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Midwifery  BSc (Hons)

This degree prepares you for a rewarding and challenging career as a midwife. You are able to support women and their families at a crucial stage in their lives.

Overview

Why study Midwifery at City?

Our midwifery degree prepares you for a rewarding and challenging career as a midwife. You are able to support women and their families at a crucial stage in their lives.

  • Broaden your knowledge through clinical placements in settings such as hospitals, birthing centres, clinics, clients' home and GP surgeries - within Trusts such as Barts Health NHS Trust, University College London Hospitals and Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Learn from our expert staff who are academically, clinically and research active - and up to date with the latest healthcare developments.
  • Enhance your career prospects - City ranks high for graduate employability and has excellent opportunities for further general and specialist postgraduate study - 88% of our graduates go on to employment or further study after graduation
  • Gain registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and entry to a respected profession.
  • Gain with tuition fees paid by the NHS - bursaries are also available.
  • Benefit from our 120 year teaching history.

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Entry Requirements:

320 UCAS tariff points from three A2 subjects.
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Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £Tuition fees are paid by the NHS for home and EU students
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Start Date:

September 2014

UCAS code:

B715

Entry Requirements

Unless studying towards an Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject, all applicants must have 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English Language at A*- C.

Typical offers require one of the following:

  • 'A' Level: 320 UCAS tariff points from three A2 subjects
  • IB: 33
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass in a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma in a Nursing, Midwifery, Health or Social Care subject. Nutrition or Paramedic Studies will not be considered - full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at Level 3 including 27 credits at distinction and 15 credits at Level 2. This must include Mathematics and English Language GCSE equivalent passed at first attempt, if not already achieved.
  • BTEC: DDM (Health and Social Care or Science related subject only)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 320 UCAS points with at least 220 gained at Higher. English Language and Mathematics from Ordinary Level grades A1-B3, unless part of Higher.
  • Scottish Highers: 320 UCAS points with at least 220 gained at Advanced Highers.  English Language and Mathematics from Highers grades A-C, if not already part of Advanced Highers.

Special entry requirements
Students are required to have occupational health and enhanced disclosure and barring service clearance. Academic and character references are also required.
All shortlisted applicants are invited to attend a selection day. The selection day consists of numeracy, literacy and aptitude tests where applicants are expected to show an insight into the midwifery profession.

English Requirements

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

  • IELTS: An overall band score of 7.0 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 at City, 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 a part-time course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

Course Content

Year One

You will develop your skills, professional knowledge and an understanding of the midwife's role, working in partnership with women and multi-disciplinary teams. It includes an introduction to the fundamental principles of midwifery care, including normal childbirth.

Year two

This year will help you develop your identity as a midwife. You will explore wider issues such as women's health and the public health role of the midwife. 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.

Year three

You will gain competence in caring for women who choose to have midwifery-led care, including home birth. This will help you develop autonomy and accountability as a midwife. A literature-based study of 6,000 words on a subject related to midwifery is required in the final year.

Course Structure

Students develop the relevant knowledge, skills and attitudes and learn in a range of maternity settings that are characterised by ethnic diversity, a rising birth rate, high levels of deprivation, some of the most acute health care challenges in the UK and high levels of long term conditions and infectious diseases. The course curriculum is based on four main themes:

  • Fundamental aspects of care
  • Applied biological sciences
  • Psychosocial sciences and public health 
  • Professional nursing / midwifery knowledge

Year one

Core modules

  • Orientation to midwifery programme
  • Health and society (midwifery)
  • Essentials of applied human biology in midwifery
  • Introduction to the delivery of professional midwifery
  • Introduction to practice knowledge and skills in midwifery.

Year two

Core modules

  • Progressing professional midwifery knowledge
  • Excellence in midwifery practice, pathology and related pharmacology
  • Psychological and sociological perspectives of professional midwifery practice.

Year three

Core modules

  • Consolidating professional midwifery knowledge
  • Leadership, ethics and law within professional midwifery practice
  • Developing professional autonomy and leadership in midwifery
  • Literature review project (midwifery).
Read the full programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching

The degree is taught by expert staff who are leaders in the field of midwifery, many of whom have written core textbooks used on the course.

Students 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.

The new Clinical Skills Centre at the University offers state-of-the-art facilities so students can rehearse practical caring skills prior to their practice placement.

Students will have access to a simulated 6-bedded high dependency unit (HDU) with realistic equipment including piped oxygen, call bells, medicines and emergency equipment. In addition, medium fidelity simulators and laboratories, including a biology laboratory, allow students to rehearse skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and people's homes. Our Clinical Skills Online (CSO) resource provides a step by step video demonstration on clinical skills.

Moodle 2

Students will have the opportunity to use an enhanced Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle 2, launching in September 2013. Moodle provides students with web access to online course materials, resources, interactive activities, assessment and communication tools and is a key element of our blended learning approach; combining face to face teaching with online activity.

The new Moodle 2 environment brings with it new and improved features offering greater flexibility, navigation and functionality.

Assessment

Each module is assessed using a range of methods including written essays, simulations, examinations and practice-based skills assessments.

Read the full programme specification.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £Tuition fees are paid by the NHS for home and EU students
  • Full-time EU: Tuition fees are paid by the NHS for home and EU students. Applicants need to meet the general immigration and residence requirements set down by the Secretary of State for Health. Further information on eligibility is available here
  • Non-EU international students: Non-EU international students are not eligible to apply for this course

Download tuition fees and bursary information for NHS funded courses

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.

