BM Midwifery

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Midwifery BM



Gain the academic and practical knowledge and skills required to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a midwife

Overview

We offer you the best start in studying the art and science of midwifery.

At Edinburgh Napier University you have the exciting opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills to ensure that the care offered to women and their families has a woman centred approach and prioritises the ethos of compassion and professionalism.

As a midwife you will be recognised as an expert in supporting, advising and advocating for women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and post-partum care. This course offers you the opportunity to develop clinical midwifery practice in a variety of healthcare settings and through simulated practice using our state of the art facilities. You will be supported by a team of midwife lecturers who have a wealth of expertise in both clinical practice and current research.

Midwives are autonomous practitioners who practice in a multi-disciplinary care setting and midwifery is a very distinct independent health profession which possesses its own knowledge skills and competencies. Midwifery care holistically encompasses the unique experience of each individual woman throughout their journey.

Midwife and lecturer with student nurse

Mode of Study:

Full-Time

Duration:

3 years

Start date:

Sep

UCAS code:

B720

Study Abroad:

Yes


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Course details

In your theoretical study of midwifery, we will teach you using a blended learning approach, which includes lectures, tutorials, online self-directed learning and workshops. You will prepare for your placements in our simulated clinical environment prior to your practice placements across South-East Scotland. Notable midwifery skills include:

  • communication skills
  • breast feeding
  • normal labour and birth
  • initial consultation and history taking
  • medicines management

On placement you will relate theory to real life practice supported by a midwife mentor specifically trained to support you and assess your achievement.

The experience you gain will enable you to become a conscientious midwife and contribute positively to midwifery practice. You’ll become knowledgeable and skilled in the care of pregnant women, their babies and families and graduate ready to go straight into work.

You will also be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This qualification means that you have been assessed to be a safe and competent midwife with the necessary understanding and abilities.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    Your learning experience will be supported by: lectures, tutorials, group work, skills simulation classes and work placements.

  • note and pen Assessments

    Academic writing, including essays and reports, exams and assessment in clinical placements.

  • briefcase Work placement

    We work closely with local healthcare providers to organise placements which allow you to put theory into practice, and you’ll get to prepare in advance in our simulated clinical environments.

  • study abroad Study abroad

    Within this programme you will have the opportunity to arrange an elective midwifery placement in Year 3. This can be arranged outwith NHS Lothian and Borders or with international partners or organisations.

    Students have previously undertaken placements in Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Belgium, Zambia and various countries in between.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Introduction to professional midwifery practice
  • Ante-natal and post-natal midwifery care
  • The science of midwifery
  • The evidence base for normal labour and birth
  • Midwifery care of the new-born and family
  • Midwifery practice

Year 2

  • Integrated health and social care and midwifery
  • Midwifery practice 2
  • Medical disorders and the midwife
  • Midwifery practice 3
  • Midwifery care and emergencies around childbirth
  • Midwifery practice 4

Year 3

  • Research skills for professional midwifery practice
  • Midwifery practice 5
  • Women-centred care in midwifery practice
  • Midwifery practice 6
  • Midwifery practice 7

Disclaimer

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

BBBC including English and Biology or Human Biology.

National 5 Grade C in Maths

A Level

BCC including Biology/ Applied Science and a Literary subject.*

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths.

GCSE Grade C/4 in English required for candidates who do not have A Level English.

For Midwifery, applicants need to demonstrate a breadth of subject choice and must be studying three separate A-level subjects. We are unable to accept Double Award A-levels for entry to this degree programme.

BTEC National Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in Health and Social Care + A-Level Biology at Grade C.

GCSE Maths at C/4.

OR

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in Applied Sciences + A-Level English or Alternative Literary Subject* at Grade C.

GCSE Maths at C.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B3, B3, B3 at Higher Level including English and Biology.

A2 in two Ordinary Level subjects including Maths.

New Grading System:

H2, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level including English and Biology.

O2 in two Ordinary Level subjects including Maths. 

HNC

Care and Administrative Practice with B in the graded unit.

Higher Biology/Human Biology at Grade B also required.

Access to HE Diploma

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a related subject with 45 credits overall with a minimum of 39 Credits at Merit and 6 at Distinction to include Biology and English at Level 3.

Maths required at Level 2 or equivalent.

Sociology, Health and Social Care, Law.

Interview requirements

There will be a selection interview and all candidates must meet NMC requirements of good health and good character. Competition for places varies from year-to-year and achievement of the typical minimum entry requirements does not always guarantee shortlisting for interview or a place on the course.

Admission to the Programme is dependent upon a satisfactory Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) Check. This will be sent to you prior to interview and will be conducted on the interview day. The cost of the PVG check will be paid by the University.

Deferred applications

Please note that we cannot accept applications for deferred entry for this course.

Previous nursing students

Please note that students who have already studied a Nursing degree are unlikely to receive funding for a second Nursing degree.

Mature students

Adequate and appropriate recent study is essential. This must include Higher Biology or Human Biology and Higher English or a Literary subject*. Please contact us at Nursingandmidwifery@napier.ac.uk if you are unsure whether or not you would be eligible to apply. Relevant work experience will be considered alongside recent study.

Subjects Required

*Literary subjects include: English/English Literature, History, Modern Studies; Religious, Moral & Philosophical Studies/Christian Theology, Psychology, Geography,

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test. The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in each component).  For guidance on the acceptability of other English Language tests please contact ugadmissions@napier.ac.uk

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU Fees are funded by the NHS Scotland* Fees are funded by the NHS Scotland*
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000** £9,000**


Careers

Nursing students grouped around a bed in the university's clinical skills and simulation suite

Where your degree could lead you

On completion of the programme, our midwifery students are confident graduates who:

  • are knowledgeable in delivering evidence-based midwifery practice
  • have the clinical skill to support and care for women compassionately
  • are competent to work in a hospital and community settings.

They are eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. They can contribute to research development in reproductive health and improve outcomes for women and their families.