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Midwifery / Registered Midwife BSc (Hons)

Why choose this course?

This three-year course prepares you for a career in midwifery. You need to have good interpersonal skills and empathy, as you'll be providing holistic, personal care to women and their families from all parts of society.

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's taught at the St George's Tooting campus in South London and the Kingston Hill campus.

Our 2020 curriculum is currently being revised in line with the new NMC standards.

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time B720 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).
  • Studies in anatomy will include learning with dissected cadaveric material (real bodies generously donated to science). This unique learning opportunity makes up 10 per cent of first year teaching.

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.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

In Year 1, you will be introduced to midwifery theory and practice focussing on birth as a physiological process.

Core modules

Birth as a Life Event

30 credits

This module will introduce you to the social context of birth as a life and family event. It will also develop your understanding of the role of the midwife in supporting the woman and her family through childbearing.

Introduction to Professional Practice

30 credits

This module will introduce you to midwifery professional practice. It identifies the role of the midwife and locates the responsibilities of the midwife within the scope of midwifery practice. Professional values and culture will also be explored.

Foundation for Biosciences in Childbearing

30 credits

This module will introduce you to the biological basis to underpin the provision of midwifery care in relation to childbearing. It also provides an introduction to pharmacology.

From Embryo to Neonate

30 credits

This module will enable you to explore the continuum from fertilization to the neonate and how this impacts on integration into the family.

In Year 2, we build on your knowledge and skills gained in Year 1 and introduce the complexities that can occur during pregnancy for some mothers and babies.

Core modules

Women's Health and Illness

30 credits

This module will revisit your knowledge of anatomy whilst facilitating an understanding of physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, therapeutic interventions and clinical assessment related to disease and its implications for pregnancy and childbirth, whilst maintaining a woman centred approach.

Principles of Research and Evidence of Midwifery Practice

30 credits

This module will enable you to appraise practice guidelines and published research.  A variety of research methods and the research process will be reviewed, giving you the information required to be able to critique the evidence informing midwifery practice.

Public Health and Childbearing

30 credits

This module will enable you to explore public health issues from both a local and national perspective, and to care for clients holistically. You will also analyse a range of theories and concepts of health promotion and education and discuss how they could be used in relation to health promotion / health education in midwifery practice.

Dimensions of Health and Midwifery Practice

30 credits

This module will enable you to further develop your knowledge and skills in supporting and facilitating pregnancy and childbirth, recognising actual and potential complications for both the mother and the neonate.

Year 3 continues to develop your midwifery knowledge, understanding and skills, preparing you for autonomous practice as a midwife.

Core modules

Facilitating Women-Centred Care

30 credits

This module provides you with the knowledge and skills to provide woman centred care. Key aspects of working with other professional groups are reviewed and related to practice and women's experience of care, so as to help support you in the transition from student to accountable, autonomous practitioner.

The Midwife as a Professional

30 credits

This module aims to prepare you for autonomous practice. Key aspects will include working with other professional groups, understanding professional regulation and local and national governance to promote safe midwifery practice. This will help support you in the transition from student to accountable, autonomous practitioner.

Midwifery and Women's Health: International Perspectives

30 credits

This module will enable you to appreciate the socio-political influences shaping the changing context of maternity services within the NHS, independent practice and from an international perspective. You will be able to examine the variations in childbirth practices around the world and to consider midwifery practice in developed and developing countries. You will have an opportunity to undertake a 2 week elective experience, locally, nationally or internationally to observe childbirth practices.

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.

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

The typical requirement for entry for this course is 128 UCAS points, Health and Science subjects preferred:

  • A Levels ABB (General Studies not accepted)
  • BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Distinction Merit
  • Access to HE course to value of 128 UCAS points normally achieved with 33 Distinctions and 9 Merits.

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. GCSE Science grade 4 or above (formerly A*-C) is not required from Access students undertaking a science or health based access course.
  • Wherever possible candidates are encouraged to gain practical work experience in a care setting prior to undertaking the programme.

Alternative routes

We welcome a wide range of qualifications and qualification combinations to the value of 128 UCAS points. We assess each application individually, taking in to account any experience and skills you may have in your chosen field.

Typical other routes include:

  • Foundation degree in related programmes 65%
  • International Baccalaureate 28 points
  • FETAC Level 5 Distinction in all modules

Selection process

Our selection process includes an interview. Admission is subject to Occupational Health screening and an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check including checks against the Adult and Child Workforce Barring lists 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) (eg. 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.

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

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

Year 2

Year 3

Year 1
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Guided independent study: 96 hours
  • Clinical Practice
Year 2
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Guided independent study: 96 hours
  • Clinical Practice
Year 3
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Guided independent study: 96 hours
  • Clinical Practice

 

  • Year 1 -  32% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
  • Year 2 -  32% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
  • Year 3 -  32% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
  • Contact hours may vary depending on your modules. 

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 2

Year 3

Year 1
  • Coursework
  • Exam
  • Practical Exam
Year 2
  • Coursework
  • Exam
  • Practical exam
Year 3
  • Coursework
  • Exam: 0%
  • 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 afternoon 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

2020/21 fees for this course

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

* For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home/EU tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

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

* For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home/EU tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

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.

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.

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 for professional registration.  

Links with the health sector

You will do a range of placements in different settings, including hospitals, community settings and continuity of care. 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

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