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Midwifery - BSc (Hons)

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This course is now full for 2020/21. You can apply for 2021/22 via UCAS from September 2020.

If you'd still like to apply for September 2020, take a look at some of our other available courses.

Offering you the satisfaction of a career caring for the health of the mother, baby and her family, our midwifery course aims to prepare you to become a confident and compassionate midwife.

By successfully completing this course you will have the opportunity to graduate with three qualifications: the NHS Newborn and Infant Physical Examination Programme (NIPE); a BSc (Hons) degree which is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC); and the Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative.

What's covered in the course?

Throughout this 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.

Placements are an essential part of this 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 health-related role.

You start your clinical placement within a few weeks of commencing your course, fully supported by a midwifery mentor and your personal tutor, so you will gain practical experience right from the start of this course.

Our midwifery lecturers are all registered midwives, who will support and guide you every step of the way. We offer you a variety of teaching and learning opportunities such as seminars, lectures, small group work, skills workshops, as well as carry out case study analysis, simulation and reflections on your practice.

Where will I study?

You will learn in our recently extended £71 million City South Campus, with access to specialist facilities that allow you to continue developing your practical skills right here on campus too. You will be able to familiarise yourself with the birthing areas in our SPACE room, that is designed for you to drop in and practise your skills.

Our campus also has fantastic skills facilities including a theatre mock ward, home environment, birthing room and much more.

Why Choose Us?

  • Funding - Nursing students will receive at least £5,000 a year in additional funding for maintenance and associated study costs. Download the funding FAQs

    Excellent employability rate - nearly 98 per cent of our graduates are studying or in work within six months (DLHE 2016/17)
  • Our course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) - You will be eligible to apply to the NMC to become a registered midwife once you have graduated from this course
  • Birmingham is one of the UK’s most diverse cities outside of London, which provides you with a wide variety of placement experiences that will be valuable to take forward into your future career
  • Our specialist skills facilities include a home environment, birthing area and teaching tools, such as a birth simulator and neonatal mannequins to help simulate a variety of birth scenarios
  • Awarded the Unicef Stage 1 Baby Friendly Initiative, which is highly unusual for a university and shows how deep our best practice is around this vital area
  • You will receive recognition that you've studied the NHS newborn and infant physical examination (NIPE) competencies as part of your course. Only a small number of universities offer both the theoretical and practical components of NIPE
  • Student loan finance If you’ve already studied an undergraduate degree but would like to do a second one in Midwifery? You may be eligible for funding

This course is not open to International students


Eloise Taylor

Eloise has always wanted to be a midwife, and as soon as she walked through the doors of BCU, she knew this was the university for her. Ever since, she's experienced Go Abroad, the Midwife Society and more.

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Course Accreditations

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 128 UCAS tariff points:

Essential Requirements
Level 2 qualifications which must be achieved prior to enrolment:
GCSE at Grade 4 or above (previously Grade C) 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
128 UCAS tariff points from a maximum of three A/A2 level passes which must include a science based subject such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Sociology, Psychology or Health and Social Care. A typical offer would be ABB. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted.
GCE AS/A1 level 
Must include a science based subject such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Sociology, Psychology or Health and Social Care. Must achieve a minimum of 128 tariff points. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted.
BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care
Minimum Grade DDD required. (Applied Science subjects also accepted) 
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Minimum Grade 32 required.
Access to HE Diploma in Health or Nursing and 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 application through UCAS.
City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080) in Health and Social Care at Distinction.
The Open University K101 - An Introduction to Health and Social Care or human Biology
Acceptable with evidence of previous Level 3 studies.
Irish Leaving Certificate
128 UCAS tariff points achieved in 4 Higher Level subjects, must include Health or Science related subjects. Must include Maths and English Language at either Ordinary or Higher Level. 
Scottish Qualifications
Maximum of 5 Advanced Highers at Grade C or above to achieve 128 UCAS tariff points.
Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma – Core (awarded until 2016)
Full award must be achieved plus another A level at minimum C grade in a science related subject. Must be combined with other acceptable Level 3 qualifications to meet 128 tariff points.
WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Medical Science 128 UCAS tariff points which must be combined with other acceptable Level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum of 128 tariff points. 

