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Midwifery (BMid)

Entry year


Our midwifery programme will provide you with the skills you need to become a confident and compassionate midwife, making a real difference to women during all stages of pregnancy, labour and the early postnatal period.

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Course overview

Do you want to make a difference, not just a choice? 

Our midwifery programme is an innovative, popular and rewarding career. Our programme provides you with the skills and knowledge to become a registered midwife after 3 years and offering you the opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives; a value that few other professions can offer.  

The role midwives play in preparing women for the delivery of new life makes them a vital presence during all stages of pregnancy, labour and the early postnatal period. You’ll be the expert on childbirth and so your responsibilities are diverse. As a qualified midwife you’ll provide full antenatal care, identify, refer and co-ordinate the care for women with high-risk pregnancies, monitor all women and support them during labour and teach new mothers how to feed and care for their babies. You will be working with women from a variety of backgrounds so you will need to be confident enough to communicate and support different people in a variety of situations. 

With 100% of our students satisfied with our course (UNISTATS) you will gain a comprehensive understanding in a supportive environment around both the science and art of midwifery. The science of midwifery includes biological principles, research, methods of inquiry, decision making, assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care. Whilst the art of midwifery focuses on communication and the approach to delivering care, encompassing genuine caring, respect, sensitivity, and valuing the uniqueness of individuals in a culturally diverse society. This will enable you to deliver high quality midwifery care in a rapidly changing environment. 

You will be taught by motivated and knowledgeable lecturers in the field of midwifery who are influencing healthcare across Wales and beyond through engagement and research. This is demonstrated by our University being part of the only Collaborating Centre for the World Health Organisation in Europe focused exclusively on midwifery development. 

You will specialise in midwifery from the start of the course and you will practice your skills in our clinical simulation suite which enables you to learn in a realistic midwifery ward with simulated mother and baby. These lifelike simulations mean you can safely practice and develop essential skills, developing your confidence and expertise before going out into placement.  

You will spend approximately 50% of your time on placement. We have close working relationships with two large service providers in South Wales and so your learning will take place both in hospitals and in the community in a range of environments, enhancing experience in caring for women from a variety of cultures with differing needs. You will benefit from placements supported by experienced midwife educators to help you in becoming the best midwife you can be. During your first year you will participate in the care of women in low risk environments such as community teams and midwifery led birth units. In your second year, the emphasis will move to high risk and complex care needs of mother and baby and placements will in the main be in obstetric led units. You will also experience placements in accident and emergency department, gynaecological wards and neonatal units. There is also an opportunity for you to undertake a placement learning opportunity in a different environment, either within the UK or overseas. 

This degree will lead to eligibility to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Midwife. On qualification, you can work in a range of healthcare settings, both in the United Kingdom and abroad. 

Above all else, we strive to ensure that our graduates are ready for the next step in their career and the many opportunities that await them. That’s why 100% of our midwifery students are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating (UNISTATS).  

International Students 

We regret that this course is unable to accept applications from international fee-status applicants. 

Distinctive features

As a midwifery programme, with a family feel, we’ll help you to enjoy an academically rich and fulfilling experience throughout your time at Cardiff University. Here are some of the key features of why we think our programme will make you the best Midwife that you can be:

  • Our programme is validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC);
  • The School is designated as a Collaborating Centre for Midwifery Development with the World Health Organisation (WHO), the only such unit in the European region. This initiative is an excellent opportunity to contribute to the important work of WHO and to strengthening the Midwifery profession across Europe;
  • You’ll have the option to choose a fully funded place on the programme.  A full NHS bursary, including tuition fees and a non-repayable bursary for living costs, is available for this programme providing you agree to work in Wales for two years after qualifying;
  • During year two, there is an opportunity for you to undertake a placement learning opportunity in a different environment, either within the UK or overseas;
  • We have a highly-equipped clinical simulation suite which enables you to learn in a realistic midwifery ward with simulated mother and baby. These lifelike simulations mean you can safely practice and develop essential skills, developing your confidence and expertise before going out into placement.
  • You’ll be studying at a Russell Group University which supports a strong research profile and evidence-based learning. This is evident throughout the programme, with application and implementation of research and evidence based practice being key to all learning and teaching activities. This is enhanced by the School's Chair of Midwifery, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Professor of Midwifery, Reader and Research Associate roles. Students and graduates will be equipped with the capacity to develop their knowledge, and where possible, participate in research studies and to contribute to collaborations locally, nationally and globally
  • The School provides courses recognised by the UK Health and Care Professions Council in occupational therapy, operating department practice, physiotherapy, diagnostic radiography and imaging and radiotherapy and oncology. It also provides pre-registration courses in nursing and midwifery. This contributes to a vibrant interdisciplinary environment, with opportunities for shared learning and inter-professional education not available at many institutions;
  • 100% of our midwifery students are in employment or further study after 6 months of graduating (UNISTATS).

