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Midwifery Studies BSc(Hons) 2013-14

At a Glance

UCAS code:

Start date:
23 / 09 / 2013

3 years full-time

Places Available:
35 - 45 (this number may be subject to change)

Course Type:
Full Time

Entry Requirements
The course requires one of the following:
•  BBB at A Level including a biological science, General Studies is excluded.
•  300 UCAS points including a biological science.
•  DDD Edexcel National Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health with a minimum of 4 units in biological sciences).
•  An Access Diploma with at least 30 level 3 credits at Distinction and the remainder credits at Merit. The course must contain 18 credits in a biological science.

Plus Maths and English GCSE at C or above.

// Offers will be subject to an Occupational Health assessment and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
// If you were educated outside the UK, you should offer the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 7 in all components.
// If you have alternative qualifications you may wish to contact us for advice before applying.

Admissions Assistant
Tel: 01484 472199

The course

This course will provide you with the opportunity to:
•  Develop excellent knowledge, practical and communication skills, by enthusiastic and experienced midwife teachers.
•  Work with women and their families in a wide range of practice settings such as birth centres, midwife led units, community and obstetric units.
•  Undertake practice placements, which were rated as ‘outstanding’ by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

A keen interest in women's health and a commitment to family centred care, coupled with your desire to make a difference in people’s lives has fired your aspiration to become a midwife. This course, designed by midwives for midwives, is ideal for you. It emphasises the promotion of health, and the safe management of pregnancy, to ensure the best possible outcomes for parents and the newborn. You will learn how to provide individualised care for the mother and baby throughout pregnancy, labour and the period after childbirth.

Course content

The course has been designed to develop autonomous practitioners, who are confident and competent in the theory and practice of midwifery. You will spend half of the course in academic study and half in clinical practice. Clinical placements will enable you to develop insight into the different cultural and social influences upon child-bearing women and a broad perspective on the delivery of midwifery care. Interdisciplinary learning will enable you to appreciate the importance of working within a team alongside other health professionals.

Year 1

+ Biological Sciences for Midwifery

You will study the anatomy and physiology of the woman, including the fetus and neonate organ systems and how this relates to midwifery practice. The teaching will be delivered through interactive lectures with spot tests, online tutorial support and group discussions. Your knowledge of the organ systems will be assessed via two unseen exams (worth 50% of module marks). The application of your knowledge to midwifery practice will also be assessed through coursework (worth 50% of module marks).

+ Professional Development and Research 1

This module involves multidisciplinary team working with Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Operating Department Practice, Physiotherapy and Podiatry students. You will develop an understanding of evidence based practice and learn how to critically appraise journal articles. You will be assessed through an online exam and a piece of coursework. Firstly you will complete an online open book exam to demonstrate your research knowledge (worth 100% of module marks). Secondly as you are introduced to the idea of reflective practice and lifelong learning, you will develop a reflective log (which must be passed to successfully complete the module).

+ Principles of Midwifery Care

This module introduces the principles of midwifery practice in all aspects of pregnancy, childbearing and the postnatal period including care of the newborn. You will explore the midwife’s role, responsibilities and sphere of practice including ethical issues, confidentiality and accurate documentation, which will be assessed in an exam (worth 50% of module marks). You will develop effective communication and demonstrate this through coursework by writing an account based on an example from practice (worth 50% of module marks). You will also be introduced to medicines management with safe drug calculation being developed through online tutorials and demonstrated by passing an online exam.

+ Psycho-Social and Policy Aspects of Midwifery Practice

This module examines psychological and contemporary socio-cultural issues affecting childbearing women and their families. You will explore health and policy issues in relation to childbirth and parenting, through coursework involving a poster presentation (worth 40% of module marks). You will also identify psycho-social issues relevant to a woman you have met in clinical practice. Through written coursework you will explore these issues in relation to the role of the midwife in promoting and supporting rights and choices for individual childbearing women (worth 60% of module marks).

+ Introducing Midwifery Practice

You will complete three clinical placements in two specialist areas over a period of 24 weeks. These areas include two placements in the community and one in a labour ward placement. Whilst on placement you will apply the knowledge and skills gained from the other foundation modules in Year 1, by observing and working alongside a qualified midwifery mentor. At the end of your final community placement you will be assessed by the midwifery mentor who will grade you on your clinical practice (worth 100% of module marks).

Year 2

+ Research 2

This module builds on your knowledge of research that you studied in Year 1 and prepares you to undertake an area of research in Year 3. You will learn about and be assessed on data collection and analysis in relation to methods which are currently used in research and evaluation of practice, through coursework involving a work book (worth 100% of module marks). This includes quantitative and qualitative research, systematic reviews and audits. In addition you will work in multi professional groups to produce coursework involving a research proposal, which you will carry out in Year 3. This will be assessed on a pass/fail basis.

