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Midwifery (BMid)

  • B720

3 years (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

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. A demanding profession with much responsibility, midwifery is an extremely popular career choice, providing diverse and rewarding opportunities.

Midwifery

The Cardiff Bachelor of Midwifery (BMid) is an innovative, contemporary and popular degree programme.The course provides a carefully integrated combination of theoretical study and practical experience, ensuring that learning by observation and supervised practice within the clinical setting is underpinned by theoretical study.

The main aims of the BMid are to equip you with the skills and abilities to practice as a confident, competent and compassionate midwife. We will encourage you to develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills essential for midwifery professionals working in a constantly evolving area of health care, ensuring that you are able to make a significant contribution to the health of women, their babies and their families.

Please note: Deferred entry is not available for the Bachelor of Midwifery programme.

Key Facts

UCAS Code B720
Duration 3 years
How to apply www.cardiff.ac.uk/howtoapply
Accreditation  Successful completion of the BMid leads to eligibility for professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Typical places available 35
Typical applications received 1,000
Fees Tuition fees are met by the Welsh Government. Bursaries are also provided.

NHS Bursary Scheme

Fees and Funding

Typical A-level offer ABB
Admissions Tutors Fran Magness
Tel Number 02920 687689
Email address HCAREadmissions@cardiff.ac.uk
School website www.cardiff.ac.uk/healthcare

The programme is 50% theory and 50% practice integrating these in a modular structure throughout the three years. All modules are compulsory and credit rated. Successful completion of each module allows for accumulation of credits leading to the award of degree and entry onto the Professional Register.The programme seeks to recognise the changing nature of midwifery care and practice and acknowledges the need for flexibility and innovation in ensuring appropriate student experiences. The application of biological, behavioural and social sciences to midwifery theory and practice facilitates the development of knowledge and skills necessary to provide non-judgemental, anti-discriminatory care and service in a variety of health care contexts that is respectful of difference and diversity.

Year One

During Year One, you will be introduced to the academic knowledge and practice of midwifery. This will provide a foundation on which the practice of midwifery will be developed. The emphasis will be on normal midwifery, as childbirth is a normal physiological life event for the majority of healthy women. As a novice to midwifery you will be exposed to and socialised into the theory and practice of normal midwifery and related key skills by the provision of relevant knowledge and clinical experience.

You will study the following modules:

  • Professional Practice in a Midwifery Context (fifteen weeks)
  • Midwifery and Health in Society (fifteen weeks)
  • Promoting Normality in Midwifery Practice (fifteen weeks)

Year Two

In Year Two, the knowledge and experience you have gained in Year One will be developed. The emphasis will be on identification and internalisation and you will adapt and develop existing knowledge, skills and attitudes to provide safe, effective care for women during normal and complicated pregnancy and childbirth. Midwifery clinical placements will reflect this and you will have additional short placements in an Accident and Emergency department, a gynaecological ward and a neonatal unit.

You will study the following modules:

  • Evolving Midwifery Practice for Pregnancy and Birth (fifteen weeks)
  • Developing Integrated Midwifery Practice for Pregnancy and Birth (fifteen weeks)
  • Developing Midwifery Practice for Holistic Care of Women and Babies (fifteen weeks)

Year Three

During this year, you will develop and draw together the knowledge and experience gained in Years One and Two. The emphasis will progress to internalisation and dissemination levels. Existing knowledge, skills and attitudes will be adapted and developed to enable the provision of safe, effective care for women and babies throughout pregnancy, labour and the puerperium. Clinical placements will reflect this and there will be a period of supervised practice when you will be expected to manage a midwifery caseload.

You will study the following modules:

  • Preparation for Autonomous Midwifery Practice (fifteen weeks)
  • Quality Midwifery Practice (fifteen weeks)
  • Consolidated Midwifery Practice (fifteen weeks)

Cardiff School of Healthcare Sciences is a dynamic, innovative and forward looking School with recognised excellence in learning, teaching and research; committed to the development of nursing and midwifery knowledge which directly improves health outcomes and health care for patients. The top quality teaching in the School relies on the academic and clinical expertise of its 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. At the start of your studies you will be assigned a personal tutor to provide pastoral support and an academic supervisor to provide academic guidance.