Accreditations

UCAS codeB720
Next intakeSeptember 2020
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
Typical places availableThe course typically has approximately 30 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe course typically receives approximately 900 applications.

Entry requirements

ABB-BBB

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

DDD un BTEC in Early Years or National Diploma in Health Studies. Other BTECs may be considered.

IB Diploma with an overall score of 32-31 or 655 at HL.

Alternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the School of Healthcare Sciences admissions criteria pages.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-score.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

62 with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.

Other accepted qualifications

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.

Four GCSEs grade C/4 including Maths and a Physical Science AND English/Welsh at grade B/6 If you are successful in both academic and non-academic assessment you may be invited to attend a multiple mini interview. It is essential that before commencing any of our undergraduate healthcare programmes, you must have obtained a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. In addition, before enrolling on your programme, you will be required to complete an Occupational Health Questionnaire, attend any subsequent appointment(s), and receive all of the necessary vaccinations to undertake clinical placements safely.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

A full NHS bursary, including tuition fees and a non-repayable bursary for living costs, is available for this programme. Further details are available on our NHS funding pages.

Students from outside the EU (2020/21)

An NHS placement is a required part of this course. The NHS only makes placements available to students who are eligible to pay UK/EU fees. Therefore, this course is not available for international students.

Additional costs

Applicants are required to meet the costs of obtaining a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Certificate.

Applicants are advised that while you may be entitled to be reimbursed for some of the costs you incur whilst attending practice placements, you will be required to cover the initial costs for later reimbursement. This may include both accommodation and travel costs (if they are in excess of your normal daily travel costs to your University base).

 

Course specific equipment

You will not need any specific equipment.

Accommodation

We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Course structure

The course is comprised of approximately 50% theory and 50% practice, integrating both in a modular structure throughout three years. All modules are compulsory and credit rated. By successfully completing each module, you will accumulate credits towards the award of a degree, and entry onto the Professional Register.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

Year one

In year one you will be introduced to the academic knowledge and practice of midwifery. The emphasis is on normal midwifery, as childbirth is a normal physiological life event for the majority of healthy women. You will be exposed to the theory and practice of normal midwifery and related key skills through relevant knowledge and clinical experience.

The taught modules in year one total 120 credits. All are core (compulsory).

Year two

In year two you will adapt and develop your existing knowledge, skills and attitudes to provide safe and effective care for women during normal and complicated pregnancy and childbirth. You will have additional short placements in an Accident and Emergency department, a gynaecological ward and a neonatal unit.

The taught modules in year two total 120 credits. All are core (compulsory).

Year three

In year three, your existing knowledge, skills and attitudes will develop to enable the provision of effective care for women and babies throughout pregnancy, labour and the puerperium. Clinical placements will reflect this. It is expected at this time that the student moves towards working under indirect supervision of the mentor in order to develop confidence and independence and to undertake complex activities that can be safely and responsibly delegated.

Throughout the three years of the programme you will have the opportunity for involvement in case holding in the form of a continuity of care scheme. As part of this scheme you will follow the care of between 3 and 5 women throughout the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal period.

The taught modules in year three total 120 credits. All are core (compulsory).

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

The School of Healthcare Sciences is committed to developing knowledge which directly improves health outcomes and health care for patients, women and their families. Top quality teaching relies on academic and clinical expertise of lecturers and visiting clinicians.

