Midwifery BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time

  • Starting:

    September, January, April

  • Fees UK 22/23:

    Full Time: £9,250

  • Location:

    Waterside

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Overview


Applications for BSc Midwifery are closed for 2022/23. Applications for 2023/24 will open in September.

Our Midwifery students will commence a curriculum based on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (2019) Standards for pre-registration Midwifery education. The 2021 curriculum continues to build on the University of Northampton’s innovative active blended learning approach and will centre on case-studies helping you to explore the importance of cultural competence, evidence-led practice and professional caring to ensure students can provide effective midwifery care.

Midwifery is a unique and rewarding career, that will allow you to be in the privileged position of working closely with pregnant persons, women and their families during pregnancy and childbirth, promoting health and wellbeing.

The Midwifery course at the University of Northampton enables support from our Careers and Employability service to ensure our midwifery graduates are well-prepared for employment.

Updated 13/04/2022

Highlights


  • Leads to Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration.
  • Learning facilitated in small groups to aid discussion and interaction; 3 practice learning partners.
  • Maternity service users and advocacy groups integral to the curriculum.
  • Simulated scenarios in skills labs and regular use of midwifery specific simulation models.
  • Midwifery teaching staff from varying midwifery backgrounds including clinical practice, research and management.
  • UNICEF Baby Friendly Accredited.
  • The faculty’s Interprofessional education (IPE) ‘collaborative curriculum’ provides opportunities to learn with, from and about students on 16 other health, education and social care programmes.
  • Support from careers and employability service.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
  • HP laptop and software included with this course for eligible students* (*see eligibility criteria and terms and conditions).

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Course Content


  • This course has been designed to contribute towards achieving the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: SDG3 of Good Health and Wellbeing and SDG5 Gender Equality.

    Our Midwifery teaching staff are enthusiastic, experienced midwives with a wide variety of expertise and are also skilled facilitators of learning. You will work in an environment that fosters key principles of adult learning, as well as individual support for your learning and skills development.

    The course provides a structure that allows the course team to deliver a curriculum for the education of student midwives to an appropriate clinical, professional and academic standard.

    We have a clear framework for the learning and teaching of healthcare professional, through this framework we aim to train dynamic, effective and collaborative practitioners.

    Completing the BSc (Hons) Midwifery will give you the following skills and experience:

    • you will be able to confidently lead the role of the midwife, employing a sound knowledge base through engagement with the research process and utilising a range of core and specialist midwifery skills;
    • you will be able to build effective working relationships with other professionals and partnerships with women, pregnant persons and their families;
    • provide holistic, woman-centred midwifery care promoting physiological processes, to include organising care for a small caseload;
    • question and explore current practice to enable the continuous evaluation and development of effective midwifery care.
    Practice Opportunities

    Practice opportunities will be within the maternity services settings in one of our NHS Trust Partner sites for 30 up to 37.5 hours per week, working with experienced midwives who will support you in their roles as practice supervisors and assessors. You will also have opportunities to work with midwives based in community hubs to develop your role within the multi-professional team and to promote shared learning.

    As a student midwife you will be expected to participate in the full range of twenty-four hour care required of a registered midwife, both in hospital and community placements. Long days (between 10 and 12 ½ hour shifts), early, late and night shifts across a 7-day week, including weekends. In addition, you will have the opportunity to experience and participate in continuity of care and carer caseloading models, providing care in a variety of settings as well as being on-call for 24-hour periods to support birth.

    Please note that you will need to have the ability to commute between your NHS Trust host site, the wider community and University locations.

    Throughout your course you will develop and enhance your clinical skills within all areas of maternity care (labour ward, home births and birth centres). You will also have the opportunity to experience care in a variety of multi-disciplinary settings and non-maternity settings which could include the special care baby unit (SCBU), Gynaecology, theatres and high dependency units (HDU).

    List of  modules:

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 21/22. The modules relating to the academic year 22/23 will be available from June 2022.

