BSc Midwifery

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BSc Midwifery

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Why Choose a Midwifery degree?

When you study for a Midwifery BSc at the UEA you are choosing a challenging and fascinating career. Midwifery is unique because it is the only profession that focuses solely on the care of pregnant women and their families throughout the whole childbirth experience - from early conception, through labour and in the early stages of motherhood.

This means you will need a very special set of skills. A midwife is invariably the first healthcare professional a pregnant woman encounters, so it goes without saying that excellent communication skills, sensitivity and a sympathetic approach are essential. You will need to respond effectively to the needs of pregnant wo…

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Why Choose a Midwifery degree?

When you study for a Midwifery BSc at the UEA you are choosing a challenging and fascinating career. Midwifery is unique because it is the only profession that focuses solely on the care of pregnant women and their families throughout the whole childbirth experience - from early conception, through labour and in the early stages of motherhood.

This means you will need a very special set of skills. A midwife is invariably the first healthcare professional a pregnant woman encounters, so it goes without saying that excellent communication skills, sensitivity and a sympathetic approach are essential. You will need to respond effectively to the needs of pregnant women and be a reliable and constant source of care and advice during what is probably the most important time of their lives.

It is also vital that you are adaptable, because midwifery is an ever-changing profession and you will be always be teaching, learning and working in a wide variety of settings. In this demanding role you will need to be highly motivated and committed, with a mature attitude and a team player, but also able to work under your own initiative. It’s a lot to ask, but the rewards are immense.

Midwives are in demand, so your career prospects are excellent. You will have the chance to work in a diverse range of healthcare environments, from clinical settings, hospitals, the community and birth centres. Wherever you go you will have job satisfaction and the enviable role of bringing new life into the world time after time.

There is a government strategy to address the national shortage of midwives, in addition this course is the main source of recruitment of qualified midwives for local Trusts.

On successful completion of the programme, the student will be eligible to apply for entry to the Register of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (statutory) and apply for midwifery posts within the EU, in both national organisations such as the NHS and private environments. For experienced graduate midwives committed to developing the midwifery profession opportunities exist for career progression through a range of clinical and managerial roles, increasingly there is scope to move into more specialist leading roles related to childbearing, e.g. lead midwife for diabetes and antenatal assessment.

Midwifery courses at the UEA – bringing your career to life

By studying for a Midwifery degree at the UEA you will be part of a highly competitive course that will prepare you both academically and clinically. We are extremely proud of our teaching methods and our staff are passionate about their subject. It is this commitment to excellence that has earned the UEA Nursing School a place in the Top 10 in the Times and Guardian league table.

Our facilities are second to none, with all the latest interactive, hi-tech equipment, situated on the south side of the campus next to the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital. We are especially proud of the support we give our students. You will be assigned your own personal mentor and qualified professional who will be there every step of the way to guide you through the course.

Clinical placements are key to the course to ensure you receive hands-on experience as soon as possible. These are not 9-5 placements and you will be expected to do shift work.

Students will have practice placements at one of three local NHS Trust hospitals based in Kings Lynn, Great Yarmouth and Norwich. A preference to these placement sites will be discussed during the selection process.

Click on the relevant trust below to be taken to their respective website:

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn NHS Trust

James Paget Hospital University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Interprofessional learning forms a compulsory part of our course and highlight the interdependence of various professions in effective healthcare provision. Click here for further information.

We have been placed in the top ten universities in the UK for student satisfaction since the survey began.


Course Organiser:Miss Nicky Hadlett
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Entry Requirements A Level: ABB International Baccalaureate: 32 points Scottish Highers: ABBBB Scottish Advanced Highers: ABB Irish Leaving Certificate: AABBBB Entry Requirement

September 2013 Entry

Our admissions criteria include: a clear understanding of the profession ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in health care; an interest in people; a strong academic attainment and a broad academic base at GCSE level.

We do not consider Apprenticeships, NVQs (Any Level) or Level 3 Diplomas (Previously NVQs) as meeting the minimum academic entry requrements, although these can be used as evidence of recent study.

School Leavers

The minimum entry requirements for university matriculation and the requirements of the School are five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including English Language or Literature, Mathematics, and a Science subject. General Studies, Critical Thinking and AS-levels are not considered. Offers are usually made on grades not points.

3 A-Levels (no subjects specified) ABB Advanced Diploma in Society, Health and Development ABB International Baccalaureate 32 points Scottish Highers ABBBB Scottish Advanced Highers ABB Irish Leaving Certificate AABBBB

Other criteria:

Applicants must demonstrate evidence of recent study (within the last 5 years) and be able to provide their original qualifications should they be invited to attend an interview.

