BSc (Hons) Midwifery

BSc (Hons) Midwifery

This course is now closed for UCAS applications for 2019 entry. "This course aims to enable you to become ready to be an accountable midwife and responsive to the diverse needs of the women and families you care for. Our ethos is to ensure you provide respectful care while equipping you to become a resilient practitioner to enable you to develop to registration and beyond." Kizzy Lynch, Lead Midwife for Education/Senior Lecturer in BSc (Hons) Midwifery

The Course

The course has been designed to encourage students to think critically and apply evidence to underpin their clinical practice. The course has been written to meet the NMC education requirements for student midwives and is underpinned by national policy. Women-centred holistic care is actively encouraged and the course provides the opportunity for students to promote choice and partnership working.

Students have the opportunity to undertake clinical practice within a non-midwifery setting, including in a medical, neonatal unit and within a hospital gynaecology ward. Throughout the course, students can learn about how to ensure women are given informed choice and remain at the centre of the decision-making process.

The course is delivered in the Sarah Swift Building, a dedicated facility for the School of Health and Social Care and School of Psychology and features well-equipped clinical suites for simulated practice as well as separate teaching and observation areas.

The Course

Midwives offer specialist support to mothers from the antenatal to the postnatal period, and work with a range of healthcare professionals to promote the best interests of a mother and her baby.

Underpinned by national policy, our midwifery degree focuses on women-centred holistic care, combining theory with practical placements. It aims to enable successful graduates to become eligible to register as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The course has been designed to encourage students to think critically and apply evidence to underpin their clinical practice. The course has been developed to meet the NMC's education requirements for student midwives and is underpinned by national policy.

Students have the opportunity to undertake clinical practice within a non-midwifery setting, including in a medical, neonatal unit, and within a hospital gynaecology ward. Throughout the course, students can learn about how to ensure women are given informed choice and remain at the centre of the decision-making process.

The course aims to encourage students to think critically and apply evidence to underpin their clinical practice. The course is mapped to NMC requirements for the education of student midwives and is underpinned by national policy.

The programme is 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice-based. Students have the opportunity to experience a wide range of practice placements. These range from the antenatal to the postnatal period, incorporating intrapartum care and covering the whole childbearing continuum encompassing midwifery and consultant-led care. It examines a wide variety of physical, social and psychological needs. Students can gain knowledge of the transition to parenting and care of the newborn.

Students have the opportunity to undertake clinical practice within a non-midwifery setting, including in a medical, neonatal unit and within a hospital gynaecology ward. Throughout the course, students can learn about how to ensure women are given informed choice and remain at the centre of the decision-making process.

Theoretical sessions can include lectures, seminars, enquiry- based learning, self directed study and simulation. Throughout the course, students can be supported by academics, practice educators and mentors.

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

Applied Sciences in Midwifery (Core)
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Applied Sciences in Midwifery (Core)

Drawing upon evidence from across the bio-psychosocial sciences students can explore theoretical and practical applications to midwifery. Delivery of care from the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal period will be explored including care of the neonate and adaptation to extrauterine life.

The anatomy and physiology of bodily systems will be taught with specific reference to physiological changes in pregnancy. Sociological and psychological theories relating to transition to parenthood will be explored. The diversity of these sciences aims to help students to understand and appreciate the knowledge base of other professions and the interprofessional team.

Midwifery Practice 1A (Core)
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Midwifery Practice 1A (Core)

This module is linked to the theory modules Respectful Family Centered Care and Applied Sciences in Midwifery which aim to help students to develop the skills required for their first practice learning experience. This module will include preparation for practice, including the completion of the mandatory skills required for students to practice safely. The placement attached to this module will give students the opportunity to develop skills surrounding the care of women and their families.

With high levels of direction and supervision from their mentor and the practice team, students can engage in delivering midwifery care throughout the childbearing continuum. Students can start to implement care by involving women in decision making and by starting to take responsibility for themselves and their role within the interprofessional team.

This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2015) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’.

The assessment for this module will be undertaken in practice and students will be graded by their sign-off mentor. They will be required to complete a number of assessed criteria including grading of practice within the practice placement, which is recorded within their practice assessment documentation. Prior to entering practice they will be required to complete all mandatory training requirements and an online numeracy calculation test.

