Midwifery Studies BSc(Hons) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

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About the course

This course provides the opportunity for you to:

  • Develop knowledge, practical and communication skills, as you'll be taught by enthusiastic and experienced midwife teachers.

  • Work with women and their families in a wide range of practice settings including birth centres, midwife led units, community and obstetric units.

  • Undertake practice placements, which were rated as ‘outstanding' by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Midwives work in partnership with women and their families during life changing times of preparing for parenthood. A midwife is often the first and main contact for women during pregnancy. They provide support to women throughout labour, birth and the early days of being parents. Based upon individual women and family needs, midwives work as part of a multidisciplinary team with other health and social care professionals to meet the specific needs of mothers. This may include working with obstetricians, specialist midwives, doctors, social services, interpreters, health visitors and GP's.

The midwife's role in caring for and supporting women with specific needs is diverse and may include women/mothers with medical complications and younger mothers, as well as those with a disability or ethnically diverse backgrounds. During these times a midwife will support women in making informed choices about individual preferences and local service provision.

Midwives work with women in a variety of settings, including the woman's home, community antenatal and postnatal clinics, GP surgeries, health/children's centres, birth centres and hospital labour wards.

If you've a keen interest in women's health and a commitment to family centred care, coupled with a desire to make a difference in people's lives, then being a midwife may be ideal for you.

This course, which was designed by midwives for the training of midwives, emphasises the promotion of health and the safe management of pregnancy, to ensure the best possible outcomes for parents and the newborn. We will also help you to learn how to provide individualised care for the mother and baby throughout pregnancy, labour and the period after childbirth.

The course aims for you to become an autonomous practitioner, who is confident and competent in the theory and practice of midwifery. You'll undertake a variety of clinical placements where you've the opportunity to gain an insight into the different cultural and social influences upon child-bearing women and a broad perspective on the delivery of midwifery care.

UCAS code:

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


3 years full-time

Course type:

Full Time


Clearing helpline:
03301 232 277

Course content

Year 1: core modules

Biological Sciences for Midwifery

You will study the anatomy and physiology of the woman, including the fetus and neonate organ systems and how this relates to midwifery practice. The teaching will be delivered through interactive lectures with spot tests, online tutorial support and group discussions. Your knowledge of the organ systems will be assessed via two unseen exams. The application of your knowledge to midwifery practice will also be assessed through coursework.

Introducing Midwifery Practice

You will have the opportunity to complete three clinical placements in two specialist areas over a period of 24 weeks. These areas include two placements in the community and one in a labour ward. Whilst on placement you will have the chance to apply the knowledge and skills gained from the other foundation modules in Year 1, by observing and working alongside a qualified midwifery mentor. At the end of your final community placement you will be assessed by the midwifery mentor who will grade you on your clinical practice.

Professional Development and Research 1

This module involves a multidisciplinary team based learning approach, working with Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Operating Department Practice, Physiotherapy and Podiatry students. The professional development element of the module will encourage you to explore issues of lifelong learning and continuing professional development that underpin the essential skills needed in order to understand registration requirements for your field specific professional/statutory bodies. You will be assessed by four pieces of coursework.

Principles of Midwifery Care

This module introduces the principles of midwifery practice in all aspects of pregnancy, childbearing and the postnatal period including care of the newborn. You will explore the midwife’s role, responsibilities and sphere of practice including ethical issues, communication, confidentiality and accurate documentation, which will be assessed in an exam. You will have the opportunity to develop effective communication and demonstrate this through coursework by writing an account based on an example from practice. You will also be introduced to medicines management with safe drug calculation being developed through online tutorials and demonstrated by passing an online exam.

Psycho-Social and Policy Aspects of Midwifery Practice

This module examines psychological and contemporary socio-cultural issues affecting childbearing women and their families. You will explore health and policy issues in relation to childbirth and parenting, through coursework involving a poster presentation. You will also identify psycho-social issues relevant to a woman you have met in clinical practice. Through written coursework you will explore these issues in relation to the role of the midwife in promoting and supporting rights and choices for individual childbearing women.

Year 2: core modules

Developing Skills and Competence in Midwifery Practice

You will have the opportunity to further develop your midwifery skills relating to public health and complications during pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period, through undertaking a wide variety of clinical placements. This module also provides the opportunity to develop an understanding of the holistic care of women with reproductive, medical and surgical conditions. Your practical skills will be formally assessed on two occasions by a qualified midwifery mentor whilst you are undertaking your clinical placements.

Public Health Aspects of Midwifery Practice

This module explores the public health role of the midwife and examine the national public health agenda and government initiatives that are used with women and their families across varying neighbourhoods. You will be assessed through coursework where you will undertake a neighbourhood study. You will also explore how midwives are involved in inter-professional partnerships through coursework, working with students from a variety of backgrounds to present a conference paper (ungraded).

