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Are you passionate about ensuring that women have a safe and life-enhancing experience during their maternity care?

APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED FOR SEPTEMBER 2018 INTAKE

Building upon this course’s previous success, the new BSc (Hons) Midwifery Studies course has been developed to incorporate the future of midwifery practice whilst drawing on the essential elements of midwifery.

Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, you will leave this course as a confident graduate who is able to contribute to the care of childbearing women.

Delivered in our specialised clinical skills centre, you will have access to facilities and training equipment that is at the forefront of the midwifery practice. You will also undertake a number of placements, and have the option of applying for an overseas placement in the second year of your course.

The BSc Midwifery Studies course has been designed to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) enabling you to apply for professional registration as a midwife on successful completion of your degree.

This course boasts a very high employment rate, with 97% of students progressing to work or further study within six months of graduating (Unistats, 2016). 

Personal Statement Guidelines

Why is a personal statement important?

The Personal Statement in the application is about you (as the name suggests) and it is an opportunity to tell us why you want to study here and why you want to study the chosen field of nursing. The Nursing Midwifery Council require universities to conduct a face-to-face interview (including Skype) with all nursing candidates and the personal statement is key to you being asked to attend an interview. The personal statement is your chance to sell yourself to the person assessing your application.

What should you highlight in the Personal Statement?

Universities want to know what interests you about your chosen field of nursing and that you understand what it takes to be a nurse. You will need to include transferable skills gained at school, work or in your personal life. You will really need to think about the skills and qualities that are required to be a nurse. Universities want to know what bearing your current studies have on your selection to the chosen field of nursing, and what experiences you have gained from your studies. Look at the NHS Constitution and the six NHS Values and include some of the values within the statement. We also want to know what bearing your current studies have on your selection to the chosen field of nursing, and what experiences you have gained from your studies. We also want to learn about you, your extra-curricular activities, what you do in your spare time, any relevant work/volunteer experience, and any other achievements.

Through all this, you also have to pinpoint the skills and attributes you have gained from inside and outside of school/college. This is very important. For instance, if you have good powers of analysis and problem-solving ability then record this in the statement. If you are not sure where to start, write down a list of what you have done, and pick out the most relevant parts and link them to the field of nursing chosen.

What should I avoid doing?

Do not waffle. It is tempting to list everything you have done and let the selector 'pick out' the relevant bits - that does not happen. Think of it as a job application - keep it concise, keep it clear, and keep it logically organised. For everything you write, make sure it is relevant. For instance, do not say you just 'find something interesting' - that does not tell us much. We want to know why you find it interesting, and why that makes you a good candidate. Always remember that phrases such as 'for as long as I can remember' may sound good but they can sound cliched and at times simply are not true. Keep it honest - keep it meaningful.

What sort of experiences might be relevant?

You can talk about what you have learnt from team sports, part-time work or volunteer work. If you have health care experience then include this in the personal statement. You may might want to give examples of situations where you have demonstrated commitment, leadership and hard work. When have you adapted to new situations or managed a variety of commitments? Can you relate this to how you will cope with the demands of nursing? Have you had to deal with a difficult situation at work or at school or college? Whatever your experiences, tailor them to the chosen field of nursing.

Where can you get further tips?

There is a wealth of information available online and from careers advisers. Access nursing journals and health care websites too so that information in the personal statement is relevant to the chosen field of nursing.

Are you passionate about ensuring that women have a safe and life-enhancing experience during their maternity care?

APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED FOR SEPTEMBER 2018 INTAKE

Building upon this course’s previous success, the new BSc (Hons) Midwifery Studies course has been developed to incorporate the future of midwifery practice whilst drawing on the essential elements of midwifery.

Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, you will leave this course as a confident graduate who is able to contribute to the care of childbearing women.

Delivered in our specialised clinical skills centre, you will have access to facilities and training equipment that is at the forefront of the midwifery practice. You will also undertake a number of placements, and have the option of applying for an overseas placement in the second year of your course.

The BSc Midwifery Studies course has been designed to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) enabling you to apply for professional registration as a midwife on successful completion of your degree.

This course boasts a very high employment rate, with 97% of students progressing to work or further study within six months of graduating (Unistats, 2016). 

Personal Statement Guidelines

Why is a personal statement important?

