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    1. 2017
    2. 2016

Midwifery

BSc (Hons) |
The BSc Midwifery degree will prepare you for a challenging and rewarding career as a midwife. You will combine theoretical study with clinical experience in a range of settings working with London's diverse populations in leading hospitals and community settings.

Key Information

Start date

September 2017

Duration

Full-time: 3 years

UK/EU

Full-time: TBC

Non-EU

Full-time: £16,000

UCAS code

B715

Application period

From 6th September 2016

Until 15th January 2017

Who is it for?

This course is designed for students looking for a rewarding career supporting women and their families through pregnancy and childbirth. As a graduate of the BSc Midwifery degree you will gain registration with Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and will be qualified to Practise as a midwife in the UK and overseas. Some countries require additional local registration.

Objectives

As a student on the BSc Midwifery course you will benefit from outstanding teaching, facilities and practice placements at London’s leading hospitals and trusts. Teaching is a combination of classroom based theory, simulated practice in our specialist Clinical Skills Centre and clinical placements.

You will be taught by academics who are registered midwives with a diverse range of experience over many specialist areas within the midwifery profession. Many of our academic team are actively involved in research, generating new knowledge which directly affects today’s practice and the curriculum you will be taught.

Our priority is to make sure you enter the workplace with the skills and knowledge to support women through diverse experiences of pregnancy and childbirth. As well as preparing you to deal with ‘normal births’ you will learn how the complications and emergency situations which women may experience. Alongside the practical skills needed to be a midwife we also help you develop your critical thinking and abilities to assess other factors affecting pregnant women and new mothers, such as their psychological wellbeing, social environment and culture. We will help you develop your skills to work within a multi-disciplinary environment whilst promoting midwifery lead care.

As part of the course you will also have the opportunity to study a range of modules that cover the diversity of the professional including anthropology, looking at the culture of childbirth across the world and modules focusing on sexual health and how this affects pregnancy and new mothers.

Accreditation

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) logo

On successful graduation you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification enabling you to practice in the UK and overseas.

Additional registration within countries maybe required if you choose to work overseas.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

As part of the selection process, shortlisted prospective students will be invited to a selection day where they will be required to demonstrate match those of the NHS Constitution. For further information and example tests, please visit our Selection Day page.

  • 'A' Level - Typically ABB or a combination of 'A' levels and other relevant qualifications (no specific subjects required).
  • UCAS tariff - 128 points. For more information on the new UCAS tariff system, please visit the UCAS website.
  • IB - 33 points.
  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an 'A' Level offer reduced by one grade.
  • BTEC - DDD (Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or Science-related subject).

In addition, the following is required:

  • GCSE: A minimum of five passes at grade 4 (C) GCSE, including English and Mathematics.

Please note: we will not accept any equivalent qualification, only GCSEs.

Special requirements: Students are required to have occupational health and enhanced DBS (disclosure and barring service) clearance. Academic and character references are also required.

English requirements

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:

  • IELTS: 7 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each component.

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

www.ucas.com

You can apply to up to five universities on the form. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an ‘invisibility of choices’ policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can see only their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City University London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2017 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2016 and 15th January 2017. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2017 will be considered only at the University’s discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Email: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Website: www.ucas.com
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

£29,000
average salary six months after the course
90%
of students go on to work or further study within 6 months of graduation
140
year history of delivering nursing education

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

More about funding

Find out more funding information for studying nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions in England from the official Council of Deans of Health website.

The Lord Mayor of London Scholarship

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School of Health Sciences - Excellence in Clinical Skills and Research

Staff and students at City's School of Health Sciences showcase the School's new interdisciplinary Clinical Skills Centre designed to mirror 'real' health care environments and provide an adaptable, modern and appropriate space for both teaching and research.

Placements

Practice experience is a vital part of the BSc Midwifery degree and enables you to put theory into practice and use your skills in a variety of real life contexts. You will spend approximately 60% of your degree on placement with placements taking place in London's leading hospitals and community settings such as Barts Health NHS Trust, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

You will be placed in settings such as midwifery-led units, home births, birthing centres, delivery suites, antenatal and postnatal settings, maternal and fetal assessment specialist areas and special care baby units. You will work and learn alongside consultant midwives and specialist midwives.

Throughout the course your placements will vary to give you the range of experience needed to practise as a midwife. You will have the opportunity to undertake placements in specialist areas including teenage pregnancy, bereavement, diabetic care, antenatal screening and supporting vulnerable women through pregnancy and childbirth.

