HECert Maternity Care (Part-Time)

  1. Duration:
    2yrs Part-time
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Course Overview

CertHE Maternity Care…

- has been designed as a gateway into a career in maternity care or support

- is ideal for Maternity Care Support Workers, Doulas and Nursery Nurses working in maternity services, or for those wishing to move into such roles

- gives students the opportunity to develop practice skills and applied business development skills

- is a flexible, part-time course

Key Features

  • Flexible, part-time course to fit around your existing life and commitments.
  • Thorough grounding in holism and knowledge to support and promote normal birth.
  • Detailed and stimulating exploration of maternity care from a support perspective.
  • Ideal for Maternity Care Support Workers, Doulas, Nursery Nurses working in maternity services, or for those wishing to move into such roles.
  • Blended learning programme delivered by a team of experienced midwives and other professionals.
  • A gateway into a career in maternity care or support, with opportunities to develop practice skills and applied business development skills.

Description

The one year, part-time Higher Education Certificate in Maternity Care offers 120 Credits at Level 4, and is delivered via a blended learning approach. It is a dynamic course aimed at anyone who has an interest in reproduction, birth, parenting and maternity care.

The Midwifery and Reproductive Health team have extensive expertise in maternity care with a strong focus on empowering women and families throughout the pregnancy, birth and the early parenting process. Many of the team are research active and all are driven to try to improve knowledge and understanding of women’s bodies, experiences and needs during the transition to motherhood.

All students on the programme study four core modules in maternity care, looking at all aspects from a holistic perspective. Students focus on self-development, self-awareness, and holistic skills whilst developing a detailed knowledge and understanding of key aspects of physiology, family, society, communication, culture, holism, health and maternity care services in the UK.

Students choose from two specialist routes: the Doula Route and the Maternity Support Worker (MSW) route.

The Doula Route enables self-employed Doulas, or those planning a career as a Doula, to develop further their self-awareness, support and holistic skills to be positive, proactive pregnancy, birth and parenting companions. Visiting lecturers include Doulas and complementary therapists, who bring added specialist expertise. The route also addresses key aspects of self employment, including business planning, financial planning and records, tax issues, and marketing.

The MSW route enables those already employed as Maternity Support Workers, those wishing to gain such a role, and Nursery Nurses working in Maternity Care, to develop a deeper insight into care of women and families within the NHS, both in hospital and in the community. All students on this route cover key clinical skills development in simulation. For those MSWs who are in employment, or those who secure voluntary work within the maternity care setting, there is the option to achieve clinical competencies based on the All Wales Curriculum for Maternity Support Workers. 

We have been awarded Level 1 Baby Friendly Initiative status, from UNICEF UK, and promote breastfeeding through a multi-dimensional approach.

This programme both innovative and unique, and builds self-confidence, knowledge and skills in one of the most important dimensions of human life: pregnancy, birth and parenting. 

Entry Requirements

Candidates must be 18 years of age or over.

Although there are no other specific entry requirements, candidates will be expected to display an understanding of maternity care and the ability and commitment to study at this level.

Candidates must also supply a 500 word statement in support of their application. 

How To Apply

Candidates must apply directly to the College of Human and Health Sciences.

Candidates should request a College of Human and Health Sciences application form from chhsadmissions@swansea.ac.uk or +44 (0)1792 518531, and return their completed form accompanied by a CV.

Although there are no specific entry requirements, candidates will be expected to display an understanding of maternity care and the ability and commitment to study at this level.

Candidates must also supply a 500 word statement in support of their application. 

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
HECert Part-time £1,750 N/A

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

Employability and Career Prospects

The course prepares individuals for work within the maternity support setting and contains a strong focus on self-development, self-awareness, transferable skills and employment specific knowledge and skills. Those completing the course should be able to either set up work as a self-employed Doula, find work within a maternity support role, or move into other roles within health and social care.

The course also offers those in employment a career progression pathway within Higher Education by enabling successful students to access the College’s existing work-based learning programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Those wishing to undertake further studies within health care or maternity care (such as nursing or midwifery) would find this a useful introduction which should enhance their career decision making process and future applications. 

Term dates

The programme commences each September.

There are three modules per year running between September and December, January and March/April, April/March to July

Dates will vary from year to year.

Further information

Doulas:The popularity of lay support in childbearing has increased significantly in recent years, with changes to the provision of midwifery care meaning that women often choose a lay Doula to ensure that they will have one to one support during labour and birth, and increased support during the postnatal period. Doulas enjoy a unique relationship with women and partners in providing one to one lay support during pregnancy and parenting.

Maternity Support Workers/Maternity Care Assistants (MSWs): The role of the MSW has been established within Wales and there are national trends suggesting that such roles may expand in the future. The programme has also been developed utilising the existing National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare’s (NLIAH) All Wales Maternity Support Worker Curriculum.

MSWs carry out a range of tasks in either the hospital or community setting, including breastfeeding support, basic assessment of maternal wellbeing (such as recording vital signs or testing urine samples), provision of health information and health promotion, and provision of clinical support to midwives and doctors providing antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care.

Nursery nurses have key roles in maternity and children’s care, for example, providing in-hospital breastfeeding and neonatal care, and supporting and educating mothers on neonatal wellbeing and safety, yet their routes into HE are limited. This programme would offer nursery nurses the option of developing their knowledge and skills for entry into a maternity care role, enhancing knowledge and skills and career development in an existing maternity care role, and open up a career progression pathway within HE by enabling them to access the College’s existing work-based learning programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

What is blended learning?

The CertHE in Maternity Care will be delivered using a blended learning approach, fostering self-reliance, and independence in learning. Blended learning in this context means a combination of taught sessions and self-directed learning. The midwifery team are experienced in delivering undergraduate modules within this blended learning framework.

The programme is delivered by lecturers who are very experienced in flexible learning, and the modes of assessment are also based on current experience and skills of the midwifery lecturing team.

Accommodation

Designated accommodation is available for new first year human and health science students in Swansea University Residences, click here for your accommodation options.  If you want to make sure you get a room in residence in your first year, click here to read the accommodation guarantee.