The Personal Statement in the application is about you (as the name suggests) and it is an opportunity to tell us why you want to study here and why you want to study the chosen field of nursing. The Nursing Midwifery Council require universities to conduct a face-to-face interview (including Skype) with all nursing candidates and the personal statement is key to you being asked to attend an interview. The personal statement is your chance to sell yourself to the person assessing your application.

What should you highlight in the Personal Statement?

Universities want to know what interests you about your chosen field of nursing and that you understand what it takes to be a nurse. You will need to include transferable skills gained at school, work or in your personal life. You will really need to think about the skills and qualities that are required to be a nurse. Universities want to know what bearing your current studies have on your selection to the chosen field of nursing, and what experiences you have gained from your studies. Look at the NHS Constitution and the six NHS Values and include some of the values within the statement. We also want to know what bearing your current studies have on your selection to the chosen field of nursing, and what experiences you have gained from your studies. We also want to learn about you, your extra-curricular activities, what you do in your spare time, any relevant work/volunteer experience, and any other achievements.

Through all this, you also have to pinpoint the skills and attributes you have gained from inside and outside of school/college. This is very important. For instance, if you have good powers of analysis and problem-solving ability then record this in the statement. If you are not sure where to start, write down a list of what you have done, and pick out the most relevant parts and link them to the field of nursing chosen.

What should I avoid doing?

Do not waffle. It is tempting to list everything you have done and let the selector 'pick out' the relevant bits - that does not happen. Think of it as a job application - keep it concise, keep it clear, and keep it logically organised. For everything you write, make sure it is relevant. For instance, do not say you just 'find something interesting' - that does not tell us much. We want to know why you find it interesting, and why that makes you a good candidate. Always remember that phrases such as 'for as long as I can remember' may sound good but they can sound cliched and at times simply are not true. Keep it honest - keep it meaningful.

What sort of experiences might be relevant?

You can talk about what you have learnt from team sports, part-time work or volunteer work. If you have health care experience then include this in the personal statement. You may might want to give examples of situations where you have demonstrated commitment, leadership and hard work. When have you adapted to new situations or managed a variety of commitments? Can you relate this to how you will cope with the demands of nursing? Have you had to deal with a difficult situation at work or at school or college? Whatever your experiences, tailor them to the chosen field of nursing.

Where can you get further tips?

There is a wealth of information available online and from careers advisers. Access nursing journals and health care websites too so that information in the personal statement is relevant to the chosen field of nursing.

Course Information

UCAS Code
B720

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time (45 weeks per year)

Department
Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location
Coach Lane Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Department / Nursing, Midwifery and Health

Northumbria's Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health offers students the opportunity to develop caring careers that can transform the lives of patients, families and communities.

Nursing at Northumbria

Taught in our specialised clinical skills centre, you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and training equipment that is at the forefront of the healthcare industry.

Book an Open Day / Experience Midwifery Studies BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Midwifery Studies. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

With a key focus on the wellbeing of women and how to support them through the birthing experience, successful completion of this course will provide you with the qualification required to become a registered and practicing midwife.

Half of your time will be spent within a placement environment, with the rest of your teaching delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. You will also be given the opportunity to apply for an optional international placement in the second year of your course.

Working within our Clinical Skills Centre, you will have the opportunity to practise your new skills within a simulated environment, before applying them to the workplace during your placements.

This course utilises a range of assessment methods including written assignments, reflective personal portfolios and the direct observation of skills and competencies.

In your final year you will complete a dissertation where all of the skills and knowledge you have acquired can be put into practice. 

 

Student Profiles / Midwifery Studies BSc (Hons)

Hear what it is really like to study Midwifery Studies BSc (Hons) from our current students.

Book an Open Day / Midwifery Studies BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Midwifery Studies. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

This course is delivered by a specialist team of qualified midwives who draw on their experiences of theory and practice to deliver a course that is relevant to this ever-evolving area. You will also receive support from other academics with experience in mental health and family therapy. 

Throughout the duration of your degree you will have access to ongoing support through a dedicated personal tutor and our practice learning team (PLT). You will also have an allocated mentor who will be there to provide on-site support whilst you undertake your placements. 

To further enhance your knowledge and learning we regularly welcome external speakers who are experts in their field and actively working within the profession. 

Book an Open Day / Midwifery Studies BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Midwifery Studies. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

This course is based at our Coach Lane campus, which houses our Clinical Skills Centre – a purpose-built facility that will allow you to develop practical skills and gain valuable experience of within a simulated scenario.

