Midwifery BM (Hons)

UCAS CodeB720
QualificationBM (Hons)
Duration3 years
Study modeFull-time
Typical offer120 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

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The School of Health Care Sciences offers a full-time three-year Bachelor of Midwifery (Hons) degree programme leading to registration as a midwife with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The programme commences annually in September and is full time over 45 weeks each year. There are 7 weeks of annual leave which are set by the course lead.

The role of the midwife in promoting normal physiological birth is the main focus throughout the programme. After an initial 6 weeks block of theory, clinical placement experiences will introduce students to the role of the midwife, beginning in the community setting, where care to women and their families is provided during and following pregnancy. The opportunity may arise during this first placement experience for students to attend home births as well as births in free standing midwifery led units. Clinical placements will also be in local maternity units. Students will experience multi-disciplinary team working, which provides a holistic service to women and their families. Local geography offers students the possibility of placement experiences in rural and remote settings.

Two weeks of elective placements are also available to students each year. Past students have used this opportunity to observe care provision across the UK and internationally.

Bangor University has an active Student Midwife Society (BUSMS) who have successfully raised money for local causes and have also organised, managed and hosted an ‘All Wales Student Midwives’ conference.

Elements of the course will be available through the medium of Welsh. There will be opportunities to experience bilingual practice in some parts of the region. For information on the School's bilingual provision click here.

The Midwifery degree at Bangor University is the only one in Wales with UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) accreditation. BFI University Accreditation will ensure that our student midwives will qualify with a firm foundation of evidence based knowledge in relation to breastfeeding. By ensuring that future midwives qualify with excellent knowledge and skills to support women to breastfeed, along with skills for life-long learning, the midwifery programme at Bangor University can make an important contribution to improving public health in Wales and beyond.

Unfortunately as this course is funded by the NHS and students have to have placements in the local NHS Health Board we are unable to accept applications from overseas (Non EU) students.

Please note: The NMC is currently developing new standards therefore course content will change to meet those new standards in 2019. 

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

  • NHS Bursary funded providing payment of all tuition fees and grant support towards living costs available to students from across the UK & EU.
  • 100% of Midwifery students agreed that they felt like part of a community with the staff and students (UniStats 2017.)
  • Our Midwifery course is accredited by UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative.
  • 100% of students go on to further work or study (Unistats Key Information Sets, 2017).
  • Bangor University is rated Gold for "outstanding teaching" (2017 Teaching Excellence Framework).
  • Our staff have a wide range of clinical experience at the forefront of their professional fields. They work in partnership with local health providers, including Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, to ensure our students’ learning is of the highest quality.
  • We are leading Healthcare and Medically-related research programmes which are transforming the quality and delivery of healthcare in Wales and internationally.
  • Roughly half of your learning will be in a clinical environment – all placements are in modern well-equipped settings. No other university offers more clinical weeks throughout the course.
  • Our staff have a wide range of clinical experience at the forefront of their professional fields. They work in partnership with local health providers.

Key Facts from UniStats

Course Content

What will you study on this course?

You will have compulsory theoretical study and clinical placements in the community and hospital settings in north Wales. Closely-supervised placements enable observation of professionals at work and participation in delivery of midwifery care starting early in the course. Support is available from a personal tutor who is a registered midwife and an academic member of staff and also from mentorship supervision by a qualified midwife in practice placement areas. Theoretical and practical work is assessed through assignments, examinations, presentations and a clinical practice portfolio.

What will you study during the midwifery programme?

The course is based on the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s guiding principles, which establish the philosophy and values underpinning the requirements for entry on to the midwifery part of the professional register:

  • Provision of woman centred care
  • Ethical and legal obligations
  • Respect for individuals and communities
  • Quality and excellence in midwifery care
  • Lifelong learning
  • The changing nature and context of
    midwifery practice
  • Evidence-based practice and learning

The programme consists of a total of 9 modules (40 credits each), 3 per year.

Both the theory and clinical components of each module must be successfully completed in order to progress to the next year of the programme. Learning opportunities are equally split between theory, in the University setting, and clinical practice.

Theoretical work will largely be assessed via enquiry based learning which involves group work and presentations. Development of midwifery skills will be summatively assessed by lecturers in the clinical skills lab through Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and by mentors in the practice area. Your will also be assessed on the development of your professional attitude, behaviour, and competence.

Where will you study?

The theory part of the course will be provided in our study centres in Bangor and also in Wrexham along with study in other areas across north Wales. The whole programme is not provided in both study centres. Lectures for all students will alternate between sites and therefore all students are expected to travel to access lectures during theory weeks. Theory weeks are in one or two week blocks, interspersed with blocks of placement.

Successful candidates will be placed in one or two areas within the local health board, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB). Applicants selected for interview are expected to indicate their preference of placement area.

