at the University of Wolverhampton. Developing specialist
subject and academic knowledge is important for employers but they also want to employ individuals
who are able to:

       Communicate effectively,
       Work in a multiprofessional team and have good interpersonal skills.
       Critically reflect on practice
       Apply effective decision making skills,
       Use their own initiative and are able to adapt to changing situations,
       Be self-confident
       Deliver woman centred care
       Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning
       Demonstrate motivation, reliability and a positive attitude to work.

How Will You Develop Your Employment Skills?

At the School of Health and Wellbeing we aim to provide you with the opportunity to develop
employment skills through the modules you will be studying. You will develop subject specific skills
through the research you undertake for assignments. In addition, there are assessments also
designed to help you develop other key skills such as your written communication skills. Where you
have formal presentations, this will build your self-confidence and in addition will help you develop
your skills of verbal communication. Working as part of a team will develop vital group-work skills.

Throughout your time at the university, you will develop and be able to demonstrate a number of
skills, some of which are listed below.

       Working as part of a group
       Demonstrating teamwork skills and leadership skills
       Effective communication
             Written ( via reports etc)
             Oral ( through formal presentations)
       Problem-solving
       IT skills (which include use of basic packages for word processing, spreadsheets,
        use of email and e-portfolio.
       Time management
            Attending classes on time
            Handing in your assignments by the deadline date.

Theory and practice is considered equally important in developing professionalism and the skills for
safe, effective midwifery practice.

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Career opportunities and future study

Your Midwifery Registration will enable you to practice as a Midwife in the United Kingdom and
abroad. Potential employers include NHS Trusts, Birth Centres and the independent sector.

If you are considering employment with your local NHS Trust, you are advised to consider putting in
an application approximately 6 months of your anticipated date of qualification.

Once you have completed your midwifery training your learning will continue beyond registration. In
order to meet the Post Registration Education and Practice Requirement (PREP), and maintain your
registration with the NMC, you are required to have undertaken and recorded your continuing
professional development. In addition to this, you must undertake the required number of practice
hours as specified by the NMC.

The University of Wolverhampton offers a range of programmes to enhance your professional
development.     After graduating you may chose to further your academic and professional
development by studying for a Masters Degree, or further level 3 studies. For example, you may
undertake modules to develop your skills in examination of the newborn, child protection, sexual
health, substance misuse or complimentary therapies, all of which are available in the School of
Health and Wellbeing.

The midwifery academic team, are happy to advise you about your future educational needs.

In the long term, there are a number of career opportunities available to you, for example you may
wish to be a specialist or consultant midwife, or work in management, education and research.

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Academic Regulations

This course adheres to the University’s academic regulations for students undertaking an
undergraduate degree, commencing after October 2002. A full version of these regulations can be
found on the University web site: These regulations govern your course and
will be binding on you. It is, therefore, important that you read and become familiar with them.

In order to successfully complete your programme of studies and apply for admission to Part of the
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Professional Register. You are required to achieve the
required standards in the following:-
      Theoretical Assessment
      Clinical Assessment
      Standard of Conduct

At the end of your programme it will be necessary for the Lead Midwife for Education to complete a
signed declaration of good health and character. You will additionally be required to sign a
declaration of completion of all EU requirements.
Advice will be given by academic staff throughout your programme to assist you to progress.
Should you fail to reach the required standard at any stage in the programme, then discontinuation
by the Award Board may occur.
Three summative points of progression are identified within the programme. It will be necessary for
you to have attempted and successfully completed all Award components in theory and practice, at
the appropriate summative point in order to satisfactorily progress to the next academic level of
Important Note
All modules contributing to the pre-registration midwifery programme are core and must be passed
at a minimum of D5.


At the end of Year One (end of Level 1 studies)

To progress to year two a student is expected to achieve a total of 120 Level 1 credits after resit
assessments have been permitted. In exceptional circumstances, students may be allowed to
proceed to Level 2, but still carrying up to 2 resit attempts in no more than two modules.

All level one assessments must be completed and ratified by the Assessment Board by week 12 of
year 2, otherwise students will not be allowed to progress. Students not retrieving assessments
within the 12 week period will have to take leave from full time study and enrol as a part time student
whilst assessments are completed. Students will not be in receipt of bursary/salary payments whilst
completing assessments during this time.
Return to the programme will be subject to satisfactory completion of studies as determined by the
award board. Return to the programme will be at a point considered appropriate by the Head of
Midwifery, Maternity & the Newborn for Education.

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At the end of the Year Two (end of Level 2 studies)

To progress to year three a student is expected to achieve a total of 120 Level 2 credits (105 for
students on the shortened route) after resit assessments have been permitted. In exceptional
circumstances, students may be allowed to proceed to Level 3 carrying no more than 2 resit
attempts in no more than two modules.

All level two assessments must be completed and ratified by the Assessment Board by week 12 of
year 3, otherwise students will not be allowed to progress. Students not retrieving assessments
within the 12 week period will have to take leave from full time study and enrol as a part time student
whilst assessments are completed. Students will not be in receipt of bursary/salary payments whilst
completing assessments during this time

Continued progression and return to the programme will be subject to satisfactory completion of
studies as determined by the award board.

Return to the programme will be subject to satisfactory completion of studies as determined by the
award board. Return to the programme will be at a point considered appropriate by the Head of
Midwifery, Maternity & the Newborn for Education.

End of final year studies (comprises successful attainment of the Award)

By the end of year three a student will be expected to achieve a total of 120 level 3 credits.

Important Notes

You should note that a minimum Grade Point of D5 is required to constitute a 'Pass' result for any
piece of assessed work.

A student who successfully resits a referred assessment will be awarded a bare pass (D5) for this
second attempt.

The following criteria will be taken into consideration in making a decision about a student’s ability to
proceed whilst still carrying resit attempts at the end of the first and second year of study:

          Professional standards of behaviour are demonstrated
          The required practical and theoretical experiences have been undertaken
          The student’s health status is such that he//she can reasonably be expected to retrieve
           an outstanding assessment by the end of the first term of the subsequent year of study.
          Attendance Records

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Failure to Pass a Module on the Second Attempt

Students who fail a theoretical module on the second attempt have the right to repeat the module at
the next opportunity it is delivered. Students will not be allowed to progress whilst they are
repeating a module and will be enrolled as a part time student to enable them to continue to access
all university facilities. They will NOT be in receipt of any bursary/salary payments whilst they are
repeating a module. Students may be required to self fund any modules that are retaken. This
applies at all academic levels.

Continued progression and return to the programme will be subject to satisfactory completion of
studies as determined by the award board. This will be at a point considered appropriate by the
Head of Midwifery, Maternity & the Newborn for Education.

Important Note
Students will only be supported to repeat the module if they are able to complete the award within
the normal time frame as specified by the NMC on page 8 of this guide, this includes all periods of
leave of absence.

The grade awarded to students repeating modules will not be restricted. This will depend on the
student’s achievement.

Where a student fails a programme element that is designed to test professional as well as
academic competence, the Award Assessment Board may exceptionally exercise discretion to
withdraw the students general right of re-assessment.

