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Are you passionate about ensuring that women have a safe and life-enhancing experience during their maternity care?

Building upon this course’s previous success, the new BSc (Hons) Midwifery Studies course has been developed to incorporate the future of midwifery practice whilst drawing on the essential elements of midwifery.

Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, you will leave this course as a confident graduate who is able to contribute to the care of childbearing women.

Delivered in our specialised clinical skills centre, you will have access to facilities and training equipment that is at the forefront of the midwifery practice. You will also undertake a number of placements, and have the option of applying for an overseas placement in the second year of your course.

The BSc Midwifery Studies course has been designed to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) enabling you to apply for professional registration as a midwife on successful completion of your degree.

100% of students believe that their course has provided them with the opportunities to apply what they have learnt (NSS, 2019).

Northumbria University is ranked 9th in Nursing & Midwifery in the UK (Guardian University League Tables 2020).

Personal Statement Guidelines

Why is a personal statement important?

The Personal Statement in the application is about you (as the name suggests) and it is an opportunity to tell us why you want to study here and why you want to study midwifery. The Nursing Midwifery Council require universities to conduct a face-to-face interview (including Skype) with all candidates and the personal statement is key to you being asked to attend an interview. The personal statement is your chance to sell yourself to the person assessing your application.

What should you highlight in the Personal Statement?

Universities want to know what interests you about midwifery and that you understand what it takes to be a midwife. You will need to include transferable skills gained at school, work or in your personal life. You will really need to think about the skills and qualities that are required to be a midwife. Universities want to know what bearing your current studies have on your selection to midwifery, and what experiences you have gained from your studies. Look at the NHS Constitution and the six NHS Values and include some of the values within the statement. We also want to know what bearing your current studies have on your selection to midwifery, and what experiences you have gained from your studies. We also want to learn about you, your extra-curricular activities, what you do in your spare time, any relevant work/volunteer experience, and any other achievements.

Through all this, you also have to pinpoint the skills and attributes you have gained from inside and outside of school/college. This is very important. For instance, if you have good powers of analysis and problem-solving ability then record this in the statement. If you are not sure where to start, write down a list of what you have done, and pick out the most relevant parts and link them to the field of midwifery.

What should I avoid doing?

Do not waffle. It is tempting to list everything you have done and let the selector 'pick out' the relevant bits - that does not happen. Think of it as a job application - keep it concise, keep it clear, and keep it logically organised. For everything you write, make sure it is relevant. For instance, do not say you just 'find something interesting' - that does not tell us much. We want to know why you find it interesting, and why that makes you a good candidate. Always remember that phrases such as 'for as long as I can remember' may sound good but they can sound cliched and at times simply are not true. Keep it honest - keep it meaningful.

What sort of experiences might be relevant?

You can talk about what you have learnt from team sports, part-time work or volunteer work. If you have health care experience then include this in the personal statement. You may might want to give examples of situations where you have demonstrated commitment, leadership and hard work. When have you adapted to new situations or managed a variety of commitments? Can you relate this to how you will cope with the demands of midwifery? Have you had to deal with a difficult situation at work or at school or college? Whatever your experiences, tailor them to midwifery.

Where can you get further tips?

There is a wealth of information available online and from careers advisers. Access midwifery journals and health care websites too so that information in the personal statement is relevant to midwifery.

Are you passionate about ensuring that women have a safe and life-enhancing experience during their maternity care?

Building upon this course’s previous success, the new BSc (Hons) Midwifery Studies course has been developed to incorporate the future of midwifery practice whilst drawing on the essential elements of midwifery.

Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, you will leave this course as a confident graduate who is able to contribute to the care of childbearing women.

Delivered in our specialised clinical skills centre, you will have access to facilities and training equipment that is at the forefront of the midwifery practice. You will also undertake a number of placements, and have the option of applying for an overseas placement in the second year of your course.

The BSc Midwifery Studies course has been designed to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) enabling you to apply for professional registration as a midwife on successful completion of your degree.

100% of students believe that their course has provided them with the opportunities to apply what they have learnt (NSS, 2019).

Northumbria University is ranked 9th in Nursing & Midwifery in the UK (Guardian University League Tables 2020).

Personal Statement Guidelines

Why is a personal statement important?

