- New government grants available from September 2020 for new and continuing degree-level students. You may be eligible for additional support of at least £5,000 a year which you won't need to pay back.
- You may also be eligible for an additional £1,000 towards childcare costs to help balance your studies with family life.
Why choose this course?
- We have an excellent reputation and will help you to develop the qualities needed that define a University of Hertfordshire graduate midwife.
- 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.
- In addition to university study skills support, lecturers also provide close guidance 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.
Any queries about the programme or entry requirements, please contact the Midwifery Admissions team via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What's the course about?
Midwives provide essential care during pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period to both mothers and their babies. You’ll gain sound knowledge of what's normal and healthy in childbearing women and recognise and manage any problems that may arise. You’ll learn how to perform examinations on the mothers-to-be as well as their infants after birth. Alongside studying the theory of midwifery, half of your time will be spent in various clinical settings partnering with experienced midwives.
Your time at the University
You will spend 50% of your time here. You’ll your build your theoretical knowledge in lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratories. We’ll help you strengthen your ability for self-directed study and further your interpersonal skills. You’ll also develop your written, presentations and computer literacy skills through case studies, individual and group projects and other student-centred activities.
Your time on a practice placement
You will spend 50% of your time in a clinical setting. You will partner with qualified, experienced midwives too. You will also be involved in placements throughout your three years of study.
- 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, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital Foundation Trust in Luton and Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust in Harlow.
- All placements will give you the opportunity to link the theoretical knowledge you gain via lectures and seminars with practical experiences in the clinical field.
- You also have the exciting opportunity to undertake an elective placement at the end of your second year. This will enable you to spend three weeks in a different midwifery setting either in the UK or abroad.
In your first year, we’ll start you right from the beginning. You’ll explore a woman’s journey into motherhood. You’ll understand the well-being of the childbearing woman from antenatal to the postnatal period. You’ll see the importance of working as part of one multi-professional group to help a new parent make informed pregnancy and birthing choices.
There are lots of social and cultural aspects to consider in Midwifery. You will get to explore these in more detail in your second year. You will also look at disorders of body systems, medical conditions caused by pregnancy and breastfeeding conditions and challenges.
In your final year you’ll find that you have grown to love certain topics that you just need to learn more about. For example, this could be the parent-baby attachment or how culture or religion effect the neonatal care you give to new mothers. It’s up to you to decide what you want to focus your final literature review on.
Your main campus is College Lane
This is where the creative arts, science and health-related subjects are based. This means you’ll share the campus with future nurses, scientists, artists and more. You can use the common rooms to relax with friends, work out in the 24-hour gym or have a drink in our on-campus pub or cafes. We also have restaurants for you to eat in or grab something on the go. Our Learning Resources Centres are open 24/7, which means you can study whenever suits you best. Want to pop over to the other campus? You can take the free shuttle bus or walk there in just 15 minutes.
What will I study?
You will experience a wide variety of approaches to teaching and learning on this course delivered by experienced experts in the field. We will support you to develop the qualities needed to become a skilled, competent and confident midwife who can care and advocate for mother and baby. Your studies will include standard lectures, seminars, tutorials and simulated learning in our clinical skills laboratory. We also facilitate learning through case studies project work and a range of student centred activities.
In your final year you will normally have the opportunity to practice independent study skills by completing an extended literature review on a subject of your choice.
'This course has a good mixture of practice and placement blocks, to help implement our learning and help build confidence to be a competent practitioner with a NIPE qualification.'
Alina - Week at a glance
My week at a glance
Hello everyone! My name is Alina and I am in my first year of the Midwifery course. In this blog, I will tell you the few common things that I do every week when I’m at uni.
I always start my week by planning what I will be doing that specific week. I have a planner that I keep which helps me remember the things that I need to do. I write deadlines, duties that I must fulfil and other personal responsibilities.
Before lectures, I try to remind myself of the topic that will be discussed at that lecture so that I will be bringing the right things to the lecture.
Soon after each lecture, I tend to visit the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) and go over the lecture again in my own time to make sure I understand everything discussed in that lecture. I like to draw diagrams, print pictures and use many colours when taking notes. I have noticed that this is a very effective way of learning for me.
During placement weeks, I ensure I have the right things with me in the hospital, such as a note pad, a stethoscope, and a pen. Taking notes whilst on placement has aided my visual learning, as whenever I am shown something new, I find that writing it down helps to build and reinforce my understanding.
Aside from the compulsory lectures and placement, I try to do other activities within the University. I occasionally play volleyball and recently joined the Student Ambassador community. The midwifery course isn’t entirely easy, and therefore it is very important to find some time for yourself to go out with friends and do what you love to do.
While university life may sound scary to many of you, if you have the right people next to you, encouraging you to keep going, you can have an amazing time studying a subject that you love. Therefore, I encourage all of you to make friends, join communities outside your course and be open to other opportunities. The University also has so much support available to all their students, so if you ever need some advice and support the student support centre and your school of study will be happy to lead you in the right direction.
I wish you all the best of luck!
Alina - Things you should know
Things you need to know before studying Midwifery at Herts
You probably think that reading is essential to gain the knowledge of midwifery, and yes, this is partly true, however, the university provides many practical resources and opportunities for you to gain the skills and knowledge of midwifery as well as theory. To be completely honest, I didn’t know much information about midwifery before starting my course and now that my first year is almost over, I can tell you a few tips to enhance your knowledge of midwifery before starting the course.
