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Course Level:Undergraduate
Next Start Date: September 2022
Duration: 21 Months
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton
Attendance: Full-time
UCAS Code:B721

About the course

This degree is for registered nurses (adult) wishing to become a midwife. It is a practice-based course, preparing you fully to care for women through pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period, conducting at least 40 supervised deliveries by the time you graduate as a professional midwife.

As a qualified midwife, you are the main contact for an expectant mother so you need to be able to recognise and respond to all her needs - physical, psychological, cultural and socio-economic – while supporting her family.

On this course, taken over 21 months, you spend half your time in University and half on placement, supported by a community midwife. The degree prepares you for professional practice through roleplay, simulation and scenario-based learning as well as lectures, seminars and groupwork. You also undertake allocated clinical shifts with a midwife mentor. Theory and practice are woven together so you apply the knowledge you learn in the classroom to the clinical skills you are developing.

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

Why choose this course?

  • Benefit from a course that attracts full fee-paying bursaries from the Local Education Training Board and guarantees you placement experience as part of your degree
  • Learn the complete role of the midwife as the expert in normal pregnancy and birth as well as caring for women experiencing complications
  • Explore the wider role of the midwife within primary- and secondary-care settings, including public health, sexual health and women’s health promotion
  • Develop practical skills on placement, under the supervision of a qualified midwife mentor, including conducting at least 40 deliveries by the time you complete the course
  • Gain experience on non-maternity wards to learn how pregnancy affects - and is affected by - a variety of medical conditions alongside gaining experience of different healthcare team roles and the importance of working with others to provide high-quality care. Non-maternity experience may include medical, gynaecology, mental health, surgery, neonatal and intensive care
  • As the course proceeds, become increasingly independent in your study skills and practice, able to care for women in normal pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period with minimal direction from your mentor

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

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We support you every step of the way

We offer a Merit Scholarship, worth £2,400* over 3 academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 112 UCAS tariff points or more for UK and EU applicants.

We also offer a range of financial support for those of you applying from outside of the UK and EU.

The campus where this course is taught

Units

  • Medicines For Midwifery (MID006-2) Compulsory
  • Scope Of Professional Practice (MID005-2) Compulsory
  • Transition To Midwifery (MID004-2) Compulsory
  • Engaging Professional Development (MID010-3) Compulsory
  • Managing Obstetric And Neonatal Emergencies (MID007-3) Compulsory
  • Reflection And Preceptorship Preparation (MID011-3) Compulsory
  • The Emerging Midwife (MID009-3) Compulsory

Assessment is on-going throughout the course, and takes place towards the end of each term, although assessment points may also be staggered throughout the year to spread the load. Students will be assessed in their 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. They will also be assessed in practice by their mentors on a regular basis against learning outcomes specific to their place in the course. Mentor assessments will be made against a range of criteria that test their ability to make clinical judgements, act in accordance with the standards of behaviour expected of a professional, communicate and work in partnership with women and other health professionals, and other related criteria specific to the skills in question (e.g. administering drugs safely). Self-assessment is expected at each point of assessment for both theory and practice assessments, and formative assessments are also built in to every practice based assessments, and some theory assessments (e.g. mock examinations; formative essay and opportunity for submission of essay plans at the beginning of the course).

Why study in the School of Nursing and Health Education?

  • Placements in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire
  • Simulation labs for real life scenarios

 

Entry requirements

UCAS introduced a new tariff for courses 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.

Five GCSEs at grade 4 (or grade C if taken before 2016) including English language, a science subject and Mathematics (or equivalent), 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

 

 

 

Entry requirements


UCAS introduced a new tariff for courses 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.

Five GCSEs at grade 4 (or grade C if taken before 2016) including English language, a science subject and Mathematics (or equivalent), 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

 

 

 


Graduate can go on to work as a qualified and registered midwife within the NHS, or as an independent midwife, or progress to management, research or teaching. Many of our graduates go on to complete a Supervisors of Midwives course with the support of their employer.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. 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.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Additional NHS funding available. Click here to find out more.

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

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.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2021/22 is £14,300 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.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. 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.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Additional NHS funding available. Click here to find out more.


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

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.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2021/22 is £14,300 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.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

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 as an International student

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 as an International student