Our facilities are some of the most advanced and allow us to ensure your learning evolves in-line with the latest developments in this profession.

You will have access to our University library – which has been recognised as third best in the UK – and well equipped working space, The Hub, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Technology is embedded throughout all aspects of your degree and you will receive ongoing support through our innovative e-learning platform, Blackboard, where you can access module handbooks, assessment information, lecture presentation slides and reading lists. 

Nursing Facilities / Clinical Skills Centre

The Clinical Skills Centre, located at the heart of Coach Lane Campus, is the focal point for our Health students educational journey.

Virtual Tour

Come and explore our outstanding facilities in this interactive virtual tour.

University Library

At the heart of each Northumbria campus, our libraries provide a range of study space and technology to suit every learning style.

Book an Open Day / Experience Midwifery Studies BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Midwifery Studies. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Research-rich learning is embedded throughout all of this course’s modules and some of our teaching team are research-active clinicians with their own areas of specialism.

Offering access to resources relating to current issues and developments within midwifery practice, you will be required to undertake your own research and discuss your findings with your peers and tutors, before producing a dissertation in the final year of your course.  Undertaken under the supervision of your tutor, your dissertation gives you the opportunity to conduct applied research in a field of midwifery that interests you most.

Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Midwifery. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).

 

 

 

Book an Open Day / Experience Midwifery Studies BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Midwifery Studies. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Developed in-line with the competencies identified within the NMC standards and the values that underpin the NHS constitution, you will leave this course prepared for the workplace and with the relevant clinical experience to apply for professional registration.

The work placements you will complete whilst studying for your degree will provide you with experience of working in a real life environment, something that can prove invaluable when applying for jobs. Additionally, in the final year of your course you will have the unique opportunity to carry a small caseload of women through their childbirth experience.

This course offers additional enhancements such as flexible preparation for neonatal physical examination, which can further contribute to your CV.

On graduation you will have extensive experience of working with state-of-the-art equipment, in addition to relevant industry experience.

Northumbria University boasts excellent links with the NHS and other organisations in the region and our students are renowned for their high level of skills, something that is demonstrated by our consistently high employment rates. 

 

 

 

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

Book an Open Day / Experience Midwifery Studies BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Midwifery Studies. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

On graduation you will possess the skills and qualifications required to pursue a career in midwifery. You will also have the opportunity to gain an Integrated MNurs / Registered Nursing qualification, as successful completion will prepare you for registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Midwives can practice in both a hospital and community environment, meaning there are many job opportunities once qualified. You may also wish to pursue management level roles as your career progresses.

Graduates of the BSc Midwifery Studies course may also wish to pursue further study or doctoral-level qualifications.

 

 

Book an Open Day / Experience Midwifery Studies BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Midwifery Studies. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

Would you like to learn the skills required to support women throughout their childbirth experience? This course could be for you.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths, English Language and a Science at minimum grade C or university recognised equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

120 UCAS Tariff points which must include an A level in a Science or Health related subject.

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Distinction, Distinction, Merit in a Science or Health related subject.

Scottish Highers:

BBBBC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher including a science or health related subject.

Irish Highers:

BBBBB  - ABBBB including a Science or Health related subject.

IB Diploma:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level including a Science or Health related subject.

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 credits at Distinction and 27 at Merit.  Candidates who do not hold the requisite GCSEs must ensure the Access course includes English Language and Maths at a minimum of 6 credits at level 2 or 3 at level 3, and a Science or Health related subject at 9 credits at level 3.

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

Additional:

A suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and a satisfactory health check are required. You must meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council's suitability for registratio

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 7.0 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

    Additional:

    A suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and a satisfactory health check are required. You must meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council's suitability for registration requireme

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

You will be required to purchase a fob watch and suitable footwear for use in placement, which will cost approximately £80. You will need to pay for your own travel costs, which may be approximately £800 per year depending on your placement location. You may be eligible to claim reimbursement of travel costs from the NHS Business Authority. Up to date information relating to this can be found at: https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/student-services. If using a car to attend placement, you may also need to pay parking charges of approximately £200 per year.

