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 offer a contemporary values and research-based curriculum, and are fully accredited by the Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI), being reaccredited in 2015. Universities only 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. There will also be an optional opportunity for students to undertake the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) award.
We offer student case-holding throughout the course, providing real-life experience of caring for a mother and new-born. 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.
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
We have an established Peer Mentoring Scheme, where students may be supported by more senior students on the midwifery course.
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.
Students gain clinical experience 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 drop-in facilities where students can practice in a simulated environment. We also work with eight hospitals in partnership with six hospital trusts, to deliver the clinical practice parts of the course. This is done through our 'home and away' model.
The trust sites are:
- Nottingham University Hospitals (City Hospital and Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham)
- United Lincolnshire Hospitals (Lincoln and Boston)
- Royal Derby Hospital (Derby)
- Chesterfield Royal Hospital (Chesterfield)
- Sherwood Forest Hospitals (Mansfield)
- Burton Hospitals (Staffordshire)
In your first year you will be allocated to one of our clinical placement sites, known as your 'home' base. For your second year you will then be allocated to a different site, which is your 'away' base. 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
Students can indicate a preference for their '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 available 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
You will be allocated to a placement, known as your ‘home’.
Year two will be spent at an entirely different trust (your ‘away’ placement), to experience a different practice perspective.
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.
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 second and third years, students will undertake a two week elective placement. Students arrange their own placement and have the potential to go anywhere in the world, provided the country is deemed safe to travel to. Please note 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 practising midwives, with some having backgrounds in Sociology and Psychology, 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 students and have a small number of places for 2018/19 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.
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 course is dependent on successful interview, satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) 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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