BSc (Hons) Pre-Registration Midwifery

Available to non EU students

This course is due to be renewed at a Periodic Review event which will be held on 11/2017.

We anticipate that there will be further enhancements made to the course as a result of the Review.

Our website and printed literature will be updated following completion of the Periodic Review in order to provide applicants with further confirmed details on the following:

  • module titles
  • whether the modules are core or optional
  • the expected contact hours
  • how the course will be assessed
  • staff teaching on the course

About the course

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Midwives provide essential care during pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period to both mothers and babies. Our BSc(Hons) Midwifery with RM course will train you to become a qualified midwife, eligible to apply for registration* with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). It will give you a sound knowledge of what is normal and healthy in childbearing women - the midwife’s sphere of expertise - and also enable you to recognise and manage deviations from this.

You will develop critical, analytical and reflective skills, essential for making sound judgements and providing good, evidence-based care. You will also refine your communication skills in relation to both your colleagues and your clients, and make use of information technology where appropriate.

In each year of the course, your theoretical studies will be supported by a range of valuable clinical experiences, focused on the childbearing woman and the baby. These make up fifty per cent of your studies and are based in one of the three local maternity units, where you will work alongside a registered midwife. Through these placements, you will gain extensive hands-on experience in the community, providing antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care. You will work on the maternity unit, experiencing the delivery suite and antenatal/postnatal wards. In addition, you will spend time on the day assessment unit and antenatal clinic, as well as within the gynaecology ward, operating theatres, special care baby unit and intensive care unit.

At the end of the second year you have the option of an elective placement, enabling you to experience midwifery in different settings within the UK or abroad. In each year, you will identify a small caseload, which gives you the opportunity to provide continuity of care throughout the whole spectrum of childbirth.

* Registration is not automatic. The regulator must be satisfied that the candidate is of good character and in good health in addition to having achieved the necessary qualification

Why choose this course?

  • With the BSc(Hons) Midwifery with RM course you gain sound midwifery knowledge of normality, enabling you to become competent in recognising and managing deviations from this normality.
  • Inclusion of the newborn and infant physical examination (NIPE) competency provides you with advanced knowledge to support the care provided.
  • Our commitment to achieving UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Accreditation enables learning that supports best practice in relation to infant feeding.
  • Lecturers provide close support to students both in the University and in practice.
  • The course lays the foundation for your continuing personal and professional development throughout your career, with opportunities when you graduate for post-qualification study at Masters and Doctoral level.
  • 100% of our Midwifery graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months according to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

Course Enquiries

2017 Admissions Information and FAQs

Any queries about the programme or entry requirements, please contact the Midwifery Admissions team via their email: midwiferyenquiries@herts.ac.uk

Entry requirements...

2018 entry

120 UCAS Points

We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (if applicable) together with your application as a whole including work experience and personal statement and may make an offer at any point within the stated tariff range. We also welcome applicants who are predicted grades in excess of our published tariff. 

All Applicants must have a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C / 4 or above which must include Maths, English Language at grade C / 5 and Science at grade C / 4. (Students undertaking an Access to Higher Education diploma, only Maths and English Language are required).

  • A - Levels - 120 UCAS points to include a Grade B in a biological or behavioural/social science A level.
  • BTEC Extended Diploma 120 points (DDM or above) in an applied science or health related subject.
  • Access to Nursing and Midwifery, Health Professions or similarly named course- students must achieve a minimum of 30 Distinctions at Level 3 and the remainder at Merit. Additionally students who do not have GCSE or above in Maths must obtain 12 level 2 credits in Numeracy/Maths (or 6 at level 3) and 6 level 2 credits in English within the access course.
  • International Baccalaureate - 120 points from a minimum of 1 HL at grade 5 or above in a biological or behavioural science and 1 HL subject at a grade 4 of above (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).

All offers will be subject to the applicants demonstration of the NHS constitution’s “Values and Behaviours”, satisfactory interview, occupational health screening and the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) checks. You can view the full NHS Constitution for England on the Government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england

Professional Accreditations

When you successfully complete the BSc(Hons) Midwifery with RM course, you can apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the regulatory body governing Midwifery practice in the UK.  It is necessary to register in order to practice as a midwife in the UK.

Careers

Most midwives graduating from the BSc(Hons) Midwifery with RM course gain employment in local NHS Trusts, but some choose to move further afield.  Many of our former graduates are now in midwifery managerial positions. 

Opportunities exist for midwives to specialise in particular aspects of care such as teenage pregnancy, parent education, infant feeding or bereavement support.

