The pre-registration midwifery course will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective midwifery care and register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council to practise as a midwife in a variety of health care settings.
This programme will allow you to study a range of subjects including sexual and reproductive health, neonatal care, midwifery care and practice, management and leadership and high-risk care of mother and baby. The subjects also include research, public health, normality in midwifery practice and a range of clinical skills.
During this course you will also get the opportunity to participate in providing individual care to a woman and her family under the supervision of a qualified midwife and experience midwifery practice in a variety of settings. You will be expected to develop an electronic portfolio during your programme of study.
All theory is delivered at Walsall Campus for classroom study, and placement will be with one of five NHS Trusts including either Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell and West Birmingham (City Hospital Birmingham) or Burton-upon-Trent.
Our midwifery degree courses lead to both an academic award and registration with the UK’s Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), ultimately allowing you to practice as a midwife in the public or private sector.
Midwifery is an integrated course of theory and practice, and you will have the opportunity to experience clinical practice under the supervision of an experienced midwife from as early as 6 weeks into the course.
You may be entitled to an NHS means-tested bursary, and your course fees are paid for by the NHS.
There are well established support systems in the university and on clinical placement; you will also be allocated a peer mentor during your first year of study who is based in the same NHS Trust.
There are two value-added components to the course which are UNICEF's Breast Feeding Initiative (BFI) and the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE).
Students evaluate the quality of teaching very positively and have the opportunity to develop their clinical skills in well equipped clinical skills centres.
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Opportunities exist to be clinical leaders, consultant midwives, work in management or at supervisory level. Midwives can also develop innovative specialist roles for example, in ultrasound, fetal medicine, public health and parenting education. There are also opportunities to work as a research midwife or in education.
Many midwives are employed by the NHS, working in hospital or in the community setting. Posts are also available in private birthing centres, or you may be an independent midwife.
There are a range of opportunities available to you to further your education and practice, for example you may choose to complete a Masters or PhD.
Opportunities may also exist to travel and work abroad.
By the end of the midwifery programme you should be able to:
Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified midwife.
You must have a minimum of five GCSEs at Grade C or above (or equivalent) which must include an English-based subject and Mathematics or a Science subject. Equivalent qualifications include Key Skills Level 2; Learn Direct Level 2; and Functional Skills Level 2.
Applicants must have evidence of study within the last 5 years.
If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for interview and will be expected to undertake a written and numeracy test as part of the selection process.
The following resources may help you prepare for the maths test:
• BBC Skillswise: http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/maths
• BBC bitesize: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zjg4d2p
• NHS Sn@p tool: http://www.snap.nhs.uk/
Read further information regarding interview preparation
Good health and good character are fundamental to being a midwife, and consequently all midwifery students must have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check. Professional courses are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and all previous convictions, cautions etc. must be declared. You will also require satisfactory health clearance. As students will undertake exposure-prone procedures as part of their training they will be required to have additional screening for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.
Please note only students meeting the eligibility criteria for an NHS bursary can be accepted on this course. Please visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students for further information relating to residency and eligibility criteria.
2016/7 Entry Funding Information
The funding information for the BNurs (Hons) Nursing and BSc (Hons) Midwifery courses is summarised as follows:
Students apply for their Bursary, Grant and additional allowances (dependants allowance and childcare grant) through the NHS Student Grants Unit at http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students but must apply for their Student Loan at http://www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance.
2017/8 Funding Information
The Government is proposing a change to funding for courses in nursing, midwifery and allied health subjects which, if accepted, will take effect from August 2017.
This means that students offered a place on a course commencing after this date will no longer receive an NHS bursary. Instead, they will have access to the same student loans system as other students. The present suggestion is that students studying nursing, midwifery and the allied health subjects as a second degree may also be able to access student loans and that the change will only affect new students starting their courses from 1 August 2017. There will be a consultation in early 2016 and more information will be available following this.
Should you wish to discuss this further please contact our staff in Gateway via Gateway@wlv.ac.uk or telephone (01902) 321032 and they can offer further advice and guidance.