Midwifery - BSc (Hons)

Course Overview

The essential course information

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UCAS Code:
BSc (Hons)
Full Time (3 years)
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
City South (and Clinical Placements)

Offering the unique satisfaction of a career caring for the health of the mother and her family, this excellent midwifery course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Placements are an essential part of the Midwifery programme, but you do not need to have previously worked in healthcare.

Key facts

  • Training takes place within 3 NHS Midlands Trusts.
  • You spend up to 60% of your time on placement, participating across the full range of shifts including night duty and weekends.

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.

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

With the midwifery lecturers to advise you on your academic work, you attend seminars, lectures, small group work and skills workshops, as well as carrying out case study analysis, simulation and refl ections on practice.

Your studies are enhanced by our 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. Quite simply it teaches you how to become a midwife.

“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?

  • The course leads to registration with the NMC as a registered midwife.
  • Getting you close to the people you care for, up to half your course is spent on placement, including night duty and weekend shifts.
  • There is a huge scope for placements across the Midlands’ NHS trusts with continuous support and encouragement from both your personal tutor and midwifery mentors.
  • All University staff have worked in practice and many still do, which means your learning has real substance and is intimately linked with current practice.
  • Complementary facilities include a home environment, birthing area and teaching tools, including use of the PROMPT birth simulator and neonatal mannequins to help simulate a variety of birth scenarios.

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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 300 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
300 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 ABC. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted.
GCE AS/A1 level
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 300 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.
  • Second reference for Access students from the original referee to be provided to the institution at 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:

Download Sample Literacy Questions as a PDF

Download Sample Literacy Questions with Answers as a PDF

Download Sample Numeracy Questions as a PDF

Download Sample Numeracy Questions with Answers as a PDF

Places subject to a satisfactory Occupational Heath Check, Disclosure and Barring Service report and registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority.

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.

How to Apply

This course is not available to International Students

Full Time: Apply through UCAS.
UCAS Code: B720.
Apply via UCAS

Please be aware that we do not accept deferred applications for this programme. You are therefore advised to submit your application to UCAS in the admissions cycle for the year in which you would like to commence your training.

UCAS Information

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

UK, EU and international students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

You submit an application via the UCAS website with a list of up to five courses. All choices are confidential during the application process so universities and colleges considering an application cannot see your other choices. Applications must be completed by mid-January of the year that you wish to start university.

You can monitor the progress of your application using the UCAS Apply system.

Fees and Finance

Fees for students from the UK or EU countries?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Sep 2015 FT 3 years BSc (Hons) NHS Funded

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.

This course is not available to International Students.

Additional costs

We recommend that you join a Union, or professional organisation approximate annual fee of £16 - £21. Please also allow up to £60 to cover work shoes and a fob watch / cardigan where required.

NHS Funding

UK students
Eligible UK students who have a place on a NHS-funded course will normally have their tuition fees paid on their behalf and may apply for a means-tested maintenance bursary plus a non means-tested grant from the NHS. They may also be able to apply for a partial student maintenance loan from Student Finance England if they meet the eligibility criteria.

EU students
Full-time and part-time undergraduate EU students may be eligible to apply to the NHS for support with their tuition fees only.

For further information (UK and EU students) visit the NHS Student Bursaries website.

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible financial support. This includes how to access non means tested grants, means tested bursaries and any additional grants.

University Approach to Employability

Birmingham City University is committed to preparing students for successful employability and professional careers. We have an innovative approach to employability that will help you obtain an interesting and well-paid graduate job.

Read our Employability Statement to find out more.

Employment Opportunities

This degree equips you to work in a wide range of settings and opens opportunities for career progression.

Upon registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), you will be able to practice as a midwife in hospitals, the community, in the NHS or private sector, in the UK or overseas.

All of our graduates leaving us last year gained employment as midwives in the NHS.

You can expect fantastic career prospects as there is currently a shortage of midwives.

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  >>


You will participate in clinical placements within one of three NHS Trusts in Birmingham. You will start your clinical placement within a few weeks of commencing your programme and will be supported in your placement by a midwifery mentor and your personal tutor.