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

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Health: Education, Information and Health Promotion in Midwifery Practice (NC, 20 Credits)

During this module, you will be introduced to the Framework for Quality Maternal and Newborn Care (QMNC) and the practice category of Education, Information and Health promotion. You will explore what is meant by health, and the factors and determinants that influence health, related to pre-conception and the maternity experience for women and their families. You will explore the psychology of pregnancy, adaptation to parenthood, and emotional wellbeing. You will also be introduced to sociological topics, such as women in society, an introduction to mental health and applied social policy specifically related to maternity services and parental support. Through exploring and applying the QMNC Framework and the care of all childbearing women and infants, the module will develop your understanding of health inequalities and epidemiology in maternity care and provision, which will include a global context/appreciation of women’s health in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development goals . Public health and priorities in maternity will be highlighted. You will explore the work of the midwife in supporting women and their families, through topics such as health education, nutrition and sexual health. The Essential Skills for Midwifery Practice module and your associated practice experience in the community setting will support the content of the module as you will observe and participate in midwifery care to a diverse population and have an opportunity to reflect on the impact of midwifery care on the health of women and their infants.

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Identifying Midwifery Evidence (NC, 20 Credits)

This module will enable you to explore the forms of and skills for enquiry within midwifery practice. The module will help you to identify the various forms of evidence that may inform midwifery practice such as audit, practice development, evaluation, theory and research. This will establish the range of voices and perspectives that may contribute to the midwifery evidence base. The module will help you to explore midwifery evidence and to develop techniques for its retrieval from a range sources. In addition, it will provide you with the opportunity to develop the essential study skills that contribute to effective midwifery practice. Ultimately, the module helps you on your journey to becoming a practitioner who can combine clinical knowledge and skills and tailor care to women’s circumstances and needs in keeping with The Framework for Quality Maternal and Newborn Care (QMNC) .

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Exploring Values in Midwifery Practice (NC, 20 Credits)

This module will explore the values required to tailor care to women and families circumstances and needs. You will have the opportunity to develop skills and abilities which will assist you to provide women-centred and family-centred care. It is recognised that emotional resilience is a beneficial attribute within midwifery practice and the module will explore the development of this on your journey to becoming a midwife. You will engage in a series of workshops and seminars where you will explore your personal beliefs, values and attributes and apply these to practice scenarios where interpersonal relationships are key such as within a mental health pathway. The focus for such explorations may include screening conversations, challenging situations such as inquiring about domestic violence or drug and alcohol misuse and will reference the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code of Professional Standards . In addition, the module will introduce you to the development of therapeutic relationships, beginning with micro-skills such as listening and questioning and moving this to core therapeutic skills. You will be encouraged to reflect upon the development of your personal skills and group functioning. This will help you to address the notion of a ‘community of practice’ where a group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do, and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly and which is recognised as key to providing good quality care. A reflective review of your experiences within the module will form the basis of the summative assessment.

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Assessment, Screening and Care Planning in Midwifery Practice (NC, 20 Credits)

This module will introduce the practice category of ‘assessment, screening and care planning’ from the Framework for Quality Maternal and Newborn Care and as such will provide you with an introduction to the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care and support to women and their families. Emphasising normality and the development of women’s capabilities, you will examine theories and concepts which underpin care throughout the antenatal period, birth and the postnatal period. You will have the opportunity to explore the provision of care in various contexts such as the home, community, midwife-led care facilities and hospital, to enable you to assist women in making informed choices. Assessment of health care needs will include for example, physical assessment during pregnancy e.g. abdominal examination. Care planning includes issues such as understanding the concept of pain and its management. In addition, you will develop your knowledge around the risks and benefits of maternal, fetal and neonatal screening in order to support shared decision making with women regarding their health and that of the fetus/neonate. Module content will be framed by the NMC Code of Professional Standards.

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Essential Skills in Midwifery Practice 1 (NC, 20 Credits)

Women want midwives who “combine clinical knowledge and skills with interpersonal and cultural competence” therefore this module will begin to develop your clinical knowledge and skills, which will aid you in your journey to become a safe, effective and compassionate midwife. Learning will be focused on the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) Essential Skills Clusters in the domains for effective midwifery practice. These domains are; communication, the initial consultation between the woman and midwife, normal labour and birth, initiation and continuance of breastfeeding and an introduction to the management of medical products. You will learn the underpinning theory and rationale for the current approaches to midwifery care and develop safe and effective clinical skills to enable you to meet the NMC’s first progression point at the end of your first year. The expectations of professional practice will also be introduced via an understanding and application of the NMC Code in combination with other policy drivers. For example, in relation to data protection, confidentiality and record keeping and in line with NHS Digital Technology plans you will use an electronic learning application to record your achievements and progress in the clinical environment. Safe practice is also introduced in preparation for placement learning as you address topics such as moving and handling and safeguarding of vulnerable children and adults.

