BSc Midwifery

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Midwifery is a satisfying yet challenging profession that allows you to care for pregnant women and their families before, during and after childbirth. Our programme will provide you with all the clinical knowledge and skills you need to excel as a Midwife. It is a great course if you have an interest in the physical, psychological and overall process of pregnancy and birth, and are caring and responsible by nature.

When you join UEA, you will be part of a supportive community of like-minded students, working together to gain first-hand experience and providing first-class care.
We will support you to become the very best midwife you can be.

We are ranked 7th in the UK for Midwifery (The Guardian, 2018) and our academics are at the forefront of nationally recognised innovative new teaching methods. We also have a great reputation with our partner NHS Trusts, and are proud that our students graduate with excellent career prospects and good honours.

Overview

With the NHS Constitution at its core, our degree provides rigorous training, fantastic placement opportunities and is fully approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

You’ll learn about the responsibilities of a midwife, midwifery practice and also a number of specialist areas such as complex childbearing. Throughout your degree, you will gain the knowledge, skills and experience to provide excellent care, support and advice throughout the childbirth experience.

Highlights of Midwifery at UEA

  • Complete a variety of placements where you will work with patients and their families
  • Develop practical skills under the supervision of highly-skilled and experienced professionals
  • Combine 50% theory with 50% practice – the best way to prepare for your career
  • Experience healthcare abroad with an elective placement
  • Join a motivated group of students - 100% of our 2014 graduates achieved a 2.1 or first class degree

Essential skills for midwives

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Reliable and committed
  • Sensitive and sympathetic

The NHS Constitution

The NHS Constitution Values are an integral part of everything we do; they underpin the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students in the university and in the practice setting. As part of our recruitment process, your understanding of the values of the NHS Constitution will be explored at interview, with successful candidates demonstrating how these are reflected in their own beliefs.

Placements

You will experience placements in a variety of settings under the supervision of a professional, where you will be able to use and develop your skills and knowledge in a clinical environment, while working closely with patients and their families.

Course structure

  • Three-year course, two modules each year
  • Small group teaching alongside clinical placements
  • Working day: Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm, equating 37.5 hours per week of study
  • Variety of assessments such as written assessments, unseen examinations and group presentations 

Facilities

Increase your knowledge and build your confidence by trying out new techniques in our state-of-the-art skills laboratories and anatomy suite and take part in scenario based training in our fully equipped bungalow. You will also explore contemporary practice in small seminar groups in our purpose built Edith Cavell Building.

A fantastic student experience

Studying Midwifery at UEA means that you’ll join the Health Sciences School, home to a group of exceptional students, world-class research and enthusiastic educators who are experts in their fields.

Life beyond university

The placements we offer allow you to build an individual profile demonstrating that you have undertaken the necessary time in practice required for you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Midwives are in demand so your career prospects will be fantastic. Working as a Midwife is a challenging career, which could be based in a number of areas such as:

  • Hospital maternity units
  • GP surgeries
  • Birth centres
  • The Armed Forces

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Teaching and Assessment

You will be required to compile and maintain a portfolio of evidence throughout the three-year programme. With guidance and support, you will be expected to build a sound evidence base demonstrating progression and reflection on your learning of both theoretical concepts and clinical skills. Other assessment strategies utilised are written assignments, unseen examinations, case studies, practical examinations, group presentations and a 6,000 word project report in order to illustrate deeper understanding of the relationship between the theory and practice of midwifery.

Whilst in clinical placement you will complete various learning outcomes, a midwifery attributes assessment as well as writing reflections based on your placement experience. You will also maintain a Skills Development Profile/Passport throughout the three year course to demonstrate your learning and competency in clinical skills.

Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

FOUNDATION FOR PRACTICE

This module will introduce the students to healthcare and midwifery practice whilst orientating to university and student life. Opportunity will be given for exploration of foundations of all areas of midwifery practice, together with underpinning evidence. The practice element will support the theme of midwifery led care and 'normality' and will facilitate student progression from participant observer to supervised participant. The learning objectives of this module are to: Recognise the statutory framework and aspects of midwifery practice which are governed by the Midwives Rules and Standards [2012] and the Code [NMC 2015]. In addition, the students will use evidence to underpin midwifery practice and develop skills in baseline core processes. Government policy and national standards for providing normal midwifery care will be considered.

