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3 years full-time
Fees UK 24/25:
Full Time: £9,250
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Students on our midwifery course 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.
Our Midwifery BSc 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.
Our midwifery 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 Midwifery degree will give you the following skills and experience:
Throughout your midwifery 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).
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 the NHS Trust sites to gain practical experience:
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 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 note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 23/24. The modules relating to the academic year 24/25 will be available from June 2024.
Standard midwifery degree entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be for level 3 qualifications to be achieved in one of the following:
We will consider other qualifications that are not listed above, please contact our Admissions team to discuss these on an individual basis.
All offers of a place on the programme will be made to applicants after completion of successful interview, and will be conditional subject to:
For more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.
All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:
For more information on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) English language entry criteria, please follow the NMC website.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees quoted for the midwifery degree relate to study in the Academic Year 24/25 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
Examples of additional costs that you may incur during the three years of the programme include:
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.
For more information about possible funding options, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.
Our midwifery degree 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 midwifery 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.
Our Midwifery course is also BFI accredited by UNICEF meaning that our 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 as one of the top midwifery universities.
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.
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 our full-time Midwifery 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.
* UK fee payers only (see Terms and Conditions for further details)
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.
A wide range of assessment are used on the BSc (Hons) Midwifery degree including essays, workbooks, projects, both written and spoken examinations, care studies and presentations, many of which will be submitted and marked electronically / online.
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.
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 students learn in small groups and through close interaction between staff and students. Our midwifery 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:
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.
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.
After applying via UCAS and meeting the entry requirements to study midwifery at the university, you will be invited to an 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: email@example.com
For those studying midwifery at university, 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.
Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount .
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.
Our midwife degree 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.
Our Midwifery team have been awarded Gold from UNICEF’s Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI). Read more about the accreditation and how it enhances Midwifery students experience while studying.
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