Triangle

Course overview

Be part of a supportive midwifery community where we’ll help you on your journey to becoming a competent, compassionate and caring midwife.

You'll develop your knowledge, practical, interpersonal and leadership skills while working closely with women and their families - through all the stages of pregnancy, birth and beyond.

Clinical placements will support you in developing your midwifery skills in practice. You'll follow a number of women's pregnancy journeys and provide continuity of care through your case-holding experience.

You will be taught by our expert staff who have been recognised both locally and internationally for their teaching excellence. Our teaching is research-led and, as an established regional provider of midwifery education, we work in partnership with four diverse NHS Trusts. This offers you a wealth of different clinical learning experiences across the maternity services.

Why choose this course?

  • UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) Accredited
  • Be part of an active midwifery community, sharing your experiences and collaborating with students across the University as well as working closely with a range of health care professionals
  • Experience a range of placements, including the opportunity to study abroad

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

UK entry requirements
A level ABB
Required subjects

A levels
ABB including one of biology, human biology chemistry or physics.

A pass is normally required in science practical tests, where these are assessed separately. However, due to the pandemic and the uncertainty of practical tests taking place, this is unlikely to be required for 2022 applicants.

Please note: We will no longer be accepting Physics from 2023 onwards.

GCSEs

Five GCSEs at grade 7-4 (A-C) including English language, maths and science.

Please note: you must have achieved the GCSEs at the point of application and not at the point of entry.

IB score 32, with three subjects at higher level including either biology, physics or chemistry; and English, maths and a science subject at standard level.

Alternative qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Pass in the Access to Nursing and Midwifery / Health Professions (or equivalent) to include 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 must be at Distinction and the remaining 15 at Merit or above.

The diploma must include 24 credits at level 3 in human biology all achieved at Distinction. Modules relating to conducting and writing up lab reports will not count towards biology credits.

GCSE English language and maths are also required at grade 4 or above.

BTEC L3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (2010 specification)

Minimum of DDM with 5 GCSE grades 7-4 (A-C) including English language, maths and science. You must achieve 60 credits from the following units:

  • Development through the life stages
  • Anatomy and Physiology for health and social care
  • Physiological disorders
  • Nutrition for health and social care
  • Complementary therapies for health and social care
  • Human inheritance for health and social care
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Physiology of fluid balance

BTEC Extended Diploma Applied Science (2010 specification)

Minimum of DDM with 5 GCSE grades 7-4 (A-C) in English language, maths and science. You must achieve 60 credits from the following modules:

  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques
  • Microbiological Techniques
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Biomedical Science Techniques

Please note that we require certain Biology units’ dependent upon BTEC taken and usually these Biology units must make up a minimum of 60 credits of the 180 award.

BTEC 2016 specifications for Level 3 National Extended Diploma

The following National Extended Diplomas should be passed with a minimum of Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM) plus 5 GCSEs at grades 4-7 (A-C) or above, including English language, maths and science.

  • BTEC level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care
  • BTEC level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health Studies)
  • BTEC level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science

Please note: we do not accept CACHE qualifications.

This list is not exhaustive and we may accept BTECs other than those listed. For individual advice, please make an enquiry.

Notes for applicants

For all courses, selection is made based on meeting entry requirements, academic potential, and evidence of a commitment to midwifery.

All offers are subject to being successful at interview, satisfactory occupational health screening, and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

Interview

You'll be required to attend a mandatory interview in line with our professional and regulatory body requirements.

Work experience

We are not expecting any work experience to have taken place or be ongoing after March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Your application for 2022 entry will not be negatively affected if you’ve been unable to complete work experience you had planned.

Minimum age requirement

We do not consider your application if you will be under 17 years and 6 months on the 1 September of the year you start your course.

Part-time working alongside University studies

As a student on a full-time professional training programme it is expected that your prime focus would be your full-time University studies. Any student who is considering part-time paid employment alongside their University studies is advised to discuss their position with their personal tutor before committing to that course of action.

Foundation progression options

If you don't meet the requirements for this course and you are a UK or EU student, you might want to consider our one-year health sciences Foundation Certificate.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

We offer a flexible and contemporary approach to your midwifery education. As well as classroom-based teaching, you will also benefit from timetabled independent learning sessions and online e-learning resources.