The Personal Statement in the application is about you (as the name suggests) and it is an opportunity to tell us why you want to study here and why you want to study midwifery. The Nursing Midwifery Council require universities to conduct a face-to-face interview (including Skype) with all candidates and the personal statement is key to you being asked to attend an interview. The personal statement is your chance to sell yourself to the person assessing your application.

What should you highlight in the Personal Statement?

Universities want to know what interests you about midwifery and that you understand what it takes to be a midwife. You will need to include transferable skills gained at school, work or in your personal life. You will really need to think about the skills and qualities that are required to be a midwife. Universities want to know what bearing your current studies have on your selection to midwifery, and what experiences you have gained from your studies. Look at the NHS Constitution and the six NHS Values and include some of the values within the statement. We also want to know what bearing your current studies have on your selection to midwifery, and what experiences you have gained from your studies. We also want to learn about you, your extra-curricular activities, what you do in your spare time, any relevant work/volunteer experience, and any other achievements.

Through all this, you also have to pinpoint the skills and attributes you have gained from inside and outside of school/college. This is very important. For instance, if you have good powers of analysis and problem-solving ability then record this in the statement. If you are not sure where to start, write down a list of what you have done, and pick out the most relevant parts and link them to the field of midwifery.

What should I avoid doing?

Do not waffle. It is tempting to list everything you have done and let the selector 'pick out' the relevant bits - that does not happen. Think of it as a job application - keep it concise, keep it clear, and keep it logically organised. For everything you write, make sure it is relevant. For instance, do not say you just 'find something interesting' - that does not tell us much. We want to know why you find it interesting, and why that makes you a good candidate. Always remember that phrases such as 'for as long as I can remember' may sound good but they can sound cliched and at times simply are not true. Keep it honest - keep it meaningful.

What sort of experiences might be relevant?

You can talk about what you have learnt from team sports, part-time work or volunteer work. If you have health care experience then include this in the personal statement. You may might want to give examples of situations where you have demonstrated commitment, leadership and hard work. When have you adapted to new situations or managed a variety of commitments? Can you relate this to how you will cope with the demands of midwifery? Have you had to deal with a difficult situation at work or at school or college? Whatever your experiences, tailor them to midwifery.

Where can you get further tips?

There is a wealth of information available online and from careers advisers. Access midwifery journals and health care websites too so that information in the personal statement is relevant to midwifery.

Course Information

UCAS Code
B720

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time (45 weeks per year)

Department
Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location
Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020 or September 2021

Fee Information

Department / Nursing, Midwifery and Health

Northumbria's Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health offers students the opportunity to develop caring careers that can transform the lives of patients, families and communities.

Nursing at Northumbria

Taught in our specialised clinical skills centre, you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and training equipment that is at the forefront of the healthcare industry.

Book an Open Day / Experience Midwifery Studies BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Midwifery Studies. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

With a key focus on the wellbeing of women and how to support them through the birthing experience, successful completion of this course will provide you with the qualification required to become a registered and practicing midwife.

Half of your time will be spent within a placement environment, with the rest of your teaching delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. You will also be given the opportunity to apply for an optional international placement in the second year of your course.

Working within our Clinical Skills Centre, you will have the opportunity to practise your new skills within a simulated environment, before applying them to the workplace during your placements.

This course utilises a range of assessment methods including written assignments, reflective personal portfolios and the direct observation of skills and competencies.

In your final year you will complete a dissertation where all of the skills and knowledge you have acquired can be put into practice. 

 

Student Profiles / Midwifery Studies BSc (Hons)

Hear what it is really like to study Midwifery Studies BSc (Hons) from our current students.

Book an Open Day / Midwifery Studies BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Midwifery Studies. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

This course is delivered by a specialist team of qualified midwives who draw on their experiences of theory and practice to deliver a course that is relevant to this ever-evolving area. You will also receive support from other academics with experience in mental health and family therapy. 

Throughout the duration of your degree you will have access to ongoing support through a dedicated personal tutor and our practice learning team (PLT). You will also have an allocated mentor who will be there to provide on-site support whilst you undertake your placements. 

To further enhance your knowledge and learning we regularly welcome external speakers who are experts in their field and actively working within the profession. 

Book an Open Day / Midwifery Studies BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Midwifery Studies. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

This course is based at our Coach Lane campus, which houses our Clinical Skills Centre – a purpose-built facility that will allow you to develop practical skills and gain valuable experience of within a simulated scenario.

