You can choose your study base to be in Bournemouth or Portsmouth for this course, the Bournemouth course starts in September and Portsmouth in February each year.
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On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators and technicians.
- Introduction to Professional Practice: You’ll be introduced to the framework that will guide your practice as a midwife, including the professional, legal and ethical codes of practice. You’ll also start to learn key communication skills.
- Antenatal & Postnatal Care of Mother & Baby 1: This unit explores how the body’s systems change during the pregnancy and postnatal periods; focusing on an uncomplicated antenatal and postnatal experience. You’ll also learn how to support infant feeding.
- Antenatal & Postnatal Care of Mother & Baby 2: Building on the unit above, you’ll explore more complicated procedures if the mother or baby deviates from the normal antenatal spectrum. This unit also teaches you about postnatal screening for women and their babies.
- Labour & Birth: This practical unit explores the role of the midwife in providing holistic care for mothers and their newborn during a normal birth. You’ll also learn the professional and legal dimensions of care during labour and birth.
- Health & Wellbeing 1: You’ll be introduced to aspects of wellbeing and health for the mother, infant and/or family. You’ll reflect on services provided to enhance the wellbeing of mothers and babies using experiences from professional practice. You will also begin to learn the evidence based knowledge and skills essential to provide infant feeding support underpinned by the Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI).
- Clinical Practice 1: This unit will prepare you for clinical practice, introducing fundamental midwifery skills and underpinning theory and highlighting the role and responsibilities of student midwives.
- Pathophysiology: You’ll learn genetics and the pathological and pregnancy-related conditions of mothers and neonatal conditions and the impact they might have on the woman and her family.
- Caseloading Practice: This unit will prepare you for caseloading, multidisciplinary working and autonomous woman-centered practice.
- Medicines Management: You will develop an understanding of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics underpinning medicine management. You will be required to demonstrate your ability to meet the standards of numeracy required to safely administer medicines medicines.
- Health & Wellbeing 2: This unit will enable you to develop awareness of global issues related to the health and wellbeing of mothers and their families, exploring epidemiological trends and psychosocial determinants of health.
- Exploring Evidence to Guide Professional Practice: You’ll reflect on how professional practice can be enhanced in accordance with value bases for professional practice across disciplinary boundaries.
- Clinical Practice 2: In this unit you will develop your skills and competencies in professional practice through inter-disciplinary working.
- Complex Care: This unit will teach you how to assess risk in order to plan and prioritise the care of women and their babies who have complications that may occur in the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal periods.
- Health Leadership & Innovation: During this unit you’ll illustrate analytical understanding regarding personal and professional leadership and its transformatory potential in the provision of midwifery care/ services.
- Evidencing Practice: You’ll undertake an in-depth analysis and synthesis of the evidence surrounding a chosen topic of professional practice.
- Service Improvement Project: This group project will explore a service area of health care where you can enhance the experiences of people using the service.
- Clinical Practice 3: In this unit you will enhance your skills enabling you to become a safe, autonomous and competent practitioner eligible for entry on to the professional register.
Scheduled learning and teaching activities
You will undertake scheduled learning and teaching, as well as placements which means you’ll gain the practical skills necessary to work as a Midwife. Your study time at BU will be split between scheduled learning and teaching activities and guided independent learning, such as preparing for and writing up coursework assignments.
Year 1 – 19% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities
- Learning and teaching: 209 hours
- Independent learning: 391 hours
- Non-assessed learning and teaching: 19 hours
- Placement hours: 600
Year 2 – 26% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities
- Learning and teaching: 235 hours
- Independent learning: 365 hours
- Non-assessed learning and teaching: 12 hours
- Placement hours: 600
Year 3 - 20% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities
- Learning and teaching: 248 hours
- Independent learning: 352 hours
- Non-assessed learning and teaching: 2 hours
- Placement hours:600
43% of the course is assessed by coursework
- Year 1: 38%
- Year 2: 42%
- Year 3: 50%
Midwifery is a very practical profession and you will largely be assessed on your skills in practice environments, however you will also undertake written coursework allowing you to reflect on your learning and also group work.
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Download the programme specification for BSc (Hons) Midwifery.
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All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.
The course is designed with blocks of theory and practice throughout the three years. This means you will gain clinical experience in all aspects of midwifery practice. Your first placement will typically be in the community or a birth centre and starts in week seven of the course.
Other clinical experience will include neonatal care, gynaecology and theatre and throughout the course you will have the opportunity to organise a number of visits to areas/organisations of interest to you, in relation to public health, such as: Sure Start programmes, National Childbirth Trust, health promotion departments, etc.