The module leader or deputy will offer academic support and guidance to students who are
retrieving assessments.

Important Note on Clinical Modules

Students do not have the right to repeat any clinical module that is failed following a second
attempt. All components of practice modules must be passed in order to successfully complete the
practice modules.

The viva voce will be capped at a maximum grade of D5 in years one and two, if students are
referred in the continuous assessment of practice document.

The portfolio of evidence will be capped at a maximum grade of D5 in year three if students are
referred in the continuous assessment of practice document.

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Professional conduct

As a student midwife you must be trustworthy and behave in a way that upholds the reputation of
the profession. Behaviour that compromises this reputation may call your continuation on the pre-
registration midwifery programme into question, for example:

   falsification of clinical or training records, for example falsification of timesheets
   breach of confidential information about patients and clients
   disclosure of information that will have personal consequences on patients and clients.
   To knowingly plagiarise academic material is the equivalent of fraud, and will be treated very
Professionalism/professional behaviour relates to your conduct both within the University and
practice placement. In some cases of academic misconduct your professionalism may be called
into question, and may result in referral to a fitness to practice panel. For further information about
fitness to practice procedure you are referred to University website through the following link: current
student/policy and regulations/individual conduct/fitness to practice.

Professional misconduct might also include behaviour not directly connected to professional
practice, for example, involvement in any criminal activity.
As a student midwife you must not provide midwifery care unless under direct/indirect supervision of
a midwife.

Important Note

At the end of your programme it is necessary for the Lead Midwife for Education to complete a
signed declaration of good health and character. You should be aware that in circumstances
whereby a signed declaration of good health and character is not provided you will not be able to
gain entry to the professional register. Further information about declaration of good health and
character can be found on NMC website (NMC Guidance 06/04) good health and character reference.

Penalties for over wordage

It is important that you keep within the wordage as it will affect your final grade if you go over
wordage. The following penalties will apply if you go over wordage.

For students who go over the given wordage, the following penalties will apply:

       More than 10% over – the final grade will be reduced by 1 grade band (3 grade points) - e.g.
        B13 will be reduced to C10, or B11 to C9
       More than 20% over – the final grade will be reduced by 2 grade bands (6 grade points) - e.g.
        B12 to D6
       More than 30% over – F1 grade will automatically be awarded

There is not a set penalty for under wordage, however it is important to fully utilise the wordage
allocated, to enable you to fully address the learning outcomes.

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Maintaining confidentiality in assessed work

The guiding principle when considering confidentiality is protecting the identity of patients/clients
and/or their relatives, so that they cannot be directly or indirectly identified. Thus when submitting an
assignment containing information about a patient/client, you must ensure that the work:

      does not contain information that directly identifies patient/clients and/or their relatives (e.g.
       actual name, address or place of work)
      does not contain original or photocopied materials that can directly identify a patient/client
       and/or their relatives
      has the names of clinical staff, wards or departments altered
      has the consent of the patient concerned

It is in order for you to submit copies of documents readily available within the workplace, e.g.
assessment and care planning documentation (providing no patient details are included), without
making alterations other than those cited above. You are not required to remove names and/or
logos of various organisations (e.g. NHS Trusts).

Students may also cite, unaltered information that is in the public domain such as local and national
policies, as long as the source is fully referenced.

Penalty for a breach in confidentiality

Where there has been a clear breach of confidentiality, i.e. the assignment contains information that
directly identifies patient/clients and/or their relatives (e.g. actual name or address), you will be
awarded a refer grade.

At the commencement of your course you will be asked to sign a student declaration to confirm that
you have read and agree to abide by the regulations relating to plagiarism, collusion, confidentiality
and release of information to employers. A sample is appended to this handbook for your
information (Appendix 2).

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Additional information specific to your course

Attendance, sickness and absence

The purpose of the sickness/absence procedure is to promote consistent arrangements for
managing sickness/absence. The guiding principle, which should determine management of
sickness and absence is the need for fair and responsible action that is consistent with the
requirements of the NMC, university and NHS Trusts.

It is the responsibility of your Personal tutor, in liaison with Registry Officers and Clinical Managers,
to monitor course attendance in a consistent and sensitive manner in order to facilitate course
completion and compliance with the regulations of the NMC.

Important Note

The NMC’s requirement for the Pre-Registration Midwifery Programme is a minimum of 156
completed weeks for the 3 Year Programme and 78 completed weeks for the shortened route.
Proof of attendance is required to confirm that you have met the NMC requirements for attendance.

Monitoring of Attendance

Module Leaders will monitor your attendance at lectures / study days. You should note that signing-
in on behalf of another student constitutes fraud, and may result in disciplinary action.

Verification of attendance in practice is by your practice mentor or deputy. You are required to
submit your time sheet for verification of attendance at the end of each shift.

You should note that falsely obtaining signatures for attendance will result in disciplinary action and
may result in discontinuation from training.


Attendance at all formal lectures is obligatory unless you have negotiated absence with Module


Attendance in practice placements is obligatory.

Records of attendance

Records must be maintained of all attendance in theory and practice.

It is important that you sign attendance sheets on study days, failure to sign the attendance form will
constitute an absence. Should you forget to sign in, this must be brought to the attention of the
module leader within 7 days of the session.
Copies of attendance sheets (time sheets) must be submitted to your Personal tutor, at the end of
each month for entry to your records. All sections of your time sheet must be completed indicating
clearly, study days; rest days, sickness and leave (Appendix 3). If time

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sheets are not submitted within 3 weeks following the end of the month, you will be assumed to be
absent and bursary payments/salary will be suspended.
During extended periods of sickness, (beyond 3 days), you will be asked to provide self-certification
and/or medical certificates.

If you are salaried by an NHS Trust, completion and submission of time sheets should be in
accordance with Trust policy. You must submit copies of your time sheets to your personal tutor .

Important Note
A permanent record will be kept of all sickness and absence; irrelevant of whether these have been
made up or not. All sickness and absence is reported in terminal references, as future employers
normally request this and may consider this in future offers of employment.

Notification of Sickness

Your Personal tutor and/or Head of Midwifery, Maternity and the Newborn will advise local
procedural variance by which you report sickness/absence, which must be adhered to at all times.

All students, if unfit for work must notify their clinical placement area and should contact Registry on
01902 53090/3173 Administration staff at Walsall Campus (Telephone: 01902 518805) on the first
day of sickness. Failure to report sickness will be classed as absence. In the event of public
holidays or weekends you must notify the clinical placement on the day of sickness/absence and
notify the Student office on the next working day. You must also report your return to work,
otherwise continued sickness/absence will be recorded.


Authorised absence

This is absence negotiated and agreed in advance and should only take place in exceptional
circumstances.    Examples of authorised absence may include, attendance for a hospital
appointment, bereavement, and family crisis. This will normally only apply for an occasional
absence and not absence over a longer period. Authorised absence must be covered by a signed
agreement to support your absence. A form designed for this purpose can be obtained from the
student access points. There are two types of form designed for this purpose.

Authorised Absence from Theory (Appendix 4)

This is applicable when there is a previous agreement about achievement of learning outcomes
through independent study.

