School of Nursing and Midwifery

BSc (Hons) Pre-Registration Midwifery

Do you want to help women have the best pregnancy and birth possible? This course equips you with the skills, knowledge and professional insight needed to become a registered midwife. Whether it’s helping clients before labour, or giving support to new mothers, you’ll learn through doing - building your confidence as you go. You’ll also discover the social and cultural influences that shape maternity care today, so you graduate ready to excel as a fully-rounded healthcare professional.

Entry requirements may differ during clearing so please contact us on +44 1752 585858 to discuss an application.


UCAS tariff
320
UCAS course code
B720
Institution code
P60
Duration
3 years
(with placements)
Course type
Full-time
Location
Plymouth

Clearing hotline 0 +44 1752 585858

Confirmation and Clearing with Plymouth University

Check if this course has places through Clearing, from 13 August 2015.

Call our friendly Clearing hotline on +44 1752 585858

We will help you find available course places and let you know if you are eligible to apply.

Monday to Thursday   09.00 - 17.00

Friday   09.00 - 16.30

Key features

  • Become a 'Registered Midwife' with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as soon as you successfully complete the course.
  • Spend 55 per cent of your time learning through doing, in a range of real placements, in partnership with real clients.
  • Learn how to work as part of a multi-professional  team. 
  • Build confidence through clinical skills and theory sessions, priming you to be at your best when working directly with real clients. 
  • Extend your skills in IT, numeracy and literacy to support your clinical and professional midwifery practice.
  • Learn about the psychological and social impacts of having a baby and how to effectively communicate with and support your clients. 
  • Develop a critical approach to research, enabling you to provide evidence-based care.
  • Enhance your employability with modules in mentorship and newborn examination.
  • Develop the professional knowledge, skills and attributes to enable you to work as an autonomous practitioner fit for the future.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Lay the foundations for your career as a midwife, from developing clinical skills and professional attitudes to learning about human reproductive biology. Discover the sociological and psychological impacts of pregnancy and birth. Develop your professional communication skills, improve your skills in IT, reflective practice, literature searching, essay writing, resource creation and exam technique. Before Christmas, undertake the first of your supervised clinical placements in maternity settings.
    Core modules
    • MID113 Applied Clinical Skills

      This module introduces the student to the clinical skills underpinning normal midwifery practice. It equips the students with relevant theoretical knowledge and the opportunity to rehearse skills in the safety of a non-clinical environment.

    • MID116 Communication and Applied Psychosocial Issues

      This module will introduce students to social and psychological influences on the childbearing experience of women and families and to the theory and practice of communication. This will allow them to begin to apply theoretical knowledge to the broader context of childbearing and develop skills in effective professional communication.

    • MID115 Foundations of Biology

      Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology and its influence on human health is an important foundation for Midwifery practice. This module explores the biology of the human organism, with particular reference to reproductive biology.

    • MID117 Health Promotion and Public Health in Midwifery Practice

      This module will introduce students to the principles of public health and health promotion. Pregnancy and childbirth will be considered as part of a continuum of women's health in order to raise awareness of the public health role of the midwife.

    • MID114 Preparation for Professional Practice

      This module will introduce the students to professional issues underpinning midwifery practice. Core academic skills will be introduced which will facilitate theory-practice links. Students will gain experience in the practice setting and evidence learning through coursework and use of their practice portfolio.

  • Year 2
  • Building on Year 1 biology studies, you’ll learn more about preconception, conception and childbearing. Learn about complications and conditions particular to pregnancy and birth, the role a midwife plays in a multi-disciplinary team and the importance of safe medicine administration. A team-based learning module will introduce you to the essentials of research. Put your improved clinical and theoretical skills into practice on placement, gaining experience outside of midwifery settings.
    Core modules
    • MID225 Antenatal, Postnatal and Gynaecological Complications

      This module will build on current knowledge to enable the student to understand pre-existing conditions and those conditions peculiar to pregnancy and the postnatal period, and the role of the midwife as part of a multi-disciplinary team. The module will also introduce common gynaecological complications and procedures.

    • MID226 Developing Midwifery Practice

      During this module students will advance their knowledge and experience of skills to support normal midwifery practice in more complex situations.

    • NRS203 Knowledge and Skills for Evidence-Informed Decision Making (1)

      The focus of the module is on developing students' knowledge and understanding of the application of research-based evidence to nursing practice. The module is based upon the premise that knowledge and understanding of key research designs is an essential pre-requisite of evidence-informed decision making (EIDM).

    • MID227 Medicine Management

      This module will develop the students' knowledge, understanding and application of medicines and their management across the childbearing continuum and the role of the midwife.

    • MID224 Reproductive and Contemporary Biology to Inform Practice

      Using a contextual approach, the biological concepts relating to preconception, conception and childbearing will be addressed.

  • Final year
  • In your final year, you’ll further develop clinical skills for planning, assessing, implementing and evaluating pregnancy and childbirth care. Carrying your own caseload, you’ll see what it takes to be an effective practising midwife. You’ll learn how to manage complications in labour and birth, as well as handling emergencies. Using what you’ve learnt on the course, you’ll undertake a research proposal in your chosen area, and enhance your employability by preparing for mentorship and newborn/ infant examination.
    Core modules
    • MID324 Facilitating Learning in Midwifery Practice

      This module will prepare the student with the knowledge and skills required to facilitate midwifery education in the professional practice setting.

