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Institute of Health

Midwifery

BSc (Hons) Full-time 3 years

The Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours) course prepares you to practice safely and effectively as a midwife.

The Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours) course prepares you to practice safely and effectively as a midwife.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code B720
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  • Fees View
  • Start Date(s) 23 September 2020
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus, University of Wolverhampton
  • School Institute of Health

Why choose this course?

The Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours) course prepares you to practice safely and effectively as a midwife. It is approved by both the University of Wolverhampton and the Nursing and Midwifery Council so that when you graduate you are eligible to apply to enter the NMC professional register as a midwife.

The programme will enable you to deliver and lead evidence-based care for families and babies, working in partnership with multi-disciplinary teams and it reflects the requirements of the ‘Future Midwife’ standards of education and proficiency (NMC 2019).

This includes optimising normal physiological processes, providing a first-line response to, and management of complications, as well as supporting women and newborns with additional care needs. Throughout the course there is a strong focus on perinatal mental health, public health and continuity of care.

What happens on the course?

This course aims to:

  • Develop graduates who meet the NMC Standards (NMC 2018, 2019) and are eligible to register on the midwifery section of the NMC professional register

  • Develop practitioners who can transfer and synthesise skills and knowledge to meet the demands of differing practice environments and who recognise both the accountability and responsibilities of the midwife’s role

  • Develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and cultural competence which ensure care is co-ordinated and tailored to individual women and newborn infants throughout the continuum of care and across diverse settings

  • Equip graduates to be autonomous and reflective practitioners, providing safe, effective and empowering midwifery care for women, newborn infants and their families.

  • Enable graduates to be confident in using an evidence-based approach to support decision making in complex mental, physical, cognitive and behavioural situations.

  • Develop graduates who are effective role models and are committed to taking responsibility for the delivery and development of midwifery care utilising appropriate delegation and supervision.

  • Ensure that graduates have an awareness of local and national policies impacting on professional practice, service development and system integration.

All theory is delivered at Walsall Campus for classroom study, and placement will be with one of five NHS Trusts including either Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell and West Birmingham (City Hospital Birmingham) or Burton-upon-Trent.

Potential Career Paths

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.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

  • We're proud to confirm our £300 travel fund helping eligible new UK full-time undergraduate entrants* with the costs of travel continues for students starting in 2019/20 and 2020/21! For further information please click here. 

  • 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.

  • 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; you will also be allocated a peer mentor during your first year of study who is based in the same NHS Trust.  

  • 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)

  • Students evaluate the quality of teaching very positively and have the opportunity to develop their clinical skills in well equipped clinical skills centres.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21

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

2020 Entry

You must have a minimum of three GCSEs at grade C/4+ or equivalent (e.g. Key Skills Level 2/ Learn Direct Level 2/ Functional Skills Level 2) in an English-based subject, Maths and Science    (Science subject could be Biology; Physics; Chemistry; Psychology; Sociology; Health and Social care)

Please note we do NOT accept GCSE Short Courses or GCSE Equivalence Tests from other institutions or organisation

 PLUS EITHER

  • 112 UCAS points 
  • A Levels - grades BBC including a Science subject (eg:  Biology; Physics; Chemistry; Psychology not including Health and Social Care or Sociology) 
  • BTEC National Diploma at a D*D*
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma - grades DMM
  • OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades DMM
  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma at a B grade
  • Access to HE Diploma Full award (60 credits) in a health related subject of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 with at least 24 of these Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction. You are also required to have achieved 12 credits at Level 2 or 3 in a Science based subject within the Access or evidence of  GCSE Science at grade C/4+ or equivalent PLUS GCSE English and Maths Grade C/4+ or equivalent 
  • Undergraduate or Postgraduate degrees
  • Foundation degrees /HND/ HNC

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

We will accept a mix of A levels and  BTEC etc. but these must be at the appropriate standard as stipulated on the webpage.

Evidence of digital literacy and technological literacy capability will be determined by successful completion of your application.

If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

Other Requirements

Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory personal statement and reference (academic or employer).

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for interview. 

Read further information regarding interview preparation

Previous Study

Please note we will not accept applicants onto our professional courses who have been unsuccessful on professional courses at other institutions of higher education

 

Additional Information

Good health and good character are fundamental to being a midwife, and consequently all midwifery students must have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check. Professional courses are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and all previous convictions, cautions etc. must be declared. You will also require satisfactory health clearance. As students will undertake exposure-prone procedures as part of their training they 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 £40.00 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.

 

During the Midwifery course you will be required to attend placements.  When you are asked for your choice of placement area we will endeavour to meet your request however we must emphasise that this cannot be guaranteed and therefore you must ensure you are able to travel to the final placement area you are allocated.

New regulatory standards for midwives were approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council in October 2019.  The "Future Midwife" standards of proficiency and education set out the knowledge, understanding and competencies that midwives must have in order to safely and effectively practice in the UK.  The University will be making changes to its midwifery programmes in light of the new standards and will be seeking approval from the NMC during 2020.  We anticipate that the new programmes will run from September 2020/21, subject to NMC approval.

 

Applicants who are classed as ‘overseas’ for fee purposes (https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Fees-and-Money/Home-or-Overseas-fees-the-basics) will still be considered as long as their country of domicile is the United Kingdom and do not require Tier 4 sponsorship or are in the UK on a Tier 2 visa.

Please note than an offer of a place at the University does not guarantee eligibility for student funding. To confirm that you meet the residency criteria go to www.gov.uk/student-finance/who-qualifies or telephone SFE on 0300 100 0607.

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.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

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