Midwifery is a rewarding, dynamic and highly-skilled profession. The role of the midwife is central in ensuring that women/persons have a safe and life-enhancing experience throughout pregnancy, labour and the first few weeks after birth. As a midwife, you'll also be responsible for making sure newborn infants and families have the best possible start in life.
You’ll follow a woman/persons-centred approach to midwifery care by applying a biopsychosocial model to enrich your practice as a midwife, tackling health inequalities and providing evidence-based practice. This midwifery course has a focus on mental health within maternity and the role of the midwife in supporting women/persons and families with mental health issues. Clinical placements will make up 50% of your time on this course.
On successful completion of the course, you'll be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Registered Midwife. You will have five years from starting the course to complete and register with the NMC.
Studying on the Midwifery Practice course will allow you to learn through a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, group work, clinical skills simulation, online/e-learning and tutorials. 50% of your time over the duration of the midwifery course will be in a clinical environment, allowing you to directly apply theory to practice. You'll experience a wide variety of clinical settings across the continuum of midwifery services at any one of our partner NHS Trusts and mental health trusts (placements are limited so you will be expected to travel to ensure you gain experience in a wide range of areas).
Assessment methods include written essays, examinations, OSCEs, presentations, VIVAs, clinical placements and the completion of your Midwifery Ongoing Record of Achievement (MORA).
Gain insight into the role of the midwife, from professionalism to competency. Study the legal, ethical and professional frameworks which underpin practice. Develop the knowledge and communication skills required to work with women/persons, families and interdisciplinary teams in practice environments.
Explore a range of science disciplines such as anatomy, physiology, genetics and pharmacology, and learn how these are applied across the reproductive health continuum. Examine psychological and cognitive changes and the sociobiological impacts for the parents in the perinatal period.
Learn about a variety of maternity settings including community, hospital and home care. Study equality, disability, and mental health to gain an in-depth understanding of the compassion, respect and empathy required to provide dignified care for women/persons and their families.
Learn the foundation skills required for your first-year placement. Gain experience of universal midwifery care within a variety of settings from antenatal to postnatal care. Develop your understanding of mental health and mental ill health, including the effects this can have upon women/persons, foetuses, newborn infants and their families.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Examine the additional care needs that may arise both as a result of the childbearing process and pre-existing medical conditions from a physical, mental and social aspect. Explore risk and methods of risk assessment in relation to clinical decision-making, problem-solving and appropriate referral. Consider the importance of providing continuity of care/carer and providing evidence-based information to help women/persons make informed choices about their own, and their baby’s care.
Explore sources of knowledge, information and evidence which inform midwifery practice. Gain the skills, knowledge and critical understanding of the relationship between evidence-based practice and women/persons and their family’s physical, mental health and wellbeing. Use reflective practice to demonstrate continuous improvement and development of yourself, the team and service delivery.
Develop an understanding of a midwife’s public health contribution to maximising wellbeing and improving mental health in women/persons, babies and families. Examine the factors that influence physical and mental health and ill health within the wider social and political context. Reflect upon diversity and differences within the patient population, and how this affects an individual’s worldview and experience of healthcare.
Extend your understanding of the evidence that optimises normal physiological processes for all women/persons and newborn infants, in order to promote positive outcomes and prevent complications. Support women/persons and their families to make informed choices surrounding their care; taking greater responsibility for yourself and your role within the interdisciplinary and multiagency teams.
Enhance communication and relationship building skills with women/persons, families and colleagues. Learn how to become a positive role model and support families through decision making and care provision.
Explore maternity care within the context of contemporary health and social care policy. Engage in academic dialogue on a chosen aspect of safe and effective midwifery care for women/persons and their families.
Develop and consolidate your knowledge and skills by leading the care for a small caseload of women/persons. Ensure all care women/persons, newborn infants and their families receive has a woman/person centered approach and prioritises the ethos of compassion, professionalism and safe care provision.
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Enhanced Project Qualification in a relevant subject will also be considered.
If you already have a degree (minimum 2.2 at full honours) or your qualification is not listed above, you will be classed as a mature student. Please note, your degree must have been obtained within the last 5 years for you to be considered eligible to study this course.
Your completed application form will be reviewed by our Admissions Team to ensure that you have the required entry qualifications. Your personal statement will then be assessed by our Academic Admissions tutors and if successful you will be shortlisted for interview.
The selection process will include a group activity and four mini-interviews which will assess you on your values, problem solving, and communication skills.