Getting to know what midwifery is about
Before starting your course, you might find it useful to read about what the course is about, however you would have to find out what midwifery is about. There are some books which can help you get started. Reading about midwifery will make your life at university easier as they will not only inform you of what midwifery is about beforehand but also help you with your assignments and knowledge throughout your 3-year course. It is always helpful to ask the university what the course consists of and what to expect from it.
Midwifery is a complex course, however, the outcome of it is worth it. This course will require commitment, there will be moments when you will have to give up a night out to finish an assignment or cancel plans due to change in your timetable. As this course provides 50% theory and 50% placement, good time management is essential. You will have to make sure you’re not absent and not late as it can affect your learning.
When studying midwifery there are different ways you will be assessed. Aside from being assessed on your knowledge of the theory you’ve been taught; you will also be assessed on your performance and skills in placement. There is no need for you to be worried about that now because everything will be easier to understand as you start your course. There is plenty of support available for you regarding any aspect of your course and anyone at the university will be happy to help you.
Studying midwifery will require a lot of independent work. You will be required to plan your time wisely to meet deadlines and avoid stressful situations. To help you organise your time better I recommend that you buy a diary where you can write your plans for the days and weeks to come. Making friends from your cohort can be very helpful as well. Yes, university life can get stressful at times, but you must ask for help when you need it.
Alina - Why I chose Herts
Why I chose Herts
Hi! My name is Alina and I am going into my second year of studying midwifery at the University of Hertfordshire. Before applying to universities last year, I used to live in North-West London with my family, therefore I applied to the universities closer to home. After being accepted at the University of Hertfordshire my family decided to buy a house in Northampton which meant that I had to commute from Northampton, live in halls or rent private accommodation in Hatfield. I went with the third option. This year I have had the opportunity to see what’s it like to live with other students and how it is to take my life into my own hands.
Before studying at Herts, I studied a two year BTEC Health and Social Care course in London. During this time, I have had the opportunity to study different areas of health and social work. The decision to study midwifery was spontaneous and it the best decision I have made so far. The University of Hertfordshire is a great place for those who want to study midwifery. I remember the interview at Herts took place in a building where practical lectures usually took place. This is when I saw how many different learning resources the university can provide to its students.
The facilities of the university are amazing. Not only does it have 24/7 Learning Resource Centre (LRC) access and support available but also the quality of the food served as well as other advanced facilities have been an influence towards my decision to choose Herts as the university, I would like study at.
Moving away from home isn’t easy, I have struggled at the beginning but the support I received was very helpful. For those who want to move into halls or other accommodation, I advise you not to panic. The idea of moving from home may sound scary but if you try to enjoy it, you will realize that it is not as scary as you thought it would be.
Thank you for reading this, good luck!
Khan Asghar Iqbal
Meet Khan Asghar Iqbal who is saving lives everyday as a Newly Qualified Paramedic (NQP). He is currently working for the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust.Read more stories Find out more about this course
|Current job role||Newly Qualified Paramedic|
|Year of graduation||2018|
|Course of study||BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science|
A unique degree and experience
Khan says his ambition to work in London and move out of his hometown in Cardiff was a key factor in choosing to study at the University of Hertfordshire. However, his course also provided a unique combination of theoretical and practical study which Khan says, 'prepared me to put my knowledge into practice while out on placement each term. The course also gave me a glimpse of future opportunities for paramedics such as teaching, management and advanced practice.'
The vocational nature of the degree enabled him to transition smoothly into his chosen career providing him with the essential professional skills and hands on experience he required to excel as a paramedic. He says, 'The course gives you the knowledge to make lifesaving decisions but also gives you more advanced knowledge regarding complicated conditions and the various medicines that come with each patient.'
Khan speaks fondly of his time at the University and says, 'I truly miss everyone I became friends with on my degree. Some of the nights out in the Forum were the best I've ever had and they will be everlasting memories, with friends both on and off of my course. I really came out of my shell and comfort zone and it has made me into the confident and outgoing person I am today.'
Get your dream job
Khan says that being a paramedic is the 'best job in the World' and, although he has just started his career, he hopes to go onto postgraduate study and experience new cultures by travelling.
Meet Ramutu Nguru who has excelled as a Registered Nutritionist since graduating in 2016. She currently works as a School Food Nutritionist for Herts Catering Limited (HCL).Read more stories Find out more about this course
|Current job role||School Food Nutritionist|
|Year of graduation||2016|
|Course of study||BSc (Hons) Nutrition|
Essential skills for the future
Ramatu graduated having studied Nutrition and has now entered her chosen career as a Registered Nutritionist (RNutr) with the Association for Nutrition (AfN). She currently works as a School Food Nutritionist for Herts Catering Limited (HCL). Her course enabled Ramatu to achieve her career aspirations, providing invaluable experience which included work shadowing, volunteering and practical work placement opportunities alongside various registered nutritionists and dieticians.
Ramatu says, 'Many employers advertise for nutritionists who are already registered with the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN). In order to register, you would need to be able to demonstrate that you meet the underpinning knowledge and professional skills required.' Studying a BSc (Hons) in Nutrition or related bioscience degree provides students with an abundance of practicable and transferable experience which will enable you to make crucial inroads into the profession.'
Experience is crucial
Experience is crucial and Ramatu attests that it is even more beneficial than good grades. She advises students to seek out as much opportunity as possible to gain professional experience and says, 'My priority is to continually develop professionally as a Registered Nutritionist as there is always room to improve my own practice and service delivery.' The University provides fantastic opportunities for students through work placements, study abroad schemes as well as the fantastic industry led practical elements embedded into the courses themselves.
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