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 - three of our students have just won £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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This three-year, full-time course enables you to become a knowledgeable, competent midwife and join this rewarding profession. Students are well supported by an enthusiastic team of midwife teachers who enjoy very good partnership working with the local Trusts.

 

A registered midwife is uniquely placed to support the needs of women and their families throughout the childbirth experience. This is a three-year, full-time course that requires equal commitment to theory and clinical practice, enabling you to become a knowledgeable, competent midwife and join this rewarding profession. Successful completion will enable you to achieve the dual awards of a BSc Honours degree and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council to practice as a Registered Midwife.

 

You will be able to respond effectively and appropriately to the needs of women from conception right through to the postnatal period, adapting within a changing healthcare environment. The clinical practice element of the course means that you will work in a variety of community and hospital settings throughout Herefordshire and Worcestershire. These include antenatal and postnatal wards, gynaecology wards, labour wards, ITU and community clinics.

 

The Midwifery Taster
Every year we hold award winning Midwifery Taster sessions that have been designed to provide prospective applicants with an opportunity to discuss the realities of becoming and being a midwife. Find out more about this summer's Taster events in the 'Taster Session' tab below. The University also holds a number of Open Events throughout the year where you will be able to find out more about the course and speak to the tutors.

 

Timetable
The Midwifery course runs over a 45 week/year period. This incorporates seven weeks of annual leave, including bank holidays.

Entry requirements

September 2015 Entry

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

AND

• 5 GCSE passes, grade C or above, to include English, Science and Maths.
• 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
• Social care
• Caring for vulnerable individuals in a community or hospital setting
• Doula/antenatal educator

OR

• Access Diploma, full award of 60 credits; 45 credits at level 3
• 30 credits must be achieved 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, Science and Maths (equivalent qualifications may be accepted).
• 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 Senior Section of Girlguiding/Scouts
• Volunteering
• Social care
• Health care assistant/maternity support worker
• Doula/antenatal educator

Key Information for Applicants

* From September 2012, all new students will receive a one off grant of £1000
* All students may be eligible for an income assessed bursary and/or student loan.
* Applications to the midwifery programme should be made via UCAS each year, between September and January.
* Midwifery is an over subscribed course and therefore applications received outside the UCAS cycle will not be accepted.
* Successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. 
* Ensure that a relevant and appropriate reference is included with your application. This will usually be an academic reference.
* Ensure that your personal statement has a clear midwifery focus; demonstrates a broad understanding of the role of the midwife; is objective and well written.
* All candidates are encouraged to attend a university open day or midwifery taster session.

There are a number of resources available that may help you with 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

Full-time students studying Nursing or Midwifery will, if on an NHS supported place, get their fees paid.

Meet the team

Led by the Lead Midwife for Education, there are 8 midwifery lecturers, 2 clinical facilitators and several support staff involved in the provision of the Midwifery course. This means that there is a wide range of knowledge, skills and experience amongst the team. The midwifery lecturers are also practising midwives, with specialist clinical interests including community practice, supervision, hypnobirthing and contraceptive health. The team have contributed to a range of publications and 2 are currently engaged with PhD research.

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 February and September each year (subject to Regional Contract)

* Half of the course is spent in clinical placement

Get in touch

Jenny Edwins
midwifery@worc.ac.uk

Admissions Office 
01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk

Modules

The midwifery curriculum is delivered using an enquiry based learning approach (EBL). This is an active learning method that encourages students to work together on issues related to the childbirth continuum, using specifically designed clinical triggers. The process of EBL encourages students to work together in order to ask pertinent questions and locate resources to help answer those questions. This type of learning promotes the acquisition of skills that support personal and professional growth, as well as encourage students to challenge and question practice.

Each year, students apply EBL through the study of three modules. These are:

Lifelong Learning, 30 credits

Theoretical Foundations of Midwifery, 30 credits

Midwifery Practice, 60 credits

Core modules:

Lifelong Learning 1
Theoretical Foundations of Midwifery 1
Midwifery Practice 1

Core modules:

Lifelong Learning 2
Theoretical Foundations of Midwifery 2
Midwifery Practice 2

Core modules:

Lifelong Learning 3
Theoretical Foundations of Midwifery 3
Midwifery Practice 3

You will learn how to

Acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes set by The NMC Standards for Pre-registration Midwifery Education which include:

  • Care of low risk women and their babies
  • Care of high risk women and their babies
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology
  • Importance and application of health promotion
  • Skills associated with professional practice
  • Lifelong learning skills
  • Team working skills
  • Communication skills
  • Decision-making and leadership skills

Assessment

Even before you start the Course we begin our student support systems by inviting you to attend a half day summer or winter school that helps prepare you for life as a student midwife. When you start on the Course you will be allocated a Academic Tutor who provides general help and support in your studies and personal aspects of student life.

On Clinical Placements, you will be supported and assessed by sign-off mentors, with the help of your academic tutor. Although you are supernumerary in practice, you will follow the same working patterns as qualified staff, including shifts and anti-social hours. This enables your sign-off mentors to provide continuous supervision, teaching and support.

In order to support the student learning experience, we provide a range of assessment types each year that include:

  • Continuous assessment of practice
  • Webfolio
  • Group presentation
  • Unseen, written examination
  • Independent study project

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

Students who successfully complete this course become Registered Midwives. This opens up employment opportunities locally, nationally and internationally. It also provides the opportunity to undertake further study at the University of Worcester, including the Advancing Practice MSc, as well as a range of specialist modules including mentor preparation, examination of the newborn, contraception and sexual health.

Once you have successfully completed the course, how you develop your career is entirely up to you. The work of the midwife covers a very wide area of healthcare and you could find work in a wide scope of practice, from low risk free standing birth centres to consultant led units. You also have the opportunity to move into other areas of practice such as teaching, research or management.

In most parts of the UK, midwives can expect to find first posts within the NHS on a band 5 salary scale.

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.

How to apply

The Midwifery team encourages potential course applicants to consider attending a Midwifery Taster Session. The Taster Sessions 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. The online booking system for the taster days 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?

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

How will the Taster help me?

* By providing opportunities for you to ask questions to midwifery lecturers and obtaining some top tips for application success
* By meeting current student midwives and having the chance to find out at firsthand what their experiences of the midwifery course actually are
* By taking part in teaching sessions with student midwives and gaining a taste of the course itself

Where is it held?

* The taster sessions are held at the University in the Summer of each year
* Refreshments are provided

I’m interested, what happens next?

* For a prospectus about Midwifery and Nursing courses here at the University of Worcester please email your details to study@worc.ac.uk. If you would like 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 Jenny Edwins on midwifery@worc.ac.uk   
* Click for general questions relating to Midwifery education.

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

Employability

Maria Iriart loved every minute of her midwifery training at the University of Worcester

Read Maria's story

Accommodation

Starting university life is an exciting and challenging time and arranging a place to live is high on the list for many students...

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