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Midwifery (3 year) BSc (Hons)

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Overview

Fit for practice

Please note that this course is closed for 2018/19 entry.

The aim of this course is to produce practitioners who are fit for practice, fit for purpose and fit for award. This course is designed for those looking to make a contribution to both the public and women's health agendas.

We're approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and affiliated with world-renowned teaching hospitals and Trusts.

We guarantee all undergraduate Home/EU students a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2018.

Why Midwifery at LSBU?

Accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
We have professional links with world-renowned teaching hospitals and Trusts in London and the South East.
Ranked No.2 London Modern University for Learning Opportunities, Academic Support, Student Voice and Overall satisfaction in Nursing (National Student Survey 2017) .
No.1 London modern university in the UK for Satisfied overall with course in Health Professions (Guardian League Table 2018).
95% of students are in employment or studying six months after graduating, UNISTATS 2017.
In the final phase of the course you are given the opportunity to do one week's rostered service to develop your practical skills by being the lead professional in the care of low risk women.
We have a real-time labour ward that is set up to simulate the range of delivery environments available to labouring women.
No.1 in the UK for graduate prospects in Nursing (Complete University Guide 2019).

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

  • Real-time Labour Ward

    Real-time Labour Ward

    Our Real-time Labour Ward provides an environment that is realistic but safe, allowing midwifery students to gradually become confident in their skills.

  • Maria Yunusa, alumna, BSc Midwifery graduate

    Maria Yunusa, alumna, BSc Midwifery graduate

    Maria Yunusa feels the support she received during her time at LSBU helped her to start the career she always wanted.

Modules

The main focus of the course is the promotion of normality, i.e. the framing of childbirth as a normal physiological process which the majority of women will undergo in their lifetime. The course also acknowledges that a number of women have more complex needs where technological help will be needed.

You are expected to achieve the theoretical and practice standards stipulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to enable you to perform the 'Activities of a Midwife' (NMC 2004) within the context of promoting normality, using preventative measures, detecting complications, accessing appropriate assistance and carrying out emergency measures in the absence of medical aid.

Methods of assessment for course overall: 62% coursework.

Year 1

  • Introduction to life sciences
    This module introduces the functioning of the human body. It focuses on macro-systems, considering structure and function of all systems at a preliminary level to equip nursing/midwifery students with necessary underpinning knowledge to inform first year nursing/midwifery practice. You will be introduced to essential concepts such as organisation of the body, homeostasis, anatomy and physiology. Emphasis at this stage is on breadth of knowledge. You are supported in your learning with extensive use of tools such as e-learning, workbooks and key lectures. 
  • Foundation skills in midwifery
    The module introduces the core skills in preparation for entering the practice learning environment. Core clinical skills, professional behaviour and effective communication skills will be developed to underpin safe midwifery practice. Using safe, simulated environments, blended learning and independent learning opportunities, you will be supported to integrate knowledge, practical ability and professional attitudes in promoting quality midwifery care. 
  • Introduction to psycho-social perspectives of childbearing and childbirth
    This module introduces sociological and psychological theories as a foundation for understanding people's behaviour and experiences, within the context of normal pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period. Antonovsky's salutogenic model will be introduced and developed as a model for understanding maternal health and well-being. The emerging public health role of the midwife is introduced. As a public health topic, an introduction to the importance of breastfeeding is examined. 
  • Understanding the art and science of midwifery
    This module develops an applied understanding of the anatomy and physiology relevant to the pre-conception, pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period. This module prepares you for the role of the midwife throughout pre-conception, pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period. 
  • Practice-based assessment 1
    This is a work-based learning module where students will be given academic credit for clinical practice and the safe and successful achievement of NMC midwifery proficiencies in practice. This will be supervised and facilitated by the clinical sign off mentor and personal tutor. You are required to present two reflective accounts, one formative and one summative, demonstrating how care was delivered safely and appropriately within the context of the theoretical modules studied. 
  • Protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding
    This is a work-based/practice module gives credit for clinical practice. The module will enable you to critique the many facets that impact upon successful breastfeeding. The module supports the principles and practice standards of the Baby Friendly Initiative. You are expected to gain knowledge, skills and understanding required to support parents who wish to breastfeed and to consider how the wider social and cultural context impacts upon this choice. 