Special Leave (Appendix 5)

This is intended for absence from clinical practice or leave over an extended period, for example
compassionate leave or family crisis.

Notified absence

This will occur in unforeseen circumstances that prevent you from getting to work. Notified absence

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will not have been previously authorised.    Examples of this might include unforeseen transport

Unauthorised absence

This is absence from work without notice or prior agreement. You simply fail to turn up for work on
either a planned study day, or a day on which you have been scheduled for clinical practice. This is
considered unprofessional behaviour and may result in disciplinary action.

It should be noted that any changes to off duty should be agreed in advance. In exceptional
circumstances it may be possible to change your days off at short notice by agreement with the

Failure to attend for clinical placement on shifts rostered without prior agreement will be
classed as unauthorised absence.

Guidelines on making up sickness and absence time

Annual leave, reading weeks or professional study days, occurring within the programme should not
be used to make up time.

It is recognised that we all need adequate time to rest and therefore need both days off and annual
leave. Working long continuous periods without leave or adequate time for study may adversely
affect your work and personal health. Consequently, sickness and absence should be made up at
the end of the programme.

Sickness/Absence from Practice

Absence/Sickness from clinical placement must be made up in practice at the end of the programme
taking into consideration your clinical allocation and/or your educational needs.

Extensions to contracts (and bursary/salary) will be negotiated for certified sickness or approved
absence of up to 21 days. Extensions to contract beyond this will be considered on individual basis.

Absence/Sickness from theory sessions

A number of factors will be taken into consideration in determining how and when this time is made
up. As individual theory sessions may not be repeated within a year, it may not possible to pick up
these sessions, and therefore this time may have to be made up in practice at the end of the

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Unauthorised absence

All unauthorised absence must be made up at the end of the programme and will NOT be paid.
Continued unauthorised absence in excess of 5 days may result in discontinuation from the

Authorised absence

This is planned in advance, and should be agreed with the module leader. At the time the absence
is authorised, discussion should take place about how this time will be made up. There may be an
agreement that objectives of the session missed may be covered by independent study, which
should be agreed in advance. Evidence that you have met these objectives may be requested and
this time may not have to be made up at the end of the programme. You must obtain signed
authorisation for your records to be amended.

Notified absence

This should be managed in the same way as authorised absence above, discussion about how the
time will be retrieved will be discussed after the notified absence.

Excessive Sickness/Absence

To align University procedure with Trust policy, students having more than 10 days sickness within
an academic year will be seen by the Personal tutor to discuss their attendance and the impact of
this on their programme of study. The same applies with absence of 5 days or more. Referral to
occupational health department may occur following this meeting.

Depending on the duration and timing of sickness you may miss critical practice experiences or
theoretical input. If this cannot be compensated for within your current year/period of training, your
training may be suspended until you can join another group for this input. Examples of situations in
which this might apply, includes an accumulative loss of 28 days from practice or substantive
absence from any given module of study.

Occupational Health

Occupational Health Screening is provided by a local NHS Trust. Your acceptance onto the course
is subject to a satisfactory medical clearance and it is a condition of studentship that you will submit
at any reasonable time to a re-examination should it be deemed necessary to ascertain your medical

The Head of Midwifery, Maternity & the Newborn for Education in the following circumstances may
refer you to the Occupational Health Unit:

   Repeated episodes of sickness or absence over a 12 week period.
   Prior to returning after prolonged sickness if more than 2 weeks or following a long leave of
    absence of 8 months or more.
   Any behaviour that gives cause for concern about your health status.

If you require advice about your eligibility to work due to changes in your health status, you can
contact the occupational health department that provided your initial health screening.

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Sick pay
Payment of the bursary/salary during sickness is subject to immediate notification in accordance
with local policy on the first day of sickness, and submission of sick notes as appropriate.

Failure to comply with this may result in loss of pay.

Maternity and paternity leave

Should you require maternity leave, your Head of Midwifery, Maternity and the Newborn in
Education, will advise on such arrangements. Return to the course will need to be negotiated with
your Head of Midwifery, Maternity and the Newborn in Education will ensure continuity in respect of
the course programme and assignment work.

Annual leave

Leave entitlement is the equivalent of 7 weeks per year. Bank Holidays are incorporated into your
set annual leave. Unless specifically programmed, you must work Bank Holidays occurring during
placement. Annual leave is pre - programmed at the outset of the programme, and will be notified to
you at induction; this is fixed and should not be changed.

Religious and Cultural Observance

Some students may have particular needs for time off in relation to religious and cultural
observance. In most instances this is likely to take the form of a day off for a particular religious or
cultural occasion. Where this is the case, and you are on a practice placement, you must make a
request to the manager in charge of the placement area, explaining why you require the time off and
giving as much notice as possible. Managers will be sympathetic to requests for time off on these
grounds and will try to accommodate them, wherever it is reasonably practicable to do so but
subject to the needs of the service. You must make up any time off granted under these

If the request for time off falls within your time at University you should make your request to the
Head of Midwifery, Maternity and the Newborn in Education, who will try to accommodate your
needs, wherever this is possible. You will be required to make up missed learning, the way in which
this will be made up is at the discretion of the Head of Midwifery, Maternity and the Newborn in
Education who may include attending alternative lectures / teaching sessions, being provided with
additional learning materials, being directed to specific learning resources or a combination of these.

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You will appreciate that a course leading to a professional qualification will inevitably require a
number of protocols that have to be observed. These are not intended to be inhibiting, restrictive, or
intimidating, but serve to set out the standards that the profession and the university expect of you
during your studentship. They exist to help you develop the sorts of professional behaviour, which
will be a hallmark of your future status as a qualified midwife

When enrolling with the university, you are consenting to the University’s School and Trust protocols
and policies. Non-compliance may lead to termination of your training. It is your responsibility to
familiarise yourself with the contents of this handbook.

Important Note
When working on the clinical placement it is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with Trust
policies and protocols. Your practice mentor will assist you to locate these.

Equal opportunities policy

University policy and practice will be concerned with the prevention of both direct and indirect, overt
and covert discrimination, and the promotion of justice and equality. This necessitates both the
removal of existing educational barriers and positive attempts to create new opportunities. The
University seeks to promote equality of opportunity for all, and to eliminate discrimination,
particularly on grounds of colour, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, age, disability, religion
and socio-economic background. The University requires staff, students and visitors to behave in a
non-discriminatory manner and to support, implement and develop institutional practices and
procedures that promote and reinforce equality of opportunities and treatment for all. The University
is committed to working towards the creation of additional educational and employment
opportunities for groups currently under-represented among students and staff and to ensuring that
access to these opportunities is not obstructed by conditions or requirements that cannot be

For further information about University policy on equal opportunity visit the following web address:


The University welcomes feedback both positive and negative because it is only by having such
feedback that we can check that we are providing you with a quality service. More often than not,
any concerns or dissatisfaction with any aspect of the services provided by the University of
Wolverhampton can be dealt with by raising the matter immediately with a member of staff. We
acknowledge however that sometimes, matters cannot be dealt with on an informal and immediate
basis and that a more formal, documented approach, is necessary.

