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Optimising Breastfeeding PGCert


Course facts

  • Name: Optimising Breastfeeding
  • Qualification: PGCert
  • Duration: 1 year, part-time

Underpinned by the latest development in women’s health, midwifery and maternity care, this exciting new programme will be of interest to qualified midwives and other relevant healthcare professionals. This programme will challenge midwives to critically examine how they can work to optimise the childbirth experience of all women and their families with a particular focus on issues surrounding breastfeeding. Graduates of this programme will have the ability to not only reflect on professional practice to enhance self-awareness and professional development but also the skills and knowledge base to critically analyse and evaluate maternity care provision in order to identify areas for development.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

Students will develop a critically understanding of the midwife’s role in the improvement of health and well-being and the skills needed to optimise the childbirth experience. Students will further develop their skills in working with and for women and communities to optimise the childbirth experience, promote and protect equality, diversity and the rights of individuals.


Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The programme will use a variety of assessments such as written examination, OSCEs, competencies and an applied assignment.

Entry Requirements

For consideration for entry onto the programme, you should possess registration as a Midwife or another relevant healthcare qualification in your home country with a degree classification of a 2(ii) or higher. Alternatively, possession of a suitable qualification and work experience will be considered.

Admissions to the programme are made on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged. Applications are made using Bangor’s online application system.

International Students: This course is part-time so not open to overseas (non-EU) students.



Admissions to the programme are made on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged. Applications are made using Bangor’s online application system.

Need help applying?

If you have any questions about entry requirements, how to apply or the course you are interested in please do not hesitate to contact Sheila Brown, 01248 383906. We look forward to hearing from you.

International Students: Because this pathway is part-time this pathway is not suitable for the international market.

Careers and Employability

In addition to equipping any midwife with additional knowledge and skills that would enhance his or her autonomy within practice, this programme will equip midwives with the necessary knowledge and skills required to seek employment opportunities at a senior level, for example: as a consultant midwife, practice development and leadership roles and can be used as a stepping stone to gaining the MSc Midwifery Studies.

Research / Links with Industry

The academics involved with this PG Cert have extensive links with external bodies, companies and the 3rd sector, which are fully utilised in ensuring that the modules are relevant to the modern work and research environment graduates will enter. They are also all experienced Midwives who still have active links to the local NHS trust ensuring that modern clinical practice is embedded within the programme.

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The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students on HCS course will be charged, please visit our course fees page for the latest fee levels.

Why study with the School of Healthcare Sciences

If you haven't already do have a look at this page for a list of reasons that we think mean that if you are interested in a PG Cert in Optimising breastfeeding and Human Lactation you should consider studying with us.

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