Our course will prepare you to become a driven, reflective, safe practitioner. After completing the course, you will be able to register as a midwife on the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) professional register. Many of our graduates have progressed to work as advanced midwife practitioners, ward managers or have specialised roles within safeguarding, perinatal mental health, fetal medicine, public health, normality, homebirth teams or in caring for specific groups, such as teenagers.
Why Study Midwifery with us?
The course management and organisation is reflective of the 50:50 equal split between theory and practice. This enhances your learning by supporting the application of theoretical learning to practice, which allows you to bring practice experience back into the classroom setting to enrich the next week’s sessions.
During the summer term you will spend 30 hours in practice, which allows for consolidation of your learning.
Our students enjoy the course and their university experience, and this has been reflected in our National Student Survey results for overall satisfaction.
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|Typical Entry||120 UCAS points|
|GCE A Level||
120 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent, including Biology, Human Biology or Applied Science. Typical offer - BBC/BBB
BTEC National Extended/Diploma in Applied Science (NOT Forensic Science): DMM-DDM; other BTEC Extended/Diploma subjects will be considered (merit/distinction profile) but must be combined with A level Biology, Human Biology or Applied Science. Please note we do not accept Health and Social Care in place of Biology
BBBB including Biology or Human Biology
28 points including 5 in HL Biology
Access to HE Diploma, to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit or above and 15 Level 3 Biology credits at Distinction
OCR National Extended/Diploma: Merit/distinction profile plus GCE A level Biology, Human Biology or Applied Science
Please note that we accept a maximum of 8 UCAS points from GCE AS Levels and that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A Level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A Levels and BTECs/OCRs. FETAC Level 5 (Major Award) with Biology or Human Biology at Distinction and the remaining subjects at Merit. Applicants must also have GCSE Grade C or above in English and Maths.
This section aims to provide you with a course overview, as well as information on how you will be taught and assessed.
What will I learn?
In Year 1 (Level 4), you will study the anatomy and physiology of body systems and pregnancy. We will introduce you to normal midwifery and the care available for women and their families, together with the attainment of appropriate skills for practice. You will have the opportunity to practise clinical competencies within our dedicated skills laboratory prior to your clinical placements.
What will I learn?
In Year 2 (Level 5), your attainment of midwifery specific skills and increasing knowledge of the evidence base will continue. There is a focus on maternity-related complications and medical disorders in pregnancy and child birth. Other aspects of maternity service provision are covered, with modules relating to neonatal care, infant nutrition, aspects of sexual and reproductive health and professional issues.
What will I learn?
In Year 3, you will complete your attainment of specific midwifery skills, developing as a skilled, accountable practitioner, with the competencies for admission to the professional register. You will also carry a small caseload, participating in all care. Research and governance are key during this year. You may also observe care in a different setting.
" This innovative and contemporary midwifery course has a central focus on a positive student experience. Student engagement and active participation is encouraged throughout the student journey. This facilitates the development of confident and competent practitioners as students make the transition in becoming accountable qualified midwives."
How will I be taught?
All of the theory components of the course are taught at Riverside Campus, Chester. They are mainly classroom based, with all skills being taught within the skills laboratory using advanced maternity models.
50% of the course is based in practice, where you will work with your midwifery mentors and other health professionals. Practice placements are located within one of five NHS Trusts throughout Cheshire. The experience you will gain in practice placements includes time spent in antenatal care in community and hospital settings, delivery suite (including midwifery-led care and high-risk areas) and postnatal (including the hospital and community environment).
The contact hours for this course are as follows:
Year 1 (Level 4) – six modules with 60 hours theory contact time.
Year 2 (Level 5) – six modules with 50 hours of theory contact time.
Year 3 (Level 6) – six modules with 40 hours of contact time, which includes the dissertation module; a double module with 30 hours of theory contact time.
The midwifery programme equates to 37.5 hours a week divided between theory, practice and private study.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment of theory includes examinations, essays, and critical incidents, reflections on practice, presentations and case studies.
Practice is assessed using skills assessments, structured examinations and assessment of professional behaviour.
All assessment meets the criteria set out by the NMC.
Study Abroad Opportunities
There may be opportunities for you to travel near the end of your third year studies. This may be financed through the ERASMUS scheme or self-funded by you.
Fees and Funding
UK/EU Fees 2018
It is not currently possible to state what our exact fees will be for students starting an undergraduate degree in 2018.
Our full-time undergraduate tuition fees for UK and EU students entering University in 2017/18 are £9,250 a year, or £1,540 per module for part-time study. The University may increase these fees at the start of each subsequent year of your course in line with inflation at that time, as measured by increases in the Retail Price Index. These fee levels and increases are subject to any necessary government, and other regulatory, approvals.
The level of fees that students starting their studies in 2018 will pay is expected to be determined by outcomes of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF has been introduced by the Government to encourage universities to focus on the quality of the teaching that they offer and to help prospective students find clear information about where teaching quality is high, and where students have achieved the best outcomes.
