BSc(Hons)

Midwifery

Please note there are no vacancies for new applications on this course for September 2016. Applications for 2017 entry should be made through UCAS from 1 September 2016.

About this course

Entry year:
2016/17
Course code:
B711
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
340
Department:
Nursing and Midwifery
Campus:
Glenside Campus
Duration:
Three years; September and January intakes
Delivery:
Full-time
Programme leader:
Jo Jones
Key fact:
This course leads to midwifery registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Our strong links with employers, practice focus and the wide range of experience offered by our academics and practice mentors mean that 95% of students are in work or further study six months after graduating.

Page last updated 2 August 2016

Introduction

Why study BSc(Hons) Midwifery?

Midwives are autonomous practitioners providing care and support to women and their families during pregnancy, birth and the early postnatal period. Often working as part of a multidisciplinary professional team, and always in partnership with women, midwives practise in birth units, community and hospital settings, Providing leadership and advocacy to ensure women have a positive experience of childbirth. This dynamic, demanding and privileged role carries great responsibility but is incredibly rewarding. The course at UWE will prepare you for a career in midwifery by enabling you to develop the knowledge, skills and values to practise confidently, competently and compassionately so that you consistently offer the highest quality midwifery care.

Why study our course?

Accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), BSc (Hons) Midwifery leads to professional registration as a midwife with the NMC. Our dynamic curriculum has been designed in collaboration with practice partners and maternity service-users to provide an authentic, woman-centred, learning experience which will cement your understanding of the role of the midwife and provide you with a strong sense of professional identity. The programme supports you to gain knowledge and understanding of good midwifery practice and to develop the critical thinking and leadership skills required to evaluate evidence and practice and to move the service forward. In addition, you will develop strong interpersonal and inter-professional skills to enable you to work in a team with women, their families and healthcare professionals from other disciplines. Midwifery-orientated, optional modules offer the chance to enhance employability in maternity settings through developing additional knowledge and skills. With fully integrated work-based learning and outstanding onsite simulation facilities, you will be taught by an enthusiastic, supportive team with a breadth and depth of experience as practising midwives.

Real-world experience

The course has a strong practice focus and you will spend around 50% of your time learning in clinical placement with the support of teams of midwifery mentors. You will undertake placements in midwifery-led birth units, hospital and community settings where you will care for women from diverse social and cultural backgrounds and you will gain experience of midwifery caseload holding. The theory element of the programme utilises enquiry-based learning. This involves exploring real-world scenarios and case studies in small groups, where your learning will be enhanced by seminars, tutorials, skills sessions and simulation both in our purpose built simulation suites and birth room and in hospital settings with medical students. Throughout your course, you will engage with service-users, practising midwives, researchers and other healthcare professionals in placements, in class and through online learning.

Where it can take you

Midwives are in demand across the UK and there are many exciting career opportunities in a wide variety of hospital and community-based roles. Career progression opportunities may include  specialist or consultant midwifery practitioner roles, clinical midwifery managers, lecturers or researchers in midwifery.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The main emphasis during the course is the exploration of all aspects of midwifery care in the contexts of both normality and the complexities of pregnancy and childbirth. These major themes are reflected in the core modules undertaken in each year with a theory led and a practice based midwifery module in all three years. In addition, there will be modules on communication in a diverse world, inter-professional working, the professional practice of midwifery, using evidence in practice and a dissertation module. The time will be divided equally between theory and clinical practice with 50 per cent of the total course time allocated to each element. The first semester (September to December) will be spent at university, with clinical placements starting in the second semester.

The placements facilitate the linking of theory with practice and students will be exposed to clinical scenarios, problem solving, judgement and decision making in preparation for their role as a practising midwife. You will also have the opportunity to learn alongside fourth year medical students managing emergencies within a hospital environment.

Year 1

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

Year 2

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

Final year

  • Clinical Midwifery Practice 3
  • Holistic Midwifery Practice 3
  • Midwifery Dissertation
  • One optional module from the list below:

Optional module

  • 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

Students will gain understanding through lectures and workshops, group work, case studies, projects and IT-based activities. There is a progressive emphasis on the student being able to develop progressively as an independent, reflective learner throughout the three years of the course.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

Computer skills are vital for your academic studies and future employment. At UWE Bristol computing is an integral part of your course - many lecturers make lecture notes and materials available via computers, and some modules will require you to use Information Technology (IT) to help you undertake and present your work. IT facilities to do this are available on all campuses, at the main Frenchay Campus there is 24 hour access to computing facilities, and the Department offers to help and support throughout your course.