Midwifery Practice 1B (Core)
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Midwifery Practice 1B (Core)

This module is linked to the theory modules Respectful Family Centered Care and Applied Sciences in Midwifery which are designed to help students to develop the skills required for this practice learning experience. This module is also designed to help students to prepare for placement through the facilitated simulation of the skills required to practice safely. The placement attached to this module can enable students to develop your skills further within both a community setting and an intrapartum setting.

This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2015) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’.

With high levels of direction and supervision from their sign-off mentor and wider the practice team, students can engage in delivering midwifery care, involving women and their families. Students will be expected to start to take responsibility for themselves and their role within the interprofessional team.

The competencies described within the Essential Skills Clusters (NMC, 2009) must be met by the end of year one, within clinical practice, in order to progress to year two.

Respectful Family Centred Care (Core)
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Respectful Family Centred Care (Core)

Students will have the opportunity to explore the evidence base that underpins midwifery both as an art and a science. Students can look at how personal values and principles influence individual contributions to work in health and social care settings. Students can explore models of care available to women and are expected to be able to discuss choice and advocacy with regards to women’s care. Statutory, legal, ethical and professional issues will also be explored and applied to midwifery practice.

This module will also explore anatomy and physiology of bodily systems, including the physiological changes that take place throughout the childbearing continuum. Students can explore evidence-based resources to underpin both theoretical and practical discussions. The role of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and The Code (NMC, 2015) will be discussed in relation to a Midwife's sphere of practice.

Holistic Midwifery Practice (Core)
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Holistic Midwifery Practice (Core)

This module aims to enable students to explore midwifery care from a global perspective, encompassing health promotion pre-conceptually and throughout the antenatal and postnatal period. The social and psychosocial determinants of health will be examined, recognising diversity and cultural considerations within health care. Students will discuss life-style choices, disability, equality and perinatal mental health and can further extend their understanding of values, ethics and the law.

Throughout the module students will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of different medical conditions, their impact on a pregnancy and the impact of a pregnancy on the condition will be discussed. Students can also explore literature regarding continuity of care and carer, in order to develop their knowledge and understanding of theory and apply this to their own caseload holding experiences.

Midwifery Practice 2A (Core)
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Midwifery Practice 2A (Core)

This module is linked to the theory modules Holistic Midwifery Practice and Proactive Maternity Care. Prior to undertaking their practice placement students will undergo a period of preparation, which will promote understanding of the learning requirements and include the required mandatory training.

The placement attached to this module is designed to enable students to engage with practice in a meaningful matter allowing them to develop and demonstrate insight surrounding care of women who may require input from other health professionals such as the obstetric or neonatal team.

With reducing levels of direction and supervision, students will begin to demonstrate independence when providing midwifery care. Students will have the opportunity to support women and their families to make informed choices surrounding their care; taking greater responsibility for themselves and their role within the interprofessional team.

This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2015) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’.

Prior to entering practice students will be required to complete all mandatory training requirements. The assessment for this module will be predominantly undertaken in practice and students will be graded by their sign-off mentor. They will be required to complete a number of assessed criteria including grading of practice within the practice placement, which is recorded within their practice assessment documentation. The final assessment on this module is an online numeracy calculation test.

Midwifery Practice 2B (Core)
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Midwifery Practice 2B (Core)

This module is linked to the modules Holistic Midwifery Practice and Proactive Maternity Care which are designed to help students develop the skills required for this practice learning experience. This module will also aim to help students prepare for placement through the facilitated simulation of the skills required to practice safely. The placement attached to this module will take place predominantly in an intrapartum setting.

This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2015) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’.

The placement attached to this module will enable students to engage with practice in a meaningful manner, allowing them to demonstrate insight into the care of women who may require input from other health professionals such as the obstetric or neonatal team. Students will be graded on this module within an intrapartum setting, demonstrating their ability to plan care and assist women and families with their decision making.

Whilst under the supervision of your mentor students will continue to practice with reducing levels of direction and supervision demonstrating that they are taking on aspects of independence when delivering midwifery care, beginning to make decisions and taking responsibility for themselves and their role within the team.

