A midwife is an evidence-based healthcare practitioner who provides a safe, respectful, caring and personalised service to women, their babies and families.
As a midwife you'll provide care throughout the antenatal, intrapartum and post-partum period. Besides delivering babies and working with small children, you'll help women make informed decisions and choices about their care.
The University of Leeds is a world class university. Our midwifery lecturers are committed to providing inspirational research-led teaching and a dynamic learning environment, to help our students develop the competence required to qualify and to practise.
As a student midwife on this course you'll have access to a range of vibrant clinical areas in both regional and district maternity units.
The School of Healthcare welcomes International/Overseas students. For more information please refer to the School of Healthcare Admissions policy here
The Course Leader is Angela Hewett.
Admissions Tutor is Zoe Darwin. She can answer specific queries about the course, though she is frequently teaching or supervising and may not be able to respond to you immediately.
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The School of Healthcare is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health. We aim to provide high quality education and research and to develop knowledge that both informs and improves practice.
The School has a dedicated clinical skills suite with hospital beds, adult child and Midwifery suites and facilities for Mental health nursing and Social work teams.
Students have access to all University of Leeds facilities - sports facilities, excellent libraries, including the Health Sciences Library, an award-winning students' union and support services and the attractions of the city of Leeds.
Tabitha a third year student talks about why she chose to study at Leeds
Students who successfully complete this programme will be able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
In year 1 you study three modules. Together these help you to develop basic professional values, clinical skills and woman-centred midwifery care in the antenatal and postnatal periods, as well as knowledge of biology, sociology and psychology and study and research skills. There is a greater balance of theory to practice in this year and a mixture of community and hospital placements.
In year 2 you study three midwifery theory and practice modules, where midwifery theory expands to include the care of women in the inter-partum period and more complex childbearing in a range of physical, psychological/emotional and social contexts. You undertake a two-week exposure to adult nursing in high dependency environments and develop your critical skills by reflecting on the maternity services and aspects of care delivery. There is an equal split between theory and practice. This year is hospital based.
In year 3 there is a greater balance of practice to theory in two midwifery theory and practice modules. You hone your skills in higher risk emergency care and take greater responsibility in a final community placement, where you care for a small caseload of women under indirect supervision. You write a 10,000 word dissertation, addressing a specific midwifery-related question in depth and study one 10-credit optional module from a range available. There is also an opportunity for a two-week elective experience at home or abroad.
Clinical placements are an integral part of your training. Read "Study abroad and work placements" tab.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: ABB including biology at grade A.
Not general studies or critical thinking.
GCSE: 5 GCSE'S at grade C or above to include Science, Maths and English at grade B.
On successful completion of the programme you're eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Midwife. There are many opportunities for midwives - from rotational posts in hospitals or the community, to specialist practitioner and management roles.
Post-registration you might choose to study further, at Masters or PhD level.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
Midwifery programmes are 50% academic work and 50% clinical practice. Students rotate through all the clinical aspects of midwifery practice, in the community and on hospital wards - antenatal and postnatal care, transitional care and working on the delivery suite. Students have the opportunity to work in a large regional unit and a smaller Distinct Unit. Students gain exposure to adult nursing in year 3.
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