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Midwifery BSc (Hons)

Overview

TEF Gold. Teaching Excellence Framework.

BSc (Hons) Midwifery programme is now closed for September 2020, January and April 2021 starts.

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

Our Midwifery course consistently achieve 95-100% employment at the point of registration. Over the course of your studies you will be supported by our Careers and Employability Service to ensure our midwifery graduates are well-prepared for employment.

We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating* we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

*with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

Updated 16/07/2020

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years Full-time

  • Starting:

    September, January, April

  • Fees UK/EU:

    Full Time: £9,250

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

Highlights

  • Ranked 19 out of 71 for Midwifery in the Guardian University Guide 2020 League table.
  • Accreditation and registry with the NMC after course completion
  • Active blended approach to learning.
  • Learning facilitated in small student groups (30 or less).
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

Course Content

  • 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.

    You can apply through UCAS to study Midwifery with us for September, January and April starts from 2020/21 academic year. 

    Our Midwifery course is studied over three years full-time. On completion of the course you will be awarded with a BSc (Hons) Midwifery degree and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). 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.

    Content

    The course provides a structure within 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 take on 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 and their families
    • provide holistic, woman-centred midwifery care promoting normality, to include organising care for a small caseload of women
    • 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, with experienced midwives. You will also have opportunities to work within healthcare centres to develop your role within the multi-professional team and to promote shared learning. You will also be expected to participate in the full range of twenty-four hour care, both in ante/postnatal settings and in the delivery suite. Long days, early and late shifts are necessary along with weekend duty. Night duty will be undertaken each year, either in rotation with a mentor, or with another experienced midwife. When working in the community setting, you are expected to participate in the ‘on-call’ rotas with support from midwives. 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 including labour ward, community and the ante/postnatal wards. You will also have the following opportunities:

    • in year one in the gynaecology area you will develop an understanding of health problems which may affect childbearing women.
    • in year two you will have the opportunity to work in a Special Care Baby Unit.
    • in your final year, you will gain experience in an acute adult setting, either Accident and Emergency or Intensive Care Units.
    • mental health experience will be encompassed within all care settings, throughout the three years of the course.
    • Module code: MID1024
      Status: Compulsory
    • Module code: MID1023
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to introduce the student to the public health agenda and the midwife?s role in promoting health and wellbeing to childbearing women their families and their communities.
    • Module code: MID1022
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is for the student to study how all Healthcare Professionals have a duty to the Public and must practice within legal and professional frameworks that govern professional practice therefore the student midwife must have a working knowledge of legal ethical and professional issues in order to meet the expectations of the profession and the Public.
    • Module code: MID1021
      Status: Compulsory
      Midwives care for women and their families throughout the childbirth continuum. The purpose of this module is to provide students with a sound knowledge of anatomy and physiology; an introduction to midwifery care in the ante intra and postnatal periods including care of the neonate.
    • Module code: MID1020P
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to enable the students to participate in the safe and effective delivery of care to women babies and their families in a range of maternity service areas under the direct supervison of a midwife or other relevant healthcare professional. Students will also participate in the care of patients within gynaecology service areas.
  • Clinical practice is undertaken in NHS Trust Partner sites in all areas of maternity care and also in relevant non-midwifery settings such as Gynaecology and Neonatal Special Care Baby Units.

    You will have the opportunity to practice your midwifery skills in a simulated environment in our purpose built midwifery clinical skills laboratory.

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

    Placements are organised by a central placements department at the University of Northampton.

    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.  Practice hours will vary at different points in the academic year but will range from 22.5 hours up to 30 hours per week in years one and two. Your practice hours will increase to 37.5 hours in year three in order to prepare you for professional practice.

  • 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. All modules will consist of an even combination of theory and practice over the three years of the course. Identified theory hours on the course are a mixture of face-to-face contact in University, individual pre-class preparation, group work, blended learning and online activities.

    Practice hours will vary at different points in the academic year but will range from 22.5 hours up to 30 hours per week in years one and two. Your practice hours will increase to 37.5 hours in year three in order to prepare you for professional practice.

    How will I be assessed?

    A wide range of assessment is 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 theory and practice.

    What other opportunities are available?

    Our University is now 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.

  • 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 one Distinction and two Merits (DMM) or higher must be achieved.
    • Awards must have a science focus, for example health and social care.
    • Distinctions achieved must have a science focus.
    • If awards are in other areas you will need to gain an additional level 3 science.

    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.

    We will consider other qualifications that are not listed above, please contact our Course Enquiries 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 and a Clear Disclosure and Barring Service report.

    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.

  • 2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    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 is available from the NHS Learning Support Fund. Details, including eligibility criteria, can be found on the NHS website.

    Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2020/21. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250

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