University of East Anglia Midwifery

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University of East Anglia Midwifery

University of East Anglia Midwifery

BSc Midwifery

Midwifery is a satisfying yet challenging profession that allows you to care for pregnant women and their families before, during and after childbirth. Our programme will provide you with all the clinical knowledge and skills you need to excel as a Midwife. It is a great course if you have an interest in the physical, psychological and overall process of pregnancy and birth, and are caring and responsible by nature.

When you join UEA, you will be part of a supportive community of like-minded students, working together to gain first-hand experience and providing first-class care.
We will support you to become the very best midwife you can be.

We are ranked 6th in the UK for Nursing and Midwifery (The Guardian, 2017) and our academics are at the forefront of nationally recognised innovative new teaching methods. We also have a great reputation with our partner NHS Trusts, and are proud that our students graduate with excellent career prospects and good honours.

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Overview

With the NHS Constitution at its core, our degree provides rigorous training, fantastic placement opportunities and is fully approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

You’ll learn about the responsibilities of a midwife, midwifery practice and also a number of specialist areas such as complex childbearing. Throughout your degree, you will gain the knowledge, skills and experience to provide excellent care, support and advice throughout the childbirth experience.

 

Highlights of Midwifery at UEA

  • Complete a variety of placements where you will work with patients and their families
  • Develop practical skills under the supervision of highly-skilled and experienced professionals
  • Combine 50% theory with 50% practice – the best way to prepare for your career
  • Experience healthcare abroad with an elective placement
  • Join a motivated group of students – 100% of our 2014 graduates achieved a 2.1 or first class degree

 

Essential skills for midwives

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Reliable and committed
  • Sensitive and sympathetic

 

The NHS Constitution

The NHS Constitution Values are an integral part of everything we do; they underpin the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students in the university and in the practice setting. As part of our recruitment process, your understanding of the values of the NHS Constitution will be explored at interview, with successful candidates demonstrating how these are reflected in their own beliefs.

 

Placements

You will experience placements in a variety of settings under the supervision of a professional, where you will be able to use and develop your skills and knowledge in a clinical environment, while working closely with patients and their families.

 

Course structure

  • Three-year course, two modules each year
  • Small group teaching alongside clinical placements
  • Working day: Monday-Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm, equating 37.5 hours per week of study
  • Variety of assessments such as written assessments, unseen examinations and group presentations

 

FACILITIES

Increase your knowledge and build your confidence by trying out new techniques in our state-of-the-art skills laboratories and anatomy suite and take part in scenario based training in our fully equipped bungalow. You will also explore contemporary practice in small seminar groups in our purpose built Edith Cavell Building.

 

A fantastic student experience

Studying Midwifery at UEA means that you’ll join the Health Sciences School, home to a group of exceptional students, world-class research and enthusiastic educators who are experts in their fields.

 

Life beyond university

The placements we offer allow you to build an individual profile demonstrating that you have undertaken the necessary time in practice required for you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Midwives are in demand so your career prospects will be fantastic. Working as a Midwife is a challenging career, which could be based in a number of areas such as:

  • Hospital maternity units
  • GP surgeries
  • Birth centres
  • The Armed Forces

Teaching and Assessment

You will be required to compile and maintain a portfolio of evidence throughout the three-year programme. With guidance and support, you will be expected to build a sound evidence base demonstrating progression and reflection on your learning of both theoretical concepts and clinical skills. Other assessment strategies utilised are written assignments, unseen examinations, case studies, practical examinations, group presentations and a 6,000 word project report in order to illustrate deeper understanding of the relationship between the theory and practice of midwifery.

Whilst in clinical placement you will complete various learning outcomes, a midwifery attributes assessment as well as writing reflections based on your placement experience. You will also maintain a Skills Development Profile/Passport throughout the three year course to demonstrate your learning and competency in clinical skills.

