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Midwifery Shortened Programme - BSc (Hons) / GradDip

  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Starting: January 2021
  • Study mode: BSc (Hons) - Full Time (88 weeks)
    GradDip - Full Time (88 weeks)
  • Location: City South

Studying with us in 2020/21

While the majority of our teaching will be carried out face-to-face this year, you will be taught as part of a blended learning approach. This means that you will have a mix of on-campus and online learning. Find out more about learning and teaching in 2020/21.

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.

Are you a registered adult nurse looking to change career? You can become dual qualified as a midwife with our 88 week intensive Midwifery shortened course here at Birmingham City University.

Upon completion you will graduate with your degree as well as the NHS Newborn and Infant Physical Examination Programme (NIPE) and the UNICEF Baby Friendly initiative. This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

What's covered in the course?

We offer a forward-thinking educational and training environment, closely aligned to the NHS Constitution and the specific needs of midwifery in the field today, thanks to our close partnership with our commissioning partner.

We use the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards for Pre-registration Midwifery Education to underpin our training for you to qualify as a midwife and to provide autonomous women-centred care.

The academic studies to help you become a registered midwife are closely interwoven with real-world clinical practice as we know that such experience is crucial to help you reach NMC standards. Key to your journey on this 20+ month intensive course will be strong development of your interpersonal skills (as identified in the Essential Skills Cluster-Communication) to support women and their families through what can sometimes be very complex situations.

You will not only become a midwife competent in the skills needed to promote normal birth and empower women, but become a midwife skilled in managing obstetric and neonatal emergencies, backed up by the evidence based knowledge you need to develop confidence and competence to provide safe care.

Your time here will be split between on-campus study blocks, study days, Trust days, reading weeks and clinical placements – with at least 50 per cent of the course on clinical activities and 40 per cent in class or theory-based.

As we closely align with the values of the NHS Constitution we'll also make sure you leave fully engaged with not just the practice but the ethical and legal framework of today's patient-centric National Health Service.

Where will I study?

You will learn in our City South campus, with access to state-of-the-art facilities that allow you to continue developing your practical skills right here on campus. You will be able to familiarise yourself with the birthing areas in our SPACE room, designed to replicate a birth setting, where you can drop in and practise your skills.

Our campus also has fantastic skills facilities that you will have access to throughout your time here. These include a theatre mock ward, home environment, birthing room and much more. You can find out more about our facilities here.

Why Choose Us?

  • High graduate employability rate - 100 per cent of graduates from this course are in work or further study six months after qualifying
  • 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
  • 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 you already studied an undergraduate degree but would like to do a second one in Midwifery (Shortened Programme)? You may be eligible for funding.

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Where our students go

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

  • Heartlands Hospital
  • Birmingham Women's Hospital
  • Sandwell and West Birmingham

And in jobs such as:

  • Midwife

Course Accreditations

Athena Swan Bronze Award

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 88 weeks 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 12 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.
  • 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).

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, numeracy and literature testing all form part of the selection criteria for this course.

  • UK/EU students
  • International students

Award: BSc (Hons)

Starting: Jan 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 88 weeks
  • £9,250 per year
  • Applications Closed

Award: GradDip

Starting: Jan 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 88 weeks
  • £9,250 per year
  • Applications Closed

Sorry, this course is not available to International students.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. 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.

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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 (Shortened Programme)? You may be eligible for funding.

Level 6

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

30 credits

Welcome to module MID 6023, which is provided on the City South Campus. This module will provide you with the knowledge in normal childbearing and clinical skills which is the foundation on which subsequent knowledge and understanding of midwifery will be built.

This module introduces you to normal midwifery practice and clinical skills and will provide you with an in depth knowledge and understanding of normal childbearing which underpins midwifery care. This is supported by the introduction of skills week which will facilitate the link between theory and practice. Throughout the module the lessons will consist of theory based teaching alongside self-directed learning which is pertinent to your development in understanding evidence based practice. The module is also linked to clinical placements and you will also have the opportunity to complete an E Portfolio and enhance your skills with reflection.

30 credits

Whilst the overall programme philosophy is grounded in normality, midwives have a key role in both working in partnership with other healthcare professionals to care for women and their families who have complex health and social care needs. This module will therefore provide the underpinning knowledge, skills and experience students need to enable them to actively participate in the management of midwifery care for women and their babies when childbirth deviates from the normal including when obstetric emergencies arise. Utilising a mix of e learning activities alongside taught sessions, group activities and independent study, common conditions and their impact on childbearing women will be considered. Several of these conditions will be familiar to you so your nursing knowledge will be invaluable to apply to a new role as a Midwife. The use of simulation in the bespoke skills suite will enable practice of techniques within a safe environment along with access to the virtual case creator if students wish to access it. Run in two parts with obstetric emergency skills being run in the second part of the programme. Part one in contrast will cover a range of conditions and situations where pregnancy deviates from the normal.

