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Start Dates: Sep
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 21 Months
UCAS Code:B721
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

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, taken over 21 months is only for registered nurses (adult) wishing to become a midwife.

This course 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 community 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


  • 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
  • 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

In each week you will be learning in the classroom, through lectures, seminars, group work and simulation, as well as undertaking allocated clinical shifts with a midwife mentor. Theory and practice are integrated in this way, and with the support of your practice lecturer, you will apply the knowledge you have learned in the classroom to the clinical skills you are developing.

As the course proceeds, you will become increasingly independent in your study skills. In practice too, whilst always under the clinical 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.


Units

  • Medicines For Midwifery (MID006-2) Compulsory
  • Scope Of Professional Practice (MID005-2) Compulsory
  • Transition To Midwifery (MID004-2) Compulsory
  • Advanced Individual Study (MID008-3) 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).

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