      • Module code: FHS_IPE20
        Status: Compulsory
      • Module code: MID1025
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable the student to understand, apply and consoldiate the principles of individualised care planning within the context of universal midwifery care. Students will apply a person-centred approach considering relevant physiological, psychosocial and cultural factors.
      • Module code: MID1026P
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable the student, under direct supervision and direction, to provide safe universal midwifery care for women, newborns and families in a variety of models of maternity/midwifery care. Students will also begin to participate in the provision of care for women and newborns with additional care needs as part of the wider health and social care team.
      • Module code: MID1027
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable the student to demonstrate understanding of the culture of midwifery and apply this to the provision of psychosocial and culturally appropriate maternity care.
      • Module code: MID1028
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop the student?s personal, professional and academic skills, including digital and technological literacy. Students will explore appropriate sources of information that underpin the midwife?s role in relation to public health agendas for women, newborns and the wider family.
      • Module code: MID1029
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop the student?s knowledge and understanding of the underpinning anatomical and physiological systems and principles of pharmacology to support the provision of safe and effective midwifery care.
      • Module code: MID2025P
        Status: Compulsory
        Contemporary midwifery practice encompasses a wide range of clinical events in various clinical placement areas. The student will work alongside midwives and within the multi-disciplinary team to enhance and develop skills and knowledge within the maternity services including neonatal care.
      • Module code: MID2026
        Status: Compulsory
        Midwives require the acquisition of practical application of research to ensure they practice evidence-based care in order to promote normality. This module builds upon previous research concepts introduced within the first year in order to develop in-depth knowledge of research.
      • Module code: MID2027
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop in-depth knowledge and skills to care for women with complex social factors and/or medical needs. The midwife?s responsibilities and those of other health care professionals are inter-related and complimentary. Their skills, kowledge and experience are central to achieving high quality care and to identify and recognise maternal and fetal risk factors or complications.
      • Module code: MID2028
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to promote mental wellbeing in childbearing women. This includes the recognition of the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and an exploration of the mental health support services that are available for women and their families both locally and nationally.
      • Module code: MID2029
        Status: Compulsory
        The midwife's responsibilities and those of other health care professionals are inter-related and complimentary. Their skills, knowledge and experience are central to achieving high quality neonatal care; especially when neonatal health complications arise. Midwives are uniquely placed within the postnatal setting to provide appropriate evidenced based care to the compromised neonate.
      • Module code: MID2031
        Status: Compulsory
      • Module code: MID3022
        Status: Compulsory
      • Module code: MID3024P
        Status: Compulsory
        Contemporary midwifery practice encompasses a wide range of clinical events in various clinical placement areas. The student will work alongside midwives and within the multi-disciplinary team to further develop clinical and leadership skills as they progress towards autonomous midwifery practice. Students will also participate in high dependency care within a critical care environment.
      • Module code: MID3025
        Status: Compulsory
        Midwives are required to lead practice in a variety of clinical situations. The focus is to provide individualised care for women and their families, underpinned by contemporary evidence.
      • Module code: MID3026
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is for students to understand that all midwives have a responsibility to ensure their practice is contemporary and evidence based and fulfil professional requirements to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
      • Module code: MID3027
        Status: Compulsory
      • Module code: MID4004
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable the student to consolidate skills relating to the critical evaluation of contemporary evidence by addressing an aspect of midwifery practice through the process of clinical audit.
  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be for level 3 qualifications to be achieved in one of the following:

    A Level
    • A maximum of 3 A Levels needed with minimum grades of BBC or above.
    • General Studies is not accepted.
    • One A Level must be in a science which includes biology, chemistry, physics, psychology or sociology.
    • The science A level needs to be achieved with a minimum B grade.
    • Please note that AS (A1) levels and extended projects will not contribute to tariff points.
    Access Programmes
    • Access programmes must consist of a minimum of 60 credits in total (15 at Level 2 and 45 at Level 3).
    • Level 3 credits must be achieved at a minimum of 30 at Merit and 15 at Distinction achieved at level 3 in Science.
    • Access programme should have a relevant science or health focus.
    BTEC Studies
    • The award of two Distinctions and one Merit (DDM) or higher must be achieved.
    • Awards must have a science focus, for example health and social care.
    • Distinctions achieved must have a science focus.
    In addition:
    • You must have GCSEs that include Mathematics and English Language at grade C/4 or above or a recognised equivalent. It is not compulsory to have GCSE in Science if you have a Level 3 science qualification, but it is still desirable.
    • Some healthcare work experience is desirable.
    • Accreditation for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is not considered for applicants to the BSc (Hons) Midwifery programme.
    • Evidence of completion of at least 12 years of general school education or possession of a certificate attesting success in an examination of an equivalent level, for admission to a midwifery programme.

