Midwifery - BSc (Hons)

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Full Time (3 years)
September 2016

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Offering the unique satisfaction of a career caring for the health of the mother, baby and her family, this excellent midwifery course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Placements are an essential part of the Midwifery course. You do not need to have previously worked in healthcare, although it would help your studies if you have carried out some voluntary experience in a care role.

What's covered in the course?

You experience a mixture of teaching, self-directed learning and practice-based clinical placements, through which you are expected to participate in the care of child-bearing women and their babies.

You start your clinical placement within a few weeks of commencing your course, fully supported by a midwifery mentor and your personal tutor.

Our midwifery lecturers will advise you on your academic work. You will be required to attend a variety of teaching and learning opportunities such as seminars, lectures, small group work, skills workshops, as well as carrying out case study analysis, simulation and reflections on your practice.

Your studies are enhanced by our online resources which includes the Midwifery Virtual Case Creator, which provides a highly interactive online simulation of clinical situations. It enables you to develop skills, prioritise care and make practice-related decisions in a safe environment.

“Seeing my first actual birth was a big highlight; really lovely to be involved. It was an amazing experience and solidified the reasons why I wanted to be a midwife.”
Melanie Green

Why Choose Us?

  • You can plan on solid career prospects, as there is currently a UK-wide shortage of midwives. Upon successful completion of the course, you are eligible to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to become a registered midwife.
  • Our state-of-the-art facilities include a home environment, birthing area and teaching tools, including use of a birth simulator and neonatal mannequins to help simulate a variety of birth scenarios.
  • We were recently awarded the Unicef Stage 1 Baby Friendly Initiative. It's highly unusual for a University to achieve this, and shows how deep our best practice is around this vital area.
  • Staff are all registered midwives with a wide range of clinical experience and interest. They work hard to ensure their teaching reflects every day up to date midwifery practice.
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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Birmingham Woman Hospital
  • Heartlands Hospital

And in jobs such as:

  • Midwife

This course is accredited by:

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Entry Requirements

We now recruit to the values of the NHS constitution. This influences our selection criteria and especially the values we are seeking to be demonstrated in both your application and interview, which we view as essential in any individual involved in patient care.

A minimum of 320 UCAS tariff points:

Level 2 qualifications which must be achieved PRIOR to application:
GCSE at Grade C or above in five subjects, which must include English Language, Mathematics and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Science Double Award (GCSE equivalents are not accepted, e. g. Key Skills level 2, Adult Numeracy, Adult Literacy).
Irish Leaving Certificate, a minimum of five Ordinary levels at Grade B3 or above, must include English, Mathematics and a Science subject.
Scottish qualifications, a minimum of five Intermediate Standard 2 or above, must include English, Mathematics and a Science subject.
Plus one of the following Level 3 qualifications which you may be working towards:
GCE A/A2 level
320 UCAS tariff points from a maximum of three A/A2 level passes which must include one of Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Health and Social Care or Human Biology at Grade C or above. A typical offer would be ABB. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted.
GCE AS/A1 level 
AS level system currently under review as will not be counted towards full A2 award within the new curriculum from 2015 onwards. If already holding/currently working towards previous curriculum AS levels, two subjects accepted with two GCE A/A2 Levels, which must include one of Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Health and Social Care or Human Biology at Grade C or above. Must achieve a minimum of 320 tariff points. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted.
GCE/AVCE Double Award in Health and Social Care
GCE/AVCE Double Award with remaining UCAS tariff points from a maximum of one GCE A/A2 Level. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted.
BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care
Minimum Grade DDD required.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Minimum Grade 36 required.
Access to HE Diploma in Health, Nursing or Midwifery
Full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 including 30 at Merit or Distinction with a minimum of 18 from Science or Health related subjects and 15 at Level 2. In addition, Mathematics and English Language GCSE grade C must be achieved prior to course commencement.
Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care
Average of 50% attainment for Level 5 modules.
The Open University K101 - An Introduction to Health and Social Care
Acceptable with evidence of previous Level 3 studies.
Irish Leaving Certificate
Maximum of 5 Highers at Grade C3 or above to achieve 300 UCAS tariff points - must include health or science related subjects.
Scottish Qualifications
Maximum of 5 Advanced Highers at Grade C or above to achieve 300 UCAS tariff points.
14-19 Level 3 Diploma in Society, Health and Development
Full Award is acceptable in combination with one A/A2 level in one of Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Health and Social Care or Human Biology (minimum Grade B).

