This full-time three-year midwifery programme is designed to prepare you for the role of midwife as defined in the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2009) Standards for Pre-registration Midwifery Education (available at www.nmc-uk.org).
It enables you to place women at the centre of care—to assess needs, to plan and provide care, and where necessary to refer them to other relevant health professionals. This requires a holistic approach that respects individual needs.
The grounding for safe midwifery practice is a sound knowledge of relevant anatomy, physiology and pathology, together with a deep understanding of the psycho-social context of childbirth. In order to adapt care to the context, a midwife must be an effective investigator, critical user of evidence and an excellent communicator. Midwives need well-developed self-awareness skills so they can evaluate their influence on clients and identify their personal and professional abilities and limitations. We aim to enable you to develop the lifelong learning skills needed for this demanding role.
Each programme year is comprised of 45 weeks. Just over half of course time is spent in clinical practice, where your learning is supported by midwife mentors and link tutors from the University. Assessments include examinations, presentations, written assignments (including a dissertation/final project), reflective portfolios, numeracy and practice.
You practice base will be one or other of the two placements circuits; either the North circuit based in the maternity services in and around Carlisle, Whitehaven and Penrith or in the South circuit based in the maternity service in and around Lancaster, Barrow-in-Furness and Kendal.
The theory component of the programme is organised around study block weeks based at the Carlisle (Fusehill Campus) throughout each year and by a study day each week while you are in practice. The block weeks comprise between two and five days per week on campus; this is complemented by essential elements that can occur while you are away from the campus through your use of the Virtual Learning Environment Blackboard. Using this you can stay in touch with and learn with the support of your tutors and peers. You will need to access university based PCs (available at all campuses) or have your own PC, with broadband connection and Microsoft Office software to participate fully in this programme.
However, travel for either university or practice attendance is still likely to be a significant part of this programme for you. At interview we encourage applicants to carefully explore the personal implications of this. You should also look carefully at all of the information regarding bursaries at http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Students/816.aspx
Applicants should be aware that if not moving to Carlisle to study the course they will still need to travel to the city for the taught elements of the course. Travel expenses will not be available for this part of the course.
- Year 1
- Fundamentals of Midwifery
- Biological Basis to Normal Childbirth
- Public Health in a Maternity Context
- Fundamentals of Professional Practice
- Developing Professional Graduate Skills for Health and Social Care Practitioners
Students exiting at this point with 120 credits at Level 4 would receive a Cert HE
- Year 2
- Developing Midwifery Practice – Responding to Challenges
- Contemporary Holistic Midwifery in a Global Context
- Complexity in Maternity Care
- Using Evidence to Support Practice
- Working with Others
Students exiting at this point with 120 credits at Level 4 and 120 at Level 5 would receive a Dip HE
- Year 3
- Preparing for Autonomous Midwifery Practice
- Emergencies in Childbirth
- Examination of the Newborn
- Qualificatory Practice Unit for Examination of the Newborn
- Using Evidence to Evaluate Practice
- Professional Practice in Context
For detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course (PDF).
Download the programme specification
300 UCAS tariff points - to include A-Level in Biology or Human Biology at grade B. Also to include GCSE in English Language, Mathematics and Biology (or Combined Science) at grade C or above.
Find out more about qualification options from the UCAS tariff table.
Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.
Successful recent study at level 3 within last 3 years.
Alternate qualifications accepted for entry include:
- Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care DDM – very specific units required to meet Biology requirement.
- OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care DDM - very specific units required to meet Biology requirement.
- Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall. Minimum 45 credits at Level 3 to include 21/18 credits at level 3 in Human Biology. Achieve Distinctions in all Level 3 units.
- 300 tariff points from maximum of 4 Scottish Highers. To include grade A in Biology.
- 300 tariff points from maximum of 4 Irish Leaving Certificate Highers. To include A2 in Biology.
Experience of health/social care-related setting such as a hospital or primary care health centre prior to application is preferred.
All applicants for the BSc must be able to demonstrate successful study at Level 3 in the last 3 years. Applicants who are able to demonstrate some recent Level 3 study, but not the breadth (e.g. 3 A Levels), may be considered providing they can demonstrate relevant life skills and preparation for the course.
In addition to academic qualifications
Our Midwifery degree is very popular and competition for places is intense. Therefore applicants are required to provide evidence of their motivation and commitment to this programme in their personal statement. Please note that your application will not be considered if you have applied to us for additional professional courses apart from Midwifery.
Applicants must clearly explain what has led them to apply to a midwifery programme and the attributes they would bring to it. Applicants must also demonstrate that they have thought carefully about the influences on women’s health and the nature of midwifery in the UK in the 21st Century.
Work experience in a health-related setting such as a hospital or a primary care health centre prior to interview is advisable but NOT essential. Applicants must be able to explain how they anticipate transferring their personal qualities, skills, knowledge and values from life and/or any work experiences to a midwifery programme.
All offers to the programme are subject to successful interview with university and practice staff, satisfactory reference(s) and occupational health screening and enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) disclosure.
Download BSc (Hons) Midwifery person specification.
Value Based Recruitment
* From 1 April 2015, all Higher Education Institutions delivering NHS funded training programmes will be required to assess students for their values using the core requirements set out in the Value Based Recruitment (VBR) framework. This assessment will take place as part of our recruitment process.