It’s a demanding but wonderful journey of discovery. It’s such a privilege to support women to empower themselves during the right of passage that is pregnancy and birth.

Rebecca

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    Duration:

    3 years

    UCAS code:

    B720

    Location(s):

    Canterbury, Medway
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    Overview

    This course is now closed for September 2022 entry.

    Fill in this form and we will contact you if places become available again later in the recruitment cycle.

    Becoming a midwife is a unique and inspiring process. Our BSc midwifery course will allow you to explore all aspects of midwifery care of the woman and her baby. From monitoring their wellbeing during pregnancy, caring for them during the birthing journey and then supporting the family in the postnatal period as well as providing health promotion and general advice.

    You will be taught to question and critically evaluate practice and, in doing so, place women and families at the centre of care. You will be the lead professional and an expert in low-risk midwifery care. Providing care for women during one of most significant periods in their life, as they become a family.

    The course is equally divided between University and the practice setting. During your practice placements, you will be supported and assessed by midwives, who will guide your learning and development.

    The course provides you with the knowledge and skills to be eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

    Why Study Midwifery?

    80% of our Midwifery students were satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of teaching on their course (NSS 2021)
    100% of our Midwifery students were in jobs or further study 15 months after completing their course (Graduate Outcomes survey 2021)

    Not only is our course commended by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, but our Anatomy and Physiology for Midwifery module has also won a teaching excellence award.

    You will develop both practical and theoretical knowledge from the moment you begin this course. Our aim is not only for you to learn the skills needed to become a midwife but to develop a love of lifelong learning, to understand and embrace a professional ethos and to be transformed into a caring and competent practitioner.

    We work closely with the local NHS trusts, to enable you to have a safe learning experience supported by experienced midwives and academic lecturers. You will gain experience in the community, Midwifery led birth centres and the acute hospitals so that you are exposed to many different situations and will care for pregnant women with varying needs. This experience will help to set you up for a lifelong career in midwifery.

      All about the course

      You will develop knowledge and understanding of current issues and challenges in midwifery practice and in the wider field of public health. In addition, you will critically explore the law and ethics that underpin midwifery practice.

      Some of the modules you will study include

      • Foundations in Midwifery Practice
      • Anatomy and physiology for midwifery
      • Clinical skills
      • Altered health condition
      • Complex midwifery care
      • Complex neonatal care

      The modules will equip you to care for and support women and their babies in both low and high risk situations. You will be introduced to complex needs and the pharmacology and pathophysiology applied to the context of pregnancy and birth.

      Clinical placements are an integral part of your studies; they allow you to put your knowledge and skills into practice in a real healthcare environment and learn alongside and from other healthcare professionals. To further develop your understanding of the different health and social care settings where care is provided to pregnant women, you'll also have the opportunity to undertake care in other area’s of NHS Trusts in order to experience the wider working of the NHS.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type

      Grades

      A Levels BBB
      BTEC DDM
      Access 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits
      International Baccalaureate 30 points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 120-128 UCAS points

      You will also need GCSE Grade C (now grade 4), or above, in English Language, Science & Maths. Functional Skills level 2 accepted.

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More information about entry requirements.

      Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, and are subject to a satisfactory reference, health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Health clearance will include vaccinations for NHS placements, and evidence of vaccination status may be required by placement providers or the university.

      120-128
      UCAS Points

      Module information

      Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

      Core/optional modules

      How you’ll learn

      This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

      During the course, you'll spend approximately 50% of your time undertaking academic study in University and 50% gaining clinical experience in a healthcare setting.

      You'll be taught by experienced staff who have a wide range of knowledge about contemporary midwifery issues and you'll be supported by a personal academic tutor who will guide you during the course.

      Our course is informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

      You will carry out clinical placements within the maternity services, and you will experience the culture of the NHS and the roles and responsibilities of professional and support staff in different team settings.

      You will be allocated to one of three local trusts.

      • East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
      • Medway Hospitals NHS Trust
      • Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

      For the three years of your course you will be introduced to the concept of the nature of normality in childbirth and the importance of a woman-centred service. You will engage in a range of professional activities associated with the role of the midwife and the organisation of services designed to support childbearing.

      Clinical practice will involve working 30 hours a week, plus 7.5 hours of reflection on clinical practice hours. Your shifts will include working weekends, bank holidays and night duties.

