A shortfall of qualified midwives means that now's the perfect time to join this rewarding healthcare field. This course has been especially designed for registered adult nurses and has been developed in partnership with local NHS trusts. Studying midwifery at university will give you an equal mix of theory and practice, preparing you for a new career in just 85 weeks.
You'll spend half your time with us learning theory to meet Nursing and Midwifery Council standards of proficiency. This will cover anatomy, physiology/pathophysiology, cultural and psychosocial issues, interprofessional working, legal and ethical issues.
The other half will focus on clinical practice. You’ll be required to work shifts, experiencing 24-hour, seven-day care to develop your understanding of the needs and experiences of women and babies. You’ll have your own patients and get support from a mentor. To promote efficiency and continuity, you’ll follow a reduced caseload.
Clinical practice will be a vital part of your studies. Your placement will take place at one of our partner hospitals: Whittington Hospital, North Middlesex Hospital, Royal Free London NHS Foundation. Many of our students get their first job after graduation in the same location as their placement.
Your studies will be supported by our brand-new facilities, including midwifery skills labs. Additionally, there’s a separate building where you’ll practise with a range of high-quality simulations such as resuscitation as well as dealing with women who require complex care.
Our course is approved by the NMC and you’ll be placed on the professional register once you graduate. Your career opportunities after the completion of this course can go beyond hospitals. Your skills will be highly sought after by local clinics, GP surgeries, children’s centres, and private practices.
We ensure every student has adequate support throughout their time with us. That’s why you’ll get matched with a Personal Tutor as well as a Student Learning Assistant and a Graduate Academic Assistant. They’ll have experience in your subject area and will be able to help whenever you need.
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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.