This course enables current registered midwives to top up their qualification to degree level, opening up a whole range of new career opportunities. This one year top-up course is designed for qualified midwives who already hold a DipAdvanced, CertHE or DipHE qualification who want to get an undergraduate degree.
As part of your course, you will have the opportunity to study clinical and professional practice-related inquiry methods in order to engage in clinical and practice development.
Although you will be in current employment, successfully completing this programme will rapidly expand your career opportunities. You'll be able to take on specialist and leadership roles, as well as undertake further postgraduate studies. Previous graduates have gone on to work as a research midwife and clinical managers among other roles.
Our personalised approach gives you the support you need to succeed as a student. While you're on the programme you'll have a Personal Tutor directly related to your course. If you need support with academic writing, numeracy and library skills, we'll be sure to provide it.
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This programme offers qualified practising midwives the opportunity to study modules which will enable them to gain an honours degree. You will study two 30 credit modules as part of your degree: a professionally relevant work based/practice based enquiry module and a work based/practice based project module with a focus on personal and/or organisational professional practice development and change.
As well as developing your critical thinking and decision making, you will also gain the ability to reflect and analyse your own performance. You will have research analysis and evaluating skills and will focus on the facilitation of learning and communication to a range of audiences including students, peers and clients.
This module is designed to develop your practitioner skills in inquiry methodologies in order to design a work based project that has the potential to improve your own practice. It will explore approaches to practitioner inquiry methods appropriate for your area of practice and enable reflection upon your position as a practitioner inquirer and the potential ethical implications that could arise during the project.
This module aims to provide the opportunity to develop projects that are designed to improve or inform areas of your own or others’ clinical or professional practice in nursing and healthcare. You will explore and critically discuss your work/practice and demonstrate the learning gained, as well as the development of your professional/clinical knowledge and skills. The learning will be located within your own localised and specialised work/practice area.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification.
As you will be a professional practitioner with significant prior learning, you will be taught via an adult learning approach. The modules use a variety of approaches that will encourage you to be responsible for your own learning and progress. It is recognised that individuals learn in different ways therefore a range of teaching and learning strategies are used. Scenario work, and pre and post sessional work are also important components of the modules that you will be required to engage in.
Assessment aims to encourage reflection and autonomous but supported learning. You will receive ongoing support from the programme leader, who will also act as project supervisor.
This programme will enhance your opportunities for career progression or further study, allowing you to pursue careers within healthcare education or research.
Although you will be in current employment, successful completion of the programme may rapidly expand your career opportunities into specialist and leadership roles, and allow you the opportunity to undertake postgraduate studies. Career opportunities may include senior clinical positions, research midwife, or clinical manager.