This course is now closed to 2015/16 entry
Offering the unique satisfaction of a career caring for the health of the mother and her family, this excellent midwifery course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Placements are an essential part of the Midwifery course. You do not need to have previously worked in healthcare.
You experience a mixture of teaching, self-directed learning and practice-based clinical placements, through which you are expected to participate in the care of child-bearing women.
You start your clinical placement within a few weeks of commencing your course, fully supported by a midwifery mentor and your personal tutor.
Our midwifery lecturers will advise you on your academic work, attend seminars, lectures, small group work and skills workshops, as well as carrying out case study analysis, simulation and reflections on your practice.
Your studies are enhanced by our special Midwifery Virtual Case Creator, which provides a highly interactive online simulation of clinical situations. It enables you to develop skills, prioritise care and make practice-related decisions in a safe environment. Quite simply, it teaches you how to become a midwife.
“Seeing my first actual birth was a big highlight; really lovely to be involved. It was an amazing experience and solidified the reasons why I wanted to be a midwife.”
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We now recruit to the values of the NHS constitution. This influences our selection criteria and especially the values we are seeking to be demonstrated in both your application and interview, which we view as essential in any individual involved in patient care.
A minimum of 300 UCAS tariff points:
|Level 2 qualifications which must be achieved PRIOR to application:|
|GCSE at Grade C or above in five subjects, which must include English Language, Mathematics and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Science Double Award (GCSE equivalents are not accepted, e. g. Key Skills level 2, Adult Numeracy, Adult Literacy).
|Irish Leaving Certificate, a minimum of five Ordinary levels at Grade B3 or above, must include English, Mathematics and a Science subject.
|Scottish qualifications, a minimum of five Intermediate Standard 2 or above, must include English, Mathematics and a Science subject.|
|Plus one of the following Level 3 qualifications which you may be working towards:|
|GCE A/A2 level
300 UCAS tariff points from a maximum of three A/A2 level passes which must include one of Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Health and Social Care or Human Biology at Grade C or above. A typical offer would be ABC. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted.
|GCE AS/A1 level
Two subjects accepted with two GCE A/A2 Levels which must include one of Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Health and Social Care or Human Biology at Grade C or above. Must achieve a minimum of 300 tariff points. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted.
|GCE/AVCE Double Award in Health and Social Care
GCE/AVCE Double Award with remaining UCAS tariff points from a maximum of one GCE A/A2 Level. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted.
|BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care
Minimum Grade DDD required.
|International Baccalaureate Diploma
Minimum Grade 36 required.
|Access to HE Diploma in Health, Nursing or Midwifery
Full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 including 30 at Merit or Distinction with a minimum of 18 from Science or Health related subjects and 15 at Level 2. In addition, Mathematics and English Language GCSE grade C must be achieved prior to course commencement.
|Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care
Average of 50% attainment for Level 5 modules
|The Open University K101 - An Introduction to Health and Social Care
Acceptable with evidence of previous Level 3 studies.
|Irish Leaving Certificate
Maximum of 5 Highers at Grade C3 or above to achieve 300 UCAS tariff points - must include health or science related subjects.
Maximum of 5 Advanced Highers at Grade C or above to achieve 300 UCAS tariff points.
|14-19 Level 3 Diploma in Society, Health and Development
Full Award is acceptable in combination with one A/A2 level in one of Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Health and Social Care or Human Biology (minimum Grade B).
Applicants’ qualifications that are not listed will be considered on an individual basis.
Sample Literacy and Numeracy Tests
Numeracy and literacy tests are a requirement determined by the Nursing and Midwifery Council linked to the recruitment and selection of pre-registration nursing and midwifery students. Try our sample tests below:
Places subject to a satisfactory Occupational Heath Check, Disclosure and Barring Service report and registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority.
Applicants should be aware that qualifications, personal statement, interview, references and, pre interview numeracy and literature testing all form part of the selection criteria for this course.
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Sorry, this course is not available to international students.
The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
Application for 2016/17 will be available soon.
Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.
You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
Places on this course are funded by the NHS.
Simply fill in our quick form and our admission team will contact you within two working days about a possible place.
We can offer help if you're worried or want to explore other options. We'll also let you know about course vacancies once you get your results.
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We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
Developing the Individual Midwife and Others
Effective Midwifery Practice – Normal Childbearing
Physiology for Midwifery Practice
Professional and Ethical Practice Effective Midwifery Practice – Applied Physiology
Developing the Individual Midwife and Others
Effective Midwifery Practice – Challenges on Women's Health
Effective Midwifery Practice – Complicated Childbearing
Effective Midwife Practice Complicated Childbearing, Obstetric and Neonatal Management
Professional and Ethical Practice
Supporting Transitions to Parenting
Developing the Individual Midwife and Others
Effective Midwifery Practice – Contemporary Practice
Effective Midwifery Practice – Clinical Skills – Obstetric and Neonatal Emergencies
Supporting Transitions to Parenting Evidence-based Midwifery
Professional and Ethical Practice
Squarely aimed at those interested in making a difference to the childbirth experience, the course prepares you to play a crucial role in the care provided, influencing and enhancing the health of the mum(-to-be) and her family – few careers can offer the same satisfaction and fulfilment.
