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Examination of the Newborn - Single module

Level 7 (30 credits)

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Midwifery

Start Date(s): September; February


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

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

Part-time - £1,260 per 30 credit module

In Brief:

  • Build on and develop new knowledge and skills pertaining to the 'routine newborn examination' and apply this to the changing pattern of health care
  • Evaluate the context of examination of the newborn in relation to health promotion
  • Delivered by staff who are subject experts in their field
  • A part-time only course

Course Summary

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

This module will explore:

  • Normal fetal development/anatomy and physiology of specific systems
  • Transitional events in the newborn period
  • Normal morphology of the newborn
  • Genetic overview: common chromosomal abnormalities
  • Effectiveness of screening programmes
  • Normal development of the infant
  • Clinical examination: recognition of the abnormal
  • Identification and management of congenital abnormalities
  • Clinical examination: recognition of the abnormal
  • Communication
  • Referral systems and local guidelines
  • Holistic approach to the care of the newborn and family
  • Professional, ethical and legal issues

Entry Requirements

  • Have current professional registration in the UK
  • Be employed in an appropriate clinical setting and have the written consent of your manager to use the clinical area as a learning environment

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 in English - IELTS 6.5 band score or above are proof of this.

Suitable For

Registered health care professionals including midwives and health visitors involved in the routine newborn examination.

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,260 per 30 credit module

Applying for postgraduate 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.


The module runs for up to two semesters and starts in September and February. The first week focuses on administration and reviewing the routine examination of the newborn undertaken by each practitioner. The second week is spent at the University, from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Thereafter, the taught weeks involve one morning or afternoon each week.


  • 3,000 word essay
  • 30 minute Viva Voce


Career Prospects

This module is available as standalone for the purposes of continuing professional development. You will also be build on and develop new knowledge and skills pertaining to the 'routine newborn examination', and apply this to the changing pattern of health care

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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