University of Hertfordshire Midwifery

By | 14th June 2017

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University of Hertfordshire Midwifery

University of Hertfordshire Midwifery

BSc (Hons) Pre-Registration Midwifery

About the course

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.
  • Our commitment to achieving UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Accreditation enables learning that supports best practice in relation to infant feeding.
  • 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.

Course Enquiries

2017 Admissions Information and FAQs

Any queries about the programme or entry requirements, please contact the Midwifery Admissions team via their email: midwiferyenquiries@herts.ac.uk

Entry requirements…

2017 entry

120 – 136 UCAS Points

UCAS have introduced a new tariff for 2017 entry so the points being asked for are substantially different to previous years.

We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (if applicable) together with your application as a whole including work experience and personal statement and may make an offer at any point within the stated tariff range. We also welcome applicants who are predicted grades in excess of our published tariff.

All Applicants must have a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C / grade 4 or above which must include Maths, English Language and Science. (Students undertaking an Access to Higher Education diploma, only Maths and English Language are required).

  • A – Levels – 120 UCAS points to include a Grade B in a biological or behavioural/social science A level.
  • BTEC Extended Diploma 120 points (DDM or above) in an applied science or health related subject.
  • Access to Nursing and Midwifery, Health Professions or similarly named course- students must achieve a minimum of 30 Distinctions at Level 3 and the remainder at Merit. Additionally students who do not have GCSE or above in Maths must obtain 12 level 2 credits in Numeracy/Maths (or 6 at level 3) and 6 level 2 credits in English within the access course.
  • International Baccalaureate – 120 points from a minimum of 1 HL at grade 5 or above in a biological or behavioural science and 1 HL subject at a grade 4 of above (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).

All offers will be subject to the applicants demonstration of the NHS constitution’s “Values and Behaviours”, satisfactory interview, occupational health screening and the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) checks. You can view the full NHS Constitution for England on the Government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england

Professional Accreditations

When you successfully complete the BSc(Hons) Midwifery with RM course, you can apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the regulatory body governing Midwifery practice in the UK.  It is necessary to register in order to practice as a midwife in the UK.

Master of Midwifery

About the course

The Mmid Midwifery course is an innovative and exciting work-based course for qualified nurses (adult branch) who want to gain midwifery skills at Master’s level. The course has an emphasis on normality and midwifery topics which consider holistic approaches to care in partnership with women.

We are one of the first University’s in the country to offer an MMid Midwifery at pre-registration level.

You will learn from the best as our Midwifery team has won the prestigious Royal College of Midwives Annual Award for Excellence in Midwifery Education in January 2012. This success is due to the expertise of our staff and the content of our course which gives students the opportunity to combine theory with practice through the practice placements.

The aim of the MMid Midwifery course is to:

  • prepare you for entry to the Midwife’s aspect of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) Professional Register, in accordance with the professional and statutory requirements
  • make you a committed midwife that contributes to the enhancement of health and social care through inter-professional collaboration
  • develop skills that make you become a responsive, confident midwife who at the point of registration is competent to practice in a variety of settings
  • develop transferable communication skills to enhance critical decision making and to use appropriate information technology
  • give you the skills to become a midwife that is safe, effective and competent in caring for women experiencing normal childbirth recognising the need for appropriate referral to other health professionals
  • enable you to act as an advocate and facilitator of change using an evidence-based approach in theory and practice

The MMid Midwifery course is a work-based course in which you study five study blocks in eighteen months. The study blocks involve 30 hours of contact time leading to a total of 150 hours of contact time throughout the course. You will learn through lectures, student led seminars, tutorials and practical workshop sessions using an enquiry based approach.

When you return to your clinical site, you are supported through the use of online resources such as the discussion and group working facility on StudyNet our University’s virtual learning environment. You will have access to the range of electronic sources available via StudyNet and will be expected to complete online work books in your self-directed study time.

The course leads to the award of Registered Midwife and a Master of Midwifery (MMid) degree. The award of a MMid Midwifery Degree requires 180 credits, to include at least 150 credits at Level 7.

Compulsory modules include:

  • Journey to motherhood M (30 credits)
  • Birth and early parenthood M (15 credits)
  • Diverse lifestyles and midwifery care M (30 credits)
  • Complex midwifery M (15 credits)
  • Promoting normality through midwifery care M (30 credits)
  • Physical examination of the healthy newborn M (30 credits)
  • Enhancing midwifery practice M (30 credits)

Why choose this course?

  • The MMid Midwifery course is an innovative and exciting work-based course for qualified nurses (adult branch) who want to gain midwifery skills at Master’s level
  • If focuses on normality and modules which consider holistic approaches to care in partnership with women.
  • It uses blended learning and teaching which includes e-learning with campus based study to strengthen the practice skills learning
  • Graduates develop critical awareness and gain insight around current midwifery practice and its’ evidence base so that they are able to make sound judgments in complex situations
  • Our Midwifery team has won the prestigious Royal College of Midwives Annual Award for Excellence in Midwifery Education in January 2012.

Entry requirements…

The normal entry requirements for the MSc Midwifery course are:

  • NMC Registration (Part 1 of NMC register: Adult Branch)
  • First degree at honours level normally minimum 2ii – typically from a nursing course leading to registration as an adult branch nurse. Alternative routes will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Applicants who do not have a first degree at honours level will need to demonstrate equivalent professional or other development to this standard, usually 60 credits at level 6 to include a module on research methods

All applicants need to have completed 10 years general school education before the start of the MMid Midwifery course.

You will attend an interview and provide evidence of literacy and numeracy as part of the admission process. You must also demonstrate that you have ‘good health and character’ on entry and throughout the MSc Midwifery course, in order to practice safely and effectively as a midwife.

English language requirements

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency with an overall IELTS score of at least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections, at least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections, and an overall average score of at least 7.0.”

For more information on the curse and how to apply please contact Hema Turner at h.turner4@herts.ac.uk.

If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

Professional Accreditations

MMid Midwifery

Registered Midwife

PhD Midwifery

About the course

A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. It develops extensive subject expertise and independent research skills which are honed over an extended period, depending on the level of the award. You would undertake a substantial, original research project for the duration of the degree, under the supervision and guidance of two or more academic members of staff. Your supervisory team provides guidance both in the selection of a research topic and in the conduct of the research. You are also supported by attendance at postgraduate seminar series to develop subject specific knowledge and research skills relevant to your field of research. The degree is assessed solely on the basis of the final research output, in the form of a substantial written thesis which must be “defended” in a viva. During the course of the degree, you would be given opportunities to present your work at major conferences and in refereed research publications.

Why choose this course?

  • An internationally recognised research qualification
  • Developing advanced subject expertise at postgraduate level
  • Develop research skills through practice and extensive research experience
  • Employers are looking for high calibre graduates with advanced skills who can demonstrate independence through research