Proactive Maternity Care (Core)
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Proactive Maternity Care (Core)

This module will explore the identification and appropriate management of obstetric complications of childbirth, including care of the critically ill woman. Students can learn how to prioritise care and make appropriate decisions within their sphere of practice as a part of the interprofessional team.

Students will have the opportunity to develop their skills via real-time simulation within a theoretical environment and gain confidence and competence in aspects of complex cases.

Literature and national reporting systems will be explored to underpin decision making and management to ensure care is of a high standard in line with national guidance.

Innovation to Transformation in Midwifery Practice (Core)
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Innovation to Transformation in Midwifery Practice (Core)

Throughout this module students have the chance to examine contemporary management and leadership issues that impact on midwifery. Students will be encouraged to explore and evaluate a variety of approaches to management and leadership and reflect on personal styles and values based practice in a variety of situations.

Students will be encouraged to critically reflect on their own qualities as managers and their leadership and followership behaviours. This module aims to help students to develop core skills in increasing your leadership potential to become a confident leader, follower and manager in your first career steps. The module will focus on the need for innovation and consider ideas for transformational practice whilst recognising the management and leadership challenges this presents.

Specifically students will be required to engage in understanding the theory and practice of making a transformation in a clinical service and design, plan and reflect upon a service transformation project proposal.

Midwifery Practice 3A (Core)
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Midwifery Practice 3A (Core)

This module is linked to the modules Innovation to Transformation in Midwifery Practice and Responsive Care of the Newborn which is designed to help students to develop the skills required for this practice learning experience. This module will provide students with the opportunity to lead and impact on practice in a safe and competent manner. The placement attached to this module will enable students to fully engage with practice in a way that enables them to demonstrate their competence and confidence towards being a registered Midwife.

Whilst under the supervision of their mentor, in this first practice experience in year three, students will begin to practice with minimal direction and supervision and increasing levels of independence. Students will have the opportunity to lead on midwifery care, support decisions to plan and implement care within their sphere of practice and take full responsibility for themselves and their role within the interprofessional team.

This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2015) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’. The assessment for this module will be carried out in practice and you will be graded by a sign off mentor. There is also an online numeracy test linked to this module.

Midwifery Practice 3B (Core)
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Midwifery Practice 3B (Core)

This module is linked to the modules Innovation to Transformation in Midwifery Practice and Responsive Care of the Newborn which have aim to help students to develop the skills required for this final practice learning experience. This module will support students to prepare for practice focusing on managing and leading complex care. The placement attached to this module is designed to enable students to fully engage with practice in a way that demonstrates their ability to practice independently as a registered Midwife.

Whilst under the supervision of their mentor, in this final practice experience prior to registration, students will be expected to demonstrate their ability to practice with minimal direction and supervision and increased levels of independence. Students will have the opportunity to plan, implement and evaluate care decisions in conjunction with the woman and her family. Students will take full responsibility for themselves and their role within the team, recognising the impact of their actions on the quality of the service delivered to people in their care.

This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2015) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’.

The assessment for this module will be carried out in practice and students will be graded by their sign-off mentor, with the aim of being declared fit for registration subject to completion of all course requirements. Students will be required to complete a number of assessed criteria including grading of practice within the practice placement. In order to achieve this final practice module they must complete the entry to the register requirements specified in the NMC Essential Skills Clusters for pre-registration midwifery education (2009).

Responsive Care of the Newborn (Core)
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Responsive Care of the Newborn (Core)

This module has been designed to extend students' knowledge of neonatal care; including the examination of the newborn, the referral and management of any identified neonatal abnormalities or complications, and the provision of proactive and responsive care to meet their needs.

Clinical scenarios will be used throughout the module to explore neonatal pathologies, neonatal care and medical management.

Students will be required to familiarise themselves with the NHS Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) programme, local guidelines for Examination of the Newborn (ENB) and appropriate referral pathways.

This module will provide students with the theoretical knowledge base and underpinning evidence surrounding Examination of the Newborn. It is important to recognise that students will not be able to independently undertake these examinations on completion of the module. Students will be given a preceptorship workbook that may be completed once qualified with the support of their employer and a NIPE assessor.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Methods of Assessment

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

We will be looking for applicants committed to Midwifery. This must be clearly demonstrated in the personal statement section of the UCAS application form by saying why the candidate wants to study Midwifery and what they feel they can bring to the programme. All relevant work experience that they have undertaken to date should be included and importantly, how this work experience influenced their values and behaviours.