If your complaint is about academic assessment; matters of racial or sexual discrimination or
harassment; or is a grievance by a member of staff, you will be informed that your complaint will be
dealt with in accordance with specific University procedures for such matters.

Complaints forms can be obtained from the School and Campus Registries and Learning Centres.

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Where practicable, every effort will be made to respond to named complainants within a twenty-eight
day period. All complaints will be monitored and, where appropriate, quality improvement measures

Complaints arising in placement will be dealt with under the Trusts Complaints procedure. Further
information about this can be obtained from your practice mentor, Supervisor of Midwives or
personal tutor /link teacher.

Disciplinary Procedure

Academic misconduct (cheating, plagiarism and collision/and misconduct on University premises will
be managed according to the Student Disciplinary Procedures (available on University Website select Student Disciplinary Procedure).

In matters relating to professional misconduct and ‘fitness to practice’, this will be dealt with
according to fitness to practice procedure. Further information about the fitness to practice policy
can be found on the university web site:


If in the course of duty, you come into possession of information regarding clients/patients and their
circumstances, such information should be treated in confidence, and as such not divulged to
anyone who does not have the right to this information. Contravention of this may lead to
disciplinary action being taken which could result in dismissal.

Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)

All Students are required to undergo an enhanced criminal record check prior to commencing the
course. If you are found to have a criminal record that was not declared, then this may result in
dismissal from the programme

If you receive a criminal conviction after commencing the course you must make this known to the
Lead Midwife for Education. Failure to do so may jeopardise your position on your new programme
and subsequent entry to the professional register.

Annual Self Declaration of Good Character and Health.

You are required by the NMC to declare your good character and health annually over the course of
the programme. You must do this prior to enrolment in each subsequent year of study. It is your
responsibility to inform the HEI if you receive any cautions, convictions or is bound over for a
criminal offence, or if there is any change to your health status affecting your ability to practice safely
and effectively.

You will advised about annual self declaration form at the beginning of each year of study and will
not be allowed to progress to your next year of study until this is completed.

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Bursaried Students

This section is only applicable if you are in receipt of an NHS bursary. For information appertaining
to salaried students refer to Salaried Students overleaf.

This scheme has been developed to safeguard the supply of nurses and midwives to the NHS and
to widen access to these careers. The NHS bursary is confined to those students who have been
recruited within agreed NHS requirements, and is normally only applicable to students registered for
the full 3 Year Programme.

The key features of the scheme are that:

   Your tuition fee contributions are paid in full by the NHS.
   It is means tested.
   You may be eligible for a student loan from your local LEA.

There are a variety of other sources from which financial assistance can be obtained. Information
about this will be made available to you during your programme.

The bursary will may be paid for the full duration of maternity leave. Paternity leave will be in line
with statutory provision and similarly negotiated.

Termination of Bursary by the NHS

Your Bursary will be terminated:
 On the expiry of the period ordinarily required to complete the course.
 If you abandon the course.
 If you are deemed to have failed to progress on the course.
 If you show yourself by your conduct to be unfit for midwifery.
 If there is reason to believe that you have fraudulently obtained your bursary or provided false
   information in which case you will be reported to the NHS who will seek redress or take further

Reduced Payment

Under certain circumstances, the NHS may pay you a reduced bursary, such conditions may be:

   If you are absent without leave from the course.
   If you are suspended from the course.
   If you are required to take longer than 3 years to complete the course.
   During sickness period exceeding 60 days.

The NHS as the funding body has the right to decide whether or not you should continue to receive
a Bursary and continue to have your tuition fees paid.

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Registration Fees
You are responsible for meeting your own Registration Fees in full on completion of training.

Travel Costs

During your programme you will be required to attend school centres and placements in a variety of
locations. Financial assistance with travelling expenses may be obtained through the NHS Student
Grants Unit providing the criteria as determined by the Grants Unit are met.

In order to be reimbursed by the Student Grants Unit for travel costs, you will be required to
complete a clinical placement excess travel claim form on at least a quarterly basis. You are
advised to keep records/receipts of travelling incurred, as this may be required to support your claim
for travelling expenses.
For journeys funded, or when the University of Wolverhampton provides transport additional
travelling expenses cannot be claimed for these same journeys.

Falsification of claims is considered to be misconduct and may result in discontinuation from
the programme.

Salaried students
This section is only applicable if you are in receipt of salary from the Trust and normally only applies
to students on the shortened route, students sponsored by the Trusts on Health Care Assistance,
Cadet or Midwifery Aide Schemes. For information appertaining to bursaried students refer to
Bursaried Students on previous section.

Payment of Salary
Salary payments will be made in accordance with Trust policy. Payments are normally made
monthly at the end of each month. You will be advised of local variance with regard to submission
of documentation to verify monthly payment.
You should note that this does not affect your responsibility to submit copies of time sheets to your
Personal tutor .

Travelling Expenses
Eligibility for travelling expenses normally only applies if travel to clinical placements is in excess of
the normal distance travelled from home to the main site of clinical placement. You will be advised
of the procedure to claim for travel to placements.
Travelling expenses will not be paid for study days.

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Termination of Training
Termination of the student contract will also result in the termination of the Trust contract.

Change of Circumstances
As a salaried student you are employed by the Trust and should also notify the Trust of any change
in circumstances in addition to the University Registry Department.

You are responsible for meeting all your own registration fees in full on completion of training.

Termination of studentship

Termination of studentship will occur:-

   After completion of the agreed training period.
   Following failure to meet the academic requirements of the programme.
   Following failure to make satisfactory progress in practice.
   If you are found guilty of professional or academic misconduct
   If you have a poor attendance record that adversely affects you progression
   If you are unable to complete training within the statutory time
   Conduct on or off duty leading to a criminal conviction.

In the event of discontinuation of training, one month’s bursary/salary will be paid in lieu of notice.

If you are employed as a student midwife on a fixed term contract, termination of studentship will
also result in termination of your employment with the Trust.

On completion of training you will not be entitled to any redundancy payment to make claim for
compensation for unfair dismissal under the provisions of statute.


When considering withdrawal from the programme you are strongly advised to discuss this with your
Personal tutor before taking any action. Alternatively you could approach any other member of the
team (if you prefer). There are normally other options available before resorting to withdrawing.
Sometimes just talking about your problems is enough to help you.

Whilst it may not always seem possible at the time, many problems can be improved or even
resolved. Withdrawal should be a last resort. The Midwifery Team will endeavour to support you in
any decision you make, but can only help if you are able to share any problems you have.

If after exploring all your options, you still decide to withdraw you will be asked to attend for an exit
interview with the Head of Midwifery, Maternity and the Newborn in Education. It is important to
explore reasons for leaving and your feedback might help to enhance the quality in the future of the

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Return of University property

All learning resources including books, equipment and uniforms remain the property of the
University. These items must be returned upon withdrawal, discontinuation or on completion of
studies. The University student debtor department will pursue debts incurred for non compliance
with this requirement.

