Being a midwife is a rewarding and exciting profession. If you have the drive and dedication to become a successful midwife, then we have the course to give you the knowledge and skills you need to get started. We teach you how to place women at the centre of care, assessing their needs and planning their care with the insight to refer them to other relevant health professionals when required.Our placement opportunities allow you to put your skills into practice, gaining on the job experience that will prove invaluable to your career. You’ll be given a friendly base for studying the theory of the trade, supported by midwife mentors and link lecturers in classrooms, as well as online facilities if you’re learning at a distance. You’ll be in constant contact with your tutors and other students to help improve your learning, putting you in the right position to move into professional midwifery.
This course will prepare you for a career as a midwife as defined in the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2009) Standards for Pre-registration Midwifery Education (available at www.nmc-uk.org). You’ll be taught to place women at the centre of care through a holistic approach that respects individual needs.
You’ll develop a sound knowledge of relevant anatomy, physiology and pathology, together with a deep understanding of the psycho-social context of childbirth. We’ll help you develop key self-awareness skills to evaluate your influence on clients, making you into an effective investigator, critical user of evidence and an excellent communicator.
Half of the course is spent in clinical practice, supported by midwife mentors and link lecturers, that will take place in maternity services located either in Cumbria or Lancashire. The theory work will take place in study block weeks on our Carlisle Fusehill campus, complemented with essential elements through online facilities. The ability to travel will be a major factor of the course-please be aware of this when you apply.
From 2017 the government will cease to provide bursaries for undergraduate NHS courses. Students will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs, rather than getting an NHS grant. This information is based on the understanding provided by The Council of Deans for Health and may be subject to change as further details are released by the government.