As 50% of your time as a student midwife is practice based, we have selected quality placements that will support your progression towards registration as a midwife.
Our practice placements have been ranked first in the UK in the 2016 National Student Survey. We have secured placements at Bradford, Airedale, Harrogate and Mid-Yorks Hospital Trusts, where you will gain experience in a wide variety of areas to achieve the competencies required of a midwife.
Each year will consist of two ten-week placements where you will be supported by mentors to achieve your clinical skills and NMC competencies.
During your placements you will also have the opportunity to work with specialist practitioners, antenatal clinics, theatres, neonatal units and maternity assessment centres, as well as experience in areas of your own choosing.
At the end of year 2 you will have the option of a 60 hour elective placement of your own choosing, either in the UK or abroad.
- 10 weeks Antenatal / postnatal ward
- 10 weeks Community
- 10 weeks Labour ward / birth centre (normal birth focus)
- 10 weeks Labour ward (complex birth focus)
- 5 weeks Antenatal/postnatal ward
- 5 weeks Community
- 10 weeks Case loading experience
Learning and assessment
Bradford is a unique place to study midwifery. Home to the landmark Born in Bradford study, we have access to a rapidly developing research base within a diverse and vibrant community that supports the growth of forward thinking midwives.
Our excellent standard of teaching earned us Silver in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework, together with the Vice Chancellor Award 2017 for Teaching Excellence within our midwifery team. We have received national recognition with an award for our use of e-portfolio for assessment.
Midwifery at Bradford was given 94% overall satisfaction by students in the National Student Survey 2016.
Our state-of-the-art birthing mannequin is designed to simulate the birthing experience before, during and after delivery.
It gives Midwifery students the opportunity to experience realistic fetal palpation, to understand the process of contractions and to deliver a baby through a lifelike birthing canal which simulates human tissue.
Tutors can programme “Noelle” with a variety of different birthing scenarios, allowing students to update their clinical skills and to review their practice with their peers.
Midwifery Practice Suite
Student midwives have a dedicated clinical room with a full range of midwifery models e.g. for abdominal palpation and simulated birth.
Students also share a suite of practical simulation rooms with other professional groups in the Faculty of Health Studies. They use these rooms to facilitate workshops, working in small groups and practising different midwifery activities on a rotational basis.
You will be allocated a Personal Academic Tutor who will provide you with pastoral and academic support throughout your time with us.
University central services are rich with support teams to assist students with every aspect of their journey through our degree programmes. From our Career and Employability Service, through our strong Students' Union, to our professional and efficient Student Finance team, there are always friendly faces ready to support you and provide you with the answers that you need.
Our Virtual Learning Environment allows students to access resources, participate in group work and submit work from anywhere in the world 24/7.
All our midwifery lecturers pursue research interests which enhances the knowledge base from which you can draw.
Our research may be education or practice based and serves to improve your experience. We are keen to share our learning with you.