Midwife inspecting pregnant women's stomach

BSc(Hons)

Midwifery

Please note there are no vacancies for this course for January 2018 but we welcome applications for September 2018 and January 2019 entry.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
B711
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
136
Department:
Nursing and Midwifery
Campus:
Glenside Campus
Duration:
Three years; September and January intakes
Delivery:
Full-time
Programme leader:
Jo Jones
Key fact:
Our employer links, practical focus and the clinical experience offered means that 95% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.

Page last updated 3 November 2017

Introduction

Why study midwifery?

Midwives are autonomous practitioners providing care and support to women and their families during pregnancy, birth and the early postnatal period.

Working as part of a multidisciplinary professional team, midwives practise in birth units, communities and hospitals, supporting women to have a positive experience of childbirth.

This dynamic, demanding and privileged role carries great responsibility but is incredibly rewarding.

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Midwifery is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which means you can register as a midwife with them when you graduate.  

With close input from practice partners and maternity service users, the course offers an authentic, woman-centred learning experience and gives you the grounding you need to practise midwifery confidently, compassionately and to the highest standard.

Cement your understanding of the midwife's role and learn about good midwifery practice. Develop the critical thinking and leadership skills to evaluate evidence, and help move midwifery forward.

Based at our Glenside campus UWE Bristol's home of health and social care you'll develop strong interpersonal and inter-professional skills to work in a team with women, their families and healthcare professionals from other disciplines.

Work with enthusiastic academics who've all practised as midwives themselves.

The course has a strong practical focus and you'll spend around half of your time learning on clinical placements, supported by midwifery mentors.

Engage with service users, practising midwives, researchers and other healthcare professionals in placements, class and online.

Practise and hone your skills with medical students in hospital settings, and in our purpose-built Simulation Suite and Birth Room.

Where can it take me?

Midwives are in demand across the UK. Your skills will be sought after in both hospital and community-based roles.

You could progress to become a specialist or consultant midwifery practitioner, clinical midwifery manager, lecturer or researcher in midwifery.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Communication in a Diverse World
  • Skills for Midwifery Practice 1
  • Holistic Midwifery Practice 1
  • Clinical Midwifery Practice 1.

Year two

You will study:

  • Skills for Midwifery Practice 2
  • Holistic Midwifery Practice 2
  • Service Improvement - A Collaborative Approach
  • Clinical Midwifery Practice 2.

Final year

You will study:

  • Clinical Midwifery Practice 3
  • Holistic Midwifery Practice 3
  • Midwifery Dissertation.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Newborn Health Assessment
  • Negotiated Midwifery module
  • Managing Maternal Critical Care
  • Public Health and Health Promotion in Midwifery.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

We use a mix of lectures, workshops, group work, case studies, projects and IT-based activities, tutorials, skills sessions and simulation exercises, to develop your skills and get you ready for practice.

Explore all aspects of midwifery care in the contexts of both normality and the complexities of pregnancy and childbirth.

Develop your expertise in communication in a diverse world.

Learn about inter-professional working, and the professional practice of midwifery, drawing evidence from your placements and dissertation.Grow into an independent, reflective learner.

The placements will link the theory with practice, and expose you to clinical scenarios, problem solving, judgement and decision making, to prepare you for your role as a practising midwife.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year: 

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
132%18%50%100%
239%11%50%100%
330%20%50%100%

Get involved

Join our Midwifery Society to take part in extra-curricular opportunities and support networks.

Run by student midwives, the society organises topical external speakers, social events and activities where you can meet peers, collaborate and share experiences. Watch the UWE Bristol Midwifery Society film to learn more.

Study time

You'll spend half the course studying at university and the other half on clinical placements. Your first semester (September to December) will be at UWE Bristol, with clinical placements starting in the second semester.

Assessment

We'll assess the theoretical and clinical parts of the course using a mixture of unseen examinations, reflective portfolios, structured clinical examinations, clinical assessments and a literature-based dissertation.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend on different assessment methods, each year: 

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
118%63%19%100%
212%38%50%100%
30%50%50%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

BSc(Hons) Midwifery at UWE Bristol is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which means you can register as a midwife with them when you graduate.

Placements

With at least 68 weeks of work-based placements, you'll spend half the course applying your knowledge and building professional skills on midwifery practice environments.

We have excellent links with NHS Trusts and other health and care organisations throughout the South West.

You'll work in midwifery-led birth units, hospital and community settings, caring for women from diverse social and cultural backgrounds and learning to manage a midwifery caseload.

Your broad range of practice experiences, working with qualified midwives in hospital and community settings, will put you in a strong position for future employment.

Your personal mentor will advise, counsel and give you feedback on your progress during your placements.

Placements throughout the year:

Year one

September cohort (22 weeks placement):

Late October - mid December

Early January - mid March

 

January cohort (22 weeks placement):

Mid March - late April

Mid June - mid August

Mid September - mid October

 

Year two (24 weeks placement):

Mid October - mid November

Late January - mid March

Mid April - early June

 

Year three

Early September - early October

Early December - mid January

Mid March - late May

Late June - mid July

Study facilities

The Glenside campus library is one of the best healthcare libraries in the country with a huge selection of books, journals, audio-visual materials and specialist health and social care software to support your studies.

