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BSc (Hons) - Midwifery Degree Apprenticeship

This is an exciting opportunity for Healthcare Assistants or Maternity Support Workers employed by the NHS to undertake a degree apprenticeship programme in Midwifery, with the support of their employer NHS Trust, with the aim to become a qualified Midwife, registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.



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Course Overview

The BSc (Hons) Midwifery Apprenticeship is ideal for Healthcare Assistants or Maternity Support Workers who would like to become a Registered Midwife.

Our primary goal is to see learners become competent and compassionate Registered Midwives, with a sound and current knowledge of issues affecting maternity care.

We support learners closely throughout the Apprenticeship, so that on completion of the programme they can confidently step into the role, leading and coordinating the care of women, birthing people and their families.

On this course you will...

  • The University of Cumbria has a long history in educating midwifery learner and other healthcare professionals at a range of levels.
  • You will be eligible, on successful completion of the programme, to join the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Register to practise as a Registered Midwife.
  • We are the largest provider of health professionals in Cumbria and North Lancashire, with an expert team of lecturers, committed to providing you with the best education and support.
  • Learners are able to engage deeply with midwifery knowledge and research, and can get involved with service improvement.
Course essentials

Course Structure

What you will learn

The aim of the programme is to develop you into a critical-thinking and effective practitioner with the skills, knowledge and understanding to become a graduate midwife, registered with the NMC.

The programme equips you with the required Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours required to meet the Midwifery Degree Apprentice Occupational Standard.

Year one

In this year we build foundational knowledge and skills for midwifery care.

  • Midwifery Practice 1
    Develop fundamental midwifery skills, professionalism and knowledge. This module incorporates clinical placement learning.
  • The Midwife as Scholar 1
    Gain an understanding of the academic skills required to support evidence-based practice and continuous professional development.
  • The Midwife as Professional 1
    Develop professional knowledge in relation to legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks, and to understand effective communication and wellbeing strategies.
  • Universal Care 1
    Explore principles of universal care for all the birthing parent, newborns and families, and the underpinning anatomy and physiology related to the childbearing continuum.
  • Additional Care 1
    Develop an understanding of pre-existing physical and mental health conditions and situations experienced by the birthing parent, and conditions and complications arising in pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period.
Year two

In the second year, we apply and build on knowledge and skills acquired in year one.

  • Midwifery Practice 2
    Building on, and applying, midwifery skills, knowledge and professionalism.
  • The Midwife as Scholar 2
    Analyse a variety of research and relate it to midwifery practice, to provide evidence-based care for birthing parents, newborns and their families.
  • The Midwife as Professional 2
    Focusing on midwifery knowledge and skills in advocacy, leadership, accountability and collaboration, working towards autonomous professional.
  • Universal Care 2
    Apply knowledge in relation to the principles of universal care for all birthing parents, newborns and families.
  • Additional Care 2
    Develop and analyse skills and knowledge required to manage childbirth emergencies, including situational awareness and advanced communication.
Year three

This year includes a dissertation module, consolidating on the knowledge and skills through previous years and modules and working towards autonomous midwifery practice.

  • Midwifery Practice 3
    Mandatory core skills training for year three, including basic life support, personal safety, and manual handling.
  • The Midwife as Scholar 3 - Dissertation
    This is a research proposal and indicative content includes learning on literature reviews, research design, methodology, rigour in research, evaluation and dissemination of results. Students are supported by a dissertation supervisor and can choose their own topic in relation to midwifery practice.
  • Physical Assessment and Management of the Newborn
    Explore the effects of pregnancy complications on fetal development and newborn well-being.

Attend an Open Day at Cumbria

An Open Day is your opportunity to explore one of 5 campuses, meet your lecturers, and find out how the University of Cumbria could become your new home.

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