Lectures, tutorials, workshops, simulations, seminar style discussions, online discussions, presentations and specific group work will all feature as part of your degree.

Year 1

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

42%

Guided independent study

10%

Placements

48%

Year 2

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

30%

Guided independent study

10%

Placements

60%

Year 3

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

32%

Guided independent study

10%

Placements

58%

How will I be supported?

You will have regular meetings with your personal tutor who will provide pastoral support and academic guidance throughout the programme. In addition you will be assigned an academic supervisor in year 3 of the programme who will support you in the development of your dissertation.

Our virtual learning environment is accessible via desktop and mobile devices, allowing you to access electronic resources from anywhere. Dedicated computer labs, student study rooms, campus-wide WiFi networks, printing facilities and a dedicated healthcare library are available year-round. Staff are available onsite to assist students and provide support and advice.

The School of Healthcare Sciences has recently invested in new facilities and equipment, aiming to provide some of the best technology and modern facilities at your disposal.

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.


Feedback

We will provide you with feedback on your work in a variety of formats. These will include oral feedback during tutorials, feedback provided during lectures, written feedback provided through online module discussion forums, and electronic written feedback on assessed coursework through GradeMark. You will be provided with summary written feedback in relation to examinations and you can discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.  During clinical placements you will be supported in your progress by mentors/clinical teachers who will provide verbal and written feedback on your clinical competency.

How will I be assessed?

Modules will be assessed using methods including written assignments, exams, presentations and a clinical portfolio.

The module assessment strategies conform to the University’s principles of assessment and are valid, reliable and explicit.

Assessments used within this course relate to the measurement of professional, academic and/or clinical practice. This includes written work such as reflective narratives, evidence based literature reviews, essays, examinations, practical examinations, scenario-based discussions, dissertations and completion of portfolios. 

Assessment methods (2017/18 data)

Year 1

Written exams

33%

Practical exams

4%

Coursework

63%

Year 2

Written exams

8%

Practical exams

25%

Coursework

67%

Year 3

Written exams

0%

Practical exams

67%

Coursework

33%

What skills will I practise and develop?

You will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’.

These include your own personal management and development, and the ability to:

  • take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development;
  • project plan time and tasks;
  • work independently and meet deadlines;
  • collect and record data;
  • analyse, interpret, synthesise and evaluate data;
  • problem solve and reach realistic conclusions;
  • produce academic work that is accurate and conforms to the appropriate level;
  • Communicate ideas in a clear concise manner.

Careers and placements

Career prospects

Midwifery is a challenging and rewarding career choice and on qualification it is possible to work in a wide range of healthcare settings both in the United Kingdom and abroad.

As a School of Healthcare Sciences we are proud that 100% of our midwifery graduates are in employment and/or further study six months after graduating (UNISTATS).

The career options for midwives are varied and plentiful.  Midwifery services can be in both the hospital or in the community. Antenatal care in the community is provided in women’s homes, local clinics, children’s centres and GP surgeries. Care during labour is provided in a mother’s home, as well as midwifery led maternity units.

Midwifery care can also be provided in hospitals where you may work in:

  • Triage and assessment areas

  • High and low risk labour

  • Postnatal wards and neonatal units

Potential employers can include various health boards and NHS Trusts, international health services and higher education institutions. Also you have the opportunity to explore avenues leading to a career as a Consultant Midwife or in Research, Education, Management, Public Health, Screening and Governance.

Jobs

  • Midwife
  • Nurse
  • Advanced nurse practitioner
  • Health visitor
  • Research nurse
  • Ward manager
  • Lecturer

Placements

The Cardiff BMid is divided between theory and practice in order to maximise the link between clinical and theoretical learning. You will spend approximately 50% of your time in university, and 50% of your time in clinical practice, supported by experienced midwives.

University and placement learning are interspersed throughout the programme; however the configuration varies for each year. This ensures that you are exposed to the core elements of learning in the first year and that placement learning opportunities are maximised throughout the three years of the programme. The variety of practice experience offered by Cardiff University will enable you to be involved in the care of women throughout their childbirth experience including; antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care and to support women birthing in a variety of settings.

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