Some of your in-person teaching will take place in lecture halls and seminar rooms on University Park Campus. Practical sessions are taught in the Clinical Skills Suite within our nearby Medical School. This is a simulated clinical environment where you can gain confidence and develop your practical skills before experiencing similar situations in real-life settings.

Teaching methods

  • Clinical skills sessions
  • eLearning
  • Lectures
  • Placements
  • Practical classes
  • Self-study
  • Seminars
  • Small group learning
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

How you will be assessed

Assessment methods

  • Debates
  • Examinations
  • Formative assessments
  • Objective structured clinical exams
  • Portfolio (written/digital)
  • Workplace-based assessment
  • Essay

Contact time and study hours

You'll spend approximately 37.5 hours a week in theory and practice across a full-time academic year, comprising of 45 weeks.

The teaching contact time each week can vary depending on the module. During the theory phase, you may be in University for three 7.5-hour days per week and the other two days you will carry out independent study. Some weeks may include five days of teaching contact.

You will also complete a minimum of 2,300 hours of clinical supervised practice throughout your degree programme. During placement you can expect to be working full-time (approximately 37.5 hours), with some weekend and evening work also required.

Study abroad

During year three you will undertake a two-week elective placement. You can arrange for this to be anywhere in the world, provided the country is deemed safe for travel.*

Previous students have undertaken placements in a range of locations including Malta, Ghana, Sri Lanka, Wales and Nepal. You are required to self-fund this placement.

* Subject to university policy

Placements

Approximately 50% of the course is practice-based, giving you the opportunity to gain real-life clinical experience of midwifery care. By working closely with families in practice, you will support and educate them to prepare for and adapt to becoming parents.

Working alongside qualified midwives during your placements, you will develop key midwifery skills in practice across a variety of settings, including:

  • the home environment
  • community clinics
  • antenatal, labour and postnatal wards

Our placements expand your experience of working across different sites at different trusts. This enables you to gain a wider perspective of the sector, understanding the challenges families and healthcare professionals face across the maternity services.

Our trust sites are:

  • Nottingham University Hospitals (City Hospital and Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham)*
  • University Hospitals of Derby (Derby) and Burton (Staffordshire), NHS Foundation Trust*
  • Chesterfield Royal Hospital (Chesterfield)*
  • Sherwood Forest Hospitals (Mansfield)*

*While we try to ensure these placements are definitive, they may be subject to change from time-to-time.

Home and away placements

In your first year you will be allocated to one of our clinical placement sites, known as your 'home' base. In year two you will be allocated to a different trust, which is your 'away' base. You will return to your original 'home' clinical placement for your third year.

On accepting a place with us, you understand that you could be allocated to practice placements anywhere within the Midlands. The geographic spread of placements and the amount of travel required will vary.

Modules

During year one, you are introduced to the professional role and responsibilities of the midwife, with a focus on the biology which underpins the promotion of physiological childbirth.

You will begin to learn the skills needed to assess the needs of the childbearing family, discussing the use of theory in midwifery practice.

Foundations of Compassionate Midwifery

You will explore how professional and personal attributes can support the development of emotionally intelligent, accountable and resilient midwives when providing compassionate high-quality maternity care.

This course considers:

  • The historical context of midwifery
  • The role of the midwife in contemporary health care
  • The NMC Code, professional requirements, boundaries and relationships
  • Compassion and professionalism in midwifery
  • The ‘Six C’s’
  • Human skills, emotional intelligence and resilience
  • Diversity, multi-culturalism and spirituality
  • The reflective practitioner
  • The professional student midwife
  • Study skills and academic writing development
Human Biology

You will be introduced to the main body systems and develop understanding of anatomy and physiology.

This course considers:

  • An introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the main body systems;
  • An introduction to genetics and epigenetics.
The Childbirth Continuum

You will be introduced to the theoretical concepts of Universal Care in the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal periods within contemporary society.