Other qualifications:

Applicants’ qualifications that are not listed will be considered on an individual basis.

In addition:
  • Applicants must have evidence of study within the last 5 years.
  • We operate a gathered field for applications, with interviews taking place between the period of December to early March.
  • Applicants are required to undertake a face-to-face engagement, normally in the format of an interview.
  • Applicants must demonstrate evidence of literacy, numeracy and IT skills in line with the Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements.
  • Literacy and numeracy tests will form part of the selection criteria for this course and you must achieve the minimum of 11 out of 15 for the literacy test and 9 out of 12 for the numeracy test in order to proceed to interview.

Sample Literacy and Numeracy Tests

Numeracy and literacy tests are a requirement determined by the Nursing and Midwifery Council linked to the recruitment and selection of pre-registration nursing and midwifery students. Try our sample tests below:

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Applicants should be aware that qualifications, personal statement, interview, references and, pre interview numeracy and literature testing all form part of the selection criteria for this course.

New UCAS tariff

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

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UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years NHS Funded Apply via UCAS

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Applying for a course and preparing for an interview can be a daunting process, so we have created a series of films to help you through the process, including what to put in your personal statement.

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Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

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NHS funding

Places on this course are funded by the NHS.

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This course is not available part-time

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Grants and Scholarships

Want to join us in September 2016? Undergraduate students can receive up to £4,000* in non repayable financial support.

*(criteria will apply)

Year one

In your first year, you'll learn the foundations of all you need to know up to the NMC’s Progression Point 1.

You'll focus on normal pregnancy and child birth underpinned by relevant anatomy, physiology, ethics, law, professional regulation and research which are delivered in eight single carefully designed modules.

Modules include:
Foundation and clinical skills
15 credits
Midwifery practice and antenatal care
15 credits
Midwifery practice intrapartum care
15 credits
Midwifery practice postnatal care mother
15 credits
Normal neonate
15 credits
Introduction to professional midwifery practice and personal development
15 credits
Evidence based midwifery practice 1
15 credits
Clinical practice 1
15 credits

Year two

In year two, we look in more depth into complicated pregnancy and childbirth and also more complex needs of the baby.

You will be introduced to the more complex issues surrounding contemporary midwifery practice including vulnerable women, safeguarding, global health as well as expanding your research base. These topics are integrated into six modules.

Modules include:
Supporting vulnerable women and their families
30 credits
Complex midwifery care
30 credits
Complex neonate
15 credits
Clinical practice 2
15 credits
Evidence based midwifery practice 2
15 credits
Global health and the theory of change
15 credits

Year three

In year three we work with you to consolidate and develop the depth and application your knowledge and skills to prepare you for eligibility to becoming a midwife.

This is an intense, demanding course of study, equivalent to studying a course such as law or dentistry.

Modules include:
Midwifery project
30 credits
Midwifery professional practice
30 credits
Examination and care of the neonate
30 credits
Clinical practice 3
15 credits
Normality and woman-centred care
15 credits

In our exciting, newly validated innovative course, we've taken major steps in responding to changes in the NHS that also map directly on to the very latest Nursing and Midwifery Council standards of best practice.

The course runs for 45 weeks each year. Approximately 60 per cent is devoted to theory and 40 per cent to clinical practice. When you are on clinical placement you are expected to participate in the care of child bearing women across the full range of shifts including night duty and weekends.

Additional support

If you are dyslexic, have a specific learning difference or a disability, we have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you.

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We offer extra technical and learning support.

Teaching breakdown

19 Time in lectures, seminars and similar MidnightBlue
33 Time in independent study RoyalBlue
48 Time on placement LightSkyBlue

Assessment breakdown

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54 Coursework FireBrick
42 Practical exams #fece5a

Student stories

Star Alumni Kate Horton graduated in 2001 and is now a Ward Sister.

Student Tracey Price tells us why she chose the 18 months BSc (Hons) Midwifery Shortened Programme at Birmingham City University.