The programme runs for 45 weeks each year. Approximately 60 per cent is devoted to theory and 40 per cent to clinical practice. When you are on clinical placement you are expected to participate in the care of child bearing women across the full range of shifts including night duty and weekends.
From 2015 we will be launching our brand new midwifery curriculum. Whilst the principle content will not change, as the fundamentals of Midwifery will still be covered, alongside legal, ethical and evidence based issues; the changes will ensure that the course trains you to meet the requirements of a contemporary society. The changes will also make sure the course meets government and NMC guidelines to enhance care provision in Midwifery. We will also be working with feedback from current and previous students to develop a programme that meets the needs of our students and partner trusts. Our current curriculum is detailed on these pages.
You will experience a mixture of teaching, self-directed study and practice-based clinical placements, spending time on placement working along side mentors within hospital and community settings. Teaching methods will include seminars, lectures, small group work, case study analysis, simulation, skills workshops and reflection on practice. You will be allocated a personal tutor to ensure continuous and individual support and guidance.
You will study 120 credits each at levels 4, 5 and 6. Upon successful completion you will graduate with a BSc (Hons) in Midwifery and a Registered Midwife qualification. Places are subject to a satisfactory occupational health check and enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure (CRBD). Advanced Diplomas and Progression Diplomas are acceptable as all or part of the required tariff points.
All teaching staff have worked in practice and some still do, ensuring the theory and techniques you learn represent the most up-to-date practices.
While on placement, you receive continuous support and encouragement from both your personal tutor and Trust placement manager.
If you are dyslexic, have a specific learning difference or a disability, we have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you.
We offer extra technical and learning support.
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Star Alumni Kate Horton graduated in 2001 and is now a Ward Sister.
Student Tracey Price tells us why she chose the 18 months BSc (Hons) Midwifery Shortened Programme at Birmingham City University.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) works with partner organisations to set and maintain high standards of nursing and midwifery education across the UK.
This course has been approved and monitored by the NMC to make sure that the education and training on offer meets their standards.
To work as a nurse or midwife, you must pass an NMC approved course at a higher education institution (HEI) in pre-registration nursing and midwifery, leading to registration with the NMC.
These independent reviews show what our students really think:
"The midwifery course is interesting, demanding, and rewarding, with good facilities and a variety of assessment methods: essays, vivas (oral exams), written exams, and practical exams. The tutor team is excellent and supportive. Time is split between lectures and clinical placement, year-round"
If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.
It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.
The BSc (Hons) awarded on completion of this pre-registration course forms the basis for progression into further study as a midwife, while a comprehensive portfolio of post-registration courses is available called Continuing Professional Development (CPD). These courses allow for academic and/or clinical development and many are taught as part-time flexible modules to fit around your work and domestic commitments.
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Claire is a mature student from Cardiff currently studying Midwifery at Birmingham City University. She was drawn to the University due to its good reputation for the subject. On attending an Open Day, she says: “I was very impressed with the facilities and how friendly all the staff and current student were.”
The placements and lectures aren’t the only things giving Claire such a positive student experience – she also has a lot of praise for the staff, who she describes as “brilliant and always there if you want some guidance for extra help with topics that you are finding difficult.”
This degree equips you to work in a wide range of settings and opens opportunities for career progression.
Upon registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), you will be able to practice as a midwife in hospitals, the community, in the NHS or private sector, in the UK or overseas.
All of our graduates leaving us last year gained employment as midwives in the NHS.
You can expect fantastic career prospects as there is currently a shortage of midwives.
To enhance your CV, we offer extra-curricular student opportunities, such as a major incident simulation, that you can get involved in.
You will participate in clinical placements within one of three NHS Trusts in Birmingham. You will start your clinical placement within a few weeks of commencing your programme and will be supported in your placement by a midwifery mentor and your personal tutor.
A placement is your chance to be a part of the working world of health and social care as it really is: your first taste of your career. For most of our courses, it's a compulsory part of your training; it's that important.
Placements help you with your confidence, by putting theory from the classroom into practice. We make sure you get a quality experience and that you are fully supported by a workplace mentor on hand throughout your placement.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities. It’s no surprise that the Complete University Guide placed us in the UK top 10 for spending on facilities in both 2012 and 2013.
We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.
These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses some of the best learning facilities in the UK.
In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.
We have several Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.
The SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism.
The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.
It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.
The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.
You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.
The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:
Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.
The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Corporate ICT Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.
Many of our staff are practising midwives and are regularly published in the major professional and scholarly journals in the field. They are also fully engaged in both research (Doctorates) as well as maintenance of familiarity with developments in midwife practice in the NHS; distinct areas of research the team has carried out includes recent work on breast and baby feeding, for example.