Course Modules 2016/7

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

FOUNDATION FOR PRACTICE

HSCW4016A 60

PROMOTING HEALTHY LIFESTYLES

HSCW4017B 60

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level ABB
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points
  • Scottish Advanced Highers ABB
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AABBBB or 2 subjects at H1 and 4 subjects at H2
  • Access Course Pass with Distinction in 30 Credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 Credits at Level 3 in a Health, Care or Science subject
  • BTEC DDD in a Health, Care or Science subject
  • European Baccalaureate 75%

Entry Requirement

We look for applicants to have a clear understanding of the profession ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in health care, an interest in people, a strong academic attainment and a broad academic base.

You are required to have 5 GCSEs at a minimum of grade C or grade 4 including English Language/Literature, Mathematics and a Science. (Please note that we are not able to accept Adult Numeracy or Literacy, Key Skills, City & Guilds, Functional Skills or Access to HE credits in lieu of GCSEs).

A science subject at A-level will be an advantage (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Human Biology, PE or Mathematics). Psychology is NOT considered as a science for this course.

General Studies, Critical Thinking, Public Services and AS-levels are not considered.

Applications are encouraged from those with non-traditional qualifications. Applicants with the following qualifications are required to demonstrate GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 in English Language/Literature, Mathematics and a Science.

Alternative Qualification Required grade
CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development or Children and Young People’s Workforce or Health and Social Care (including Technical Level) A
CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education (Early Years Educator) A
Foundation Year in a Health, Care or Science subject 75%
Foundation Degree in a Health, Care or Science subject 65%
Open University (minimum 60 Credits at Level 1) in a Health, Care or Science subject 60%
Certificate of Higher Education 60% with ABB at A-level
Diploma of Higher Education 60% with ABB at A-level
Bachelor Degree (Hons) 2.1. 2.2 with ABB at A-level
Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Health, Care or Science subject Pass with Distinction in 30 Credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 Credits at Level 3

We do not consider Apprenticeships, NVQs (any level) or Work-based Level 3 Diplomas (previously NVQs) as meeting the minimum academic entry requirements, although these can be used as evidence of recent study. We will also not consider an applicant who has an academic fail from a health based degree programme, including where an exit award has been achieved.

Due to competition for places on this course, meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements is not a guarantee of selection for interview.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in each component).

Interviews

Of the applicants who pass the initial screening stage, the strongest will be invited to interview.

Those invited to attend an interview morning or afternoon will be required to undertake a numeracy test and a short written literacy test. The results of these tests do not form part of the selection process but are a requirement of Health Education England and help the University to plan the level of numeracy support we provide to our cohorts. An example test paper may be found here.

The interview lasts approximately 30 minutes and follows a multiple mini-interview format across four stations. When applicants enter the interview room, they will find a series of four interview ‘stations’ to circulate through, spending approximately 5 minutes at each. Interviews explore a range of issues, including the applicant’s suitability for the profession and whether the applicant holds the NHS values as reflected in the NHS constitution. Please note that we do not disclose interview questions. Further information regarding the interview day can be found here.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year. We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Special Entry Requirements

We prefer applicants to demonstrate evidence of recent formal academic study within 5 years of the start of the course. This is to ensure they are equipped to succeed on this academically rigorous course.

If you have not studied for an academic qualification within the last 5 years, and particularly where your previous study does meet our entry requirements, do contact our Admissions Service (admissions@uea.ac.uk).

We want to hear from you to assess whether your work, life or previous educational studies are suitable evidence for demonstrating your motivation, potential, knowledge and ability to study the course. We want you to succeed and an application and offer will only be considered where we believe that an applicant has the potential to complete the course with a good final degree classification. The Admissions Service can also give you advice on further study, if required, that can help you make a future application to the course.

Successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory occupational health check, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and an additional satisfactory reference.

Applicants will be considered for a maximum of two consecutive cycles as we advise that a year is taken out to consider your options and gain further experience before reapplying. Entry requirements are subject to change so please ensure you check our website before submitting a further application.

Intakes

The School’s annual intake is in September of each year.

Course Open To

UK and EU applicants only.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds.

Home/EU – The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit the website.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

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