This course is aimed at those who are committed to providing excellence in care to childbearing women and their families. Students are expected to demonstrate the six C’s of the NHS, namely: care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment.
We are one of only two universities in the East Midlands who are fully accredited by the Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI), and were reaccredited in 2015. Universities receive the Baby Friendly Award after undergoing rigorous assessment by UNICEF to test the skill and knowledge of midwifery students, as well as updating lecturers. In addition, most of the trusts we work with also have BFI accreditation.
We offer student case-holding throughout all three years of the course, providing real-life experience of caring for a mother and newborn. Each student has two or three women assigned to them simultaneously per year, and students are on-call for the birth, alongside seeing those women in the ante and postnatal periods. Students also have a mentor across all three years.
Case-holding is giving you a lot more than you would experience as a midwife, as it’s not very often you get that whole journey through pregnancy, labour, and the postnatal period.
- Natasha Redgate, BSc Midwifery student
Midwifery care is provided in a variety of settings such as homes, hospital wards and within the community. Student midwives are exposed to practice-based learning in a range of settings to enable the development of key midwifery skills.
Clinical experience will be gained in maternity units in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire and their related community areas. Teaching will predominantly take place at Queen’s Medical Centre Hospital or University Park Campus, Nottingham.
Getting to our Nottingham campus is easy, with a wide range of transport links available, from the tram – with stops at both Queen’s Medical Centre and University Park Campus – to a number of public bus services, or the hopper buses which take students from Nottingham to Royal Derby Hospital.
Through placements, students are able to experience different trusts across different sites, providing benefits including:
- Expanding their experience through meeting different women and their families with different needs
- Gaining a wider perspective of the healthcare sector
- Helping to understand the challenges that women, their families, and healthcare professionals face
- Making connections for future job opportunities
The majority of study takes place at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, where we have a Clinical Skills Centre and additional drop-in facilities where students can practice in a simulated environment. We also work with seven hospitals in partnership with five hospital trusts, to deliver the clinical practice parts of the course. This is done through our 'home and away' model.
The trust sites are:
- City Hospital (Nottingham)
- Queen's Medical Centre (Nottingham)
- United Lincolnshire Hospitals (Boston)
- United Lincolnshire Hospitals (Lincoln)
- Royal Derby Hospital (Derby)
- Chesterfield Royal Hospital (Chesterfield)
- Sherwood Forest Hospitals (Mansfield)
In your first year you will be allocated to one of our clinical placement sites, known as your 'home'. For your second year you will then be allocated to a different site, which is your 'away'. You will return to your original 'home' clinical placement site for your third year.
Please note that students receive four free uniforms for their placements.
Location of placements
Placements are allocated before you start the course. If offered a place you can indicate a preference for your 'home' site, as well as providing additional information that may be helpful when allocating you to a site, i.e. whether you drive.
Please note that due to the numbers of students on the course, and commissioned places for each clinical trust site, we cannot guarantee you will get your preference.
On accepting a place with us, you understand that you could be allocated to practice experiences anywhere within the East Midlands. The geographic spread of placements and the amount of travel expected by students varies depending upon students’ home and away placements.
You will be studying theory at Nottingham throughout your three years.
Years one and three
For your ‘home’ placements, you could be allocated to Lincolnshire United hospitals in Boston and also undertake community placements in the Boston area.
In year two, your ‘away’ placements could be allocated to Royal Derby Hospital, with you undertaking community experience in the Derbyshire geographical area.
Note: We only offer Lincoln and Boston placements for our September intake.
Accommodation whilst on placement
If you are allocated to a clinical practice placement area away from where you live, or away from University residences, the University will help you find accommodation whilst you are there.
Student nurses and midwives are all placed in the same halls on Nottingham campus during first year. You will not lose, or have to move out of, this accommodation on campus whilst you stay elsewhere for practice placement allocations. You will have to pay for this additional accommodation, but you may be able to claim this back.
I feel that this course has prepared me for clinical practice as a midwife. It has taught me gold standard practice but also allowed me to develop my own style of practice whilst on placement.
- NSS student feedback, 2016
Find out more about placements.
During the second year, students are given the opportunity to apply for a 9-week Erasmus placement in Europe with one of our partner institutions. Funding is available for this.
During the third year, students are given the opportunity to undertake a two week elective placement. Students arrange their own negotiated placement and have the potential to go anywhere in the world, provided the country is deemed safe to travel to. Please note that this is self-funded.
The Division of Midwifery sits within the School of Health Sciences. This is a research active school which has its own dedicated Maternal Health and Wellbeing Research Group, led by Professor Helen Spiby, Head of the Division of Midwifery.
Most of our teaching staff are practicing midwives and have contributed significantly to UK and international midwifery education textbooks and journals, meaning you are taught by experts in the field.
We encourage applications from mature applicants. There is various support available to you including peer mentoring and the Mature Students’ Network which organises social events throughout the year. Find out more on our mature students website.
We welcome applications from international applicants and have a maximum of two places for 2017 entry for international students.
The International applicants page can provide advice and support throughout your application and preparation for coming to the UK. Please see the entry requirements tab for English language requirements.
If you would like to visit the University and are unable to attend an open day, the University will be happy to arrange a visit for you.
The University of Nottingham International College (TUNIC) opened in January 2017, offering international students foundation courses including a science foundation certificate and assistance to meet the entry requirements in English provided by Kaplan International Colleges.
As of September 2017 this will include courses specifically tailored for midwifery entry. You will need to satisfy both Kaplan’s and the University’s entry requirements to obtain a place on this course.
Successful completion of the foundation course, with the necessary progression requirements including mathematics and English, will be accepted as equivalent qualifications for application to the midwifery course. Acceptance onto the midwifery course is dependent on successful interview, satisfactory criminal record check and occupational health check.
We are proud to have one of the most active students’ unions at any UK university, with over 300 societies and sports clubs where you can have fun, gain new skills and meet like-minded people. Students can also participate in our active midwifery society which organises conferences and guest speakers alongside sport and social events.
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