Midwifery BM (Hons)

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

About this Course

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.

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

  • Bangor University is the only university in Wales to be awarded Gold in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework.
  • 100% of students go on to further work or study (Unistats Key Information Set).
  • Our staff have a wide range of clinical experience at the forefront of their professional fields, and work in partnership with local health providers, including Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, to ensure our students’ learning is of the highest quality.
  • Ranked 3rd in the UK (No.1 in Wales) for Nursing in the Complete University Guide 2017.
  • Midwifery has regularly ranked highly in the annual National Student Survey. In NSS 2016 Midwifery ranked particularly highly for Library Resources (90%), IT Resources (100%), being able to contact staff (100%) and the course being Intellectually Stimulating (90%).
  • We are leading research programmes which are transforming the quality and delivery of healthcare in Wales and internationally.
  • We have a long-established history of training midwives to a high standard.
  • Our degree course leads to both an academic award and registration with the UK’s Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), allowing you to practice within the midwifery profession.
  • The clinical midwifery providers offer you varied and exciting opportunities to work with mentors in community and hospital settings.
  • Course fees paid by the NHS along with access to a the NHS Wales bursary scheme - information regarding eligibility may be found here.

Key Facts from UniStats

Course Content

For me personally, the best thing about the school are the tutors. Their mission is to provide the best possible experience to their students and are working hard to achieve this.

Andrea Thomas
Healthcare Sciences

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

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. 

For 2018 entry:

  • 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.

For 2017 entry (new UCAS tariff for courses starting in September 2017):

  • 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

Here at Bangor, we accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds. We 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. Normally, all GCE A and AS levels, VCEs and Key Skills can be used to calculate your overall points.

For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see the UCAS website.

Qualifications currently not in the Tariff Framework:

Access courses and mature entry: We welcome your application if you’re taking a recognised Access course. We also consider applications from other older 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.

More information

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

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 382017

How to Apply

Please read the general information below titled How to Apply through UCAS.

Here is additional information about the application process from the School of Healthcare Sciences: The Midwifery course code is course code B720 and there are no other application forms to complete. You will be notified via UCAS if you have been selected for interview or not. UCAS provides great deal of information including information on academic tariff/credit if you are unsure whether you meet our minimum academic entry requirements.

If you have been successfully shortlisted you will be invited to one of the selection days, which are held in both Bangor and Wrexham. The site you are invited to for selection day does not necessarily reflect your placement location if offered a place on the course. The selection day will involve group interviews by lecturing and senior Health Board midwifery staff, written and numeracy tests under examination conditions and the opportunity to tour the School and meet current/former students. 

During the selection day the admissions team will need to confirm your identity. You will need to bring with you an original and a copy of a birth certificate, passport or driving licence plus two passport photos of yourself. You also need to bring along a completed character reference with you. The form and instructions can be downloaded here. The results of any outstanding results you are yet to receive will be verified via UCAS during Confirmation and Clearing in August.

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. 

Following interview, if you were not offered a place: please see a presentation that outlines reasons for being declined a place on this occasion.  

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: Sheila Brown, tel: 01248 383 906

Why study with the School of Healthcare Sciences?

  • We have positive links with the local University Health Board (BCUHB) and other care providers in North Wales, and North West England.
  • Our courses are designed to respond to the changing workplace environment.
  • NHS Bursaries available to cover fees for students on Nursing, Midwifery and Radiography undergraduate degrees.
  • There will be opportunities to experience bilingual practice in some parts of the region.
  • We have experienced researchers and lecturers in Health/Social Care and Well Being and are ranked very highly for our Research Activity.
  • We offer conferences, seminars and workshops on key health and social care issues.
  • We offer an accreditation of Prior Learning Schemes, so that previous academic experiences may be accredited.

Funding

NWSSP

Information for Universities and Students regarding implications to changes to the NHS Wales Health Education Bursary scheme for 2017/18.

Student Awards Services implements the NHS Wales Bursary Schemes, which provides funding for healthcare students on NHS funded courses in Wales and Welsh domiciled medical and dental students within the UK. 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:

Student Awards Services,
6th Floor, Churchill House,
17 Churchill Way,
Cardiff,
CF10 2TW

Bursary Enquiries: 02920 376854
Childcare Enquiries: 02920 196168
Email: abm.sas@wales.nhs.uk
Website: www.nwsspstudentfinance.wales.nhs.uk/home

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) 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 2017.

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

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as a firm choice. Our accommodation has been rated in the Top 5 in the UK at the 2017 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

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