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Midwifery (3 Years) [BMidwif]

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UCAS course code
B720
UCAS institution code
M20
Degree awarded
BMidwif (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Number of places/applicants
61
Typical A-level offer

ABB including one relevant subject (Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Health and Social Care, Applied Science) and not including General Studies. We require GCSE English, Maths and Science at Grade C with an overall profile of five GCSEs at grade B. We do not accept Functional Skills 2 or equivalent in place of GCSE English and Maths.

Full entry requirements

Typical International Baccalaureate offer

33 points overall. We require three higher level subjects at grades of 6, 5 and 5 and these must include at least one relevant subject (Biology, Chemistry or Psychology).

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Please note: We anticipate that the entry requirements for this programme will increase for September 2015 entry.

Course description

The University of Manchester's School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work has an excellent reputation for providing midwifery education. From September 2013 we will be running our new contemporary curriculum which has been highly commended by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and other external reviewers for its innovative design and women-centred approach.

Successful graduates can register as a midwife with the NMC and will be eligible to practice as a midwife anywhere in the UK and in many other parts of the world.

The course is underpinned by a commitment to:

  • The integration of theory and practice
  • High standards of clinical competence
  • Partnership working with women
  • Keeping birth normal
  • Midwifery support for women with complex needs
  • Multi-disciplinary team working to benefit midwifery clients
  • The appreciation of diversity and the principles of equity
  • Tackling health inequalities through effective public health interventions
  • Evidence-based midwifery practice and developing new knowledge through research
  • Improving service provision through effective professional leadership
  • Being responsive service users needs and future service development

The course is taught predominantly by a team of midwifery lecturers with wide ranging experience including up-to-date clinical midwifery practice, well developed teaching expertise and established research skills. Where appropriate we also draw on the expertise of clinical specialists and other lecturers such as from the Faculty of Life Sciences.

Combining academic study and clinical practice

The course includes 50% university-based learning via lectures, reading, tutorials, seminars, enquiry-based group work and on-line activities. The other 50% of your time is spent learning in practice, working alongside midwives and other professionals.

Your first placements begin within a few weeks of starting the course as this facilitates the application of learning to the real world of midwifery practice. You will experience a mixture of University weeks and clinical weeks but most weeks will include 2 days of theory and 3 days of practice.

You will be provided with support and supervision in clinical practice by a named mentor: a qualified midwife who has undertaken additional training in supporting and assessing student learning. The School maintains excellent working relationships with local NHS Trusts and other services across Greater Manchester, enabling students to undertake a wide range of relevant clinical placements in both community and hospital settings.

In line with NMC requirements we have very stringent attendance policies. Prior to application you are encouraged to carefully consider the demands of working long shifts (including some night duty) and travelling to clinical placements alongside completing the rigorous study requirements set by the University.

Dedicated student support to enhance student experience

The National Student Survey results from our final year students indicate very high levels of overall satisfaction with the current course. This reflects our well established culture of student-centred working and partnership.

As the course combines academic study with working in a physically and emotionally demanding environment, the team ensure that students benefit from caring and robust support systems to maximise the quality of their learning and their enjoyment of the course. Student support comes in many forms including:

  • An academic advisor assigned at the beginning of the course provides regular academic and professional guidance and pastoral support. You will get to know them really well over the 3 years.
  • Well evaluated student-led support networks facilitating excellent support for 1st years from more experienced students.
  • The split week design of the course allows regular contact with your tutors and fosters mutual support as you to meet with your friends on campus most weeks.
  • An introductory unit at the beginning of the course enables you to develop both your academic and clinical skills without the stress of being assessed at this early stage.
  • The School has its own student support officer, who offers personal support and advice, as well as directing students to the wider University services.
  • The University has well developed student support services including the Disability Support Office, the Occupational Health Service and the Counselling Service.
  • Midwifery students are well supported in practice by their mentors, an allocated Supervisor of Midwives, the Link Lecturer and Practice Education Facilitators.
  • Elected student representatives attend committee meetings, ensure student issues are addressed and are closely involved in course developments within the School.

