Coventry University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Nursing and Midwifery Council

Midwifery

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Course summary

Midwives play a pivotal role in supporting the health and wellbeing of women and their families during all stages of pregnancy, childbirth and the early postnatal period. Fully accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) providing eligibility for registration as a midwife on successful completion of the course (additional costs may apply)

  • All home students on this course can apply for a minimum payment from the government of £5,000 per year, with additional payments for students incurring childcare costs*.
  • Study in the Alison Gingell Building which features a midwifery suite, hospital wards, operating theatre, critical care settings, community housing and other real-life healthcare environments relevant to practice.
Key Course Benefits On the Midwifery BSc (Hons) course you will have an opportunity to develop an understanding of the various approaches to childbirth and the professional skills required to lead in multidisciplinary settings, placing the mother, baby and family at the centre of care. You will have the opportunity to learn in our multi-million-pound Alison Gingell Building with up-to-date equipment and extensive simulation facilities – from basic life support manikins to high tech simulation equipment which emulate patient responses. You will also have opportunities to use equipment found in the real world of practice, such as medical devices to assist with all elements of care and especially medication administration. You will explore how to provide universal care for all women and additional care for those women with more complex health needs. Midwifery students should work towards becoming autonomous practitioners upon graduation and should take a leadership role in decisions regarding care within multi-professional settings. The NMC Proficiencies for Midwives (NMC, 2019) have been incorporated throughout course to enable the opportunity for learning and clinical skill acquisition across the childbearing continuum for women and their newborn infants. The four key areas include Antenatal care, Intrapartum care, Postnatal care and Neonatal care. This course consists of 50% theoretical knowledge and teaching and 50% clinical practice. As a student midwife you will be encouraged to work on antenatal, labour and postnatal wards and may have a bespoke placement to a neonatal unit5. You will also be encouraged to work alongside midwives in the community providing maternity services in women's homes, local clinics, children's centres and GP surgeries. Placements in non-midwifery areas and the opportunity to work in midwifery triage areas, early pregnancy assessment units and day assessment units are included from year two. From the outset, you’ll have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience under the supervision of a qualified midwife, who will also be supported to manage a small caseload during the course. You will be encouraged to develop clinical midwifery skills which aim to foster empathetic communication and sensitive women-centred care skills. You will explore midwifery through innovative, research-informed teaching and practice and the ability to analyse a woman’s needs, plan an appropriate programme of care and then implement this safely, effectively and sensitively. *For further information on the government payment please visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/nhs-learning-support-fund-lsf

Modules

Year One The focus in the first year is on the potential acquisition of knowledge and skills for the provision of universal care for the mother and baby and wider family. Opportunity is given to develop critical reading and study skills. Modules Fundamental Aspects of Health in Midwifery - 30 credits Foundations of Evidence-Informed Practice - 20 credits Healthy Mother and Baby - 20 credits Health and Wellbeing in the Community - 20 credits The Novice Student Midwife (Placement 1) - 30 credits Year Two The theme for year two is diversity in maternal and neonatal health with the focus on the opportunity for further development of knowledge and skills for universal care provision in midwifery and the acquisition of knowledge, skills and competence to care for women and babies with additional care requirements. Modules Additional Care for Women and Babies with Diverse Needs - 30 credits Legal and Ethical Aspects of Midwifery Practice - 10 credits The Developing Student Midwife (Placement 2) - 30 credits Becoming a Skilled Midwifery Practitioner - 20 credits Global Perspectives in Childbirth and Midwifery - 20 credits Developing Evidence-Informed Practice - 10 credits Final Year During the final year of the course, you will have the opportunity to continue to develop midwifery skills and knowledge which should ensure your readiness to assume the full role and responsibilities required by a midwife ready for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (subject to additional costs and the NMC requirements, please see the Accreditation and Professional recognition section for further information as well as the NMC website). Modules Leadership and Management for Healthcare Professionals - 20 credits Becoming an Autonomous Midwife - 20 credits The Student Midwife as an Educator (Placement 3) - 10 credits Evidence-Based Research Project - 20 credits The Student Midwife as a Skilled Practitioner (Placement 4) - 20 credits The Competent Student Midwife (Placement 5) - 30 credits For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

Assessment method

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include: Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) Presentations Online tests Grading in clinical practice You will also be continually assessed within practice placements and required to maintain a professional portfolio. The NMC Proficiencies for Midwives (NMC, 2019) are assessed in a range of placements as part of a continuous assessment process and should not be viewed as separate elements but reflect the continuum of care provided in partnership with women and their families. You should be able to participate under direct supervision and direction at this level of training. The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
B720
Institution code:
C85
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate / BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma / BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that are equivalent to three A2 Levels. This may include subject specific requirements where necessary. If you are successful in receiving an offer, you will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and studying at Coventry University.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks

Interview


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Midwifery at Coventry University - UCAS