You must show evidence of a good understanding of the scope of the midwifery profession, preferably indicated by some form of interactive or observational work experience. You must demonstrate an understanding of how midwifery can bring about excellent health and wellbeing through quality of care, as well as the importance of and engagement with essential values and behaviours that bring about high quality, compassionate care.

In addition you should be able to articulate the realistic expectations required from the programme and the demands of clinical placements.

You will be required to submit a current reference on your UCAS application. This could include a reference from one of the following:

• Teacher/Academic Tutor if you are currently studying
• Line Manager if you are no longer in education
• Supervisor if you are undertaking substantive volunteering or work experience.

We do not accept references from the following:
• Friends
• Family members
• Peers
• Work colleagues.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Students undertake two practice modules each year where competencies are assessed by mentors within clinical practice in line with the NMC. Midwifery placements vary and can encompass community, antenatal and postnatal wards, day assessment units, labour wards and birth centres. Students also have the opportunity to undertake a five week elective placement within the third year, either in the UK or internationally, providing they have completed all necessary competencies and assessments. The aim of placements is to enhance learning and prepare students for clinical practice. Students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and general living costs while on placement.

Tuition Fees

2020/21UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level* £15,900 per level**
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2019/20UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £15,900 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt


†Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

* UK/EU: The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

** International: The fees quoted are for one year of study. For continuing students fees are subject to an increase of 2% each year and rounded to the nearest £100.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

- In exceptional circumstances, students who are required to re-take modules can do so on an 'assessment only' basis. This means that students do not attend timetabled teaching events but are required to take the assessments/examinations associated with the module(s). The 'assessment only' fee is half of the £ per credit point fee for each module.

Exceptionally, tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/undergraduatecourses/feesandfunding/] [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/feesandfunding/]

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost.

Other Costs

Students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and general living costs while on placement.

GCE Advanced Levels: BBB

International Baccalaureate: 30 points overall.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 120 UCAS Tariff points

This programme also requires 3 GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English, Maths and Science, or equivalent qualifications, such as Functional Skills Level 2.

GCSE's or equivalent level 2 qualifications must have been obtained at the point of application.

Certificates of all previous qualifications will need to be provided before any offers are confirmed.

Other requirements include:

  • EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 7.0 with no less than 7.0 in each element.http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements
  • Successful performance at an interview
  • Knowledge of contemporary health and social care issues, and the nature of nursing in a public health context
  • Understanding of written material and can communicate clearly and accurately in written and spoken English
  • “Settled residential status” in the United Kingdom in line with the requirements of the 1977 Immigration Act
  • Resident in the United Kingdom for at least three years
  • Satisfactory completion of Occupational Health Check
  • Satisfactory completion of an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)).

When you choose Midwifery in your UCAS application, you will be asked an additional question regarding criminal convictions. Here you must declare all spent and unspent criminal convictions including (but not limited to) cautions, reprimands, final warnings, bind over orders or similar and details of any minor offences, fixed penalty notices, penalty notices for disorder, ASBOs or VOOs.

Further information can be found at http://www.isa-gov.org.uk
We cannot accept deferred applications for Nursing or Social Work. You must apply in the year you wish to start the programme.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk.

Unconditional Offer Scheme

The University of Lincoln Unconditional Offer Scheme has been created to identify outstanding undergraduate applicants who we think would excel at Lincoln and make a significant contribution to our academic community.

The University of Lincoln takes a holistic contextual view, looking at students in the round, including all the information supplied in their application and any additional relevant assessment required, such as a portfolio, or interview. The qualities required for success are therefore not exclusively academic, and students’ drive, ambition, creativity, and potential are important factors in those considered for the scheme.

Applicants selected for the scheme, who commit to the University of Lincoln as their first choice of university, will receive an unconditional offer. We expect students in receipt of an unconditional offer to continue to apply themselves in their studies, both at school and when they join our academic community here at Lincoln. In previous years students who were selected and joined through the Lincoln unconditional offer scheme have shown very good success rate in their studies.