This course considers:

  • Universal care and assessment of maternal and fetal wellbeing
  • evidence-based, holistic, responsive, compassionate antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care
  • transition to parenthood - physical, psychological, cultural, social and spiritual constructs;
  • The role of the midwife for health promotion, health protection and screening
  • models of maternity care from national and international perspectives;
  • the role of the midwife as a facilitator of physiological birth in all settings and the promotion of optimal birth outcomes, including function of labour pain and analgesia
Human Biology Applied to Midwifery

You will be introduced to the maternal anatomical and physiological adaptations that occur in pregnancy, labour and the puerperium and discuss their relevance to care.

This course considers:

  • The anatomical and physiological changes to the body systems that occur during pregnancy, labour and the puerperium.
  • The anatomical and physiological changes to the female reproductive system during pregnancy, labour and in the puerperium.
  • The physiology of labour and birth.
  • Application of anatomical and physiological changes with reference to antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care
  • The anatomical and physiological changes to the breast to include initiation and maintenance of lactation.
Care of the Neonate

You will be introduced to the development and care of the normal fetus and neonate.

This course considers

  • Anatomical and physiology development of the fetus and placenta
  • Adaptation from intra to extra-uterine life
  • Initial and daily examination of the newborn
  • The role of neonate in infant feeding to include initiation, maintenance, 9 instinctive stages of feeding, reflexes
  • Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE)
  • Ethical issues in relation to fetal and neonatal screening
  • The midwife’s professional role in providing care to the fetus and newborn, including public health
  • Introduction to fetal and neonatal care from a global perspective
Introducing Midwifery Clinical Practice

You will be introduced to the care of the childbearing woman, the neonate and her family.

This course considers:

  • evidence-based care and midwifery clinical skills including interpersonal skills;
  • promotion of universal midwifery care;
  • the midwife’s professional role including autonomy and accountability
  • effective communication in midwifery;
  • introduction to parent education;
  • the initiation and continuation of breast feeding;
  • participation in antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care across a range of clinical settings;
  • continuity of care and carer- case-holding and compassionate midwifery care;
  • fetal monitoring and interpretation;
  • practise of neonatal and maternal resuscitation;
  • reflection in and on practice;
  • principles of pharmacology, medicines management and administration
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Friday 24 September 2021.

In year two, you will develop your analytical skills by exploring the more complex needs of the childbearing family.

Your practice placements will enable you to analyse the appropriateness of care and develop problem-solving skills.

Complexity in the Childbirth Continuum

You will be introduced to the complexities of the childbirth continuum and associated additional care needs.

This course considers:

  • The pathophysiology of common medical, gynaecological and obstetric conditions and complications of pregnancy, labour and the puerperium.
  • The multidisciplinary evidence based care of women with complex needs to include risk assessment and care pathways.
  • Optimising normality within complex midwifery care.
  • Complexities of the childbirth continuum from a global and cultural perspective.
Perinatal Mental Health and Wellbeing

You will be introduced to the concept of perinatal mental health and the importance of promoting mental well-being in midwifery practice.

This course considers:

  • Normal mental and emotional changes during pregnancy and childbirth
  • Challenges to mental well-being to include antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal
  • Contributing risk factors
  • Definitions of mental health disorders
  • Guidelines / policies related to care of women with mental health
  • Stigma / social attitudes to mental health
  • Care of women with mental health issues to include multi-professional team and other agencies
  • Diagnosis and referral pathways
  • Mental Capacity Act / women with learning disabilities
  • Fetal Loss and Bereavement
  • Spiritual Safety
  • Serious Mental Illness, including Suicide
Understanding Midwifery Research

You will develop knowledge and understanding of the research process and its application to evidence-based midwifery practice.

This course considers:

  • Evidence based practice and application of research to midwifery care
  • The research process
  • Critical appraisal of health care research
  • Literature searching and selection
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and methods
  • Quality improvement methodologies
  • Ethical issues in research

 

Care of the Neonate with Additional Needs

You will be introduced to the additional care needs of the fetus and newborn with complications.

