Health Sciences

BSc MIDWIFERY

Key details 

BSC MIDWIFERY

Start Year
2021
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Bachelor of Science
UCAS course code
B720
Entry Requirements
ABB

YEAR 1

 

Core Modules

This module aims to provide you with the underpinning knowledge to enable you to play an increasingly active role in the delivery of effective, normal midwifery care to women, babies and the wider family unit. It will also provide you with opportunities to orientate to university and student life.  

 This module will enable you to build foundation knowledge of the wide context of midwifery care which will underpin future modules. You will begin the process of reflection and make connections between research evidence and early clinical practice. The knowledge gained will increase your understanding of what constitutes the parameters of normal care including screening which will also give you confidence to recognise when care is no longer within the realms of normality. 

 You will have the opportunity to explore your understanding of normal midwifery practice. Including communication skills, anatomy and physiology, record keeping and continuity of care for labouring women. In addition, you will begin to develop a professional persona. 

Finally, this module will prepare you for the future understanding of complexities in maternity care explored in modules throughout years 1, 2 and 3.  

In this module, alongside module one, you will continue to be provided with opportunities to adapt to student life and university.

Foundation of midwifery practice features in both modules one and two. An anatomy and physiology workbook will support the learning related anatomy and physiology. 

This module will enable you to develop an understanding of the context of Public Health, and primarily ways to promote the health of individuals, families and communities.  The module addresses the needs of specific populations and current public health concerns. It will focus on how biophysical, psychological and social elements impact on public health.  

The module will also examine the role of the midwife in collaboration with other healthcare professionals who may work together to enhance care given to families. 

The module will examine public health issues such as mental health and emotional wellbeing, obesity, substance misuse, alcohol intake and smoking. You will review the challenges of implementing change posed by the political, cultural and socio-economic environment within which midwives work. 

Alongside module one, module two will provide the opportunities to explore the foundation and underpinning evidence of midwifery practice preparing you for module three in semester two, which focuses on the neonate and infant feeding. 

This module will focus on the knowledge of the development of the embryo and adaptation to extra uterine life. You will develop skills and knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the normal neonate and the role of the midwife in relation to the assessment and care of the neonate. 

This module addresses some of the more common complications associated with the neonate and their management. For example, thermoregulation and jaundice. 

You will develop your knowledge and skills in relation to infant feeding and supporting women in line with the UNICEF Breastfeeding Initiative Standards. 

This practice module spans an academic year.  It uses a flexible and responsive student led approach to placements and covers all three areas of maternity care provision; inpatient services, central delivery suite, the midwifery led birthing unit and community. 

You will be expected to seek out additional appropriate learning opportunities including other clinical areas, services, organisations and agencies as well as specialist practitioners.  This will enable you to appreciate and participate in care outside the role of the midwife which will enhance the care women receive in the maternity services.  This will also expand your ability to apply theory to practice within the placement areas.  

Supernumerary status will be maintained throughout the module thus enabling you to work within interdisciplinary teams in order to provide safe, evidence-based care to woman and families from different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs. 

The module is supported by the use of the Midwifery Ongoing Record of Achievement assessment of practice document which incorporates all relevant NMC approved proficiencies (NMC 2019). 

 

YEAR 2

 

Core Modules

The module builds on the learning from year one and prepares you for completing a full systematic examination of the newborn.  

 Content will focus on further developing theoretical and practical skills in providing quality midwifery care together with preparing you to undertake the full systematic examination of the newborn by developing your underpinning knowledge and clinical assessment skills. Theory will focus your attention on graduate skills of clinical decision making, national policy guidelines and care pathways. Anatomy and physiology commensurate with the full systematic examination of the newborn will build upon the knowledge gained in modules 1 and 3.  This module will cover the genetics, genomics and epigenetics in relation to the newborn and fetal development and will enable you to begin to recognise, manage and refer the newborn with complications.  This builds upon knowledge gained in module 1 and 3 in year 1.  