Open days

The best way to get a feel for what it's like to study at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work is to come and visit us on one of the University of Manchester open days

Fees

Fees for entry in 2014 will be paid in full by the NHS for home/EU students. The course is not open to international students. For general information please see the undergraduate fees pages.

Additional expenses

An initial set of uniforms for clinical practice (choice of dresses or tunics and trousers) is supplied by the University.

Scholarships/sponsorships

As a contribution to living and travel costs, UK students starting on NHS funded programmes after 1 September 2012 can apply annually for an NHS Student Bursary

UK students may also apply for a student loan. Loans are normally reduced for nursing students as they have had their fees paid by the NHS Bursary.

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Contact details

Academic department
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
Contact name
Admissions Secretary
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 7602
Email
Website
www.nursing.manchester.ac.uk/

Academic department overview

See: About the School.

Related subject areas

Entry requirements

A-level

We require grades ABB including one relevant subject (Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Health and Social Care, Applied Science) and not including General Studies.

We encourage students to compete additional AS-level qualifications in order to broaden their studies. In certain circumstances we may accept two AS-level qualifications in place of one A-level.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications. Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes.

GCSE

A-level, BTEC and International Baccalaureate students must meet the following GCSE requirements:

  • English, Maths and Science at Grade C or above
  • Five GCSEs at grade B (can include the required English, Maths and Science if these are at grade B)

Access to Higher Education Diploma, Foundation Degree and graduate students must meet the following GCSE requirements:

  • English, Science and Maths at Grade C or above

Please note that we do not accept Functional Skills 2 or equivalent qualifications in place of GCSE English and Maths. We may consider alternative Science qualifications such as the BTEC First Certificate/Diploma in Applied Science.

We accept Scottish Standard Grades and Intermediates in place of GCSEs.

Key Skills qualification

The University welcomes applications from students studying Functional or Key Skills qualifications and recognises the value of updating essential skills. However, for this course, these qualifications are not accepted as substitutes for GCSE English or Maths.

International Baccalaureate

33 points overall. We require three higher level subjects at grades of 6, 5 and 5 and these must include at least one relevant subject (Biology, Chemistry or Psychology).

Alternative entry requirements

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grades A3 A3 B3 B3 at Higher and A2 A2 at ordinary. We require at least one higher in a relevant subject (Biology, Chemistry or Psychology). We require English and Maths at ordinary or higher at grade C3 or above.

Scottish Highers

Grades AABBB including one relevant subject (Biology, Chemistry, Psychology or Health and Social Care).

Scottish Advanced Highers

Grades ABB - normally including at least one science or science-related subject (Biology, Chemistry, Psychology), See also GCSE requirements.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted towards the entry requirements for this programme. In addition to this qualification, we require two A-levels at grades AB including one relevant subject (Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Health and Social Care or Applied Science) and not including General Studies.

European Baccalaureate

Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications. Applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome. Minimum requirements are an overall grade of 77% including at least 6 points from science subjects.

Other international entry requirements

As the course is funded directly by the NHS, the commissioned places are only available to students who qualify for 'home student' status.

If you qualify for home student status but have qualifications from other parts of the world, please contact us to find out if you will meet our entrance requirements by emailing Undergraduate Midwifery ug.midwifery@manchester.ac.uk

BTEC Extended Diploma

This qualification is only accepted in Health and Social Care or Health Studies. We require an overall grade of DDD with a minimum of 100 credits awarded at Distinction (including Anatomy and Physiology and Communication Skills) and a maximum of 10 credits awarded at Pass.

Access to HE Diploma

We require 30 level three credits at Distinction and 15 level three credits at Merit. 30 level 3 credits must be in health or science subjects, and these must include some biology.

Advanced Placement tests

The University welcomes applicants with the AP qualification. Such applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Advanced/Progression Diploma

The University of Manchester welcomes students studying for the Advanced Diploma qualification. For this programme we require students to have achieved a grade A in the Society, Health and Development Progression Diploma along with a grade B at A-level or grade Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Whilst the Extended Project Qualification is not considered towards the entry tariff for this programme, an EPQ focused on a relevant issue can be a valuable addition to an application to our midwifery programme.