If you are based in Bournemouth, your clinical placements will be located in Poole, Bournemouth, Salisbury, Dorchester, Yeovil, Basingstoke or Winchester. For those based in Portsmouth, placement localities are Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight or Basingstoke.
What hours do you work?
When on placement you will experience the full 24 hour shift pattern to include 12-13 hour shifts, weekends and night shifts. You will follow the shift pattern of your allocated placement mentor, which means you cannot chose which days you work. Although this does involve some weekend working, it is highly unlikely that you will be working every weekend.
Due to placement availability, the offered place is in the same clinical locality for three years. You will be assigned midwife link tutors who will provide support during both theoretical and practical experience.
Placements and travel costs
Your learning will be based at our Lansdowne Campus or at our Portsmouth sub-campus, while clinical placements will be in a variety of places within Dorset and Somerset, in order to provide the necessary breadth of experience. This will involve some travel, and may require you to find short-term accommodation in order to participate in block placements. Although your term time address and method of transport are taken into consideration when allocating your placements there is an expectation that all students will have to travel up to 40 miles to reach their placements. Due to the more rural nature of some of the placements you may be required to travel further.
The NHS Student Bursaries will inform you of the travel expenses you may be able to claim when they assess your bursary; they will also advise on expenses you may claim for accommodation costs incurred as a result of block placements away from home.
If the placement locality you have been assigned is outside of the BH postcode area (e.g. Salisbury, Dorchester, Yeovil, Basingstoke or Winchester), you may be eligible for support for travelling to Bournemouth to study. Criteria and detailed information on the support available can be found here.
Each of our NHS-funded training courses contains a significant amount of placement experience, with this often being undertaken in outlying areas rather than solely in towns/cities. You need to consider this when making your application and be clear about what you will be undertaking. If your placement locality is to be assigned for the full length of the course, i.e. for Nursing, Midwifery and ODP, you will need to consider the realities of training within that geographical area and be specific about which would be suitable for you – whilst being flexible may in some circumstances increase your chances of success, being unrealistic will lead to problems. Don't forget to ensure that you take note of the locality you have been assigned when you receive your offer letter and arrange your accommodation accordingly.
You can find out more about our placement locations here.
Background & experience
For Midwifery, we are looking for applicants who:
- Have a clear understanding of the profession, including insight into the role of the midwife
- Are motivated and committed to undertaking the course
- Can demonstrate personal skills and qualities relevant to succeeding on the course, including time management and communication skills.
We understand the difficulty in gaining experience within a Midwifery setting, and suggest the following examples of how you may gain insight into the role of a midwife: talking to midwives, talking to women who run support groups relating to breastfeeding, child health, or family care, reading relevant Midwifery journals, for example ‘The Practising Midwife’ and accessing relevant websites, for example the NHS Careers website.
You will need to demonstrate that you currently have the skills to study at a higher education level (please see the Recommended Qualifications section). Evidence of recent study could be via a formal qualification or work-based activities completed in the last three years. Bournemouth University sets its own academic entry criteria using the Nursing and Midwifery Council minimum entry requirements as a base and there is strong competition for places.
In the healthcare sector IT is now a vital tool for accessing and maintaining client records, accessing literature to client care and conducting clinically-related research. As a student you will receive an introduction to IT near the beginning of your course and you will be provided with computer access and your own email address. During the course you will be expected to use your developing IT skills to produce assignments, to conduct literature searches, and to use client-related record systems in the clinical setting.
Our courses are built around the NHS constitution values, and when assessing your application we will take these values into consideration:
- Working together for patients
- Respect and dignity
- Commitment to quality of care
- Improving lives
- Everyone counts.
Find out more about the NHS Constitution principles.
We’ll use the UCAS applications to create a shortlist of candidates that we would like to find out more about, and may invite you for an interview. You can find some handy hints about filling in your UCAS form on our how to apply webpages.
Our offer making process
Our offer making will typically be based on your three main graded qualifications, including any required subjects. Additional study may be valuable for breadth of study, and we will look at a range of qualifications and subjects, including the Extended Project Qualification and General Studies, although these may not be part of our offer.
If you do not meet the criteria of your original offer, we may still offer you a place. We will review your whole application and consider all academic qualifications (including those not in the offer) and the rest of the application to see if you have the academic potential to succeed on the course. If we feel the answer is yes, we will still confirm your place.
How we'll assess your application
We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course considering a range of factors, including your academic achievements, work and other experience, predicted grades, reference and personal statement, and in some cases, your performance at an interview/selection test.
