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Looking for a rewarding career path where you’ll make a meaningful impact? Working in midwifery, a field of healthcare that has been around for thousands of years, midwives make a real difference every day to women’s health.
As a midwife, you’ll be the lead professional for providing care to pregnant women, new mothers and their babies. On this course, you will explore answers to questions like: What does universal midwifery care look like? How does care differ for women with additional complexity? And what does autonomous midwifery practice look like today?
Outside the classroom, you’ll thrive and grow quickly through putting theory into practice soon after starting the course. You will experience community midwifery and home and midwife-led units. And you’ll be part of a multidisciplinary team caring for the most complex cases in hospitals.
With the recent influx of funding for the midwifery profession and your fresh enthusiasm and desire to make a positive impact, imagine how you’ll play a part in the future of the midwifery profession. Be a part of the exciting change.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Small year group sizes
Benefit from more personalised support from teaching staff and experience a stronger sense of community and collaboration among students.
By participating in community midwifery and midwife-led units, to multidisciplinary teams caring for complex cases, you will gain a high-quality learning experience.
Influential teaching team
Our lecturing team is engaged in research, international project work or work in clinical practice, taking your education to the next level.
Tailor a module
Research an area of midwifery you’re passionate about. Practice abroad, provide prison maternity care, or help in mental health mother and baby units – the choice is yours!
Flourish in our classrooms where much of the BSc, MSc and short course programme teaching is shared, giving you a breadth and depth of differing experiences.
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Year 1 starts with an introduction to the world of core universal midwifery care. You’ll dive into anatomy and physiology, learning about the changes and adaptations that occur during pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal. You’ll also explore the role of the midwife and its impact on the pregnant women and birthing people you’ll be supporting.
Practical experience starts early in the skills labs. You’ll put this into practice in clinical placements alongside registered midwives within 6 weeks of starting the course.
In Year 2, you’ll discover how to support women with additional complex needs, from medical conditions to mental health issues and social vulnerabilities. You'll also get the chance to choose an elective module placement in an area of midwifery that you’re passionate about, or to develop your research skills.
In Year 3, you’ll have the opportunity to provide caseloading midwifery care to a small group of women in supervised student groups. Alongside this, you’ll explore your personal midwifery philosophy, and investigate a topic of your choice through your dissertation.
Learning and teaching
Experience in the clinical setting is a key part of the course. We support this with teaching methods such as;
- skills suite work
- exploration of case studies
- group and individual tutorial sessions.
In health and social care no professional group works in isolation so you will share your learning with other health care students from Oxford Brookes. This is vital to developing your teamwork skills and your understanding of the other roles you will encounter in practice.
We offer a very friendly and supportive environment in which to learn.
IT plays an increasingly important role in health care courses. You will have access to an extensive range of learning resources through Moodle, our electronic learning platform.
Our courses adopt a student-centred approach to teaching and learning. And we consistently receive very high satisfaction ratings for the quality of our teaching and for student support in student surveys.
We use a wide range of assessments including;
- case studies
- reflection in and on practice
- observed structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) held in our skills labs
- a variety of written assessments, including some examinations.
- poster presentations.
These assessments ensure that you are competent at both;
- academic writing
- practical and emergency skills.
Grading of practice is a central feature of practice assessment. It accounts for approximately twenty-five per cent of the overall degree classification.
Studying midwifery at Oxford Brookes will prepare you for rewarding opportunities beyond university. You’ll become an expert in analytical thinking, effective communication, and problem solving. All skills that are essential for a rewarding role in midwifery care.
Once you’ve graduated, you will be entered onto the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a registered midwife. This means you’ll be ready to apply for band 5 midwifery positions and begin your preceptorship year.
On successful completion of the course, you will be offered optional employment with our local practice partner after a short professional discussion with them.
Further specialisms include:
- consultant midwifery
- international midwifery
- specialisms such as infant feeding, bereavement, public health
- clinical educator
- delivery suite coordinator.
Or perhaps you fancy deepening your knowledge and career further? At Oxford Brookes, we offer the option to complete a professional doctorate in midwifery as a progression route, allowing you to enjoy a career in clinical academic research or extend your area of specialism further.
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
An IELTS score of 6.5 in all sections (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent scores in other tests such as TOFEL, OET, is required for ALL applicants whose first language is not English.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
Financial support and scholarships
All eligible midwifery students on courses from September 2020 (new and continuing) will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year which they will not need to pay back. For more information please visit NHS Learning Support Fund (LSF)