Queen’s University Belfast Midwifery

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Queen’s University Belfast Midwifery

This three-year degree programme integrates theory and practice, preparing students for an outstanding career in Midwifery.

Students will spend 50 per cent of their time in class learning midwifery theory and clinical skills, and 50 per cent of their time with one of our internationally-recognised training partners in a wide variety of clinical and community settings.

Our highly-trained midwifery teaching staff are actively engaged in practice and our personal tutor system for student support is very well regarded.

There are also opportunities for elective placements with one of our international partners in the final year of study.
Queen’s is the only university in Northern Ireland offering a degree in Midwifery.

Students undertaking our programmes may be eligible to have their fees paid by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety Northern Ireland (DHSS&PS), and to receive a bursary

Midwifery Sciences Degree highlights

Queen’s is the only university in Northern Ireland offering a degree in Midwifery.

Global Opportunities

  • Student exchange programmes enrich your ability to critically compare the diverse delivery of health care and practice from a more global perspective. As globalisation becomes increasingly important, the opportunity to study abroad, and experience another culture is a rewarding and meaningful experience. Students have the opportunity to apply for an international elective placement with the guidance and support from International co-ordinators in midwifery and each field of nursing.

Course content

Course Structure

Stage 1
Health and Wellbeing
Professional Midwifery Values
Foundation in Midwifery Practice
Stage 2
Special Care of the Newborn
Evidence Based Midwifery
Complex Childbearing
Antenatal and Reproductive Health
Stage 3
Managing and Leading for Midwifery Practice
Public Health: National and International Perspectives in Maternity Care
Integrated Midwifery Knowledge

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

All applicants
This information is prepared in advance of the academic year to which it relates and the grades stated should be treated as a guide only and entrance requirements are reviewed annually.

Overall academic background will be taken into account when considering applications and additional academic criteria may have to be applied at shortlisting, depending on the volume of applications.

All applicants (except Access/Foundation applicants) must normally have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade B to include Mathematics and a Science subject (ie Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Double Award Science or Single Award Science). GCSE Applied Science is not acceptable in lieu of GCSE Science. A minimum of a grade C in GCSE English Language or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is also required.

Applicants offering Access/Foundation course qualifications must also have a grade B at GCSE in both Mathematics and a Science subject or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Within an Access programme, 70% in NICATS Mathematics and in a Level 2/3 Biology or Chemistry or Physics module (minimum of 15% of the programme) would fulfil the requirements. A minimum of a grade C in GCSE English Language or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is also required.

In addition to the GCSE requirements, or equivalent, applicants must offer one of the following qualifications:

A level requirements
BCC including a relevant Science (Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics)
OR
BBC where a relevant Science subject is not offered.

Irish leaving certificate requirements
H3H3H3H4H4 at Higher Level where a relevant Science subject is offered (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
OR
H3H3H3H3H4 at Higher Level where a relevant Science subject is not offered.

All applicants – if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O3 in Mathematics and a Science subject.

BTEC Extended diploma
Successful completion with 60 credits at Distinction and 120 credits at Merit in a relevant Science based course
OR
Successful completion with 80 credits at Distinction and 100 credits at Merit in a non-relevant Science-based course.

Access/Foundation Course
An average mark of 65% where at least half of the overall programme is in Biology/Human Biology or Chemistry or Physics
OR
An average mark of 70% is required for non-Science-based Access Courses.

BTEC Higher Diploma
Successful completion with a minimum of Merits in at least 12 of the 16 units and Passes in all other units.

BTEC Higher National Certificate
Successful completion with a minimum of a Merit grade in each unit.

Scottish Highers
BBBCC where a relevant Science subject is offered (see list under A-level requirements)
OR
BBBBC where a relevant Science subject is not offered.

All applicants must have a minimum of 5 Standards at grade 2 or a minimum of 5 Intermediates at grade B to include Mathematics and a Science subject. A minimum of a grade 3 in Standard English Language or a grade C in Intermediate English Language is also required.

Graduate
Honours Degree (minimum third class); Ordinary Degree (minimum pass). Graduates must satisfy the GCSE Mathematics and Science requirements as above.

Open University Credit
A minimum of 120 OU Credits.


1. Applicants who satisfy the academic requirements or will be able to do so by 31 August 2018 are shortlisted for interview on the basis of their Personal Statement in their UCAS application. This is score against criteria set by the Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery (NIPEC).

2. Interviews normally take place in March and April and use the Multi-mini Interview format to test value-based skills.

3. Offers are made on the basis of ranked interview scores are are subject to satisfactory Occupational Health Assessment and Criminal Record check(s), in addition to any academic requirements. More detail can be found on the School’s website.

Selection Criteria

In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance notes on ‘How we choose our students’ prior to submitting your UCAS application.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

An IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen’s University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • English for University Study: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen’s University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS – FOUNDATION AND INTERNATIONAL YEAR ONE PROGRAMMES

INTO Queen’s offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen’s University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University’s world-class facilities.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.