Non-standard educational routes

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines

Other entry requirements

Graduates

We are able to consider applications from graduates on an individual basis. Applicants must have achieved a minimum of 2:2 in their previous degree. If your degree is not in a relevant subject, we recommend that you consider undertaking some additional study in a relevant subject area such as Biology, Chemistry, Psychology or Health and Social Care. If you have not previously studied human biology, we may recommend that you do so prior to commencing the course.

Foundation Degree

We accept the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care for entry onto our midwifery course. Applicants must complete the Foundation Degree (levels 4 and 5) with an overall distinction grade.

Other qualifications

Please contact us at ug.midwifery@manchester.ac.uk to check whether your qualifications are sufficient for entry onto the course.

English language

GCSE English at grade C or above.

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Relevant work experience

Midwifery involves many skills. Work experience from a range of different areas is therefore relevant, particularly experience involving the use of communication and customer service skills. Current students have also found a variety of hospitals, Sure Start Centres, voluntary settings and charity organisations that support women and families to be suitable opportunities for work experience.

We recognise that it can be very difficult for applicants to gain work experience placements in midwifery settings; therefore, this is not a requirement for a successful application. However, we do expect applicants to have worked hard to develop their understanding of midwifery through independent reading, talking to midwives and exploring service users' views.

How to apply

Please note: We anticipate that the entry requirements for this programme will increase for September 2015 entry.

Advice to applicants

Please refer to the Application process page for further guidance on the following:

  • How to apply
  • How your application is considered
  • Personal statement guidance
  • Interview requirements

Returning to education

We welcome applications from candidates returning to education.

We require applicants to have completed some assessed study at level 3 in the five years prior to the start of the course. If you do not have recent study but otherwise meet the academic entry requirements, we recommend you look into taking an AS-/A-level or an Open University module (preferably in a relevant subject) in order to meet this requirement.

If your previous study does not include much science, we strongly recommend you enrol on a Human Biology qualification.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

As the programme is funded directly by the NHS, places are only available to students who qualify for 'home student' status.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

All offers will be dependent on the outcome of an occupational health review to determine that you are fit to start the course and do not pose a risk to colleagues or clients. Midwifery requires physical and emotional stamina and you should consider these demands before you apply.

There are a limited number of medical conditions (e.g. being a chronic carrier of Hepatitis B) which may on health and safety grounds affect your ability to register as a midwife with the NMC and your freedom to practice in certain clinical situations. The occupational health team will carry out screening tests and supply immunisations. It is also necessary to be tested for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), before you start your studies. Further information about HIV and the HIV test can be obtained from the National AIDS Helpline (+44(0)800 567 123).

If you have concerns about an existing medical condition, disability or learning support need, you can be reassured that the University of Manchester will offer support through our excellent Student Occupational Health Department and Disability Support Office and will make reasonable adjustments to assist you to meet the demands of the course.

Please feel free to contact the Disability Support Office if you have any questions

If you have any health concerns, please feel free to contact the Occupational Health Department on +44(0)161 306 5806 or at millocchealth@manchester.ac.uk.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

If your application is successful, the School requires you to comply with an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

For further information including the process used by the School in the case of positive disclosures, see: DBS checks (PDF, 104 KB)

Deferrals

We accept applications from students who are resitting their applications and applications from students who have achieved their qualifications over a number of years.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

We accept applications from students who intend to re-sit their examinations and from students who have achieved their qualifications over a number of years.

Policy for applicants who take their examinations in more than one sitting

Wwe accept applications from students who intend to re-sit their examinations and from students who have achieved their qualifications over a number of years.

Re-applications

If you have applied before and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course. If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are still required to meet the usual entry requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Transfers

Students wishing to transfer from another programme must apply via our admissions department - please contact ug.midwifery@manchester.ac.uk.

We may be able to consider a transfer from another midwifery programme at the end of year 1 only if there is a sufficient match between the year 1 learning outcomes for the two programmes. Students will only be considered if they have been making reasonable progress in their year 1 assessments and there are no fitness to practice concerns.