How to register with the NMC

The NMC will require three things to process your application:

      an Application for Registration form, which you must complete and send to the NMC,
       together with the fee;
      the course completion details of newly-qualified nurses or midwives, sent to the NMC by the
       higher education institutions (HEIs);
      a declaration of good character form, sent to the NMC by the HEIs.

The application for will be sent to you directly by the NMC. It is important that your address is correct
on the Student Management Information Systems (SITS), otherwise your application for entry to the
professional register will not be sent to the correct address.
Once the NMC have received all three pieces of information as described above, it should take
about 2 weeks to process your application. You should receive both your PIN card and statement
of entry 7-10 days after you are registered. NB You are eligible to practise from the date you are
registered, NOT from the date you receive a PIN card. Once you receive confirmation of
registration, you should inform your employer.
Further information about registering with the NMC can be found on the NMC website:

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Section 2: School Specific Information

Students of the University of Wolverhampton School of Health and Wellbeing are expected to have
high aspirations. Studying at the University offers you the opportunity to develop new knowledge,
skills and behaviours that will enhance your career opportunities.


Contacting staff:

Although all your teaching is based at Walsall, the Midwifery Team work between various University
campuses and NHS Trusts. Their locations vary from day to day and week to week. Locations for
the current week are normally held by the midwifery administrative staff, and at reception. If you
need to see any of the midwifery lecturers, you are advised to make an appointment as it can not be
guaranteed that they will be in or free to see you if you drop in unexpectedly. Staff can be contacted
by email, telephone or via the midwifery administrative team. If you telephone and are not able to
get the lecturer you want, you should ask to leave a message and contact number to return your

Email is an effective means of contact, however you are not guaranteed responses to emails on the
same day. You would normally expect to get a response to email communication no longer than 5
working days, providing the recipient is not on holiday or sick leave.

If you need to speak to a midwifery lecturer urgently, the midwifery administrative team can contact
them on your behalf. In an emergency, any of the midwifery team will help you.

You should be aware that the midwifery team book annual leave at varying times of the year, which
will not necessarily coincide with your annual leave. With exception of public holidays there will
always be a member of the team who will be contactable at the University. Forward planning is
essential if you want to see a particular member of the team.

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Staff contacting you

Staff may need to contact you for various reasons, often at short notice and possibly urgently. It is
therefore essential that you regularly check your email. All class emails will be sent to your university
email address, and not to private accounts.

It is essential that any change in your personal details, like a change of address or telephone
number, is recorded on the University Student Management System (e:Vision) without delay.
Remember to notify any change to your mobile number. All correspondence will be sent to the
address registered on the University Management System. You should check that this is correct.

It is advisable that the group agree an effective means of getting information to each other.
Infrequently, it may be necessary to get a message to the whole group urgently, for example, in
unforeseen circumstances that necessitate postponing a lesson start time. We appreciate that your
time is valuable, and endeavour to keep you informed of any events/circumstances to prevent you
making an unnecessary journey to University or place of work.

Previous groups have found it effective to identify contacts that can then initiate cascading the
information to the group.   The notice board on WOLF will be used to notify any non-urgent
advanced changes to outline plans and timetables.

Academic counselling
Academic Counselling is a two-way process. You must communicate with your personal tutor and
ensure that any problems affecting your studies are brought to their attention. Teachers will assist
you as best they can, early notification of problems may prevent an escalation of a situation, which
may then become more difficult to resolve.

You must attend progress interviews with your personal tutor at least three times per academic year;
once in each term. The purpose of this meeting is to review your progress, advise you on any
actions required of you, and identify/make provisions for any support your require.

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Where to get help with your course

If you encounter any issues (personal or academic) the following table directs you to the appropriate
department or staff member.

      Where to get help:                        Contact:

       Help with Study Skills                         Study Skills Advisors
                                                      Module Leaders/Personal Tutor

       Permission for leave of absence                Head of Midwifery, Maternity and the
                                                      Newborn in Education

       Timetable                                      Module Leaders

       Academic Regulations                           Head of Midwifery, Maternity & the Newborn

       Examinations                                   Head of Midwifery, Maternity & the Newborn

       Enrolment                                      Online / Campus Registry

       Amendment to personal details                  Campus Registry

       Your study programme                           Course Co-ordinator

       Initial discussion of academic
       performance/ personal/domestic                 Personal tutor
       problems/ill health

       Assessment/content of specific modules         Module Leader / Module Team

       Handing in assignments                         Campus Registry / Module Leader

       Placements                                     Personal tutor /Link Teacher

       Matters relating to appeals                    University Head of Conducts & Appeals

       Extensions to assignment deadlines             Module Leader / Module Team

       Extenuating/Mitigating Circumstances           Campus Registry/Head of Midwifery & the

       Registration for retrieval                     Campus Registry/On-line
       of assessment

       Initial discussion about Accreditation         Module Leader
       of Prior Achievement

       Special Needs                                  Special Needs tutor

       Personal Issues                                Personal tutor or Student

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       General Advice                                Student Advisor

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

Students entering the programme who are Registered Nurses (adult branch) are eligible to
undertake the shortened midwifery programme.

Important Note

All modules contributing to the Bachelor Science (Honours) in Midwifery are core and must be
passed. APL only applies for students entering the shortened route and in cases of transfer of
training between institutions as described below.

Transfer of training to and from another institution

Students may transfer their programmes with credit for prior learning in the following circumstances;

      They transfer from and to an educational institution approved by the Nursing and Midwifery
       Council (NMC)

      They transfer from and to a pre-registration midwifery programme approved by the NMC

      Prior learning is mapped against the programme to which they are transferring and it is
       confirmed that all NMC standards of education and proficiency can be met.

      The NMC requirements for good health and character are met; students will be required to
       have satisfactory health clearance, enhanced criminal records check and a satisfactory
       reference for the institution from which they are transferring.

Interruptions to the programme

   A student who has an interruption to the programme shall complete the outstanding period of
   that programme after resuming studies at an appropriate point. Depending on the length of time
   out, and the outstanding outcomes that have to be achieved, it may sometimes be necessary to
   have a period of re-orientation to the programme.

   Students will normally be expected to make up any sickness/absence prior to rejoining the
   programme with another Cohort.

   Important note
   Any interruption to training must be approved by the Lead Midwife for Education.

   On return to the programme following a break, you will be required to self-disclose your good
   character and good health. If deemed necessary you may need to be referred for further
   assessment and support. Additional verifications of good character and health may be required,
   for example through an occupational health referral and a CRB clearance and/or by obtaining

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Stepping off and stepping on to pre-registration midwifery programmes of
education (NMC 2006)

Student midwives can ‘step off’ a pre-registration midwifery programme of education if they have:
    completed a period of study successfully
    taken leave from a programme before its completion
    have been awarded education and practice credits from the original programme provider.
      (This would be at the discretion of the approved educational institution)
    have not been discontinued from the programme by the education provider.

