Midwifery - Liverpool John Moores University

2018 entry

BA (Hons) with Registered Midwife Status Midwifery

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: To be confirmed

We are awaiting confirmation from the UK Government on what the 2018/19 undergraduate tuition fees will be. Fees will be shown here once an announcement has been made.

Course type

BA (Hons) with Registered Midwife Status

UCAS info

Points required: 128

UCAS code: B720

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

About your course

The professionally-accredited BA (Hons) Midwifery at Liverpool John Moores University includes extensive opportunities for you to complete supervised clinical practice in one of our affiliated NHS Trusts within Merseyside and Cheshire. Plus you will gain further training using our on-campus clinical practice suites.

  • 100% student satisfaction (Unistats 2016) 
  • 100% of our 2016 graduates entered employment within 6 months of graduating (Unistats 2016) 
  • A curriculum based on the Public Health Approach  
  • Examination of the Newborn (NIPE screening standards) fully embedded in the programme  
  • UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative Accreditation

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 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

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

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 community, antenatal and postnatal wards, delivery suites, gynaecology departments, theatres, neonatal and medical areas, giving you an invaluable opportunity to learn from experienced midwives and other professionals, experience the day-to-day work pattern and practise skills you have acquired on the course.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

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.

Course details

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 postnatal period, monitoring and assessing the health and well-being of the mother and baby.

We want our graduates to be confident, competent and skilled practitioners capable of working independently and as part of a team leading practice and the profession.

LJMU’s new clinical practice suites will enable you to train on-campus using hospital-standard facilities, including virtual patients and a state-of-the-art birthing simulator. The Suites show a patient’s journey from a home environment through to rehabilitation.

They cover a range of areas with the latest clinical equipment for simulations and clinical skills development in child nursing, adult and mental health nursing, paramedic practice, social work and midwifery. This environment will help prepare you for the rigours and realism of actual practice, giving you the confidence to deal with real service users in the NHS, private and voluntary settings.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study

Level 4

  • Communication in Midwifery
  • Introduction to Midwifery Clinical Skills for Practice
  • Life Sciences Applied to Midwifery Care
  • Research and Study Skills
  • Introduction to the Public Health Role of the Midwife
  • Midwifery Practice Level 4
  • Holistic Midwifery

Level 5

  • The Vulnerable Baby
  • The Law and Ethics
  • Research Supporting Midwifery Practice
  • Pathophysiology Related to Midwifery Care 1
  • The Vulnerable Family
  • Midwifery Practice Level 5
  • Pathophysiology Related to Midwifery Care 2

Level 6

  • Examination of the Newborn
  • Complex Care in Practice Research - the Wider Influences on Midwifery Care
  • Midwife as a Lead Professional
  • Promoting Normal Birth
  • Midwifery Practice Level 6

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

As a midwifery student, you will be required to complete 45 programmed weeks per year which will be allocated to 50% theory and 50% clinical practice. Each programmed week is 37.5 hours.

This means that you will have seven weeks’ holiday a year, and may have to attend sessions outside the normal University hours of 9.00am to 5.00pm. Blocks of academic study can be up to seven weeks depending on the modules you take. These are followed by periods of clinical practice where you will work shifts (short shifts, long shifts and night shifts) and one day a week in University.

Underpinning all aspects of the training offered is a commitment to ethical and anti-oppressive values, values and principles of the NHS Constitution and Professional Body requirements.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

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.

Assessment and feedback

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.

We acknowledge that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods, including:  

  • assignments
  • seminar and case study presentations
  • group assessment tasks
  • e-learning
  • learning packages
  • unseen exams
  • reflective portfolios
  • clinical practice assessments
  • research critiques 
  • 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.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

128

Application and selection

​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.


Other information

Satisfactory Medical Clearance/Examination. We will contact you direct to undertake this. 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.

GCSE and equivalents

  • Prior to application applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE.

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 3
  • Subject specific requirements: One of the A Levels (or equivalent) must be science related and must be Grade C or above. Subjects we will accept in this area are Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Human Biology, Physiology, Combined Science, Psychology and Anthropology.
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Not acceptable
  • Average A Level offer: ABB

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: Health or Science related subject area
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DDM if studied on its own in a Health or Science related subject area or to the total of 128 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area. 128 UCAS points is equivalent to: 36 distinctions, 3 merits, 6 passes OR 33 distinctions, 9 merits, 3 passes OR 30 distinctions, 15 merits

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 27 IB Diploma Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 128 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects
  • FETAC acceptability: All modules accepted
  • Anatomy and Physiology, Human Growth and Development, Introduction to Nursing

NVQ

  • Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Not Acceptable

Additional entry requirement information

​Applicants with a Degree or Diploma that are not health or science related must have an A Level Science at grade C or above.
 
We will accept the new Cache Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care grade B or above, or in combination with other relevant qualifications.  Applicants must have studied in the last 3 years.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.

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.

IELTS

7.0 (minimum of 7.0 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

No

Is a DBS check required?

Yes

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance/fees

In November 2016 the Government announced that it planned to change the funding package for those new students starting healthcare courses from 1st August 2017.  Courses affected at LJMU include nursing and midwifery. We do not currently have all of the detail of what funding will be available for healthcare students commencing from August 2017 onwards. The proposal is that all students will move onto the standard student finance package and will be able to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans to cover their course fees and living costs. This is still subject to parliamentary approval. Once the detail of the package is finalised we will update this page. For more information please contact studentadvice@ljmu.ac.uk 0151 231 3153/3154 

If these changes are approved and you are accepted onto one of LJMU's nursing or midwifery courses, and you meet the eligibility criteria, you will be able to apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees.

  • If you are refused student finance 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 enroll on 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. You should contact them directly for more information.

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 grants: In 2015/2016, 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.

Students with dependants: If you have any children or adults that are financially dependent on you, you can apply for means-tested grants for your dependants when you apply for your NHS bursary.

Means-tested NHS bursary: You will also be eligible to apply for a 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

You can apply for your NHS bursary from the start of April before the start of the academic year (for September start courses).

You should log onto www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students and create your own on line NHS bursary account and submit all necessary evidence as soon as possible. If you are still unsure about which course or university you are going to attend then you should still apply as soon as possible and you can easily update your application at a later date.

Maintenance loan

In addition to your NHS bursary students on undergraduate healthcare courses 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 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 2016 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. The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold 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 how the financial support available to students on healthcare courses in 2015 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 £1,000 £4,491 £2,324 (£1,811 in your final year)
In England and living with your parents £1,000 £3,439 £1,744 (£1,324 in your final year)
Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)

Career prospects

You will enjoy excellent career opportunities after graduation with a BA (Hons) in Midwifery.

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.

CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals. 

 

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 has been approved and is 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.

This course is accredited by UNICEF as having attained Baby Friendly Initiative status. This international accreditation ensures that our students are prepared for practice to assist mothers and families giving consistent advice based on best evidence and ensures a gold standard of teaching and learning around breastfeeding and infant feeding within the curriculum.

International Scholarships

International and non-UK EU nationals should check the NHS bursary website for details on residency conditions:

NHSBSA website

If you have any further queries, please contact the International Office on 0151 231 6357.

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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