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A-EQUIP: Advocating for Education and Quality Improvement in Practice - 20 Credits - Level 7 - Module

  • Course Code: LBR7577
  • Level: CPD
  • Starting: April 2021
  • Study mode: Part Time (6 months)
  • Location: City South

Studying with us in 2020/21

While the majority of our teaching will be carried out face-to-face this year, you will be taught as part of a blended learning approach. This means that you will have a mix of on-campus and online learning. Find out more about learning and teaching in 2020/21.

The A-EQUIP Model of Supervision meets the needs of midwives and other healthcare professionals. BCUs multi professional learning mirrors the clinical environment. The module can be studied independently or aligned with the Masters Professional Practice Programme at BCU and is designed to be flexible and practice-led.

What's covered in the course?

Although originating as a new model for midwifery supervision, the principles and philosophy of the A-EQUIP Model of Supervision is equally applicable to other healthcare professionals. The model supports a continuous improvement process within healthcare professions that builds your personal and professional resilience, enhances quality of care and supports your preparedness for  appraisal and professional re-validation. 

Why Choose Us?

The model of A-EQUIP is a four functioning model with service users at the centre. 

  • Monitoring, evaluation and quality control
  • Clinical supervision (restorative)
  • Personal action for quality improvement
  • Education and development (formative)


This course is worth...

20 credits

This course is open to International students

Speak to an expert

Do you have a question about this course? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Send your question to the Course Director and they’ll get back to you shortly.

Contact Course Director

Alternatively, you can register for our next postgraduate open day.

  • UK/EU students
  • International students

Award: Module

Starting: Apr 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • 6 months
  • £720 per 20-credit module

Award: Module

Starting: Apr 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • 6 months
  • £720 per 20-credit module

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

How to apply

Complete the online application form via the link above, including the name of the module you are enrolling onto. 

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for Registered Heath Care professionals e.g. midwives, nurses, paramedics, speech and language therapists, radiographers, physiotherapists, doctors (not exhaustive).

Course Structure

You will have the opportunity to develop skills of enquiry, reflection and problem solving. A blended learning approach is taken (incorporating both classroom and online activities via Moodle) in line with the university’s learning and teaching strategy. You will be encouraged to think critically and share practice experiences with your fellow students, as well as engaging in both directed and self-directed learning activities.

You will be an active partner in your own learning and development and in return you will receive regular feedback and feed-forward aimed at developing your academic skills, and have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the module team and clinical mentor. This will include developing an understanding of the role of the Professional Advocate and of the deployment of that role using the A-EQUIP model. Students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to enable them to provide support to enhance health and well being; develop education and training to progress knowledge and skills; and support quality improvement practices to ensure that clients and their families experience safe, enriching care.

Course dates

Download the course dates for all of our Professional Practice modules here. 

Download 2020/21 course dates


Portfolio of competences and reflective assignment

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

The creation of our new suite of courses in Sport and Life Sciences is yet another exciting development at Birmingham City University. The 10,500sq metre building at City South Campus will enable us to offer a wide range of new health, nutrition, biomedical science and sports courses, as well as providing a new home for our education programmes.

Not only are we investing £41 million in a new building to house the laboratories and teaching spaces needed, but we also plan to open up these facilities to benefit all students and the wider community. This will complement our existing sports facilities, which already provide a base for students to compete in activities ranging from rugby to jiu jitsu.

The courses will reflect the latest developments in our teaching and our focus on practice-led learning with work placements and live industry case studies incorporated into the curriculum. All courses have been co-designed with employers and are endorsed or accredited by professional bodies where appropriate.

By expanding our provision to these new areas, we will be helping to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society today, such as obesity and unhealthy lifestyles, by encouraging and supporting healthy eating and greater physical activity.

In addition, we will be producing graduates who can support elite performers in meeting the UK’s ambitions for sporting success at events such as the Olympics and other world sporting tournaments. We are constantly looking to enhance the range of courses we offer - please check all our courses for the latest additions to our portfolio.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

Simulation Mannequins

SPACE skills practice model


SPACE is an innovative practice area all students can access to use equipment and resources to practise a wide range of skills in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment. It provides students with a creative learning environment to get the best educational experience before becoming a health care professional.


Learning Facilities

We offer up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across. These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice.

Learning Facilities

Nursing - Facilities - Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour

Explore our facilities in 360 panoramas, including welcome videos from key members of staff and Health and Wellbeing student profiles.

Virtual Tour

Doug Ellis Sports Centre

Our £8.5 million Doug Ellis Sports Centre boasts an 80-station fitness suite, an eight-court sports hall, and workout and spinning studios. The centre offers state-of-the-art fitness training equipment and plenty of room for team sports including five-a-side football and cricket. An all-weather pitch adds the finishing touches to the centre.

Visitors to the gym can choose a personalised fitness programme, instructed by qualified fitness trainers, and take advantage of a selection of classes, such as yoga, salsa or body combat.

Doug Ellis Sports Centre website

Louise Hartin

Louise Hartin

Senior Lecturer in Midwifery / Course Leader for A-EQUIP module

Louise joined the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Birmingham City University in 2014 and is one of our senior midwife lecturers.

Read Louise's full profile


Paola Armato-Harris

Lecturer in Midwifery / Lead PMA

After completing her degree at the University of Wolverhampton in early 2013, Paola worked as a full time midwife at her hospital of training- Dudley Group Foundation NHS Trust, gaining valuable experience in all areas of maternity care settings.  With her passion for teaching clearly evident early in her career, assisted with the completion of the SLAiP mentorship programme, Paola was appointed as Clinical Lead for the Band 5 Preceptorship programme at the Trust, leading a team of preceptors in the support, training and assessment of Band 5 midwives, to ensure the successful completion of set clinical skills and knowledge competencies and contributing to the development of assessment criteria.

Read Paola's full profile

Module Leader

If you have any queries about this course please contact the Module Leader, Louise Hartin on:

Professional Navigator

Our Professional Navigator, Nicola Clarke, are also on hand to offer guidance and will help you to choose which modules are best for you, taking into account your aims, professional or clinical experience, KSF requirements and your academic achievements.

Call Nicola on +44 (0)121 331 6162.

Professional practice routes

Have a look at all of our Professional Practice Healthcare routes available.

Professional Practice Routes