Midwifery with Foundation Year – BSc (Hons) *
Attendance Full Time (1 year foundation followed by 3 year degree)
Offering the unique satisfaction of a career caring for the health of the mother, baby and her family, our excellent Midwifery course with a Foundation Year, will prepare you to become a confident and compassionate midwife.
Tailor your Health Sciences Degree
When you successfully complete your Foundation Year, you will be able to progress onto a range of Undergraduate courses at the Birmingham City School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing and Midwifery. These include:
- BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences
- BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography
- BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition
- BSc (Hons) Health Studies (Public Health)
- BSc (Hons) Medical Ultrasound
- BSc (Hons) Midwifery
- BSc (Hons) Nursing – Adult
- BSc (Hons) Nursing – Child
- BSc (Hons) Nursing – Learning Disability
- BSc (Hons) Nursing – Mental Health
- BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice
- BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
- BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy
- BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy
Why choose a foundation year course?
By studying a foundation year in Health Sciences, your first year will be spent learning a wide range of broad subject areas which then open up opportunities for you to specialise further in your next year – which would be the first year of a full degree programme.
You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses and not just one particular BSc degree.
So although you are studying a BSc in a specific course – BSc Midwifery – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year.
This flexibility is one of the great things about the foundation year category – Health Sciences, allowing you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us at BCU to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best.
Please note: entry requirements for degree course
Upon completion of your Foundation Year, if your chosen course is regulated by a professional body such as the National College for Teaching and Leadership, you will be required to successfully complete the University’s selection process for the specific programme which will include an interview in order to proceed onto year one of the full degree programme. Entry onto year one of the degree programme will also be subject to a satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health Assessment.
What’s covered in the course?
Throughout this course you experience a mixture of teaching, self-directed learning and practice-based clinical placements, through which you are expected to participate in the care of child-bearing women and their babies.
Placements are an essential part of this Midwifery course. You do not need to have previously worked in healthcare, although it would help your studies if you have carried out some voluntary experience in a role.
You start your clinical placement within a few weeks of commencing your course, fully supported by a midwifery mentor and your personal tutor, so you will be gaining practical experience right from the start of this course.
Our midwifery lecturers are all registered midwives, who will be here to support and guide you every step of the way. You will attend a variety of teaching and learning opportunities such as seminars, lectures, small group work, skills workshops, as well as carry out case study analysis, simulation and reflections on your practice.
Where will I study?
You will learn in our brand new £41 million City South campus, with access to state-of-the-art facilities that allow you to continue developing your practical skills right here on campus too. You will be able to familiarise yourself with the birthing areas in our SPACE room, that is designed to replicate a medical setting, for you to drop in and practice your skills.
Your studies are enhanced by our online resources which includes the Midwifery Virtual Case Creator, which provides a highly interactive online simulation of clinical situations. This enables you to develop skills, prioritise care and make practice-related decisions in a safe environment.
Our campus also has fantastic skills facilities that you will have access to throughout your time here. They include a theatre mock ward, home environment, birthing room and much more. You can find out more about our facilities here.
See what our students say…
“Seeing my first actual birth was a big highlight; really lovely to be involved. It was an amazing experience and solidified the reasons why I wanted to be a midwife.”
Why Choose Us?
- Our course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
- High graduate employability rate – 100% graduate employability rate, as there is currently a UK-wide shortage of midwives
- You will be eligible to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to become a registered midwife once you have graduated from this course
- Enjoy real-life work placements throughout the course to develop you as a professional midwife
- We work in partnership with the NHS and private hospitals, ensuring that your placement and career opportunities are secured
- Located at our £41 million City South Campus, you will enjoy studying the course in a stunning environment designed to maximise your learning experience
- Sophisticated skills facilities such as a home environment, birthing area and teaching tools, including use of a birth simulator and neonatal mannequins to help simulate a variety of birth scenarios
- Awarded the Unicef Stage 1 Baby Friendly Initiative – It’s highly unusual for a University to achieve this, and shows how deep our best practice is around this vital area
- You will come away fulfilling the NHS newborn and infant physical examination (NIPE) criteria. Including this extended training demonstrates our commitment to enhancing undergraduate development to the highest standards
- Learn from registered midwives with a wide range of clinical experience and interest. Our staff work hard to ensure their teaching reflects every day up to date midwifery practice