Other Candidates

Applications are encouraged from those with non-traditional qualifications. Applicants with the following qualifications are required to demonstrate GCSEs at Grade C or above in English Language or Literature, Mathematics and a Science subject, except the Access to Higher Education which does not require additional GCSE qualifications unless English and Mathematics are not included.

Suitable qualifications would include:

BTEC Extended Diploma
in a Health, Care or Science subject DDM BTEC National Diploma in Early Years DDD CACHE Diploma in Childcare A Foundation Degree
in a Health, Care or Science subject Pass Open University (minimum 60 Credits Level 1)
in a Health, Care or Science subject Pass Science Foundation Year 70% Certificate of Higher Education Pass Diploma of Higher Education Pass Bachelor Degree 2:1 Preferred, 2:2 Accepted Access to Higher Education Diploma
in a Health, Care or Science subject* Pass with 45 Credits at Level 3 Distinction

Other criteria:

Applicants must demonstrate evidence of recent study (within the last 5 years). Applicants must able to provide their original qualification documents on the day of selection otherwise that they are not eligible for interview, and/or following results day prior to commencing the course.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in any component)
  • TOEFL: Internet-based score of 98 overall (minimum 22 in Listening, Reading and Writing components and 23 in Speaking component)
  • PTE: 70 overall (minimum 70 in any component).

If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.

Special Entry Requirements

Successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory occupational health check, an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure and two satisfactory references.

Intakes

September.

Course Offered At

We do not consider International Applicants to study on this course.

Course Open To

Please note that, at this time, we are unable to accept international applications for this course.

The School of Nursing Sciences is the perfect place to both start and continue your health career in Nursing, Midwifery or Operating Department Practice. We offer a wide range of both pre- and post-registration courses that will help develop your passion and capability, and give you the skills you need to succeed in a wide range of healthcare environments.

You are provided with the highest standard of academic and clinical education, whether your career choice is Nursing, Midwifery or Operating Department Practice. Our facilities are second to none and with innovative teaching methods and passionate, dedicated staff you will be inspired and challenged throughout your studies.

Students have told us our courses are dynamic and fascinating. That’s because our approach is based on enquiry-based learning, clinical skills acquisition, and early patient contact. The courses include the following elements:

  • Enquiry Based Learning – Early on in the course you will be given real problems from real patients to solve as both groups and individuals. This ensures you experience how to apply your new knowledge in practice.
  • Essential Clinical Skills – clinical skills are embedded in the course right from the start. Simulated skills are taught and practiced in the classroom prior to placements and throughout the course.
  • Clinical Placements – all our placements are monitored so as to meet the quality standards for learning. The School has well established, excellent working relationships with our Clinical Partners, and we work together to ensure the best quality clinical learning environment for our students.
  • Interprofessional Learning – You will meet and work with students from other health-related disciplines to exchange knowledge, practice and ideas.
  • Research – The teaching staff are continually involved in research, which means you will benefit from their knowledge of the very latest practices and techniques.
  • Supportive Culture – Teaching groups are small, which encourages a close-knit student body and a supportive learning culture. You will be assigned your own personal mentor and qualified professional who will be there every step of the way to guide you through the course.
  • Elective Placements – You will have the opportunity to put into practice what you have learned in the clinical environment of your choice.

This interactive and highly effective approach to teaching and learning means that our School of Nursing Sciences is continually recognised for its excellence and ranks highly in both student surveys and league tables:

  • The School is 3rd for Nursing and Paramedical Studies (Guardian University Guide 2012).
  • For five years running the UEA has been placed in the top five universities in the UK for student satisfaction.

The UEA is a fantastic place to study and has a unique atmosphere. You will love being here, learning and making lasting friendships.

UniStats Information Fees and Funding

This Midwifery BSc course is funded by the East of England Strategic Health Authority
https://www.uea.ac.uk/sixthform/2012+Fees/Health+related+courses

Students can also apply to the NHS Student Grants Unit for a means tested bursary. A means tested scheme is also available which operates alongside the NHS Student Bursary Scheme which can provide financial assistance towards Childcare Costs for students who use OFSTED inspected childcare facilities.

For further details about the NHS Student Bursary Scheme or to obtain a Bursary Estimate please visitwww.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students.

Once nominated, all successful candidates should apply for this means tested bursary. Students should also apply to the Student Loans Company in advance of starting their course, if they wish to ensure that they are later eligible to apply for a student loan.

Further information is available from: www.slc.co.uk


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