+ Supporting Women with Complex Needs in Pregnancy and Childbirth

You will build on your knowledge of midwifery to develop your understanding of conditions and interventions that can adversely affect pregnancy, childbearing and the postnatal period. You will explore the impact of evidence based practice and risk assessment in managing the needs of women, their babies and families, considering the ethical and professional issues through coursework (worth 100% of module marks). You will also develop practical skills through simulation, which you will demonstrate through passing a practical exam.

+ Public Health Aspects of Midwifery Practice

You will explore the public health role of the midwife and examine the national public health agenda and government initiatives that are used with women and their families across varying neighbourhoods. This will be assessed through coursework where you will undertake a neighbourhood study (worth 100% of module marks). You will also explore how midwives are involved in inter-professional partnerships through coursework, working with students from a variety of backgrounds to present a conference paper (ungraded).

+ Developing Skills and Competence in Midwifery Practice

You will further develop your midwifery skills relating to public health and complications during pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period, through undertaking a wide variety of clinical placements. An understanding of the holistic care of women with reproductive, medical and surgical conditions will also be developed. Your practical skills will be formally assessed on two occasions by a qualified midwifery mentor whilst you are undertaking your clinical placements (worth 100% of module marks).

Year 3

+ Research 3

This is a multi-disciplinary module which follows on from Research 2. You will undertake a small scale research project in a multi-professional group, which could consist of a combination of nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, physiotherapy or podiatry students. Based on this research project you will produce two pieces of coursework, a written dissertation (worth 75% of module marks) and a group presentation at the Interdisciplinary Student Research Conference (worth 25% of module marks).

+ Promoting Normality in Complex Situations

This module builds on your knowledge of the conditions and interventions that can adversely affect the mother and fetus/neonate. You will demonstrate your understanding of the role and scope of the midwife when promoting normality for women. Some of the concepts that support or detract women and their families from planning care, assessing risk and having a positive experience during pregnancy and childbirth will also be explored. Your knowledge will be examined through a practical exam (worth 100% of module marks) and you will also demonstrate your ability to administer and calculate medicine doses through passing an online exam.

+ Preparing for Parenting

This module examines the importance of enabling and supporting parents to make informed choices regarding parenting and infant feeding. You will develop the knowledge and skills to support parents with effective infant feeding practices, which will be assessed through coursework involving a reflective essay (worth 50% of module marks). You will also be required to plan, lead and evaluate a parenting education session, which will be assessed through coursework (worth 50% of module marks).

+ Preparing for Effective Midwifery Practice

You will complete four clinical placements in three specialist areas over a period of 27 weeks. These areas include an antenatal/postnatal ward, a labour ward and two placements in the community. Whilst on placement you will bring together all of the clinical practice skills you have learnt in Years 1 and 2. You will also have the opportunity to build on these skills and gain further confidence as you grow into the role of the midwife. You will be supported and assessed by a qualified mentor who will grade you on your clinical practice in all three areas (worth 100% of module marks).


You will spend between 24 and 27 weeks each year in clinical practice where your learning will be facilitated and assessed by experienced practising midwives. An exciting range of placement opportunities are available for student midwives including midwife led units, a birth centre, labour suites, antenatal/postnatal wards, community midwifery, neonatal care and surgical experience. Students are normally on placement within the local NHS Trusts, but are given the opportunity to arrange and undertake an elective midwifery placement in Year 3. You will be expected to travel between placements.

Career opportunities

100% of midwives who graduated from the University of Huddersfield in 2009 and 2010 secured employment as practising midwives working locally and nationally.Graduates have normally gone on to work as midwives within the National Health Service in a variety of roles, including community and hospital-based midwifery. There are exciting career opportunities for qualified midwives such as providing midwife led care, specialising in screening, management and teaching. Some midwives opt for independent practice.

Professional links and accreditations

Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Teaching and assessment

Teaching takes place in workshops, seminars, reflective learning groups, lectures, simulation and through web-based support. Assessment methods include poster presentations, reflective essays, written, oral and practical examinations. Midwifery mentors liaise with academic staff to enable students to develop their skills and knowledge in the practice setting. Midwifery practice is graded in the clinical setting.

How much will it cost me?

Tuition fees for our health professional courses are usually paid for by the NHS, and in most cases a bursary will be available. To qualify for funding, you must be studying a course which leads to a professional registration, be that full-time or part-time. You must also meet the eligibility criteria and residency rules. You will find out more about bursaries and how to apply online by visiting:

At the moment, the University of Huddersfield offers NHS funded courses in nursing, midwifery, podiatry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, operating department practice and foundation year for the health professions.

Further study

The University offers a range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses for registered midwives. Health Studies (Advancing Midwifery Practice) MSc is available to midwives with 1-2 years post registration experience and includes Master's modules in Examination of the Newborn, Keeping Birth Normal, Strategies for Working in Community Midwifery Practice and Complex Needs, as well as Supporting Learning in Practice (Mentorship).

How to apply

We hope you’re interested in what you’ve seen and want to apply to join us. Please take a look at the information on what to do next.

Once you’ve sent your form in to UCAS you may be invited to attend an interview. We’ve put together some information for you about what to expect at an interview – but don’t worry, when you are invited in you will be given full details of what will happen.


Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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