This pre-registration midwifery course will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective midwifery care and register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council to practise as a midwife in a variety of health care settings.
Please note that the new standards of proficiency for midwives will be published by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) during the 2019/20 academic year. As a result, the University’s midwifery programmes will be revised to ensure that they meet the new standards and will require re-approval by the NMC. Any changes to our existing programmes will be communicated to applicants as appropriate.
This programme will allow you to study a range of subjects including sexual and reproductive health, neonatal care, midwifery care and practice, management and leadership and high-risk care of mother and baby.
During this course you will also get the opportunity to participate in providing individual care to a woman and her family under the supervision of a qualified midwife and experience midwifery practice in a variety of hospital and community settings. You will be expected to develop an electronic portfolio during your programme of study.
All theory is delivered at Walsall Campus for classroom study, and placements will be with one of three NHS Trusts including either Wolverhampton, Walsall or Dudley.
You will be enrolled at the University, but will be employed and salaried by a partnership NHS Trust, for the duration of this course.
Our midwifery degree courses lead to both an academic award and registration with the UK’s Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), ultimately allowing you to practice as a midwife in the public or private sector.
Students evaluate the quality of teaching very positively and have the opportunity to develop their clinical skills in well equipped clinical skills centres.
Midwifery is an integrated course of theory and practice, and you will have the opportunity to experience clinical practice under the supervision of an experienced midwife from as early as 6 weeks into the course.
There are well established support systems in the university and on clinical placement.
There are two value-added components to the course which are UNICEF's Breast Feeding Initiative (BFI) and the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE).
The Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing series of seminars and lectures spans education, sport, care, psychology health and wellbeing, bringing you a variety of engaging speakers and experts from the University of Wolverhampton and many other UK universities, visit www.wlv.ac.uk/fehw/lectures
Opportunities exist to be clinical leaders, consultant midwives, work in management or at supervisory level. Midwives can also develop innovative specialist roles for example, in ultrasound, fetal medicine, public health and parenting education. There are also opportunities to work as a research midwife or in education.
Many midwives are employed by the NHS, working in hospital or in the community setting. Posts are also available in private birthing centres, or you may be an independent midwife.
There are a range of opportunities available to you to further your education and practice, for example you may choose to complete a Masters or PhD.
Opportunities may also exist to travel and work abroad.
What skills will you gain?
By the end of the midwifery programme you should be able to:
debate factors that impact on autonomous midwifery practice and explore alternative and innovative approaches to midwifery care;
review and critically evaluate the appropriateness of evidence for integration into practice and critically reflect upon practice to reach own judgements and exercise effective decision making in complex situations;
be an independent, autonomous practitioner and provide holistic, woman-centred midwifery care prior to conception and throughout the antenatal, intranatal and postnatal periods;
respond effectively to the wide ranging public health needs of childbearing women and their families;
work in a variety of health care settings both independently and as a member of the multidisciplinary team, nationally and internationally;
develop effective management skills to enable you to plan, implement and evaluate the delivery of midwifery care, in order to facilitate change and improvement where appropriate.
These modules are correct at the time of publication. Modules may change over time due to validation and continuous monitoring policies. Applicants will be notified in writing of any significant changes to their chosen course(s).
Critical Care of Mother and Baby
Fundamental Midwifery Practice
Independent Midwifery Practice
Midwifery Practice 3
Principles of Antenatal Care
Principles of Intrapartum Care
Principles of Postnatal Care
Who accredits this course?
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified midwife.
Registered Nurse on the Adult part of the Professional Register, with a minimum of 60 credits at level 2 [new level 5], including evidence of research methodology.
Applicants must have 6 months experience as a registered nurse.
English language requirements for International applicants are a minimum overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each element.
You will be required to undertake a numeracy and literacy test and be interviewed as part of the selection process.
Good health and good character are fundamental to being a nurse or midwife, and consequently all nursing and midwifery students must have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check and satisfactory health clearance. Professional courses are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and all previous convictions etc must be declared. Any student who undertakes exposure-prone procedures as part of their training will be required to have additional screening for HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.
If you have accepted a Conditional Offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £44.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee. You will also need to complete an occupational health assessment questionnaire and General Practitioner Form prior to starting the course; vaccinations will also need to be up-to-date.
The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.
The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.
Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.
Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.