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Evidence-Based Care for Normal Birth - Single module

Level 6 (20 credits)

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Midwifery

UCAS Code:

Start Date(s): September


Part-time, one semester, intake September


Part-time - £840 per 20 credit module

In Brief:

  • Support and promote normal birth and challenge the medicalisation of birth
  • Increase your confidence to practice autonomously
  • Taught by subject experts
  • A part-time only course

Course Summary

You can take this course as a single module for continuing professional development.

The module will explore:

  • Normal birth
  • Physiology of birth
  • Autonomy and the midwife
  • Historical and contemporary influences on birth practices
  • Importance of normal birth with reference to psychology (experiences of women and their families), sociology (impact on society, cultural issues), midwifery (the role of the midwife), public health (long-term outcomes)
  • Different models of birth, social, biomedical, holistic
  • Factors optimising a woman's chances of normal birth
  • Midwifery skills to support difficult births
  • The purpose of pain in labour
  • Physiology and psychology of pain and pain relief
  • Non-pharmacological pain relief: aromatherapy, reflexology, hypnotherapy

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

  • Have current professional registration in the UK

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 will need to 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

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


The course is delivered using a mix of lectures, seminars, videos, discussion groups, case scenarios, and practical skills sessions.


  • 15 minute seminar 40%
  • Supporting paper, 2,000 words 60%


Career Prospects

This module is available as stand-alone for the purposes of continuing professional development. You will also be able to develop your confidence to practice autonomously.

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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