Midwifery - Liverpool John Moores University

2019/20 entry

BA (Hons) Midwifery

Course fees

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

The government has not yet confirmed fee information for 2019/20.

Course type

BA (Hons)

Bachelor of Arts

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
  • Start month: September
  • Campus location: City Campus
Additional course costs
Travel costs to placements and parking if using a car whilst on placement. However, you may be able to claim reimbursement of travel costs through The Learner Support Fund provided by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA).
Students who would like to buy extra uniform items, further to their standard uniform which is included in the course fees, have the option to do so.

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, Sociology and Anthropology.
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Not acceptable
  • Average A Level offer: ABB

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: No
  • 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 required from any combination of distinctions, merits or passes.

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 128 UCAS points is required

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: The following modules must be achieved at Distinction:
  • Anatomy and Physiology, Human Growth and Development, Introduction to Nursing

Scottish awards

  • Scottish Higher: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Scottish Advanced Higher: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

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 and fees

Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees - 2019/20 fees are not currently available

You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £25,000**.

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

The government has stated that it intends to introduce a pro rata maintenance loan for part time students from England from the 2018/19 academic year.

For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £25,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £25,000).*

*Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

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 study

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 reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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