Students wishing to transfer from a different University of Manchester degree programme must meet our usual entry requirements and will go through the same shortlisting and interview processes as UCAS applicants. You will need to commence our programme from year 1. Applications can be made via our admissions department: ug.midwifery@manchester.ac.uk.

Course description

The University of Manchester's School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work has an excellent reputation for providing midwifery education. From September 2013 we will be running our new contemporary curriculum which has been highly commended by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and other external reviewers for its innovative design and women-centred approach.

Successful graduates can register as a midwife with the NMC and will be eligible to practice as a midwife anywhere in the UK and in many other parts of the world.

The course is underpinned by a commitment to:

  • The integration of theory and practice
  • High standards of clinical competence
  • Partnership working with women
  • Keeping birth normal
  • Midwifery support for women with complex needs
  • Multi-disciplinary team working to benefit midwifery clients
  • The appreciation of diversity and the principles of equity
  • Tackling health inequalities through effective public health interventions
  • Evidence-based midwifery practice and developing new knowledge through research
  • Improving service provision through effective professional leadership
  • Being responsive service users needs and future service development

The course is taught predominantly by a team of midwifery lecturers with wide ranging experience including up-to-date clinical midwifery practice, well developed teaching expertise and established research skills. Where appropriate we also draw on the expertise of clinical specialists and other lecturers such as from the Faculty of Life Sciences.

Combining academic study and clinical practice

The course includes 50% university-based learning via lectures, reading, tutorials, seminars, enquiry-based group work and on-line activities. The other 50% of your time is spent learning in practice, working alongside midwives and other professionals.

Your first placements begin within a few weeks of starting the course as this facilitates the application of learning to the real world of midwifery practice. You will experience a mixture of University weeks and clinical weeks but most weeks will include 2 days of theory and 3 days of practice.

You will be provided with support and supervision in clinical practice by a named mentor: a qualified midwife who has undertaken additional training in supporting and assessing student learning. The School maintains excellent working relationships with local NHS Trusts and other services across Greater Manchester, enabling students to undertake a wide range of relevant clinical placements in both community and hospital settings.

In line with NMC requirements we have very stringent attendance policies. Prior to application you are encouraged to carefully consider the demands of working long shifts (including some night duty) and travelling to clinical placements alongside completing the rigorous study requirements set by the University.

Dedicated student support to enhance student experience

The National Student Survey results from our final year students indicate very high levels of overall satisfaction with the current course. This reflects our well established culture of student-centred working and partnership.

As the course combines academic study with working in a physically and emotionally demanding environment, the team ensure that students benefit from caring and robust support systems to maximise the quality of their learning and their enjoyment of the course. Student support comes in many forms including:

  • An academic advisor assigned at the beginning of the course provides regular academic and professional guidance and pastoral support. You will get to know them really well over the 3 years.
  • Well evaluated student-led support networks facilitating excellent support for 1st years from more experienced students.
  • The split week design of the course allows regular contact with your tutors and fosters mutual support as you to meet with your friends on campus most weeks.
  • An introductory unit at the beginning of the course enables you to develop both your academic and clinical skills without the stress of being assessed at this early stage.
  • The School has its own student support officer, who offers personal support and advice, as well as directing students to the wider University services.
  • The University has well developed student support services including the Disability Support Office, the Occupational Health Service and the Counselling Service.
  • Midwifery students are well supported in practice by their mentors, an allocated Supervisor of Midwives, the Link Lecturer and Practice Education Facilitators.
  • Elected student representatives attend committee meetings, ensure student issues are addressed and are closely involved in course developments within the School.

Aims

This course aims to equip you with the clinical, communication and thinking skills needed to provide high-quality midwifery care for women and families from a range of diverse backgrounds and to co-ordinate services from the wider health, social care and voluntary sectors.