Other qualifications:

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

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.

In addition:
  • Applicants must have evidence of study within the last 5 years.
  • We operate a gathered field for applications, with interviews taking place the period of December to early March.
  • Applicants are required to undertake a face-to-face engagement, normally in the format of an interview, our current students will be part of the panel. 
  • Applicants must demonstrate evidence of literacy, numeracy and IT skills in line with the Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements.

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, face-to-face selection process and references all form part of the selection criteria for this course.

Please note, we do not accept deferred applications for this course. You must be ready to start the course when you apply via UCAS.

  • UK/EU students
  • International students

Award: BSc (Hons)

Starting: Sep 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 3 years
  • £9,250 per year
  • Applications Closed

Sorry, this course is not available to International students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

This course is now full for 2020/21. You can apply for 2021/22 via UCAS from September 2020.

If you'd still like to apply for September 2020, take a look at some of our other available courses.

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.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

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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Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Learning Support Fund

You may be able to apply for elements of the learning support fund if:

  • you are studying a pre-registration healthcare course
  • are studying in England and
  • your course started on or after 1 August 2017

Visit NHS student services for more information

Worried about personal statements?

Worried about personal statements?

If you've got no idea where to start or just want to check you're on the right track, we’ve got expert advice and real examples from our students to help you nail your personal statement. You can even download our ultimate personal statement guide for free.

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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.

Student loan finance - have you already studied an undergraduate degree but would like to do a second one in Midwifery? You may be eligible for funding.

Year One

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

Foundations of Midwifery with Antenatal Care
30 credits

The philosophy of the midwifery programme is to develop students with the ability to practice safely, effectively and proficiently resulting in them being fit to practice at the point of registration.  This module provides students with knowledge of anatomy and physiology of normal childbearing, linking to clinical skills required for antenatal care and midwifery practice.

Midwifery Practice Intrapartum Care
15 credits

This module equips students with knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pharmacology relevant to intrapartum care, linking key clinical skills required for safe midwifery practice.

The Postnatal Mother and Baby
30 credits

The postnatal care and management of both the mother and neonate are an important role of the midwife and helps facilitate the transition to parenting. This level 4 module introduces you to the holistic examination of the postnatal mother and neonate Furthermore, the module instigates you to promote normality, respect diversity, ensure equality, recognise deviation from normal and instigate appropriate actions. You will be introduced to concepts of professionalism, working in partnership with the multi-professional team and promoting the mother and family interaction and care of the neonate. The module integrates relevant Baby Friendly Initiative skills and introduces you to concepts of infant nutrition and feeding

Introduction to Professional Midwifery Practice and Personal Development
15 credits

This module will introduce the students to the foundation of the midwifery profession and how this is applied in clinical practice. It will aim to prepare students for the transition to university level academic and practical work through personal self-development.

Evidence Based Midwifery Practice 1
15 credits

The philosophy of this module is to provide transferable skills in technology, literature searching, critiquing and evaluating primary research and evidence based papers to support theoretical and practice midwifery knowledge. The independent study requirement will support autonomous decision making and lifelong learning.

Clinical Practice 1
15 credits

This module will facilitate students with having the opportunity to gain clinical experience to meet and explore the professional competencies for Progression Point 1 (NMC 2009).

Year Two

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

Supporting Vulnerable Women and Families
30 credits

Based on the social model of care which underpins this curriculum, this module will encourage student midwives to develop knowledge and skills, and will foster a caring attitude, needed to recognise and then respond compassionately, holistically and competently to childbearing women and their families, who are living with complex needs.

Complex Midwifery Care
30 credits

Whilst the overall programme philosophy is grounded in normality, midwives have a role in both, working in partnership with other healthcare professionals, to care for women and their families who have complex health needs. This module will enable the students to develop skills, knowledge and experience to actively participate in the management of complex midwifery as part of interprofessional working by developing the ability to recognise deviation from normal and instigate appropriate actions.

Complex Neonate
15 credits

Students will continue to develop their competence to assess fetal well-being, the transition to extra uterine life, undertake the examination of the newborn, provide care and advice to parents and families. Routine care and physical examination of the neonate are an integral part of the midwifery role. This level 5 module continues to develop the student’s knowledge and skills of the holistic examination of the baby and familiarises the student with the needs of the baby with complex physical and social needs.