Whilst on placement you will be fully supported by the University and will receive regular visits by your link lecturer (approximately once a week). You will also have a dedicated clinical placement facilitator within the workplace who will support your development whilst on placement. Many of our midwifery graduates work within the hospitals and trusts we partner with and are always happy to see a fellow City student.

Academic facilities

Clinical Skills Centre

Our specialist Clinical Skills Centre at our Northampton Square Campus has been designed to give students a safe environment in which to practise their clinical and caring skills. Designed to reflect working wards and clinical environments, you will be able to familiarise yourself with equipment and practices before commencing placements.

We have a range of specialist equipment that is used to simulate birthing situations from normal to emergency, to enable you to develop the skills you need no-matter the birthing situation you are supporting.

You will have access to a simulated 6-bedded high dependency unit (HDU) with realistic equipment including piped oxygen, call bells, medicines and emergency equipment;  laboratories, including a biology laboratory, allow students to rehearse their skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and women’s homes.

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Teaching and learning

The Midwifery degree is taught by staff who are leaders in their field of practice and education. Many of our academics are also leading researchers, directly influencing today’s practice. This means that you will study the most up-to-date curriculum and practices, directly from those informing the profession.

You will experience a range of learning and teaching strategies including lectures, small groups, tutorials, enquiry based learning, simulated and clinical practice, self-directed learning and e-learning.

Simulated practice will enable you to practise your practical caring skills within the safe environment of our specialist Clinical Skills Centre in preparation for your clinical placements, where you will be working alongside professional midwives and healthcare practitioners in real-world settings. You will be fully supported throughout your clinical placements by academic staff and clinical placement facilitators within your practice setting.

Assessment

Each module is assessed using a range of methods including written assignments, simulations, examinations, practice-based assessments and skills assessments. A dissertation of 6,000 words, on your chosen area of interest is required in the final year.

Assessment weightings by year

  • Year 1: 10%
  • Year 2: 40%
  • Year 3: 50%

Modules

Year 1

In your first year of study, you will develop skills, professional knowledge and an understanding of the midwife's role, working in partnership with women and multidisciplinary teams. An introduction to the fundamental principles of midwifery care, including normal childbirth is included.

Core modules include:

  • Foundation skills for midwifery practice
  • Developing skills for caring in normal midwifery practice (practice experience)
  • Introduction to human biology
  • Public health, midwifery and healthy communities
  • Using evidence in midwifery practice.

Year 2

In the second year, using evidence in midwifery practice, you will develop your identity as a midwife. Wider issues such as women's health and the public health role of the midwife are covered. You will be able to recognise the value and importance of working within a multi-professional team to ensure the best possible outcome for women and babies when complexities arise.

Core modules include:

  • Reproductive biology, pathology and pharmacology
  • Developing relationships in midwifery practice
  • Developing skills for midwifery practice
  • Skills for co-ordinating complex midwifery care (practice experience).

Elective modules include:

  • Sexual health in relation to midwifery practice
  • Anthropology of childbirth.

Year 3

In the final year, you will gain competence in caring for women who choose to have midwifery-led care, including home birth, as a mode of delivery. You will be supported to develop your autonomy and accountability as a midwife.

Core modules include:

  • Developing autonomy in midwifery practice (practice experience)
  • Leading and managing in professional midwifery practice
  • Dissertation.

Career prospects

Midwifery is a challenging career which allows you to develop your skills and interests within a range of specialisms within the profession. Successful graduates gain registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification allowing you to practice in the UK and overseas. Some countries require additional local registration.

Careers prospects are excellent; 90% of our graduates go on to employment or further study within 6 months of graduation. Our graduates secure employment with trusts including Barts Health NHS Trust, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

As a graduate midwife in London you should expect to start your career with an annual average salary of £29,000. Progression within the midwifery profession is common, with many graduates advancing to a Band 6 role within 6-12 months of graduating (qualified midwives start on a Band 5 contract) and continuing to steadily progress throughout their career.

A range of career opportunities are available for midwives in midwifery led stand-alone birth centres, acute units, and independent practice, consultant and specialist roles. Midwives can also work independently and self-employed as independent midwives.

90% of graduates are in full time employment / further study

Statistics taken from Unistats.

Midwifery

UCAS code: B715

Application Deadline

15th January 2017


Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

www.ucas.com

You can apply to up to five universities on the form. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an ‘invisibility of choices’ policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can see only their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City University London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2017 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2016 and 15th January 2017. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2017 will be considered only at the University’s discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Email: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Website: www.ucas.com
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

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