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Midwifery - BSc (Hons)

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Offering you the satisfaction of a career caring for the health of the mother, baby and her family, our midwifery course aims to prepare you to become a confident and compassionate midwife....

  • Level Undergraduate
  • Study mode Full Time
  • Location City South
  • School School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

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Overview

Offering you the satisfaction of a career caring for the health of the mother, baby and her family, our midwifery course aims to prepare you to become a confident and compassionate midwife.

By successfully completing this course you will have the opportunity to graduate with two qualifications: the NHS Newborn and Infant Physical Examination Programme (NIPE) and a BSc (Hons) degree which is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

This course is not open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

During the first two years, you will receive integrated theory and practice content. This will allow you to engage teaching and learning activities in both the academic and practice setting. The third year consists of alternate theory and practice blocks. You will study various modules, which will allow you to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to care for women, and newborn infants across the care continuum from pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, labour and birth, postpartum, and the early weeks of a newborn infants’ life. Each year, you will engage in a yearlong practice module. This module, alongside varied clinical placements, will provide you with preparation and support to develop your confidence and competence in practice, working towards autonomously leading and co-ordinating care at the end of your course. Clinical practice will be assessed using the nationally, NMC approved Midwifery Ongoing Record of Achievement (MORA).

We work with our practice partners to ensure you will have practice learning experiences in a wide range of settings - including community, hospital or home settings. You will be exposed to diverse populations and you will learn to work as part of the interdisciplinary and multiagency teams. Whilst on placement you will be supported, supervised and assessed by suitably prepared practice and academic staff to develop your knowledge and skills. There will also be opportunities for exposure to alternative (including global midwifery) experiences during the elective placement.

The Midwifery Department is committed to providing you with excellent, innovative, learning, teaching and assessment experiences. We use technology to enhance your learning, through lectures, seminars, skills, simulation and virtual learning. Engagement of practice partners and service users in all areas of learning, teaching and assessment is integral to our approach. Our evidence-based curriculum will empower you to contribute to the provision of high-quality holistic care both during your studies and in your future profession.

Accredited By

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.

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Athena Swan Bronze Award

Why Choose Us?

  • Funding - students in receipt of a student loan will receive at least £5,000 a year in additional funding for maintenance and associated study costs. Download the funding FAQs.
  • This course has been redeveloped in line with the latest midwifery education standards and is approved by the NMC.
  • Birmingham is one of the UK’s most diverse cities outside of London, which provides you with a wide variety of placement experiences that will be valuable to take forward into your future career.
  • Our specialist skills facilities include a purpose-built midwifery teaching suite complete with birthing pool, and various high tech teaching tools, such as our Sim Mum birth simulator and realistic neonatal mannequins to help simulate a variety of midwifery scenarios as you learn.
  • Finish your course with two qualifications: By successfully completing this course you will have the opportunity to graduate with two qualifications: BSc in Midwifery which is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Public Health England Newborn and Infant Physical Examination Programme (NIPE).
  • Student loan finance - If you’ve already studied an undergraduate degree but would like to do a second one in Midwifery? You may be eligible for funding.

    Open Days

    Join us for an on-campus Open Day where you'll be able to learn about this course in detail, chat to students, explore our campus and tour accommodation. In the week before the event, we’ll post you an event programme to plan your day and find your way.

    Next Open Day: 29 June 2024

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    Entry Requirements

    These entry requirements apply for entry in 2024/25.

    All required qualifications/grades must have been achieved and evidenced at the earliest opportunity after accepting an offer to help confirm admission and allow for on-time enrolment. This can also include other requirements, like a fee status form and relevant documents. Applicants can track their application and outstanding information requests through their BCU mySRS account.

    Essential requirements

    128 UCAS tariff points

    Please note: If you qualify for our BCU Accelerate scheme, you could receive an offer that is two grades below our normal entry requirements. Find out more about BCU Accelerate.

    Applicants will also need to complete an interview for this course; see interview arrangements below.

    If you have a qualification that is not listed, please contact us.

    Fees & How to Apply

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    • UK Student
    • International Student

    UK students

    Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

    Award: BSc (Hons)

    Starting: Sep 2024

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    International students

    Sorry, this course is not available to International students.

    Access to computer equipment

    You will require use of a laptop, and most students do prefer to have their own. However, you can borrow a laptop from the university or use one of our shared computer rooms.

    Printing

    You will receive £5 print credit in each year of your course, available after enrolment.

    Field trips

    All essential field trips and associated travel costs will be included in your course fees.

    Access to Microsoft Office 365

    Every student at the University can download a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 to use whilst at university and for 18 months after graduation.

    Key Software

    You will be able to download SPSS and Nvivo to your home computer to support with your studies and research.

    Key subscriptions

    Subscriptions to key journals and websites are available through our library.

    Uniform

    You will be provided with four sets of uniform (tunic and trousers). If you need additional sets of uniform, you will need to purchase them.

    Clothing and safety equipment

    You will need to buy suitable placement shoes, cardigan and fob watch (price from £5).

