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 98-100% 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.
The diverse role of the midwife in meeting the physical, psychological and cultural needs of the woman mean that as a student midwives, no two days will be the same. If you think you have the qualities and commitment needed to undertake the BSc (Hons) Midwifery degree course, then we would love to hear from you.
Starting university is a big step and we want you to have everything you need from day one. That’s why if you choose to study this course full-time at Northampton from September 2018, you will be provided with your own brand new Hewlett Packard laptop* to keep at no additional cost. For more information on this and many other benefits you can enjoy, please visit our benefits webpages.
*Terms and conditions apply. Please see the benefits webpages for more information.
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.
“Being chosen by my lecturers to attend this year’s conference in Switzerland was a surprise, but to then come home as a student board member was an achievement I was most definitely not expecting”. Hollie Townley, BSc Midwifery Student.
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.
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 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.
The University of Northampton are recognised as number one for social enterprise with the awarding of Ashoka U Changemaker Campus status. Our Midwifery course provides you with the opportunity to volunteer for up to 75 hours in years one and two, giving you the chance to give something back to your community. The benefits that you can bring to an organisation as a volunteer will be invaluable, for both the organisation and for your personal development and employability.
Values Based Recruitment
Values Based Recruitment is an approach which attracts and selects students, trainees or employees on the basis that their individual values and behaviours align with the values of the NHS Constitution.
The purpose of Values Based Recruitment is to ensure that the future and current NHS workforce is selected against the values of the NHS Constitution, so that we recruit people with the right skills and values to support effective team working in delivering excellent patient care.
Our Faculty of Health and Society supports the values stated in the NHS Constitution and these values are utilised in our recruitment and selection processes. Please visit the Health Education England website for more details.
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
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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
In the first year of the course you will be guided through approaching independent study and academic writing skills, as well as developing your self-awareness and communication skills through a variety of media. You will be equipped with basic clinical skills and will learn the principles of Basic Life Support to ensure that you can begin to participate in basic midwifery care provision. You will explore the foundations of anatomy and physiology, the role of the midwife role in public health and the care of women throughout childbearing and will be provided with the best evidence to underpin your professional practice. As a student midwife you have entered into a professional culture, therefore, you will also be introduced to what it means to be working as a professional and the implications for you both personally and professionally.
In the second year you will build upon your existing knowledge and skills and will gain a more in-depth understanding of midwifery care as you apply your knowledge in practical situations and will begin to explain and justify your care decisions. At this stage of the course you will focus on the provision of individualised, non-discriminatory woman-centred care. You will develop your research knowledge in order to use evidence-based practice in the promotion of midwifery care and will develop your skills in caring for women and babies with complex health needs.
In the third year of your course you will continue to enhance your existing knowledge and skills and will gain the confidence and competence to undertake the future role of the midwife. You will complete an in-depth project focussing on care and management issues including obstetric emergencies. It is also important that you revisit your professional role as you prepare to become a qualified midwife and therefore topics of leadership and employability will be explored. Towards the end of the year, you will be encouraged to gain a wider experience of the place of midwifery within the health service, by working alongside practitioners in managerial/leadership roles.
Additionally at each level you will engage with medicine management and Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) learning, alongside relevant assessments in these areas. Medicines management is key to Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements.
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.
Course modules (17/18)
Introduction to Midwifery Practice (40 credits)
- Module code: MID1020P
- Core module Y
Contemporary midwifery practice encompasses a wide range of clinical events in various clinical placement areas. The student will be directly supervised by a midwife (or relevant Health Care Professional) within the maternity and gynaecological services. The clinical placement offers the student an opportunity to participate in caring for women and their families.
Essentials of Midwifery (30 credits)
- Module code: MID1021
- Core module Y
Midwives care for women and their families throughout the childbirth continuum. This module provides 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.
Professional Studies (10 credits)
- Module code: MID1022
- Core module Y
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.
Public Health and the Midwife (40 credits)
- Module code: MID1023
- Core module Y
Over recent decades public health has become high profile on the Government's agenda, with concerns raised regarding the health inequalities between various groups of the population. By adopting a public health role midwives can make a positive contribution to improving the health of women and their communities.
Developing Midwifery Practice (40 credits)
- Module code: MID2025P
- Core module Y
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.
Promoting Normality through Research (20 credits)
- Module code: MID2026
- Core module Y
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.
