Studying with us in 2020/21
While the majority of our teaching will be carried out face-to-face this year, you will be taught as part of a blended learning approach. This means that you will have a mix of on-campus and online learning. Find out more about learning and teaching in 2020/21.
Offering the unique satisfaction of a career caring for the health of the mother, baby and her family, our excellent Midwifery course with a Foundation Year, will prepare you to become a confident and compassionate midwife.
When you successfully complete your Foundation Year, you will be able to progress onto a range of Undergraduate courses at the Birmingham City School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing and Midwifery. These include:
By studying a foundation year in Health Sciences, your first year will be spent learning a wide range of broad subject areas which then open up opportunities for you to specialise further in your next year – which would be the first year of a full degree programme.
You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses and not just one particular BSc degree.
So although you are studying a BSc in a specific course – BSc Midwifery – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year.
This flexibility is one of the great things about the foundation year category - Health Sciences, allowing you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us at BCU to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best.
Upon completion of your Foundation Year, if your chosen course is regulated by a professional body such as the National College for Teaching and Leadership, you will be required to successfully complete the University’s selection process for the specific programme which will include an interview in order to proceed onto year one of the full degree programme. Entry onto year one of the degree programme will also be subject to a satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health Assessment.
Throughout this course 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 and their babies.
Placements are an essential part of this Midwifery course. You do not need to have previously worked in healthcare, although it would help your studies if you have carried out some voluntary experience in a role.
You start your clinical placement within a few weeks of commencing your course, fully supported by a midwifery mentor and your personal tutor, so you will be gaining practical experience right from the start of this course.
Our midwifery lecturers are all registered midwives, who will be here to support and guide you every step of the way. You will attend a variety of teaching and learning opportunities such as seminars, lectures, small group work, skills workshops, as well as carry out case study analysis, simulation and reflections on your practice.
You will learn in our brand new £41 million City South campus, with access to state-of-the-art facilities that allow you to continue developing your practical skills right here on campus too. You will be able to familiarise yourself with the birthing areas in our SPACE room, that is designed to replicate a medical setting, for you to drop in and practice your skills.
Your studies are enhanced by our online resources which includes the Midwifery Virtual Case Creator, which provides a highly interactive online simulation of clinical situations. This enables you to develop skills, prioritise care and make practice-related decisions in a safe environment.
Our campus also has fantastic skills facilities that you will have access to throughout your time here. They include a theatre mock ward, home environment, birthing room and much more. You can find out more about our facilities here.
“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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This course is in the final stages of approval to ensure it meets the very highest standards of quality, creativity and applied learning.
|UK Qualification||Requirements 2019/20|
|GCE A Level/ AS Level||88 UCAS tariff points - CCD from a maximum of three A/A2 level passes which must include a science based subject such as Health and Social Care double award. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted.|
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||Full Award (60 credits overall) in access to health of access to nursing and midwifery. Minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction, of which a minimum of 12 must be in a Science or Health related subject and 15 at Level 2. Mathematics and English Language GCSE must be obtained prior to application.|
|BTEC Diploma (12-units)||DD - Only Health and social care or applied science accepted. Minimum 88 UCAS points.|
|BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units)||MMM - Only Health and social care or applied science accepted.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma||24 points overall|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||88 UCAS tariff points from 4 Higher Level Subjects, must include Health or Science related subjects.|
|Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher||Minimum 88 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options)||Full award must be achieved plus another A level at minimum C grade in a science related subject. Must be combined with other acceptable Level 3 qualifications to meet 88 tariff points.|
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.
Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
Award: BSc (Hons)
Starting: Jan 2021
Sorry, this course is not available to International students.
The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.
We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.
The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.
All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.
From 1 November 2017 you may be able to apply for elements of the learning support fund if:
In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).
This module is designed to support you in your transition to studying in a Higher Education environment at Birmingham City University. Through a range of class-based group and individual activities, discussions, debates, personal reflection and wider reading and research, you will have opportunities to consider academic conventions, which include: effective use of literature; sourcing and reviewing information; various forms of academic writing; developing reflective capacity. You will also receive guidance on study skills and strategies, which will enhance previously acquired skills.
These professional skills are transferable and will be valuable not only in the immediate context but throughout your continued education and employment. By engaging with this module, we have set out clearly what we expect of you at foundation and undergraduate level, and will equip you with the confidence, competence and capacity to utilise resources to be able to meet expectations in this environment.
An essential element of this module will be your ability to analyse and reflect on your own learning and the way in which you have applied your knowledge, skill and understanding to any academic context in which you have engaged to date. Communicating effectively through a variety of academic conventions is a key skill for any student and this will be a feature of this module.
This module is designed to help you gain awareness and understanding of current challenges around Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity and how this impacts upon the Health, Education and Social Sciences sector, preparing you for your future education and journey into practice.