Fitness to practise
Medical assessments of your mental and physical health and disclosure of criminal convictions apply to all health courses and are based on current NMC requirements. Midwives are registered health care professionals and the ability to practise safely, effectively and professionally is essential, so all applicants are required to follow our fitness to practise procedures. This means you are required to complete the following:
Instructions on how you complete these checks will be sent to you once you hold a conditional firm offer with us. These forms are then reviewed alongside your application, and you must meet both the academic and fitness to practise requirements before you will be given an unconditional offer. If you are successful, you will also need to complete an annual declaration form to confirm you are fit and there are no changes to your DBS.
Students studying a health or social care course, that has a placement within the NHS or any other Care Quality Commission establishment, are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Annual fees are:
Please note, we are unable to accept international applicants.
*European Union (EU), EEA (European Economic Area), and Swiss nationals who do not qualify for the EU Settlement Scheme are classed as international, however, for 23/24 admission you will receive a European student fee scholarship and will pay the home tuition fee rate for the duration of your studies. The discounted fee will be reflected in your offer letter. Learn more in our Help and Advice article.
A non-repayable grant of £5,000 and extra payments worth up to £3,000 is available to eligible home students for each year of study. Read more about the Training Grant on The NHS Business Services Authority website.
If you currently serve (or have recently served) within the Armed Forces, then the Ministry of Defence's ELCAS scheme may be able to help cover your funding for this course. For more information, see our Funding for Armed Forces personnel page.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
There were over 40,000 midwives on the NMC register in 2022, which was an increase from 39,070 in 2021. The national midwife shortage continues, with the NHS in England short of the equivalent of almost 2,000 full-time midwives.
Most midwives are employed by the NHS, working in hospitals, maternity and birthing centres, and in the community. You can also find employment in private hospitals, independent practices and the armed forces. Starting salaries for newly qualified midwives are set at band 5, which starts at £28,407.
As your knowledge and expertise increase, you could move into more senior practitioner roles such as consultant midwife, where you will have the potential to earn over £50,000 per year. Other leadership roles within the profession include becoming a supervisor of midwives, whose role it is to protect the public and support midwives in their practice. This is a key role that many midwives aspire to. You could also become a team or unit manager, with responsibility for managing other staff with ongoing hands-on involvement with clients. This could then lead to further influential roles such as head of midwifery and director of midwifery services.
You may choose to specialise in a particular area of perinatal care and study for further qualifications, which may involve carrying out research to help move the profession forward.
You could undertake further study to teach midwifery students at a university. If you stay in practice, you could consider the role of consultant midwife, providing clinical leadership for midwives and other healthcare professionals across maternity services. You could also move into neonatal nursing or health visiting.
At all levels of the course, you will undertake unpaid clinical placements including community midwifery, antenatal and postnatal wards, delivery suite and clinics. The placements occur in blocks of varying duration.
During these placements, you're required to provide care for a certain number of women/persons and babies in specific categories, which are set by European Directive requirements. These include:
You will evidence this in the Midwifery Ongoing Record of Achievement (MORA).
You will undertake your placements at any of our partner Trusts.
As you may be expected to travel long distances, start your shift in the early hours, or finish your shift late at night, you could be entitled to Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses (TDAE) which allows you to make a retrospective claim for excess travel costs and/or expenses for temporary accommodation near to the location of your placement. Find out more about the NHS Learning Support Fund.
Do I need work experience?
We appreciate that it is not possible to obtain work experience in the health or caring environment. As an alternative we would recommend that you investigate the field you are interested in through online resources, professional body websites and healthcare organisations so you can demonstrate a clear understanding of the role.
What should I include in my personal statement?
Your personal statement provides a unique opportunity to express your personal qualities and attributes related to a rewarding career in midwifery. The statement should include a clear articulation of:
For more advice on your personal statement please read our article on how to write a personal statement when you have no work experience.
What does a midwifery interview involve?
Our interviews will consist of an individual interview and group activity. For advice on how to prepare, please read our article on how to prepare for interviews for healthcare degrees.
How many weeks holiday is there each year?
You will have seven weeks of holiday per year, with two weeks off at Christmas. The remaining five weeks is spread across the rest of the academic year. The timings of the holidays will vary over the three years and we do try, where possible, to align some of these to the school holidays. You are unable to take holiday outside of these set times, but you will be provided with a three year plan on enrolment.
How far will I have to travel for my placements?
You will undertake your placements at any of our partner NHS Trusts. Placements are limited so you will be expected to travel to ensure you gain experience in a wide range of areas. This will allow you to enhance your clinical experience and develop into a midwife with the knowledge and skills needed to be a safe and effective practitioner.
How long are the placement shifts?
Your standard working week will be around 37.5 hours on a shift pattern which can include nights, early starts, evenings, weekends and bank holidays. Shifts can be anywhere between 7-12 hours and the pattern can vary between trusts. Your shifts will be confirmed four weeks prior to starting your placement. It's not possible to fit placements around school hours and holidays.