This concise and intense programme is open to Adult nurses looking to gain entry to the midwifery part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) professional register. It will equip you with skills to interpret and apply evidence-based practice to midwifery.
You will also develop interpersonal skills to effectively support childbearing women, babies and families. Your previous nursing knowledge and skills are essential to underpin your new midwifery knowledge.
Your studies complement clinical practice, and you will undertake the placements necessary to develop the confidence and competence to practise as a registered midwife. At least half of the programme involves clinical experience activities, with around 40 per cent involving theory.
You explore the psychological, social, emotional and spiritual factors that may positively or adversely influence normal childbirth. You gain the recommended interpersonal skills to support women and their families.
You will initially undertake modules exploring the normal foundations of midwifery and then progress to learn how to manage obstetric and neonatal emergencies and how to support women throughout their pregnancy, labour and postnatal period in all settings. All modules are evidence-based.
“I wanted a change of career and decided to go for it ... seeing my first actual birth was a big highlight ... and that solidified the reasons why I wanted to be a midwife.” Melanie Green
Our next University-wide Open Days are:
Visit our School site for more student work and extra information.
Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:
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.
This programme is open to students possessing evidence of a formal qualification as a general nurse (for a full time programme of a minimum of 18 months duration) in accordance with the Standards for pre-registration midwifery education (NMC 2009) admission to and continued participation in pre-registration midwifery programmes. Candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements of the programme, which are as follows
In addition students who wish to achieve the Graduate Diploma must hold a Degree or equivalent credits in general nursing (adult).
|BSc (Hons)||Sep 2015||FT||18 months||NHS Funded|
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.
To apply for this course, please download and complete all of the following forms:
You need to complete both application forms as you will be enrolled at the University, but will be employed and salaried by a partnership NHS Trust, for the duration of this course.
You will need to supply evidence of your degree or diploma in nursing, along with proof of your NMC number.
The 'report on applicant' form will need to be completed by your academic and clinical reference. Please send this along with your completed application.
Applicants need to submit all of the requested supporting evidence before they can be shortlisted for interview.
Feedback will only be available to those who were invited to interview.
Contact details for admissions:
Telephone: +44 (0) 121 331 5500
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:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
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.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
Simply fill in our quick form and our admission team will contact you within two working days about a possible place.
We can offer help if you're worried or want to explore other options. We'll also let you know about course vacancies once you get your results.
Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.
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.
You will study the following modules, all at Level 6:
Effective Midwifery Practice- Foundations
Skills for Childbearing
Professional and Ethical Practice
Effective Midwifery Practice Complex Childbearing
Effective Midwifery Practice Contemporary Practice
Evidence Based Midwifery Practice
Supporting Transitions to Parenting
Studies are closely interwoven with clinical practice experience which is planned not only to complement theoretical studies but also to provide opportunity for the achievement of NMC proficiencies and essential skills.
You will be allocated to clinical placements that are necessary for you to complete the programme successfully and develop the confidence and competence to practice as a registered midwife.
Your programme is divided into study blocks, study days, Trust days, reading weeks and clinical placements. At least 50 per cent of the programme involves clinical activities and at least 40 Per cent of the programme is theory.
The aims of the course are to enable you to:
The course also aims to enable you to demonstrate safe and effective competence in:
If you are dyslexic, have a specific learning difference or a disability, we have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you.
We offer extra technical and learning support.
Student Phern Adams talks about the facilities available on the 18 months BSc (Hons) Midwifery Shortened Programme at Birmingham City University.
Second year student Lara Wells talks about the support and facilities available on BSc (Hons) Midwifery at Birmingham City University.
If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.
It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.
The BSc (Hons) awarded on completion of this preregistration course forms the basis for progression onto further study.
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.
This degree equips you to work in a wide range of settings and opens opportunities for career progression. Upon registration with the NMC you will be able to practice as a midwife in hospitals, the community, in the NHS or the private sector, in the UK or overseas.
You can expect fantastic career prospects. There is currently a shortage of midwives and almost all our graduates gain employment on course completion.
We are the largest provider of qualified staff to the NHS for health and social services in the region.
During the first term you will have the opportunity to complete a delivery suite and a community placement. Placements in the ante/postnatal wards, antenatal clinic and neonatal unit will take place during the remainder of your course. There will also be opportunities to experience the gynaecology ward, theatres and recovery.
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.
To enhance your CV, we offer extra-curricular student opportunities, such as a major incident simulation, that you can get involved in.
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.
This course is based in the £30 million award-winning Seacole Building, with mock hospital wards, SIMulation mannequins, mock Operating Theatre, Home Environment and laboratory.
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.
For pre-registration midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.
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.
Alison has been a nurse and midwife since 1985 and has been in higher education for over 10 years. She holds a registered teaching qualification with the NMC. Having completed a Masters degree a few years ago, it felt the right time to pursue a doctorate. Having written and published a number of articles and skills books, she continues to build a portfolio of publications and speak at conferences. She is currently the programme director for the shortened midwifery programme, coordinates the placements and timetable for the student midwives.