You can also pursue an academic career and move into the field of midwifery education or research.

100% of our Midwifery graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months according to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

Teaching methods

You will experience a wide variety of learning styles on this course. During your studies you will develop your capacity for self-directed study and further your interpersonal skills. We particularly emphasise the importance of structured research; well-prepared written and verbal presentations; and computer literacy.

Alongside elements of standard lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratories, you also learn through case studies, individual and group projects and other student centred activities. In your final year you will normally have the opportunity to practice your independent study skills by completing a major project or dissertation.

Work Placement

Placement sites are allocated according to preference and availability and include: West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust, based at Watford General Hospital, East and North Herts NHS Trust, based at Lister Hospital in Stevenage, and Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, based at Barnet Hospital. The placements will give you the opportunity to link the theoretical knowledge you gain via the lectures and seminars with the practical experiences.

In addition, you also have the option an exciting opportunity to undergo an elective placement for up to three weeks in the second year, enabling you to experience midwifery in different settings within the UK or abroad.

This course is due to be renewed at a Periodic Review event which will be held on 11/2017.

We anticipate that there will be further enhancements made to the course as a result of the Review.

Our website and printed literature will be updated following completion of the Periodic Review in order to provide applicants with further confirmed details on the following:

  • module titles
  • whether the modules are core or optional
  • the expected contact hours
  • how the course will be assessed
  • staff teaching on the course

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • An Introduction to Interprofessional Education

    Credits: 15

    The module is designed to give students the opportunity to work in multi-professional groups in order to improve understanding of a range of professional roles and encourage co-operative learning and working. The rationale for and benefits of inter-professional working are explored. Learning will be through multi-professional group seminars and tutorials that require students to access and gather appropriate data from a range of sources and apply this to a series of practice-based, simulated scenarios and exercises

  • Study Skills

    Credits: 15

    This module allows students to work at their own pace to develop personal study skills strategies to support their own independent styles and pace of learning. Students will access online services to work through a series of workshops, workbooks and online tutorials to support the learning outcomes. In addition students will access seminars to build on and develop their academic writing skills.

  • Woman's Journey to Motherhood 1

    Credits: 30

    The module content will reflect the public health agenda. This module considers the development, health and well-being of the childbearing woman and her baby during pregnancy and childbirth. The underpinning knowledge provides the physiological and psychological basis for the provision of care. The role of the midwife in providing midwifery care is also explored from a wider social perspective, specifically to gain an in-depth understanding of cultural, religious and health issues. A multi-agency approach will be used to explore issues affecting the health and well-being of women and their families.

  • Woman's Journey to Motherhood 2

    Credits: 30

    The module content will reflect the public health agenda. This module considers the development, health and well-being of the childbearing woman, fetus and newborn infant during labour and the postnatal period. The underpinning knowledge provides the physiological and psychological basis for the provision of care. The role of the midwife in providing midwifery care is also explored from a wider social perspective, specifically to gain an in-depth understanding of cultural, religious and health issues. A multi-agency approach will be used to explore issues affecting the health and well-being of women and their families.

  • Practical Midwifery Skills

    Credits: 30

    The learning outcomes for this module will be achieved using a blend of teaching and learning methods but will predominantly focus on enquiry based learning, including- scenario based workshop activities within the skills laboratories, and trigger based learning on individual clinical practice sites. StudyNet will be used to facilitate students' learning, communication between the students and the students and lecturers involved with this module.

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Using Research to Develop Enquiry

    Credits: 15

    In this module, qualitative and quantitative research approaches, in relation to midwifery, will be addressed. The development of research questions, the research process and the classification of research designs and methodologies will also be explored. This will include concepts of rigour, representation and control, validity and reliability. Research methodology will include exploration of access, population and sampling, data collection approaches and data measurement. An overview of statistical methods will be included.

  • Enhanced Neonatal Studies

    Credits: 15

    Students will explore a range of conditions that can impact on the health of the newborn baby. Appropriate referral and effective communication with the paediatric team will be highlighted. Particular emphasis will be given to the rationale and skills required for the comprehensive Examination of the Newborn baby which will be continued and completed during the third year of the Pre-registration Midwifery Programme.

  • Altered Health States in Childbearing Women

    Credits: 30

    This module covers a range of medical, obstetric and psychological conditions that may already pre-exist or present for the first time during pregnancy or the post-natal period. Conditions arising or caused by childbearing will also be explored, including those of a gynaecological nature.

