Frequently asked questions
What is a typical theory week like? What support is there in place?
A typical theory week is 37.5 hours - Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.
During theory weeks, most Wednesday afternoons are left for you to engage in personal activities with societies, sports etc.
For the entirety of the course, you will be allocated a personal tutor. In addition, module leaders are available for individual module guidance and tutorial support. The year lead, programme lead and University’s Lead Midwife for Education are also points of contact for support within the university setting.
Anyone who has specific learning needs can be assessed by our AccessAbility team, and a support package put in place accordingly. Health and wellbeing support can also be accessed via the central university systems.
Where do I undertake my placements and what are the expected hours? What support mechanisms are in place during clinical placements?
Your placements will be predominantly undertaken within the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, which has two hospital sites at the Leicester Royal Infirmary and Leicester General Hospital. There is also a small birthing unit at St Mary’s Hospital in Melton Mowbray. Midwifery community placements occur across the whole of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Some placements with the Perinatal Mental Health Team are based within the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust.
The actual shift patterns vary from 9-5 hours when working in the community, to working a 12-hour shift pattern in the hospital - starting at either 7am or 7pm. Over the course of your 5-6 week placements, you will be expected to record all the hours that you work, which should equate to 37.5 hours per week.
Whilst you are on placement, you will be allocated to practice supervisors who will work with you on each shift and help direct your learning in the practice setting. These will predominantly be registered midwives, but can also be other registered health and social care registrants, such as physiotherapists, sonographers, doctors, social workers etc. A midwife who is a practice assessor will review your achievements in clinical practice and undertake a holistic assessment. This will be discussed with your Academic Assessor who oversees the whole process and awards the final grade for practice.
Each placement area has a Practice Learning Team that can support you, and the practice supervisors/practice assessors enable effective learning opportunities so you can maximise your achievements.
Can I have an external job while on the course?
We recommend that you limit working over and above the programme hours to the summer holidays. You are expected to work 37.5 hours per week throughout the timetabled theory and practice placements, and some of this will involve working the day and night shifts, as well as some weekends. The EU working time directive also restricts your weekly working hours. It is in your interest to achieve a pass in all assessments at the first attempt so that you can maximise your annual leave in the summer months where possible.
Where is the best accommodation for me to live to get to placements on time?
There are various Halls of Residence for University of Leicester students to choose from. The City accommodation sites are more suitable for access to the town centre and to the hospital placements. Accommodation at The Village in Oadby offers a range of social activities for Leicester students.
Do I need my own transport while I am on the course and is there financial support for travel?
You do not need your own transport although a pushbike can be beneficial to get to the University and to clinical placements.
There is currently a reimbursement mechanism for students to claim transport costs to and from placements. This may change with the introduction of a new non-repayable and non-means tested grant of £5,000 per year to help with living costs.