If you are offered a place on the programme, we will strive to place you in your preferred placement area however, this cannot be guaranteed. Candidates must be aware that some placements during the programme may be across BCUHB and therefore across North Wales. There will also be opportunities for some short placements in Powys e.g. Newtown or Welshpool areas.

During practice placements, you will begin by observing midwives and other professionals at work. In order to develop your skills and competence you will be expected to participate, under supervision, in the delivery of midwifery care from very early on in the course. Students are expected to follow the duty rota of their mentor whilst on practice placement, including weekends, bank holidays and night shifts.

At the end of the course, if successful, the student will have gathered a portfolio to demonstrate achievement of the NMC's standards of proficiency and professional behaviour to enable entry to the NMC's Register as a midwife.

Towards the end of the second and during the third year of the course there will be a period of supervised practice where the student will manage a small integrated caseload under mentor supervision and be expected to participate in providing continuity of carer to those women selected by the mentor to constitute the student caseload.

User and service representatives will be invited to the student group EBL presentations and are encouraged to interact with the students.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Midwifery Modules page.

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

Careers and Employability

100% of Midwifery graduates employed within 6 months of completing their degree in the most recent employability statistics! 

Midwifery graduates from the School of Healthcare Sciences gain both an academic and professional qualification that is well-regarded by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth, University Hospital of North Staffordshire, the Countess of Chester Hospital and other educational partner placement providers in Wales and England.

Our employability record is excellent and you can view current statistics as well as other essential information about our programmes at Unistats.

Employability and the School of Healthcare Sciences

Graduates in nursing, midwifery and radiography from the School of Healthcare Sciences gain both an academic and professional qualification that is well-regarded by Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board, Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth, University Hospital of North Staffordshire, the Countess of Chester Hospital and other educational partner placement providers in Wales and England.

Our employability record is excellent and you can view current statistics as well as other essential information about our programmes at Unistats:

Careers advice

Careers advice is gained from healthcare professionals both in practice and in dedicated careers sessions and NHS Careers has more details of the career opportunities that are available to Midwifery graduates. You are also eligible to register for the Bangor Employability Award to further enhance career prospects and advice is also available form the Bangor University Careers & Employability Service.

The School offers a wide range of post-graduate and post-registration opportunities to further enhance career prospects such as Masters degree programmes and courses leading to qualifications for specialisms including intensive care nursing or specialist practice awards. The post-graduate award programmes involve research leading to Masters and Doctoral qualifications, which includes our Professional Doctorate aimed at individuals in advanced clinical or organisational roles which combine elements of practice, research and service improvement in healthcare.

All students are well-supported in practice placements and the Nursing and Midwifery Council have favourably assessed the quality of mentorship provision and student support in clinical placements concluding 'the university and its partners are commended for their excellent partnership relationships at strategic and operational levels' (NMC UK Wide Quality Assurance Framework Programme Monitoring Report 2011).

Opportunities at Bangor

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.

Internships

Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

Internships offer valuable experience in a professional work place and there is a range of internships you can get involved in.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

Working while you Study

The JobZone is the University’s Student Employment Bureau; they advertise the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities
  • GO Wales opportunties

To access these opportunities you need to register with the Careers and Employability Service.

Entry Requirements

Unfortunately as this course is funded by the NHS and students have to have placements in the local NHS Health Board we are unable to accept applications from overseas (Non EU) students.

Entry in 2019:

The entry requirements below outline the minimum educational requirements. If selected, applicants will be expected to attend an interview and undergo further screening for entry into the Midwifery course.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) identify the entry for admission including demonstrating that they are of good health and good character. The School will require candidates to comply with occupational health standards and DBS checks. All candidates must meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s entry requirements for literacy and numeracy. This would normally be demonstrated by achieving GCSE mathematics and Welsh or English (minimum grades A to C) or the equivalent in numeracy and communication key skills level 3. The NMC accepts the IELTS examination as evidence of literacy and communication – applicants should seek further information from the NMC in relation to the scores required. 

  • 120 tariff points required from a level 3* qualification (these include qualifications A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com).
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements – see Information for International Students section in the introductory pages of this prospectus).

If above qualifications were not obtained within the past 5 years you will be required to demonstrate evidence of recent study.

Entry in 2018:

The entry requirements below outline the minimum educational requirements. Applicants will be expected to attend for an interview if selected and undergo further screening for entry into midwifery.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) identify the entry for admission including demonstrating that they are of good health and good character. The School will require candidates to comply with occupational health standards and DBS checks. All candidates must meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s entry requirements for literacy and numeracy. This would normally be demonstrated by achieving GCSE mathematics and Welsh or English (minimum grades A to C) or the equivalent in numeracy and communication key skills level 3. The NMC accepts the IELTS examination as evidence of literacy and communication – applicants should seek further information from the NMC in relation to the scores required. 

  • 120 tariff points required from a level 3* qualification (these include qualifications A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com).
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements – see Information for International Students section in the introductory pages of this prospectus).