  • Health Promotion and Parenting

    Credits: 30

    The cultural, psychological and psychosexual changes that occur during pregnancy and following childbirth will be explored and the role of the midwife in enabling, supporting and facilitating positive parenting will be analysed and evaluated. Knowledge and understanding of appropriate communication skills will be integrated to facilitate a variety of effective strategies to general health promotion, including the promotion of sexual health and planned education sessions in a multi-cultural society. The module content will reflect the DoH public health agenda and the National Service Framework, standard 11 (DoH, 2005).

  • Lifestyles, Diversity and Midwifery Care

    Credits: 30

    The module will cover a range of cultural, social, physical and psychological lifestyle issues that may pre-exist or may present for the first time during pregnancy. Students will be introduced to these lifestyle diversities as they affect the health of women in the childbearing period. Emphasis will be placed on interaction with diverse groups both childbearing women, health agencies and members of society. The importance of promoting and advocating high standards of care in a variety of practice situations and creating and maintaining an optimal environment conducive to this will be an important aspect of the module. Students experience in practice will support and enhance their learning on this module. Students will undertake visits both locally and nationally to observe and apply theories to their midwifery practice.

Optional

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education

    Credits: 15

    The module is designed to give students further opportunities of working in multi-professional groups in order to improve understanding across professional boundaries and encourage collaborative learning and working that will bring benefit to patient/service-users. The justification for inclusion of inter-professional working within health care is addressed. The module requires students to bring specialist in-depth knowledge of their profession and professional codes of conduct to a group setting so that health and social care pathways are critically reviewed in the context of professional practice.

  • Examination of the Newborn (Pre-reg 6)

    Credits: 15

    Students will critically explore the behavioural, psychological and physical attributes of the newborn infant. The full physical examination of the newborn is approached in an holistic manner, but particular emphasis will be given to the cardio-vascular and respiratory systems; the testes; eyes and hip stability. The use of contemporary evidence and local/national standards will be interrelated within the development of practice skills. Oral feedback on progress is provided in-order to develop personal and professional practice. The critical review of knowledge gained will be related in practice to professional responsibility and accountability and the acquisition of new skills within the scope of midwifery practice.

  • Contemporary Challenges in Midwifery Practice

    Credits: 30

    The module content will reflect the public health agenda and prepare students for admission to the NMC midwifery register as competent, confident practitioners, with problem solving skills. The module will focus on the promotion of normality within the childbearing continuum. Clinical governance and midwifery supervision will also be explored.

  • Managing Emergencies in Childbirth

    Credits: 30

    This module explores the management of emergency situations within the midwives sphere of practice and the decision making processes necessary for students to provide appropriate care for these women. The recognition and management of obstetric complications during childbirth is then linked to known pathophysiology. Initial management of obstetric emergencies and neonatal resuscitation are considered, together with appropriate referral. The recognition of how these high risk cases may necessitate individual midwifery care pathways to support women and families is linked to current evidence and the necessary interpersonal skills.

  • Investigating Normal Childbirth

    Credits: 30

    This module enables students to reflect upon a chosen aspect of midwifery practice. Literature searching abilities will be enhanced through a critical review of the topic including professional and political influences. Alongside independent working they will share ideas within small groups, supported by a facilitator and be encouraged to communicate through StudyNet. Further group work and peer support will be encouraged within each Trust site. Students topic areas will be discussed within the seminar groups and site surgeries’ There will be some taught components; these will enhance students' knowledge related to the development of a suitable area for investigation, undertaking a literature review, research methods, and evaluation of the literature.

Optional

Fees & funding

The government has yet to announce the upper limit of Tuition Fees for applicants wishing to study an undergraduate course in 2018/19. As soon as this information becomes available, our website will be updated and we will contact everyone who has applied to the University to advise them of their Tuition Fee.

Fees 2017

UK/EU Students

Full time: £9,250 for the 2017 academic year

International Students

Full time: £15,000 for the 2017 academic year

NHS Funding for UK/EU Students

Students studying on nursing, midwifery or allied health professional courses funded by Health Education England, who start from September 2017 will have access to the same student loans support package and support for living costs as other students. The new arrangements also apply to students planning to take these courses as a second qualification.

The NHS will no longer grant bursaries. There will be, however, additional funding by the NHS Business Services Authority for some nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students because of the compulsory clinical placement required by these courses. This funding will cover students with child dependants and severe hardship. It will also cover travel and accommodation expenses incurred over and above the daily travel costs to university and for those who need dual accommodation.

For more information about the changes visit the gov.uk website and the Funding Clinic.

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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How to apply

2017

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2018

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2019

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