This course is accredited by the following organisation:

Our midwifery degree acts as both an academic and a professional qualification, as on completion you can immediately apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). That means you'll be able to practise as a midwife in hospitals, the community, in the NHS or private sector, in the UK or overseas.

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
The Nursing and Midwifery Council

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) works with partner organisations to set and maintain high standards of nursing and midwifery education across the UK.

This course has been approved and monitored by the NMC to make sure that the education and training on offer meets their standards.

To work as a nurse or midwife, you must pass an NMC approved course at a higher education institution (HEI) in pre-registration nursing and midwifery, leading to registration with the NMC.


These independent reviews show what our students really think:

"The midwifery course is interesting, demanding, and rewarding, with good facilities and a variety of assessment methods: essays, vivas (oral exams), written exams, and practical exams. The tutor team is excellent and supportive. Time is split between lectures and clinical placement, year-round"

Read all Which? Uni reviews

Overseas opportunities

You are encouraged to identify relevant overseas electives as part of your placement activities as a student midwife, and if possible we will support you in doing this. Countries that have been visited by our students in the past include Uganda, Ghana and Pakistan, as well as Europe (Netherlands) and Australia.

Further Study

The BSc (Hons) awarded on completion of this pre-registration course forms the basis for progression into further study as a midwife, while a comprehensive portfolio of post-registration courses is available called Continuing Professional Development (CPD). These courses allow for academic and/or clinical development and many are taught as part-time flexible modules to fit around your work and domestic commitments.

Trips and visits

Our students have recently taken part in a Commando training exercise to Exmouth, to develop their team and personal skills.

Student stories Claire Longley

Working hard for Australia

Claire is a mature student from Cardiff currently studying Midwifery at Birmingham City University. She was drawn to the University due to its good reputation for the subject. On attending an Open Day, she says: “I was very impressed with the facilities and how friendly all the staff and current student were.”

The placements and lectures aren’t the only things giving Claire such a positive student experience – she also has a lot of praise for the staff, who she describes as “brilliant and always there if you want some guidance for extra help with topics that you are finding difficult.”

Enhancing your employability skills

Employers at our NHS partners consistently cite the strength of our graduates at interview and their suitability to be immediately fit for practice as a midwife.

We believe it is because of our selection of determined and caring individuals who are motivated to becoming midwives that have the 6C’s as their core attributes.

Other student opportunities

To enhance your CV, we offer extra-curricular student opportunities, such as a major incident simulation, that you can get involved in.

Student opportunities  >>


On the three-year Midwifery course, you can expect to enjoy a number of placements at some of the biggest and busiest NHS centres for midwifery training in the Midlands. We have a teaching-placement split of 40-60, reflecting the importance of the clinical experience you will get at these Trusts and birthing centres.

Within these placements you will experience a wide range of all midwifery practice progressing from normality in year one to complexity in year two which includes additional experiences such as gynecology and more specialist roles in year three.

Our partner NHS Trusts are some of the world’s leading maternity environments, from Birmingham Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust.


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Graduate jobs

With our highly vocational education, you'll be in great shape to get an NHS position on graduation as a Registered (Graduate) Midwife (an NHS Band 5 position).

Most of our students settle into a midwifery career in the UK, some progressing to be ward based managers, specialist midwives, researchers and lecturers.

One of the attractions for some candidates of a midwifery qualification is the breadth of international opportunities it can open up, as the midwifery qualification is recognized in Europe as well as other international countries.

Going commando for charity

Our students recently put themselves to the test when they embarked on the 10k Royal Marines Commando Challenge, aiming to raise money for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and the Royal Marines Benevolent fund.

It was a great chance to practice skills such as decision making and working together as a team - vital for a future career as a midwife.

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities. It’s no surprise that the Complete University Guide placed us in the UK top 10 for spending on facilities in both 2012 and 2013.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses some of the best learning facilities in the UK.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

The SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism.

Skills Practice and Clinical Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Our staff

All of our staff are practising midwives and are regularly published in the major professional and scholarly journals in the field. They are also fully engaged in both research as well as maintenance of familiarity with developments in midwife practice in the NHS; distinct areas of research the team has carried out includes recent work on breast and baby feeding, for example.

Kate Quarrell

Senior Midwifery lecturer
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