Do you want to become a midwife? The University of South Wales’ Bachelor of Midwifery (Hons) degree will enable you to develop the knowledge and clinical experience you need to progress towards your career as a midwife. You’ll have access to our Clinical Simulation Centre, a cutting-edge teaching and learning environment with dedicated midwifery and childcare facilities.
The Midwifery course provides an equal balance of theory and practice, with placements in local hospitals, community settings and birth centres. It covers all aspects of normal midwifery, complicated childbearing, and neonatal care. You’ll also study wider issues such as health promotion, public health, law and ethics, and professional issues. If you are a UK student, you will be eligible for a non-means tested bursary and a means-tested allowance for any dependants you may have.
This will focus on all normal aspects of midwifery practice. It will introduce you to the underpinning knowledge of childbearing from preconception, through antenatal period, labour, postnatal and neonatal care.
Life Sciences in Midwifery
The topics covered will focus on some nursing but mainly on midwifery and related life sciences.
Professional Practice and Personal Development in Midwifery
The module will introduce aspects of professional practice and professionalism.
This module focuses on the development of understanding basic care and midwifery practice skills both in the clinical skills laboratory and practice in the clinical setting.Maternal and neonatal nutrition: Maternal diet and dietary concerns are introduced in this module along with the methods of infant feeding. The contents relating to infant feeding follow the guidance of the Baby Friendly Initiative of UNICEF.
Normality in Clinical Practice
This module is a clinically based module enabling development of the basic care and skills in practice.
Art and Science of Midwifery
Developing the student’s expertise in the management of normal midwifery situations, recognising the abnormal and seeking appropriate interventions.
Complications and emergencies
Preparing the student for deviations from normal within midwifery care. Antenatal, labour, postnatal and neonatal aspects will be covered.
Public Health in Midwifery
This will introduce the public health role of the midwife and communication skills, including counselling.
Complications in Clinical Practice
This module is a clinically based module enabling further development of midwifery care and more advanced skills in practice.
This module will facilitate understanding of the midwife in contemporary practice and encourages students to link theory to practice in a firm reality based environment.
Medical Disorders in Midwifery
This module will explore how medical conditions affect childbearing and the roles of the various professionals who make up the multi disciplinary team.
Rapidly Changing Situations in Maternal Health
The focus of this module is to enable the student to critically evaluate complex assessment and intervention processes in the care and management of the acutely or critically ill woman.
This module will provide the knowledge and simulated skills to appreciate the need for a full health and physical assessment of the neonate.
Competence in Clinical Practice
This module is a clinically-based module enabling the development of confidence and competence in midwifery.
Supervised Practice Period
Clinical competencies are assessed during this period and students cannot qualify without passing this final tripartite assessment, preparing students to take on the full role of a midwife from the point of registration.
Your Midwifery training is delivered through a mixture of study days and block teaching weeks, with some days allocated to private study. Practice and theory are split evenly and you will have assessments for both in each module. It is important you gain experience in a range of locations, so you will be expected to go on placements in a number of local health boards that last several weeks at a time. This may require extended travelling, and late night and early morning shift patterns. Each year of the degree lasts a minimum of 45 weeks. Holidays are fixed and non-negotiable.
Your skills will be developed and assessed in the practical skills laboratory at the University and by your clinical mentor while you are on placement. You also need to complete a student portfolio, which is an essential part of the assessment process. Other assessments include written assignments, an examination and dissertation.
The University of South Wales is an NMC Approved Education Institution (AEI).
Our state of the art Clinical Simulation Centre is set up to replicate an acute care NHS environment, providing realistic clinical facilities for our Nursing and Midwifery students and qualified healthcare professionals.
Entry criteria below detail typical offers. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.
Additional requirements include
Two satisfactory references, a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check (additional cost applies, no offences are considered spent) and a satisfactory medical are part of the entry requirements.
Applications taken for only one branch of Nursing/Midwifery.
Applicants are required to attend an interview. You will have to demonstrate awareness of the role of midwives and show your commitment to the degree. All interviews take place at our Glyntaff Campus.
Please read this information for nursing applicants for further guidance on how you can meet the entry criteria and advice on the application, interview and decision making process.
BBB to exclude General Studies
Grade B and BB at A Level to exclude General Studies
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Distinction Merit
32 points to include 17 points at Higher Level to include Maths and English.
Science/Maths Diploma. Must complete 60 credits overall with at least 45 at level 3 and 15 at Level 2. Of the 45 credits at level 3, you will need a minimum of 24 Distinctions, 18 Merits and 3 passes.
GCSEs: Five GCSE passes A-C must include Mathematics and English language
All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
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Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to persue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
There are opportunities to undertake elective placements in the UK or abroad. The cost of travel and accommodation for these will be borne by the student.
Once qualified as a midwife, employment in Wales and the UK is dependent on application to one or more of your chosen local health board.
Midwives have the opportunity to work in different healthcare settings and gain experience in all aspects of caring for mothers and babies. They can develop their midwifery career in many different ways: as a clinical specialist, a consultant midwife or in management as a head of midwifery services or supervisor of midwives at local authority level. Some midwives prefer to pursue an academic career in education and research. Midwives have developed innovative specialist roles in, for example, ultrasound, fetal medicine, intensive care neonatal units, public health, parenting education and many others. There are also opportunities for midwives to work in the European Union and the rest of the world.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.