What's the course about?
This is an innovative, flexible, work-based course for qualified nurses looking to become midwives. It will develop your skills and knowledge so that you can become a responsive, confident midwife able to care for women and their babies. Focusing on holistic care, you will gain a sound knowledge of what is normal and healthy in childbearing women, enabling you to recognise and manage problems they might face.
The programme consists of 86 weeks in total, with eight study block weeks, and reading and professional development time included within the programme. During your clinical placements, you will be supported through online resources, discussions, group working and reflection sessions. Each week comprises 40 hours and is a combination of practice and theory.
When in placement, the clinical hours will be 30 hours per week, with 10 hours of theory. There are two routes of study: degree or masters. For the master of midwifery route, you will need to have achieved a minimum of 2:1 for your first degree. Please see entry requirements for further details.
The BSc (Hons) Pre-registration Midwifery (Shortened) programme is delivered using a blend of teaching and learning strategies, primarily utilising e-learning, but also facilitating blocks of study to strengthen the implementation of practice skills learning and an enquiry-based approach. Students are encouraged to critically think, analyse and challenge practice, thereby enabling them to respond well to the dynamic practice environment.
Experiential learning within the clinical area through the mentor-student partnership, learning through simulation, self-directed work and reflection sessions are vital components of the programmes. Students have access to a virtual learning environment where there are electronic course materials to support learning; a variety of formats may be used such as online activities and tutorials, narrated PowerPoints, videos, quizzes, blogs, podcasts and group discussions.
Effective online learning requires a high level of responsibility and organisation on the part of students and a reduction of the teacher-student power differential. Open learning attracts self-disciplined and motivated students who can direct the pace of learning to suit their personal circumstances and commitments. There is a diversity of teaching, learning and assessment approaches throughout the curriculum, giving all students the chance to flourish regardless of their preferred learning style. For example, each year includes a combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies.
The support for students and the student experience is fundamental not only to this programme but to the University as a whole. Academic, pastoral and practice placement support are provided, and a welcoming environment is nurtured, so that students feel comfortable in coming forward to discuss any areas of concern that may potentially affect their performance and be supported so they may progress successfully.