If you meet one or more of our contextual data indicators for educational disadvantage (such as being in care, living in a low participation neighbourhood or in an area with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics), your offer could be between 6-20 points below the published tariff.
If your application is shortlisted, you will receive a Supplementary form from the Midwifery Recruitment Administrator to complete in order to process your application further. On this form you will be asked to indicate your choice of academic teaching site, ie, Bournemouth or Portsmouth, and a first and second choice for your Clinical Locality placement site. You will also be required to provide details for a second reference, any missing employment/educational history, and to declare any criminal cautions/convictions.
What to expect at interview
The midwifery interview process involves two days, a Test Day and an Applicant Selection Day. If your application is successfully shortlisted, you will receive an invite to attend one of our Test Days. This day will consist of a numeracy test and a literacy activity carried out during either a morning or afternoon slot. The literacy activity guidelines will be sent out with your invite in order for you to prepare. Please find some sample questions for the numeracy and literacy activities. If you are successful in both the literacy and numeracy activities undertaken, you will receive an email from the Recruitment Administrator inviting you to one of the Applicant Selection days. Again, this will either be during a morning or afternoon slot, and will involve an interview activity and an individual interview.
When do you find out if you have been successful?
If you are unsuccessful in your literacy and numeracy tests on the Test Day, we will be unable to proceed with your application any further and you will not be asked to attend an interview. This should be updated on the UCAS system within seven days.
For those who do attend an Applicant Selection Day, your file will be reviewed and a decision will be made on whether to offer you a place on the programme. Only once we have completed all interview days will applicants be selected, and offers will be made through the UCAS system. Decisions are typically made and updated on UCAS by the end of March.
You can find further information about interviews with the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences here.
In addition to the reference on your UCAS form, once we’ve received your application we will contact you to ask for a second reference; this can be a different teacher/ lecturer, employer or person who knows you in a professional capacity.
Unconditional offer scheme
Our Unconditional Offer Scheme seeks to reward exceptional applicants who are predicted to achieve top academic results. The scheme is offered to applicants on all courses who are predicted AAA at A-level/DDD in BTEC Extended Diploma, or above, or equivalent, subject to any course selection measures and meeting other entry criteria (i.e. required qualifications).
We believe that unconditional offers will reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible. International qualifications are considered in the scheme; however applicants must satisfy the English language requirements.
2017 entry requirements
The new UCAS Tariff will be used for September 2017 entry.
The entry requirements for this course are 136 tariff points from 3 A-Levels including 32 points from a required subject, or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma DDD.
UCAS have created a helpful calculator so you can calculate points to use for courses starting from September 2017 onwards.
Required subjects: Biology/Human Biology
Relevant subjects: Psychology, Physics, Chemistry, Sociology or Physical Education.
Excluded subjects: This course does not accept General Studies A or AS-level but Critical Thinking is accepted
2018 entry: please note BTEC applicants will need to study specific courses, please see the BTEC section below for full details.
GCSEs: This course requires a minimum of 4 grades A*-C (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including English and Maths or equivalent qualifications. A science subject is preferred.
Numeracy and Literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes, but is not limited to, GCSEs, iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application – please contact the askBU Enquiry Service to find out more.
We have outlined below other qualifications that we consider for this course. If you are studying a qualification that is not listed, please contact the askBU Enquiry Service – it may be that we can still consider it.
Access Courses: BU welcomes Access to HE Diploma applicants. This course requires applicants to Pass the Access to HE Diploma (with 60 Credits - at least 45 at level 3 remainder at level 2 or equivalent). A minimum of 15 level 3 credits in Biology is required. Offers will be subject and grade specific in required subjects. Additional subjects taken should include Psychology, Chemistry, Physics, Sociology or Health Science.
- Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction, Distinction which must include distinction in required subject. Offers will be subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects.
- Diploma: This course requires a Distinction*, Distinction and an A-Level Grade C in a required subject to achieve the overall tariff. Offers will be subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects.
- 90-credit Diploma: The 90-credit Diploma will be accepted as part of your overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent qualifications. Offers will be subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects.
- Subsidiary Diploma: The Subsidiary Diploma will be accepted as part of your overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent qualifications. Offers will be subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects.
A combination of BTEC qualifications to meet the overall course tariff is also acceptable.
The requirements for BTEC applicants are changing for 2018 entry. This course will only accept applicants with a BTEC qualification in Health & Social Care or Health Science.
Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: We welcome applicants studying the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma or a combination of Pre-U subjects and A-levels.