Student midwives can ‘step on’ to a pre-registration midwifery programme of education when they
    met the requirements for ‘stepping off’
    the pre-registration midwifery programme they wish to join is comparable, be it at the same
      or another NMC approved educational institution
    are able to complete the outstanding part of the pre-registration programme within the time
      frame set out in the NMC document Standards of proficiency for pre-registration midwifery
      education. The commencement date being the date they started the original programme
    have met NMC requirements for good health and good character
    satisfactory references have been taken up from the Lead Midwife for Education at the
      original university
    a period of orientation is undertaken by the student appropriate to the period between
      stepping off and stepping back on. The Lead Midwife for Education at the new university will
      determine the length of this in relation to the length of time between the discontinuation and
      recommencement of the programme.

The amount of credit that may be taken into account in relation to a student stepping back on to a
pre-registration programme is for the NMC approved educational institution to determine.

Important note

Any student considering stepping off must discuss this with the Lead Midwife for Education.
Additional verifications of good character and health may be required, for example through an
occupational health referral and and CRB clearance and/or by obtaining references.

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Learning, Teaching & Assessment: What can you expect?

Learning & Teaching Resources

There is a wide range of resources available for your learning, including on-line materials for each
module (on WOLF), web-based information and, importantly, the online resources provided by the
Learning Centres. Module information will direct you to specific information sources, but there is an
expectation, particularly at Level 2, that you will research your own sources in order to enhance your
achievement of the learning outcomes for the programme.


Types of assessment

The tutor, as part of the introduction to the module, will explain the assessment tasks. Assessments
are designed to be diagnostic, formative and summative. Diagnostic assessments are mainly used
in student self-assessment to establish learning needs within a placement. Formative assessment is
developmental and provides feedback to the student and teacher to help identify future learning
needs, whilst summative assessment is designed to provide a measure of achievement in respect of
a learner's performance in relation to the intended learning outcomes.

A wide range of assessments are included in the programme to aid development of a range of
personal, academic and clinical skills to underpin safe effective midwifery practice.

(Further details on the assessment can be found in the Undergraduate Student Guide)

Marking of Assessments

The marking and grading of your work, be it for example an assignment or an exam is a
comprehensive exercise involving first-marking by tutors, moderation by the tutors in the module
team and the submission of assessments to independent external examiners who monitor and
advise, thereby ensuring quality and standards.

The marking and grading of your work, be it for example an assignment or an exam is a
comprehensive exercise involving first-marking by tutors, moderation by the tutors in the module
team and the submission of assessments to independent external examiners who monitor and
advise, thereby ensuring quality and standards.

The normal return period for feedback on your marked (summative) work is four weeks after the
date of submission. You will receive a grade achieved and comments on whether and how you have
achieved the learning outcomes.

Getting the best from your work

      Obtain the primary source of any references and avoid direct quotes unless
       absolutely necessary.
      Use examples to support your analysis.
      Be objective and aim for reasoned argument. Phrases such as ‘in my opinion’ or ‘in my view’
       are of little value because they are subjective. Do not use them. You should aim to support

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       your points with evidence and reasoned analysis.
      Always acknowledge the use of someone else’s work, using the appropriate system of
       referencing. Also, it is a very serious offence to use someone’s else’s work, or paraphrased
       contents of other’s work. This is called “plagiarism” and will be covered throughout the
       programme to ensure that you are aware of how to avoid it.
      Always keep copies of the sources or keep a note of each source as you use it so that you
       can reference it in your bibliography at the end of your assignment.
      Plan your work in advance so as to meet the hand-on (submission) date. Writing up your
       research is often more time-consuming than you expect.
      Get help from tutors and mentors if you are unsure.
      Above all do not suffer in silence, the Course Leader, Student Advisor and tutors will be able
       to provide guidance so please use them.

For all modules excepting the dissertation, formal approval is not normally required for research that
brings you into contact with organisations and people. However, where such contact does occur, it
is imperative that you are fully aware of and rigorously and consistently apply the Ethical
Guidelines as contained in the Code of Professional Conduct. (Please refer to the NMC 2008)
Where individuals or organisations have agreed to provide information to you, you may be required
to produce evidence that permission has been given for access or contact.

Formative Feedback

What can you expect from your tutors whilst you are preparing your work?

      Normally tutors will advise you, as a group, on the assessment at or near the start of the
      Thereafter, you may consult your tutors by e mailing them or by a phone call to arrange a
       mutual time to meet.

What should you not expect from your tutors?

      It is not the role of a tutor to read drafts of your work and correct them with a view to your
       obtaining a ‘good mark’. An assignment should reflect your effort and input, and the role of
       the tutor is to guide and advice. It is then your responsibility to access this advice and
       guidance and use it accordingly. Tutors provide this in good faith, but its use – or lack of it –
       by you is not an automatic route to a good or poor grade. Other factors, particularly those
       pertaining to your skills and efforts, will play a vital role in your achievement.

After completion of the assignment

      The main feedback is through a copy ( to you ) of the assessment feedback sheet.
      In some modules, additional feedback can be available in the form of group feedback or
       individual tutorials can be requested to discuss your feedback.

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Handing in assignments

   You should hand in all assignments and coursework to the Student Registry at the site the
    module was taught unless alternative arrangements have been made with the module leader.
   For assessments submitted via assessment gateways in pebble pad, you will be advised of how
    to do this by your Module Leader.
   To each assignment you must affix an assignment cover sheet, which is available in Student
   You should specify the total wordage of your assignment on the cover sheet that accompanies
    your work. References, bibliography and appendices do not count within the total wordage.
    You should be aware that when using computerised word counts that any character that is
    separated by a space on either side will be counted as a word.
   All assignments submitted to an approved location will be receipted. You should keep your
    receipt and a copy of the assignment you submit.
   Secure assignment boxes are provided for you to leave your assignment if the Student Registry
    is closed. If you submit an assignment in this way the Registry will hold your receipt until you
    collect it.
   Assignments submitted to an approved location will be held securely until internal examiners
    collect them.
   Failure to submit or present an assessment without prior approval will count as an attempt. It is
    recognised that life events can interfere with studies; if you are having difficulties it is vital to
    discuss these with your module leader so that the appropriate documentation for an extension
    can be completed.

Presentation of assessed work

   You should reference sources of any material used in your work. This applies to literature,
    diagrams or illustrations. You should be aware, that permission may be required for the use of
    some web based materials. Failure to obtain this may constitute breach of copyright.
   You must not breach patient or staff confidentiality in any assessments or course work that you
   Do not submit your work in ring binders or box files, unless agreed with the module leader
   Assignments should not be presented with separate pages in individual plastic waterproof
   Assignments should be typed/word processed with a font size of 12/14 and with 1.5 spacing.
   Use one side of the page only and number all pages
   Referencing should follow the Harvard system

Important note

For quality assurance purposes the School retains a sample of all assessed work. You must retain
all assessments and feedback sheets until the end of your programme of studies. You may be
asked for these (at any time) for external review purposes.

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Feedback on Assessment

Formative Feedback

Normally tutors will advise you, as a group, on the assessment at or near the start of the module.

It is not the role of a tutor to read drafts of your work and correct them with a view to your obtaining a
‘good mark’. An assignment should reflect your effort and input, and the role of the tutor is to guide
and advice. It is then your responsibility to assess this advice and guidance and use it accordingly.
Tutors provide this in good faith, but its use - or lack of it - by you is not an automatic route to a good
or a poor grade. Other factors, particularly those pertaining to your skills and efforts, will play a vital
role in your achievement.