Introducing the Equality Act 2010 as the overarching legislation that focuses on Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity, the module is based on themes that are covered by this Act. The nine protected characteristics, upon which a person can be discriminated, as laid down in the Equality Act, will be discussed throughout and you will be introduced to case studies relevant to your chosen pathways.
The module will give you the opportunity to discuss debate and reflect upon how challenges around Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity may present themselves. Using problem and inquiry based learning you will have the opportunity to explore and discuss ways of working which can help to minimise discrimination in your own practice. The module will be made up of lead lectures, taught sessions, group work and individual study.
An essential element of this module will be your ability to analyse and reflect on your own experiences and perceptions, whilst gaining an awareness and appreciating the differences of others.
This module will focus on enabling you to gain a deeper understanding of the interpersonal skills and behaviours required to work in your chosen area. Through a range of class based and student focused activities you will explore the different concepts of effective interpersonal and professional behaviours essential to your own personal development and progression. By engaging in this module you will reflect on your own and others values, beliefs and behaviours identifying how this can impact on the way in which you will be viewed by others. You will also address the importance of effective communication and how this can lead you to have a more professional approach in your chose area of work.
This module is designed to support you in your transition to studying in a Higher Education environment at Birmingham City University, allowing you the opportunity to negotiate learning of a bespoke subject. Under the guidance of tutors, you will be able to direct your learning and identify relevant learning opportunities that you feel enable you to learning more about a specific field of study.
The subject area within this module is student-led, with guidance and facilitation from designated academic and practice support. You will identify an area of study that you would like to review and evaluate, and which relates to your foundation year pathway and indicate programme.
A significant proportion of the module is based around negotiation with academic facilitators to identify extended areas of study and opportunities that are possible to enhance your towards completion of the study.
The module is not reliant on traditional taught subject sessions, although you will be expected to attend classes where you will work in peer learning groups exploring and developing your negotiated study. This approach to studying is closely allied to learning within the workplace.
An appreciation of the principles of Human Biology plays a central role in the understanding of the workings of the human body. This module is organised into three distinct phases from fundamental principles, to physiological processes, and then disruption of the interplay of such systems in human disorders. This understanding provides a solid foundation for the subsequent study in a range of disciplines from healthcare, allied healthcare, and other disciplines requiring an understanding of human biology. The topics covered will also be underpinned by practical activities. Pre- and post-session activities will help to develop your key transferable skills such as being able to reflect and ask probing questions as well as being able to think independently. Development of these skills will ensure a growth in maturity and boost your confidence which will lead to unlocking your learning potential.
Students embarking on health related studies and careers need to have a knowledge and understanding of the factors that contribute to creating good health. Evidence shows that the majority of these factors lie outside of the healthcare and clinical remit and so it is important that students are aware of the wider social, economic, environmental and political drivers of states of health of the population, group or client group they may encounter. As health services are reoriented towards prevention of ill-health and health improvement, all health science students need to consider the ways in which they may work in future, to both understand the social determinants of health and the principles and practice of health promotion in order to improve health, prevent ill-health and reduce health inequalities.
In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).
The philosophy of the midwifery programme is to develop students with the ability to practice safely, effectively and proficiently resulting in them being fit to practice at the point of registration. This module provides students with basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology of normal childbearing, linking to clinical skills required for the foundation of midwifery practice.
This module links to the programme philosophy by introducing students to the role of the midwife during the antenatal period. It will equip students with the essential knowledge required for the delivery of antenatal care, which is responsive to the individual needs of healthy women and their families within contemporary society.
This module equips students with knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pharmacology relevant to intrapartum care, linking key clinical skills required for safe midwifery practice.
This module equips students with knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pharmacology relevant to postnatal care of the mother, linking key clinical skills required for the safe midwifery practice.
Routine physical examinations of the neonate are an integral part of the midwifery role and help the student to meet the NMC (2009) standards for pre-registration midwifery education. This level 4 module introduces the student to the holistic examination of the neonate and helps students to embrace new knowledge and a deeper understanding by reflecting upon their academic and clinical experiences.
This module will introduce the students to the foundation of the midwifery profession and how this is applied in clinical practice. It will aim to prepare students for the transition to university level academic and practical work through personal self-development.
The philosophy of this module is to provide transferable skills in technology, literature searching, critiquing and evaluating primary research and evidence based papers to support theoretical and practice midwifery knowledge. The independent study requirement will support autonomous decision making and lifelong learning.
This module will facilitate students with having the opportunity to gain clinical experience to meet and explore the professional competencies for Progression Point 1 (NMC 2009).
In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).
Based on the social model of care which underpins this curriculum, this module will encourage student midwives to develop knowledge and skills, and will foster a caring attitude, needed to recognise and then respond compassionately, holistically and competently to childbearing women and their families, who are living with complex needs.