A placement is your chance to be a part of the working world of health and social care as it really is: your first taste of your career. For most of our courses, it's a compulsory part of your training; it's that important.

Placements help you with your confidence, by putting theory from the classroom into practice. We make sure you get a quality experience and that you are fully supported by a workplace mentor on hand throughout your placement.

Further Studies

The BSc (Hons) awarded on completion of this preregistration course forms the basis for progression onto further study.

A comprehensive portfolio of post-registration short courses that focuses on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is available, along with other postgraduate schemes.

These courses allow for academic and/or clinical development. Many of the courses are taught as part-time flexible modules to fit around your work and domestic commitments.

Full Time

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Putting our students first

We pride ourselves on our student satisfaction levels which have risen from 73 per cent to 83 per cent between 2010 and 2012. Our dedication to improving the student experience is illustrated by our award-winning student engagement, our close links with business and industry and our £180 million investment in new facilities.

Employability facts

98 per cent of our graduates who responded to our survey went on to work or further study, earning an average salary of £21,000 after six months. You can expect good career prospects as there is currently a shortage of midwives.

Working with your Students’ Union

Improving student satisfaction is a priority commitment shared by both Birmingham City University and its Students’ Union. In its strategic planning, the Union has pledged to be more accessible, more relevant and provide more opportunity to engage with a diverse student community.

The Students’ Union is already a key stakeholder in supporting an excellent teaching experience at Birmingham City University, through joint projects such as the Extra Mile Teaching Awards and the Student Rep scheme, which allows students to share their ideas on how they are taught.

As Birmingham City University moves towards a two campus strategy where it can better support enhanced learning and student support facilities across a two-mile radius, the Students’ Union will also be better able to implement its commitment to improve communication and engage with its valued student membership.

Course Structure

Squarely aimed at those interested in making a difference to the childbirth experience, the course prepares you to play a crucial role in the care provided, influencing and enhancing the health of the mum(-to-be) and her family – few careers can offer the same satisfaction and fulfilment.

The programme 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.

From 2015 we will be launching our brand new midwifery curriculum. Whilst the principle content will not change, as the fundamentals of Midwifery will still be covered, alongside legal, ethical and evidence based issues; the changes will ensure that the course trains you to meet the requirements of a contemporary society. The changes will also make sure the course meets government and NMC guidelines to enhance care provision in Midwifery. We will also be working with feedback from current and previous students to develop a programme that meets the needs of our students and partner trusts. Our current curriculum is detailed on these pages.

You will experience a mixture of teaching, self-directed study and practice-based clinical placements, spending time on placement working along side mentors within hospital and community settings. Teaching methods will include seminars, lectures, small group work, case study analysis, simulation, skills workshops and reflection on practice. You will be allocated a personal tutor to ensure continuous and individual support and guidance.

You will study 120 credits each at levels 4, 5 and 6. Upon successful completion you will graduate with a BSc (Hons) in Midwifery and a Registered Midwife qualification. Places are subject to a satisfactory occupational health check and enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure (CRBD). Advanced Diplomas and Progression Diplomas are acceptable as all or part of the required tariff points.

Teaching staff

All teaching staff have worked in practice and some still do, ensuring the theory and techniques you learn represent the most up-to-date practices.

While on placement, you receive continuous support and encouragement from both your personal tutor and Trust placement manager.

What else we offer

In 2013 after months of training, a select few health professionals ventured to Nepal to learn about international healthcare as part of an optional extra-curricular experience. This is their diary.

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. 

More on our disability tutor >>

We offer extra technical and learning support.

Course Modules

The Midwifery Virtual Case Creator (VCC) is a virtual learning environment that provides a rich, highly interactive online simulation. As part of the midwifery programme it is used to support learning and facilitate your ability to embed theory into practice. It enables you to develop skills, prioritise care and make practice related decisions in a safe environment.