You will experience the 24 hour/seven-day care provision during your clinical placements, enabling you to develop an understanding of women, their infants and family’s needs. You will work in partnership with women (under supervision) to provide a woman centred approach to care.

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Promoting Normal Processes in Midwifery Practice (NC, 20 Credits)

You will learn about the anatomy and physiology of the non-pregnant female body prior to pregnancy and how this changes in pregnancy, birth and post birth periods .This will include an introduction to genetics, related to reproduction & midwifery practice and is in keeping with the Framework for Quality Maternal and Newborn Care (QMNC) and the category of Promoting Normal Processes. You will also learn about fetal and placental development together with the physiological changes a baby requires at birth and in the first few weeks of life. The principles of pharmacology will be discussed and elements of microbiology introduced. All topics which are explored will be relevant to the beginning of your professional journey and you will be assisted to apply this knowledge in supporting and promoting normality for childbearing women in class discussions of midwifery orientated case scenarios.

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Academic Language Skills for Nursing, Midwifery and Health; Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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Essential Skills in Midwifery Practice 2 (NC, 20 Credits)

This module will build on the clinical knowledge and skills gained in year one and develop these as you explore the role of the midwife working with women with complex care needs in a variety of practice settings. This is in keeping with the framework for Quality Maternal and Newborn Care for all childbearing women and infants including those with complications. Women’s experiences of complex care will provide the foundation for continued learning focused on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Essential Skills Clusters (communication, the initial consultation between the woman and midwife, normal labour and birth, initiation and continuance of breastfeeding and management of medical products). In relation to your ongoing development as a professional, your skills and knowledge will be enhanced and applied to the expectations of the NMC Code . In order to provide care in complex situations you will need to develop your knowledge and skills in relation to patient safety, referral and decision-making. These areas of practice require that you are able to understand and work across professional boundaries, recognising the impact of the context of care provision on the personal and professional leadership skills you need to demonstrate in practice. Safe practice is embedded in the module as you revisit skills such as infection control, life support and the management of medicines. Using case scenarios and reflection these will be applied to situations from your practice experience which include for example peri- operative care, surgical birth and neonatal care. In addition, safeguarding and the protection of vulnerable adults and children will be revisited alongside developing your understanding of issues such as consent and confidentiality. The principles of caseload midwifery will be introduced in preparation for learning in year three and also to reflect the holistic nature of midwifery practice in meeting the needs of all childbearing women. You will continue to advance in relation to data protection and record keeping and in line with NHS Digital Technology plans you will use an electronic learning application to record your achievements and progress in the clinical environment.

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Appraising Midwifery Evidence (NC, 20 Credits)

This module will develop and apply your skills in midwifery enquiry and appraisal. You will explore a range of research designs and methods and consider their appropriateness and impact upon the midwifery evidence base enabling you to further combine clinical knowledge and skills to tailor care to women’s circumstances and needs in keeping with The Framework for Quality Maternal and Newborn Care (QMNC) . This will include if, how and why women and their families may be engaged in evaluating and researching midwifery practice. The module will help you to appreciate the ethical considerations and the processes, tools and metrics used to assess and appraise the quality of midwifery research and evaluation. This will enable you to appraise the appropriateness of the methods used to evaluate midwifery practice and to consider their place in the development of midwifery. Implicit to the module is a research led element where you will explore issues, concepts and theory, pertinent to your midwifery practice project in year three.

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First Line Management of Complications in Childbearing Women (NC, 20 Credits)

What will I learn on this module? (SRS 0001) Please give a brief indication of the content of the module including the main topic / subject areas studied

The Nursing & Midwifery Council , identify that midwives need “to recognise the warning signs of abnormality in the mother which necessitate referral to a doctor and assist the latter where appropriate; to take the necessary emergency measures in the doctor’s absence…”, this module will therefore build on existing knowledge of the normal physiology to introduce you to emergency and high dependency scenarios within midwifery care. This is in keeping with the framework for Quality Maternal and Newborn Care for all childbearing women and infants with complications . You will explore the theory and evidence underpinning childbirth emergencies to develop your ability to recognise, diagnose and manage serious complications. You will identify when to summon appropriate aid, select and justify the first line management of childbirth emergencies, within the scope of midwifery practice. You will also be introduced to aspects of high dependency care that will facilitate the application of knowledge relating to pathophysiology and underpin clinical practice in a variety of care settings. You will achieve the recognised competencies required by midwives caring for acutely ill women at point of registration and have addressed the core skills identified by the Intercollegiate Maternal Critical Care Sub-committee of the Obstetric Anaesthetist Association.