Clinical Practice 2
15 credits

This module will facilitate students with having the opportunity to gain clinical experience to meet and explore some of the professional competencies for Progression Point 2 (NMC 2009).

Evidence Based Midwifery Practice 2
15 credits

This module will help develop students' skills and confidence in accessing information and critically reading it to inform their clinical judgments. Thus, the module fosters lifelong learning not only in relation to information literacy of midwives but also in terms of a continuous enquiry-based approach to updating their clinical knowledge.

Global Health and the Theory of Change
15 credits

The philosophy of this module is to enable students to perceive the midwifery role within a global context and have a greater understanding of influences in health outcomes and care pathways within the local diverse, multi-ethnic population. The incorporation of the 6 C’s (DH 2013) will be integral to discussions on care options, thus linking to the overall programme philosophy.

Year Three

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

Midwifery Project
30 credits

This module will link to the overall philosophy of the programme by developing specific and transferable skills, ensuring that students are equipped and prepared for employability, and will contribute to their lifelong learning.

Examination and Care of the Neonate
30 credits

This module continues to prepare student midwives to carry out detailed neonatal examinations of a healthy full term baby but also with consideration to the needs of the baby with complex physical and social needs. Students will be prepared to assume full responsibility and accountability in performing the assessment of fetal well-being, the transition to extra uterine life, undertake the examination of the newborn, provide care and advice to parents and families. 

Midwifery Professional Practice
30 credits

The module will encourage students to draw upon practice to reflect upon their responsibilities so that upon registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council they can assume full responsibility and accountability for their future practice as midwives. At the point of registration the student midwife will be fit for practice and purpose, exhibiting confidence and ability to think critically and make competent decisions based on sound knowledge.

Clinical Practice 3
15 credits

This module will analyse the key professional competencies for Progression Point 2 (NMC 2009).

Normality and Woman Centred Care
15 credits

The module draws links with the programme philosophy in that it recognises the need for midwifery practice to be women-centred and responsive to the needs of women and their families in a variety of care settings.

In our dynamic and innovative NMC validated 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. Seven weeks annual leave will be set for the year. 

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 with this. 

More on our disability tutor >>

We offer extra technical and learning support.

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 will 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.

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.

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Practise your Skills in SPACE 

Filled with state-of-the-art equipment, our SPACE (Skills Practice and Care Enhancement) area is the perfect place for you to practise a wide range of skills at your own pace.

Watch our video to see how access to SPACE has helped our students to succeed.

Explore SPACE

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.


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 gynaecology 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.

More about our placement opportunities...


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.


BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

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.

97.9%...of students are in graduate level employment or full time study six months after graduating2016/17 DLHE Response

Our Facilities

Midwife facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that health professionals 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, City South campus, which houses cutting-edge learning facilities.

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 a mock operating theatre 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 Care Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Care 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.

Computer Facilities

City South houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of PCs, laptops, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs all have:

  • 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.

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, pre-eclampsia and back pain for example.

Julie Hadley

Acting Head of Department - Midwifery

Julie is a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery. She has been employed in higher education since 2008. After qualifying, she worked as a midwife at the Birmingham Women's Hospital and later as a Research Midwife. She was then employed as a project manager and research teacher and was involved in developing, delivering and assessing two European funded projects which developed a clinically integrated European qualification in evidence based medicine (EBM) for medical doctors.

Louise Hartin

Louise Hartin

Senior Lecturer in Midwifery

Louise joined the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at Birmingham City University in 2014 and is one of our senior midwife lecturers.

Read Louise's full profile

Dr Alison Edwards

Senior Midwifery Lecturer

Alison first qualified as a general nurse in 1988 and following a few years as a nurse in gynaecology and care of the elderly, a move into Midwifery was made. The main areas Alison worked in included fetal medicine, day assessment, coordination of delivery suite and also managing a postnatal and antenatal ward. This lead into the completion of a degree in Health Sciences and a post as a lecturer at BCU, the then University of Central England. A number of years later after completing teacher training and a Masters degree this led to promotion to senior lecturer and the commencement of a Phd in Midwifery due for completion in 2019

Read Alison's full profile