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Undergraduate Factfile 2014 entry: Midwifery BA (Hons) with Registered Midwife Status
Please note: this information relates to courses starting from September onwards in the 2014/2015 academic year.
Mode of Study: Three years full time
Fast fact: The Nursing and Midwifery Council has recently commended our teaching quality and state-of-the-art facilities as being 'outstanding'.
- Course in depth
- Entry requirements
- Finance / Fees
- Course feedback
- Career prospects
- How to apply
Sophie Jefcoate, Midwifery graduate”
Course at a glance
- Facilities include a state-of-the-art birthing simulator
- Clinical work experience accounts for 50% of the course
- Wide career prospects in the UK with the NHS and private sectors and overseas
- LJMU has recently invested over £4million in the Faculty's teaching and learning environment, including £1.6million in developing new clinical practice suites
You will be taught by experienced midwives and other health care professionals who will act as mentors to help you develop professional skills during clinical practice.
Midwives work individually and as part of a team to provide support and education to women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and in the immediate postnatal period.
We want our graduates to be confident, competent and skilled practitioners capable of working independently and as part of a team. In fact, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has recently commended our teaching and facilities as 'outstanding', so you can be confident of the best possible learning experience at LJMU.
The University has recently invested nearly £4 million pounds refurbishing the Faculty teaching and learning spaces and is currently in the process of completing a £1.6 million refurbishment to provide state of the art practice suites.
Once completed these will include:
- Eight Professional Practice Suites equipped with an extensive range of clinical equipment for simulations and clinical skills development in nursing, paramedic practice and midwifery
- Six purpose built soundproof booths equipped with video camera and playback facilities
The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.
- The Woman's Journey
- Clinical and caring skills underpinning midwifery
- Foundations of midwifery practice
- Antenatal and Postnatal practice
- Intranatal practice module
- The Woman’s Journey: Complex care
- The role of the midwife within the interprofessional team
- Complex intranatal care
- Research supporting midwifery practice
- Complex antenatal and postnatal care
- Developing autonomous midwifery practice
- Complex care in practice
- The family
- The midwife as a researcher
- The midwife as a lead professional
Assessment and feedback
We acknowledge that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. They include assignments, seminar and case study presentations, group assessment tasks, e-learning, learning packages, unseen exams, reflective portfolios, clinical practice assessments, research critiques and critical analysis of a case scenario.
You will be offered feedback at various points during the course and support will be readily available from your individual module tutors should you need advice or guidance at any time. We believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.
In addition your graduate skills and World of Work Skills Certificate details will be published in your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), providing employers with extensive evidence of your development as a professional as well as your academic achievements at LJMU.
Clinical practice is a vital element of this degree course and accounts for half of your study time at LJMU. You will be placed within local wards (community, antenatal and postnatal), delivery suites, gynaecology departments, theatres, neonatal units and medical clinics, giving you an invaluable opportunity to learn from experienced midwives, experience the day-to-day work pattern and practise skills you have acquired on the course.
Support and guidance
As soon as you enrol at LJMU, you will be assigned your own personal tutor. They will give you feedback on how well you are progressing with your studies and encourage you to plan for your educational and career development.
During your clinical placements you will work alongside experienced midwives and be supervised by practice mentors, as well as having the support of clinical liaison lecturers and academic link staff. Additional support is always available within the Faculty.
Application and selection - what are we looking for?
We shortlist applicants based on current qualifications, predicted grades, references and personal statement. We are looking for evidence of a commitment to midwifery and woman centred care.
Midwifery involves working individually and as a member of a team with an aim to provide support and education to women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and the immediate postnatal period. Above all, we want students who are committed to providing the best possible holistic midwifery care and support to women, with a strong desire to continually develop and improve their skills as a midwife and practice as a whole.
You will need excellent communication skills, good time management skills, a willingness to work flexible shift patterns, and often long hours, an ability to combine academic study, clinical work and family/social life and a strong commitment to study and work.
Please note: Due to the volume of applications, amendments will not be accepted once an application has been submitted; therefore applicants are advised to make sure each section is completed correctly prior to submission.
If successful, in addition to any conditions, all offers will be subject to:
- Eligibility of NHS Bursary. Further information on NHS eligibility can be found at: http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Students/1982.aspx
- Satisfactory Medical Clearance/Examination. We will contact you direct to undertake this and further information can be found at: http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/OccupationalHealth/test/117624.htm
- Satisfactory DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service - formerly CRB.) We will contact you direct to undertake this and further information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check
- In addition, applicants will have to follow Faculty procedures for declaring any convictions after interview.