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Public Health and Midwifery Practice (NC, 20 Credits)

Midwives are normally the lead professionals at the start of life and as such have a fundamental role in ensuring that women and their families benefit from essential public health messages . The module will engage you with current policy and strategies to address health inequalities such as Starting Well and you will consider means to promote wellbeing across the life course. Building on your knowledge and understanding of women’s health you will further explore the sexual health needs of women.
Reflecting the Quality Maternity and Newborn Care Framework (QMNC) your learning on this module will develop your understanding of the health needs of childbearing women and enable you to appreciate the complexity of women’s lives. Specific attention will be given to groups of women where outcomes are less favourable such as those seeking asylum, women with learning difficulties and those using drugs and alcohol. Applying and enhancing your understanding of public health policy, epidemiology and health promotion theories, you will explore potential solutions in the promotion of health for women, families and their communities within a framework of ethical practice.

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Assessment, Screening and Care Planning for Complexity in Maternal Care (NC, 20 Credits)

In the second year of your midwifery programme, you will be introduced to knowledge that will facilitate your understanding of complex physical, psychological and social situations that may arise throughout pregnancy and childbirth which may involve diverse care pathways. As the midwife is the coordinator for pregnant women with complex needs, you need an underpinning knowledge of the range of common conditions and issues and their potential impact on the woman, and family. This knowledge will enable you to begin to identify deviations from normal health and pregnancy and to assess, screen, plan, implement and evaluate care provision in partnership with women applying the principles of shared decision making when appropriate. This is in keeping with the framework for Quality Maternal and Newborn Care for all childbearing women and infants with complications. You will study a range of subjects to facilitate your learning for example, physical assessment and history taking, pathophysiology, diabetes, cardiac disease, venous thromboembolism and mental health. You will then be facilitated to integrate and apply your developing knowledge and skills to clinical practice. You will also be introduced to the variety of roles and responsibilities for women with complex issues within the pathways of care involved, with particular reference to that of the midwife.

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Assessment, Screening and Care Planning: Normality and Complexity in the Neonate (NC, 20 Credits)

This module addresses the midwifery care of the fetus and the newborn infant. You will enhance your understanding of assessment and develop the skills necessary to evaluate fetal wellbeing and justify care decisions. You will consolidate your understanding of the healthy neonate and progress to understand and evaluate assessment and care requirements for infants with more complex and challenging needs. This is in keeping with the framework for Quality Maternal and Newborn Care for all childbearing women and infants with complications. This will include the pre-term infant, intra uterine growth restriction and the ill neonate. Genomics and other factors that render the fetus and neonate vulnerable will be explored within the context of professional and ethical frameworks. Newborn physical examination skills and understanding will be enhanced, you will be introduced to the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) screening components and rehearse these skills with supervised simulation.

The UNICEF UK Baby-friendly Education Standards will inform this module content. The benefits and challenges of initiating and sustaining lactation and breastfeeding in complex circumstances will be explored and alternative feeding approaches will be debated. You will develop your understanding of the mother –baby relationship and the skills needed to support early motherhood as an essential component of midwifery care.

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Academic Language Skills for Nursing, Midwifery and Health; Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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Essential Skills:Transition to Midwifery Practice (NC, 40 Credits)

This module enables you to demonstrate that you have experienced the range and volume of clinical learning that is required by the NMC Standards for pre-registration midwifery education and can safely and effectively perform the competencies required of a midwife at the point of joining the NMC register. The module enables you to complete progression in the Essential Skills Clusters and consolidate your learning in relation to the five practice categories set out in the Framework for Quality Maternal and Newborn Care (QMNC) . The emphasis of your learning will be your role in leading and managing care tailored to women’s individual circumstances and needs, as you demonstrate increasing autonomy in your practice. Caseload midwifery is a key focus in your practice learning; this will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate these skills as you provide care and support to a group of women from early in their pregnancy throughout the antenatal period, during labour and birth and then into the postnatal period until care by the midwife is complete.

