BSc (Hons) Pre-Registration Midwifery

Available to non EU students

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

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.

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • An Introduction to Interprofessional Education - 15 Credits
  • The Art & Skills of Midwifery - 30 Credits
  • Woman's Journey to Motherhood 2 - 30 Credits
  • Woman's Journey to Motherhood 1 - 30 Credits
  • Infant Feeding and Relationship Building - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Applied Midwifery Skills - 30 Credits
  • Understanding Research - 15 Credits
  • Public Health and Midwifery - 15 Credits
  • Health Conditions in Childbearing - 30 Credits
  • Midwifery Perspectives in Global Health - 15 Credits
  • Enhanced Neonatal Studies - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education - 15 Credits
  • Examination of the Newborn (Pre-reg 6) - 15 Credits
  • Contemporary Challenges in Midwifery Practice - 30 Credits
  • Managing Emergencies in Childbirth - 30 Credits
  • Investigating Normal Childbirth - 30 Credits

Optional

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £15000 for the 2018/2019 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

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

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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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

Admissions enquiry information 2017

How to apply

2018

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28/09/201825/09/2019Apply online (Full Time)
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2019

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28/09/201925/09/2020Apply online (Full Time)
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2020

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28/09/202025/09/2021Apply online (Full Time)