This course aims to produce knowledgeable and skilled professionals, equipping them to meet the requirements of a rapidly changing neonatal service. The course will prepare midwives to undertake the examination of the normal newborn baby as screening for abnormality.
The underlying normal and altered anatomy and physiology of major systems, normal morphology, common congenital and chromosomal abnormalities will form the background of the physical examination, whilst the sociological, behavioural and professional aspects complete the holistic process.
Entry and Admissions
Short Course / CPD
Part-time: Over a 28 week period, seven days in all.
School of Community Health and Midwifery
No Partner College
The course is open to all professionals who are currently involved in providing care for neonates and may include neonatal nurses, midwives and doctors.
To read about the course in more depth, please download the course handbook: | 2019/20.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
- Anatomy and physiology of general systems: heart, lungs, CNS, skeletal, endocrine, gastro-intestinal
- Review of transition to extra-uterine life
- Normal morphology of the neonate
- Congenital defects and abnormalities
- Genetics overview - common chromosomal abnormalities
- Common neonatal Infections - identification of infected baby
- Screening and method of examination, recognition of the abnormal
- Communication issues: giving feedback to parents referral and communication to multidisciplinary team
- Sociological influences - cultural and familial
- Neonatal behavioural and family issues
- Professional issues; including enhanced role, autonomy and advocacy issues, NMC responsibilities, legal aspects.
Learning Environment & Assessment:
The course will utilise structured lectures, guided learning material. The sessions will enable the exploration of theory in relation to the students practice experiences.
The course is assessed by written assignment, viva voce and 20 summative neonatal examinations.
We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.
Learning outcome & aims
We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.
Industry links & professional accreditation
We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.
Work experience and international opportunities
At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.
The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.
UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.
From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.
Fees & Funding
You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.
How to Apply
Individuals working for health and social care organisations should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.
Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from:
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839