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PROMOTING HEALTHY LIFESTYLES

The focus of theoretical content is on identifying frameworks and models of health promotion and their application to midwifery. You will follow the school research content themes to explore the basics of research study design. You will be encouraged to develop a critical stance to your own understanding of a wide range of material. Clinical practice allocation will be in community and intrapartum areas focussing on midwifery led intrapartum care, thus providing opportunity for you to link theoretical concepts studied in the module to your practice experiences. The learning objectives of this module are to: #Demonstrate the effective use of communication strategies and models with women, their families and other professionals to contribute to supporting healthy lifestyles and midwifery led practice #Explore the role of the midwife in improving health when assessing, planning and giving care to the woman and neonate during the childbearing period #Understand the role of voluntary agencies and other avenues of support from professional organisations, considering when these can impact positively on the health of women and families. Draw on government reports which highlight inequalities in health and their impact during childbearing and is able to demonstrate application when engaging with assessment, planning, implementation and evaluating midwifery care.

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Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

COMPLEX CHILDBEARING

The module builds on your understanding of normal childbearing enabling identification of deviations from normal parameters across the childbearing processes. Midwifery management of complex cases and of emergency situations is a vital element of practice and is integral to this module. The practice element will facilitate progression from supervised participant to supervised practitioner. The module develops your knowledge, skill and understanding in relation to complex care and high risk childbearing. The module will prepare you to care for women and their families when pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period is complicated and when emergency situations arise. The theoretical component will also include multi-professional working when childbearing becomes complicated. You will be enabled to refine their skills in applying accurate judgements to high risk situations. The placement component of the module will be labour ward, antenatal and postnatal ward areas. There are two weeks available following the module for you to arrange your own elective experience. This will be an opportunity for you to engage in midwifery practice and activities in the local, national or international arena.

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HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE COMPLEXITIES

Theoretical content will focus on women and families with complex social and healthcare needs. You will explore inequalities in health, vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals, and the sick neonate providing opportunity to apply knowledge to practice situations. Content will include the most common medical conditions and the effects of pregnancy on these conditions. The impact upon maternal and fetal outcomes and the necessity for specific management with multi-speciality input will be studied. The essential normality that exists within complex pregnancies will be a key focus. Opportunity will be given to evaluate the strength of evidence supporting quality and innovation in social and healthcare settings. In year two, you will begin to critically apply evidence in the development your own conceptual frameworks. Placement consists of ante-natal, post-natal and neonatal clinical experience.

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Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

CHILDBEARING IN THE WIDER CONTEXT AND THE NEONATAL AND INFANT PHYSICAL EXAMINATION

This is the first module in the final year of the programme and introduces you to practising at the level of competence. The module builds on the learning from years one and two and prepares you for practising at the level of competence with recognition as a newborn and infant physiological examiner. In preparation for qualified practitioner status, clinical assessment, decision-making and risk assessment skills and underpinning neonatal physiological assessment will be the focus. Practice allocations continue with an intrapartum focus. Content will focus on further developing your skills in providing quality midwifery care together with preparing you to undertake the holistic assessment of the newborn by developing your underpinning knowledge and skills in neonatal and infant physiological examination. Theory will focus your attention on graduate skills of clinical decision making, national policy guidelines and care pathways. Anatomy and physiology commensurate with the neonatal and infant physiological examination will give you in depth understanding to begin your development of these clinical assessment skills. Opportunity will be afforded for you to explore and apply evidence to wider practice issues such as working with outside agencies and referrals, risk assessment, managing complaints and incident reporting as well as visits to other clinical areas e.g. neonatal intensive care and paediatric follow up clinics. Practice in newborn and infant physiological assessment will be under the supervision of an appropriately qualified practitioner. It is expected you will demonstrate your knowledge, skills and attributes in this area of practice through the completion of the NIPE formative assessment tool. All examinations undertaken as part of your skills development in NIPE should be kept within your portfolio. There is an expectation that you undertake a minimum of 10 NIPE examinations before commencing formative assessment at competent level.

