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2023/24 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Midwifery (with Registration) (2021 Curriculum)

Programme code:BS-MID-21UCAS code:B720
Duration:36 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Helen Ayre Contact

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

-Science, Maths and English (English Language or English Literature) at minimum of
grade B or 5
-Plus 2 others at minimum of grade C or 4

A Levels: ABB including Biology at grade A or B.
A Levels in General Studies and/or Critical Thinking not included.

BTEC Extended Diploma (Health and Social Care; Applied Science) -
Distinction/Distinction/Distinction (DDD)
BTEC qualifications must provide equivalency of a Biology A-level to be accepted.
Through BTEC, equivalency of a Biology A-level can only be achieved via Extended Diploma (equivalent to three A-levels), where one-third of content must be Biology focused.

BTEC qualifications are assessed on a case-by-case basis (dependent on optional modules studied) to ensure equivalency to A Level Biology; All BTEC modules must therefore be listed on the application form

Examples of BTEC qualifications considered:
Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care; Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health Sciences); Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health Studies); Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Social Care); Extended Diploma in Applied Science.

CACHE Diploma:
NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Health & Social Care
NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Certificate in Health & Social Care
NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care
Specific modules required
All CACHE modules must be listed on the application form.

Access to HE Diploma: 45 credits at level 3, which must be at distinction and include 15 credits from biology subjects. All Access modules must be listed on the UCAS application form

In accordance with inclusion and widening participation strategy, alternative qualifications providing GCSE/A Level equivalency are accepted as alternatives to the typical GCSE and A Level entry requirements.

Applicants with non-standard qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Alternative Entry:
Access to Leeds (A2L) is an alternative admissions scheme for applicants from widening participation. Eligible applicants to the scheme will receive special consideration from admissions tutors. Although A2L applicants are not guaranteed an offer, if they do receive an offer they will typically also receive an A2L offer with entry requirements up to two grades lower than the standard entry requirement. A2L offer holders are required to successfully complete two modules (study skills and subject skills) in order to benefit from the reduced offer.

Recognition of prior learning is not permitted for pre-registration midwifery programmes (NMC 2019 1.3) and it will not be permitted to transfer from other HEI’s or APEL prior experience into the programme.

English Language requirements
-Applicants must achieve a GCSE in English Language or English Literature at the grade specified in their offer; and
-Applicants must demonstrate literacy capability and proficiency in English language during the applicant process via both fluency in the personal statement and effective communication at interview.

For applicants where English is not their first language, who have not achieved a GCSE in English Language at grade 4/C or above the School in line with the NMC will accept IELTS examination results (academic or general) where the scores are at least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and at least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections, and where the overall average score is at least 7.0.

Additional Requirements
-Evidence of recent study (normally within the last 5 years)
-One satisfactory reference which should normally be an academic reference
-Satisfactory DBS disclosure and occupational health clearance
-Demonstrate an understanding of the role and scope of practice of the midwife
-Demonstrate values in accordance with and/or the NMC Code and NHS Constitution
-Demonstrate the capability to learn behaviours in accordance with the Code
-Demonstrate the capability to develop numeracy skills required to meet programme outcomes

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

School of Healthcare

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Healthcare

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Professional Body Offering Accreditation:


Programme specification:

The programme will:

Prepare future midwives to work in partnership with women and their families in order to deliver high quality, compassionate and evidence informed care during pregnancy and childbirth. We use the term woman here but recognise that not everybody identifies with this terminology.

Midwives understand that childbearing is an important life process, which will change the life of a woman and her family. A woman's childbearing experience is unique to her, her family and each midwife. It is essential that midwives are capable of acknowledging and responding to this uniqueness. This involves working in partnership with women and their families coupled with respecting the expertise of each woman. The programme aspires to develop future midwives who are able to work inclusively with all women, their families and others involved in care, responsive to their social and cultural backgrounds or abilities.

