Single Module Level 6

Examination of the Newborn (Level 6, 20 credits)

School of Health and Society




One semester

Next enrolment

September 2021


In a nutshell

This module will build on and develop new knowledge and skills pertaining to the 'routine newborn examination' and apply this to the changing pattern of health care. 

You can take this course as a single module for continuing professional development or as part of BSc (Hons) Midwifery (Level 6) or MSc Midwifery (Level 7).


You will:
  • evaluate the context of examination of the newborn in relation to health promotion
  • take a holistic approach to the care of the newborn and family
  • enhance your own practice
Course details

All about the course

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

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.

What will I be doing?

The module lasts up to two semesters in duration and runs 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.


  • 20 clinical examinations of the new born – Pass/Fail
  • 30 minute Viva Voce 100%

The School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real world impact.

Our courses are informed by the latest research and we work closely with organisations from both the public and private sector to ensure our teaching is at the forefront of practice.

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What about after uni?

This module is available as stand-alone 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.

Further study may include: 

BSc (Hons) Midwifery (Level 6)

MSc Midwifery (Level 7)

Career Links

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.


What you need to know

This module starts in September or February and lasts for one semester. 

    Entry requirements

    Previous study and experience

    To apply for this module you must:

    • 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 of Prior Learning (APL)

    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).

    How much?

    Type of study Year Fees
    Part-time 2021/22 £860 per 20 credit module
    Part-time 2022/23 £880 per 20 credit module
    Additional costs

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

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    Enrolment dates

    September 2021

    February 2022

    September 2022