    We will consider other qualifications that are not listed above, please contact our Admissions team to discuss these on an individual basis.

    Please note that all offers of a place on this course are subject to:

    • successful Occupational Health Screening,
    • evidence of COVID vaccinations*,
    • satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report, and
    • successful interview by the University.

    For more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All applicants whose first language is not English applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 7.0 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page

    * The UK Government announced on 31 January 2022 its intention to revoke the legislation for mandatory COVID vaccination as a condition of employment in health and social care, due to be enforced from 1st April 2022. Therefore,   the condition of enrolment for students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 is currently paused. The University of Northampton eagerly awaits the result of the UK Government deliberations and further updates to changes to entry requirements will be published here.

  • 2022/23 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    2021/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    Additional costs

    Examples of additional costs that you may incur during the three years of the programme include:

    • living costs: for example, travel or fuel costs, running a car costs, car parking at NHS Trust host sites (ranging at present from 50 pence per day to £10 per day) and accommodation costs.
    • subscriptions: to a professional body/union, one example being, the Royal College of Midwives Membership (currently £1.67 for student midwives), Professional Midwifery journal(s) (approximately £40.00 annually for per subscription).
    • purchase of learning resources: stationery.
    • miscellaneous: additional uniforms for clinical practice (approx. £25), fob watch, non-attendance at mandatory training (approx. £85), shoes for practice.

    Financial contribution towards your travel and expenses, in relation to your practice learning opportunities, may be available for you from the NHS Learning Support Fund. Details, including eligibility criteria, can be found on the NHS website.

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

    NMC - Nursing and Midwifery Council logo

    BSc Midwifery has been approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This means you can be confident that this programme meets the standards of education, training, conduct and performance required for midwifes in the UK.

     

    After successful completion of this programme, you’ll be awarded an Honours degree and can register as a Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This will allow you to practice in accordance with the NHS Constitution which is underpinned by the core NHS values.

    UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative accreditation

    Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative Logo

    Our course is also BFI accredited by UNICEF meaning that our Midwifery students will be equipped with knowledge and understanding of infant feeding to UNICEF UK standards. This standard is internationally recognised as a mark of excellence.

    The university of Northampton first achieved UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative accreditation in 2016. We were extremely proud to achieve re-accreditation successfully in 2019.  Students who graduate with us have been educated to the high standards of UNICEF BFI which is an appealing attribute when seeking employment as a registrant.

    The baby friendly initiative standards and content is threaded across theory and practice modules.

  • Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount .

    Successful completion of this course could lead on to one of our postgraduate programmes:

    At the University of Northampton, we offer a range of short courses and continuing professional development (CPD) programmes. These will enable you to learn new skills, progress into specialisms or take on new responsibilities.

  • You will have the opportunity to practice your midwifery skills using an active blended learning approach supported by sessions in a simulated environment in our dedicated midwifery clinical skills laboratory.

    Each of the three years of the course comprise periods of theory and applied practice within semesters and you will be placed at one of three NHS Trust sites to gain practical experience:

    Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust 
    Kettering General NHS Foundation Trust 
    Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 

    Placements are organised by a central placements department at the University of Northampton and a designated Midwife at your allocated NHS Trust host site.

    If you are studying the BSc (Hons) Midwifery course, you can expect to work and study for 37.5 hours per week over 45 weeks of the year 50% of your time will be dedicated to learning in clinical practice and the other 50% will be led by the lecturing team at the University using an active blended learning approach.  This means you will have guided online theoretical study followed by discussion on its application to practice in face-to-face sessions with midwifery lecturers.  There will also be dedicated time for self-directed study and reflection.

    Practice hours when in placement will be on average 30 hours per week but may vary from week to week to accommodate shift patterns and continuity of care working.

    For some placement periods in Years two and three, these may increase to 37.5 hours per week in order to prepare you to meet requirements of the regulator, the NMC, to ensure you are prepared for professional practice.

