This course will prepare you for registration as a midwife with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) and to gain a professional qualification.
Throughout the course you will become a proficient and reflective practitioner of midwifery who is able to base their practice on research, holistic care and commitment to lifelong learning. Theory and practice are integrated throughout, and experience is gained in both community and hospital settings, working in partnership with mothers and midwives.
The entry requirements for this course are 128 tariff points from 3 A-Levels including 32 points from a required subject, or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma DDM.
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.
Our School of Health and Social Care courses aim to help to make peoples’ lives better through excellence in education, practice development and research. By imbedding values of humanisation into our courses and research our graduates have the theoretical knowledge, skills and compassion to support individuals in challenging life situations.
Year One - Level C
Introduction to Professional Practice
You will be introduced to the framework that will guide your practice as a midwife, including the professional, legal and ethical codes of practice. You will also start to learn the key communication skills required to be a good midwife.
Antenatal and Postnatal Care of Mother and Baby 1
This unit starts to explore how the body’s systems change during the pregnancy and postnatal periods; it will focus on an uncomplicated antenatal and postnatal experience. You will also start to learn how to support infant feeding during this unit.
Antenatal and Postnatal Care of Mother and Baby 2
Building on the unit above, you will explore more complicated procedures if the motheror baby deviates from the normal antenatal spectrum. This unit also teaches you about postnatal screening for women and their babies.
Labour and Birth
This practical unit will explore the role of the midwife in providing holistic care formothers and their newborn during a normal birth. You will learn the professional and legal dimensions of care during labour and birth.
Clinical Practice 1
During this unit you will be on placement demonstrating your skills and interactionswith women and their babies during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. You will learn how to provide care, information and advice in an ethical,non-judgemental and professional manner.
Year Two - Level I
You will learn about genetics and the pathological and pregnancy-related conditions of mothers and neonatal conditions and the impact they might have on the woman and her family. You will explore a range of conditions that adversely affect the fetus/ neonate to include the management of the sick baby.
This unit will prepare you for caseloading, multidisciplinary working and autonomous woman-centered practice, including documentation, accountability and collaborative working. You will debate local and national policy discourseinforming maternity service delivery.
This unit will develop your knowledge to safely administer medicines.This will utilise your numeracy skills to apply safe standards of medicinemanagement as a midwife, while demonstrating knowledge of pharmacokinetics ofmedicines in midwifery practice.
Health and Wellbeing 2
You will be introduced to aspects of wellbeing and health for the mother, infant and family. This unit will teach you how to provide support for the Baby Feeding Initiative, which encourages infant led feeding.
Exploring Evidence to Guide Practice
You will reflect on how professional practice can be enhanced in ways that emphasise human sensitivity and individual worth in accordance with value bases for professional practice across disciplinary boundaries. You will consider the nature of evidence based practice and the range of research approaches and methods that contribute to evidence in the context of an interprofessional learning environment.
Clinical Practice 2
This placement unit will develop your professional practice experience in a variety of settings. You will plan, analyse and apply the knowledge, values and skills of practice to meet the needs of women and their families.
Year Three - Level H
This unit will teach you how to safely and competently care for women and their babies who have complications that may occur in the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal periods. You will learn how to assess risk, plan and prioritise care taking account of the underlying pathophysiology, individualised care and multi-professional issues.
Health Leadership and Innovation
Health leadership and innovation involves the creative use of knowledge, professional judgements and reflections alongside being emotionally intelligent and adept in interpretation and use of multiple sources of evidence which combine to form the individuals embodied knowing. You will illustrate analytical understanding regarding personal and professional leadership and its transformatory potential in the provision of midwifery care/ services.
During this unit you will undertake an in-depth, independent study on a topic of professional practice. You will carry out an in-depth analysis and synthesis of evidence to identify where further research is required or how practice can be enhanced through changes underpinned by your research findings.
Service Improvement Project
This group project will explore a service area of health care where you can enhance the experiences of people using the service. You will analyse the need for change and demonstrate an innovative idea to solve the problem.
Clinical Practice 3
This final placement will ensure you qualify as a confident and proficient professional, capable of providing high quality, autonomous practice. You will demonstrate how to competently and sensitively coordinate the care of mothers and their babies, including in emergency situations.
Midwifery graduates can enjoy a wide range of career opportunities. Past graduates have an excellent record of gaining positions within NHS Hospitals, Community Trusts and in the private health care sector.
Many graduates also continue with further study through the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) framework, and there are also opportunities to undertake courses such as Masters and Doctorates.
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