Students may be entitled to a bursary from the NHS. You can apply for a non-means tested grant and a means tested bursary to help you pay living expenses while you study. Further information on eligibility and application is available on www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk
Additional support is available for students with dependents and / or a disability as follows:

  • Dependants' Allowances
  • Parents Learning Allowance
  • Child Care Grant
  • Disabled Students' Allowance

For up-to-date information about financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance

Accommodation and Living Costs

All first year undergraduate students are guaranteed a place in hall. Conditions apply - check here for further information. The deadline to apply for first year undergraduate students is 30 June 2013. Apply here.

If you are living in our halls of residence, you can expect your accommodation to be between £180 and £285 per week depending on which Hall you are allocated - this includes heating, lighting, utility bills and internet access. Costs for private accommodation can range from £100 to £250 depending on facilities offered and the location and it is also very likely you will have to pay for your utility bills.

You will also need to pay for and manage any cost of living expenses - this list gives you an idea of what your weekly costs may be for some essentials in London. You may also find our money management tips and budgeting tips helpful so you can budget for and plan your weekly expenses.

Scholarships

Lord Mayor of London Scholarships for Academic Excellence

City is offering a scholarship of up to £500 per year to UK and EU undergraduate students achieving exceptional grades at 'A' level, International Baccalaureate or other equivalent qualifications. Read more here to see if you might qualify.

Bursaries

Students may be entitled to a bursary from the NHS. You can apply for a non-means tested grant and a means tested bursary to help you pay living expenses while you study. Further information on eligibility and application is available on www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk

Placements

The practice experience enables students to take relate the theory and practise their skills in a variety of real life contexts through supervised practice. At City students spend 60% of the course on clinical placements and 40% undertaking theoretical study and simulated practice.

At City placements take place in London's prestigious health care settings working with a diverse and complex population. Midwifery placements take place within City's 'community of practice', a partnership of healthcare providers in Central and North East London including:

The 'community of practice' allows students to consistently build up their skills whilst working with experienced health and social care professionals. Placements take place in a range of maternity 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. Students work and learn alongside consultant midwives and specialist midwives.

Students will be expected to follow the normal shift patterns of staff working in your allocated placement. This involves placements over the 24 hour cycle of care and may include evenings, overnight, weekends and bank holidays working an equivalent of 37.5 hours per week.

Students receive seven weeks of holiday each year which is pre-planned into the three year course. Midwifery uniforms are provided.

Clinical placements and Communities of Practice

Clinical placements are a vital factor in promoting understanding and development of professional skills. They help you become fit for practice, fit for purpose and fit for award by the time you complete your programme. Each placement provides you with educational opportunities to develop your professional skills.

Placements are undertaken within Communities of Practice. A Community of Practice is a group of healthcare practitioners, who share specific professional interests such as midwifery, mental health nursing, children's nursing, primary care and public health care or adult nursing.

Career Prospects

nullSuccessful graduates will be registered by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) which provides a professional qualification which is internationally recognised.
94% of our midwifery graduates go on to employment or further study after graduation, with our graduates starting their careers with an annual average salary of £29,500. A range of career opportunities are available for midwives in midwifery led stand-alone birth centres, acute units, independent practice, consultant and specialist roles. 

Our 2011 midwifery graduates went onto:

  • Jobs with a range of employers in London and the rest of the UK including Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Ealing Hospital NHS Trust, Epsom Hospital, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Trust, Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals, Hillingdon Hospital, Homerton Hospital, Newham Hospital, and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Midwifery is a life-long career where you can develop your skills and interests within a range of specialisms including the chance to go onto further advanced practice MSc study in a specialist area at City.

Students receive support from their personal tutor during the course and are encouraged to explore their personal career aspirations.

The Career and Skills Development Service at City also provides a professional, high quality careers and information service for students and recent graduates of City.  We support and develop students by providing essential tools to enhance employability. Find out more.

About the School and Department

School of Health Sciences

Midwifery

UCAS code: B715


This course is full and we are unable to accept new applications for entry in September 2014.


Applications should be made via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). The UCAS website also has lots of information and advice to help you. Please note our institution name is CITY and institution code is C60. We will then consider your application and if you are shortlisted we will contact you.

All shortlisted applicants are then invited to attend a selection day at our Northampton Square campus. The selection day consists of numeracy, literacy and aptitude tests where applicants are expected to show an insight into the midwifery profession. There is also an opportunity to find out more about the course and meet City staff. All successful applicants should hear from us within three weeks of the selection day.

Successful applicants will be offered a place on the course subject to occupational health, enhanced disclosure and barring service clearance. Academic and character references are also required.

How do we make our decision?

In reaching our selection decisions we will take into account your:

  • Exam performance (actual or predicted)
  • Personal Statement and reasons for choice of course / career
  • Evidence of intellectual ability
  • Tutor references
  • Relevant work experience

All eligible applicants invited to a selection day. Applicants must be able to demonstrate maturity, have excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to be empathetic. Previous experience of working within a caring environment is desirable. 

Find out more:

Contact us:

Admissions (UG & pre-registration)
School of Health Sciences
City University London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)20 7040 5000
E: health@city.ac.uk