The TEF outcomes are not currently known. The TEF process has been designed to help students applying for university places for 2018 and the outcomes will be announced at the end of May 2017 in time for prospective students for 2018 entry to apply from September 2017. Following the announcement of the TEF outcomes, fees for University of Chester students starting in 2018 will be published here.
Your course will involve additional costs not covered by your tuition fees. This may include books, printing, photocopying, educational stationery and related materials, specialist clothing, travel to placements, optional field trips and software. Compulsory field trips are covered by your tuition fees.
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is carried out on all students, the cost of which is currently met by the Health Education England North. However please note: with recent changes to the NHS Bursary, this is currently under review, and may mean that for September 2017 start, you will need to pay for a DBS check through the University. The cost of the disclosure is currently £55:00.
If you are living away from home during your time at University, you will need to cover costs such as accommodation, food, travel and bills.
Bursaries are a form of financial help in addition to student loans and grants that do not have to be paid back. The bursaries we are offering for 2017 entrants are listed below.
Application Process for University Bursaries
There is no application process (except for the part-time bursary); but do remember to give consent to share your household income with the University of Chester when you apply for student funding.
We will automatically review your eligibility and notify you if you are eligible; normally by letter to your home address.
If you are not sure whether you have consented to share your information with the University, you can contact the Consent to Share Helpline on 0845 603 4016 and agree to share your information over the telephone. Please note that your parents or sponsor will also have to contact the helpline.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have specific questions.
Available to new full-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of over £6,000) who have a means tested household income of £25,000 or less.
Cash payment and ‘in-kind’ beneﬁts of £500 per year of study.
Chester Bursary for Part-Time Students
Available to new part-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of at least £7,000), enrolled for a minimum of 40 credits at the start of Level 4, and with a declared residual household income of £25,000 or less.
Bursary: up to £1,500
Cash payments made on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of credits studied each academic year.
Care Leavers Bursary
Available to new full-time Level 4 undergraduate home students under the age of 25, paying a tuition fee of over £6,000, who have evidence of their care leaver status.
Bursary: up to £7,000
Mixture of cash, 'in-kind’ beneﬁts and fee waiver.
Contact Martina Ferrari at email@example.com for more information about the Care Leavers Bursary.
Young Adult Carers Bursary
Working in partnership with Young Carers organisations locally, this bursary is available for eligible young carers.
Bursary Package totalling: £4,500
Contact Martina Ferrari at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the Young Adult Carers Bursary.
Riverside Campus, Chester
The University took ownership of the former County Hall in Chester in 2010 and transformed it into the Riverside Campus building, which provides exceptionally high quality and state-of-the-art facilities for its two resident faculties. This iconic building in the centre of Chester is just a 20-minute walk from the main Chester Campus.
Riverside Campus houses the Library collections for Education and Children’s Services and Health and Social Care students along with several IT laboratories for 'open access' and teaching use. All of the teaching spaces are equipped with high-grade audiovisual technology and provide an excellent learning experience.
In addition, Riverside Campus provides a 192-seat lecture theatre, containing raked seating and a widescreen capable of showing Blu-ray and HD films.
Dining@Dee, Riverside’s own café and coffee shop, serves hot and cold drinks, snacks and delicious meals. Meanwhile, the Student Space provides social, group work and discussion space for students, with hot and cold drinks vending machines and snack machines available, and students are able to eat their own food here.
Our Careers and Employability Service
The University has an award winning Careers and Employability service which provides a variety of employability-enhancing experiences; through the curriculum; through employer contact and through tailored group sessions and individual information, advice and guidance.
Careers and Employability aims to deliver a service which is inclusive, impartial, welcoming, informed and tailored to your personal goals and aspirations, to enable you to develop as an individual and contribute to the business and community in which you will live and work.
We are here to help you plan your future and to enhance your employability. We provide access to part-time jobs and work shadowing. We offer practical one-to-one help with career planning including help with CVs, applications and mock interviews. We deliver group sessions on career planning within each taught programme. We have extensive information on graduate jobs and postgraduate study.
Students and graduates of the University of Chester can use our services free of charge for up to three years after graduating. Graduates of other UK universities within three years of graduation are also welcome to use our services during vacations. A charging policy applies to other clients - please contact us for more details.
From its beginnings as a Roman fortress 2,000 years ago, Chester has managed to retain its unique character whilst offering everything that you would expect from a modern city today, as it becomes "a must-see European destination".
The City of Chester is a vibrant mix of cafes, shops and ancient walls, rows and architectural and archaeological features. The City is home to all-year-round arts festivals, events, exhibitions and street entertainment, including the famous Chester Races, the Rowing Regatta and the internationally acclaimed Chester Zoo.
Open Days 2017
Visit us at an undergraduate Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.