European Baccalaureate: Applicants are required to achieve a minimum score of 80% overall.
International Baccalaureate (Diploma): The IB Diploma is welcomed as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB). This course requires 33 points including 5 points from each of the 3 Higher Level subjects.
Scottish Qualifications: Scottish Advanced Highers, Scottish Highers and other Scottish qualifications are all welcomed providing that your results meet the overall course tariff and include required/relevant subjects as appropriate.
Welsh Baccalaureate: The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma is welcomed alongside A-Levels or equivalent, to meet the overall course tariff.
Open University: If you currently have some academic qualifications but do not have a Biology/Human Biology and this is a required subject for your course we recommend you consider studying the Open University course SK277.
OCR Level 3 Cambridge technical Qualification:
The OCR Extended Diploma or a combination of one Diploma and one Introductory Diploma is acceptable for entry to this course.
Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction, Distinction which must include distinction in required subject. Offers will be subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects.
Other combinations of OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical qualifications to meet the overall course tariff may be acceptable.
Extended Project Qualification: The grade achieved for the Extended Project may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has marginally failed to meet the conditions of their offer.
Other Health Care Level 3 Qualifications and Bridging Programmes: We are aware that there are a wide range of health care qualifications which people undertake in their workplace. Find out more information about Bridging Programmes and some frequently asked questions about them here. If you would like to know if the qualifications you have or are working towards meet our entry criteria; please ring 01202 967307 or email us for further information and advice.
Deferred Entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.
Occupational Health (OH) Checks
Midwifery is physically and mentally demanding and you will need to be mentally and physically able to undertake your chosen course. Places are offered subject to passing an OH check, and this will be carried out at the University Hospital Southampton. Health conditions need to be dealt with on an individual basis e.g. deafness, blindness, eczema (or other dermatological allergic reactions) on exposed areas, epilepsy, back problems, or mental health conditions, eating disorders and other disabilities. These do not automatically exclude you but please ensure that you fully disclose your condition to OH. The University can then consider the recommendations made by OH and whether reasonable adjustments can be made to support you on your chosen course. If you require more guidance please contact us for more information.
You will be required to provide a record of your immunity status or be vaccinated or have the required blood tests. Please see this table for the required immunisations. You may need to ask your GP or current OH department or find your childhood vaccination record for details of your past immunisation records. You should be aware that there may be charges made (for which you will be liable) relating to your gaining the appropriate immunity required prior to starting your training programme.
Students who refuse immunisations, or who cannot be immunised for medical reasons, will be reviewed on an individual basis by occupational health. Refusal to have immunisations may result in the student not being allowed to attend practice placement and being withdrawn from the course. There is no opportunity to appeal against the requirements of the immunisation policy.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (previously known as CRB)
All successful applicants will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barred List check; this will be a condition of offer and will need to be completed prior to commencing the course. Please see the Government website for the most up to date information.
International entry requirements
From September 2017 we will be welcoming international students to this course.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
- IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading or equivalent.
View further information about our English language requirements.
If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course. Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement, without the need to re-take IELTS.
Academic entry requirements
You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students’ page.
We offer a number of preparatory programmes through the Bournemouth University International College. These courses offer you progression from High School in your home country to a Bachelor’s degree at BU.
- Students are in work or further study within six months of graduating: 95%*
Working as a midwife is incredibly rewarding and as a graduate from this course you will have a wide range of career opportunities. Our students have an excellent record of gaining positions within NHS Hospitals, Community Trusts and in the private healthcare sector.
You don't have to stay in the UK though, as this qualification is recognised widely around the world, allowing you to travel and make a real difference wherever you settle.
Among the roles you can go into after graduating are:
- Maternity support worker
- Health visitor
- Children's community nursary nurse
On graduating successfully from this course, you can apply for registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC), and this degree is also UNICEF Baby Friendly Accredited.
Industries worked in
Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our Postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.
You can also continue studying and enhancing your knowledge through the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) framework.
*All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.
Our midwifery course is delivered at both our Lansdowne Campus, Bournemouth and St Mary’s Community Health Campus, Portsmouth. Our Lansdowne campus is located in Bournemouth town centre housing all of our Faculty of Health & Social Sciences students.
Our campus in Portsmouth forms part of St. Mary’s Hospital which is a component of Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust. Occupying a floor of the hospital, you will have a very practical experience benefitting from a dedicated teaching environment of lecture theatres, seminar rooms and practice simulation suites while being based in a hospital setting. Watch our video about studying at our Portsmouth campus. Visit the hospital website for directions to this campus.