We aim to produce innovative midwives, who will use their skills to contribute to the future development of family-centred services through the generation of new knowledge and the initiation and evaluation of new ways of working. The following strategies will be used:

Developing compassionate competence in midwifery practice through:

  • Focusing on the needs and experiences of women and families
  • Stimulating self-awareness and reflection on own values
  • Constant application of theory to practice
  • Use of simulation including skills laboratories
  • A wide range of midwifery placements
  • Well designed units fostering effective learning
  • Student case-holding
  • Effective student support
  • Continued development of clinical mentors

Developing leadership skills through:

  • Manchester Leadership Programme
  • Leadership shadowing and masterclasses
  • Inter-professional learning
  • Promoting skills for life-long learning
  • Entrepreneurship option

Developing research skills through:

  • Teaching under-pinned by cutting-edge research
  • Research processes taught by leading national and international researchers
  • Completion of a research dissertation
  • The opportunity to explore a research career

Developing effective clinical decision- making skills through:

  • Enhancement of interpersonal skills
  • Critical analysis of decision-making processes
  • Use of simulation based learning
  • Regular reflection on real-life practice scenarios
  • Sound ethical frameworks for problem-solving

Developing effective public health skills through:

  • Exposure to the varying needs of Manchester's diverse population
  • Developing awareness of social, political, cultural and environmental issues
  • Planning and reviewing strategies to reduce health inequalities
  • Emphasis on supporting breast feeding and early parenting

Special features

The elective at the end of year 3 offers students a number of different options to enhance their future career development. These include:

International midwifery - this option will include the opportunity to visit and observe midwifery care provided in another country. The School has close links with midwives around the world, in both developed and developing nations or countries. This is a unique opportunity to experience midwifery in another culture, and to utilise leadership knowledge and skills acquired previously in the course. You will be responsible for arranging their own placements (under the guidance of the University) and for paying any associated costs.

Investigating a research career - this option provides the opportunity for mentorship with a midwifery researcher. As part of this option, you will have exposure to clinical research in practice, involving service users, research governance, funding opportunities grant writing, report writing, and writing for publication.

Midwife entrepreneurs - some midwives currently provide various aspects of maternity care outside the NHS via social enterprises. This option will provide the opportunity to experience  different models of maternity care provision funded by the private and independent sector. You will also have the opportunity to attend a workshop on developing entrepreneurship skills to aid them in the establishment of innovative midwifery services practice models of care.

Professional consolidation of practice - this option provides the opportunity to further enhance midwifery skills and explore employment options through appropriate placements in Greater Manchester and the wider UK.

Department course information

The course requires students to work at a range of different trusts around the North West and applicants must be prepared to travel around the different sites. Further information about the placement sites and brief introductions to the various trusts can be found on the School of Nursing Midwifery and Social Work website:

Additional course information

The School has excellent relationships with our local NHS Trusts, where students undertake a wide range of placements including community midwifery, antenatal clinics, day care facilities, delivery suites, midwifery-led birth centres, antenatal and postnatal wards, neonatal special care and short placements in medical and gynaecological settings. Students also visit a range of community services and specialist clinics and work with other professionals such as social workers and medical staff.

Your first placement will begin in week 9 of the course, facilitating the application of learning to the real world of midwifery practice. There will be a mixture of University weeks and full practice weeks but most weeks will include 2 days in University and 3 days in practice.

Students are provided with supervision in practice by a midwife mentor, trained to support and assess students learning. You will be expected to work the same shifts as your mentors, including early, late and night shifts. Start and finish times vary. Commonly, early shifts start at 7.30am and late shifts finish at 9.30pm. Night shifts may be from 9pm to 8am. Some Trusts have 2 long shifts to cover the 24hour period.

We have stringent attendance policies. Applicants should consider their ability to meet the demands of travelling to placement, working shifts and completing the rigorous study requirements of the course.

Students will complete their year 1 placements in the maternity services of one NHS Trust and then move, to complete their 2nd and 3rd year placements in another Trust. Experiencing care in 2 different localities gives students wider experience of the cultural diversity of our amazing city, deeper understanding of the different ways NHS services are provided and greater confidence when applying for posts as newly qualified midwives.

For details about our placement sites see the Notes for applicants section.

Teaching and learning

This programme is taught by, leading midwifery lecturers, researchers and clinicians. Experts from the wider University contribute to your learning especially in relation to life sciences and leadership theory.

