- Study Mode: Full time
- Location: Uxbridge / Aylesbury
- Duration: Three Years
- Start Date: September 2022
Our aim at Buckinghamshire New University is to produce midwives that at the point of registration are not only safe and effective, but compassionate and skilled autonomous practitioners, with advocacy at the heart of practice. So, if you’re looking for a degree that will equip you with the skills to become a well-rounded midwife, our course is for you.
We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.
For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.
Why study this subject?
Did you know that 464,437 babies were born in the UK in 2020? (ONS)
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 mothers and babies safe and comfortable during this intimate and life changing experience.
If you have the compassion, care and courage needed, a degree in midwifery will teach you everything you need to know.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
Our new and exciting curriculum has been developed in conjunction with partner trusts and service users to develop the Future Midwife and Continuity of Care and Carer national model. Upon completion of the course you will gain professional registration to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
When studying with us, your education will be delivered locally, and you will also complete a local placement. Not only does this give you an opportunity to live and stay local whilst studying, but it also ensures you will be highly employable upon graduation by the trust where you train. Opportunities for employability across the rest of the UK will also be available due to a current high demand for midwives across the sector.
50% of your time on the course will be spent on a clinical placement and local trusts will provide you with placement areas in a wide range of maternity services. On your local placement with a trust partner, you will gain exposure to a diverse demographic of women, partners and families. You will cover the entire continuum of care, preparing you for the Continuity of Care and Carer model currently being implemented nationally. You will also become skilled in caring for women with and without additional needs and will work in partnership with women, enabling their views, preferences and decisions, helping to strengthen your capabilities.
What facilities can I use?
The course will be taught out of both Aylesbury and Uxbridge campuses, with access to excellent simulation suites on both sites. This includes up-to-date equipment allowing for the simulation of midwifery skills to enable the learner to develop in a safe environment.
Whilst studying with us you will also use our BucksAnywhere web service, which provides access to many of the software applications you use for learning and studying. BucksAnywhere can be used from your own device or from a University owned PC or laptop, from any location.
What will I study?
Whilst exact course structure is to be confirmed and subject to validation, the NMC standards (NMC 2019) are at the heart of this curriculum. This ensures that during your time at Buckinghamshire New University you will gain skills that enable you to provide effective, evidence based and person-centred care as a qualified midwife. The degree programme will be delivered over 3 years.
The curriculum will also build up your knowledge and depth of normal physiological processes to facilitate pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. Upon completion of the course you will be able to optimise normal physiological processes, support safe physical, psychological, social cultural and spiritual situations, work to promote positive outcomes and be able to anticipate and prevent complications.
How will I be taught and assessed?
The course is delivered from both our Aylesbury and Uxbridge campuses, with access to excellent simulation suites on both sites. This includes up to date equipment allowing for the simulation of midwifery skills to enable the learner to develop in a safe environment.
The course is led by our Associate Professor in Midwifery, who brings with her over 26 years field expertise and 7 plus years in education. As lead midwife for education for Buckinghamshire New University, she is best placed for the development and support of the students in the learning environment and the placement environment. The wider team consists of experienced midwifery lecturers that bring a wealth of expertise and experience to the curriculum, along with clinical educators intricately linked with practice to support the education of our future midwives. Wider study skill support will be available through the University’s Learning Development Unit.
Theoretical teaching will consist of a range of lectures, seminars, digital virtual learning and tutorials. Some of the teaching will be face-to-face contact, some will be directed or guided learning and some will be independent learning.
Theoretical assessments will include a combination of presentations, essay’s, exams, OSCE’s (Observed Structured Clinical examinations) and Viva’s (oral examinations) to allow for all learners to exceed. Assessment is also 50% practice-based assessment throughout the course, which is conducted by Midwifery supervisors and assessors, with support of academic assessors.
We offer a variety of clinical experiences in a range of settings and the main NHS Trusts we are currently working with include:
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 112 - 136
Or an Access to Midwifery qualification (minimum of 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction, 12 at Merit, and 3 at Pass).
Those whom English is not their first language must achieve a minimum score of 7.0 overall or equivalent for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS).
In addition, you will require five GCSEs including Maths, English and Science at Grade C/4 or above (or a suitable equivalent).
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.
Applicants will also be required to pass an interview.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Introduction to Universal Care for Women, Newborns and Families
Becoming an Accountable, Autonomous, Professional Midwife
Midwifery Practice 1
Fundamentals of the Midwife’s Role in Public Health
Introduction to the Additional Needs of Women, Newborns and Families
Year 2 Modules
Inclusive Midwifery Care for Women, Newborns and Families
Midwifery Practice 2
Developing the Midwife to Meet the Additional Needs of Women, Newborns and Families
Systematic Examination of the Newborn
Year 3 Modules
The Midwife as a Colleague and Lead Professional
Preparing the Midwife as Scholar
Midwifery Practice 3
The Midwife as scholar: SIP or Research Proposal
The compassionate Midwife as the Coordinator of Care
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£13,750 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
With the implementation of the Better Births report (2016) recommendation of “continuity of care and carer”, you will have the opportunity to join teams of midwives which will care for women across the continuum. This means you will have the ability to work in the community, ward areas and labour wards whilst providing continuity to the women you care for.
Some midwives may also choose to become part of the core staff required in hospitals and support the maternity services that way.
There is a vast array of specialist roles which midwives continue their career in, including but not exhaustive to:
- Vulnerable client groups
- Consultant midwives
- Multiple pregnancy midwives
- Specialist screening.