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Start Dates: Sep
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 3 Years
UCAS Code:B711
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

About the course

Please note this course is no longer open to 2021 applications. You can still apply for 2022.

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.

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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 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.


  • 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.

The campus where this course is taught

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  • Childbirth And The Puerperium (MDD004-1) Compulsory
  • Healthy Physiology For Childbearing (MDD002-1) Compulsory
  • Professional And Academic Practice (MDD003-1) Compulsory
  • Women'S And Family Health (MDD005-1) Compulsory
  • Caring For The Compromised Neonate (MDD006-2) Compulsory
  • Complex Needs And Critical Care In Maternity (MDD005-2) Compulsory
  • Medical Conditions In Maternity (MDD003-2) Compulsory
  • Medicines Management (MDD002-2) Compulsory
  • Using Research In Practice (MDD004-2) Compulsory
  • Consolidating Midwifery Practice (MDD005-3) Compulsory
  • Independent Project (MDD002-3) Compulsory
  • Midwifery Practice Within The Multidisciplinary Team (MDD003-3) Compulsory
  • Preparation For Professional Practice (MDD004-3) Compulsory
  • Project Preparation (MDD001-3) 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 into 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 Community, Society and Health?

  • Placements in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire
  • Study in 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.

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 can be made via UCAS and you can view the course here

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.

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 can be made via UCAS and you can view the course here

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

 

 

 


As a graduate of this course you will be able to work as a midwife in hospitals, the community and birth centres, or advance in clinical practice or research.

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

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 £12,350 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

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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


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 £12,350 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 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: You will need to pay up to £55 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.

 

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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