Will I be interviewed?
Yes. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a selection process consisting of numeracy and literacy tests, which need to be passed to enable you to proceed to the individual interview stage of the selection process.
Can this course be deferred?
No, Deferral not possible
Course entry requirements
Fees and Funding
If you are accepted onto one of LJMU's nursing or midwifery programmes, your annual tuition fees will be paid by the NHS providing you meet the residency criteria. For further details on residency and eligibility criteria, please go to: www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk
- if the NHS refuse to pay your tuition fees on the basis of your residency status your offer of your place to study at LJMU will be withdrawn
- self-funding students are not eligible to enrol our nursing or midwifery programmes
- if you are from the Isle of Man and Jersey, your Government will provide funding to cover your tuition fees
Help with your living costs
NHS students can receive a range of financial support to help meet your living costs while completing your studies at LJMU.
- NHS grant: In 2013/2014, all new eligible NHS students were eligible to receive a £1,000 non-means-tested grant from the NHS. This grant is awarded for every year of your course and does not have to be repaid. If you have any children or adults that are financially dependent on you, you can claim a grant for your dependants when you apply for your NHS bursary.
- Means-tested NHS bursary: You will also be eligible to apply for a further means-tested NHS bursary for every year of your degree.
For more information on the NHS grant and bursary, go to: www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/
How to apply for your NHS funding
Once you have your offer of a place to study at LJMU, the University will inform the NHS. The NHS will then send you an email with your unique student number plus details on how to apply for NHS funding via their online application system.
This application will check you meet the residency criteria and then whether you are entitled to receive the non-means-tested NHS grant as well as the means-tested NHS bursary.
As part of the application process you will need to provide details of your household income. Once you have completed this application, you can apply for any additional allowances you may qualify for, such as a grant for your childcare or other dependants.
You can also apply for a reduced-rate living costs or maintenance loan from the Government. You can apply for this loan for every year of your course.
How to apply for your student loan: Providing you meet the relevant residency, age and previous study requirements, you can also choose apply for a fixed-rate maintenance loan for every year of your course. You are advised to apply for your loan no later than the end of May 2014 if you want your loan to be in place for the start of the academic year. For more details, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
Paying back your student loans
Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company. If you income is over £21,000 your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.
The following table hows the financial support available in 2013 to students studying for 45 weeks per year:
If you will be living and studying in:
Non-means tested grant
Means-tested bursary (max. amount)
Non-means-tested maintenance loan
In England and living somewhere other than your parental home
£2,324 (£1,811 in your final year)
In England and living with your parents
£1,744 (£1,324 in your final year)
"Staff at LJMU have always been available for me to talk to and have been supportive both in terms of academic and personal needs."
Recent Midwifery graduate
"All the staff I have come across are friendly and approachable. I feel reassured that someone is there for me should I require extra support."
Sophie Jefcoate, Midwifery graduate
"Things have changed in the NHS and it is now an employers’ market. Services will be retracting and you will be competing with a lot of candidates. What sets you apart from the others? St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust believes the LJMU World of Work Skills Certificate does and we expect graduates to have completed it."
Gill Core, Director of Nursing, Midwifery & Governance, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals, NHS Trust
Professional accreditation / links
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) works with partner organisations to set and maintain high standards of nursing and midwifery education across the UK. The Midwifery course at LJMU have been approved and monitored by the NMC to make sure that the education and training on offer meets the NMC standards. Successful completion of this degree allows you to apply for registration on the Nursing and Midwifery Register
Your career prospects
By the time you graduate, you will be a confident, competent and skilled midwife who is comfortable working independently with diverse cultural and social groups and will be able to deliver the highest quality care to women and their families.
Most of our graduates take up employment within the NHS and private sector. Alternatively, you may choose to work solely as a clinician or take up a career in management, research or education.
International and non-UK EU nationals should check the NHS bursary website for details on residency conditions: www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Students.aspx
If you have any further queries, please contact the International Office on 0151 231 6357.
How to apply
All applicants should apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) system at www.ucas.ac.uk. If you need help or advice on your individual application, you should contact your careers adviser or call the UCAS Customer Service Unit on 0871 468 0468, open Monday to Friday, 08:30-18:00 hrs (UK time)
If you are calling from outside the UK and are unable to use the number above, please contact them on 0044 871 468 0 468
Please Note: The University reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify this information at any time.