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Midwifery Studies

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2018: ABB / 128 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: B720
Placement: Placement year not available
Not suitable for international students
Faculty of Health Studies
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Overview

Midwifery is a rewarding career. As a registered midwife you will be in the unique position to provide personalised care to women and their families from conception, antenatally, during labour to the postnatal period. This privilege can make a positive societal impact.

As a skilled and competent practitioner you will support women to make decisions about their care within a multidisciplinary team using research and evidence-based knowledge to maintain safety and respect.

Our course prepares you for this challenging role using a student-centred approach of problem based learning which fosters complex decision making and teamwork. This develops your autonomy to apply twenty-first century thinking to clinical practice whilst becoming an innovative and dynamic registered midwife.

Our students, with the support of excellent midwife lecturers and mentors, develop the competencies and essential skills mandated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council thus providing them with assured employability as a midwife.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as the statutory body and regulator of nursing and midwifery healthcare professions.

Why Bradford?

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.

Rankings

Entry requirements

Typical offer: ABB / 128 UCAS points

A levels:

128 UCAS tariff points from three full A-levels. There are no subject specific requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM. Health or Science subject required.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

128 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health Professions or Science - at least 12 credits in Biology must be at minimum grade Distinction.

Plus minimum of:

Five GCSEs with a minimum grade C or grade 4 to include English language, mathematics, and biology or combined science. Level 2 equivalences are accepted in place of GCSE English language and mathematics.

Those applying with an Access course are only required to have GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or grade 4 or above. Level 2 equivalences are accepted in place of GCSE English language and mathematics.

Additional entry requirements:

As part of the selection process, we interview short-listed candidates prior to making offers.

All places are offered subject to satisfactory occupational health screening, a second reference and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Evidence of recent relevant study in the last 5 years is required — please contact us for further information.

The occupational health screening

All places are offered subject to satisfactory occupational health screening. This will involve completing an on-line occupational health questionnaire and attendance if required at a medical appointment.

Students on health care programmes must be able to meet the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency (2013). Occupational health screening and assessment will consider the students’ health and wellbeing and their fitness to study and practice. Progress on the course is dependent on your continued fitness.

This screening process complies with Public Health England requirements for protection of the public and students and staff working in health and social care.

All offers of places are made subject to satisfactory health clearance and an agreement to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations.

The University is obliged to make reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities to enable them to fulfil the required competencies of the programme. Candidates who are concerned about health issues are strongly advised to contact us prior to applying.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

All places are also offered subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (previously known as CRB check) disclosure. This is due to the fact that you may be required to work with children or vulnerable adults on your clinical placement, and will need to demonstrate that you can safely work with these groups upon HCPC registration.

English language requirements:

Minimum of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent (no sub-test lower than 7.0).

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

Modules

The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Find more information on our module descriptors page.

Year 1

  • Beginning Midwifery Knowledge (60 credits)
  • Midwifery Care and Practice 1 (30 credits)
  • Midwifery Care and Practice 2 (30 credits)

Year 2

  • Developing Midwifery Knowledge (60 credits)
  • Midwifery Care and Practice 3 (30 credits)
  • Midwifery Care and Practice 4 (30 credits)

Year 3

  • Questioning Midwifery Knowledge (60 credits)
  • Midwifery Care and Practice 5a and 5b (30 credits)
  • Midwifery Care and Practice 6 (Caseloading) (30 credits)

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Placement

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.

Year 1

  • 10 weeks Antenatal / postnatal ward
  • 10 weeks Community

Year 2

  • 10 weeks Labour ward / birth centre (normal birth focus)
  • 10 weeks Labour ward (complex birth focus)

Year 3

  • 5 weeks Antenatal/postnatal ward
  • 5 weeks Community
  • 10 weeks Case loading experience

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.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

100% of our 2016 graduates in Midwifery Studies found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

Career prospects

Career prospects as a registered midwife are excellent. On qualifying, our graduates apply for posts in the NHS or independent practice.

As a midwife you can choose to work in a variety of areas including hospital, birth centre, community, research, education or the neonatal unit.

Following graduation and registration, you will be expected to continue to develop your knowledge and skills as per NMC requirements.

We offer a range of postgraduate study options and specialist programmes to support your progress in your midwifery career.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2016 Midwifery graduates was £22,212.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Study Support

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.

Research

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.

Facilities

Birthing Simulation

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.

Birthing Simulation

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.

Midwifery Practice Suite

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

2018/19:

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: TBC

* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..

Financial support

From 1 August 2017, new students in England on nursing, midwifery and most allied health professional pre-registration courses, will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs.

Please see this useful fact sheet from the Council of Deans of Health for more information (PDF).

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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.