BSc(Hons) Midwifery

Two Midwifery degree students wearing pale blue nurses' uniforms looking at training baby doll
Entry year
Course code
Tariff points
School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Glenside Campus
Three years; August and January intakes
Programme leader
Emily Beach and Rachel Tonks

Please note there are no vacancies on this course for September 2021 or January 2022. Applications for September 2022 and January 2023 entry should be made through UCAS from 7th September 2021.

Page last updated 20 December 2021


Our employer links, practical focus and the clinical experience offered means that 95% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.

Accreditations and partnerships:

Why study midwifery?

Midwives are autonomous practitioners providing care and support to women and their families during pregnancy, birth and the early postnatal period.

Working as part of a multidisciplinary professional team, midwives practise in birth units, communities and hospitals, supporting women to have a positive experience of childbirth.

This dynamic, demanding and privileged role carries great responsibility but is incredibly rewarding.

A £5,000 per year training grant is available for students. Further information is available on the NHS Business Services website.

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Midwifery is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which means you can register as a midwife with them when you graduate.  

With close input from practice partners and maternity service users, the course offers an authentic, woman-centred learning experience and gives you the grounding you need to practise midwifery confidently, compassionately and to the highest standard.

Cement your understanding of the midwife's role and learn about good midwifery practice. Develop the critical thinking and leadership skills to evaluate evidence, and help move midwifery forward.

Based at our Glenside campus UWE Bristol's home of health and social care you'll develop strong interpersonal and inter-professional skills to work in a team with women, their families and healthcare professionals from other disciplines.

Work with enthusiastic academics who've all practised as midwives themselves.

The course has a strong practical focus and you'll spend around half of your time learning on clinical placements, supported by midwifery mentors.

Engage with service users, practising midwives, researchers and other healthcare professionals in placements, class and online.

Practise and hone your skills with medical students in hospital settings, and in our purpose-built Simulation Suite and Birth Room.

Where can it take me?

Midwives are in demand across the UK. Your skills will be sought after in both hospital and community-based roles.

You could progress to become a specialist or consultant midwifery practitioner, clinical midwifery manager, lecturer or researcher in midwifery.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



Year one

You will study:

  • The Context of Midwifery Practice 1
  • The Context of Midwifery Practice 2
  • Holistic Midwifery Practice 1
  • Holistic Midwifery Practice 2
  • The Midwife as a Skilled Practioner 1.

Year two

You will study:

  • The Context of Midwifery Practice 3
  • The Context of Midwifery Practice 4
  • Holistic Midwifery Practice 3
  • Holistic Midwifery Practice 4
  • The Midwife as a Skilled Practitioner 2.

Final year

You will study:

  • Holistic Midwifery Practice 5
  • Holistic Midwifery Practice 6
  • Promoting Excellence for Midwifery Practice
  • The Midwife as a Skilled Practitioner 3.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

We use a mix of lectures, workshops, group work, case studies, projects and IT-based activities, tutorials, skills sessions and simulation exercises, to develop your skills and get you ready for practice.

Explore all aspects of midwifery care in the contexts of both normality and the complexities of pregnancy and childbirth.

Develop your expertise in communication in a diverse world.

Learn about inter-professional working, and the professional practice of midwifery, drawing evidence from your placements and dissertation.Grow into an independent, reflective learner.

The placements will link the theory with practice, and expose you to clinical scenarios, problem solving, judgement and decision making, to prepare you for your role as a practising midwife.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Get involved

Join our Midwifery Society to take part in extra-curricular opportunities and support networks.

Run by student midwives, the society organises topical external speakers, social events and activities where you can meet peers, collaborate and share experiences. Watch the UWE Bristol Midwifery Society film to learn more.

Study time

You'll spend half the course studying at university and the other half on clinical placements. Your first semester (September to December) will be at UWE Bristol, with clinical placements starting in the second semester.


We'll assess the theoretical and clinical parts of the course using a mixture of unseen examinations, reflective portfolios, structured clinical examinations, clinical assessments and a literature-based dissertation.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year


Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). You can register as a midwife with them when you graduate.


With at least 68 weeks of work-based placements, you'll spend half the course applying your knowledge and building professional skills on midwifery practice environments.

We have excellent links with NHS Trusts and other health and care organisations throughout the South West.

You'll work in midwifery-led birth units, hospital and community settings, caring for women from diverse social and cultural backgrounds and learning to manage a midwifery caseload.

Your broad range of practice experiences, working with qualified midwives in hospital and community settings, will put you in a strong position for future employment.