If above qualifications were not obtained within the past 5 years you will be required to demonstrate evidence of recent study.

 

General University entry requirements

We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com

We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.

More information

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717 

Funding

In Wales pre-registration undergraduate courses still carry the NHS Bursary which covers course fees and £1,000 bursary per year towards living costs; applicants can also apply for a means tested element for living costs. This means that students from across the UK who choose to study at Bangor University will not be treated in the same way as those who study in England (where NHS bursaries have finished and students fund themselves through courses like this via the student loan system) and will graduate with a significantly lower burden of debt.

For detailed information on funding rates, conditions and application methods etc. please visit NHS Wales Students Awards Services.

Course Costs

When coming to University, you will have two main costs, Tuition Fees and Living Costs.

There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:

Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:

  1. Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
  2. Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
  3. Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.

Mandatory Costs:

DBS checks for all Bachelor of Nursing Fields of study, Midwifery and Radiography BSc.  

Registration on completion of study with NMC/HCPC. 

Necessarily Incurred Costs:

Subscription to Union membership eg RCN or Unison to provided insurance indemnity and support.

Students will need to purchase printing credits for their personal use.

Students are expected to fund their own travel to clinical placements with funding available to cover travel costs to placement which exceed the cost/mileage of travel to theoretical base (means tested/bursary).

Students will be expected to pay for any additional uniforms if they require them.

Optional Costs:

Graduation gown.

Cost to conferences is covered if study leave is authorised.

Costs to celebration events is covered if student is asked to attend.

Notes:

All assignments are submitted electronically. The printing and binding of dissertations and thesis applies only to Post Graduate students.

How to Apply

Unfortunately as this course is funded by the NHS and students have to have placements in the local NHS Health Board we are unable to accept applications from overseas (Non EU) students.

Interview and Selection for Bachelor of Midwifery BM

All applications for the Midwifery programme must be made through the UCAS system. The Bachelor of Midwifery programme is course code B720. Please see the information below “How to apply through UCAS”

UCAS provides great deal of information including information on academic tariff/credit if you are unsure whether you meet our minimum academic entry requirements.

You will be notified via UCAS if you have been shortlisted for an interview. The date, time and venue for the interview will be sent to you within this notification. Please visit the Interview and Selection for BM page to find out more.

If you have been accepted following interview: please click here.

If you were declined an interview: please see a presentation that outlines reasons for being declined an interview.  

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University's International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Further Information

Contact us

 If you have additional questions about academic aspects of the course, please e-mail the admissions tutor for the programme:  Mary Longworth, 01248 383 160.

Why study with the School of Healthcare Sciences?

  • 1st in the UK for Radiography and Nursing 'Graduate Prospects' (THE TIMES Good University Guide 2018).
  • 1st in the UK for Radiography and Top 10 for Nursing (THE TIMES Good University Guide 2018).
  • 1st in the UK for Nursing and Radiography 'Graduate Prospects' (The Complete University Guide 2018).
  • Bangor University is rated Gold for "outstanding teaching" (2017 Teaching Excellence Framework).
  • Our Pre- Registration Midwifery and Nursing degree courses lead to both an academic award and registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).
  • Our Radiography degree course leads to both an academic award and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HPC).
  • Our Midwifery course is accredited by UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative.
  • We have positive links with the local University Health Board (BCUHB) and other care providers in North Wales, and North West England.
  • Health and Well-being offers a work placement in your second year to help improve your workplace skills and give your CV a healthy boost. Depending on your interests this might involve you working with a school or community group, or even as part of Public Health Wales.
  • Radiography, Midwifery and Nursing are still NHS Bursary funded, providing payment of all tuition fees and grant support towards living costs available to students from across the UK & EU.
  • There will be opportunities to experience bilingual practice in some parts of your placements.
  • We have Experienced Researchers and Lecturers in Health/Social Care and Well Being.
  • We offer conferences, seminars and workshops on key health and social care issues.
  • An accreditation of Prior Learning Scheme, so that previous academic experiences may be accredited.
  • We have one of the largest Peer Guiding schemes.
  • We have commissioned places for some modules and courses particularly for BCUHB and WAST employee.

Funding

Student Awards Services implements the NHS Wales Bursary Schemes, which provides funding for healthcare students on NHS funded courses in Wales. If you are considering a professional career in health care and would like to know more about the financial support you will get during your training, then please contact:

Email: abm.sas@wales.nhs.uk
Website: www.nwsspstudentfinance.wales.nhs.uk/home
Bursary Enquiries: 02920 376854

The Council of Deans also has a funding website with a wealth of information for students considering studying in Wales and beyond.

Studying at Bangor

Rated Gold for teaching

We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Award-winning clubs and societies!

Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2018.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation in award-wining halls of residence

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as their Frm Choice. Our accommodation has been named the best in the UK at the 2018 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

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