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Midwifery / Registered Midwife BSc (Hons) (for registered nurses)

Why choose this course?

If you're a registered adult nurse who is planning to change your career to midwifery, we can offer you a shortened course which combines the benefits of excellent teaching, personal support and extensive placement opportunities. The course is part of a unique joint faculty between Kingston University and St George's, University of London, the only UK university dedicated to medicine and healthcare sciences, giving you excellent opportunities for personal and professional growth. It is taught at the St George's Tooting campus in South London and Kingston Hill campus.

This course is delivered over just 85 weeks, in recognition of the skills and knowledge you will have already gained as a registered adult nurse. It concentrates on the specific range of subjects you will need to learn to become a registered midwife. Comprising large amounts of both theory and clinical skills teaching, you'll gain the scientific knowledge base and practical abilities for your future midwifery practice.

With teaching based on the site of a major hospital, you'll experience regular contact with other working health professionals who may bring their practical knowledge to your learning on occasions. You will have joint learning opportunities with other allied health students in our simulation suites and classrooms.

As a nurse you'll know the importance of teamwork. We pride ourselves on being a very supportive team and we'll take an individual and personal interest in your progress. Kingston University has a well-established and highly effective Student Life Services team, which could be useful if you're coming back to study after a period working.

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
85 weeks full time 4K56 2020
Location Kingston Hill and St George's, University of London

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • 100 per cent of students from this course are in highly-skilled employment or further study six months after graduating (DHLE 2016/17).
  • Kingston University is ranked No. 1 for Nursing and Midwifery in London (Guardian League Tables 2020).
  • St George's, University of London, is the only UK university dedicated to medicine and healthcare sciences.

What you will study

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. These modules will be subject to change in accordance with the new pre-registration midwifery education standards from the Nursing and Midwifery Council for 2020.

Modules

You will cover a range of midwifery theory and practice to enable you to become a registered midwife.

Core modules

Improving Practice through Research

30 credits

This module will facilitate you to understand the evidence base underpinning midwifery theory and practice and build on your knowledge of research. The focus is on informing professional practice using relevant evidence and research techniques. The module will enable you to appraise evidence and critically evaluate and contribute to the strategies for improving care through research, audit and clinical governance.

Transition to Midwifery Practice

30 credits

This module provides you with the requisite knowledge and skills to support the normal physiological processes of childbirth and provide safe and effective midwifery care.

Social and Political Context of Midwifery Care

30 credits

This module will enable you to apply social sciences (including psychology, sociology, health and social policy, politics and economics) to midwifery practice and maternity services provision.

Midwifery and Complicated Childbearing

30 credits

This module facilitates your knowledge and understanding in relation to the pathophysiological aspects of childbirth to enable you to provide care for women with complex health needs during childbirth and for women and families when complications arise.

Effective Midwifery Practice

30 credits

This module enhances your professional development in preparation for the role of an autonomous and reflective midwife. You are facilitated to critically explore and analyse the factors that influence decision making, including your own attitudes and beliefs and influence upon your practice. The contribution of effective midwifery care to the provision of safe and sustainable maternity services is also considered.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

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Entry requirements

Typical offer

Registration as an Adult Nurse (RNA) on the NMC Professional Register for Nurses, Midwives and specialist community public health nurses. Candidates pursuing the BSc(Hons) strand must have evidence of diploma-level study, with a minimum of 120 credits at Level 5.

Additional requirements

GCSE at grade 4 or above (or grade C or above for GCSEs taken before 2017) in English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject or equivalent qualification e.g. Functional/Key skills level 2 in numeracy and literacy; Level 2 Applied Science.

Our selection process includes an interview. Admission is subject to Occupational Health screening and an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check if you are offered and accept a place on the course.

International

We welcome applications from International applicants. Non-native speakers who do not have the equivalent of GCSE English at grade 4 (formerly grade C) (e.g. Functional Skills Level 2 Literacy) require an IELTS score of 7.0 overall with 6.5 in writing and 7.0 in all other elements.

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Teaching and assessment

Teaching includes academic study and clinical practice experience. You will have access to well-equipped skills laboratories and simulation suites where you can use clinical equipment and practise on mannequins and teaching models that are relevant to maternity care.

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Academic support

Our academic support team here at Kingston University provides help in a range of areas.

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of academic staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at Kingston and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University.

Your workload

  • Year 1 - 30% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
  • Contact hours may vary depending on your modules. 

Year 1

Year 1
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Guided independent study: 114 hours
  • Clinical Practice

How you will be assessed

There is a continuous assessment of theory and practice. This includes extended essays, examinations, reflective journal writing and projects. 

Year 1

Year 1
  • Coursework
  • Exam
  • Practical exam

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9am and 6pm. For undergraduate students Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Who teaches this course?

You will be taught by leaders in the field who regularly contribute to research, particularly in the care of the mother and child, before, during and after pregnancy. Our teaching has an extensive focus on practical skills development, in partnership with local NHS Trusts to ensure you are fully equipped and competent to practice. 

Course fees and funding

2019/20 fees for this course

 Fee category  Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £9,250*
International £14,600
Islands (Channel Islands and Isle of Man) To be confirmed by the Island Authorities

* These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the results of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees.

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials, security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Text books

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to, or be required to, buy your own copy of key textbooks.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences. Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses.

Printing

In the majority of cases coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Travel

Travel costs are not included so you will need to budget how you will travel to university, and to placements. You may be able to claim reimbursement of some of your expenses for travel to practice placements each day for costs incurred over and above your usual daily travel costs to attend university. Visit here for more details.

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

EU students starting a programme in the 2019/20 academic year will be charged the same fees as those who began in 2018/19 (subject to any annual increase in accordance with the applicable terms and conditions and the Kingston University fees schedule).

They will also be able to access the same financial support for the duration of their course as students who began in 2018/19, even if their degree concludes after the UK's exit from the EU.

No assurances have yet been made regarding 2020/21 and beyond. Updates will be published here as soon as they become available.

2020/21 fees for this course

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £9,250*
International £15,000

* These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the results of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Facilities

Kingston University's unique partnership with St George's, University of London (SGUL), means that health and social care students can access the combined resources of both Kingston University and SGUL. 

Kingston University's Kingston Hill campus offers you modern facilities and include well-equipped laboratories where you can practise within a safe environment. Our clinical skills laboratories house all the equipment needed to simulate clinical practice.

The St George's, University of London campus in Tooting is based alongside St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and offers you the specialist teaching environment of a medical school.

Facilities

After you graduate

Registered midwives can choose to develop their skills and experience in the NHS, or the independent or voluntary sectors. Midwives can elect to work clinically, teach, undertake research or even manage a complete maternity service. Extensive postgraduate study opportunities are also available at Kingston and St George's.

Midwifery today is a highly attractive career with good financial rewards and excellent employment prospects in the UK and overseas.The majority of midwives work in the NHS, either in the community working alongside GPs, district nurses and social workers, or in hospital environments in partnership with obstetricians, anaesthetists and neonatologists.

Others work in private maternity hospitals or practice independently.There are many practice-based roles and also management opportunities in both midwifery and general health care which can enable midwives to develop and support modern midwifery practice. Midwives may also take on consultant roles.

Links with business and industry

We have a range of practice partners for midwifery from the NHS including:

  • Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
  • Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Frimley Park
  • St Peters, Chertsey

Accreditation

This degree confers both an academic award and a professional qualification in midwifery. On completion of the programme, students are recommended to the Nursing and Midwifery Council or professional registration. 

Undergraduate study
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