Midwifery Shortened Programme - BSc (Hons)

Course Overview

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BSc (Hons)
Full Time (18 months)
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
City South (and Clinical Placements)

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.

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?

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

Why Choose Us?

  • Fully NMC accredited, this is a compact, yet comprehensive programme, exploring the physiology of childbirth and care of the newborn baby.
  • You will learn to respond to the individual needs of the women in a way that promotes normality, respects diversity and ensures equality.
  • You will spend 50 per cent of the programme on placement, supported by your sign-off mentor and personal tutor.
  • Our Midwifery Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to enable you to experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.
  • You will become an employee of the trust you are placed at and therefore subject to employment regulations.

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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.

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

  • Be registered with the NMC as a general nurse (adult) and consolidated this with a period of 6 months full-time nursing experience immediately prior to commencing the programme.
  • Have evidence of 240 specific credits, 120 of which should be level 5 (diploma level) or equivalent.
  • Average of 60 per cent in level 5 nursing studies (and have passed all level 5 modules at first attempt) or 2:2 in BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing.
  • Be resident within the UK for at least three years (for DBS Clearance).
  • Permanent residency in the UK/EU.
  • Evidence of academic study within the last five years at minimum Level 5.
  • Two satisfactory references, one academic and one clinical.
  • Satisfactory personal statement.
  • All candidates will be required to undertake a numeracy test which needs to be passed before continuing the selection process. Candidates who are unsuccessful in achieving a pass in the numeracy test will not be interviewed.
  • The remaining selection process will consist of three elements: a written critique of a known report, a table top exercise to demonstrate team working and and communication and an interview.
  • All offers made are subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) report.

In addition students who wish to achieve the Graduate Diploma must hold a Degree or equivalent credits in general nursing (adult).

How to Apply

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
Email: NMSW.admissions@bcu.ac.uk

This course is not available to International Students.

Fees and Finance

Fees for students from the UK or EU countries?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Sep 2015 FT 18 months 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.

You will be paid a staff nurse salary by the Trust you will be linked to. Please contact the relevant Trust for further information regarding this.

As this programme is funded by the Department of Health, 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.

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 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.

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  >>


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.

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.

Course Structure

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:

  • Enter the midwifery part of the NMC’s professional register
  • Be awarded the BSc (Hons)/ Graduate Diploma in Midwifery from Birmingham City University

The course also aims to enable you to demonstrate safe and effective competence in:

  • Applying evidence-based knowledge to best Midwifery practice
  • Applying to practice your knowledge of psychological, social, emotional and spiritual factors that may positively or adversely influence normal child birth.
  • Appropriate interpersonal skills (as identified in the Essential Skills Cluster-Communication) to support women and their families.
  • Skills in managing obstetric and neonatal emergencies, underpinned by appropriate knowledge.
  • Being an autonomous practitioner to women experiencing normal childbirth.
  • Being able to support women throughout their pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal period in all settings, including midwifery-led units, birthing centres and the home.
  • Being able to undertake critical decision-making to support appropriate referral to either the woman or baby to other health professionals or agencies when there is recognition of normal processes being adversely affected and compromised

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. 

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We offer extra technical and learning support.

Course Modules

You will study the following modules:

  • 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.

All at Level 6.

Assessment Methods

We use a variety of methods to accurately test your knowledge, application of theory to practice, decision making, practical and communication skills. Methods include invigilated assessments, essays, seminars, clinical scenarios, viva voce, reading logs and learning journals.

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
MID6013 Effective Midwifery Practice – Foundations in Childbearing

Clinical practice


For students to demonstrate learning and making links between academic input and practice issues

Level 6 numeracy assessment

At the end of the academic year (Year 2)


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.

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.

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.

Virtual Case Creator

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.

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.


Prospective students from the UK
  • Take a look at our for answers to a range of questions about our courses and studying here.
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This course is not available to International Students


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