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BSc (Hons) Midwifery

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  • UCAS Code:
    B720
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

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, 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. 

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Key information

Next start date:

September 2019, September 2020

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus, St Mary's Community Health Campus, Portsmouth

Duration:

3 years, including mandatory placements

Accreditations:

Nursing & Midwifery Council

Required subjects:

A Level: Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Physics, Psychology, Sociology BTEC: Health & Social Care, Health & Social Care (Health Studies)

Entry requirements:

For 2019 entry: 128 - 136 tariff points  to include a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent including 32 points in a required subject. BTEC Extended Diploma of DDM (Health & Social Care or Health & Social Care (Health Studies) ). For more information check out our 2019 entry requirements.

Please note: this course will no longer be recruiting a February intake.

International entry requirements:

IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with minimum 7.0 in each of the 4 components of writing, speaking, listening and reading. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

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. 

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found in the programme specification for your course.

Midwifery is a very practical profession and you will largely be assessed on your skills in practice environments, however you will also undertake written coursework allowing you to reflect on your learning and also group work.

Download the programme specification (pdf 872kb)

Placements

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

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

Careers

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. 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 pages on funding support for healthcare courses.

Our fees and funding section also includes information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

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.