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BSc (Hons) Midwifery

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What career could be more rewarding than one that helps to bring new life into the world? This course, with an accreditation by the Nursing & Midwifery Council and UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative, can teach you to do just that.

With a strong emphasis on women-centred care, the course offers an equal balance of theory and practice. Alongside learning knowledge from highly qualified and experienced practitioners, during compelling units such as antenatal & postnatal care of mother & baby, labour & birth, pathophysiology, and medicines management, you’ll also use our clinical skills rooms to practise your skills in a safe environment, before transitioning into the workplace. There you’ll get to spend 50% of your course time on placements with mothers and their newborn babies.

You can opt to study at either of our coastal campuses – Bournemouth or Portsmouth. As well as mixing with midwifery students, you’ll work closely with other trainee healthcare professionals from different areas of the healthcare system – promoting interprofessional learning, plus communication, leadership, and team working skills, all of which will be essential for gaining employment after you graduate. 

This course received 90% overall satisfaction rating from our final year students in the latest National Student Survey (NSS), so why not book on to an Open Day to come and meet us, or join us on live chat now to find out more?

Funding support: Midwifery students may be eligible for a non-repayable government training grant of at least £5,000 a year. Find out more about the funding.

For September 2021 entry: in order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching we regularly review all of our courses. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has also published new requirements for midwifery education and our course curriculum is being reviewed to align to these. We will update this page in December 2020 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded. 

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated. 

2020 is the year I graduate as a qualified midwife and the year of the nurse and the midwife. I'm proud to be a part of BU and I've made a group of friends for life. Midwifery makes a difference to women and their care and to me is more than a job, it's a passion and I can't wait to see where my future takes me.” 
Jess Correia, student

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus, or St Mary's Community Health Campus, Portsmouth (please only apply for one)


3 years, including mandatory placements


Nursing & Midwifery Council, UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative

Required subjects:

A Level: Applied Human Biology, Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Physics, Psychology, Sociology. Additional subjects accepted for September 2021 - see full entry requirements.

Entry requirements:

For September 2021 entry: 128 - 144 tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent including 32 points in a required subject. BTEC Extended Diploma of DDM in a required subject. 

For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2021 entry: IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 7.0 in all other components or equivalent.

For more information check out our international entry requirements.

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Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators and technicians. 

Contact hours and assessment

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification.

Download the programme specification (pdf 872kb)


The course is designed with blocks of theory and practice throughout the three years. This means you will gain clinical experience in all aspects of midwifery practice. 

Your application

Please note: only make one application for either our Bournemouth (main site) or Portsmouth campus. You should not make an application for both.  

For Midwifery, we are looking for applicants who:

  • Have a clear understanding of the profession, including insight into the role of the midwife
  • Are motivated and committed to undertaking the course
  • Can demonstrate personal skills and qualities relevant to succeeding on the course, including time management and communication skills.

How to apply

Entry requirements


Working as a midwife is incredibly rewarding and as a graduate from this course you will have a wide range of career opportunities. Our students have an excellent record of gaining positions within NHS Hospitals, Community Trusts and in the private healthcare sector. You don't have to stay in the UK though, as this qualification is recognised widely around the world, allowing you to travel and make a real difference wherever you settle.

94% of our students are in work or further study within six months of graduating, and 100% of students are employed in a professional or managerial position. We have excellent links with service users and service providers, allowing you to build relationships before you finish your course and enhance your employment prospects as a result.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section, including NHS finance information. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be.

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change. 

Course changes

What our students say

Jennie Hallissey

One of my favourite aspects of the course is the student caseloading project. This part of the course allows students to carry their own caseload of women who they care for antenatally, in labour and following the birth.

Hear from our alumni

Christopher Butt

One of the most difficult things I've done in my life, but oh so worth it when you facilitate the birth of a baby and be part of the most joyous occasion in a family’s life.

What our students say

Kathryn Mercer

The support and guidance has enabled me to feel confident and competent throughout my time on practice, and I'm only a first year! The balance of independence and support is absolutely perfect.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.