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LEADERSHIP INNOVATION AND COMPETENT PRACTICE

This final module of the programme enables you to consolidate theory and practical knowledge gained over the 3 years, whilst continuing the development of skills for lifelong learning. It will develop your understanding of the meaning and implications of being a midwife and neonatal and infant examination practitioner and will be applied to professional practice at this level. The practice element will facilitate progression from supervised practitioner to competence in preparation for working in an autonomous role at the point of registration. This module develops and enables you to become competent practitioners at the point of registration with the NMC. This module will consolidate your acquired knowledge and practice skills, you will build on the development of clinical decision making through leadership. You will have the opportunity to analyse how the micro and macro organisation of maternity services influence practice development and how consumer voices can be represented in driving practice forward. Evidence based content will draw on the use of evidence to support innovations in practice. Simulated midwifery/newborn emergencies, will enable you to recognise, manage, implement appropriate action and review your practice, developing you as an autonomous practitioner. The opportunity to lead and make clinical decisions will be demonstrated at competence level. The clinical practice allocation will be community based with enrichment weeks in Midwifery Led Birthing Units and other community relevant practice areas largely driven by your experiences, cases will also add to your practice abilities. Module 6 links with the preceding module, and will build on existing midwifery knowledge. It will prepare you to apply service innovation processes in the context of delivering midwifery care for women and families with varying health and social needs and to varied population groups. 'The practice component of the module will afford you opportunity to achieve competency in the NIPE through formative assessment. Reference to Year 2 elective practice opportunities will facilitate reflection and sharing of personal learning and professional development.

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Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level ABB
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BCC
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AABBBB or 3 subjects at H2 and 3 subjects at H3
  • Access Course Pass with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3 in a Health, Care or Science subject
  • BTEC DDD in a Health, Care or Science subject
  • European Baccalaureate 75%

Entry Requirement

 We look for applicants to have a clear understanding of the profession ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in health care, an interest in people, a strong academic attainment and a broad academic base.

You are required to have 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or grade C including English Language/Literature, Mathematics and a Science. (Please note that we are not able to accept Adult Numeracy or Literacy, Key Skills, City & Guilds, Functional Skills or Access to HE credits in lieu of GCSEs.)

A science subject at A-level will be an advantage (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Human Biology, PE or Mathematics). Psychology is NOT considered as a science for this course.

General Studies, Critical Thinking, Public Services and AS-levels are not considered.

Applications are encouraged from those with non-traditional qualifications. Applicants with the following qualifications are required to demonstrate GCSEs at grade 4 or grade C in English Language/Literature, Mathematics and a Science.

Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Health, Care or Science subject Pass with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3
Bachelor Degree (hons) 2.1. 2.2 with ABB at A-level
CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education (Early Years Educator) A
CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development, or Children and Young People's Workforce, or Health and Social Care (including Technical Level) A
Certificate of Higher Education 60% with ABB at A-level
City & Guilds Advanced Extended Diploma in Health and Care (Health or Care pathway) Distinction
Diploma of Higher Education 60% with ABB at A-level
Foundation Degree in a Health, Care or Science subject 65%
Foundation Year in a Health, Care or Science subject 75%
Open University (60 credits) in a Health, Care or Science subject 60%

 

We do not consider Apprenticeships, NVQs (any level) or Work-based Level 3 Diplomas (previously NVQs) as meeting the minimum academic entry requirements, although these can be used as evidence of recent study. We will also not consider an applicant who has an academic fail from a health based degree programme, including where an exit award has been achieved.

Due to competition for places on this course, meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements is not a guarantee of selection for interview.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in each component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Review our English Language Equivalences here.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

Pre-sessional English at INTO UEA

English for University Study at INTO UEA

Interviews

 Of the applicants who pass the initial screening stage, the strongest will be invited to interview.

The interview lasts approximately 40 minutes and follows a multiple mini interview format across four stations. When applicants enter the interview room, they will find a series of four interview 'stations' to circulate through, spending approximately 7 minutes at each. Interviews explore a range of issues, including the applicant's suitability for the profession and whether the applicant holds the NHS values as reflected inthe NHS constitution. Please note that we do not disclose interview questions.

Further information regarding the interview day can be found here.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year. We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Special Entry Requirements

We prefer applicants to demonstrate evidence of recent formal academic study within 5 years of the start of the course.  This is to ensure they are equipped to succeed on this academically rigorous course. 

If you have not studied for an academic qualification within the last 5 years, and particularly where your previous study does meet our entry requirements, do contact our Admissions office (admissions@uea.ac.uk). 

We want to hear from you to assess whether your work, life or previous educational studies are suitable evidence for demonstrating your motivation, potential, knowledge and ability to study the course.  We want you to succeed and an application and offer will only be considered where we believe that an applicant has the potential to complete the course with a good final degree classification. The Admissions Office can also give you advice on further study, if required, that can help you make a future application to the course.

Offers to successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory occupational health check, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring check (formerly CRB), two satisfactory references and eligibility for NHS funding.

Applicants will only be considered for two consecutive cycles as we advise that a year is taken out to consider your options and gain further experience before reapplying. Entry requirements are subject to change so please ensure you check our website before submitting a further application.

Intakes

September

Course Open To

UK and EU applicants only.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students

Overseas Students

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

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