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Faculty of Health Sciences

Midwifery

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: B720

What you'll study

Gain the skills and self-confidence to become a qualified midwife – providing a safe experience for a childbearing woman and her baby.

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Introduction to Midwifery

    This module introduces you to a number of the key transferable skills for professional practice. In association with the Practice 1 module, this module will equip you with the skills needed to prepare for the expectations required in terms of academic study and clinical work.

  • Communication

    This module provides student midwives with the foundations to become effective and responsive communicators. You'll be introduced to communication theory and develop your knowledge of various aspects of the midwife-mother relationship.

  • Practice Module 1

    This module aims to provide you with a theoretical underpinning to learn the role of the student midwife in a clinical environment. You'll learn essential midwifery skills such as measuring and recording vital signs, and how to administer medicines safely, as well as studying health and safety measures.

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (Midwifery)

    You will be introduced to the normal physiology of the human body and its related anatomy, with particular reference to women's anatomy and physiology. This module uses the concept of homeostasis to provide you with the foundational knowledge and understanding of how the human body maintains normal function, in order to develop clinical competence.

  • Practice Module 2

    Develop your knowledge of the role and responsibilities of a midwife. You'll study the development of the embryo and fetus, the anatomical and physiological changes of pregnancy, and theoretical aspects of intrapartum and postpartum care.

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Introduction to Ill Health

    In recognition that childbearing women enter pregnancy with many pre-existing clinical conditions, this module is designed to equip you to recognise, interpret, treat and manage ill-health conditions in women of childbearing age. This will provide you with necessary insight into the broader health care needs of the childbearing population.

  • Public Health, Society and Midwifery

    This module considers maternal and infant health using a population approach. Aspects of epidemiology and demographics will be used to demonstrate the influence of various medical, social and political factors on the health of families and the roles of midwives.

  • Practice Module 3

    Practice module 3 aims to introduce you to many essential skills needed for midwifery and builds on the numeracy and drug calculations learned in year 1. Module content includes patient handling updates, infection control updates, and promoting and supporting breastfeeding, according to the Baby Friendly Initiative Standards.

  • Facilitating Normal Childbirth 1

    The increasing rates of intervention in childbirth cause much debate and the current medical model for childbirth is much criticised. This module helps you focus your knowledge and skills on women-centred care when pregnancy and birth are physiologically normal.

  • Practice Module 4

    Develop advanced clinical skills, simulating clinical practice, in the cutting edge facilities of the Allam Medical Building. You'll be introduced to the process of developing evidence-based practice guidelines, protocols and policies and acquire skills to critique them.

Final year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Complexities in Childbirth 1

    Complicated childbirth and emergency scenarios will be discussed, together with the role of the midwife when these emergencies occur. The module focuses on supporting the woman and her family, together with the professional, clinical judgements which midwives need to make.

  • Practice Module 5

    This module combines practical experience on clinical placement with theory days in the University. You'll develop the skills needed to facilitate care for the woman and her family where there are complexities of pregnancy and birth.

  • The Neonate 1

    This module helps you identify factors that predispose the neonate to ill health, recognise deviations from normal health and initiate appropriate monitoring, care and referral for compromised or sick neonates. You can undertake additional education and practice to become qualified in the Neonatal and Infant Physical Examination of the Newborn (NIPE).

  • Becoming a Midwife 1

    Develop clinical decision-making skills required to practice autonomously as a lead professional responsible for delivering care that is safe, and clinically effective across integrated health and social care settings. The module allows you to meet the expectation that professionals will base their decision-making on research evidence and best practice guidelines.

  • Practice Module 6

    Prepare to undertake the roles and responsibilities of a midwife. The evidence based practice approach aims to assist you in clinical decision making, explaining and giving a rationale for your clinical practice. You'll consolidate your midwifery skills and prepare for professional practice.

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"The way the course is set out there is a lovely balance between placement, theory and modules. It was the right choice for me."

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More about this course

Through a 50/50 split between clinical practice and scheduled classes, our student midwives gain the skills and self-confidence to support women throughout pregnancy, labour and the early postnatal period.

  • Learn in award-winning facilities on our new £28-million Health Campus with mock neonatal wards and operating theatres.
  • 100% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduating (UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018).
  • Our courses are approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the College of Operating Department Practitioners and the Health and Care Professions Council.
  • Career opportunities across the UK’s NHS trusts as well as internationally, in places such as New Zealand.

By graduation, you'll be a qualified midwife, capable of providing a safe and satisfactory experience for the childbearing woman, her baby and family.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

20%

8%

72%

Second year

22%

20%

58%

Final year

17%

83%


Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

Allam Medical Building Hull Campus

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Benefit from the award-winning facilities of our new £28-million Health Campus with its mock operating theatre, hospital ward and intensive care unit.

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100% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Clinical placements from year one give our students the skills, experience and support to become confident and compassionate health practitioners.

Our one-year, part-time programme, the University Certificate in Health Social Care Practice can be taken prior to the BSc if you don't quite meet our academic requirements.

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Entry requirements

During Clearing we look at all of your qualifications and experience, not just your academic grades – you're more than just letters on a page!

Some courses do still have requirements such as previous study in your subject area, or specific GCSE grades. Others have additional requirements such as an interview or a satisfactory DBS check.

Please call us now on 01482 462238 to find out if we have a course that’s suitable for you.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 7.0 overall, with 7.0 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £16,000 per year*

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Future prospects

The aim of the programme is to develop a midwife who is able to deliver the best possible care to women and their families.

It provides opportunities for students to develop their full potential and fosters commitment to continuing education. Graduates at the end of the programme will be ready to undertake the role and responsibilities of the midwife.

Midwives leave the Faculty and go on to the wide range of career opportunities available for them. Students are prepared to work anywhere in the UK and throughout the world. 100% of full-time students on this programme find employment or progress to further study within six months of finishing their course (Higher Education Statistics Agency 2017).

With an extensive portfolio of NHS-funded continuing professional development opportunities, students can expect to maintain their relationship with their ‘alma mater’- all midwives need to be able to mentor the next generation of midwives so the mentorship module is usually the first port of call. From then midwives can study at master’s level using our flexible framework to undertake education in key areas of practice.