This module runs concurrently with module 6 (Understanding social sciences and childbirth).  This module builds on the knowledge gained from module 2 in the first year, of how the medical and social demographics of pregnant women have altered and how midwives are more frequently encountering mothers who have additional needs and co-morbidities. The module covers the impact of the most common physical and mental health conditions on pre-conceptual care, pregnancy, childbirth, the postnatal period. It will also focus on the midwife’s role in first-line assessment and management of complications and the provision of ongoing midwifery care as part of the multidisciplinary team.   

Additional areas of knowledge and skills necessary to manage complications will be covered, such as the impact of public health and socio-economic status, pharmacology and communication skills. Emphasis will be placed on how the midwife can optimise physiological processes, anticipate and prevent complications and work to promote positive outcomes for both mother and baby. 

This module will enable you to broaden and deepen your understanding of social, political, psychological and economic factors that have an impact on childbirth, and that influence how the maternity services are conceived and delivered. 

The module builds upon introductions to psychosocial aspects of childbirth gained from modules 1, 2 and 3 and provides further and deeper insight into how social sciences are significant in the provision of healthcare and experiences during the childbearing continuum. 

This module will provide you with an understanding about how the social sciences may affect pregnancy on a societal and personal level.  

This practice module spans the academic year. It uses a flexible and responsive student-led approach to placements and covers all three areas of maternity care provision: inpatient services, central delivery suite and the midwifery led birthing unit and community. 

You will be encouraged and expected to seek out additional appropriate learning opportunities including other clinical areas, services, organisation's and agencies as well as specialist practitioners. This will enable you to appreciate and participate in care outside the role of the midwife which will enhance and inform the care women receive in the maternity services. This will also expand your ability to apply theory to practice within the placement area. 

Supernumerary status will be maintained throughout the module thus enabling you to work within interdisciplinary teams in order to provide safe, evidence-based care to woman and families from different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs. 

During semester 1 of this year you will have had the theory that supports the full systematic examination of the newborn. This will prepare you to undertake the practice of full systematic physical examination of the newborn infant throughout the practice module.  During this module you  will develop your skills and knowledge in midwifery practice in accordance with level 5 proficiencies described in the Midwifery Ongoing Record of Achievement. 

The module is supported by the use of the Midwifery Ongoing Record of Achievement assessment of practice document which incorporates all relevant NMC approved proficiencies (NMC 2019). 

 

YEAR 3

 

Core Modules

This module will enable you to develop your understanding of emergency care and obstetric complications with a focus on midwifery management, deepening your awareness of how to translate theory into practice and refine autonomous decision-making.  

The module will prepare you to care for women and their families when pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period is complicated and when emergency situations arise. This module will include the exploration of the role of the midwife as care coordinator within the multi-professional team when concerns need to be escalated and childbearing becomes complicated. 

You will have the opportunity to build on your understanding of normal anatomy and physiology from module 1 in year 1 and from module 5 in year 2, enabling identification of pathophysiology and deviations from normal physiological parameters. This module will allow you to advance your professional ability to use evidence-based best practice approaches to the management of emergency situations and complex care with women, newborn infants and families.

This module will enable you to synthesise your research knowledge, deepen understanding and apply the skills to 21st century healthcare challenges. 

You will have an opportunity to explore how to use research skills to evaluate best practice and to apply that knowledge to develop an innovation in maternity care. The module will allow you to show your growing professional skill and creative thinking through development of new and novel ideas to improve the way maternity service is delivered or experienced. 

This final module of the programme enables you to consolidate the theory and practical knowledge gained during previous modules, whilst continuing the development of skills for lifelong learning. It will develop your understanding of the meaning and implications of being a midwife. 

This module develops and enables you to become a competent practitioner at the point of registration with the NMC. The module will consolidate your knowledge and practice skills and build on the development of leadership that you will have begun to explore in previous modules. It will also develop your understanding about what it means to be an ambassador for the profession, how clinical decision making through leadership and ethical practice is maintained.