Summative Feedback

The subject team aims to provide appropriate feedback on all assessments submitted by students
within four weeks of the deadline for submission. Feedback should help you understand where you
have made mistakes and help you improve your performance in future assignments or modules.


The Strategic Information Technology Service (SITS) enables you to view your assessment results
online and check your programme of study. You will need to open an e:vision account to be allowed
access to this service.

A link to this is available via the ‘current student’s web page’.

Return of assignments

Assignments can be collected from the administrative staff supporting the midwifery team. There is
limited space to store assignments within the School of Health and Wellbeing. Assignments not
collected within one term following notification of results will be disposed of.

How You Can Comment on Learning & Teaching And Assessment

We greatly value your feedback; students’ views are collectively influential in how we deliver L&T
and are gathered through staff-student meetings and via questionnaires, particularly the Module
Evaluation Proformas (MEPs) that you are asked to complete towards the end of a module. Such
feedback is analysed for annual monitoring of modules, subjects and courses.

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This is the process of giving formal recognition or validation to skills, knowledge, experience or

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

This refers to the award of credit for learning that has been formerly assessed and is evidenced by
some form of certificate or transcript indicating achievement.

Advanced Standing

This relates to the exemption from part of a programme or award on the basis of prior achievement.

You may make a claim for advanced standing against one or more modules of study if you have,
previously, successfully completed courses with equivalent content and assessment. In order to
make an advanced standing claim, you must provide evidence that you have undertaken equivalent
study to meet the learning outcomes of the module(s) against which you are claiming advanced
standing, and provide evidence of successful completion of equivalent assessment(s). Such
evidence might include certificates, transcripts, timetables, course handbooks, written assignments,
and certificates of successful achievement, assignment feedback sheets.


The final or intermediate qualification for which you are registered and which is considered by the
Assessment Boards.

Award Leader

The person with overall responsibility for the management and quality of the award.


 An assessment or the collection of individual assessment tasks (elements), e.g. Coursework
component, Exam component. A component normally has to be passed in order to pass the

Campus Registry
The administrative office which retains your records and which will be involved in queries related to
several aspects of your studies – Registration, Re-enrolment, Assignment submission and receipt,
Allocations etc.
Core Module

A module, which must be studied and passed for a titled award. Within the RM.BSc (Hons) Award,
all modules are core, and are required to be studied.

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The delaying to a later date of an Assessment Board decision on a student as a result of incomplete
assessment or other cause.


This refers to the important requirement that you remember to re-enrol each year for your Award
programme. If you fail to do this, you will be denied access to learning centres, and your
assessment results will not be recorded. Your local registry will be able to advise you on how to
ensure that you re-enrol on time.

Grade Point Scale

The scale upon which grades are awarded to all items of assessed work. (See Page 35 of this

Home Trust

A home trust is the trust that has commissioned you.

Learning Centre

Previously referred to as library provision. Now has a much broader remit for learning resources,
and multi-media information technology.

Level 1

This is the foundation level for higher education study. It provides an orientation or balancing phase
for people on entry, as well as introducing you to the basic methodologies and concepts of your
chosen subject.

Level 2

This is the intermediate level which develops your intellectual and imaginative powers;
understanding; judgement; problem-solving; and communication skills; as well as giving a
deepening awareness of your chosen discipline.

Level 3

At level 3, modules are designed to develop and test your powers of independent judgement and
critical awareness; to develop an inquiring, analytical and creative approach to learning, both
generally and particularly in the chosen specialist areas(s).

You would need to ensure that you are correctly registered for the modules at this level.


A separately assessed component of a programme of study. A standard module is worth 15 credits
and involves 150 hours of total study time including clinical practice allocation, self-directed study,
group tutorials and individual support.

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Module Guide
The detailed description of a module’s content and assessment.

Module Leader
The member of staff responsible for the organisation of a module.

Personal tutor
The member of staff who will provide your first point of contact for all personal and academic
counselling. Your personal tutor will be a midwife and will also be responsible for assessing your
midwifery care and practice module.

Practice Mentor
A practice mentor is a Registered Midwife or Nurse (in the neonatal unit and nursing settings) who
has undertaken preparation to develop skills in facilitating student learning, supervising practice and
assessing the student’s level of attainment related to the student outcomes of the programme. To
sign off placement learning outcomes, practice mentors will need to meet set criteria determined by
the NMC.

Your ongoing log of personal and professional development, which you will present periodically for
assessment by your Personal tutor.

A module, which must normally be studied and passed, in order that a student may study a
subsequent module.

The total theoretical and practical experiences that must be undertaken to be eligible for an award.

Re-assessment of Course Work
The requirement following referral in a component/whole module assessment, to re-submit or re-
attempt the assessment. The maximum grade that can be awarded for resubmitted work is D5

This is the way in which you ‘sign up’ for a particular module of study.

Head of Midwifery, Maternity & the Newborn
The person responsible for the organisation of a subject.

Supervisor of Midwives
A person appointed by a local supervising authority to exercise supervision over midwives practising
in its area and in doing so acts to protect the public.

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                                                                                              Appendix 1

                                          Statutory Requirements

In order to comply with EU Regulations EC Midwives Directive 80/155/EC, Article 4 and EC
Midwives Directive 89/594/EC Article 27 and the Nursing and Midwifery requirements, it is
necessary to obtain specified experiences during the midwifery programme.

Article 27 EEC Directives 89/594/EEC

   1.     Advising of pregnant women, involving at least 100 pre-natal examinations

   2.     Supervision and care of at least 40 women in labour.

   3.     At least 40 deliveries personally carried out by the student.

   4.     Active participation with breech deliveries, or, where this is not possible because of lack
          of breech deliveries, practice in a simulated situation.

   5.     Performance of episiotomy and initiation into suturing, including theoretical instruction
          and clinical practice.

   6.     The practice of suturing has included suturing of the wound following an episiotomy and
          a simple perineal laceration (or in a simulated situation where absolutely necessary).

   7.     Supervision and care of 40 women at risk in pregnancy, or labour or post-natal period.

   8.     Supervision and care (including examination) of at least 100 post-natal women and
          healthy newborn infants.

   9.     Observation and care of the newborn requiring special care including those born pre-
          term, post-term, underweight or ill.

   10.    Care of women with pathological conditions in the fields of gynaecology and obstetrics.

   11.    Initiation into care in the field of medicine and surgery. Initiation shall include instruction
          and clinical practice.

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                                                                                                       Appendix 2
                                         University of Wolverhampton

                                                                      Student Declaration
                Plagiarism, Collusion, Confidentiality, Release of Information to Employers

You are asked to read the information below and sign the attached declaration at the start of your programme
of study with the School of Health and Wellbeing. The declaration will remain in force for the whole period of
your study unless you are notified of a change and asked to sign a new declaration.

