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Midwifery with Registration as a Midwife BSc

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Overview

The Midwifery BSc at King’s offers the opportunity for students who are not registered nurses to study for professional registration as a Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The programme will equip you with the skills to become a competent midwifery practitioner who is confident in promoting high-quality, evidence-based maternity care to women, babies and families.

We emphasise the distinct role and responsibilities of midwives working within public health and inter-professional teams in maternity services. There are opportunities to explore local, national and international contexts of maternal health and to undertake an elective at the end of year three.

Key benefits

  • You will be studying at the No.1 Nursing & Midwifery Faculty in the UK and 3rd in the world (2017 QS World University Rankings)
  • King’s College London offers exciting opportunities with two world-class Academic Health Science Centres and renowned teaching hospitals providing maternity care
  • Our study programmes are delivered by internationally renowned clinicians and academics with a strong focus on promoting evidence based care and appreciation of translational research
  • Opportunities to take an elective to study in the UK or abroad
  • 99% of our graduates find successful employment

Key information

UCAS code B720

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Course accreditations Registration as a Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery

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Course detail

Description

During your first year, you will gain insights into the history of the midwifery profession and the foundation of the current statutory framework for midwifery practice. You will cover areas introducing biological and social science perspectives and consolidate a range of basic midwifery skills associated with 'normality' in reproductive healthcare.

In your second year, you will continue to develop your understanding of the research process by exploring different methodological approaches to high-quality, evidence-based care. You will evaluate the specific contributions of the midwife within multi-professional teams, particularly in relation to public-health-promotion strategies such as sexual and psychological health. You will be encouraged to reflect on case-studies drawn from clinical practice to develop a reflective approach to care, particularly when reviewing complex midwifery and obstetric situations and common medical disorders encountered in childbearing women.

The emphasis in the final year is to prepare you for entry to the midwifery register and to develop your understanding of decision-making processes in a variety of midwifery and obstetric scenarios. You will consolidate your knowledge of midwifery practice and learn how to manage a range of emergency situations effectively. You will gain insights into managerial and supervisory and global dimensions of midwifery and how institutional frameworks can support public safety. In addition, with the assistance of a research supervisor, you will undertake a focused project on a specialised area of interest.

Teaching

We use a comprehensive range of teaching and learning methods, each tailored to the current area of study, with simulation playing an increasingly significant role in clinical education. Formal lectures account for only a small proportion of the curriculum. We aim to acknowledge the individuality of all students.

Student-centred learning is pivotal to our philosophy, and our teaching methods support and encourage self-development and awareness through reflection on experience. We utilise practitioners, researchers and lecturers to deliver high-quality research-based teaching.

Assessment 

The course includes an equal balance of theoretical learning and clinical placements with partner healthcare providers including leading NHS Trusts and private and voluntary organisations. Programmes are full-time, and you will be working shift patterns similar to that of a qualified midwife.  A variety of coursework, written and practical exams are used to assess you and your clinical practice learning.

Course accreditation 

Registration as a Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Regulating body

 King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Location(s):

Guy's Campus

Waterloo Campus

Denmark Hill Campus

St Thomas’ Campus

The degree programme is delivered across four of King’s College London campuses. This includes three Thames-side campuses (Waterloo, St Thomas’ and Guy’s) and the Denmark Hill Campus in South London.

Students undertake a number of placements, the majority of which are within London NHS trusts and a private healthcare provider.

Placement providers include:

• Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
• Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
• HCA International
• Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
• King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
• Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

For more information about our partners please visit http://www.kcl.ac.uk/nursing/partners

Special notes

Midwives are involved in caring for vulnerable members of society and there is a necessity for all midwifery students to have enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

Prior to commencing the programme you must also have occupational health clearance. 

 

Structure

Year 1

In their first year, students are required to study the following modules:

Required Modules
  • Basis of Midwifery Practice
  • Biology Applied to Midwifery Practice
  • Medicines Management and the Midwife
  • Professional Issues in Midwifery Practice
  • Social Sciences and Midwifery Practice

There are no optional modules for this course in Year 1.

Optional Modules

Year 2

In their second year, students are required to study the following modules:

Required Modules
  • The Dimensions of Midwifery Practice
  • Medical Complexities in Childbearing
  • Public Health and the Midwife
  • Emergencies in Midwifery Practice
  • Research Methods

There are no optional modules for this course in Year 2.

Optional Modules

Year 3

In their final year, students are required to study the following modules:

Required Modules
  • Autonomous Midwifery Practice
  • Models of Midwifery Care
  • Student Project
  • Arts and Humanities in Midwifery Practice 
  • Global and Political Context of Midwifery Practice

There are no optional modules for this course in Year 3.

Optional Modules

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

ABB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Required grades

34 points overall (including TOK/EE) with three Higher Level subjects at 655

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 30 must be from units awarded at Distinction,  and 12 Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 M2 M2

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

80% overall

 

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

 

Required subjects

GCSE English Language, Maths and Science at grade C or above.

