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.
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
Study to be a midwife, a unique role caring for women during one of the most important times in their lives.
Our Midwifery course will develop your practical skills and knowledge required to care for women during pregnancy, labour and after birth.
You'll be taught to question and critically evaluate practice and, in doing so, place women and families at the centre of care. The course is equally divided between University and the practice setting. During your practice placements, you'll 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).
Our degree, which has been commended by the NMC, will develop your theoretical and practical knowledge and skills from day one, so that you have the experience and confidence to become a competent, compassionate and sustainable practitioner.
You'll be immersed in midwifery practice right through the course and supported by academics and professionals with vast experience. From developing your practical skills in our simulation suites to working in real healthcare environments, you'll be 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.
GCSE English language, mathematics and science at grade C/Level 4 or above and/or equivalent are required.
A typical offer would be BBB at A2 level, or equivalent.
Functional Skills Level 2 accepted.
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.
Our degree will equip you to work as a midwife who can offer support, care and advice for women during pregnancy, labour and in the early postnatal period.
You'll develop knowledge and understanding of current issues and challenges in midwifery practice and in the wider field of public health. In addition, you'll critically explore the law and ethics that underpin midwifery practice.
You'll explore areas including:
You'll learn how to care for and nurture healthy newborn babies as well as those with complex needs, and will be introduced to pharmacology and pathophysiology within the context of pregnancy and childbirth.
Throughout the course, you'll be encouraged to question practice and place women and families at the centre of care.
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 an elective placement, which may be either in the UK or abroad. For example, students have undertaken placements in Kerala, Ghana, Sri Lanka, as well as in mother and baby units and in fetal medicine in the UK.
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.
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'll carry out clinical placements within the maternity services, and you'll experience the culture of the NHS and the roles and responsibilities of professional and support staff in different team settings.
You'll be introduced to the concept of the nature of normality in childbirth and the importance of a woman-centred service. You'll 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'll 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 EverestProgramme Director, Midwifery
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:
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.
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.
of our Midwifery students were in jobs or further study 15 months after finishing their course.
The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this course are:
Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.
Please read the 2021/22 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2021/22 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.
Experience is desired which demonstrates an understanding of the role of the midwife e.g. attendance at a midwifery conference/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.
Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, subject to satisfactory Occupational Health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.
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
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.
We will consider your application for the main three-year professional programme. However, applicants may also be considered for a four-year option – i.e. the Health and Social Care Professional Programme with Foundation Year. The decision about your suitability will be made as part of the admissions process and if you are chosen to be interviewed for the Foundation Year option, this will be clearly stated in your Interview Offer Letter. Applications cannot be made directly to the Foundation Year and places are limited.
Please note the Professional Foundation Year is now closed for September 2020 entry.
Sign up to hear the latest from the University, including upcoming events, useful updates, student life and more!