You will have the opportunity to analyse how the micro and macro organisation of maternity services influence practice development and how consumer voices can be represented in driving practice forward.  Evidence-based content will draw on the use of literature to support innovations in practice. The opportunity to lead and make clinical decisions will be demonstrated at competence level. 

Module 9 links with the preceding module 7, building on existing midwifery knowledge. It will prepare you to apply service innovation processes in the context of delivering midwifery care for women and families with varying health and social needs and to varied population groups concurrently with module 8.

This practice module spans the academic year. It uses a flexible and responsive student-led approach to placements and covers all three areas of maternity care provision; inpatient services, central delivery suite, the midwifery led birthing unit and community. 

You will be encouraged and expected to seek out additional appropriate learning opportunities including other clinical areas, services, organisations and agencies as well as specialist practitioners.  This will enable you to appreciate and participate in care outside the role of the midwife which will enhance and inform the care women receive in the maternity services.  This will also expand your ability to apply theory to practice within the placement areas, consolidating learning with a range of midwifery practitioners as well as a variety of members from the multi-disciplinary team. 

During semester 1 of the second year you will have had the theory that supports the full systematic examination of the newborn. You will have started to undertake the medical examination of the newborn infant in the second year module, Professional Practice II. Professional Practice III will continue to consolidate and deepen these examination skills, using critical evaluation to synthesise and apply your underlying knowledge to provide full systematic physical examination of the newborn infant in line with local and national evidence-based protocols.  

Supernumerary status will be maintained throughout the module thus enabling you to work within interdisciplinary teams in order to provide safe, evidence-based care to woman and families from different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs. 

The module is supported by the use of the Midwifery Ongoing Record of Achievement assessment of practice document which incorporates all relevant NMC approved proficiencies (NMC 2019). 

 

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Entry Requirements

A Levels

ABB or BBB with an A in the Extended Project

BTEC

DDM in Health, Care or Science

Scottish highers

AAABB

Scottish highers advanced

BCC

Irish leaving certificate

3 subjects at H2, 3 subjects at H3

Access course

Pass with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3 in a Health, Care or Science subject

European Baccalaureate

75%

International Baccalaureate

32 points

GCSE offer

In addition to all other specified requirements listed on this page, you’ll need to hold or be working towards Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 at GCSE.

We can also consider Functional Skills Level 2 Mathematics, Essential Skills Wales L2 Application of Number or Essential Skills Northern Ireland L2 Application of Number instead of GCSE Mathematics.

Additional entry requirements

We’d also encourage an application if you hold or are working towards one of the following qualifications:

Bachelor Degree (hons)

2.1, or 2.2 with BBB at A level

Certificate of Higher Education

60% with BBB at A level

Diploma of Higher Education

60%

Foundation Degree in a Health, Care or Science subject

60% with BBB at A level

Foundation Year of an undergraduate degree programme at a UK university, in a Health, Care or Science subject

65% with BBB at A level

Open University (60 credits) in a Health, Care or Science subject

60%

CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education (Early Years Educator)

A

CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development, or Children and Young People's Workforce, or Health and Social Care (including Technical Level)

A

 

At UEA we recognise that some students take a mixture of qualifications. Please email admissions@uea.ac.uk if you would like to check whether any particular combination of qualifications would be suitable for entry onto this degree programme.

Please note that we do not consider A levels in General Studies or Critical Thinking, Apprenticeships, NVQs (any level) or Work-based Level 3 Diplomas (previously NVQs) to meet the minimum academic entry requirements, although these can be used as evidence of recent study.

We’ll be unable to consider you for this course if you’ve obtained an academic fail from a previous health based degree programme, including where an exit award has been achieved.

Special Entry Requirements

We’d prefer you to be able to demonstrate evidence of recent formal academic study within 5 years of the start of the course. This is to ensure that you’re equipped to succeed on this academically rigorous programme. If you have not studied for an academic qualification within the last 5 years please email admissions@uea.ac.uk to enquire further. 

Offers to successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory occupational health check, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and two satisfactory references.

