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Course summary

At BNU, we’ll help prepare you for your career in midwifery so you can then help mothers through one of the most vulnerable times in their lives and meet the growing demand for midwives. You’ll benefit from our combined learning approach of theory and practice, supportive and experienced course team, and our specialist facilities. Upon completion of the degree, you’ll be eligible to register with the Nursing & Midwifery Council. Check if you're eligible for the NHS Training grant of £5,000 per academic year at nhsbsa.nhs.uk/nhs-learning-support-fund-lsf. Why study this subject? Each birth is a unique experience for mother and baby, but midwifery is about so much more than just delivering babies. It is about the professional care of mothers – before, during, and after the birth of their child; helping to keep them safe and comfortable during this intimate and life-changing experience. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? A degree in Midwifery at BNU will help you become a competent, confident and compassionate midwife able to provide sensitive and person-centred care. Designed in collaboration with practice partners, service users and the University, our degree focuses on: continuum of care; optimising physiological processes; supporting safe physical, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual situations; working to promote positive outcomes and to anticipate and prevent complications. Students benefit from an excellent standard of teaching provided by staff from the University who have extensive experience, both in practice and education. Our lecturers are passionate about midwifery and maintain close links with practice, ensuring that the programme is always kept up-to-date. In addition, guest speakers often deliver sessions for students within the University to ensure we give a diverse range of views and experiences to our students. As a BNU student, you will automatically become a member of Bucks Students’ Union giving you access to a wide range of services that we offer for free. You’ll also be able to join the Midwifery Society where you’ll have the ability to attend a variety of extra-curricular activities and events. Opportunity modules are a part of the BNU curriculum for many of our courses. On our BSc (Hons) in Midwifery, opportunity modules are optional. Whilst you can gain credits for each opportunity module, these will not count towards your final degree award. You can choose modules in both your first and second year from a broad selection in areas such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, creativity, digital skills, personal growth, civic engagement, health & wellbeing and employment. Opportunity modules are designed to enable you to develop outside the traditional boundaries of your discipline and help you to further stand out from the crowd to future employers. The NHS Trust we are currently working with for clinical placements include:

  • Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS trust
  • Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust (Wexham Park and Frimley Park)
  • Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
  • Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
What facilities can I use? At both our Uxbridge and Aylesbury campuses, we have impressive facilities with state-of-the-art equipment. You’ll get to recreate real scenarios in realistic ‘wards’ so when you’re out on placement you’ll be familiar with your surroundings and be confident in your midwifery skills. With our simulation facilities, you’ll be able to learn and practice with equipment that is as close to the real thing as possible, enabling you to build your skills and knowledge in a safe environment.

Modules

Year one Core Introduction to Universal Care for Women, Newborns and Families Becoming an Accountable, Autonomous, Professional Midwife Fundamentals of the Midwife’s Role in Public Health Introduction to the Additional Needs of Women, Newborns and Families Midwifery Practice 1 Consolidating the Midwives’ Role in Universal Care for Women, Newborns and Families Opportunity You can choose 2 x 10 credit year one Opportunity modules Year two Core Promoting Inclusive Midwifery Care for Women, Newborns and Families Developing the Midwife to Meet the Additional Needs of Women, Newborns and Families Systematic Examination of the Newborn Midwifery Practice 2 Developing the Midwife to Meet the Additional Needs of Newborns and Families Holistic Midwifery Care for Women, Newborns and Families Opportunity You can choose 2 x 10 credit year two Opportunity modules Year three Core The Midwife as a Colleague and Lead Professional Preparing the Midwife as Scholar The Midwife as Scholar: Service Improvement Project or Research Proposal The Compassionate Midwife as the Coordinator of Care Midwifery Practice 3

Assessment method

We utilise a variety of blended learning and teaching methods, including seminar-based teaching, lectures. authentic scenarios and case studies, presentations, online learning resources, peer learning, reflection, role modelling and simulation. You will benefit from theory and placement blocks, so you can apply, and reflect, on clinical practice within your academic studies. In your first year, there will be more of a focus on the theory elements to help build your confidence. As you progress to your second year, there is more of a balance theory/practice split. In your final year, there is more of a focus on clinical placement to help develop you for autonomous practice and your future career as a midwife. We’ve ensured that the assessments are varied and relevant to the practical elements of the course and your future profession, and include: essays/written assessments, OSCE’s (Observed structured Clinical Examinations’), VIVA’s (Voiced Examination), presentations, digital video uploads and case study. In your practice placements, you are assessed using the NMC approved national practice document, the MORA (Midwifery Ongoing Record of Achievement), by Practice assessors, who are appropriately trained registered midwives.

Professional bodies

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

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

For information about applying to Buckinghamshire New University as an International applicant, please visit https://www.bnu.ac.uk/study/international

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

You may find it easier if you have prior knowledge of health, so we prefer if you have relevant A Levels - such as Biology, Health and Social Care, Chemistry, Psychology, Physics, Physical Education, and Sociology. However, it is not essential.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks/general-entry-requirements

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Interview

Audition


Unistats information

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Student satisfaction
85%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
94%
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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £15000 Year 1
International £15000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Sponsorship information

You may be eligible for the NHS Learning Support Fund. If you're eligible, you could get a training grant of £5,000 per academic year plus other support. Visit nhsbsa.nhs.uk/nhs-learning-support-fund-lsf for full details. Buckinghamshire New University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships. For more information please visit bnu.ac.uk/bursaries

Midwifery at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS