Midwifery (Post RN)
School of Health and Society
September 2019Next enrolment
In a nutshell
Midwives offer care and support to pregnant women, their partners and their families. They provide care throughout the pregnancy continuum which includes antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care. On successful completion of this degree, you will be eligible to register as a midwife on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Professional Register.
We are a UNICEF Baby Friendly University and our students achieved the highest marks of any UK university within the Baby Friendly accreditation assessment in 2015.
A key component of the course is problem-based learning (PBL) where you will be actively involved in the learning process through problem solving, investigation, team work and self-directed learning.
These skills are also developed through the small caseload experience within the course.
Applications for this course are made directly to the university.
- Learn to practice autonomously, preparing for a career as a registered midwife
- Develop the skills to provide care throughout the pregnancy continuum
- Develop and maintain a portfolio of personal and professional development (PDP)
This is for you if...
You are hardworking and committed to becoming a midwife
You are a nurse on the NMC register
You are a compassionate and caring character
You want to make a real difference
You can work with people from all kinds of backgrounds
You are up for a challenge
All about the course
You will be employed by one of the NHS Trusts and will receive a salary (currently Band 5 on the NHS scale). On successful completion of this degree you will be eligible to register as a midwife on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Professional Register.
This course is 85 weeks in length (120 credits in year one, 80 credits in year two). Year one focuses on all aspects of normality throughout the childbirth continuum. You will be encouraged to link theory to practice by maintaining evidence of reflection and reflective learning in your personal development plan and portfolio. Year two focuses on the more complex aspects of midwifery care and practice. You will be encouraged to develop you critical thinking skills and progress towards becoming a competent autonomous practitioner.
Throughout the course you are allocated a personal tutor and a mentor in practice.
This module exists to enable your understanding of “normal childbearing”. It will equip you with the knowledge and skills to support mothers within the normal childbearing continuum and for there to be a facilitation of an understanding of the diverse experiences of women and their families during pregnancy. It also serves to understand the Midwives professional, ethical and legal responsibilities.
This module will enable you to commence the “advanced beginner” level of the midwifery competencies in order to progress towards fulfilling the role of accountable, autonomous practitioner at the point of registration as laid down in the “Standards for Pre-Registration Midwifery Education” (NMC 2009).
This module will enable you to complete the advanced beginner level of midwifery competencies in order to progress towards fulfilling the role of accountable, autonomous practitioner at the point of registration as laid down by the NMC (2009) in Standards for Pre-registration Midwifery Education. Students achieve this module by being clinically graded in practice within a community setting.
This module will further your learning from the 'Midwifery one' module:
This module will enable your understanding of “normal childbearing”and equip you with the knowledge and skills to support mothers within the normal childbearing continuum and develop your understanding of the diverse experiences of women and their families during pregnancy. It also serves to understand the Midwives professional, ethical and legal responsibilities.
Complex Care in Midwifery
This module will develop a holistic, woman centred approach to midwifery care incorporating new knowledge and utilising skills of critique with an application to circumstances of physical or psychological complexity. You will explore the midwifery and MDT roles in caring for women with complex care needs in pregnancy and consider the nature and impact of complex care in midwifery practice.You will develop your ability to critique and analyse research that may be applied to clinical practice.
This module will further prepare you to progress towards achieving the midwifery competencies and progress towards fulfilling the role of accountable, autonomous practitioner at the point of registration as laid down by the NMC (2009) Standards for Pre-registration Midwifery Education. You will also explore the value and use of clinical guidelines and multi-disciplinary team working in maternity care.
This module will allow you to experience caseload management within midwifery practice. It continues to prepare you to progress towards achieving the midwifery competencies and towards fulfilling the role of accountable, autonomous practitioner at the point of registration as laid down by the NMC (2009) Standards for Pre-registration Midwifery Education.
You will develop a research proposal on a topic of your choice.
On completion of this module you will be competent to fulfil the role of accountable, autonomous practitioner at the point of registration as laid down by the NMC (2009) Standards for Pre-registration Midwifery Education.