Please remember that as you may receive a number of offers from the universities which you have applied to, you should take your time to consider all of the offers that you receive and carefully choose the university and course which is right for you. There is no need for you to make a decision ahead of the deadline and we would recommend that you wait to receive all of the responses from your chosen universities so that you can take a well-informed decision.

We expect all our offer holders to continue to apply themselves in their studies, both at school and when they join our academic community here at Lincoln. Your exam results will be important for your own personal satisfaction and also for your future career and life opportunities.

Find out more about the Unconditional Offer Scheme

The programme aims to encourage students to think critically and apply evidence to underpin their clinical practice. The programme is mapped to NMC requirements for the education of student midwives and is underpinned by national policy.

The programme is 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice-based. There are opportunities to experience a wide range of practice placements, ranging from the antenatal to the postnatal period, incorporating intrapartum care and covering the whole childbearing continuum, encompassing midwifery and consultant-led care. It examines a wide variety of physical, social, and psychological needs, and knowledge of the transition to parenting and care of a newborn can also be developed.

Students are able to undertake clinical practice within a non- midwifery setting, including in a medical, neonatal unit, and within a hospital gynaecology ward. Throughout the course, students can learn about how to ensure women are able to make informed choices and remain at the centre of the decision-making process.

Theory sessions can include lectures, seminars, enquiry-based learning, self-directed study, and simulation. Throughout their studies, students can be supported by academics, practice educators, and mentors.

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

Applied Sciences in Midwifery (Core)
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Applied Sciences in Midwifery (Core)

Drawing upon evidence from across the bio-psychosocial sciences students can explore theoretical and practical applications to midwifery. Delivery of care from the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal period will be explored including care of the neonate and adaptation to extrauterine life.

The anatomy and physiology of bodily systems will be taught with specific reference to physiological changes in pregnancy. Sociological and psychological theories relating to transition to parenthood will be explored. The diversity of these sciences aims to help students to understand and appreciate the knowledge base of other professions and the interprofessional team.

Midwifery Practice 1A (Core)
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Midwifery Practice 1A (Core)

This module is linked to the theory modules Respectful Family Centered Care and Applied Sciences in Midwifery which aim to help students to develop the skills required for their first practice learning experience. This module will include preparation for practice, including the completion of the mandatory skills required for students to practice safely. The placement attached to this module will give students the opportunity to develop skills surrounding the care of women and their families.

With high levels of direction and supervision from their mentor and the practice team, students can engage in delivering midwifery care throughout the childbearing continuum. Students can start to implement care by involving women in decision making and by starting to take responsibility for themselves and their role within the interprofessional team.

This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2015) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’.

The assessment for this module will be undertaken in practice and students will be graded by their sign-off mentor. They will be required to complete a number of assessed criteria including grading of practice within the practice placement, which is recorded within their practice assessment documentation. Prior to entering practice they will be required to complete all mandatory training requirements and an online numeracy calculation test.

Midwifery Practice 1B (Core)
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Midwifery Practice 1B (Core)

This module is linked to the theory modules Respectful Family Centered Care and Applied Sciences in Midwifery which are designed to help students to develop the skills required for this practice learning experience. This module is also designed to help students to prepare for placement through the facilitated simulation of the skills required to practice safely. The placement attached to this module can enable students to develop your skills further within both a community setting and an intrapartum setting.

This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2015) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’.

With high levels of direction and supervision from their sign-off mentor and wider the practice team, students can engage in delivering midwifery care, involving women and their families. Students will be expected to start to take responsibility for themselves and their role within the interprofessional team.

The competencies described within the Essential Skills Clusters (NMC, 2009) must be met by the end of year one, within clinical practice, in order to progress to year two.

Respectful Family Centred Care (Core)
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Respectful Family Centred Care (Core)

Students will have the opportunity to explore the evidence base that underpins midwifery both as an art and a science. Students can look at how personal values and principles influence individual contributions to work in health and social care settings. Students can explore models of care available to women and are expected to be able to discuss choice and advocacy with regards to women’s care. Statutory, legal, ethical and professional issues will also be explored and applied to midwifery practice.