Your personal mentor will advise, counsel and give you feedback on your progress during your placements.

Placements throughout the year:

Year one

September cohort (22 weeks placement):

Late October - mid December

Early January - mid March


January cohort (22 weeks placement):

Mid March - late April

Mid June - mid August

Mid September - mid October


Year two (24 weeks placement):

Mid October - mid November

Late January - mid March

Mid April - early June


Final year

Early September - early October

Early December - mid January

Mid March - late May

Late June - mid July

Study facilities

The Glenside campus library is one of the best healthcare libraries in the country with a huge selection of books, journals, audio-visual materials and specialist health and social care software to support your studies.

Practise your professional skills in our advanced Skills Simulation Suite and Birth Room.

Learn to manage emergency situations in the home in our specially-adapted Simulation House.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

Midwives are in demand across the UK and graduates enter careers in a wide variety of roles for the NHS and independent sector employers.

We have close links with our NHS partners, who are the main employers of midwifery graduates.

Once you've qualified, you can choose to progress into specialist areas, such as working with teenage mothers or women with drug or alcohol problems.

You could also become a specialist midwifery practitioner in areas such as infant feeding, management, lecturing or research.

Graduate midwives continue their professional development throughout their career, and there are many post-qualifying courses to support this.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Listen to why Sarah chose to study midwifery at UWE Bristol.

Read about Amy's experience of studying midwifery at UWE Bristol.

See also:

Midwives Information and Resource Service

About the NHS Constitution

NHS careers


Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

A £5,000 per year training grant is available for students. Further information is available on the NHS Business Services website.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 128
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 or above in English Language or Literature, Mathematics and Science, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement: International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6.5 in writing, and 7.0 in all other sections of the test (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit
  • A-level subjects: Grade B or above in a Science or Social Science subject.
  • Relevant subjects: Subjects that meet the Science/Social Science requirement for this course: Biology, Applied Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Applied Science, Science (Biology route), Science (Chemistry route), Science (Physics route), Sociology.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: Six units in a Science or Social Science subject. Please list the units you are studying in your application. For further advice on acceptable units, please email us.
  • Access: 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction in a Science or Social Science subject.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A minimum Grade 6 in a Higher Level Science or Social Science subject.
  • Irish Highers: H2 in a Science or Social Science subject.

Entry requirements

We require evidence of recent assessed academic study within the last three years.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for the Health Professions Foundation Year.

Additional requirements

All applicants will be required to complete:

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check*
  • Health Checks*.

Students on nursing or midwifery programmes are expected to engage in the full range of clinical duties whilst on placement, which constitutes half of the nursing or midwifery programmes. As a student on a professional nursing or midwifery programme you must be mindful of the requirement in the NMC code of Practice 2015, which states that registered nurses must maintain the level of health needed to carry out our professional role.

Offers of places are subject to occupational health clearance and students are expected to disclose pre-existing and historical health conditions. Students on professional programmes have to meet specific requirements related to the need to demonstrate certain knowledge, skills and competencies required by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies that cannot be compromised. In considering reasonable adjustments, these will be taken into account when agreeing what adjustments are possible.

Health Checks

You must be in good health and up-to-date with all routine immunisations that are required for working in health and social care settings.  The Department of Health (Nov, 2021) has stated that all health and social care workers (including students and volunteers) MUST be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 by the 1st of April 2022. If your course includes placements in any health or social care settings, you will be required to show proof of your Covid vaccinations.

If you are offered a place you will be required to complete a questionnaire and must be prepared to undergo a medical examination. You will also be required to confirm your status in respect of a number of infectious diseases (tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, varicella, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV antibodies, Covid-19) and be prepared to have all required vaccinations.  Please note that the list of required vaccinations may change, in response to advice from the Department of Health.

If your vaccinations are not up-to-date, this will affect your ability to continue on your course. If you have any concerns with regards to vaccinations please raise this at the point of application.

If you were vaccinated outside of the UK and want to check if your Covid-19 vaccine is recognised in the UK please check the UK government website.

*All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

Selection process

Applicants will be required to attend an interview. For more details on the process, please visit our selection page.

International applicants

For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the Country Information pages. If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

If you are applying to study at UWE Bristol and require additional support to meet our English language requirements, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

Deferred entry

We do not accept deferred entry applications for this course.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Watch our video for top tips on writing a healthcare personal statement and download our health and social care personal statement guide.

Read more about undergraduate applications.

UCAS Application Deadline: The initial deadline for UCAS applications is 15th January each year. It is likely we will still consider applications submitted after this date but it may not always be possible for our most selective courses.

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