On successful completion of this module you will be able to:
1. Critically evaluate midwifery theory and practice.
2. Critically analyse complex situations and dilemmas in midwifery practice and public health.
3. Critically assess factors that influence decision-making and choice in childbirth.
4. Apply ethical theory to autonomous midwifery practice in interpersonal and professional contexts.
5. Demonstrate knowledge and a systematic understanding of the range of health care policies and their purpose.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What Will I be Doing?
This course uses a variety of teaching methods such as:
- Problem-based learning
- Evidence-based practice
You will be assessed in a variety of ways including grading of practice, essential skills clusters and drug calculations, written and oral assessments.
In the clinical area of the course you will need to meet the criteria laid down by the NMC.
The School of Health and Society
The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real world impact.
Our courses are informed by the latest research and we work closely with organisations from both the public and private sector to ensure our teaching is at the forefront of practice.
Clinical Skills Room
Whether it's nursing or midwifery, it helps to be able to practice new skills in a safe environment under the supervision of a qualified practitioner. We have a number of clinical skills rooms that enhance your learning from taking blood pressure, to giving CPR and more complicated procedures.
We also have a home birth room which can be used to simulate giving birth at home or a water birth.
We use a maternal and fetal simulation system called Noelle which allows you to appreciate the birthing experience from the onset of labour, through delivery, to treatment of the mother after delivery.
Birthing simulators are used to ensure you understand the mechanisms involved in labour and birth and have an opportunity to simulate a birth and explore relevant issues and feelings in a non-clinical environment. Breech births and mechanisms for Occipto posterior positions can also be demonstrated with these simulators.
Models to simulate urethral catheterisation and cervical assessment also aim to develop initial competence to ensure confidence prior to undertaking the skills with mentor support in clinical practice
We also have breast feeding manikins to promote understanding of lactation and procedures such as hand expression of milk are available. These are part of the measures in place to ensure our students are educated in-line with UNICEF's baby friendly initiative.
What about after uni?
The clinical placements you will complete and our close links with the NHS Trusts means your career prospects are maximised. Graduates are well-received within local and national NHS Trusts and abroad, and on qualification, midwives are free to seek employment anywhere in the UK or EU.
The majority of students have been very successful in gaining employment post qualification. Many students choose to work locally, however some students have opted to work as case loading midwives in free standing birth centres.
You will spend half your time in the clinical area working as a student midwife in one of the following hospitals:
- Royal Bolton Hospital
- Pennine Acute Trust including Royal Oldham Hospital and North Manchester
- Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan
- St Mary's Hospital, Central Manchester Foundation Trust
- Wythenshawe Hospital, South Manchester
What You Need To Know
This course course is aimed at nurses who wish to undertake a further degree in Midwifery. We are looking for students who are interested and motivated to learn about midwifery and demonstrate some understanding of the role of the midwife. We look for candidates with a good academic record, appear professional and well prepared for interview and possess the necessary skills required to become a midwife.
Please note: applications for this course are made directly to the university
English language requirements
International applicants who have gained British citizenship may be required to show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of a minimum score of 7- with no individual component below 7. Applicants must be resident in the UK for three years.
As part of the application process, you may be invited to an interview. The interview will begin with a short maths and English test, followed by a personal interview. You can try a short demo of the maths test here.
Have a look at our top ten tips for preparing for your interview. If you are offered an interview following your application, you will be sent further information about what to expect and what you need to bring with you on the day.
Applicants must have GCSEs in English language and maths - minimum grade C/grade 4.
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
You must be a Nurse Level 1 (Adult) part of the NMC Register
Portfolio and previous experience/study
You must have a portfolio fulfilling PREP requirements, demonstrating current experience and reflective practice.
We would look to see evidence of recent study if you qualified more than three years ago. At least four weeks experience in the field of gynaecology would be an advantage as would some post-qualifying experience as a nurse.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2019||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2019||£14,820per year|
|Part-time||2019||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
Students will be expected to pay £30 for health clearance from their GP and £82 for additional uniform sets (should they be required).
Please note, the charge for health clearance is at the discretion of your GP and can range from £0 to £120. In addition, students may incur other expenses during placements. Costs are approximated based on the current academic year. You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.