This course considers:

  • The examination of heart, hips and eyes for NIPE – practice element
  • Epidemiology, risk and social factors that contribute to poor neonatal outcomes
  • Infant morbidity and mortality- Incidence
  • Pathological conditions (IDM, RDS etc., Sepsis, Hypo’s)
  • Pre-term
  • SGA and IUGR
  • Jaundice
  • Congenital abnormality and treatments
  • Birth injuries
  • Midwives role in caring for the neonate as part of the IDT/MDT – transitional care- ‘additional care needs’
  • Infant feeding- Impacts of complex issues on feeding
  • Ethical and professional issues- Impacts of complex neonates, duty of candour, bereavement and palliative care
Developing Midwifery Clinical Practice

You will develop your knowledge and skills in universal midwifery practice and the care of the childbearing women, the baby and the family unit with additional health and/or social needs.

This course considers:

  • midwifery clinical knowledge and skills in universal care for women and the newborn and anticipating, preventing, and responding to complications and additional care needs
  • continuity of care and carer- case-holding and the role of the midwife;
  • the midwife’s professional role including autonomy and accountability
  • pharmacology, medicines management and administration of medicines;
  • the effectiveness of risk assessment tools;
  • determining fetal well-being using fetal monitoring;
  • the initiation and support of breast feeding – managing challenges;
  • antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care in women and babies with additional needs;
  • managing obstetric emergencies;
  • assessing causes and management of perineal trauma;
  • interprofessional learning;
  • reflection in and on clinical practice.
  • systematic examination to include heart, hips and eyes
The Midwife as a Public Health Practitioner

You will be introduced to the concept of the midwife as a public health practitioner and its application to practice.

This course considers:

  • Evidence based practice and application of research to midwifery care
  • The research process
  • Critical appraisal of health care research
  • Literature searching and selection
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and methods
  • Quality improvement methodologies
  • Ethical issues in research
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

In year three, your modules reflect the midwife's role in universal care of the childbearing family and those with additional and complex needs.

You will also learn about effective management and leadership, introducing you to the professional skills to develop your future career.

The Social and Political Context of Midwifery Care

You will explore the relationship between the social and political context of maternity care and the provision of high-quality maternity services.

This course considers:

  • Political drivers in maternity care
  • Historical UK maternity care, social policy and legislation
  • The social construction of childbirth, the physiological birth agenda, place of birth, medicalisation of childbirth and the risk discourse
  • The impact of media on childbirth
  • Midwifery models of care in the UK and internationally
  • Feminism in maternity care
  • The role of the midwife in enabling and advocating for the human rights of women and children
The Midwife as a Scholar and Leader

You will be supported to transition from student to qualified midwife and leadership in the provision of high quality evidence based care within the global community.

This course considers:

  • Global maternal health
  • Preparation for registration and employment
  • Continuous professional development
  • The midwife as a leader and scholar
  • Professional regulation
  • Law and ethics in midwifery
  • Professional Midwifery Advocate
  • The midwife as an educator
  • Compassionate organisational culture and global community
  • Incident reporting an adverse outcome
Applying Research Skills to Midwifery Practice

You will apply knowledge and understanding of the research process to evidence-based midwifery practice.

This course considers:

  • importance of midwifery research
  • application of the research process to midwifery practice
  • advanced literature searching
  • research philosophies, methodologies and methods
  • research ethics
  • critical appraisal of research evidence
  • change management and quality improvement
  • dissemination of research findings and publication writing.
Holistic Care of the Neonate

You will consolidate your knowledge and skills required to undertake the systematic examination of the newborn

This course considers:

  • Refresh Anatomy and Physiology
  • Care of the critically/deteriorating Neonate
  • Systematic examination (NIPE) – Eyes, Hips Hearts, genitalia Revisit/Refresh
  • Neuro Behavioural Physiological assessment neonate- NBPN
  • the importance of physical, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual factors of the neonate
  • Communication and Counselling – delivery of unexpected/significant news
  • Complex cases/Case Studies
  • Expansion on routine pathways/referrals
  • Palliative care of the neonate/Bereavement care
Advancing Midwifery Clinical Practice

You will consolidate the skills in the care of the childbearing women, the baby and the family unit and recognise the role of the midwife in the care of women with normal childbirth experiences and those with additional and complex physical, psychological and social needs.

