Midwifery: Registered Midwife (3 Year) BSc (Hons)





About the course

Midwifery is a diverse role – involving more than just delivering babies. As a qualified midwife, you will be the main contact for an expectant mother throughout pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period, supporting her family as well. So you will need to be able to recognise and respond to her physical, psychological, cultural and socio-economic needs. Midwives also play a wider role in public health within primary and secondary care settings, including sexual health promotion.

This degree, spanning 45 weeks each year, prepares you for professional practice through role play and scenario-based learning, spending half your time in University and half on a placement, supported by a registered midwife.

Successful completion of this course leads to the award of both an Honours degree and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a midwife, allowing you to practice as a professional midwife.

NHS Constitution

The NHS constitution brings together details of what staff, patients and the public can expect from the National Health Service. It sets out the principles and values that guide how the NHS should act and make decisions. The NHS Constitution states that the NHS "aspires to the highest standards of excellence and professionalism. "

Applicants are expected to demonstrate their understanding and application of these values throughout the selection process. View the Constitution here



Accreditations

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

Midwifery: Registered Midwife (3 Year) - BSc (Hons) - University Square Campus, Luton

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - B711
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Sep
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full time
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Why choose this course?

  • Learn to care for women and their families during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period, fulfilling the complete role of the midwife as expert in normal pregnancy and birth, as well as caring for women experiencing complications
  • Study areas including normal childbearing processes, public health, promoting women's health, acute and emergency midwifery care
  • Develop practical skills, under the supervision of a qualified midwife, as you care for women in normal pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period. You will conduct at least 40 deliveries, under the supervision of your midwife mentor, by the time you complete the course
  • Gain experience on medical wards, gynaecology wards, surgery, neonatal units, intensive care units, mental health wards, learning about the variety of healthcare team roles and the importance of cross-team working

Each week you will be learning in the classroom with tutors as well as in clinical areas with a midwife mentor. Theory and practice are closely woven together and with the support of your link lecturers and mentors, you will apply the knowledge you learn in the classroom to the clinical skills you are developing as you go.

As well as your maternity care experience you will be placed in non-maternity wards to learn how pregnancy affects, and is affected by, a variety of medical conditions. You will understand how good quality care must involve everyone working together.

As the course proceeds, you will become increasingly independent in your study skills though always supported by your Personal Academic Tutor. In practice too, whilst always under the supervision of a qualified midwife, you will be able to care for women in normal pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period with minimal direction from your mentor.



Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Year 1
  • Healthy Physiology for Childbearing
  • Professional and Academic Practice
  • Childbirth and the Puerperium
  • Women’s and Family Health
Year 2
  • Medicines Management
  • Using Research in Practice
  • Medical Conditions in Maternity
  • Complex Needs and Critical Care in Maternity
  • Caring for the Compromised Neonate
Year 3
  • Project Preparation
  • Independent Project
  • Consolidating Midwifery Practice
  • Midwifery Practice within the Multidisciplinary Team
  • Preparation for Professional Practice



Discover the School of Healthcare Practice

The School of Healthcare Practice provides contemporary education and training for students wishing to qualify as adult, mental health or children's nurses, midwives, paramedics or operating department practitioners.

It also supports the education and training of Healthcare Assistant Practitioners wishing to gain a foundation degree.

All students studying within the school spend at least 50% of their time in practice settings working with a practice mentor. All academic staff  are link lecturers to practice partners, supporting students in the practice areas.

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.



How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in theoretical knowledge through essays, oral examinations (discussions with lecturers and mentors), presentations (individual and group presentations), unseen short and long-answer written examinations, multiple choice examinations, OSCEs (Observed Structured Clinical Examinations) and report writing.

You will also be assessed in practice by your mentors on a regular basis against a range of criteria that test your growing ability to make clinical judgements, act in accordance with the standards of behaviour expected of a professional, communicate and work in partnership with health professionals, and other related criteria specific to the skills in question (e.g. administering drugs safely).