Year 2

  • Midwifery care of the compromised neonate
    This module prepares you for your role in supporting women, their partners and families when complications arise in the fetus and neonate. Developmental and nutritional needs of the neonate will be explored. Provision of midwifery care will include skills required for supporting transitional care, special and high dependency care of the compromised neonate. Application of best available evidence to practice will be reinforced to enhance provision of care. 
  • Midwifery pharmacology and medicine management
    This module will develop the principles of pharmacology. It will explore a variety of legal, professional and ethical issues relating to midwives and medicines management.
  • Practice-based assessment 2
    This is a work-based module focusing upon women-centred care, client management and autonomous thinking. You will demonstrate the application of management concepts and skills. You will explore a variety of issues covering any aspect of midwifery care. The module will focus on the empowerment of women through evidence based practice including the promotion of normality, infant feeding focusing on breast feeding, professional, legal and ethical issues. You will be encouraged to develop your own skills in managing individual cases/caseloads under the direction of a clinical sign off mentor supported by the lecturer practitioner. 
  • Public health role of the midwife
    This module will support the consolidation of knowledge, skills and attitudes required for contemporary midwifery practice. It will further enhance the development of skills to promote and protect health and well-being in individuals, communities and populations. You will develop an informed understanding of the public health role of the midwife. 
  • Research methods and use of evidence
    This module will introduce you to the diverse and innovative approaches to research methodologies through which you will gain knowledge and understanding of the central place of research in nursing/midwifery practice. The module will equip you with the knowledge to draw on research and research methodologies in order to locate, review and evaluate research findings to enhance evidence- based practice across all fields of nursing. The module content has been systematically designed to enable you develop analytical skills to further deepen your knowledge and improve your practice. Delivery of the module will combine classroom sessions with group seminar activities and electronic activities on blackboard. 
  • A framework to support transparency in practice
    This module utilises the supportive framework of statutory supervision, clinical governance and law and ethics in order promote transparency in clinical practice, thereby protecting the public. Statutory supervision of midwives, clinical governance issues and key related issues such as the place of practice protocols, NICE guidelines, NMC and NHS Trust guidelines, records, record keeping will be examined. The three themes of personal, academic and professional development are nurtured through the exploration of current debates regarding practice. You are encouraged to critique the literature and promote evidence based practice. 

Year 3

  • Leadership, managing and empowering in midwifery
    This module provides the theoretical underpinnings of leadership and management within a midwifery context. This enables you to recognise the importance of leadership and management in the planning and provision of care within maternity services. You will be supported to apply professional, ethical and legal aspects of care in the empowerment of staff and clients/mothers/families. The provision of midwifery care using case load models will be evaluated. 
  • Clinical emergency management in maternity care
    This module will focus on selected problems which are classified as acute obstetric emergencies. Situations which challenge Antonovsky's theories of childbirth as a physiologically normal event will be explored. This module will review the evidence base and models of care in response to maternal critical care needs. 
  • Independent study
    The module provides a learning environment in which you are empowered to reflect on knowledge and competences for safe and effective practice, critically review clinical practice through enquiry based learning. This will take the form of a systematic literature review of three articles on a specific area of maternity health care practice chosen by you and justified in your rationale.
  • Practice-based assessment 3
    This is a work-based module focusing upon women-centred care and client individual/group management. You will demonstrate the application of management concepts and skills in an autonomous manner. You should explore a variety of issues covering any aspect of midwifery care. The module will focus on the empowerment of women through evidence based practice and will include priorities of care, the promotion of normality, infant feeding particularly breast feeding, professional, legal and ethical issues. You will be encouraged to develop your own skills in managing individual cases/caseloads and liaising with the multi-professional team under the direction of a clinical mentor and the lecturer practitioner. 
  • Complex needs in childbirth
    This module will develop the ability to assess, plan, deliver and evaluate care for women with complex needs. The module provides an in-depth understanding of the range of complex factors which can potentially affect the health and well-being of the mother during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period. 
  • Normal midwifery practice
    This module has been designed to explore the: physical, psychological, cultural and socio-economic factors that influence normality in midwifery, from the perspective of: the woman, the midwife, the organisation, the political agenda, policy and professional guidance. The module provides a consolidation and reflection on the role of the midwife in providing normal midwifery care.

Employability

Midwifery as a career

Many graduates take their first posts as qualified practitioners in the NHS Trusts and hospitals where they gained experience during their training. The degree enhances employability through its emphasis on a vocational approach to teaching, leading to a professional qualification and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The majority of roles are in the NHS, although there are opportunities at private hospitals, clinics and abroad. Day-to-day the work can be varied, as midwives have a range of responsibilities. Providing advice to women and their families; diagnosing, monitoring and examining women during pregnancy and co-ordinating with other professionals and agencies are all typical activities. There are also opportunities to enter education such as; practice development midwife, midwifery lecturer or lecturer-practitioner, research and management.

Recent graduates have become specialist midwives in teenage pregnancy, HIV, and smoking cessation counselling, whilst others have gone on to work in children's centres or become consultant midwives.

Interpersonal skills and salary

Being able to keep a calm head under pressure is essential, as are excellent people skills and good physical and mental stamina. Due to the nature of the work, many midwives do shift work around the clock, including weekends and bank holidays. Salaries in the NHS start around £21,000 – with experienced midwives earning up to £34,500 and midwifery consultants earning up to £67,000 (National Careers Service).

