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Midwifery BSc (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • Innovative, enquiry-based learning (EBL) curriculum that places students at the centre of their learning
  • High achievement in practice and theory - four midwifery students have just been awarded £1000 academic scholarships
  • Dedicated skills & simulation building
  • Newly launched University of Worcester Midwifery Society

What our students say...

“A lot of the lecturers here, from what I can gather, have come into educating for the same reasons as me – they like to share their knowledge and to impart the belief that childbirth is a normal, natural process. This is what we’re trying to get across and filter down. The staff here have definitely fostered my interests – they’re very supportive and very encouraging. I really loved studying at Worcester. The University has expanded, which is great, but it’s still a very nurturing, friendly environment.”

Jacci Richardson
Midwifery graduate, Inaugural University of Worcester Midwifery Fellowship prize and mother of three

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Our full-time degree course enables you to become a compassionate and competent midwife who is ready to join this rewarding profession. Students are well supported by an enthusiastic team of midwife teachers who work in close partnership with local NHS Trusts.

A registered midwife is uniquely placed to support the needs of women and their families throughout the childbearing experience. Successful completion of the programme leads to the dual awards of a BSc Honours degree and professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

This three-year course requires an equal commitment to theory and practice. Fifty percent of your time is spent in clinical practice and your placements will be in a variety of community and hospital setting. Expect to gain practice experience in both Herefordshire & Worcestershire so some travelling within these counties is required. While on placement, you will be supported and assessed by midwife sign-off mentors. Although you are supernumerary in practice, you will follow the same shift patterns as your allocated mentors. This supports continuous learning and a fair assessment at the end of each year. 

The Midwifery course runs during 45 weeks each year with seven designated annual leave weeks.

The Midwifery Taster Day
Award winning Midwifery Taster days are held every year in July. These events are designed to give prospective applicants the opportunity to explore the demands of the midwifery programme. Find out more by clicking on the 'Taster Day' tab below. The University also holds a number of Open Days throughout the year where you will be able to find out more about the course and speak to the tutors.

Factfile

Entry requirements

September 2015 Entry

  • Offers based on 300 UCAS points
  • Typical offer is BBB
  • MUST include AT LEAST ONE relevant full ‘A’ level e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology or Health and Social Care.

OR

  • Access Diploma, full award of 60 credits; 45 credits at level 3
  • 30 credits must be at merit or distinction level in health/science related subjects.

OR

  • BTEC Diploma (Health & Social Care preferred)
  • DDM

AND

  • 5 GCSE passes, grade C or above, to include English, Maths and Science
  • Evidence of recent academic study (within 5 years).
  • Evidence of contributing to the health/well-being of young people/adults, for example:
    • Duke of Edinburgh award scheme
    • Mentor/Leader in any young person’s organisation
    • Volunteering
    • Caring for vulnerable individuals in a community or hospital setting
    • Doula/antenatal educator

Key Information for Applicants

*All candidates are encouraged to attend a university open day or midwifery taster day
* Apply via UCAS between September and January.
* Midwifery is an over-subscribed course - applications received outside the UCAS cycle will not be considered
*Include an academic reference to support your application
* Present a personal statement with a clear midwifery focus
*Successful applicants are subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
* New students receive a once only grant of £1000
* You may be eligible for an income assessed bursary and/or student loan.

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare an application to the Midwifery programme. Examples include the UCAS Guides and:

Mander, R., Fleming, V. (eds) (2009) Becoming a Midwife. Routledge.

Peate, I., Hamilton, C. (eds) (2008) Becoming a Midwife in the 21st Century. Wiley-Blackwell.

Snow, S. (2012) Get into Nursing and Midwifery: a guide for application and career success. Pearson.


Course fees

Tuition fees are funded for all full-time students studying Nursing or Midwifery on NHS supported places


Meet the team

The team of midwifery lecturers works with clinical facilitators and mentors in local NHS trusts Midwifery lecturers are experienced practising midwives who have a wide range of specialist interests including community practice, supervision, professional regulation, hypnobirthing, sexual health and enquiry based learning.

Get to know our expert staff and meet some of the team who you'll be learning with at the University of Worcester


Study options

* Available full-time only

* The course commences in September and February each year (subject to Regional Contract)

Get in touch

Jenny Edwins
midwifery@worc.ac.uk

Admissions Office 
01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk

Course content

Modules

The midwifery curriculum is delivered using an enquiry based learning approach (EBL). This active learning method encourages students to work together to explore specifically designed clinical triggers. The EBL process encourages students to work together to ask key questions and then locate the resources to answer them. This type of learning encourages students to challenge and question practice through the acquisition of skills that support personal and professional growth.

The knowledge generated by the EBL activities support the module learning outcomes. Three modules span each year of the course:


Year 1

Core modules:

The Lifelong Learner 1 (30 Credits)
Theoretical Foundations of Midwifery 1 (30 Credits)
Midwifery Practice 1 (60 Credits)


Year 2

Core modules:

The Lifelong Learner 2 (30 Credits)
Theoretical Foundations of Midwifery 2 (30 Credits)
Midwifery Practice 2 (60 Credits)


Year 3

Core modules:

The Lifelong Learner 3 (30 Credits)
Theoretical Foundations of Midwifery 3 (30 Credits)
Midwifery Practice 3 (60 Credits)


Curriculum Content

The curriculum content supports students to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes for safe and effective practice, as identified by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. You will learn how to:

  • Care compassionately and competently for low risk women and their babies
  • Care compassionately and competently for high risk women and their babies
  • Make evidence based decisions to support high quality and sensitive care
  • Promote health for the individual, family and community
  • Identify and sustain your role as a professional
  • Promote the values of the University and the NHS Constitution

Assessment

In order to support differing learning styles we incorporate a range of assessment approaches.