Formative assessments are also built into every practice based assessments and some theory assessments to ensure that you are fulfilling your potential and to ensure you are receiving all the support possible to succeed.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

    GCSE grade C or grade 4 in Mathematics, English and Science or equivalent qualifications (e.g. equivalencies taken as part of an Access Diploma), plus one of the following:

  • 112 points with at least 96 points from 3 A levels or BTEC level 3 QCF qualifications and other qualifications in the UCAS tariff. AS levels and General Studies A level do not count towards this score.
  • Access to HE Diploma - a QAA recognised Access to HE course in health studies, health science, nursing or another science-based course: 15 credits at Level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 12 credits should be graded at distinction level and at least 12 credits at merit.
  • Diploma in Higher Education or BSc degree.
  • IELTS Grade 7.0 overall and 7.0 in each area where English is a second language.
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Advanced Highers or International Baccalaureate
  • NVQ Level 3 is not accepted for any of our professional healthcare courses.

    To be eligible for the 21-month Midwifery BSc (Hons) degree you must already be a registered nurse (adult). Applications for the 21-month degree are via NHS Jobs

    For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff view the UCAS tariff calculator

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Reflective learning will help you realise which aspects of your chosen career exploit your strengths the best. Towards the end of the course you will be given opportunities to think about your leadership style and those areas of midwifery practice that may most appeal to you.

You will have the opportunity to practice interview and presentation technique prior to job application and you will have built a profile of practice development. As a qualified midwife, you can apply for midwifery posts in the UK and beyond, or work as an independent midwife within private practice.

Students have progressed to Masters level courses within a year or two of completion. Opportunities are open for midwives to progress to management, research or teaching. Many go on to work in practice development, risk management, or as consultant midwives.

This course enables students to develop autonomy and realise their own personal philosophy for their future career in midwifery. The integration of theory and practice throughout the course is positively evaluated by students and is further supported by simulation and practice based study days. Working along-side experienced and specialist midwives in clinical practice gives the student insight to the diversity of the role of the midwife.
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Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and Funding

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time tuition fee is £11,500 per year A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Extra costs for this course

For this course you need to have appropriate clothing and equipment.

  • Appropriate shoes for clinical placement (£20-£60)
  • Stethoscope/Pinard stethoscope (£5-£100)
  • Fob watch (£5-£20)
  • Smart clothes for community placement (£50-£100)

DBS - 2017 entry: You will need to make a £13 contribution annually towards a Disclosure and Barring Service check update.

DBS - 2018 entry: You will need to pay £44 for the initial Disclosure and Barring Service check plus an annual update charge of £13.

Occupational Health Clearance: You may need to pay for some additional services and vaccinations if not available through your GP.

Study materials

  • Stationery (printer ink, paper, pens, USB sticks, files etc (£30-£50)
  • Books (£50-£100)

Travel costs

You need to ensure that you budget for travelling from your home to the University; between academic sites and to and from placements.

The base for your studies may be in Aylesbury, Luton, Frimley Park or Bedford depending on the offer you receive from the University.You are required to attend a range of placements in hospitals or community settings. You will be working across a range of shift patterns covering the full 24 hour period.

If you drive, you need to pay for parking, in public car parks and NHS site car parks.

*The information above is for guidance only. Exact costs may vary.

Facilities

Bedfordshire is a small county with lots to offer.

However you enjoy spending your free time, you won’t have to look far in Bedfordshire to find somewhere to relax, socialise or explore the great outdoors. 

We are also conveniently located around 30 minutes by train from London, offering you the city experience with a homely feel.

Bedfordshire offers:

  • A range of pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • High street and independent shopping
  • Museums, galleries and theatres - and our own University Theatre
  • Entertainment centres
  • Stunning countryside
  • Professional sport and world-class facilities
  • Headquarters of a number of notable UK and international companies
  • Luton International Carnival and Bedford River Festival

Campuses in Buckinghamshire

We also have campuses in Aylesbury and Milton Keynes

How to Apply

  • Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

  • EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

  • International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

    You can also apply online

    Find out more about how to apply

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