Professional Development

As a graduate from this course, you will be able to apply for further study at postgraduate level. LSBU runs a part-time MSc Midwifery and Excellence in Practice which is suitable for graduates with a minimum of one year professional practice experience. Find out more about this course through our online CPPD prospectus.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Staff

Dr Sarah Church

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Adult Nursing and Midwifery
Job title: Associate Professor in Midwifery

Dr Sarah Church is an experienced midwife, educator and researcher. She is in a joint appointment with LSBU and Barts Health NHS Trust.


Sarah Esegbona-Adeigbe

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Adult Nursing and Midwifery
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Sarah trained as registered nurse at the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, qualifying in 1992, and completed midwifery training at St Thomas' and Guy's Hospitals in 1994. Sarah's specialist interests are culture and childbirth, female genital cutting, sickle cell and thalassaemia and high-risk pregnancy surveillance.


Dr Louise Terry

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Adult Nursing and Midwifery
Job title: Reader in Law and Ethics

Dr Louise Terry is Reader in Law and Ethics, and specialises in teaching health and social care law and ethics. She has particular interest in withholding and withdrawing medical treatment, resource allocation, nursing wisdom, public administration and professional practice.


Facilities

Real-time labour ward

Our midwifery students have a real-time labour ward that is set up to simulate the range of delivery environments available to labouring women. The students can rehearse dealing with emergencies in a simulated setting.

SimMan, SimBaby and SimMom

The nursing and midwifery wards have simulator mannequins: SimMan, SimBaby and SimMom. These life-size mannequins are computer controlled and can be programmed with various clinical conditions. These are operated by a computer in real-time and so respond to a student's actions. They also allow students to see the outcome of specific interventions in certain scenarios, which could make the patient better or deteriorate quite quickly.

The mannequins are used to teach students how to recognise clinical signs, and to also associate those clinical signs with the actions they are taking to care for the patient.  SimMan can be male or converted to female with fully accurate anatomy and can breathe, blink, sweat, speak and groan in pain as well as have a pulse. Read more about SimMan.

  • Real-time Labour Ward

    Real-time Labour Ward

    Our Real-time Labour Ward provides an environment that is realistic but safe, allowing midwifery students to gradually become confident in their skills.

  • Nursing skills labs

    Nursing skills labs

    Our realistic wards and lifelike mannequins allow students, NHS trusts and businesses to practice skills in a safe environment supported by experts.

  • SimMan

    SimMan

    The School of Health and Social Care uses a variety of mannequins to help students learn clinical skills in a simulated care environment in laboratories.

Teaching and learning

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Lectures and seminars Self-directed study Work-based placements
Year 1 15% 44% 41%
Year 2 15% 43% 42%
Year 3 15% 45%40%

Personal tutoring

As a Health and Social Care student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU.  The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University. They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your personal tutor at least once a semester for 45-60 minutes throughout your course. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or phone.

Entry requirements

  • A Level BBB and 5 GCSEs A*-C including Maths, English and Science or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above); or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DDM and GCSEs Maths, English and Science A*-C (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above) or equivalent; or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 24 Distinctions and 21 Merits and GCSEs Maths, English and Science A*-C (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above) or equivalent; or;
  • NVQ Level 3 in Care with at least one year of relevant work experience and GCSEs Maths, English and Science A*-C (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above) or equivalent; or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 122 UCAS points and GCSEs Maths, English and Science A*-C (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above) or equivalent.

We welcome qualifications from around the world. 

Attributes and values

Midwifery is a very competitive career and it is important you make a high quality application to us. Here are some tips on what attributes, skills and values we are ideally looking for in an LSBU midwifery student:

  • Meet the required entry requirements for the LSBU midwifery course
  • Has a good understanding of basic numeracy and literacy skills
  • Impeccable communication, caring and helping skills
  • Able to work as part of a team as well as independently
  • Reliable, patient and understanding
  • Motivated
  • Dedicated to a career in midwifery and fully comprehends the responsibilities of the role

Interviews and assessments

As part of the selection process, you'll be expected to undertake a computer based assessment on campus which identifies your attributes for nursing and gives you an indication of various scenarios you might face. You'll also be asked to complete an interview and numeracy and literacy test. Strong numeracy and literacy skills are essential for nursing students.

Download and practice our sample tests:

If offered a place, you must successfully complete both a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) and occupational health check, and provide proof of ordinary residency requirements and satisfactory references. A valid passport is required for enrolment purposes.

English language

Those whom English is not their first language must achieve a minimum score of 7.0 overall or equivalent with not less than 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and not less than 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) at the time of application.

Foundation Year

Been out of study for a long time? Or maybe you haven’t met the entry requirements of your chosen degree? Our entry year acts as a bridge to degree-level studies.