This module will also explore anatomy and physiology of bodily systems, including the physiological changes that take place throughout the childbearing continuum. Students can explore evidence-based resources to underpin both theoretical and practical discussions. The role of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and The Code (NMC, 2015) will be discussed in relation to a Midwife's sphere of practice.

Holistic Midwifery Practice (Core)
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Holistic Midwifery Practice (Core)

This module aims to enable students to explore midwifery care from a global perspective, encompassing health promotion pre-conceptually and throughout the antenatal and postnatal period. The social and psychosocial determinants of health will be examined, recognising diversity and cultural considerations within health care. Students will discuss life-style choices, disability, equality and perinatal mental health and can further extend their understanding of values, ethics and the law.

Throughout the module students will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of different medical conditions, their impact on a pregnancy and the impact of a pregnancy on the condition will be discussed. Students can also explore literature regarding continuity of care and carer, in order to develop their knowledge and understanding of theory and apply this to their own caseload holding experiences.

Midwifery Practice 2A (Core)
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Midwifery Practice 2A (Core)

This module is linked to the theory modules Holistic Midwifery Practice and Proactive Maternity Care. Prior to undertaking their practice placement students will undergo a period of preparation, which will promote understanding of the learning requirements and include the required mandatory training.

The placement attached to this module is designed to enable students to engage with practice in a meaningful matter allowing them to develop and demonstrate insight surrounding care of women who may require input from other health professionals such as the obstetric or neonatal team.

With reducing levels of direction and supervision, students will begin to demonstrate independence when providing midwifery care. Students will have the opportunity to support women and their families to make informed choices surrounding their care; taking greater responsibility for themselves and their role within the interprofessional team.

This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2015) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’.

Prior to entering practice students will be required to complete all mandatory training requirements. The assessment for this module will be predominantly undertaken in practice and students will be graded by their sign-off mentor. They will be required to complete a number of assessed criteria including grading of practice within the practice placement, which is recorded within their practice assessment documentation. The final assessment on this module is an online numeracy calculation test.

Midwifery Practice 2B (Core)
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Midwifery Practice 2B (Core)

This module is linked to the modules Holistic Midwifery Practice and Proactive Maternity Care which are designed to help students develop the skills required for this practice learning experience. This module will also aim to help students prepare for placement through the facilitated simulation of the skills required to practice safely. The placement attached to this module will take place predominantly in an intrapartum setting.

This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2015) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’.

The placement attached to this module will enable students to engage with practice in a meaningful manner, allowing them to demonstrate insight into the care of women who may require input from other health professionals such as the obstetric or neonatal team. Students will be graded on this module within an intrapartum setting, demonstrating their ability to plan care and assist women and families with their decision making.

Whilst under the supervision of your mentor students will continue to practice with reducing levels of direction and supervision demonstrating that they are taking on aspects of independence when delivering midwifery care, beginning to make decisions and taking responsibility for themselves and their role within the team.

Proactive Maternity Care (Core)
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Proactive Maternity Care (Core)

This module will explore the identification and appropriate management of obstetric complications of childbirth, including care of the critically ill woman. Students can learn how to prioritise care and make appropriate decisions within their sphere of practice as a part of the interprofessional team.

Students will have the opportunity to develop their skills via real-time simulation within a theoretical environment and gain confidence and competence in aspects of complex cases.

Literature and national reporting systems will be explored to underpin decision making and management to ensure care is of a high standard in line with national guidance.

Innovation to Transformation in Midwifery Practice (Core)
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Innovation to Transformation in Midwifery Practice (Core)

Throughout this module students have the chance to examine contemporary management and leadership issues that impact on midwifery. Students will be encouraged to explore and evaluate a variety of approaches to management and leadership and reflect on personal styles and values based practice in a variety of situations.

Students will be encouraged to critically reflect on their own qualities as managers and their leadership and followership behaviours. This module aims to help students to develop core skills in increasing your leadership potential to become a confident leader, follower and manager in your first career steps. The module will focus on the need for innovation and consider ideas for transformational practice whilst recognising the management and leadership challenges this presents.

Specifically students will be required to engage in understanding the theory and practice of making a transformation in a clinical service and design, plan and reflect upon a service transformation project proposal.

