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Care of the Compromised Newborn - Single module

Level 7 (30 credits)

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Midwifery

UCAS Code:

Start Date(s): February; September


Part-time, up to two semesters, intake September and February


In Brief:

  • To advance the academic and clinical development of the practitioner’s specialist knowledge, skills and expertise to meet the needs of the compromised newborn
  • To develop the skills necessary for decision making in complex and unpredictable circumstances
  • Delivered by subject experts
  • A part-time only course

Course Summary

The module will look at:

  • Portfolio development and reflective practice
  • Midwifery terminology: pregnancy and neonatal complications
  • Antenatal screening: fetal development/abnormalities
  • Intrapartum monitoring
  • Adaptation at birth: immediate care following birth
  • Examination of the newborn
  • Physiology and pathological processes of the common causes of neonatal problems requiring special care
  • Diagnostic, therapeutic and technical procedures and techniques required in special care
  • Resuscitation of the newborn
  • Nursing care and management of the low birth weight and sick infant – assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing care
  • Holistic approach to the care of the neonate and family
  • Communication: parents and multidisciplinary team

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Registered professional working within a Midwifery Health and Social Care in the UK; 120 credits at Level 1, 120 credits at Level 2 and 120 credits at Level 3. Employed in an appropriate clinical setting and have the written consent of your manager to use the clinical area as a learning environment. Preferably with a minimum of three months’ post-registration experience.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

If your first language is not English you must provide evidence of proficiency - IELTS 6.5 band score or above are proof of this.

Applicant profile

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Pat Killeen for further information.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Part-time £840 per 20 credit module

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Part-time £840 per 20 credit module

Applying for post qualifying Health and Social Care single modules

All applications for post qualifying heath and social care modules are made directly to the University, please complete the appropriate application form and send to the University.


Delivered by consultants in specialty, advanced neonatal nurse practitioners and experienced neonatal nurses and midwifery lectures, the module utilises lectures, tutorials, seminars, directed study and clinical skills.


  • Essay: 2,000 words
  • Reflective Essay: 2,000 words


Career Prospects

This module will enhance your knowledge and skills to care for infants and neonates that require additional nursing/midwifery care for example, infants who are pre-term and have difficulty in maintaining temperatures, jaundiced infants, those with feeding difficulties, infants born to mothers who are diabetic and small for gestational age.

Links with Industry

We work with over 100 health and social care organisations so our links with industry are very strong. These relationships will be of direct benefit to you because our academic team work in practice in some of these organisations at a senior level so are able to keep you at the forefront of developments in the sector which in turn help you provide a better service.

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