Assessment

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

Placements

The Cardiff BMid is divided equally between theory and practice in order to maximise the link between clinical and theoretical learning. Students spend 50% of their time in University, and 50% of their time in clinical practice with the support of experienced qualified midwives. Whilst in clinical practice you will be supported by a mentor who is able to provide advice and guidance on a whole range of clinical matters.

For more information on placements visit the School website.

Typical A-level Offer ABB. No specified subjects but General Studies and key skills will not be included.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate Offer Grade A in the Core plus grades AB at A-level
Typical International Baccalaureate Offer 28 points - English Language, Maths and a Physical Science must be be offered at Subsidiary or GCSE level, if not at Higher Level.
Other

Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed information about alternative entry requirements here

Please find here further information about admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme.

The School has a three stage selection process. Once we have received your UCAS application, all applications meeting the typical entry requirements will be considered for shortlisting. Those successful at this stage will be invited to the School for numeracy and literacy assessments . Those candidates who successfully pass the assessments will be invited for interview, with offers made based on your combined assessment and interview score.

More details about the selection process can be found here.

Midwifery is an exciting, challenging and rewarding career choice which requires intellect and commitment, good people skills, compassion, a sense of humour, and lots of patience and understanding. It offers the opportunity to make a real difference in people's lives which has an intrinsic value that few other professions can offer. On qualification, it is possible to work in a wide range of healthcare settings both in the United Kingdom and abroad.

In 2010, 95% of the School's graduates were in employment within six months of graduation while others were in engaged in further study or taking time out to travel.

Employers included: various Health boards and NHS Trusts, international health services and higher education institutions. Career destinations included: midwife, nurse, advanced nurse practitioner, health visitor, research nurse, ward manager, and lecturer.

Clinical placements are an essential part of Nursing and Midwifery degree programmes across the UK. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) require nursing and midwifery students to complete 50% of the programme in clinical practice.

Cardiff School of Healthcare Sciences works with neighbouring university health boards to provide a range of suitable clinical placements so that at the end of the programme you will have the opportunity to experience a variety of clinical midwifery environments.

While in clinical practice you will be supported by a practicing midwife, who will be able to advise, support and supervise you throughout your placement. Practice learning opportunities are vital to your learning experience, and our students value the solid grounding in clinical practice that placements provide.

Placements – What to Expect

In order for you to be able to plan ahead during the academic year, students are provided with a ‘Placement Line’ at the beginning of each academic year which details the expected clinical areas you are going to be allocated to. Ensuring that you experience the full range of clinical experiences means that you can expect to work a variety of hours, from the traditional working week of Monday to Friday 9 to 5, to 12 hour shifts, day or night, from 7 until 7.

Placements will be in hospitals and in the community across South East Wales - mainly situated from Barry in the West to Chepstow in the East and from Cardiff in the South to Abergavenny and Merthyr to the North, meaning that while several placements are in central Cardiff, you will need to expect to travel to some placements during your programme.

Placements are allocated so that you are able to get there using public transport. The longest you would be expected to travel by public transport is approximately 90 minutes; however, these would be the exception and you would normally be able to reach placement using public transport in approximately 30-60 minutes.

For more information on placements visit the School website.

The School has a three stage selection process:

Assessments

Once we have received your UCAS application, all applications meeting the typical entry requirements will be invited to the School for assessment. You will be required to sit a numeracy assessment, which is 45 minutes long and sat under exam conditions. Applicants who are successful at the assessment stage will then enter the shortlisting process.

Shortlisting

All candidates are equally considered in the shortlisting process, which takes into account your application form, personal statement and references. During shortlisting, we will be looking for evidence of your academic potential and communication skills, your motivation, and your insight into the nature of the programme and the profession.

Those who pass both the assessment and shortlisting stage of the process are then invited to interview.

Interviews

Interviews take place individually, with a panel of approximately two interviewers, aligned to the programme for which you have applied. Interviews will take no more than 20 minutes, and it is likely that you will be asked to discuss points from your personal statement. Interviews will also give you the opportunity to ask questions about the programme, the University or any other points you wish to clarify.

Offers are made based on combined personal statement and interview score and will be subject to confirmation of residence status and a Criminal Record Bureau check.

More details about the selection process can be found here.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Ms Francesca Magness  

Telephone: 029 2068 7538 

Fax:  

Email: HCAREadmissions@cardiff.ac.uk  

School Website: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/healthcare

More information

School of Healthcare Sciences