BSc Honours Midwifery Sciences (UCAS Code: B720)
This information is prepared in advance of the academic year to which it relates and the grades stated should be treated as a guide only as requirements can vary from year to year.
Overall academic background will be taken into account when considering applications.
All applicants (except Access/Foundation applicants) must normally have 5 GCSEs at grade B or better to include Mathematics and a Science subject (ie Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Double Award Science or Science). A GCSE Applied Science is not acceptable in lieu of GCSE Science. A minimum of a grade C in GCSE English Language is also required. Applicants offering Access/Foundation courses must have GCSE Mathematics and a Science subject at grade B or better. Please note that NICATS Mathematics is acceptable in lieu of GCSE Mathematics and a Science module in Biology, Chemistry or Physics would be accepted in lieu of GCSE Science.
In addition to the GCSE requirements, or equivalent, applicants must offer one of the following qualifications:
For students whose first language is not English
An IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each test component or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information on other acceptable English Language qualifications is available here
If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO Queen's University Belfast is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including:
International Foundation in Engineering and Science
For all applicants
In addition, candidates must meet the academic entrance requirements by 31 August 2013. If candidates request a remark of a paper and subsequently achieve the required grade, their offer will be honoured but it may have to be deferred to a later intake.
At shortlisting, preference may be given to applicants offering GCSE grade B in Mathematics and/or a Science or equivalent. Additional academic criteria may be applied at shortlisting depending on the volume of applications.
Applicants made an offer of a place on the programme are required to undergo a satisfactory Occupational Health Assessment and Criminal Record check (Access NI Enhanced Disclosure Check).
Further academic changes may be introduced for 2013 entry and a final decision will be taken based on the experience of the previous academic year.
Note: The BSc in Nursing and BSc in Midwifery Sciences are taught in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, and application is currently made direct to the School and not through UCAS but this is under review and may change for 2013 entry.Back to top
The School of Nursing and Midwifery is located within the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, and is uniquely positioned to offer an innovative approach to interprofessional education using the latest technologies in simulated learning for clinical practice. Our programmes integrate theory and clinical practice, preparing our students to be sought-after practitioners capable of delivering care around the globe. Our training partners include internationally-recognised clinical institutions and community care services. Our students benefit from teaching by staff actively engaged in areas of specialty practice, and with the support of a personal tutoring scheme.
There are opportunities for student exchanges with our international partners and the School supports students to undertake activities of benefit to the broader Northern Ireland community.Back to top
This three-year degree programme is the first step in preparing you for an outstanding career in Midwifery. The degree has specific learning outcomes that relate to the knowledge, skills and attitudes to practice that are: woman/family centred, clinically effective, competent and safe, evidence-based, and established on caring and ethical principles. It provides students with direct contact with women, their babies and families in home, hospital and community settings under the supervision and guidance of lecturers and skilled midwives.
The programme is unique in its approach to using facilitated learning experiences to enhance student autonomy in delivering care to women and their families. Modules are designed to develop the knowledge and skills that students will need to deal with normal midwifery practice and to co-ordinate the care of women experiencing more complex pregnancies. The public health role of the midwife is highlighted throughout and students gain experience in planning and co-ordinating care for mothers and their babies.Back to top
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.
On the BSc in Midwifery Sciences we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:
Assessment (general): The way in which you are assessed will vary according to the learning objectives of each module. Modules are assessed through project work, written assignments, written and oral examinations. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Module Handbook which is provided to all students at the start of each module.
Feedback (general): As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.Back to top
Studying for a BSc (Hons) Midwifery Sciences degree at Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by employers both nationally and internationally.
The majority of our graduates pursue a career in midwifery which offers a diverse range of post registration opportunities to specialise in areas such as: bereavement counselling; antenatal screening coordination; perinatal mental health; family planning and reproductive sexual health; ultra sound scanning; public health and health promotion; breastfeeding support; neonatology, and education and research
The Prospects websiteprovides further information concerning the types of jobs that attract Midwifery Graduates.
Further study is also an option open to Midwifery graduates. For taught postgraduate programmes, students can follow the Masters in Advanced Professional Practice or the Doctorate in Midwifery Practice. Students can also choose from a comprehensive list of research topicsto follow research degree programmes.
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plusinitiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast fullEmployability Statementfor further information.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plus in particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.Back to top
Queen's is the only university in Northern Ireland offering a Midwifery Sciences degree programme. Teaching and learning activities include the use of high fidelity simulation technology where students use their midwifery knowledge and skills in a safe, controlled environment. In the final year of the programme, students have the opportunity to negotiate a short elective placement at home in the UK or abroad where they identify the learning outcomes that they wish to achieve.
Eligible students may have their fees paid for the duration of the three-year programme by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety and may also receive a bursary.Back to top