Preferred subjects

Science subjects preferred. Appropriate sciences include: Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Psychology.

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

A-Level subjects - University policy: Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

A levels: 
Grades: ABB.
Subjects: Science subjects preferred but not required. Appropriate sciences include: Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Psychology.

In addition, a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C including English Language, Mathematics, and a Science.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject (such as: Health & Social Care, Nursing, Midwifery, or Science) with 45 Level 3 credits including: 30 from units awarded at Distinction with the remaining 15 Level 3 credits at at Merit. 

Maths and English modules should be taken within the Access Diploma if you do not hold GCSEs at grade C or above in these subjects. Please contact the Admissions Office if you have any queries.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 M2 M2 preferably including a Science subject.

In addition, a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C including English Language, Mathematics, and a Science. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven modules at Distinction in either Health & Social Care or Applied Science.

In addition, a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C including English Language, Mathematics, and a Science.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six modules at Distinction in either Health & Social Care or Applied Sciences, and one A level at grade B or DM with four modules at Distinction and one A level at grade A. Science subjects including applied sciences and/or Health and Social Care preferred but not required. Appropriate sciences include: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Science and Psychology.

In addition, a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C including English Language, Mathematics, and a Science.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction in either Health & Social Care or Applied Sciences, and two A levels at grades BB or M with two A levels at grades AB. Science subjects including applied sciences preferred but not required. Appropriate sciences include: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Science and Psychology.

In addition, a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C including English Language, Mathematics, and a Science.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: ABB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher, preferably including a science subject at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). Applicants must offer either 5 subjects including Mathematics, English and Science at Credit Level Standard grades at 1 or 2/Intermediate 2 grade C, or recognised equivalent.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 34 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 655 (preferably including a Science subject). IB applicants should also meet the GCSE requirement or have English, Maths and Science at minimum standard level. Note the total point score includes TOK/EE.

Other International Qualifications: Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.

In addition, a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C including English Language, Mathematics, and a Science. Note: Due to the way this course is funded, unfortunately only applicants with 'Home' or 'EU' fee status are eligible to apply. See 'fees and funding' note opposite for guidance.

Selection procedure

Applications will be processed through UCAS. All short listed applicants will be invited to attend a selection day before offers are made.

Application deadline: January 15 2018.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per year.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees EU:

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per year.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £26,750 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs/expenses

The following table gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course. These costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Item

Description

Clothing

Students are provided with an initial set of uniforms for the duration of the course. If students require additional uniforms these will have to be purchased. Indicative cost £15 - dress and 

£30 - new tunic & trouser set

Footwear

Students are also required to purchase appropriate footwear for mandatory training and placement. Estimated cost £20-45

Disclosure and Barring certificates/  clearance

The Faculty will pay for students to undergo one DBS check. Any subsequent checks required will need to be paid for by the student. Estimated cost £50

Electives

Subject to eligibility and approval by the Faculty, students are able to arrange their own elective clinical placements either in the UK or overseas. Students are required to make the necessary arrangements for any electives, including costs such as travel, accommodation, visas and additional vaccinations.

Immunisations/vaccinations

Students will be required to arrange and pay for the necessary vaccinations prior to enrolment.  Multiple vaccinations may be required.Indicative cost £10-30 per vaccination.

Travel

In order that healthcare students can continue to access clinical placements, the Department of Health will commit to providing allnew healthcare students a £303 payment as a non-repayable grant. This will not affect healthcare students’ ability to access funding from the standard higher education support system to pay for their essential travel costing over £303.The government recognises that some healthcare courses require students to attend training at clinical placement providers which are long distances from their university or to spend significant time away from their place of study. These situations result in either greater travel costs or the need to rent extra accommodation. Providing the case for both educational provision and value for money can be demonstrated, any student who finds that they are at a financial disadvantage as a result of their clinical placement will be entitled to re-imbursement of costs associated with secondary accommodation. Further details will be published by the Department of Health in due course.

Other

Students will be required to pay for missed mandatory training sessions and any missed Occupational Health appointments. Missed theory and practical sessions for mandatory training ranges from £15-£45. Missed OH appointments ranges from  £17 for a General Appointment to £122 for a specialist appointment 

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery
  • Graduation costs 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Any costs incurred as a result of working in a specific clinical setting where you are not employed 

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

 

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Career prospects:

We are the leading Faculty of nursing and midwifery in London, holding an excellent reputation for producing outstanding clinicians and world leaders in specialist areas. Graduates who qualify from our programmes also gain professional registration as a midwife from the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Many of our qualifying midwives gain employment in prominent London NHS Trusts, while others choose to work elsewhere in the UK and abroad. There are varied choices of career destinations from hospitals to community/primary care, research, teaching and management. Whatever the chosen pathway, our midwifery graduates are well-prepared to face the challenges of a career in midwifery and the complexities of pioneering healthcare.

Career destinations

Midwives who graduate from King's are actively recruited by both national and international employers. Many are involved in innovative practices and others work as independent midwives. Many return for further graduate study in midwifery or women's health.

 

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