You will engage in a range of different activities designed to make learning enjoyable, challenging and effective. Simulated learning sessions in the skills laboratories are very popular. Clinical placements are undertaken in a range of different maternity services across Greater Manchester and at times the wider North West. These include time in midwifery led units, and potential involvement with home births.

Learning in clinical practice is a key feature of this programme. Students spend half their time engaged in learning in hospital and community settings. During clinical midwifery practice, students are supervised and supported by qualified midwives who have also completed an additional teaching and assessing qualification. Students are also supported by the University Lecturers and Peer Mentors.

Each year comprises 45 weeks of study (37.5 hrs per week) and 7 weeks holiday. Students' time is equally divided between academic and practice-based learning. Some weeks are campus-based and others placement-based, but many will include 2 days in university and 3 days in practice.

Coursework and assessment

A range of strategies are used to assess your knowledge, understanding and skills, including assessments in practice, on-line discussions, essays, examinations, presentations and the dissertation. All assessments must be passed in order to meet the professional requirements of the NMC. Programme regulations govern the decision to offer a second or subsequent attempt at any failed assessment.

Course unit details

This course is taught by, leading midwifery lecturers, researchers and clinicians. Experts from the wider University contribute to your learning especially in relation to life sciences and leadership theory.

You will engage in a range of different activities designed to make learning enjoyable, challenging and effective. Each unit will be taught using a mixture of face-to-face lectures, small group tutorials, on-line learning activities, directed reading, group presentations and discussions Simulated learning sessions in the skills laboratories are very popular.

Each year comprises 45 weeks of study (37.5 hrs per week) and 7 weeks holiday. Students' time is equally divided between academic and practice-based learning. Some weeks are campus-based and others placement-based, but many will include 2 days in university and 3 days in practice.

Learning is divided into a number of units in each year. The course and assessments for each unit are planned and delivered by a small team of lecturers with the relevant expertise related to those topic areas.

Unit assessments vary and include written and multiple-choice exams, essays, case studies, poster presentations, on-line work and a skills lab-based exam. Most units of learning also include the assessment of relevant skills in practice which are carried out by the midwifery mentors during the clinical placements. All assessments must be passed in order for the student to progress onto the next stage of the course and so achieve their professional registration. Course regulations govern the decision to offer a second or subsequent attempt at any failed assessment.

Course content for year 1

The focus of the first year is on developing the knowledge and skills to be able to provide high-quality women-centred midwifery care for women experiencing a straight-forward pregnancy and birth. You will explore a number of key aspects of childbirth, midwifery theory and evidence-based, holistic practice as well as core topics such as microbiology, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology and essential communication skills.

You are also helped to consider some of the social factors which affect women's lives and contribute to inequalities in health for them and their families.

Areas of study include:

  • Midwifery theory and practice.
  • Anatomy, physiology, microbiology, pharmacology,
  • Communication skills.
  • Health inequalities, public health, infant feeding.
  • Sociological and psychological theory underpinning practice.
  • Women's experiences and needs during childbearing
  • Foundations for research.

Clinical placements in year 1 focus on the development of essential midwifery skills in a range of settings including community, antenatal clinic, delivery suite and post-natal care.

Course content for year 2

In year 2, you will build on your midwifery knowledge and skills acquired in year 1, examining the impact of complex health and social issues on women's needs, aspects of complicated childbirth and the specific roles, responsibilities and skills of midwives in these areas including the therapeutic use of medication.

Through the completion of the Manchester Leadership Programme, you are helped to develop their leadership skills. Further knowledge and skills for understanding research provide a sound foundation for critically appraising research studies as a basis for evidence-based approaches to midwifery practice. Progressive models of midwifery-led care are examined with a focus on midwifery case holding and caseload management. Areas of study include:

  • Complex childbirth and midwifery responsibilities and skills
  • Medicines management.
  • Evidence-based midwifery practice.
  • Models of midwifery-led care
  • Leadership. The Manchester Leadership Award is achieved on completion of an optional 20 hours of volunteering, enhancing employability

Course content for year 3

The aim of the third year is to consolidate and extend existing knowledge and skills to equip you to move into the role of the contemporary midwifery practitioner. This is achieved through developing your knowledge and skills in relation to caseload management, clinical decision-making skills, responding to and managing midwifery emergency situations and examining strategies for tackling health inequalities within the diverse population of Manchester.

