Our programme adopts a modular structure within a spiral curriculum, and teaching staff employ a variety of learning methods including clipped learning, seminars, interprofessional education, project work, debates and simulation. You'll be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning and to be active in the learning process.
The majority of theoretical and taught content will be delivered in Nottingham. We use a home and away model to allocate you to clinical placements. Your year one clinical placement will be classed as your home, year two clinical placement will be in a different NHS Trust area, which will be the away placement. You will return to your original home placement area for year three.
Your year one clinical practice placement area (home) needs to be allocated before you commence the programme, and we’ll offer you the opportunity to indicate a preference for your placement*.
The preferences available are:
- Nottingham University Hospitals (includes both City Hospital and Queen’s Medical Centre)
- United Lincolnshire Hospitals (Boston)
- United Lincolnshire Hospitals (Lincoln)
- Royal Derby Hospital (Derby)
- Chesterfield Royal Hospital (Chesterfield)
- Sherwood Forest Hospitals (Mansfield)
When you are allocated to a practice placement area away from where you live or away from University residences, the University will provide additional accommodation for you in the vicinity of the practice placement area. Please be aware that students may be required to fund this additional accommodation.
In addition to clinical placements you will undertake case-holding throughout all years of the course. You’ll follow two or three women per year throughout their pregnancy journey. This is highly valued by our students and the women they care for.
*Please note that while we offer this opportunity, due to the volume of students on the course and the number of commissioned places for each clinical trust site, we cannot guarantee that all preferred choices will be granted.
Assessment is viewed as an integral part of the teaching and learning process. Students are involved in self-assessment of their progress through reflection. A range of assessment methods is used including case studies, seminar presentations, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), unseen written exams, debates and assignments.