Our facilities are some of the most advanced and allow us to ensure your learning evolves in-line with the latest developments in this profession.

You will have access to our University library – which has been recognised as third best in the UK – and well equipped working space, The Hub, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Technology is embedded throughout all aspects of your degree and you will receive ongoing support through our innovative e-learning platform, Blackboard, where you can access module handbooks, assessment information, lecture presentation slides and reading lists. 

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Book an Open Day / Experience Midwifery Studies BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Midwifery Studies. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Research-rich learning is embedded throughout all of this course’s modules and some of our teaching team are research-active clinicians with their own areas of specialism.

Offering access to resources relating to current issues and developments within midwifery practice, you will be required to undertake your own research and discuss your findings with your peers and tutors, before producing a dissertation in the final year of your course.  Undertaken under the supervision of your tutor, your dissertation gives you the opportunity to conduct applied research in a field of midwifery that interests you most.

Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Midwifery. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).

 

 

 

Book an Open Day / Experience Midwifery Studies BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Midwifery Studies. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Developed in-line with the competencies identified within the NMC standards and the values that underpin the NHS constitution, you will leave this course prepared for the workplace and with the relevant clinical experience to apply for professional registration.

The work placements you will complete whilst studying for your degree will provide you with experience of working in a real life environment, something that can prove invaluable when applying for jobs. Additionally, in the final year of your course you will have the unique opportunity to carry a small caseload of women through their childbirth experience.

This course offers additional enhancements such as flexible preparation for neonatal physical examination, which can further contribute to your CV.

On graduation you will have extensive experience of working with state-of-the-art equipment, in addition to relevant industry experience.

Northumbria University boasts excellent links with the NHS and other organisations in the region and our students are renowned for their high level of skills, something that is demonstrated by our consistently high employment rates. 

 

 

 

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Book an Open Day / Experience Midwifery Studies BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Midwifery Studies. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

On graduation you will possess the skills and qualifications required to pursue a career in midwifery. You will also have the opportunity to gain an Integrated MNurs / Registered Nursing qualification, as successful completion will prepare you for registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Midwives can practice in both a hospital and community environment, meaning there are many job opportunities once qualified. You may also wish to pursue management level roles as your career progresses.

Graduates of the BSc Midwifery Studies course may also wish to pursue further study or doctoral-level qualifications.

 

 

Book an Open Day / Experience Midwifery Studies BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Midwifery Studies. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

GCSE requirements:
A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths, English Language and a Science at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:
120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following: 

GCE and VCE Advanced Level: 
From 3 GCE/VCE A Levels including a Science or Health related subject.

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:
Distinction, Distinction, Merit in a Science or Health related subject.

Scottish Highers:
BBBBC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher including a science or health related subject.

Irish Highers:
BBBBB  - ABBBB including a Science or Health related subject.

IB Diploma:
120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level including a Science or Health related subject.

Access to HE Diploma:
Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 credits at Distinction and 27 at Merit.  Candidates who do not hold the requisite GCSEs must ensure the Access course includes English Language and Maths at a minimum of 6 credits at level 2 or 3 at level 3, and a Science or Health related subject at 9 credits at level 3.

Qualification combinations:
The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from no more than 3 A Levels or equivalent. Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

Applicants from the EU:
Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/ 

International applicants:
The University is pleased to welcome international applicants from over 100 countries and considers a wide range of qualifications for entry to its programmes.  For specific information please visit our International Admissions pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/international-admissions/ 

International applicants are also required to have one of the following English language qualifications with grades as shown below

  • A British      Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0      (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing,      Listening and Speaking of 6.5
  • Pearson      Academic score of 54 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of      Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

The University also accepts many other English language qualifications and if you have any questions about our English Language requirements plea

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

An A-level in a Science or Health related subject, or recognised equivalent.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths, English Language and a Science at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Admission is subject to a suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and a satisfactory health check. Applicants must meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council's suitability for registration requirements.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 7.0 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications 

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,500

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Scholarships and Discounts

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

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Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1*: TBC

* It is anticipated that fees for 21/22 will be £9,250. EU fees status will be confirmed following confirmation from Government


International Fee in Year 1: TBC

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

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