Midwifery Practice 3A (Core)
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Midwifery Practice 3A (Core)

This module is linked to the modules Innovation to Transformation in Midwifery Practice and Responsive Care of the Newborn which is designed to help students to develop the skills required for this practice learning experience. This module will provide students with the opportunity to lead and impact on practice in a safe and competent manner. The placement attached to this module will enable students to fully engage with practice in a way that enables them to demonstrate their competence and confidence towards being a registered Midwife.

Whilst under the supervision of their mentor, in this first practice experience in year three, students will begin to practice with minimal direction and supervision and increasing levels of independence. Students will have the opportunity to lead on midwifery care, support decisions to plan and implement care within their sphere of practice and take full responsibility for themselves and their role within the interprofessional team.

This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2015) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’. The assessment for this module will be carried out in practice and you will be graded by a sign off mentor. There is also an online numeracy test linked to this module.

Midwifery Practice 3B (Core)
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Midwifery Practice 3B (Core)

This module is linked to the modules Innovation to Transformation in Midwifery Practice and Responsive Care of the Newborn which have aim to help students to develop the skills required for this final practice learning experience. This module will support students to prepare for practice focusing on managing and leading complex care. The placement attached to this module is designed to enable students to fully engage with practice in a way that demonstrates their ability to practice independently as a registered Midwife.

Whilst under the supervision of their mentor, in this final practice experience prior to registration, students will be expected to demonstrate their ability to practice with minimal direction and supervision and increased levels of independence. Students will have the opportunity to plan, implement and evaluate care decisions in conjunction with the woman and her family. Students will take full responsibility for themselves and their role within the team, recognising the impact of their actions on the quality of the service delivered to people in their care.

This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2015) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’.

The assessment for this module will be carried out in practice and students will be graded by their sign-off mentor, with the aim of being declared fit for registration subject to completion of all course requirements. Students will be required to complete a number of assessed criteria including grading of practice within the practice placement. In order to achieve this final practice module they must complete the entry to the register requirements specified in the NMC Essential Skills Clusters for pre-registration midwifery education (2009).

Responsive Care of the Newborn (Core)
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Responsive Care of the Newborn (Core)

This module has been designed to extend students' knowledge of neonatal care; including the examination of the newborn, the referral and management of any identified neonatal abnormalities or complications, and the provision of proactive and responsive care to meet their needs.

Clinical scenarios will be used throughout the module to explore neonatal pathologies, neonatal care and medical management.

Students will be required to familiarise themselves with the NHS Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) programme, local guidelines for Examination of the Newborn (ENB) and appropriate referral pathways.

This module will provide students with the theoretical knowledge base and underpinning evidence surrounding Examination of the Newborn. It is important to recognise that students will not be able to independently undertake these examinations on completion of the module. Students will be given a preceptorship workbook that may be completed once qualified with the support of their employer and a NIPE assessor.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Methods of Assessment

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

We will be looking for applicants committed to Midwifery. This must be clearly demonstrated in the personal statement section of the UCAS application form by saying why the candidate wants to study Midwifery and what they feel they can bring to the programme. All relevant work experience that they have undertaken to date should be included and importantly, how this work experience influenced their values and behaviours.

You must show evidence of a good understanding of the scope of the midwifery profession, preferably indicated by some form of interactive or observational work experience. You must demonstrate an understanding of how midwifery can bring about excellent health and wellbeing through quality of care, as well as the importance of and engagement with essential values and behaviours that bring about high quality, compassionate care.

In addition you should be able to articulate the realistic expectations required from the programme and the demands of clinical placements.

You will be required to submit a current reference on your UCAS application. This could include a reference from one of the following:

• Teacher/Academic Tutor if you are currently studying
• Line Manager if you are no longer in education
• Supervisor if you are undertaking substantive volunteering or work experience.

We do not accept references from the following:
• Friends
• Family members
• Peers
• Work colleagues.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Students undertake two practice modules each year where competencies are assessed by mentors within clinical practice in line with the NMC. Midwifery placements vary and can encompass community, antenatal and postnatal wards, day assessment units, labour wards, and birth centres.

The aim of placements is to enhance learning and prepare students for clinical practice. In the third year there is the opportunity to undertake a five-week elective placement, either in the UK or internationally. Please note that students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs while on placements.

