Cardiff University Midwifery

By | 10th May 2017

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Cardiff University Midwifery

This course provides you with a carefully designed combination of theoretical study and practical experience, equipping you with all the skills and abilities you need to confidently work as a compassionate midwife.

A demanding profession with much responsibility, midwifery is an extremely popular career choice that provides diverse and rewarding opportunities. We will encourage you to develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills essential for midwifery professionals working in a constantly evolving area of healthcare.

Our innovative degree will support you in making a significant contribution to the health of women, their babies and their families. Midwifery is about caring and this intrinsic belief is inherent in the way in which midwifery is taught and practised. Caring is based on humanistic principles and a belief system that respects the wishes of women and their families. It includes recognition of the emotional and spiritual needs of women and families, as well as the physical, social and psychological nature of childbearing.

This is reflected in the philosophy adopted for midwifery, which serves to integrate both the art and science of the profession. The science of midwifery includes biological principles, research, methods of inquiry, decision making, assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care. Whilst the art of midwifery focuses on communication and the approach to delivering care, encompassing genuine caring, respect, sensitivity, and valuing the uniqueness of individuals in a culturally diverse society. As a student on the programme, you will gain a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of both the science and art of midwifery.

This degree will enable students to gain a Bachelor level Midwifery qualification and registration as a Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Students completing this programme will, through the provision of high quality educational experience, meet NMC requirements (NMC 2009) to realise their potential as autonomous, accountable professionals who provide safe and effective care for child bearing women and their babies.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: We regret that this course is unable to accept applications from international fee-status applicants because of its association with the National Health Service (NHS) and the restrictions on funding and clinical placements.

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of the degree include:

Research & Innovation – this will be evident throughout the programme, with application and implementation of research and evidence based practice being key to all learning and teaching activities. This is enhanced by the School’s Chair of Midwifery, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Professor of Midwifery, Reader and Research Associate roles. Students and graduates will be equipped with the capacity to develop their knowledge, and where possible, participate in research studies and to contribute to collaborations locally, nationally and globally.

Education – the highest standards of education will be employed in this programme with a dynamic and forward-thinking team of midwifery lecturers. The student experience is key to all developments and we aim to enable students to become independent learners who are inspired, supported and challenged to continue their learning throughout their careers. We will review our provision regularly to ensure that it is meeting the needs of the modern maternity service.

International – the aim is that 17% of students undertake a placement abroad during their programme at Cardiff University. Sound links are being developed with many international partners, including, Sweden, Finland, Oman, Namibia and Malta, enabling student midwives to have the opportunity to undertake an international placement during the programme which will broaden their experience.

World Health Organisation (WHO) – In partnership with Royal College of Midwives the School is in the process of becoming designated as a Collaborating Centre for Midwifery with the World Health Organisation (WHO), the only such unit in the European region. This initiative is an excellent opportunity to contribute to the important work of WHO and to strengthening the Midwifery profession across Europe.

Inter Professional Education (IPE)-The unique, multidisciplinary nature of the School of Healthcare Sciences provides a rounded experience for our students, ensuring you become skilled, knowledgeable, caring and compassionate healthcare professionals committed to an ethos of evidence-based care.  Our programme has been developed so that modules on professional, personal development and communication are shared with students from Allied Health Professional programmes. This promotes understanding and respect of differing professional values and roles from an early stage, with communication and team working as key learning outcomes.

Key facts

UCAS CodeB720
Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
AccreditationsNursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Typical places availableThe course typically has approximately 30 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe course typically receives approximately 900 applications.
Admissions tutor(s)

Midwifery Course Structure

Entry requirements

For detailed entry requirements see the School of Healthcare Sciences admissions criteria pages.

Typical A level offerABB. No specified subjects but General Studies and key skills will not be included.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerWBQ core will be accepted in lieu of one A-level (at the grades specified above).
Typical International Baccalaureate offer28 points – English Language, Maths and a Physical Science must be be offered at Subsidiary or GCSE level, if not at Higher Level.
Other requirementsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome.