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What makes Midwifery at Worcester special?

Midwives enjoy the unique privilege of a career caring for mothers, their babies and the whole family. At Worcester you will not only gain the skills and experience needed to become a confident, competent and caring midwife, you will also develop the intellectual tools to help you shape the future direction of the profession by generating new ideas and evaluating innovative ways of working.

Funding for Midwifery courses is changing. There will no longer be an NHS bursary from September 2017. After this date, students will be required to take out student loans to fund their studies.

If you already meet our entry requirements then there are a few places available for a February 2017 start. For further details please contact our admissions office, via 01905 855111 or admissions@worc.ac.uk.

Key features

  • Successful completion of the programme leads to the dual awards of a BSc Honours degree and professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • 50/50 mix of theory and practice gives you a wide range of academic and placement opportunities
  • Supportive learning environment: on placement you will be assigned a mentor, whose shift patterns you will mirror
  • Midwifery lecturers are experienced midwives with a range of specialist interests, including physiological birth, community practice, hypnobirthing and breast feeding
  • Study in a dedicated skills and simulation building
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

120

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

September 2017 Entry

  • Offers based on 120 UCAS points
  • Typical offer is BBB
  • Must include a minimum of one relevant subject e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, PE, Sociology, or Health and Social Care

OR

  • Access Diploma, full award of 60 credits; 45 credits at level 3
  • 24 or more level 3 credits must be at distinction level and the remainder at merit
  • Level 3 credits must be in health/science related subjects

OR

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

AND

  • 5 GCSE passes, grade C or above, to include English Language, Maths and Science. Functional Skills Level 2 Mathematics will be accepted as an alternative to GCSE Mathematics
  • 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

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Other information

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
* Find out more about the proposed arrangements for health education funding from August 2017

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.

Taster days

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

The 2017 midwifery taster days will be held on Monday 17th, Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th of July.

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

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

Book your place

To request a place on a Taster Day complete this simple booking form.

Book your place at an Open Day

Want to know why so many students love living and studying in Worcester?

Our open days are the perfect way to find out.

Book your place

Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

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

Year 2

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

Year 3

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

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.

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

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    News

    Student midwife honoured with national award

    University of Worcester student Debbie Taylor beat competition from across the country to be named as the British Journal of Midwifery’s Student Midwife of the Year 2015.

    Debbie, who is from Gloucestershire, was announced as the winner at the organisation’s twelfth annual awards ceremony, which was held in London in April.

    The third-year student was recognised for her work with bereaved families; she has volunteered with her local Stillbirth and Neonatal Death (SANDS) group since 2011 and, along with other group members, has helped to organise and facilitate a number of initiatives and fundraising activities in recent years.

    Read the full story

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

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.

Careers

Where could it take you?

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.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Fees and funding

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the September 2017 cohort will be no more than £9,250, subject to approval by Parliament.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Future funding

From 1 August 2017 new students in England on midwifery courses will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs, rather than getting an NHS grant. See more funding information.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.

Midwifery students are required to undertake clinical placement as 50% of each academic year. Travel costs for these placements are variable and may be reclaimed depending on the individual student circumstances. In the third year there is the option to undertake an elective placement, if you choose to do this you will be expected to cover the costs.

The cost of uniform, shoes and fob watches for placements should also be considered. Professional body membership is approximately £24 per year.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying 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

UCAS CODE:

B720

Apply now via UCAS

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

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk  

Admissions tutor

Lynne Mason
midwifery@worc.ac.uk