Twenty first century midwifery requires midwives to play a critical role in the provision and delivery of high quality, skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate care (NMC 2019, DH 2016) within the framework provided by the Code (NMC, 2018) and values of the NHS Constitution (2015). This blended programme is designed to be fully interactive and integrated where students can be immersed in learning whilst developing digital capability. Midwives continue to be experts in pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care however as the demands and needs relating to health and healthcare are changing midwives need to be able to anticipate and prevent complications, recognising when enhanced maternal care is required. The programme has a focus on effective decision making and development of skills in a safe environment and digital technologies are used to enable greater access opportunities and immersion in learning for students.

Context of the programme
This programme is underpinned by the NMC (2019) Future Midwife standards that recognise the vital role that midwives play in leading and coordinating compassionate, evidence-based care.

An integrated curriculum allows for aspects of professional practice, applied practice, the cultural, biopsycho-social-spiritual model and evidence-based practice to be considered in order to address care in a holistic manner, whilst recognising the complexity of maternity care delivery.

Students will be expected to engage in their learning, develop curiosity and utilise critical thinking to provide high quality care. They will be supported to do this via a blended learning approach to curriculum delivery, utilising a range of technology, simulation, communication strategies and reflection.

The student journey through the programme starts by considering what it means to be midwife, exploring the knowledge, values and beliefs that each individual brings with them and recognising the impact that this has on care delivery. From an exploration of self, the student begins to consider working in partnership with others – women and families, as well as other professionals, recognising and understanding roles in care delivery. Utilising this understanding, students then begin to consider their role as colleague, scholar and leader whilst also recognising their role as educators and facilitators supporting not only other students and team members, but to empower women and their families towards optimal health and well-being. Students will develop an understanding of universal care for all women and newborn infants and their role in optimising normal physiological processes in promoting positive outcomes and preventing complications.

Students will be supported to recognise and understand inequalities in health and the effect that this has on access to services as well as considering ways to reduce these. This will include vulnerable and marginalised populations such as persons living with learning disability. The relationship between mental health and physical health and the impact of pre-existing conditions will be explored. Students will learn how to provide care and support to women and newborn infants requiring medical, obstetric, neonatal, mental health, social care and other services.

As students' progress through the programme, the complexity of care need increases in depth and scope, enabling students to demonstrate effective leadership and management skills to ensure continuity of high quality care. By the end of the programme students are equipped to provide autonomous care and promote optimal health and wellbeing for women, newborn infants and families, work effectively within a team, supervise others and be leaders of care.

Our midwifery programme is designed to prepare students to become a high calibre, sought after midwifery graduates. The programme contains 50% theory and 50% practice hours. Students will undertake placements within Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust and York District Hospital. This varied and excellent practice circuit enables students to experience care across the variety of clinical settings and enable them to work in partnership with women and their families to assess, plan, implement and evaluate individualised care. Utilising a combination of essays, presentations, MCQ’s, exams and a final dissertation all assessments require students to think critically and utilise the evidence base that underpins safe, high quality care.

Students and Service Users are central to the development, delivery and monitoring of our programmes and are considered part of the educational team. Students will therefore benefit from the lived experiences and perspectives of women and families with teaching led by them and joint assessment undertaken. The Leeds Maternity Voice Partnership and our students within current cohorts have supported construction of the curriculum and advised on admissions and selection process, module content, learning objects and the underpinning philosophy of the programme.

This programme supports the development of midwives who have the competence and confidence to think critically and deliver evidence-based care. It promotes the development of independent, life-long learners and encourages students to develop resilience and become role models for other professionals and the women and families they provide care to.

Programme Overview
Year 1 – 120 credits at level 1 leading to progression point one of the programme.
Year 2 – 120 credits at level 2 leading to progression point two within the programme.
Year 3 – 120 credits at level 3 leading to award and eligibility for registration with the NMC

Year1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

HECS1130Midwifery Basics40 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HECS1131Foundations of Midwifery Practice40 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HECS1132Optimising Care40 credits1 May to 30 Sep

Year2 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

HECS2235Compassionate Care40 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HECS2236Global and Cultural Insights into Maternal Care40 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HECS2237Using Evidence for Practice40 credits1 May to 30 Sep

Year3 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

HECS3306Midwifery: Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
HECS3307Promoting Excellence in Midwifery Practice40 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HECS3308Preparation for Becoming a Midwife40 credits1 Jan to 30 Sep

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:34:28


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