Research 2

This module provides the opportunity to build on your knowledge of research from Year 1 and prepares you to undertake an area of research in Year 3. You’ll explore data collection and analysis in relation to methods which are currently used in research and evaluation of practice. This includes quantitative and qualitative research, systematic reviews and audits. You’ll be assessed in-class using multiple choice questions, as well as work in multi-professional groups to produce coursework involving a research proposal, which you will undertake in Year 3.

Supporting Women with Complex Needs in Pregnancy and Childbirth

This module provides the opportunity for you to build on your knowledge of midwifery and your understanding of conditions and interventions that can adversely affect pregnancy, childbearing and the postnatal period. You will explore the impact of evidence based practice and risk assessment in managing the needs of women, their babies and families, considering the ethical and professional issues through coursework. You will also have the opportunity to develop practical skills through simulation, which you will demonstrate through passing a practical exam.

Year 3: core modules

Promoting Normality in Complex Situations

This module provides the opportunity for you to build on your knowledge of the conditions and interventions that can adversely affect the mother and fetus/neonate. You will demonstrate your understanding of the role and scope of the midwife when promoting normality for women. Some of the concepts that support or detract women and their families from planning care, assessing risk and having a positive experience during pregnancy and childbirth will also be explored. Your knowledge will be examined through a practical exam and you will also demonstrate your ability to administer and calculate medicine doses through passing an online exam.

Preparing for Effective Midwifery Practice

You will have the opportunity to complete four clinical placements in three specialist areas over a period of 27 weeks. These areas include an antenatal/postnatal ward, a labour ward and two placements in the community. Whilst on placement you will bring together all of the clinical practice skills you have learnt in Years 1 and 2. You will also have the opportunity to build on these skills and gain further confidence as you grow into the role of the midwife. You will be supported and assessed by a qualified mentor who will grade you on your clinical practice in all three areas.

Preparing for Parenting

This module examines the importance of enabling and supporting parents to make informed choices regarding parenting and infant feeding. You will have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills to support parents with effective infant feeding practices, which will be assessed through coursework involving a reflective essay. You will have the chance to plan, lead and evaluate a parenting education session, which will be assessed through coursework. You will also complete 10 hours of supervised practice supporting breastfeeding women and 10 hours supervised parent education practice, which will be assessed on a pass, refer or fail basis.

Research 3

This is a multi-disciplinary module which follows on from Research 2. You will undertake a small scale research project in a multi-professional group, which could consist of a combination of nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, operating department practice, or podiatry students. Based on this research project you will produce two pieces of coursework, a report written in a style suitable for publication and a group presentation at the Interdisciplinary Student Research Conference.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


You'll spend between 24 and 27 weeks each year undertaking compulsory clinical practice where your learning will be facilitated and assessed by experienced practising midwives. An exciting range of placement opportunities are available for student midwives including midwife led units, birth centres, labour suites, antenatal/postnatal wards, community midwifery, neonatal care and surgical experience. Placements are usually undertaken within local NHS Trusts, however in Year 3 you may have the opportunity to arrange and undertake an elective midwifery placement.

Please note that you may be required to travel for/during your placements across West Yorkshire and occasionally beyond, covering 24 hour care including evening, weekend and occasional night shifts.

Career opportunities

95% of graduates from this course go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating. They have gone on to work as midwives within the National Health Service in a variety of roles, including community and hospital-based midwifery. Other exciting career opportunities for qualified midwives involve specialising in screening, management and teaching for organisations including Health Protection Scotland and the Ministry of Health, New Zealand. Other graduates have undertaken independent practice.*

*Source: DHLE survey and LinkedIn

Professional links and accreditations

This course is currently regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Whilst studying this course you are not currently required to register as a member with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), however you must follow their codes of conduct.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is delivered through seminars, group work, practical experience and lectures, as well as interactive classroom sessions, clinical skills teaching and role play. Web-based interactive workshops will also support your learning.

Assessment will involve a combination of coursework, practice/competency based learning and examination, including portfolio work to support practice modules, individual and group presentations, conference presentations, poster presentations, oral examination, OSCE, essays and workbooks. Midwifery mentors liaise with academic staff, providing the opportunity for you to develop your skills and knowledge in the practice setting, which is then graded.

15% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars and tutorials etc.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

How much will it cost me?

The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 17/18 entry is £9250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Further study

The University currently offers a range of Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (SSPRD) courses for registered midwives. Health Studies (Advancing Midwifery Practice) MSc is available to midwives with 1-2 years post registration experience. This includes Master's modules in Examination of the Newborn and Keeping Birth Normal, as well as Supporting Learning in Practice.

Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies. There may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant. For more information see the Research section of our website.

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