Safe practice is embedded within the module as you revisit skills such as infection control, life support and the management of medicines. Using case scenarios and reflection, you will apply these skills to situations from your practice experience, for example, safety in childbirth and protection of normal processes. The expectations of professional practice and the NMC Code will be consolidated, for example, in relation to the concept of advocacy where you would effectively apply the NMC Code to the protection of vulnerable children and adults.

You will be signposted to revisit the theories and approaches explored in years 1&2 of your programme and apply these to midwifery practice as you consolidate your academic and professional skills. The module provides a conduit for the integration of new theoretical knowledge gained throughout Year 3 into the clinical environment and into your emerging personal style of midwifery practice, ready for your registration as a midwife. These areas of practice require that you are able to understand and work effectively across professional boundaries, recognising the impact of the context of care provision upon the personal and professional skills you need to demonstrate in practice.

You will be encouraged to address key concepts including transformational leadership skills, your ability to work effectively as part of an interprofessional team, demonstrating leadership by taking the lead to ensure best practice. To help you consolidate those skills, you will utilise service user feedback to evaluate care provision and feed this forward into your practice as a midwife, maximising the quality of experience and outcomes for women.

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Delivering High Quality Care: Midwifery Practice Project (NC, 40 Credits)

The module explores the aspirations, content and context of delivering high quality care, and is informed by the Quality Maternal and Newborn Care Framework (QMNC) where evidence has illustrated the impact of educated midwives on maternal and perinatal health. The module culminates in you undertaking a Midwifery Practice Project where you will have the opportunity to select an aspect of your midwifery practice which you will critique from a personal, professional and organisational perspective and produce recommendations for your future practice. The module will assist you to deconstruct and reconstruct practice using in depth analysis of the evidence base, creative thinking, alternative theoretical perspectives and critical theory. In addition, learning will embrace the impact that organisational culture and personal attributes may have upon the success of developing your practice and the potential contribution of practice development models and tools to the health of women and their families. During the development of your midwifery project you will be encouraged to actively reflect upon your practice experiences and developing professional and graduate attributes. You will have the opportunity to consider means of disseminating your work including further development activity, study or publication.

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Organising Midwifery Care: Better Births (NC, 20 Credits)

On this module, you will examine the importance of the role of the midwife in ensuring women have a safe and satisfying birth experience reflecting the Quality Maternal and Newborn Care (QMNC) Framework . You will develop and consolidate knowledge of theories and approaches that underpin quality maternal, fetal and newborn care in labour, birth and the early postnatal period. You will critique how this knowledge is used in midwifery practice to assess needs, promote normality, prevent / anticipate complications and make appropriate referrals. At the start of the module you will engage in an exploration of personal, professional, institutional and societal values and beliefs about childbirth. Online activities will enable you to assess your existing knowledge of normal physiological processes, whilst lectures will develop your knowledge of this further and you will apply the relevant different frameworks for understanding birth physiology. Examining the wider context within which intrapartum care takes place will facilitate your engagement with factors that influence the care and support of service users to promote normal processes. This will include subjects such as policy initiatives, debates around place of birth and midwife led care, organisation of care, medical / technocratic and social / holistic approaches philosophies of care and theory of ‘Midwifery Guardianship’. Workshops will focus on key areas to develop and consolidate your midwifery knowledge and skills in supporting normality, identifying complexity and determining appropriate action during labour, birth and the early postnatal period.

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Organising Midwifery Care: Women and Families (NC, 20 Credits)

The module addresses the midwifery care of women and families using the Quality Maternal and Newborn Care framework (QMNC) and is an opportunity for you to combine and advance clinical knowledge and skills with interpersonal and cultural competence in this area. You will construct appropriate evidenced-based care for women in relation to more complex case analyses specifically drawn from antenatal and postnatal contexts, such as the use of mental health first aid following post-traumatic stress disorder or delivering a positive screening result. Subject areas are drawn from the five practice categories described in the QMNC framework and include other topics such as preparation for parenting, expectant management of common problems in the newborn, and meeting the health needs of vulnerable women and their infants. You will learn to participate in reflective and critical debate upon issues that impact on your forthcoming role as a Midwife and your ability to provide available, accessible and acceptable care to women and their families in antenatal and postnatal contexts. Equally, you will be able to critically reflect upon and analyse your own development and future continued professional development as the module provides an opportunity to engage in a modified NMC re-validation exercise using the theory base of the module as a source of personal development.

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Academic Language Skills for Nursing, Midwifery and Health; Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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