Year 1 Level 4
  • Evidence-based Midwifery
  • Developing the Individual Midwife and Others
  • Effective Midwifery Practice – Normal Childbearing
  • Physiology for Midwifery Practice
  • Professional and Ethical Practice Effective Midwifery Practice – Applied Physiology
Year 2 Level 5
  • Developing the Individual Midwife and Others
  • Effective Midwifery Practice – Challenges on Women's Health
  • Effective Midwifery Practice – Complicated Childbearing
  • Effective Midwife Practice Complicated Childbearing, Obstetric and Neonatal Management
  • Professional and Ethical Practice
Year 3 Level 6
  • Supporting Transitions to Parenting
  • Developing the Individual Midwife and Others
  • Effective Midwifery Practice – Contemporary Practice
  • Effective Midwifery Practice – Clinical Skills – Obstetric and Neonatal Emergencies
  • Supporting Transitions to Parenting Evidence-based Midwifery
  • Professional and Ethical Practice

Assessment Methods

We use various methods to accurately test your knowledge, application of theory to practice, decision making, practical and communication skills. Methods include invigilated assessments, essays, clinical scenarios, viva voce, reading logs, professional development plans, numeracy testing, poster presentations and case studies.

Some of the assessments are designed to test certain competencies or essential skills but do not count as credits towards the final award. Those assessments are as follows:

Title of ModuleThe non-credit assessment name (e.g. competencies)Brief descriptionWhen (year) the assessment takes place in the programme
MID4007 Quantitative practice outcomes and on-going achievement record On-going achievement record Record of achievement in practice and academic work to go through progression point 1 End of Year 1
MID6020 Quantitative practice outcomes and on-going achievement record Quantitative practice outcomes and on-going achievement record Record of achievement in practice and academic work to go through progression point 2 End of year 3 (end of programme)
MID4006 Developing the individual midwife and others (level 4) Numeracy exam Year 1 level 4 numeracy exam Year 1
MID5009 Developing the individual midwife and others (level 5) Numeracy exam Year 2 level 5 numeracy exam Year 2
MID6011 Developing the individual midwife and others (level 6) Numeracy exam Year 3 level 6 numeracy exam Year 3
MID5007 Effective midwifery practice challenges on women’s health Gynaecology practice profile Clinical competencies whilst on gynaecology placement Year 2

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

Claire Longley

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.”

Claire has always wanted to work in a profession that was rewarding, involved contact with the public and gave something back to the community. She says: “Midwifery ticked all the boxes for me. The profession will allow me to support and empower women through a life changing experience.”

Claire is in the first year of the course and is finding that the placements are the most enjoyable part of the course. She says: “I love the feeling you get when you can put something that you have learnt in lectures into practice”. Working with qualified, experienced midwives is, she says, “a great way of reinforcing everything that has been taught in lectures.” The course is proving to be everything she expected and more. “I think that if you look forward to going into university and going to placement the course is doing something right!” she says.

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.” She adds: “We have a great tutorial scheme, for which the staff give up their own time.”

She also speaks highly of the University in general as it provides students with lots of extracurricular activities, as well as support networks for different aspects of university life. She says Birmingham is a “brilliant city to study in. You have everything that you want right on your doorstep, with the shopping, nightlife, tourist attractions, and the countryside just a short journey away.” She has been in Birmingham for five years now and says: “I’m not in any hurry to leave!”

Claire has two years left of her course, after which she plans to practice Midwifery in Birmingham for a few years before possibly relocating to Australia. She would advise future Midwifery students that “as long as you are prepared to put the hard work in you will get everything you want back from the course.” She says: “Take advantage of the brilliant facilities available to you and enjoy being a student because it’s true what they say – it is the best time of your life!”

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 Corporate ICT 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 Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.


Prospective students from the UK
  • Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a range of questions about our courses and studying here.
  • If you need further help, you can contact the Course Enquiries Team online by using the Course Enquiry Form.
  • Alternatively, call us on +44 (0)121 331 5595.

This course is not available to International Students


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Further Information

Feedback after application

Due to the high volume of applications we receive for this course, we are unable to provide feedback on an individual basis to candidates who have not been shortlisted for interview.

If you are unsuccessful in securing a place on the course following your interview, you will receive a letter from the University after 31 March 2015.

We are unable to respond to requests from individuals for more detailed feedback.

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