Maternity Care Assistant
Duration & study mode
1 year full-time
Health & Life Sciences
Course starting dates
The Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) Maternity Care Assistant has been developed to develop the knowledge and skills of existing Maternity Care Assistants (MCAs) who are already working in a hospital or community midwifery setting.
The course integrates knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes and develops your professional and personal maturity along with attributes necessary to work in a multi-disciplinary, woman-centred healthcare environment. The course is designed to ensure equity to Senior Health Care Support Workers (Scottish Government, 2010) and to meet the requirements related to professional proficiency and fitness for practice in relation to achievement of MCA Competencies (NES, 2006).
MCAs work with childbearing women and their families and with the professionals who provide care and applicants to this course must already be employed in a maternity services setting and be nominated for entry to this course by their Line Manager.
This course is fully funded by the NHS.
The School of Health, Nursing & Midwifery at UWS offers a variety of innovative courses with hands-on experience and work in virtual and real-life ward situations.
Our modern healthcare facilities across our Scottish campuses simulate clinical environments as well as home settings to teach caring for the elderly and people with dementia. If you’re learning in London we have face-to-face and online courses that will enable you to accelerate your career in the healthcare sector.
The School’s work on breastfeeding has been internationally recognised by UNICEF and our research into dementia policy and practice won best educational initiative at Scotland's Dementia Awards 2016.
Our students graduate ready to achieve their ambitions in the healthcare sector.
The CertHE Maternity Care Assistant lasts one year. Each trimester comprises a short theory block followed by defined practice placements to integrate and consolidate evidence-based knowledege and understanding with skills acquisition, attitudes and behaviours.
Topic areas include:
You will undertake practice placements within your NHS Board, and the Board will administer the placement, ensuring you experience a variety of ante and post-natal care settings.
Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.
We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.
If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.
NB: you must be employed within maternity services and be nominated for entry to the programme by a Line Manager. There will be formal agreement from the maternity services provider stating that you will be fully supported to undertake this course.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.
General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*
*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:
In order to be considered for this course you must currently be employed within maternity services and be nominated for entry to the course by your employer. There is a formal agreement with the University and maternity services providers for students to be fully supported to undertake this course. You should contact your line manager for more information before applying.
If you do not currently work within maternity services then you are not able to apply for this course.
Applications for this post-experience based CertHE are made directly to the University. Please review all of our entry requirements before applying directly.
All students should apply directly to the University through our online application system. Before you apply, you should check that you meet our entry requirements and you should have all your supporting documents ready.
The first stage of the process is to create a profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving each section and return to complete it at a later date.
You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.
Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.
Before you begin your application, it is important to read the Postgraduate & Post-Experience application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
Following completion of the CertHE there are a number of potential career paths available including working in General Acute Maternity Services, working in a hospital-based maternity unit or supporting Community Midwifery services.
Roles in parent Education are also an option, supporting new mothers with issues such as baby and infant feeding, transitions into parenthood and postnatal support.
You could also become a Breastfeeding Supporter, leading workshops and supporting new mothers to breastfeed.
Upon completion you could go on to further study at UWS including Health Studies, Childhood Studies or Midwifery.
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