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2017/18 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Midwifery (with registration)

Programme code:BS-MID-12UCAS code:B720
Duration:36 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Angela Hewett Contact address:a.hewett@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

- Five GCSE grades A, B or C (or equivalent) to include English Language, Maths and Science.
- Three Advanced GCE (A2) level subjects normally at grades ABB (or equivalent). Advanced level study in biological sciences is required.
Or
- QCF BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (DDD) from 2012, prior to this BTEC National Diploma to at least Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDD).
- An Access to Higher Education course approved by the University. Access courses must be in health/science related subjects. Applicants must also have the required five GSCE's, stated above, unless equivalence can be demonstrated. Students must gain 45 level three credits at Distinction level, 18-24 credits should be in Biology.
- Other qualifications commensurate with A2 level study will be given consideration.
- Consideration will be given to applicants with a wide range of educational backgrounds for entry to the programme to ensure that education opportunities are accessible to all sectors of society.

Additional Requirements
- Health and Safety at Work Act 2004, which restricts the manner in which young people may be deployed. In this context a 'young person' is defined as 'any person who has not attained the age of 18 years' (NMC, 2009:9). The applicant must have completed at least the first 10 years of General School Education. There is no upper age limit.
- Applicants must be able to provide evidence of academic study within the last five years.
- Satisfactory performance at a selection event – the applicant must demonstrate an understanding and commitment to the role and demands of the midwifery profession. Satisfactory completion of the maths numeracy test.
- Applicants whose first language is not English should have an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with 7.0 in each section of the examination.
- The applicant will be asked to provide two satisfactory references, one academic, the other a character reference.
- The offer of a place is conditional on a satisfactory health screening from the University Occupational Health Department and a satisfactory Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Disclosure.
- Applicants should be eligible for NHS funding either via the means tested bursary or secondment.
- Experience in the caring environment is desirable but not essential
- International applicants must be resident within the United Kingdom for a minimum of three years and be able to provide a Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure from their country of origin.
The entry requirements comply with the Good health and good character: guidance for approved education institutions (NMC, 2010a)

Advanced Standing
Transfer from a Midwifery 3–year pre-registration undergraduate programme at another educational institution will be considered, subject to approval by the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) and Individual Programme Panel process of the University.

NMC regulations for midwifery programmes do not permit accreditation of prior learning for 3 year programmes.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Healthcare

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School Board of Examiners

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

QAA Subject Benchmark Statements: Healthcare programmes Midwifery (Quality Assurance Agency 2001)
Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) (The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education 2008)

Programme specification:

Programme Aims:
At the end of the programme students will have the required midwifery knowledge skills and competence to gain employment as a midwife within any maternity setting within the United Kingdom. They should be sufficiently confident to be a valuable and active member of the multidisciplinary team caring for women who become pregnant. After a period of preceptorship students qualifying from the programme will be able to be critical users of research evidence to inform their practice as a midwife and have the skills to enter a programme of higher level study.

The Programme will:
- Recommend students for registration as a midwife to the NMC so they can gain employment as a midwife.

- Enable students to work in units who hold UNICEF UK BFI status without the need for additional education.

- Provide the skills to engage in life long learning to maintain professional competence.

- Develop reflective insights and a healthy curiosity about midwifery practice and have the potential for engagement in practice developments.

- Broaden their horizons beyond everyday practice through the elective experience, nationally or internationally.

- Act as ambassadors for the University of Leeds.

- Develop communication skills, confidence, ethical awareness, a work ethic, organisational and management skills, professional responsibility and caring skills that are transferable to the work place and beyond practice as a midwife.

Part Time Route:
No direct recruitment will be available to the part time programme but the full time curriculum has been adapted to a five year part-time route for students who through personal circumstances require a part time route to enable them to complete the programme.

The five year option has been developed for students who require a route which does not require commitment and attendance five days per week in either university or clinical practice every week for three years and who would benefit from a reduced academic requirement within semesters. The average commitment per semester will be no more than 275 hours as opposed to a maximum of 590 on the full time route. Thus students with financial difficulties or those with childcare or other caring responsibilities not anticipated at the start of the programme would benefit from a transfer to the part-time route.

The decision to offer a five year part-time route also enables students to step-off the three year route and step-onto the five year plan whilst still meeting the NMC requirements with regard to hours of a 50:50 split between theory and practice and the seven year completion rule for part-time programmes. Re-entry to the programme will be subject to NMC and University regulations.


Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

HECS1090Biological Knowledge for Practice30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HECS1100Learning Together; Working Together30 creditsSemester 1
HECS1101Fundamentals of Midwifery Practice60 credits1 Sept to 30 Sept


Year 2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

HECS2189Midwifery Theory and Practice 140 creditsSemester 1
HECS2190Midwifery Theory and Practice 240 creditsSemester 2
HECS2191Midwifery Theory and Practice 340 credits1 Jun to 30 Sep


Year 3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

HECS3254Research Dissertation30 credits1 Sept to 30 Jun
HECS3258Preparing for Midwifery Practice40 creditsSemester 1
HECS3259Becoming a Midwife40 credits1 Jan to 30 Sep

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 10 credits from the following optional modules:

DONE3029New Perspectives on Child Protection10 creditsSemester 1, Semester 2
HECS3126Fundamentals of Diabetes Care10 creditsSemester 2
HECS3169International Healthcare10 creditsSemester 2
HECS3244Autistic Spectrum Disorder10 creditsSemester 2
HECS3280Global Maternal Health10 creditsSemester 2
HECS3281Dementia: the Personal Journey10 creditsSemester 2, Semester 1

Students may be able to study other appropriate optional modules following approval of the programme manager and Professional Advisor for Midwifery

Last updated: 13/11/2018

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