Midwives provide essential care during pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period to both mothers and babies. Our BSc(Hons) Midwifery with RM course will train you to become a qualified midwife, eligible to apply for registration* with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). It will give you a sound knowledge of what is normal and healthy in childbearing women – the midwife’s sphere of expertise – and also enable you to recognise and manage deviations from this.
You will develop critical, analytical and reflective skills, essential for making sound judgements and providing good, evidence-based care. You will also refine your communication skills in relation to both your colleagues and your clients, and make use of information technology where appropriate.
In each year of the course, your theoretical studies will be supported by a range of valuable clinical experiences, focused on the childbearing woman and the baby. These make up fifty per cent of your studies and are based in one of the three local maternity units, where you will work alongside a registered midwife. Through these placements, you will gain extensive hands-on experience in the community, providing antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care. You will work on the maternity unit, experiencing the delivery suite and antenatal/postnatal wards. In addition, you will spend time on the day assessment unit and antenatal clinic, as well as within the gynaecology ward, operating theatres, special care baby unit and intensive care unit.
At the end of the second year you have the option of an elective placement, enabling you to experience midwifery in different settings within the UK or abroad. In each year, you will identify a small caseload, which gives you the opportunity to provide continuity of care throughout the whole spectrum of childbirth.
* Registration is not automatic. The regulator must be satisfied that the candidate is of good character and in good health in addition to having achieved the necessary qualification
Why choose this course?
With the BSc(Hons) Midwifery with RM course you gain sound midwifery knowledge of normality, enabling you to become competent in recognising and managing deviations from this normality.
Inclusion of the newborn and infant physical examination (NIPE) competency provides you with advanced knowledge to support the care provided.
Lecturers provide close support to students both in the University and in practice.
The course lays the foundation for your continuing personal and professional development throughout your career, with opportunities when you graduate for post-qualification study at Masters and Doctoral level.