BSc(Hons)
Midwifery

Please note the start date of this course is 01st September each year.

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About this course

Accreditations and partnerships:

NURSING AND MIDWIFERY COUNCIL
  • Entry year: 2015/16
  • Course code: B711
  • Applications: UCAS
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Tariff points: 340
  • Department: Nursing and Midwifery
  • Campus: Glenside Campus
  • Duration: Three years
  • Delivery: Full-time
  • Programme leader: Geraldine Lucas
  • Key fact: This course leads to registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Our strong links with employers, practical focus and the wide range of practice experience offered by our academic team mean that 95% of students are in work or further study six months after graduating.

Introduction

Why study BSc(Hons) Midwifery?

Working as part of a multidisciplinary professional team in birth units, community and hospital settings midwives provide care and support for women and their babies during pregnancy, labour and the early postnatal period. This exciting and demanding role carries great responsibility and is incredibly rewarding. The course will enable you to gain the knowledge, skills and values to become a confident, competent, compassionate midwife able to offer the highest quality of 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 midwifery service-users to provide a real-world learning experience. In addition to understanding good midwifery practice and studying the subjects that underpin it, you will develop strong inter-professional and interpersonal skills and the ability to work closely with women, their babies and families, as well as healthcare professionals from other disciplines. Specialist optional modules offer the chance to enhance employability through developing additional knowledge and skills. With fully integrated work-based learning and outstanding onsite facilities, you will be taught by an enthusiastic, supportive team with a depth of experience as practicing midwives.

Real-world experience

The course has a strong practical focus, incorporating enquiry-based learning with extensive use of our Inter-professional Simulation Suite and its purpose-built birth room. Throughout your course, you will engage with service-users, practising midwives and other healthcare professionals in placements, in class and through online learning. At least half your time will be spent on placements with the NHS, in midwifery-led birth units, hospital and community settings.

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 our video to find out more about Nursing and Midwifery at UWE Bristol.

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Student's view

"I liked being out on placement and gained a useful insight into what life as a midwife would be like. I have thoroughly enjoyed my training and can't wait to be qualified!" 3rd Year Midwifery student.

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.

The following modules are indicative of the course structure.

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

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 (or four) 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.

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Special 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 70 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. During Year 2, you will also have the opportunity to learn alongside fourth year medical students managing emergencies within a hospital environment.

Details of placements throughout the year:

Year 1 - 21 weeks placement:

  • Early January mid February (7 weeks)
  • Late April early August (14 weeks)

Year 2 - 24 weeks placement:

  • Early November mid December (6 weeks)
  • Early January mid February (6 weeks)
  • Early March early April (4 weeks)
  • Late May late July (8 weeks)

Year 3 - 25 weeks placement:

  • Mid September late October (7 weeks)
  • Early April mid May (7 weeks)
  • Early June late July (7 weeks)
  • August (4 weeks)

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 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.

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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 graduate employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, graduate jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurs and access to employer events.

Graduate destinations

Find out what our graduates are doing six months after graduating- includes examples of careers, employers and further study. Download a PDF from graduate destinations.

See great graduate prospects for further information.

Creating employable students

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

Be inspired

Hear how Amy's experience of studying Midwifery at UWE.

Find out about a day in the life of a Midwife.

Useful links

Midwives Information and Resource Service

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Fees

Fee information

Applicants accepted for an NHS funded place on this course will need to apply for their tuition fees to be paid by the NHS.  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.

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Entry

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.
  • 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 contact 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

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.

We frequently accept the completion of further or adult education courses as an appropriate entry qualification. Completing an Access or Foundation course (please take a look at the Department's Foundation courses) may be a good move for people who have been away from formal education for a number of years.

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.

Additional Selection Criteria

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. 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.

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.

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

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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