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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.

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

With foundation year: B721

Clearing 2021: This course (including the Foundation Year option) is now full for September 2021 entry. Discover our other Health & Social Care vacancies in Clearing.

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. 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.

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. Please note that the Foundation Year part of the course does not have these accreditations. 

Key information

Next start date:

September 2022, September 2023

Location:

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

Duration:

3 years, including mandatory placements or 4 years with the Foundation Year (1 year, followed by 3 years including mandatory placements)

Accreditations:

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 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 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)

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. 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. This percentage of placement is a UK statutory requirement for this course.  

Find out more about Health & Social Care placements

Entry requirements

This course requires 128–144 UCAS tariff points to include a minimum of two A-levels or equivalent, including 32 points in a required subject. We are happy to consider a combination of qualifications and grades to meet the overall tariff, for example A-levels A*A*C, AAA, A*BC or ABB, BTECs DDD or DDM in a required subject. You can use the UCAS calculator to see how your qualifications equate to UCAS tariff points.

If you do not meet these you may want to consider our foundation year, a one-year course that will prepare you for degree-level study.

Calculate your UCAS tariff points

2022 entry

Numeracy and literacy requirements (e.g. GCSEs) GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade 4 (or grade C in the old grading system). We also accept iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills and other qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework. See all of the equivalencies.
Required subjects for September 2021 and September 2022
  • A Level: Applied Human Biology, Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Physics, Psychology, Sociology
  • BTEC Nationals: Health & Social Care (Extended Diploma), Applied Human Biology (Extended Certificate or higher), Applied Science (Extended Certificate or higher)
  • Cambridge Technicals: Applied Science (Extended Diploma), Applied Science (for Human Science) (Foundation Diploma or higher), Health & Social Care (Extended Certificate or higher)
Excluded subjects General Studies (unless accompanied by 2 A-levels or equivalent in appropriate subjects)
A-level and AS levels

128–144 tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent, including 32 points in a required subject.

AS levels are accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by 2 A-levels or equivalent.

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate – Skills Challenge Certificate We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Access to HE Diploma 128–144 UCAS tariff points from any combination of Distinction, Merit and Pass grades. This must include 15 level 3 graded credits in one of our required subjects: Applied Human Biology, Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Health & Social Care. An Access to HE Diploma contains 60 credits overall, with 45 graded credits and 15 ungraded credits.
BTEC National
  • Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit (128 UCAS tariff points) in a required subject.
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
  • Foundation Diploma/ 90-credit Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
  • Extended Certificate/ Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
Cambridge International Pre-U Diploma 128–144 UCAS tariff points, to include a minimum of 2 Principal Subjects including 36 points in a required subject.
Cambridge Technical
  • Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit (128 UCAS tariff points) in a required subject.
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
  • Foundation Diploma / Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
  • Extended Certificate / Introductory Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
Extended Project Qualification We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by two A-level sized qualifications to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
International Baccalaureate Certificates 128–144 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two Higher Level certificates.
International Baccalaureate (Diploma) 32–34 points including grade H5 in a required subject.
Scottish Highers 128–144 tariff points from a minimum of four Scottish Highers including 32 points in a required subject.
Scottish Advanced Highers 128–144 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two Scottish Advanced Highers.
T Levels We will recognise T Level qualifications at a suitable level (and in a suitable subject, if applicable). 

Foundation year entry requirements

Numeracy and literacy requirements There are no GCSE requirements. The foundation year will cover these skills in preparation for degree study.
For September 2021 and September 2022 entry 48–72 UCAS tariff points.
Non-academic entry requirements Please note: you are required to demonstrate insight into the field of study through relevant experience. Following successful competition of the foundation year, in order to progress from the foundation year onto the degree course you will need to pass an Occupational Health (OH) check and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (see the ‘Non-academic entry requirements’ dropdown below for full details). These checks will be undertaken during your foundation year. If you do not pass these checks you will be able to continue the foundation year but will not be able to progress onto a full degree with these requirements.

International entry requirements

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students' page.

Please see below some examples of the qualifications for entry onto Year 1 for September 2022 entry:

  • Chinese Senior High School Graduation Certificate (Huikao) average 80%, or Gaokao 76-85%. Grade depends on the course
  • Hong Kong HKDSE Diploma (4,4,4 – 4,4,5 from three subjects). Grade depends on the course
  • All India Senior School Certificate Examination (Standard XII) 75-85%
  • Italian Esame di Stato with 75-85%. Grade depends on the course
  • Titulo de Bachillerato with 7.5 or 8. Grade depends on the course

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

For September 2022 entry: IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 7.0 in all other components or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course? Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement.

Your application

This course is now full for September 2021 entry (including the Foundation Year). You may still apply, but your application may be held on a waiting list (either prior to or following an interview). If your application is on a waiting list, we will inform you if a space becomes available by the end of June.

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

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.

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

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