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BSc (Hons) Midwifery (with Foundation Year option)

What career could be more rewarding than one that supports women as they bring new life into the world? This course, with an accreditation by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) and UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative, will enable you to do just that.

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With foundation year: B721

Why study BSc (Hons) Midwifery at BU?

  • You can opt to study at either of our campuses – Bournemouth or Portsmouth
  • With a strong emphasis on women-centred care, the course offers an equal balance of theory and practice. 
  • 50% of the course will be spent in practice placements, in community and hospital settings, where you’ll learn from your interactions with women, families, midwives and other health professionals.   
  • You’ll be introduced to new equipment and skills in our simulation facilities, including a birthing suite, where you can familiarise yourself with techniques prior to going into practice. 
  • Learn from experienced and knowledgeable registered midwives and other healthcare practitioners.

Find out more about the content of this course.

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.

Foundation Year: We have a Foundation Year option for UK students who do not meet the entry requirements for the degree course. This additional year of study will give you a grounding in the scientific skills needed to prepare you for the Midwifery degree, building your confidence, knowledge and skills for further study. After successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress to the full degree and begin your Midwifery study. The Foundation Year will be based at the Talbot Campus, Bournemouth.  

Course accreditations

This course is accredited by UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative and the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC), meeting their newest curriculum requirements for midwifery education.

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). Foundation year: Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


3 years, including mandatory placements. Foundation year: 4 years, including mandatory placements.


Nursing & Midwifery Council, UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative

Required subjects:

Applied Human Biology, Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Physics, Psychology, Sociology.

Entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 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. Foundation Year: 48-72 UCAS tariff points. 

For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 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.

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)Download the foundation year programme specification (pdf 720kb)


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. 

Find out more about Health & Social Care placements

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.

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.

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