    • MID323 Intrapartum Complications and Obstetric Emergencies

      This module will utilise the underpinning knowledge and skills achieved at levels 4 and 5 to enable students to competently manage complications that occur during the intrapartum period and obstetric emergencies. An in depth understanding of the role of the midwife as a member of a multi-disciplinary team will be demonstrated.

    • NRS302 Knowledge and Skills for Evidence-Informed Decision Making (2)

      This level 6 module focuses on (i) Extending knowledge of use of secondary research-based evidence in the form of systematic reviews and clinical guidelines; (ii) developing skills in critically appraising a body of evidence and constructing a literature review; (iii) identifying and developing practice-focused research questions.

    • MID325 Neonatal Care and Assessment

      Students will build on existing theoretical knowledge of neonatal physiology and be introduced to skills required to undertake examination of the newborn. Students will critically analyse the evidence base and professional issues relating to the assessment, examination and care of the neonate, to include support of feeding in more complex situations.

    • MID326 Professional Practice in Midwifery

      This module draws together the essential elements of professional midwifery practice. Safe practice, evidence based and woman centred care underpin wider foci of what being professional means and how it may be demonstrated. It draws on societal, clinical and legal expectations whilst showing compassion for the childbearing woman and her family.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Hons Pre Registration Midwifery 3846

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

GCSE’S
5 GCSE’s grade C or above to include Mathematics, English and Science. Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application.

PLUS ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

UCAS tariff
320 points – 160 points from 2 A-levels, one of which must be at least a B in a Science – preference is given to Chemistry, Biology or Physics but Psychology and Sociology may be considered; combined AS levels accepted.

IB
31 points (with a minimum of 14 at Higher Level). Biology profile preferred.

Access 
60 credits overall with 45 at level 3, of which 30 must be at distinction level, including 15 in a Science/s.  A further 15 points must be at merit level. Must have GCSE grade C or above in English & Maths or be taking them. 

BTEC
Diploma DDM – Must be Science profile. 

Extended Science: 65 per cent at first attempt. Must apply direct to Plymouth University by 15 January.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered, please contact admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Extended entry requirements

  • In addition to the above, evidence of academic study within the last five years is required.
  • How to select the right Access course.
  • Please note we do not accept Key Skills Level 2 in place of GCSE English or mathematics.
  • You must pass disclosure and barring service and occupational health checks satisfactorily in order to be able to start this course.
  • If English is not your first language and you do not have GCSE English grade C or above you will have to achieve an IELTS or equivalent qualification at the grades stated below. 
  • IELTS - Overall average score of at least 7.0, with a score of at least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and at least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections.
  • Meeting the academic minimum is the first stage of an application being considered. Applicants must also submit a strong personal statement in order to be considered further.
  • English language requirements.

Further information

Fees & funding

The NHS will meet (in full) your Tuition Fee Contribution on your behalf if you are a UK or EU national.

New students 2015-16

Please note the fees listed are per annum.

Please use the tables below to find your tuition fee if you are a new undergraduate student beginning your studies in 2015-16. Please note the fees listed are for 2015-16 only.

If you can’t find the answer to your query in the information provided here please get in touch, we’ll be happy to help. 

Email us at tuitionfees@plymouth.ac.uk or call us on +44 1752 588130.

Full time Home/EU* International**   Islands***
Undergraduate (Classroom based) £9,000 £12,250 £9,000
Undergraduate (Laboratory based) £9,000 £12,500 £9,000
Science and Engineering - Year Zero £9,000 £12,500 £9,000
Management, Government and Law Foundation - Year Zero £7,500 £10,300 £9,000
2 year fast-track £9,000 £12,250 -
Integrated Masters (Classroom based) £9,000 £12,250 £9,000
Integrated Masters (Laboratory based) £9,000 £12,500 £9,000
Master of Architecture (MArch) £9,000 - £9,000
PGCE £9,000 - £9,000
Management Practice (Online) (First year - part time) £3,996 £3,996 £3,996

Part time (per 10 credits) Home/EU* International**   Islands***
Undergraduate (Classroom based) £750 £1,025 £750
Undergraduate (Laboratory based) £750 £1,045 £750
Science and Engineering - Year Zero £750 £1,045 £750
Management, Government and Law Foundation - Year Zero £625 £860 £625
Integrated Masters (Classroom based) £750 £1,025 £750
Integrated Masters (Laboratory based) £750 £1,045 £750
PGCE £750 - £750


*The tuition fee for students transferring to Plymouth University from a partner institution is £9,000. 

**Please refer to the policy for capping of international student tuition fees.

***‘Islands’ refers to fees for both the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.


Continuing students

Please note some fees for continuing students may differ slightly. 

For a full listing please visit our fees for continuing students 2015-16 page

Further information

Download our fees brochure

Read our Student Fee Policy for the Ordinary Degree route

You may be entitled to a means tested bursary (the amount depends on your current financial circumstances) for the duration of your course through the NHS Business Services Authority if you are a UK national.
For guidance about applying for your bursary and to create and access a Bursary Online Support Account (BOSS) please visit the NHS Business Services Authority website.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.



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