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
September
Application code
B720
Application method

For full-time courses, please send your applications through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

For part-time courses, you can apply directly to the University.

For more details on how to apply (full-time and part-time) see our how to apply page.

International students can either apply through UCAS or directly to LSBU. See the international how to apply page for details.

Accommodation

Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fee prices

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4%.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

  • Real-time Labour Ward

    Real-time Labour Ward

    Our Real-time Labour Ward provides an environment that is realistic but safe, allowing midwifery students to gradually become confident in their skills.

  • Maria Yunusa, alumna, BSc Midwifery graduate

    Maria Yunusa, alumna, BSc Midwifery graduate

    Maria Yunusa feels the support she received during her time at LSBU helped her to start the career she always wanted.

  • Lisa Cecere, BSc (Hons) Midwifery

    Lisa Cecere, BSc (Hons) Midwifery

    Lisa Cecere is currently in her second year of the three year BSc (Hons) Midwifery degree here at LSBU.

  • Nursing skills labs

    Nursing skills labs

    Our realistic wards and lifelike mannequins allow students, NHS trusts and businesses to practice skills in a safe environment supported by experts.

  • SimMan

    SimMan

    The School of Health and Social Care uses a variety of mannequins to help students learn clinical skills in a simulated care environment in laboratories.

Prepare to start

The following information is for applicants once you have been successful at interview and have been offered a place on your chosen course.

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) and Declaration of character and conduct form

You are required to complete a declaration at your interview and declare any previous convictions, cautions, warnings or reprimands. After the interview you will also be asked to complete a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) (formerly known as the Criminal Records Bureau or CRB). Have a look at our DBS process for applicants and Declaration of Character and Conduct information to find out more.

To check the categories as identified by the DBS as being filtered and will therefore not be included in any criminal record certificate issued by the DBS look at the filtering rules for the criminal record check certificates. For more information please read our DBS FAQs.

To complete the DBS application and get your ID documents checked, please follow the steps below:

Step 1:

Please complete the online DBS application and ensure you refer to the corresponding DBS course title (PDF File 462 KB) when completing your application, to ensure we can track your application.

Organisation: LSBUHSC
Password: london2013

If you already have a DBS certificate and are part of the DBS update service, we need to see the hard copy of your DBS certificate. You’ll also need to e-mail hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk the details below so that we can perform a status check on the update service website:

  • Your DBS certificate number
  • Your name as it is on the DBS certificate
  • Your date of birth

Step 2:

Once you have completed this process, please ensure you bring three accepted ID documents so we can verify your application. You can visit the Southwark Student Help Desk in the K2 building during working hours, Monday-Friday (9am-11am, 1pm-4pm). No appointment is needed. Please find the link above with a list of the appropriate ID.

Please note:
If you are unable to physically come to campus and show your three forms of required ID, you can use the Post Office which offers an identity document checking service for a fee of £10.50.

  • Take photocopies of your 3 items of ID documents and the 3 original documents with you.
  • The Post Office will stamp the form and the photocopies and give them back to you
  • Documents will then need to be scanned (including their post office receipt so that we know that it has gone through due process) and sent to hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk

If you have further questions you can email us at hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk.

Occupational health

You need to complete an occupational health assessment once you have been given an offer on a health and social care course.

Download and print the following documents on vaccination guidelines and carefully read the guidance on the occupational health process:

You must take the GP vaccination and screening history form to your GP for them to complete, sign and stamp. This must be done prior to enrolment. This form also needs to be taken to the meeting with the occupational health nurse following enrolment in which the nurse can check immunisation status and confirm this for your placement. You should be aware that if you do not complete the occupational health process you will not be permitted on placement and this may jeopardise your continuation on your course.

Applicants who have met the conditions of an offer need to download and complete an online medical questionnaire. This will go to our current occupational health provider. Any delays in completing the medical questionnaire will delay enrolment. For further information please read our Occupational Health FAQs.

If you have any more questions you can email us at hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

Holidays

You will receive fixed holiday periods, which will not follow the normal University timetable. Further details will be available upon commencement of the course.

Practice placements

Practice placements are provided under our contract with NHS Trusts and other organisations. On some health and social care courses you may find local arrangements require you to attend practice placements outside the normal work hours (evening, nights, weekends and bank holiday).

Uniform

If you are required to wear a uniform on placement and during some practical sessions in the skills laboratories then this will be provided along with a formal name badge.

ODP students will be required to wear theatre scrubs on placement, which will be supplied by the host Trust.  During practical sessions in the skills laboratories you will be required to wear LSBU scrubs which will be provided, along with a formal name badge. ODP students will receive one set of scrubs. No further items will be issued, and you'll have to pay for any additional or replacement uniform.

Changes

If you wish to change your address, change your personal details or withdraw your application, you must put this in writing to the Admissions Office who you can email at lsbuadmissions@lsbu.ac.uk.

 
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