    Please view the Entry Requirements for information regarding Covid-19 vaccinations and placement.

  • After applying via UCAS and meeting the entry requirements, you will be invited to an interview in person at our Waterside campus. You will have a series of mini interviews, conducted by a variety of people which may include a Midwifery academic, a clinician, a student Midwife, a maternity service user or maternity service user representative.

    Our BSc (Hons) Midwifery offers three start dates: September, January and April this academic year.

    You will be asked at the start of your interview to state an order of preference for start date and will be allocated to one in the academic year 2022/23. The start date is subject to change and subject to final confirmation upon successful interview. You will be notified by the University after your interview.

    You will receive further information and the interview preparation instructions from us by email before your interview. If you have any questions, please email us at: interviews2022@northampton.ac.uk

    As part of your interview preparation, look out for health features in national newspapers. We also recommend you keep up to date with current midwifery and health care issues by visiting the following sites:

    Royal College of Midwives

    NHS Constitution

    British Journal of Midwifery

    Nursing and Midwifery Council

    NHS England

    MIDIRS

    BBC Health

    Department of Health

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.

  • How many hours will I study?

    If you are studying the BSc (Hons) Midwifery course you can expect to work and study for 37.5 hours per week over 45 weeks of the year. The course is divided into modules which run for different lengths across the academic year. Identified theory hours on the course are compulsory and will consist of a mixture of face-to-face contact in University, individual pre-class preparation, group work, blended learning and online activities.

    Practice hours when in placement will be on average 30 – 37.5 hours per week but may vary from week to week to accommodate shift patterns and continuity of care working.

    How will I be assessed?

    A wide range of assessment are used on the BSc (Hons) Midwifery including essays, workbooks, projects, both written and spoken examinations, care studies and presentations, many of which will be submitted and marked electronically / online.

    What are the requirements in order to pass a module?

    In order to pass a module a student is required to obtain a minimum grade of ‘D-‘ in all assessments as this is a professional requirement. There is no compensation between assessments or between theory and practice.

    How will I learn?

    The aim of our teaching and learning is to transform lives and inspire change. We want our students to achieve their ambitions and to improve society for the better through the application of their skills and knowledge. Our midwifery course meets national academic standards and in addition is accredited by the NMC.

    At the University of Northampton, our midwifery students, learn in small groups and through close interaction between staff and students. Our courses are designed for active learning on and off campus, in digitally rich environments that integrate ‘live’, real-time sessions with activities students can undertake where they like and at the time they choose. We call this approach Active Blended Learning (ABL).

    Characteristics of Active Blended Learning:

    • Close interaction with tutors, small group teaching and team work.
    • Activities that reflect the workplace and accommodate learner needs.
    • A future-focused, digitally rich learning environment.
    • An impressive range of accessible and up-to-date online resources and materials across all subject areas.
    • Access to information and resources that is straightforward, consistent and reassuring.
    • A supportive culture of motivation to progress and succeed, with students’ personal tutors playing a key role.
    • A focus on academic and social belonging opportunities, including mentoring and peer support mechanisms.

    A wide range of assessment is used on the BSc (Hons) Midwifery programme including essays, presentations, written and spoken examinations and projects, many of which will be submitted and marked electronically / online.

    What other opportunities are available?

    Our University is a part of a well-established, professional European network for Nursing and Midwifery. The Florence Network offers opportunities for future health careers and development to staff, academics and students. For more information go to the Florence Network google site.

    * All trips subject to national and local Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions. See our situation updates page for more on the University’s response to Covid-19.

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Kim Ebbs, Senior Lecturer in Practice (Midwifery)
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Careers and Employability


Career opportunities are wide ranging upon qualification, within and outside of the NHS.

Initially after a period of preceptorship training and post-registration clinical experience, you can progress into fields such as clinical leadership, specialisms such as bereavement, teenage pregnancy and infant feeding, as well as education and research. Employment opportunities are available both in the UK and abroad.

Facilities


Students have the opportunity to learn simulated practice using equipment within our specialist skills labs. This provides them with an environment to learn and be introduced to midwifery skills before developing them out in practice.