Tuition Fees

2020/21UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level* £15,900 per level**
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2019/20UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £15,900 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt


†Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

* UK/EU: The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

** International: The fees quoted are for one year of study. For continuing students fees are subject to an increase of 2% each year and rounded to the nearest £100.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

- In exceptional circumstances, students who are required to re-take modules can do so on an 'assessment only' basis. This means that students do not attend timetabled teaching events but are required to take the assessments/examinations associated with the module(s). The 'assessment only' fee is half of the £ per credit point fee for each module.

Exceptionally, tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/undergraduatecourses/feesandfunding/] [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/feesandfunding/]

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost.

Other Costs

Students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and general living costs while on placement.

GCE Advanced Levels: BBB

International Baccalaureate: 30 points overall.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 120 UCAS Tariff points

This programme also requires 3 GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English, Maths and Science, or equivalent qualifications, such as Functional Skills Level 2.

Other requirements include:

  • EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 7.0 with no less than 7.0 in each element.http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements
  • Successful performance at an interview
  • Knowledge of contemporary health and social care issues, and the nature of nursing in a public health context
  • Understanding of written material and can communicate clearly and accurately in written and spoken English
  • “Settled residential status” in the United Kingdom in line with the requirements of the 1977 Immigration Act
  • Resident in the United Kingdom for at least three years
  • Satisfactory completion of Occupational Health Check
  • Satisfactory completion of an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)).

When you choose Midwifery in your UCAS application, you will be asked an additional question regarding criminal convictions. Here you must declare all spent and unspent criminal convictions including (but not limited to) cautions, reprimands, final warnings, bind over orders or similar and details of any minor offences, fixed penalty notices, penalty notices for disorder, ASBOs or VOOs.

Further information can be found at http://www.isa-gov.org.uk
We cannot accept deferred applications for Nursing or Social Work. You must apply in the year you wish to start the programme.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk.

Unconditional Offer Scheme

The University of Lincoln Unconditional Offer Scheme has been created to identify outstanding undergraduate applicants who we think would excel at Lincoln and make a significant contribution to our academic community.

The University of Lincoln takes a holistic contextual view, looking at students in the round, including all the information supplied in their application and any additional relevant assessment required, such as a portfolio, or interview. The qualities required for success are therefore not exclusively academic, and students’ drive, ambition, creativity, and potential are important factors in those considered for the scheme.

Applicants selected for the scheme, who commit to the University of Lincoln as their first choice of university, will receive an unconditional offer. We expect students in receipt of an unconditional offer to continue to apply themselves in their studies, both at school and when they join our academic community here at Lincoln. In previous years students who were selected and joined through the Lincoln unconditional offer scheme have shown very good success rate in their studies.

Please remember that as you may receive a number of offers from the universities which you have applied to, you should take your time to consider all of the offers that you receive and carefully choose the university and course which is right for you. There is no need for you to make a decision ahead of the deadline and we would recommend that you wait to receive all of the responses from your chosen universities so that you can take a well-informed decision.

We expect all our offer holders to continue to apply themselves in their studies, both at school and when they join our academic community here at Lincoln. Your exam results will be important for your own personal satisfaction and also for your future career and life opportunities.

Find out more about the Unconditional Offer Scheme

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Kizzy Lynch

Lead Midwife for Education and Senior Lecturer Midwifery

"I am passionate about midwifery, providing excellent standards of care and ensuring students become safe, competent practitioners who support women and families, and go on to inspire others."


Your Future Career

The course aims to enable students to become accountable practitioners fit for registration as a midwife on successful completion of the course. Graduates may wish to undertake postgraduate study as they progress as clinicians.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/.

The course aims to enable students to become accountable practitioners fit for registration as a midwife on successful completion of the course. Graduates may wish to undertake postgraduate study as they progress as clinicians.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/.


Facilities

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

The course is delivered in well-equipped clinical suites for simulated practice, with separate teaching and observation areas. The University has invested £19 million in the Sarah Swift Building, a dedicated facility for the School of Health and Social Care and the School of Psychology.

Students also make the most of the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which is home to more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, alongside databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.


The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.