Midwifery Studies BSc(Hons)

2020-21 (also available for 2021-22)

Start date

21 September 2020

1 March 2021

Duration

3 years full-time

Entry requirements

A Level - ABB

BTEC - DDM

See full entry requirements

Places available (subject to change)

50

About the course

Our Midwifery Studies degree is designed to help you become a competent, confident and autonomous practitioner with the knowledge and skills to pursue a successful career. Learning from experienced midwives and gaining real-world experience in a variety of healthcare settings, you’ll be able to prepare to make a difference in the lives of women and their families.

  • The course is designed by midwives for midwives and regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
  • You’ll undertake clinical placements throughout the course in a range of settings including birth centres, midwife-led units, labour suites, antenatal/postnatal wards, as well as in the community.
  • We’ll help you learn how to provide individualised care for the mother and baby throughout pregnancy, labour, childbirth and the early days of parenthood.
  • You’ll be encouraged to build your communication and interpersonal skills alongside the theoretical and practical learning.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to hear the experiences and viewpoints from Service Users and Carers, who are part of the Public Partnership Group.

Many different cultural, social and health-related influences affect child-bearing women. On this course, we know just how important it is for student midwives to learn about midwifery in context, to gain a broad perspective on the delivery of care and to be supported by enthusiastic lecturers who know exactly what it’s like to be a midwife. Throughout the course you’ll have the opportunity to build excellent knowledge of the theory of midwifery. Across all areas of teaching, we focus on the promotion of normality, health and the safe management of pregnancy, to ensure the best possible outcomes for parents and the newborn.

The Government has announced that from September 2020 new and existing students studying this course will be eligible to receive a non-repayable grant of at least £5,000 each year. Further information is available on the Government's website and the Council of Deans Frequently Asked Questions.

Please note - September 2020 is now full, however March 2021 is still available for application.

“As an External Examiner for the Midwifery BSc(Hons) course at the University of Huddersfield, I have found the course team to be a delight to work with, and the relationship with them has been a real partnership. The course is engaging and provides students will all the professional attributes and clinical skills they will need. Therefore, upon successful completion of the programme, they are ready to practice as a Midwife once registered with the NMC. 

“The course team encourage, support and engage with the students to help them achieve their maximum potential. Feedback from students, throughout my tenure, has invariably been positive. The skills of particular staff have been mentioned for the manner in which they have inspired students, giving them a glimpse of the Midwife they hope to become. The impact of such positive role modelling cannot be underestimated in preparing students for future employability.”

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Carol Mashhadi, External Examiner for Midwifery Studies BSc(Hons)

Course detail

Core modules:

Biological Sciences for Midwifery

You'll study the anatomy and physiology of the woman, including the fetus and neonate organ systems and how this relates to midwifery practice. The teaching will be delivered through interactive lectures with spot tests, online tutorial support and group discussions. Your knowledge of the organ systems will be assessed via two unseen exams. The application of your knowledge to midwifery practice will also be assessed through coursework.

Introducing Midwifery Practice

You will have the opportunity to complete three clinical placements in two specialist areas over a period of 24 weeks. These areas include two placements in the community and one in a labour ward. Whilst on placement you will have the chance to apply the knowledge and skills gained from the other foundation modules in Year 1, by observing and working alongside a qualified midwifery mentor. At the end of your final community placement you will be assessed by the midwifery mentor who will grade you on your clinical practice.

Introduction to Evidence – Based Practice in Midwifery

The module provides the opportunity for you to develop your academic skills and introduces you to research and evidence-based practice. It is also designed to develop your skills in critical thinking, reasoning and reflection which are vital to contemporary midwifery practice.

Principles of Midwifery Care

This module introduces the principles of midwifery practice in all aspects of pregnancy, childbearing and the postnatal period including care of the newborn. You'll explore the midwife’s role, responsibilities and sphere of practice including ethical issues, communication, confidentiality and accurate documentation, which will be assessed in an exam. You'll have the opportunity to develop effective communication and demonstrate this through coursework by writing an account based on an example from practice. You'll also be introduced to medicines management with safe drug calculation being developed through online tutorials and demonstrated by passing an online exam.

Psycho-Social and Policy Aspects of Midwifery Practice

This module examines psychological and contemporary socio-cultural issues affecting childbearing women and their families. You'll explore health and policy issues in relation to childbirth and parenting, through coursework involving a poster presentation. You'll also identify psycho-social issues relevant to a woman you have met in clinical practice. Through written coursework you'll explore these issues in relation to the role of the midwife in promoting and supporting rights and choices for individual childbearing women.

Entry requirements

ABBat A Level including a Biological Science, but excluding General Studies. The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A-level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree courses.

128 UCAS tariff points from a maximum of three Level 3 qualifications including an A level Biological Science at a minimum grade B and excluding General Studies. The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A-Level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree courses. Alternatively a Distinction in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care is acceptable.

DDM in BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (with a minimum of 4 units in Biological Sciences).

  • NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care at Grade B.
  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with at least 30 level 3 credits at Distinction and the remainder credits at Merit. The course must contain 18 credits in a Biological Science.

In addition, you must have completed 12 years of general education and have GCSE English Language or Literature and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.

You should have:

  • The ability to demonstrate that you have a broad understanding of the role of the midwife and midwifery practice
  • Relevant work experience that enables you to discuss and provide evidence of transferable skills, which will help you meet the requirements of the role and midwifery practice. This should also enable you to demonstrate an understanding of women’s needs and that you have ‘customer facing’ skills for example communication and team work
  • Offers will be subject to an interview. Please note all the information provided in support of your application may be checked and must be verifiable as a true record
  • You also need satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and occupational health clearances prior to registration on the course. We arrange these as part of the application process. You will be required to sign a self-declaration at the start of each year and at the end of the course. All police contact during the course must be reported to the course leader as a matter of urgency and may lead to suspension or termination

Candidates for whom English is not the first language are required to have International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 6.5 overall and no less than 6.0 in any component (academic or general test).

Rebecca's story


Watch Rebecca’s film to hear why she chose to study Midwifery and how her first placement is her most memorable experience on the course. Rebecca also talks about what surprised her most about coming to University and what she would like to do in the future.

Placements


You'll spend between 24 and 27 weeks each year undertaking compulsory clinical practice where your learning will be facilitated and assessed by experienced practising midwives. An exciting range of placement opportunities are available for student midwives including midwife led units, birth centres, labour suites, antenatal/postnatal wards, community midwifery, neonatal care and surgical experience. Placements are usually undertaken within local NHS Trusts, however in Year 3 you may have the opportunity to arrange and undertake an elective midwifery placement.

Please note that you may be required to travel for/during your placements across West Yorkshire and occasionally beyond, covering 24 hour care including evening, weekend and occasional night shifts. For more information visit our placements page.

“I enjoyed working in various settings across different local trusts, as it enabled me to gain a deeper understanding of the role of the midwife and ways that services work to meet the needs of women and families.”

Graduate

Hannah Barnes, Graduated Midwifery Studies BSc(Hons) in 2019, now working at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is joint first in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HESA 2020).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your career


Our graduates have gone on to work as midwives within the National Health Service in a variety of roles, including community and hospital-based midwifery.**

 

*  Percentage of graduates from this course who are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (Unistats 17/18 data, UK domiciled graduates)
** Source: Destinations of Leavers Survey 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17 and LinkedIn

100% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which provides you with support in a variety of areas. These include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances, extension requests, attendance and welfare support, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks and loan of MP3 recorders.

Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Brightspace System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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