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Change in the way year one Foundations Knowledge and Practice is marked

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As you’ll have undoubtedly read from my email a couple of weeks ago, the foundations knowledge and practice module is made up of eight elements but the final grade consists of just the mark from your PAD and BF OSCE. Amongst many things I should expect your wondering why we have had to do all that other work, when it has meant nothing to the grade for the module. For some though, their grade will be capped at 40% because they didn’t pass their OSCE which seems utterly ludicrous especially as the PAD is a year long assessment on our skills and competencies in real life situations and the OSCE is a 30 examination on a simulated situation.


What is even more shocking is that someone who has not completed their PHV’s, reflections, Medicine management workbook, breastfeeding workbook, story sharing or got the minimum amount of EU numbers this year will be able to gain a decent grade if they completed both their PAD and OSCE – not that fair to everyone who has completed everything but flummoxed in a pressurised simulated exam.


So what is this petition for? Well I can’t ask the university to look at the way they mark the module, just because a couple of people have said they don’t think it’s fair. What I need is evidence!! Evidence from you, the students. You may be reading this and thinking “I completely agree with the way the university mark the unit” and that is fine, but if there is an inch of doubt in your minds that the way they mark this unit is wrong, please do sign. I have personally received many emails and spoken to a lot of students who aren’t happy so I hope this petition will be a success.


Signing the petition couldn’t be easier and all you need to do is enter your name (you have an option to remain anonymous), email address and any comments you wish to leave. I will then present the petition to the lecturers in the hope that they will re-think the marking scheme for this unit.


I can’t guarantee that anything will change for our year (in fact I’m sure it won’t) but just think how much the new students starting in a couple of weeks will benefit from it.


Many thanks in anticipation


Chris xxx


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