Practise your professional skills in our advanced Skills Simulation Suite and Birth Room.

Learn to manage emergency situations in the home in our specially-adapted Simulation House.

Find out more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Midwives are in demand across the UK and graduates enter careers in a wide variety of roles for the NHS and independent sector employers.

We have close links with our NHS partners, who are the main employers of midwifery graduates.

Once you've qualified, you can choose to progress into specialist areas, such as working with teenage mothers or women with drug or alcohol problems.

You could also become a specialist midwifery practitioner in areas such as infant feeding, management, lecturing or research.

Graduate midwives continue their professional development throughout their career, and there are many post-qualifying courses to support this.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Listen to why Sarah chose to study midwifery at UWE Bristol.

Read about Amy's experience of studying midwifery at UWE Bristol.

See also:

Midwives Information and Resource Service

About the NHS Constitution

Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450
OH/Medical assessment - ONLY charged for missed appointments.30

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs

For more details please see our guidance on NHS funding for UK students or our guidance on NHS funding for EU students.

We are unable to accept applications from international students (overseas fee status).

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 136
  • GCSE: For all applicants, a minimum of five subjects at grade C/4 or above to include English Language, Mathematics and Science, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If your first language is not English, you should have an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with 7.0 in each section of the examination. Full details of this language test can be obtained from the British Council. Please note the University's published list of alternative English Language qualifications does not apply to this course.

  • A-level subjects: Grade B or above in a Science or Social Science subject. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken on to full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Specific subjects: Subjects that meet the science/social science requirement for this course: Biology, Applied Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Applied Science, Science (Biology route), Science (Chemistry route), Science (Physics route), Sociology.

    For further information and advice on acceptable science/social science subjects please email Admissions@uwe.ac.uk

  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: To include 6 units in a Science or Social Science subject
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at distinction in a Science or Social Science subject and 15 level 3 credits at merit in another subject.
  • Baccalaureate IB: To include a minimum grade of 6 in a higher level science or social science subject

Entry requirements

We are unable to accept applications from international students (overseas fee status)

Please note we do not accept deferred entry applications for this course.

We require evidence of recent assessed academic study within the last three years.

Students who do not meet the minimum academic entry requirements but have significant life and/or work experience will be considered on an individual basis. However, you still need to meet the GCSE English, Maths and Science requirements, and should have evidence of recent study in a science/health related subject area recognised as equivalent academic level by the University.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for the Health Professions Foundation Year which can qualify you for the full degree.

Read more about entry requirements.

Recruitment for this course is informed by Health Education England's Values Based Recruitment Framework. The purpose of this framework is to ensure that we recruit students whose individual values and behaviours align with the values of the NHS Constitution.

Additional Selection Criteria

As well as meeting the academic entry requirements, applicants should meet the following selection criteria:

Completing the Application Form - We will be looking for applicants committed to a career in Midwifery. You should clearly demonstrate in the 'personal statement' section of the application form your commitment to the programme by saying why you want to study Midwifery and any relevant work experience gained to date.

If you are interested in a career in healthcare and would like advice on writing a personal statement, please download our 'writing a health and social care personal statement' guide.

Health assessment/declaration/vaccinations. You must be in good health and up-to-date with your routine immunisations e.g. tetanus, diphtheria, polio and MMR. If you are offered a place, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and must be prepared to undergo a medical examination. You will also be required to confirm your status in respect of a number of infectious diseases and immunisations (tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, varicella, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV antibodies) and be prepared to have all required vaccinations. If your vaccinations are not up-to-date this will affect your ability to continue on your course. If you have any concerns with regards to vaccinations please raise this at the point of application.

Disclosure of Criminal Background - the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions, including those which are spent, must be disclosed. This is in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Applicants who are offered a place must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form. All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

Selection Event - shortlisted applicants will be invited to a selection event where they will undertake a literacy and numeracy test, group and individual activities.  The group activity will include participation within a short group presentation. The individual activity will follow the group activity. Your performance will be assessed during all activities, by a team of assessors. Successful applicants will be offered a place. Offers will include confirmation of the placement zone you have been allocated.

We encourage applications from all those interested in nursing or midwifery. Nursing and Midwifery are both physically and emotionally demanding professions and UWE positively implements the principles of the Equality Act 2010.

Students on nursing or midwifery programmes are expected to engage in the full range of clinical duties whilst on placement, which constitutes half of the nursing or midwifery programmes. As a student on a professional nursing or midwifery programme you must be mindful of the requirement in the NMC code of Practice 2015, which states that registered nurses must maintain the level of health needed to carry out our professional role.

Offers of places are subject to occupational health clearance and students are expected to disclose pre-existing and historical health conditions. Students on professional programmes have to meet specific requirements related to the need to demonstrate certain knowledge, skills and competencies required by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies that cannot be compromised. In considering Reasonable Adjustments, these will be taken into account when agreeing what adjustments are possible.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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