1.   Plagiarism and Collusion

     Plagiarism is defined by the University as, ‘incorporating a meaningful amount of unattributed direct
     quotation from, or unattributed substantial paraphrasing of, the work of another individual.’ (Regulations
     and Procedure for the Investigation of Academic Misconduct. (June 2007)

     Collusion may be alleged when two or more students submit work, which is so alike in content, wording
     and or structure that the similarity goes beyond what might have been mere coincidence. In effect, that
     the one student has plagiarised the work of the other. (Regulations and Procedure for the Investigation of
     Academic Misconduct. (June 2007)

     Further information about cheating, plagiarism and collusion can be found on the University web site. You
     will also be given further guidance by your tutorial staff and in pathway and/or module guides. If you are
     at all unsure about these issues you should speak to a member of the lecturing staff.

2.   Confidentiality of Patient / Client Related Information

     During your studies you are likely to make reference, in your assessed work, to the care given to patients.
     You have a duty to ensure that you maintain confidentiality with respect to information that can directly or
     indirectly identify a particular patient/client and/or their family. This means that you should take steps to
     ensure that any work you submit:

                does not contain information that identifies patients/clients and/or their relatives
                does not contain original or photocopied materials that could identify a patient/client and/ or
                 their relatives
                has the names of clinical staff, wards or departments altered
                has the consent of the patient concerned

     You may cite, unaltered, information that is in the public domain such as local and national policies, as
     long as the source is fully referenced.

     You will receive further and more detailed guidance about this issue from tutorial staff and in pathway and
     /or module guides. All health related professional bodies stress the need for confidentiality, including the
     Nursing and Midwifery Council. Failure to maintain confidentiality carries with it serious professional
     consequences; registered practitioners can lose their registration.

3.   Release of Information to Employers/Sponsors

     Where an employer supports your programme of study, either financially or through study time, or
     other form of sponsorship the School of Health and Wellbeing believes that it is reasonable for them to be
     provided with information related to your progress and/or attendance. Under the Data Protection Act 1998
     you are required to give your permission for the School to release such information. In signing the
     declaration below you are giving your permission for the School of Health and Wellbeing to release
     information about your academic progress (usually in the form of results) and your attendance record to
     any employer or organisation that has sponsored or funded your study with us.

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                                             University of Wolverhampton

         Student Declaration at Commencement of Study within the School of Health and

All students of the School are asked to sign the declarations below. You are only required to sign this form at the
beginning of your programme of study but you should be aware that you are signing to say that the following points
apply throughout the duration of the programme.

    1.   I confirm that I have read and understand the notes accompanying this declaration

    2.   I affirm that I will not plagiarise the work of others or participate in unauthorised collusion when preparing
         and submitting work for assessment or when sitting examinations. I understand that plagiarism and
         collusion are forms of cheating and that being found guilty of cheating can result in serious penalties or
         possible dismissal from my course of study.

    3.   I affirm that I understand the requirement to protect the confidentiality of patient/client information and that I
         will ensure that any work submitted for assessment by me will not contain information that might lead to the
         identification of patients/clients and/or their relatives. I understand that breaches of patient confidentiality
         have serious professional implications and may ultimately result in removal from my course of study.

    4.   I consent to the processing of confidential data to be shared between successive mentors and with relevant
         education providers in the interests of ensuring fitness for practice. I understand that failure to agree to this
         is incompatible with achieving programme outcomes

    5.   I hereby give my permission for the School of Health and Wellbeing to release information pertaining to my
         academic progress and/or attendance to my employer or other organisation providing financial or other
         support for my programme of study. I understand that the School will limit the release of information to that
         which is deemed essential for employers and sponsors to assess the appropriateness of their continuing
         support and or the exercise of their employer rights and duties.

(If your programme of study does not have clinical placement and does not lead to an NMC recordable
qualification, then you may strike out clause 4 before signing the declaration

If you are a self-funding student and not receiving study time from your employer, then you may strike out
Clause 5 before signing the declaration).

NAME (PRINT)                                                   STUDENT NUMBER:

SIGNATURE                                                               DATE

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                                 BSc (Hons) Midwifery STUDENT MIDWIFE TIME SHEET


  FOR PERIOD FROM:                                              TO:

                           TIME ON                   TIME OFF         SIGNATURE
  DATE        CODE                                                    MIDWIFE

                           a.m         p.m.          a.m    p.m.
                                                                                        UNIVERSITY No:
  3                                                                                     TRUST:
  9                                                                                     STUDENT
  10                                                                                    SIGNATURE:
  13                                                                                    Notes on
  14                                                                                    completion
                                                                                        of form:
  16                                                                                    This form should
                                                                                        be completed daily
  18                                                                                    Time on to time
                                                                                        off includes meal
                                                                                        breaks BUT hours
  20                                                                                    worked does NOT
  21                                                                                    include meal breaks

  22                                                                                    Codes must be
  23                                                                                    used to denote
                                                                                        activity on all days.
  25                                                                                    Time sheets MUST
                                                                                        be submitted to your
                                                                                        personal tutor at the
  27                                                                                    end of every month.
                                                                                        Failure to submit
  29                                                                                    time sheets may
  30                                                                                    result in your
                                                                                        bursary being

   S = Sickness             AL = Annual Leave A = Absence              SD = Study day
   NA = Notified Absence    DO = Day Off       SC = Certified Sickness RD = Reading Day
   SL = Special Leave        N = Night Duty    R = Reading             DN = Doctors Note
  AA = Authorised Absence    CL = Carers Leave UA= Unauthorised Absence P=Paternity Leave
  PD = Professional Development                C = Compassionate

--------------------------------------------------         Personal Teacher Signature

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                         SCHOOL OF HEALTH AND WELLBEING
                        AUTHORISED ABSENCE FROM THEORY
                                   BSc (Hons) Midwifery

   Both sections to completed by the student submitted to an authorised person for approval
Name …………………………… Student Number……………………..
Cohort …………………………..
Module ………………………….
Number of Sessions …………..
Date and Times requested……………………………………………….
Reason ……………………………………………………………………..
Approved by module leader or nominee ………………………………..
Date …………………………………………………………………………
Return section ‘A’ to the Registry Department

Name …………………………… Student Number……………………..
Address …………………………………………………………………….
Module ………………………….
Number of Sessions …………..
Date and Times requested……………………………………………….
Approved by module leader or nominee ………………………………..
Date …………………………………………………………………………
Detach section B and return to applicant

                                                                                       Appendix 5
                          SCHOOL OF HEALTH AND WELLBEING
                                     STUDENT REGISTRY
                                SPECIAL LEAVE (STUDENTS)

Both sections to completed by the student submitted to an authorised person for approval
Name …………………………… Student Number……………………..
Address ………………………….…………………………………………
Type of Leave e.g. Compassionate, Special …………………………..
Number of Days …………………………………………………………..
Dates Requested …………………………………………………………..
Reason ……………………………………………………………………..
Approved by personal teacher ………………………….………………..
Date …………………………………………………………………………
Return section ‘A’ to the Placement Officer (Registry Department)

Name …………………………… Student Number……………………..
Address …………………………………………………………………….
Leave dates approved/not approved ……………………………………
Dates requested……………………………………………….
Date …………………………………………………………………………

Detach section B and return to applicant

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