15 credits

Successful completion of this level 6 module will support your development as a student midwife, enabling you to work towards qualification and registration as a midwife. This module is part of a spiral curriculum and contributes to giving you the opportunity to achieve the requirements of the Pre-registration Midwifery Education Standards (NMC 2009).

This module aims to prepare you to practice autonomously as a midwife within the context of the ever evolving dynamic and challenging environment of midwifery. This module will develop your understanding of the context of contemporary midwifery practice, including the legal and ethical framework and leadership skills, preparing you to practice with confidence, courage and competence within a midwifery philosophy of care.

15 credits

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

Vulnerability will be framed in terms of social and sexual health risk factors for maternity and infant outcomes, within the context of a constantly evolving spectrum of psychosocial, physical, cultural and spiritual diversity that midwives encounter within contemporary UK society.

15 credits

Welcome to the level 6 module (MID6027), Examination and Care of the Baby (Part 1) which is provided on the City South Campus. This module introduces you to the holistic examination of the baby and will facilitate your gaining of new skills, knowledge and a deeper understanding of the baby by reflecting upon your academic and clinical experiences. The midwife is required to undertake routine physical examinations of the baby (NMC, 2009), and midwives are also developing their skills in undertaking the Newborn and Physical Examination (NIPE, 2008). This module will introduce you to the NIPE competencies, whilst ensuring you promote normality, respect diversity, ensure equality, recognise deviation from normal and instigate appropriate actions. The module is assessed by examination but it is expected that you will record your clinical experiences when examining babies in the Quantitative Practice Outcomes Document.

15 credits

Successful completion of this level 6 module will support your development as a student midwife, enabling you to work towards qualification and registration as a midwife. This module is part of a spiral curriculum and contributes to giving you the opportunity to achieve the requirements of the Pre-registration Midwifery Education Standards (NMC 2009).

Module MID6028 Examination and Care of the Baby (Part 2) is provided on the City South Campus. This module builds on the knowledge and experience you have gained so far in your previous module (Baby 1). The module aims to introduce you to common issues and deviations from the norm which you might encounter in clinical practice and provide you with new skills which will help you to assess the health of the new born. You will be expected to utilise the knowledge of the holistic examination of the baby which you have already learned; but will build on that knowledge through a combination of theory and practical sessions, in order to recognise and respond to complications and pathological conditions relating to the new-born baby.

The degree is delivered by a mixture of six modules in the Department of Midwifery within the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences and four to six week placements over 88 weeks.

We start with a strong foundation in the basics of Midwifery before moving quickly into hands-on experience. We adhere to the '6 Cs' values of the NHS Constitution, so right from the start will be looking to develop not only your technical skills (including the importance of evidence-based care and critical thinking) but the legal, professional and above all the ethical dimensions of the job.

The course is full-time, equivalent to a 37.5 hour working week. As in nursing you will be expected to work different shift patterns whilst on placement.

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, community and neonatal unit will take place during the remainder of your course.

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.

Athena Swan Bronze Award
Athena Swan Bronze Award

The School of Nursing and Midwifery has successfully secured the Athena SWAN Departmental Bronze Award recognising a commitment to gender equality.

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

Further study

The BSc (Hons) awarded on completion of this pre-registration 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.

By completing this course, you will be not only receive an academic degree but you will also be able to enter the midwifery part of the NMC's professional register – so we are offering you both an academic and a professional qualification opportunity. You will already be employed as an adult nurse, so by having dual qualification you can look forward to even greater employability prospects.

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

  • Applying evidence-based knowledge to best midwifery practice
  • Applying your knowledge of psychological, social, emotional and spiritual factors that may positively or adversely influence normal child birth to practice
  • 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
  • Become 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.
  • Be empowered 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.


You'll experience all the relevant areas of midwifery practice: community-based, home-based, post- and ante-natal, in addition to hands-on exposure in contexts from birthing centres to hospital delivery suites. This will help you to pursue a career in a variety of midwifery roles after you graduate.

You'll also be working at every level of the NHS, from global leading centres to district hospitals thanks to our location and the strength of the links we have with Trusts in the region.

Birmingham is unique in having a wide concentration of Trusts within a relatively small metropolitan area – all of who maintain close enough links with us to ensure our training is always closely aligned with their specific clinical needs.

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.

You'll have the chance to take part in our popular Open Days as a paid Student Ambassador and talk about your experiences on the midwifery course to new students.


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

Our graduates enjoy a very high employment rate – around 98 percent (2014 figures). Most of them are now employed at the trust they trained at and prefer to practice as an all round midwife. Many of our graduates have also progressed to a Band 6 midwife following additional training.

Other graduates have chosen to specialise in specific midwifery roles for example in teenage pregnancy, or have moved on into education or research. Some graduates will decide to apply for a management position – either Ward Manager or Team Leaders – only a few years after graduating.

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.

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.

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.

Meet our staff

Our staff, all registered midwives, publish widely in the main professional journals in the field, as well as produce textbooks. A priority is placed on maintaining deep professional competence, with most continuing to practice and developing expertise in areas such as examination of the newborn infant.

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