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.
  • Within fifteen months of finishing the course, 95% of our students are in work or further study.

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 information about the funding. Please note that this funding is not available for students on the Foundation Year, however you will be able to access it once you complete the Foundation Year and move onto the degree.

Foundation Year: We have a Foundation Year option for 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. If you wish to study the degree at the Portsmouth Campus, you will be able to choose to this study location upon completing the foundation year in Bournemouth. If you apply to study the full degree and do not meet the academic entry requirements, our admissions team may consider your application for the Foundation Year and notify you accordingly.

Course accreditations

This course is validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), meeting their newest curriculum requirements for midwifery education.

This course is also accredited by Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative with the Gold Award for achieving the Baby-Friendly sustainability standards. This demonstrates how the midwifery team at Bournemouth University have committed to long term implementation, maintenance and progression of the Baby-Friendly Standards. Please note that the Foundation Year part of the course does not have these accreditations. 

Key information

Next start date:

September 2024, September 2025


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 or 4 years with the Foundation Year (1 year, followed by 3 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 2024 and September 2025 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 2024 and September 2025 entry: IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 6.5 in all other components or equivalent.

For more information check out our international entry requirements.