If necessary, the Admissions Service will be happy to provide you with advice on further study that might help you to make a future application to the course. Please email admissions@uea.ac.uk with any questions or if you need any further information.

Students for whom english is a foreign language

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including reading, writing, speaking and listening):

IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in each component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications to meet this requirement. Review our English Language Equivalences here.

INTO UEA also offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

Pre-sessional English at INTO UEA

Academic English at INTO UEA

Interviews

The strongest applicants will be invited to interview. Please note that meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements will not guarantee that you will be selected for interview.

All interviews for entry in 2021 will take place online. We do not disclose interview questions, but in general terms the interviews will explore a range of issues, including your suitability for the profession and the NHS values (as reflected in the NHS constitution). We’ll look to consider your motivation to study this course, as well as whether you have a clear understanding of the profession (ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in health care), and an interest in people.

We are aware that it is a difficult time to try to gain relevant experience in healthcare. First time applicants to Nursing, Midwifery and the Allied Health Professions will all be in a similar situation. We will take this into account and will adapt our expectations.

Keep in mind that clinical work experience is not generally a requirement for applying to train in healthcare, but it is important to show that you are able to work with people and appreciate the health and social care setting. It is important to remember why we look for work experience in an application; this in turn can help you think of the numerous ways that you might be able to demonstrate how you have acquired relevant experience.

We will want to see that you understand what a career in Health involves. Work experience, and other related experiences, are only as valuable as the way you talk about them and what understanding you take from them. While we will expect you to show some understanding of what it is like to be the professional of your choice, part of this involves demonstrating that you know what it is like to work in a responsible role, particularly with the public.

What type of experience do you need?

Any activity or life experience that helps you to prepare for training to be a healthcare professional will help. This means any activity that allows you to demonstrate that you have:

  • Had people-focused experience of providing a service, care, support or help to others, and that you understand the realities of working in a caring profession.
  • Developed some of the values, attitudes and behaviours essential to being a Nurse, Midwife or Allied Health professional such as conscientiousness, effective communication and the ability to interact with a wide variety of people. The values that we are looking for are set out in the NHS Constitution.
  • A realistic understanding of Health and Social Care and in particular the physical, organisational and emotional demands of the career.

Practical ways to gain experience:

Keep a reflective diary on what is happening in the news and online. Listen to what healthcare professionals have to say and reflect on this. All healthcare professionals can be a valuable source of information and experience, not just those that work in the specific profession that you are applying for. Demonstrating that you have a sense of all healthcare professions (and how they work together) will help you in both your personal statement and interview.

Volunteer in your spare time if you can, all forms of voluntary work can provide helpful work experience. Whilst volunteer work in the NHS might be disrupted at this time, other schemes may still be in operation and worth exploring i.e. working with other people in a caring or service role. Voluntary commitments to community groups (for example groups related to the work of churches, mosques and temples, or other groups such as Scouts or Guides) and online community support groups may also provide valuable experience of taking on responsibility, dealing with people and communicating effectively. It is likely that these sorts of volunteering opportunities will start to run again before healthcare related opportunities are available.

Remember: it is what you learn about yourself, about other people and about how effective care is delivered and received that counts. What you did is only a small part of the story; it is how you communicate what you learnt which matters.

Gap year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. If you’re planning to apply with deferred entry, you are advised to indicate your reason for this on your UCAS application.

Intakes

This course is open to UK applicants. The annual intake for this course is in September each year.

Course Reference Number: 3184094

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

If you are eligible for tuition fee and maintenance support from the Student Loans Company, you might also be able to apply for additional financial support through the NHS Learning Support Fund when studying this course.

Course related costs

You can find information regarding additional costs associated on our Fees and finance webpages.   

Course Reference Number: 3184094

How to apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The application allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it is sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Please complete our Online Enquiry Form to request a prospectus and to be kept up to date with news and events at the University. 

Course Reference Number: 3184094
Key details
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Bachelor of Science
UCAS course code
B720
Entry Requirements
ABB
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