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Institute of Health

Midwifery

BSc (Hons) Full-time 3 years

The 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.

The 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.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code B720
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School Institute of Health

Why choose this course?

The 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.

What happens on the course?

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. The subjects also include research, public health, normality in midwifery practice and a range of clinical skills.

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 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 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.

 

 

Course Modules

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.

 

 

 

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.

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

Additional Course Costs

Mandatory Costs

  • DBS required at a minimum cost of £50
  • Membership to the Nursing and Midwifery Council upon qualification * currently £120 may be subject to change
  • Uniform and ID badges are provided for this course, however the University of Wolverhampton reserves the right to charge for extra uniform should this be required.
  • You will be required to provide appropriate Foot wear at a cost of approximately  £25-£40.

Optional Costs

  • Able to subscribe to the RCM or Professional Midwifery journals at a reduced rate for students,* approximate cost £1.67 per month subject to change.

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

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; 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 (General Studies not accepted)
  • 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) 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

Applicants must have evidence of study (at Level 2 or Level 3) - within the last 5 years.  Vocational qualifications will not be considered

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 of Wolverhampton was my first choice and I knew this once I had visited the Walsall Campus, it has a relaxed feel as it is not too big giving it more of a close-knit community and personal feel. The time spent in placement is very beneficial as you also gain the practical experience and learn skills of the job at first-hand experience. I would recommend visiting the University as it certainly helped me make my decision. I am looking forward to graduating so I can commence my chosen profession as a midwife.”

Melissa Turner, BSc (Hons) Midwifery leading to registered Midwife

“I chose the University of Wolverhampton because of the atmosphere I experienced at the Open Day and the staff were so friendly, helpful and engaging. I was also interested in the placement trust areas which the University work with. The course curriculum at the university is great, there is also the additional training such as NIPE, and this appealed to me the most and confirmed my choice as the place of study and was the start to my journey to fulfil my dream of becoming a midwife. I thoroughly enjoyed my time out in placement as I gained valuable experience of clinical working and patient interaction which is vital alongside of academic work. My tip I would give to all future students is to be determined, passionate and confident when at placement or in teaching. I am particularly interested in community based practice and once I graduate would like to explore this field as well as returning to my studies in the future. I have learnt a lot since I commenced this course and the experience as a whole has been life changing, I have witnessed my first birth as a future health professional and I was honoured, I feel very privileged to be a part of the University.”

Laura Mackillop, BSc (Hons) Midwifery leading to registered Midwife

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified midwife.

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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01902 32 22 22

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