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Midwifery with Registration as a Midwife BSc

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Overview

From bump to birth, midwives play a critical role caring for women and safely bringing their babies into the world. At King’s College London, our Midwifery BSc prepares you for everything you’ll face  in your career.

You’ll learn from leading practitioners, professors, and researchers, developing skills you need to support women through their entire pregnancy journey.

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

Key benefits

  • Study at the No.1 Nursing & Midwifery Faculty in the UK and No.2 in the world (2019 QS World University Rankings)
  • Learn from internationally-renowned clinicians and academics – as well as visiting professors and guest speakers
  • 99% of our graduates find successful employment.
  • Care for a diverse population of pregnant women during placements at leading NHS trusts like St Mary’s (home of the Lido Wing favoured by the Duchess of Cambridge), and optional electives in East Asia, Africa or Australasia
  • Gain experience in our simulation centre, with full body patient simulators who breathe, respond to drugs, and have measurable blood pressures and pulses.

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 & Palliative Care

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Course detail

Description

First, we’ll guide you through what’s normal in pregnancy and birth. Then, as you delve deeper into the course, you’ll learn about the complexities that pregnant women can face. We prepare you for emergencies so you can tackle any challenge.

Working on placement in London, you’ll be exposed to a diverse range of people and situations. Some days will be challenging, but you’ll be part of a community of midwives and professionals who will support you through the ups and downs.

Throughout your second and third year you’ll take on your own caseload. You can discover first-hand what it takes to effectively support a woman from her first months of pregnancy to birth and the postnatal period.

 

Teaching

No two days are the same at King’s. One day you could be listening to a guest lecturer talk about new ideas in midwifery practice, another you could be on placement supporting a woman to start breastfeeding.

From eLearning and lectures, to seminars and simulation activities, we use a blend of teaching methods to develop your understanding of midwifery practice.

At King’s, we know it’s important to bring day-to-day practice into the lecture theatre. Our lecturers are registered midwives who give an honest insight into the profession.

 

Course details 

We develop the course around the latest research in healthcare. And it constantly evolves thanks to feedback from service users and students.

You’ll experience a broad range of subjects around midwifery. From biology to our unique arts and humanities module, this programme gives you a thorough understanding of the profession.

About half of your time will be spent learning on the job. The other half will focus on the theory behind the practice. But the two aren’t exclusive – clinical teachers come to King’s and our link lecturers will visit you on placement.

 

Assessment 

We use a range of methods to test your understanding of child birth and midwifery practice. We’ll assess your work while you’re on placement. Sometimes we’ll ask you to complete a practical task, on other occasions you’ll sit a written exam.

 

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):

We deliver this course across four King’s College London campuses: 

  • Guy's Campus 

  • Waterloo Campus 

  • Denmark Hill Campus 

  • St Thomas’ Campus 

You’ll complete placements with one of our partner organisations. They include: 

  • Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 

  • Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust 

  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust 

  • King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 

  • Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust 

  • University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

You can also choose your own location for your elective placement. Africa and Asia are always popular, but you’re welcome to stay closer to home too

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Optional Modules

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

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

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

80% overall

 

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

 

Required subjects

At least five GCSEs including English Language, Maths and Science at grade 5/C or above

We can accept equivalent qualifications to meet GCSE requirements

Preferred subjects

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

Further information and other requirements

Entry requirements
All candidates for this programme must have obtained a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or 5 including English Language, Mathematics, and a Science
A-levels  ABB

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

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. 

Access to HE Diploma

D: 30 credits

M: 15 credits

P: 0 credits

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.
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2 Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010) DDM

DDM with eleven modules at Distinction in either Health & Social Care or Applied Science.

OR

DDM with eleven modules at Distinction in any other subject, and one A level at grade B in a Science subject. 
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (RQF from 2016) DDM

DDM in either Health & Social Care or Applied Science.

OR

DDM in any other subject, and one A level at grade B in a Science subject. 

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 six modules at Distinction in any other subject, and one A level at grade B in a Science subject .

NOTE: Topics studied in the BTEC should cover topics not already studied within the A level. For example, if taking A level Chemistry the BTEC should cover topics other than chemistry.
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

D with four modules at Distinction in any other subject, and two A levels at grades B with at least one in a Science subject.

NOTE: Topics studied in the BTEC should cover topics not already studied within the A level. For example, if taking A level Chemistry the BTEC should cover topics other than chemistry.
CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma   Grade B overall and grade A in both Extended Assessments in the CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care. In addition, a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C including English Language, Mathematics, and a Science.
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

ABB at Highers

and

AB at Advanced Highers

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.
International Baccalaureate 34 points

Including 6,5,5 at Higher Level. Note the total point score of 34 includes TOK/EE. 

Must include grade 5 at Standard Level in both English, Mathematics and a Science, if not offered at GCSE.

Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language Requirements  Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Personal statement and supporting information

A personal statement will be required when you apply through UCAS. Applicants will also be required to provide a reference as part of their application along with details on their qualifications.

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 15th 2020.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 (September 2020) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is £29,800 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

Every element of this programme prepares you for practice. When it’s time to graduate, you’re ready to provide high quality care to women, from pregnancy to the postnatal period.

Our mentoring programme means you can access support and advice from working midwives. They’ll support you during your studies, and throughout your first year of work.

Many of our midwives stay on to work at the trusts where they completed placements. Others secure roles at one of our other NHS trusts partners or at other hospitals around the UK.

You also have the option of continuing your study to specialise further. Or why not choose a different (but just as rewarding) career path like teaching, research, or management?

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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