This course considers:

  • advancement and consolidation of midwifery skills in practice;
  • the midwife’s professional role including autonomy and accountability
  • continuity of care and carer- caseholding in year 3 and care pathways; appreciation of midwifery practice within local, national and international settings;
  • the delivery and evaluation of parent education;
  • competency in the initiation and support of breast feeding women;
  • competency in universal and a range of diverse antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care taking into account physical, emotional, social, spiritual and cultural factors;
  • competency in pharmacology, medicines management and administration
  • perineal trauma and repair

Optional modules:

Quality Improvement in Midwifery Practice

You will apply research methodologies and methods to propose improvement of an aspect of midwifery practice

This course considers:

  • philosophy underpinning research
  • qualitative methodologies and methods
  • quantitative methodologies and methods
  • mixed methods research
  • ethical considerations
  • change management theories and quality improvement methodologies
  • project management
  • dissemination of research findings and publication writing
Enhanced Care of the Sick Mother

You will develop an understanding and recognition of potential complexities during the childbearing period which may require enhanced care.

This course considers the physiology, pathophysiology, psychosocial,

professional, epidemiology and the ethico-legal issues which may arise when providing enhanced maternity care in the following core topics:

  • Cardiovascular/haemodynamic assessment and monitoring skills;
  • Obstetric haemorrhage;
  • Management of pre-eclampsia/eclampsia
  • Neurological assessment;
  • Renal/urinary system;
  • Post-operative management and care;
  • Assessment and management of pain
  • Management of diabetic state;
  • Prevention/management of sepsis/infection;
  • Respiratory Management
Leadership and Innovation in Midwifery

You will reflect upon and develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be effective leaders in midwifery through the development of leadership and change management skills required to implement innovations leading to safe practice and excellent service delivery.

This course considers:

  • Concepts of leadership from perspectives of the individual, the employing organisation, the professions on a national / international level
  • Clinical governance and leadership.
  • Innovation / Service improvement;
  • Leadership and management of change;
  • Communication for effective leadership in the workplace;
  • Strategic planning and policy making in midwifery.
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

Fees and funding

UK students

£9,250
Per year

International students

To be confirmed in 2021*
Keep checking back for more information
*For full details including fees for part-time students and reduced fees during your time studying abroad or on placement (where applicable), see our fees page.

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland starting your course in the 2022/23 academic year, you will pay international tuition fees.

This does not apply to Irish students, who will be charged tuition fees at the same rate as UK students. UK nationals living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland will also continue to be eligible for ‘home’ fee status at UK universities until 31 December 2027.

For further guidance, check our Brexit information for future students.

Additional costs

As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. This includes:

  • suitable shoes for practice placements
  • additional items of uniform
  • items of equipment, for example, you will need your own fob watch and stethoscope
  • printing and stationary costs
  • text books (you should be able to access most of the texts you'll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies)
  • reassessment fees (if a second attempt at an assessment is required)
  • student membership of of the relevant Professional Body (optional)

Travel to placement is self-funded and costs will vary depending on location. However, you may be eligible for reimbursement of some costs.

For your self-organised placement you are required to cover any costs incurred for this, such as travel and accommodation.

You will need to pay £40 for an enhanced DBS check, and may wish to subscribe to the update service for £13 per year.

A full Occupational Health Screening Assessment and vaccination programme is included as part of your course fees, however, any vaccinations from your GP or health provider will be subject to their charges and are not covered by the University.

Please note that these figures are approximate and subject to change.

Scholarships and bursaries

From September 2020, midwifery students can apply for the NHS Learning Support Fund which includes a grant of at least £5,000 to support you in your studies.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £1,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International students

We offer a range of international undergraduate scholarships for high-achieving international scholars who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers.

International scholarships

Careers

Upon successfully completing the course, you will be eligible to register as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

After gaining experience as a registered midwife, graduates may move into specialist midwife roles (for instance, substance misuse, diabetes, teenage pregnancy), or go into education or research. In terms of career progression, there may be opportunities to work as a consultant midwife.

There are also opportunities for further study, such as our MSc Midwifery Studies, Maternal and Newborn Health.

Average starting salary and career progression

A newly qualified midwife working in the NHS can expect to be employed at Band 5 with a minimum salary of £24,907.**

** Latest figures from healthcareers.nhs.uk (January 2020)

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

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