Teesside University Midwifery

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Teesside University Midwifery

BSc (Hons) Midwifery

UCAS code: B720 BSc/Mwif

This course is full for January 2018 entry – you can still apply for September 2018 entry or January 2019 (deferred) entry.
The midwifery degree course at Teesside University provides you with the knowledge and skills to develop an exciting and rewarding career. Midwives work in partnership with women providing support, advice and care, enabling them to make informed choices during pregnancy, birth and early motherhood.

The term midwife means ‘with woman’. The midwife’s role encompasses health promotion and health education for women and their families within a multicultural society to enhance their own and their family’s health. Midwifery requires competent, accountable and problem-solving practitioners, with good communication skills to meet the high expectations and demands of women and their families and also that of current practice. As with all healthcare professionals the public place a high level of expectation and trust in their midwife and therefore to work in this sector it is essential that you are able to demonstrate the core values embedded within the NHS Constitution. These are as follows:

  • working together for patients
  • respect and dignity
  • commitment to quality of care
  • compassion
  • improving lives
  • everyone counts.

This programme prepares you to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s standards for pre-registration midwifery education (NMC, 2009).Throughout the programme, as part of the placement experience, you will be required to travel to your placement area and work a shift pattern rota which includes night duty, weekends and bank holidays.

The first year of the programme focuses on normal aspects of care for the woman and her baby through the study of public health and life science. Year 2 consolidates learning in Year 1 whilst developing knowledge and understanding of women and babies with complex needs through the exploration of psycho-social aspects of care and pathology. The importance of multidisciplinary team working is also explored. Year 3 facilitates the emergence of leadership and management skills across all aspects of practice. It provides an opportunity to study evidence that informs care and innovation. Learning is applied at the interface of practice through a variety of clinical placements.

The modules in Year 1 introduce you to the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary in assisting in the provision of safe holistic, woman-centred midwifery care.

The modules in Year 2 develop your knowledge, skills and learning from Year 1 while extending practice into the area of complex maternal, fetal and baby care.

The modules in Year 3 consolidate learning from the first and second year while preparing you for the role of qualified midwife. You have the opportunity to explore midwifery from an international perspective and develop managerial and leadership skills while considering innovative changes in practice.

Throughout the three years of study, we use a range of teaching and learning strategies to provide an environment that develops your confidence and competence in providing care to woman, their babies and families within maternity care settings.

Please note that from 2018 the module titles will be changed to reflect contemporary midwifery, however the content over the core modules will remain the same to ensure you are competent and confident at qualification.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

  • Foundation Principles of Life Science for Midwifery Practice
  • Fundamentals in Midwifery Practice (Grading of Practice Outcomes)
  • Learning to Care in Midwifery
  • Principles of Evidence-based Practice
  • Public Health, Childbirth and Society

Year 2 core modules

  • Appraising Evidence for Practice
  • Developing Midwifery Practice for Complex Care
  • Life Sciences, Pathophysiology and Midwifery
  • Women, Midwives and Society
  • Working Collaboratively in Midwifery Practice (Grading of Practice Outcomes)

Year 3 core modules

  • Developing Autonomy in Midwifery Practice (Grading of Practice Outcomes)
  • Evidence-based Midwifery
  • Providing Holistic Midwifery Care
  • Quality, Leadership and Service Improvement in Midwifery

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 112-128 UCAS tariff points from three A levels including a science subject, preferably biology and five GCSE passes at grade 4 (grade C) or above, or equivalent, including English language, maths and a science subject or Key Skills Level 3 in Communication and Application of Number. For further detailed entry requirements for this programme please visit www.ucas.com.

The selection process includes shortlisting of your application, following which, if successful you will be invited for an interview.

Shortlisting criteria
Your application will be measured against the following criteria:

  • your ability to complete all sections of the application form fully and correctly
  • the level of all qualifications and grades are specified
  • appropriate academic entry requirements achieved or predicted
  • evidence of successful level 3 academic study over the last three years
  • personal statement supportive of the chosen programme which demonstrates an understanding of the uniqueness of the profession and the midwife’s role
  • satisfactory references.

Please note: On the interview day you will be required to successfully pass a numeracy test (without a calculator) as part of the selection process.

If you are invited to interview and the date is not suitable we may not be able to offer you an alternative date due to the high volume of applications received for this programme – but it is important that you contact the Admissions Office immediately.

Interview criteria
At the interview, which will be structured around mini multiple interview (MMI) workstations, you will be measured against the following criteria which is mapped against the NHS Constitution:

  • privacy & dignity
  • resilience & reflective ability
  • problem solving
  • advocacy & empowerment
  • honesty & integrity
  • team working
  • choice of career & the midwives role

A range of scenarios will be used to enable you to demonstrate your ability to address the NHS constitutional values alongside communication skills based on your performance throughout the workstations.

If you are successful in both shortlisting and interview you will receive an offer which is subject to the following:

  1. evidence of achievement of the required academic qualifications
  2. a successful work based risk assessment which will reflect the HEOPS recommendations – please read these here. For more information on all of the HEOPS standards click here
  3. a satisfactory DBS disclosure – please note that any warnings, cautions, allegations or convictions received in the last five years may have implications for your continued offer on the programme.
  4. satisfactory references.

Please note until 1 to 4 have been successfully completed the offer of a place on the programme remains conditional.

International applicants

From September 2018 international applicants can apply for this course.

  • International applicants must have IELTS 7.0 with a minimal score of 6.5 in all sections before an unconditional offer is made
  • If you are successful at shortlisting you will be invited to attend an interview (which may be in person OR Skype) in one of our international offices in either India, Malaysia or China, or you can choose to attend an interview at Teesside University (at your own cost).
  • If you can not attend an interview as stated, you will be unable to proceed with your application.

For international enquiries please email internationalenquiries@tees.ac.ukFor additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.