Prior to commencing your programme of study you may find it helpful to familiarise yourself with some core IT skills:

  • Basic work processing
  • Storing and retrieving files
  • Communicating via e-mail
  • Searching the web for information, e.g. online shopping, booking a holiday, homework.

There is also a range of information and resources that includes interactive exercises to support study skills on the Department of Nursing and Midwifery web pages.

Assessment

A variety of assessments are used to assess both theoretical and clinical components of the course. These include unseen examinations, reflective portfolios, objective structured clinical examinations, clinical assessments and a literature based dissertation.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Professional accreditation

BSc(Hons) Midwifery at UWE Bristol is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and leads to registration as a midwife with the NMC.

Placements

With a minimum of 68 weeks of work-based placements, you will spend half the course applying your knowledge and building professional skills in midwifery practice environments. We have excellent links with NHS Trusts and other health and care organisations throughout the South West. Placements provide a broad range of experiences working with qualified midwives in hospital and community settings, and putting you in a strong position for future employment. Your practice mentor will advise, counsel and feedback on progress during your placements.

Details of placements throughout the year:

Year 1

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 2 (24 weeks placement):

  • Mid October - mid November
  • Late January - mid March
  • Mid April - early June

Year 3

  • Early September - early October
  • Early December - mid January
  • Mid March - late May
  • Late June - mid July

Study facilities

Teaching and learning facilities at UWE Bristol are outstanding. The Glenside campus library is acknowledged as one of the best healthcare libraries in the country, enabling you to support your studies with a huge selection of books, journals, audio-visual materials and access to specialist health and social care software packages. The course has a practical focus and our inter-professional skills simulation suite and birth room provide excellent opportunities for the demonstration and practice of professional competencies for all students. Students also have the opportunity to practice managing emergency situations in the home using our specially adapted onsite simulation house.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Get involved

Run by student midwives, The Midwifery Society at UWE Bristol provides students with unique extra-curricular opportunities and support networks. The Midwifery Society organises sessions by topical external speakers, arranges social events and activities, and provides the opportunity for students to meet, collaborate and share experiences.

To find out more watch the UWE Bristol Midwifery Society film.

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 - 95 per cent of our students are in employment or further study six months after graduating. UWE Bristol works closely with our NHS partners as the main employers of midwifery graduates. After qualification as a midwife you may choose to further develop your skills and progress into specialist areas such as working with teenage mothers or women with drug or alcohol problems. Alternatively you may choose to become a specialist midwifery practitioner in a range of other areas such as infant feeding, management, lecturing and research. Graduate midwives continue their professional development throughout their career, and there is an extensive range of post-qualifying courses to support this.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Be inspired

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

Read about a day in the life of a midwife.

Useful links

Midwives Information and Resource Service

Fees

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 3 years1350
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.

UK and EU Students will have their fees paid by the NHS for the ordinary duration of their course.

If you are a UK student you may be entitled to living cost support.

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) due to funding arrangements.

Entry

Students starting this course in September 2016 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your joining instructions are available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages about your Registration and Enrolment. If you have not received the email please contact our Applicant Experience Team by email at admissions@uwe.ac.uk so we may check that we have the correct address.

For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 340
  • GCSE: A minimum of 5 subjects at grade C 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:

    Applicants whose first language is not English 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: A minimum of DDD from the 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; achievement of level 2 credits giving GCSE equivalence (where appropriate) in English Language, Mathematics and Science.
  • Baccalaureate IB: 28 points, 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) due to funding arrangements.

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.

Please read the general information 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

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.

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

Health Assessment/Declaration - applicants must be in good health. Those offered a place are required to complete a questionnaire and be prepared to undergo a medical examination if necessary.

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. 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 primary placement area you have been allocated.

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.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

For further information

Key information sets

UWE Main Campus

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