The midwifery curriculum is delivered using an enquiry based learning approach (EBL). This active learning method encourages students to work together to explore specifically designed clinical enquiries. These increase in complexity as you progress through the course moving from normal birth in year 1 to complex birth in year 2 and working towards being an autonomous practitioner in year 3.
The EBL process encourages students to identify key questions and locate the resources to answer them. Working in small groups students develop sophisticated teamwork and communication skills and, with tutor support, find that shared learning promotes personal and professional development. EBL helps students to apply theory to practice and to acquire the skills needed for development as evidence-based practitioners able to individualise the care that they give.
The knowledge generated by the EBL activities support the module learning outcomes. Three modules span each year of the course. The Midwifery course runs during 45 weeks each year with seven designated annual leave weeks.
The curriculum content supports students to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes for safe and effective practice, as identified by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. You will learn how to:
- Care compassionately and competently for low risk women and their babies
- Care compassionately and competently for high risk women and their babies
- Make evidence based decisions to support high quality and sensitive care
- Promote health for the individual, family and community
- Identify and sustain your role as a professional
- Promote the values of the University and the NHS Constitution
In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are normally scheduled on at least 5 occasions in each year.
You have an opportunity to discuss how you are settling into University life, adapting to the course and gain feedback and support to complete academic and practice assessments.