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Midwives provide essential care during pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period to both mothers and their babies. This course will train you to become a qualified midwife, eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. It'll give you a sound knowledge of what's normal and healthy in childbearing women and enable you to recognise and manage any problems that may arise. As well as studying the theory of midwifery, half of your time will be spent in various clinical settings, working alongside experienced midwives. The inclusion of the newborn and infant physical examination competency provides you with advanced knowledge to support the care provided. During the programme you'll also have an exciting opportunity to undergo an elective placement abroad or in the UK.
 

Why choose this course?

  • With the BSc(Hons) Midwifery 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

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

What job can I get?

Most midwives graduating from this course find employment in local NHS Trusts, but some choose to move further afield. Many of our former students now have positions in management, research and education. The course also gives you a foundation to specialise in particular aspects of care, such as teenage pregnancy, parent education, infant feeding and bereavement support.
 

Professional Accreditations

When you successfully complete the BSc(Hons) Midwifery 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.

Course details

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

Optional

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year

Our international fees include the cost of practice placements, occupational health, Disclosure and Baring Service(DBS) check, and uniform.

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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Scholarships

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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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Entry requirements...

2019 entry

112-168 UCAS Points

A Levels

At least two full A levels as part of the required 112-168 UCAS tariff points- to include a grade B in a biological or behavioural/social science A level. BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science or health related subject. Plus 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, to include English Language and Maths and Science at grade 4 (C) or above.

Access

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, candidates who do not have GCSE Maths or English Language (or one of the acceptable equivalences), must obtain 12 level 2 credits in Maths (or 6 at level 3) and 6 level 2 credits in English within the Access.     

International Baccalaureate 

120 points from a minimum of 1 HL at grade 5 or above in a biological or behavioural/social science and 1 HL subject at a grade 4 or above (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).   

Find out more information here

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

                                                                  

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

All offers subject to interview and satisfactory DBS/ OH screening/ second reference.  

How to apply

2019

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2020

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