Midwifery (Post RN)
BSc (Hons)

2014-15 entry

Clinical Placement
NHS Funding available

3 good reasons to study Midwifery (Post RN) at Salford:

  • You will be employed by one of the NHS Trusts and will receive a salary (currently Grade 5 on the NHS scale)
  • Prepares you for autonomous practice, as a registered midwife
  • Access to excellent facilities

Key Information

Course Code: Applications for this course must be made directly to the University
Start Dates: September
Duration:

85 weeks, full-time

Course Summary

Midwifery is not just about delivering babies – it’s about providing women and their families with the best midwifery care during pregnancy, birth and early post-natal stages.

You will learn both the theoretical and clinical aspects of midwifery, where the health and wellbeing of the mother, baby and family is the main focus. You will also complete a number of clinical placements where you will work alongside a midwife in a hospital environment.

You will use your time in the clinical area to become a competent practitioner gaining the skill and ability to practice safely and effectively without the need for direct supervision. On successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to register as a midwife on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Professional Register.

Please note the dealine for applications is 31st January 2014

Course Details

This course is 85 weeks in length. Throughout the course you are allocated a personal tutor and a mentor in practice.

The course is 50% theory and 50% practice, this is comprised of block weeks in University and clinical placements.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
NMC registered Be a Nurse Level 1 (Adult) part of the NMC Register
Portfolio Have a portfolio fulfilling PREP requirements, demonstrating current experience and reflective practice
Experience/study Show evidence of recent study if qualified more than three years ago. At least four weeks experience in the field of gynaecology would be an advantage as would some post-qualifying experience as a nurse.

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

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 the traditional entry requirements may be able to apply through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University.

Please note that the GCSE requirements remain in place for candidates going through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme onto this course.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 7.0 (no element below 7) is proof of this.

Applicant must be resident in the UK for three years.

Applicant profile

This course requires students who are keen and committed to becoming a midwife in the future. We are looking for students who are interested and motivated to learn about midwifery and demonstrate some understanding of the role of the midwife. We look for candidates with a good academic record, appear professional and well prepared for interview and possess the necessary skills required to become a midwife.

Teaching

This course uses a variety of teaching methods such as:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Problem-based learning
  • Evidence-based practice

Assessment

You will be assessed in a variety of ways including grading of practice, essential skills clusters and drug calculations, written and oral assessments.

In the clinical area of the course you will need to meet the criteria laid down by the NMC.

Employability

The clinical placements you will complete and our close links with the NHS Trusts means your career prospects are maximised. Graduates are well-received within local and national NHS Trusts and abroad, and on qualification, midwives are free to seek employment anywhere in the UK or EU.

The majority of students have been very successful in gaining employment post qualification. Many students choose to work locally, however some students have opted to work as case loading midwives in free standing birth centres.

Links with Industry

You will spend half your time in the clinical area working as a student midwife in one of the following hospitals:

  • Royal Bolton Hospital
  • Pennine Acute Trust including Royal Oldham Hospital and North Manchester
  • Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan
  • St Mary's Hospital, Central Manchester Foundation Trust
  • Wythenshawe Hospital, South Manchester

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees 2014-15

Type of StudyFee
Full-timeAll course fees are paid by the Strategic Health Authority, and whilst you are an employee of the NHS Trust being paid at Band 5, the SHA contribute towards this salary. This means that you need to be eligible to receive SHA funding, particularly having been resident in the UK for 3 years.
Full-time International£12,800

Students will be expected to pay £30 for health clearance from their GP and £82 for additional uniform sets (should they be required). Please note, the charge for health clearance is at the discretion of your GP and can range from £0 to £120. In addition, students may incur other expenses during placements. Costs are approximated based on the current academic year. 

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Facilities

Clinical Skills Room

Whether it's nursing or midwifery, it helps to be able to practice new skills in a safe environment under the supervision of a qualified practitioner. We have a number of clinical skills rooms that enhance your learning from taking blood pressure, to giving CPR and more complicated procedures.

Birth Simulators

We use a maternal and fetal simulation system called Noelle which allows you to appreciate the birthing experience from the onset of labour, through delivery, to treatment of the mother after delivery.

Birthing simulators are used to ensure you understand the mechanisms involved in labour and birth and have an opportunity to simulate a birth and explore relevant issues and feelings in a non-clinical environment. Breech births and mechanisms for Occipto posterior positions can also be demonstrated with these simulators.

Models to simulate urethral catheterisation and cervical assessment also aim to develop initial competence to ensure confidence prior to undertaking the skills with mentor support in clinical practice

We also have breast feeding mannikins to promote understanding of lactation and procedures such as hand expression of milk are available. These are part of the measures in place to ensure our students are educated in-line with Unicef's baby friendly initiative.