    Media consumable items

    This course requires the use of consumables such as data sticks and flash drives to save your work.

    Placement expenses (mandatory)

    There may be some costs for travel or temporary accommodation associated with placements. The NHS Learning Support Fund can help with these costs. Information about what the fund covers and eligibility criteria can be found online.

    Excess printing (optional)

    Once you have spent your £5 credit, additional printing on campus costs from 5p per sheet.

    Specialist equipment (optional)

    You may wish to purchase a stethoscope (£80-100).

    Books (optional)

    All module key texts will be in the University library, but in limited numbers. You may choose to purchase a copy.

    Field trips (optional)

    This course includes the option of additional trips such as an elective placement, that may enhance your experience, at extra cost.

    Memberships (optional)

    You may wish to join a union or professional body related to your course. We would advise joining the Royal College of Nursing or Unison. You will need to pay membership fees to join the Nursing and Midwifery Council on graduation. You may also wish to join the Midwifery Society for £5 a year. This is a not for profit society run by students for students where you have access to many exciting extra-curricular events and study days given by prominent midwifery speakers.

    Subscriptions (optional)

    You may wish to purchase subscriptions to additional journals and websites.

    Accommodation and living costs

    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.

    Funding

    From August 2020, nursing professional degree students will receive at least £5,000 a year in funding support.

    Find out more about the funding available

    Download the funding FAQs

    Personal statement

    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:

    Course choice

    Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

    Career plans

    If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

    Work experience

    Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

    School or college experience

    Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

    Non-accredited skills or achievement

    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.

    Course in Depth

    Year One

    In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

    Year Two

    In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

    Year Three

    In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

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    In our dynamic and innovative NMC validated 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 41 weeks each year. Approximately 50 per cent is devoted to theory and 50 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. Annual leave will be set for the year. 

    Additional support

    If you are dyslexic, have a specific learning difference or a disability, we have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you with this. 

    More on our disability tutor >>

    We offer extra technical and learning support.

    This course is accredited by the following organisation:

    The University is an Approved Education Institution. This course has been redeveloped in line with the new midwifery education standards and is approved by the NMC.

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    Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
    The Nursing and Midwifery Council

    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.

    Athena Swan Bronze Award
    Athena Swan Bronze Award

    We have successfully secured the Athena SWAN Departmental Bronze Award recognising a commitment to gender equality.

    The Athena Swan Charter is a framework which is used across the globe to support and transform gender equality within higher education (HE) and research.

    Employability

    Enhancing your employability skills

    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.

    Placements

    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.

    More about our placement opportunities

    Facilities & Staff

    Our Facilities

    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 health professionals 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, City South campus, which houses cutting-edge learning facilities.

    Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

    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 a mock operating theatre and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

    Simulation Mannequins

    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.

    Skills Practice and Care Enhancement facility

    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.

    Mary Seacole Library

    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 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.

    Computer Facilities

    City South houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of PCs, laptops, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs all have:

    • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
    • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
    • Microsoft Office software
    • Research and statistical software
    • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

    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.

    Our staff

    Julie Hadley

    Deputy Head of Nursing and Midwifery

    Julie is the Deputy Head of Nursing and Midwifery at Birmingham City University.  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...

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    Natasha Carr

    Senior Midwifery Lecturer

    A a senior lecturer in the Midwifery Department, Natasha is responsible for providing, supporting and facilitating teaching and learning on both the long and short BSc (Hons) Midwifery Programmes. In addition, Natasha teaches alongside colleagues on the Examination of the Newborn Programme and lead the Professional Midwifery Advocate (A-EQUIP)...

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    Novia Samuels

    Midwifery Lecturer

    Novia has experience in all areas of midwifery. She has worked in intrapartum care for over 10 years. She has been a Core High Dependency Unit midwife in one of the UKs large maternity units for over 10 years on a delivery suite and caring for women with extremely complex medical histories.  This role also involved supporting junior...

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    Paola Armato-Harris

    Lecturer in Midwifery / Lead PMA / Course Leader for A-EQUIP module

    After completing her degree at the University of Wolverhampton in early 2013, Paola worked as a full time midwife at her hospital of training- Dudley Group Foundation NHS Trust, gaining valuable experience in all areas of maternity care settings.  With her passion for teaching clearly evident early in her career, assisted with the completion...

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    Rachel Moule

    Senior Academic (Teaching and Learning)

    Rachel is the programme leader for the return to practice: midwifery course. She has herself previously undertaken a RTPM course. Rachel is supported by colleagues from midwifery and nursing. Close links are maintained with practice education teams in local NHS Trusts. Wider afield, links are strongly made and maintained with...

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    Maggie Prain

    Senior Lecturer of Nursing & Midwifery

    Maggie began full time lecturing in 2003 and has been the programme director for the BSc (Hons)/Graduate Diploma in midwifery 20-month programme since 2006 -2013. She is now also the programme director for the Examination of the newborn programme

    More about Maggie