      On clinical placements, you will be supported by experienced midwives and will have the opportunity to experience associated placement areas, for example, gynaecology, medical and surgical wards. You'll observe practice within acute care settings, which include critical care areas, for example, neonatal intensive care and special care baby units. Owing to the varied nature of placements, there may be a need for you to travel to and from placements within Kent and/or Medway and, in some cases, outside of the county

      You'll need to undertake self-directed learning to support your studies at the University. This will include wide reading and the completion of activities such as workbooks to help you to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of midwifery.

      During your placements, you'll have independent learning time to reflect on your experiences. This will help you to embed the knowledge and skills you're developing and enable you to become a safe and competent midwifery practitioner.

      The midwifery team aim to inspire, enthuse and challenge you to become the best you can be in fulfilling your professional role of supporting childbearing women.

      Bev EverestCourse Director, Midwifery

      How you’ll be assessed

      During your midwifery education, you'll be assessed by several different methods to reflect the diverse skills students need to develop for professional practice. These assessments include:

      • written essays
      • creative posters
      • written exams
      • practical exams
      • presentations
      • project work.

      In addition, throughout each year, you'll be assessed by a practice assessor in clinical placement. This will be an NMC registrant in practice as, in line with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements, students are graded for their practical, communication and caring skills. You'll also be expected to complete a personal e-portfolio which contains project work, reflective accounts and evidence of professional development. This will enable you to develop skills that are required post qualification in the NMC revalidation process.

      Your future career

      Following the successful completion of your studies there are lots of opportunities for you to develop your midwifery career. These include becoming a specialist midwife who cares for women with complex medical and social circumstances for example: diabetic specialist midwife, bereavement specialist midwife or supporting women with mental health concerns.

      There are also opportunities to study further at Masters or PhD, become a research midwife or work abroad in cultures as diverse as Australia, Africa or Europe.

      Fees

      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time £9,250 £14,500

      Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/international-student-fees-and-funding

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

      Further entry requirements

      Experience is desired which demonstrates an understanding of the role of the midwife e.g. attendance at a midwifery applicant workshop / maternity open day, spending time with someone who has experience of midwifery

      Essential personal skills are required including the ability to; articulate why you want to enter the profession, discuss some current issues in midwifery practice, demonstrate that you are caring and compassionate and communicate effectively with a variety of people.

      Recruitment for the Midwifery course 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 thought to be important in the wider NHS.

      During the shortlisting 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 course and the midwifery profession.

      When selecting applicants, several factors are taken into account. These include evidence of some understanding of the role of the midwife and the challenges that this involves. It is suggested that candidates visit their local Maternity Unit or attend a maternity unit open day offered by the three Kent NHS Trust maternity units supporting this course.

      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. Further understanding of the role and work of the midwife can be gained in several different ways, for example talking to midwives, and through accessing maternity/health focused websites.

      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, particularly the role of the midwife in relation to women’s health issues.

      Professional accreditation

      This midwifery course is subject to a conjoint approval between the University and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Upon approval, it is further subject to monitoring processes by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

      To be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council you must demonstrate good health and good character throughout your studies and on completion of the course. Applications for professional registration will be subject to satisfactory Advanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and Occupational Health clearance.
      In preparation for registration, the Lead Midwife for Education must be satisfied that you meet the relevant statutory regulatory body fitness to practise criteria. You will be required to sign an annual declaration of ongoing fitness to practise at regular intervals during the course. The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing has a fitness to practise policy and procedures which may be instigated should you demonstrate behaviour or conduct that falls short of that expected by the University and/or statutory regulatory body. For more details, visit www.canterbury.ac.uk/policies-procedures

      Midwives are regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) who have produced ‘The Code’, which sets out professional standards for midwives. The Code can be accessed via the website www.nmc.org.uk

      Industry links

      The NMC during previous reviews has noted that the midwifery education programme and the midwifery team at Christ Church has very close links with local NHS Maternity units which helps support students whilst undertaking their midwifery education.

      Students in placement must conform to NHS rules of appearance and conduct as set out by the placement provider/organisation.

      Health Foundation Year

      For candidates who have been successful at interview, but who are unable to subsequently meet the wider entry requirements, we may be able to offer you a four-year course which includes a foundation year.

      The Health Foundation Year will prepare you for future study and will be the first year of a four-year degree, and if successfully completed, you will be able to progress on to your chosen degree.

      Applications cannot be made directly to the Foundation Year and places are limited.

      Find out more about the Health Foundation Year

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      The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.

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      Duration:

      3 years

      UCAS code:

      B720

      Location(s):

      Canterbury, Medway

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