Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UCAS points

128 (September 2021 entry)

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Derby Campus

Course description

Journey as a student midwife 

As a student midwife you will learn the art and science of midwifery. Becoming a midwife is life changing. It's intense, exciting and hugely rewarding. You'll provide skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate care and that's exactly what we'll train you to do on this degree. As a student midwife you will need to demonstrate your passion in learning about the health of the woman and newborn to become and autonomous, accountable, safe practitioner. 

Are you ready for the challenge?  

The aims of this course are to develop practitioners who: 

Midwives work through many stages of the mother's journey: pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, labour and birth, postpartum (after childbirth), and the early days of the new-born’s life. You will support women's wellbeing, future reproductive health, and their transition to parenthood. 

You'll work in partnership with women, enabling and empowering their views, preferences and decisions. As a midwife, you will make a vital contribution to the quality and safety of maternity care. 

 

Learning alongside other healthcare practitioners 

Midwives provide care in many complex, varying situations and you'll always be working with a range of healthcare professionals to promote the best interests of a mother and her baby. This may include GPs, obstetricians, paediatricians, nurses, theatre staff, health visitors, social workers and many more. You will be ideally placed to recognise and act on any physical or psychological changes in the mother, baby or the wider family, and this will usually require you to refer your concerns to other specialist colleagues.   

To prepare you for this, we provide many inter-professional learning opportunities throughout the programme. This might include learning with other healthcare students, particularly for topics like safeguarding, leadership and change management, as well as working alongside practitioners during your placements.  

Placements 

50% of the course is made up of practical placements, so you'll develop essential clinical skills and gain a genuine feel for the practicalities and demands of the profession. This clinical experience is mandatory for registration with the NMC. These placements could be in the community, on antenatal and postnatal wards, in day assessment units, labour wards, and birth centres. There are also opportunities to gain experience in other settings to expand your experience.

You'll be allocated to a local trust where you will follow a rotation between areas in both maternity and other healthcare settings, and allocated a practice supervisor and assessor who will help you complete your competencies.

Evidence-based practice  

This course has been designed to encourage you to think critically and apply evidence to underpin your clinical practice. The course will provide you with a wide knowledge base and is underpinned by national policy. When you graduate you will be confident in using an evidence-based approach to support your decision making in complex mental, physical, cognitive and behavioural situations.

First-class facilities

We offer outstanding learning environments including Clinical Skills Suites built to professional standards with replica wards, counselling rooms and treatment rooms that are fully equipped with the latest clinical resources. Our specialist midwifery equipment includes a birthing pool, birthing beds, birthing stools and birthing balls, as well as model abdomens, pelvises and breasts.

Active research

We have many researchers who active in furthering midwifery research, working hard to advance knowledge in different areas of healthcare and the human sciences. Here are some recent research studies they have conducted, which you may find interesting:

In particular, our Health and Social Care Research Centre spearheads a range of projects aimed at building healthy, sustainable communities. It's a collaboration between the University of Derby, NHS England and the four Clinical Commissioning Committees across Derbyshire.

Financial support to help you succeed

Don’t let financial concerns get in the way of your ambitions. You will be able to access a funding package made up of tuition fee loans and support for your living costs.

You won’t have to pay any money upfront; tuition and living cost loans work just like a tax on your earnings rather than a commercial or payday loan. You will only start paying back the loans when you are earning above £25,000 per year and you will then pay 9% of any income above £25,000. 

You can also secure grants — which do not have to be repaid — to cover childcare and the costs of travelling to your placement.

This short video gives you the key facts behind the new NHS bursary, showing you just how affordable a degree in Nursing or an Allied Health Professional can be and what student finance is available.

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How you will learn

This midwifery degree includes 50% theory and 50% practice. Through our own clinical facilities, and through your placements with trusts, you will gain 2,300 hours of practical experience in the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal periods, as well as in the care of the newborn baby. You will also gain 2,300 hours of theoretical knowledge. 

For the theoretical aspects of the course, you will receive face-to-face and online teaching, as well as studying independently. To meet your practice requirements, you will need to keep an up-to-date ongoing record of achievement.

The Newborn Infant Physical Examination is taught in this course. This is part of a screening programme which screens babies within 72 hours of birth, and students will complete this qualification.

How you're assessed

We assess you in various ways depending on the module, such as by:

 

 

Personal academic tutoring 

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals. 

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Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

Programme Leader for Midwifery

Jayne Leverton
Programme leader

Jayne joined the University as the Lead Midwife for Education and Senior Lecturer of Midwifery in April 2020. She has worked in many specialist areas within midwifery, the majority of her time at Derby was as matron in the inpatient maternity areas. Jayne was also part of the consulting team when designing the new maternity unit which forms a significant part of the new hospital build.

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Entry requirements

September 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points128
Specific requirements at A-level

At least a C in a science based subject at A-level (or equivalent qualification)

Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Science, Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification

IELTS7.0 (with 6.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionYes - see interview details
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Please note we do NOT accept GCSE Short Courses or GCSE Equivalence Tests from other institutions or organisations.

It is essential to be able to communicate effectively with women, their families and the multidisciplinary team.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2021/22 Fees

Fees for entry in the 2021/22 academic year have not been confirmed yet.

As soon as the fees have been confirmed, they will be displayed on our course pages.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS.

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Careers

This BSc (Hons) Midwifery provides all the theoretical and practical elements you need to meet the NMC standards and be eligible for registration on the midwifery section of the NMC professional register. It will help you to start a new and highly-rewarding career, as a competent, confident and autonomous midwife, who is capable of making a real, positive difference to the lives of women and their new-born infants, partners and families.  

Once you have graduated and are on the register, you should be able to get an NHS position as a Registered (Graduate) Midwife (NHS Band 5) which will progress to band 6 following successful completion of the trust preceptorship programme. This qualification is also recognised in Europe, as well as other countries, so you could look for a midwife position overseas.

Midwives can work in the trust obstetric maternity unit, midwife led unit or in the community. Midwives may specialise in roles such as a diabetes specialist midwife, bereavement services, vulnerable women or safeguarding. 

After several years, you could progress to be a ward-based manager, specialist midwife, researcher or lecturer.  

This is a new course so we don't yet have employment rates of previous graduates to provide. However, similar programmes, such as Nursing, have had exceptional employment rates: up to 95% of graduates being in further study or work six months after they completed their course.

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Additional information about your studies

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.

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