This degree prepares you to support women through diverse experiences of pregnancy and childbirth. You’ll learn about more straightforward births, as well as complicated and emergency situations many women experience.
Alongside practical midwifery skills, you’ll 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.
- Develop practical professional skills through simulated practice in our specialist Clinical Skills Centre, before moving on to clinical placements
- Learn with specialist equipment that simulates birthing situations from normal to emergency, developing the skills you need no-matter the birthing situation you are supporting
- Study with experienced practitioners and research-active academics, providing you with skills and knowledge from the forefront of the discipline
- Spend approximately 60% of your degree on clinical placement in London's leading hospitals and community settings such as Barts Health NHS Trust and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Learn in diverse settings including midwifery-led units, home births, birthing centres, delivery suites, maternal and fetal assessment, and special care baby units.
Successful graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification enabling you to practice in the UK and overseas.
Additional qualifications may be required in some countries.
During this three-year course, you will be supported to develop your autonomy and accountability as a midwife. You will learn the professional knowledge and practical skills to care for women during pregnancy and childbirth.
Develop skills, professional knowledge and an understanding of the midwife's role. Put theory into practise with clinical placements in hospital, midwifery-led units, and women’s homes.
Using Evidence in Midwifery Practice (15 credits)
In this module you will explore the potential sources of knowledge available to midwives and to understand why evidence-based care is key to safe practice.
Foundation Skills for Midwifery Practice (15 credits)
This first module in your midwifery skills learning is designed to introduce you to the core aspects of professional practical knowledge and prepare you to engage in health care assessment and care delivery activities.
Developing Skills for Caring in Normal Midwifery Practice (Practice Experience) (45 credits)
This practice module introduces you to the core aspects of professional practical knowledge and prepare you to engage in health care assessment and care delivery activities. You will develop your knowledge and skills by providing hands-on care to mothers and their babies.
Introduction to Human Biology (15 credits)
The nature of midwifery practice requires you to have a strong foundation in the applied biological sciences. The aim of the module is to provide you with a variety of learning experiences in applied biological sciences theory.
Public Health, Midwifery and Healthy Communities (15 credits)
This module is intended to introduce you to midwifery as part of the public health agenda. The module will enable you to critically evaluate the midwife’s role in public health and health promotion.
An Introduction to Professional Midwifery Practice (15 credits)
This module introduces you to professional issues relating to contemporary midwifery practices. You will explore the ethical/legal framework underpinning current midwifery practice and develop your understanding of caring, accountability and autonomy and how these shape professional and public expectations and responsibilities.
Deepen your understanding of midwifery studying complex pregnancy and birth and working in partnership with women and multidisciplinary teams.
Reproductive Biology, Pathology and Pharmacology (15 credits)
The aim of this module is to build upon your prior knowledge of applied human biological theory and facilitate new knowledge and learning to underpin acquisition of midwifery skills for practice.
Developing Relationships in Midwifery Practice (15 credits)
This module will develop your understanding of professional practice and the caring relationships that underpin this. You will strengthen your knowledge through a range of topics, including philosophy of midwifery, risk assessments, local and global issues and policies in midwifery and relationship building.
Developing Skills for Midwifery Practice (15 credits)
This module will facilitate you with skills to meet the challenge of recognising deviations from the norm as regards interventions and make appropriate referrals in a supportive sensitive manner as you provide professional support for women and their partners during their birthing journey.
Skills for Co-ordinating Complex Midwifery Care (Practice Experience) (60 credits)
The module will introduce more complex care in a variety of clinical practice environments both maternity and non-maternity. You will develop your knowledge, skills and attitudes by providing hands-on, holistic care.
Co – Compulsory Module 1 – Anthropology of Childbirth (15 credits)
This module will develop your understanding of how anthropology can be applied at the abstract level to improve midwifery practice. You will gain an introduction to the anthropology of childbirth, which will critically contextualise your knowledge within the wider global and political context.
Co – Compulsory Module 2 – Sexual Health in relation to Midwifery Practice (15 credits)
This module will develop your understanding of the theory and practice of contraception and sexual health in relation to midwifery practice, as well as its impact on maternal and neonatal wellbeing.
Consolidate your skills and knowledge and develop your confidence to work independently as you prepare for professional practice.
Developing Autonomy in Midwifery Practice (Practice Experience) (60 credits)
This module will enable you to develop the necessary skills to provide professional and sensitive support for women during their birthing journey. You will further your competence in ethical midwifery practices and achieving quality care through evaluation and research
Leading and Managing in Professional Midwifery Practice (15 credits)
The module is designed to facilitate the development of your contribution to the management of care, the delivery of services and the development of yourselves and others as autonomous midwives.
Dissertation (45 credits)
The dissertation will be comprised of a 6,000 word literature review. The focus will be the development of critical skills through existing knowledge of research methods and perspectives in relation to planning and conducting a literature review of research relevant for policy/practice.
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. This includes mandatory learning in the workplace, which comprises approximately 60% of your degree on clinical placement. You will typically be on placement 21 weeks in year 1, 29 weeks in years 2 and 3.
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Teaching and assessment
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.
You will be assessed using a variety of methods, depending on module choices:
- Practice Assessment Document
- Case studies
- Written examinations (short answer questions, multiple choice questions, seen scenario)
- Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
- Enquiry-Based Learning (EBL)
- Drug Calculations
- Critique of research
- On-line quizzes and activities
- Self-assessment on-line activities.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose.
Year 1 assessment includes ongoing practical assessment of clinical skills.
Year 2 assessment includes 1 practical exam and ongoing practical assessment of clinical skills.
Year 3 assessment includes 1 practical exam and ongoing practical assessment of clinical skills.
The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2019/20 entry is as follows:
In year 1, typically, this includes 24 weeks academic work, 21 weeks clinical placement, 7 weeks holiday.
In year 2, typically, this includes 16 weeks academic, 29 weeks clinical placement, 7 weeks holiday.
In year 3, typically, this includes 16 weeks academic, 29 weeks clinical placement, 7 weeks holiday.
The following percentages are indicative and based on the 2019/20 academic year:
Fees and funding
Fees for year 2021/22
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/ 22 academic year only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase, which is normally 2%.
- Fee waivers are available for this course.
- Means tested support is available for 2021/22 entry.
Future finance loans
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On successful completion of this degree, you will gain registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, an internationally recognised professional qualification allowing you to practice in the UK and overseas. Some countries require additional registration.
Almost 90% of our graduates go on to employment or further study within 15 months of graduation (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18). Career options include working in:
- midwifery-led birth centres
- acute units
- consultant and specialist roles
- self-employment / independent practice.
Our graduates earn an average salary of £27,000 within 15 months of completing this course (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18). Many graduates advance to a Band 6 role within 6 – 12 months of graduating.
Many of our midwifery graduates work within the hospitals and trusts we partner with and are always happy to see a fellow City student.
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