Integrated Care for Women with Complex Needs (30 credits)
- Module code: MID2027
- Core module Y
The midwife's responsibilities and those of other healthcare professionals are inter-related and complimentary. Their skills, knowledge and experience are central to achieving high quality care and to identify and recognise maternal and fetal risk factors or complications.
Perinatal Mental Health (10 credits)
- Module code: MID2028
- Core module Y
Midwives play a vital role in promoting the emotional well-being of women and in ensuring that all women with a mental illness can access appropriate and timely care. Perinatal mental health during pregnancy and the postnatal period can have serious consequences for the health and wellbeing of a mother and her baby, as well as for her partner and other family members. This module will provide the student with the knowledge and skills to promote mental well-being in the mother and family as well as investigating the advice and care of women with existing mental health disorders; those who develop perinatal mental health complications during pregnancy or the postnatal period; and explore the organisation of mental health services both nationally and locally.
The Compromised Newborn (20 credits)
- Module code: MID2029
- Core module Y
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.
Project (40 credits)
- Module code: MID4004
- Core module Y
This module will enable the student to build on previously acquired research knowledge to demonstrate they are evidence-based practitioners. In addition, it aims to consolidate the student's ability to critically appraise literature and undertake a clinical audit.
Consolidating Midwifery Practice (40 credits)
- Module code: MID3024P
- Core module Y
Contemporary midwifery practice encompasses a wide range of clinical events in various clinical placement areas. The student will practice with indirect supervision within the maternity services. One placement will be in a high dependency clinical area where the student will be directly supervised by a nurse.
Care Planning and Management (30 credits)
- Module code: MID3025
- Core module Y
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.
Becoming a Midwife (10 credits)
- Module code: MID3026
- Core module Y
All midwives have a responsibility to ensure their practice is contemporary, evidence based, engage with supervision and fulfil professional requirements to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
Methods of Learning
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.
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.
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.
Practice assessments will be relevant to the module undertaken and will be related to the ‘Standards for Pre-Registration Midwifery Education’ (NMC, 2009). You can expect two to three items of assessment per module,spread throughout the academic year, which will be completed and submitted electronically via Pepplepad.
Requirements 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.
Facilities and Special Features
- The BSc (Hons) Midwifery programmes holds full Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) accreditation by Unicef.
- a purpose built midwifery specific clinical skills laboratory which gives you the opportunity to safely practice midwifery skills in a simulated environment.
- An established Midwifery Society with close links to the University of Northampton Student Union, which is accessible for all student midwives.
The preparatory reading list is available to download.
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.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
The following links may be useful for your application to the BSc (Hons) Midwifery course:
The University of Northampton Midwifery Skills Laboratory
The Role of the Midwife
Becoming a student midwife.
Royal College of Midwives
From the academic year 2018/19, we will offer two intakes on our Midwifery course in September 2018 and March 2019.
Please note that our September 2017 intake is now closed. The next application cycle opens early September 2017 for applicants who would like to start in September 2018 or March 2019.
From September 2018, you can apply through UCAS to study Midwifery with us for September 2019 and March 2020 intake.
Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be as follows:
A Level entry
- only A Levels (A2) will be accepted as entry criteria (General Studies not included). A Levels need to be a minimum of grade of BBC or above
- one A Level must be in a science which includes biology, chemistry, physics, psychology or sociology
- Please note that AS (A1) levels and extended projects will not contribute to tariff points
- 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
- the award of three distinctions (DDM) must be achieved
- Awards must have a science focus, for example health and social care. If awards are in other areas you will need to gain an additional level science.
- must be achieved at grade A and you must have an additional level 3 Science qualification
We will consider other qualifications that are not listed above, please contact our Admissions Team to discuss these on an individual basis.
- you must have GCSEs that include Mathematics, English and Science at grade C/4 or above or a recognised equivalent
- you must also have evidence of relevant, academically assessed study at Level 3 or 4, within the last three years
- healthcare work experience is also desirable
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.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,385 per 20 credit module|
Examples of additional costs that you may incur during the three years of the programme include:
- living costs: Running a car, travel or fuel costs, car parking costs 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: hand held device e.g. iPad/laptop, core text books, stationery.
- miscellaneous: additional uniforms for clinical practice (approx. £25.00), fob watch, non-attendance at mandatory training (approx. £85.00).