The dissertation component of this year focuses on the application of midwifery and health related research to practice. This involves a considerable piece of work which enables us to demonstrate the ability to apply their critical thinking skills to 'real world' challenges in midwifery practice. Areas of study include:

  • Student case holding,
  • Managing midwifery emergencies
  • Parenting and promoting wellbeing for families.
  • Research-based dissertation.
  • Clinical leadership in action
  • Optional opportunities enabling exploration of career options in midwifery research, international practice, entrepreneurship or practice development.

Scholarships and bursaries

Fees for this course are usually paid by the NHS.

As a contribution to living and travel costs, UK students starting on NHS funded programmes after 1st September 2012 can apply annually for an NHS Student Bursary

Students may also apply for a student loan. Loans are normally reduced for midwifery students due to the NHS bursary.

You may also qualify for other grants and bursaries from your local education authority. The University of Manchester offers some bursaries and awards. For more information about qualifying criteria go to: Opportunity Manchester Scholarship

Travel costs for placements can be expensive and should be included in your calculations. If you qualify for a means-tested NHS bursary, you may also be able to re-claim some of your travel costs. At the end of the programme, students may opt to complete an elective placement, overseas or in a different UK setting. Students must self-fund any additional costs. Some students have been successful in applying for funding support from The Iolanthe Midwifery Trust or The Cavell Nurses Trust .

Course collaborators

In order that we keep our education focused on meeting the needs of the women and families who use the maternity services, the course team work closely with a number of women who have recently used the maternity services. Service users have made a big contribution to the development of our new curriculum, they are heavily involved in the selection of our students, are represented on our course committee and are regularly involved in the development of many research projects. We are working to make sure that our service user team is representative of the diverse population of Manchester.

What our students say

In the National Student Survey - our final year midwifery students indicated their very high levels of satisfaction with the current programme (between 94- 100% overall satisfaction). This reflects our well established culture of student-centred education, participation and partnership.

Students particularly appreciate the close integration of theory and practice, the excellent learning opportunities open to them and the strong student support systems.

Facilities

The School of Nursing Midwifery and Social Work is based in a state-of-the-art building housing seminar rooms, IT facilities, clinical and interpersonal skills laboratories and lecture theatres. Midwifery students will also be taught in other facilities across the campus.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: disability@manchester.ac.uk

If you have a disability or long-term health condition that might affect your ability to meet the demands of the programme, we recommend that you contact the DSO and the Occupational Health Service for advice and support as part of your application process.

Career opportunities

Immediate career prospects are excellent for newly qualified midwives and most of our graduates take up employment within the NHS. Midwives may choose to continue to develop as clinicians or develop careers in service management, research, education or public health.

This midwifery course will ensure an excellent start to a life-long career as a midwife and will provide you with a strong basis for future developments in clinical practice, public health, professional leadership or research.

Accrediting organisations

The Nursing and Midwifery Council is the UK regulator for midwifery. Their primary purpose is to protect the public by ensuring high standards of professional practice. It does this through maintaining a register of all qualified nurses and midwives eligible to practise in the UK and by setting national standards for their education, training and conduct. All nursing and midwifery course are regularly evaluated by the NMC.

Our new 2013 curriculum was recently approved by the NMC and other external reviewers and was highly commended for being contemporary, innovative and woman-focused. You must successfully complete the course and register with the NMC within 5 years of commencing the course. The 5 years includes any period of interruption.

Associated organisations

The School of Nursing Midwifery and Social Work has a strong collaborative relationship with all its NHS partners and there is a shared commitment to providing high-quality education for all our students. We also work well with other Universities using the same NHS Trusts for student placements.

The University of Manchester midwifery team has very positive close working relationships with the clinical midwives and midwifery managers in all our associated NHS services. This helps to facilitate a good experience for our students. Each site has a Link Lecturer who facilitates good communication with the Trust and supports staff and students with education issues.

Many experienced clinical staff contribute to the teaching of the course.

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