Year 1

  • Patchwork text webfolio
  • Group presentation 
  • Unseen written examination
  • Continuous assessment of practice with supporting e-portfolio

Year 2

  • Patchwork text webfolio
  • Group presentation 
  • Unseen written examination
  • Continuous assessment of practice with supporting e-portfolio

Year 3

  • Independent Study
  • Group presentation 
  • Unseen written examination
  • Continuous assessment of practice with supporting e-portfolio


Teaching approach

  • The Enquiry Based Learning curriculum enables you to work together in small groups and work collaboratively to 'solve' clinically based scenarios. These increase in complexity as you progress through the course, for example moving from normal birth in the first year to complex birth in year 2.
  • Assessments each year are an unseen written examination, group presentation with individual paper, e-portfolio and clinical practice. An independent study replaces the e-portfolio in year 3.
  • 50% of your learning takes place at university facilitated by the midwifery teaching team; 50% takes place in clinical practice supported by mentors.
  • Clinical practice learning will occur in allocated placements that include labour ward, post-natal ward, community and antenatal clinic. Expect to gain practice experience in both Herefordshire & Worcestershire, therefore some travelling within these counties is required.
Employability

Employability

Students who complete this course successfully will become Registered Midwives. Employment opportunities exist locally, nationally and internationally. In most parts of the UK, midwives can expect to secure their first post within the NHS on a band 5 salary scale.

Once you have successfully completed the course, how you develop your career is entirely up to you. The work of the midwife is diverse and you could find work in a low risk free standing birth centre, consultant led unit or a community setting. You also have the opportunity to move into other areas of practice such as teaching, research or management.

Graduates can undertake further masters level study at the University of Worcester. Specialist modules include mentor preparation, examination of the newborn, contraception and sexual health.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Midwifery BSc (Hons) B720 BSc/Mid

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our how to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

Recruitment for this course considers not only the values of the specific profession you are wishing to join, but also the values outlined in the NHS constitution. You can expect to be shortlisted and interviewed based upon these values as well as course/profession specific requirements.

The following link can be used to support your knowledge of these core values prior to submission of your UCAS/application form or interview.

6 Cs

http://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/6c-a5-leaflet.pdf

How to apply
Taster Day

The Midwifery team encourages potential course applicants to consider attending a Midwifery Taster day. (The Taster Days are not designed for those who have already applied for the course, or who have been offered an interview).

The midwifery taster days for 2015 will be held on Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd of July. Our online booking system will be open from early May 2015.

If you are not yet ready to apply and require only general information at this stage, please attend a university open event instead.

What is the Midwifery Taster Day?

* An award winning innovation that has been designed to provide prospective midwifery course applicants with an opportunity to discuss the realities of joining the midwifery course
* The Midwifery Taster Day has been recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council as an example of very good Admissions practice

What will the Taster Day offer me?

* Opportunities to explore and discuss top tips for application success
* Meet current student midwives and find out about their experiences of the midwifery course
* Take part in an Enquiry Based Learning type activity to gain a taste of this learning style

Where is it held?

* The taster sessions are held at the University in July each year
* Light refreshments are provided

I’m interested, what happens next?

* For a University of Worcester prospectus please email your details to study@worc.ac.uk.
* To discuss this course please contact Admissions: admissions@worc.ac.uk

* If you are not able to find out the information you require from these web pages, please contact: midwifery@worc.ac.uk

* Click on this link for some FAQs relating to Midwifery education from the Royal College of midwives


Disability Concerns

Are you worried that your disability or physical or mental health problem will affect your application to nurse/midwifery training?

The Disability Rights Commission (2007) identify that applicants to higher education have a statutory duty to disclose information about disabilities or long-term health conditions for entry to nursing courses across Britain. Although the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) says that “you may not be fit to practice for reasons of conduct, health or competence” (NMC 2008) it’s not straight forward and we would not want you to be deterred from applying.

If you have a disability, physical or mental health problem the above legislation and professional guidelines do not prevent you from applying to this University to undertake Nurse/ Midwifery training. In accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 reasonable adjustments can be considered and put in place, as appropriate, to support and enable you to undertake your studies effectively.

We would like to encourage you to contact us to discuss your individual concerns. For example, if you are wondering whether you would be suitable for selection or if you can cope with the programme or carry out the specific skills required in performing the job book an appointment to come and talk to us.

Please contact:

University admissions (01905) 855111 email admissions@worc.ac.uk

You could also contact the Disability and Dyslexia Service at the University of Worcester. If you suspect that your disability will impact on your learning experience we urge you to contact the Service to discuss the nature and range of adjustments that may be necessary for you. Please feel free to get in contact before or after your application.

Please note: This is an additional option to the requirement to disclose on the Pre-Enrolment Health Questionnaire

We have included an advice booklet written by a student nurse for students with Dyslexia on clinical placements

Please contact the Disability and Dyslexia Service on 01905 85 5531 email: disability@worc.ac.uk


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