Midwifery

BSc single honours Midwifery 2016/17

Entry to Level 2 of the NMC register

The programme provides students with the knowledge and skills to enter the midwifery profession. Working as a midwife involves providing support, care and advice for the women during pregnancy, labour and after the birth.

The role of a midwife also includes working autonomously to promote normal birth, detecting deviations from the normal, carrying out emergency procedures when necessary, providing counselling and education for the woman and her family throughout pregnancy and childbirth, and promoting health in the wider community. Furthermore, the programme will afford students an academic award at honours degree level.

Throughout the programme students develop the practical midwifery skills and knowledge required to care for women experiencing normal pregnancy and women who develop complications.

Students learn how to care for and nurture healthy newborn babies as well as those with complex needs. They are also introduced to pharmacology and pathophysiology within the context of pregnancy and childbirth.

Students will develop knowledge and understanding of current issues and challenges in midwifery practice and in the wider field of public health, which is an important strand of the programme. Furthermore students are introduced to law, ethics and leadership in midwifery.

Working as a midwife could lead to work both in the UK and overseas. Career development in clinical practice might lead students to specialise in working with vulnerable women and their families, or young parents.

They could also develop midwifery management skills and become a midwifery leader within the NHS or may wish to progress to a management, research or education role related to the profession.

Year 1 modules consist of:

  • Essential Midwifery Part 1
  • Essential Midwifery Part 2
  • Clinical Skills for Midwifery Practice
  • Introduction to Biology

Year 2 modules consist of:

  • Developing Midwifery Practice
  • Public Health and the Challenges for Midwives
  • Introduction to Pharmacology and Pathophysiology
  • The Management of Altered Health Conditions in Pregnancy

Year 3 modules consist of:

  • Complications and Emergencies in the Childbirth Continuum
  • Caring for the Baby with Complex Needs
  • Issues in Midwifery Practice
  • Law and Ethics in Midwifery Practice

There will also be core modules which run throughout the three years:

  • Professional Development 1, 2 & 3
  • Collaborative Practice 1, 2 & 3

Fees

2015/16 and 2016/17

All places on this course for entry in academic years 2015/16 and 2016/17 are NHS bursary funded for Home and EU students only.

There are no tuition fees payable and you may be eligible for a maintenance bursary:

2017/18

We recognise that in the Government’s Spending Review, on 25 November 2015, changes are going to be made to the funding for nursing, midwifery and allied health professions pre-registration education for the academic year 2017/18.

Full details are to be confirmed by the Government and we will update our web pages as information becomes available.

The current information detailed in the Government’s Department of Health NHS Bursary Reform Paper issued on 9th December states that:

  • From 1st August 2017 new nursing, midwifery and allied health students will no longer receive NHS bursaries. Instead, they will have access to the same student loans system as other students.
  • Under the loans system, students on nursing, midwifery and allied health courses will receive around a 25% increase in the financial support available to them for living costs. The precise change for individuals will be dependent on their circumstances – for example, where they study, the length of the course, income and residency.
  • The Department of Health intends that students studying nursing, midwifery and the allied health subjects as a second degree will also be able to get student loans.
  • Repayment terms are expected to be the same as for students on the standard loans system. Graduates become eligible to pay back their loans in the April after they graduate, and then they will have to pay back only 9% of their earnings over £21,000 per year. For example a graduate on a salary of £21,700 per year would pay £5.25 per month. If income drops below £21,000 for any reason, for example part-time working or a career break, repayments stop. Any outstanding balance on student loans is written off by the government 30 years after the graduate becomes eligible for repayment (in the April after graduation).

The Council of Deans of Health has also issued some background information for students. View the website for further details.

The Government has not announced any changes to funding for students applying to study in academic years 2015/16 and 2016/17.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

  • Students on this programme may incur travel and accommodation costs whilst on placement. These costs can be reclaimed by students from the NHSBSA.
  • Students on this programme will also be required to wear uniform in practice whilst on placement. The cost of the uniform is funded by the NHS.  

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University. 

The learning is taught by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers in the University and mentors in the practice setting who have academic and clinical credibility. The learning takes place in a variety of settings within the institution and clinical practice areas. 50% time is spent in theory – related to practice and 50% time is spent in practice – relating relevant theory. Students spend blocks of time of between 5-12 weeks in either the clinical area or University. Holidays are set for the three years, so they know when they are able to take a break.

On this Pathway, students are assessed by several different methods. During the first year not only do they write reflective assignments but they also have an examination that focuses on human biology and an OSCE (which is an Objective Structured Clinical Examination). This is a practical examination. In the second year the assessments are similar, except there are no examinations or OSCEs, but they have the opportunity to produce health promotion aids. Year three aims to consolidate students’ learning and prepare them for qualification. Throughout each year, in the practice area, they are assessed by the mentor they have been working with. The mentor will give them a grade for their practice ability and this represents 50% of their mark. For further information, please see the attached Programme Specification.

Recruitment for the midwifery programme considers values which are considered integral to the midwifery profession including being caring, able to communicate with people, as well as being respectful and compassionate. These values are also considered important in the wider NHS. During the short-listing process and the interview you will need to be able to demonstrate that you have these skills in order to be considered suitable for the programme and the midwifery profession.
More information on values can be found here.

When selecting applicants a number of factors are taken into account. These include evidence of some understanding of the role of the midwife and the challenges that this involves. This can be gained in a range of ways, for example talking to friends, relatives, midwives, and through accessing Maternity/health focused websites. It is suggested that candidates visit a local Maternity Unit or attend a Maternity open day offered by the three Kent NHS Trusts Maternity Units supporting this programme. Relevant experience can also be obtained through volunteer placements, such as those offered by Volunteering Matters. Visit volunteeringmatters.org.uk for information. However, actual experience within the maternity services is not required.

You should set aside time to complete the application form (further information can be found here) as the decision as to whether you are called for interview is based on the form. The personal statement is very important and you must say why you want to become a midwife and demonstrate your commitment to and understanding of the profession.

We take into account what your referees say about you, and it is important that you give us the names and addresses of relevant referees, for example you should not use friends or relatives. We also look at your academic background and we take into account any criminal convictions or police cautions that you might have.

The Interview Process

Applicants offered an interview will have an introductory talk. They will then be asked to take part in a group discussion, complete a written reflection, undertake both a numeracy and literacy test and have an individual interview. The interview panel consists of a member of staff and a practising midwife. The interview panel has a set of criteria by which all applicants are judged. In general they are looking for applicants who can:

  • Communicate clearly in spoken and written standard English
  • Convey enthusiasm about their chosen profession
  • Explain why they want to become a midwife and be able to explain and give evidence that they understand what it means to be a midwife and as a result have an understanding of the role of the midwife 
  • Show that they have an appropriate educational background

Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, subject to satisfactory health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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UCAS code

  • B720

Length

  • 3 years full-time

Starts

  • September 2016 (Medway)

    April 2017 (Canterbury)

    Please note: April 2017 is the final April intake. From September 2017, all future intakes will be September only.

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be BBB at A2 level, or equivalent
    GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above are required.
    Essential previous experience is required e.g. attendance at a midwifery conference/maternity open day, spending time with someone who has experience of midwifery. Essential personal skills required e.g. the ability to articulate why you want to enter the profession
    More entry requirement details.

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Last edited: 29/06/2016 12:04:00