Whilst the overall programme philosophy is grounded in normality, midwives have a role in both, working in partnership with other healthcare professionals, to care for women and their families who have complex health needs. This module will enable the students to develop skills, knowledge and experience to actively participate in the management of complex midwifery as part of interprofessional working by developing the ability to recognise deviation from normal and instigate appropriate actions.
Students will continue to develop their competence to assess fetal well-being, the transition to extra uterine life, undertake the examination of the newborn, provide care and advice to parents and families. Routine care and physical examination of the neonate are an integral part of the midwifery role. This level 5 module continues to develop the student’s knowledge and skills of the holistic examination of the baby and familiarises the student with the needs of the baby with complex physical and social needs.
This module will facilitate students with having the opportunity to gain clinical experience to meet and explore some of the professional competencies for Progression Point 2 (NMC 2009).
This module will help develop students' skills and confidence in accessing information and critically reading it to inform their clinical judgments. Thus, the module fosters lifelong learning not only in relation to information literacy of midwives but also in terms of a continuous enquiry-based approach to updating their clinical knowledge.
The philosophy of this module is to enable students to perceive the midwifery role within a global context and have a greater understanding of influences in health outcomes and care pathways within the local diverse, multi-ethnic population. The incorporation of the 6 C’s (DH 2013) will be integral to discussions on care options, thus linking to the overall programme philosophy.
This module will link to the overall philosophy of the programme by developing specific and transferable skills, ensuring that students are equipped and prepared for employability, and will contribute to their lifelong learning.
This module continues to prepare student midwives to carry out detailed neonatal examinations of a healthy full term baby but also with consideration to the needs of the baby with complex physical and social needs. Students will be prepared to assume full responsibility and accountability in performing the assessment of fetal well-being, the transition to extra uterine life, undertake the examination of the newborn, provide care and advice to parents and families.
The module will encourage students to draw upon practice to reflect upon their responsibilities so that upon registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council they can assume full responsibility and accountability for their future practice as midwives. At the point of registration the student midwife will be fit for practice and purpose, exhibiting confidence and ability to think critically and make competent decisions based on sound knowledge.
This module will analyse the key professional competencies for Progression Point 2 (NMC 2009).
The module draws links with the programme philosophy in that it recognises the need for midwifery practice to be women-centred and responsive to the needs of women and their families in a variety of care settings.
You have the flexibility to transfer to a standard undergraduate programme from the School of Health Sciences or the School of Nursing and Midwifery upon successfully completing your Foundation Year including:
In our exciting, newly validated innovative course, we've taken major steps in responding to changes in the NHS that also map directly on to the very latest Nursing and Midwifery Council standards of best practice.
The course 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.
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.
You are encouraged to identify relevant overseas electives as part of your placement activities as a student midwife, and if possible we will support you in doing this. Countries that have been visited by our students in the past include Uganda, Ghana and Pakistan, as well as Europe (Netherlands) and Australia.
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.
Our students have recently taken part in a Commando training exercise to Exmouth, to develop their team and personal skills.
Working hard for Australia
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.”
Employers at our NHS partners consistently cite the strength of our graduates at interview and their suitability to be immediately fit for practice as a midwife.
We believe it is because of our selection of determined and caring individuals who are motivated to becoming midwives that have the 6C’s as their core attributes.
On the three-year Midwifery course, you can expect to enjoy a number of placements at some of the biggest and busiest NHS centres for midwifery training in the Midlands. We have a teaching-placement split of 40-60, reflecting the importance of the clinical experience you will get at these Trusts and birthing centres.
Within these placements you will experience a wide range of all midwifery practice progressing from normality in year one to complexity in year two which includes additional experiences such as gynaecology and more specialist roles in year three.
Our partner NHS Trusts are some of the world’s leading maternity environments, from Birmingham Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust.
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.
With our highly vocational education, you'll be in great shape to get an NHS position on graduation as a Registered (Graduate) Midwife (an NHS Band 5 position).
Most of our students settle into a midwifery career in the UK, some progressing to be ward based managers, specialist midwives, researchers and lecturers.
One of the attractions for some candidates of a midwifery qualification is the breadth of international opportunities it can open up, as the midwifery qualification is recognized in Europe as well as other international countries.
Our students recently put themselves to the test when they embarked on the 10k Royal Marines Commando Challenge, aiming to raise money for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and the Royal Marines Benevolent fund.
It was a great chance to practice skills such as decision making and working together as a team - vital for a future career as a midwife.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
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 cutting-edge learning facilities.
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 Care 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.
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 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.
All 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 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.
Julie is a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery. She has been employed in higher education since 2008. After qualifying, she worked as a midwife at the Birmingham Women's Hospital and later as a Research Midwife. She was then employed as a project manager and research teacher and was involved in developing, delivering and assessing two European funded projects which developed a clinically integrated European qualification in evidence based medicine (EBM) for medical doctors.