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Page last updated 21 February 2024
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.
Why study midwifery?
Midwives are autonomous practitioners providing care and support to service-users 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 service-users to have a positive experience of childbirth.
This dynamic, demanding and privileged role carries great responsibility but is incredibly rewarding.
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 service-users, 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 Skills and Simulation Centre 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.
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 Practitioner 1.
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.
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.
"I gained skills in a simulated environment, which I put into practice on my placements. After graduating, I landed my first job at the same Trust where I completed my placements. This experience has led me to my current role as a Core Midwife in a Continuity of Carer team." Sarah, 2019 Midwifery graduate
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*:
|Scheduled learning and teaching study
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year.
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.
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.
Learn more about assessments.
Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:
|Written exam assessment
|Practical exam assessment
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). You can register as a midwife with them when you graduate.
UWE Bristol's geographical area for placement provision covers the whole of the South, South West and West of England. Placements across this region help support and provide a wealth of clinical experience to many areas within the NHS healthcare service and the Private Voluntary and Independent sector. These placements are vital to meet the professional regulatory body standards in practice for our affiliated health and social care courses.
To access this variety of opportunities within the health and social care courses, there's an expectation that all students at times will have to travel across large areas. In some cases this can be more than 50 miles away, and may be outside of normal working hours due to the nature of shift work on somecourses.
When considering your application to these courses, you must ensure you have means to travel to your placement location at unsociable hours, and/or funds available to secure short-term accommodation options to participate in your placement, if required.
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 service-users 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:
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
Early September - early October
Early December - mid January
Mid March - late May
Late June - mid July
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 and Simulation Centre 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.
Take a Virtual Tour of the Nursing and Midwifery facilities and see what's on offer here for you.
Start your dream career at UWE Bristol
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 qualified, you can choose to progress into specialist areas, such as working with service-users who misuse drugs or alcohol.
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.
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.
Full time course
Indicative Additional Costs
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.
- Tariff points: 128
- Contextual tariff: See our contextual offers page.
- GCSE: Grade C/4 or above in English, Mathematics and Science, or equivalent.
- 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 on the English Language requirements page.
- A-level subjects: Grade C or above in a Science, Health 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, Health and Social Care.
- EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: You'll need a minimum of five units in a Science, Health or Social Science Subject. You may be asked to do more based on the size of your units. Please list the units you are studying in your application. For further advice on acceptable units, please email us.
For information on required Guided Learning Hours please see our minimum entry requirements page.
- Access: 15 Level 3 credits at Merit in a Science, Health or Social Science subject.
- Baccalaureate IB: A minimum Grade 5 in a Higher Level Science, Health or Social Science subject. Irish Highers: H2 in a Science or Social Science subject.
- Irish Highers: H2 in a Science or Social Science subject.
- T Levels: Health, Healthcare Science or Science. If you partially achieve your T Level, you can meet our subject requirements if you have at least a C in your Core Section. For further advice on acceptable subjects please email us.
Please note that due to early clinical contact on this course applicants must turn 18 before the start of placement. Applicants who do not turn 18 by the commencement of the placement will be advised to defer or reapply as appropriate. Please see our admissions policy for further information.
If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for the Health Professions Foundation Year.
All applicants are required to complete:
- Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check*
- Health Checks*.
*All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.
About your Health Checks
UWE Bristol prides itself on being disability friendly and supportive of physical and mental wellbeing, therefore disclosing any needs you might have through the Occupational Health Assessment will enable us to create reasonable adjustments to suit your needs. As part of the assessment you will be required to complete a questionnaire and must be prepared to undergo a medical examination if required. Offers of places are subject to Occupational Health Clearance and students are expected to disclose pre-existing and historical health conditions. 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. 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) 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.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an online Microsoft Teams interview. You will be interviewed by a lecturer from the Midwifery programme; interviewers may also include clinicians and service users. You will be asked questions relating to skills and values that are required to be a midwife.
Recruitment for this course is informed by Health Education England's Values Based Recruitment Framework. The purpose of this framework is to ensure that we recruit students whose individual values and behaviours align with the values of the NHS Constitution.
Watch our video for top tips on writing a healthcare personal statement and download our health and social care personal statement guide (PDF).
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.
We accept deferred entry applications for this course.
How to apply
All applications received on or before the UCAS deadline are considered equally, however, due to the volume of applications received, and to ensure that all applications are given equal consideration, you may attend an interview in December or January but may not receive your decision until May via UCAS or through the UWE applicant portal. The University is unable to enter into individual correspondence regarding decisions made following an interview.
If you have not received a decision on your application within a week of the interview, this means that the University is still considering your application. We appreciate your patience during this time and would like to remind you that if you applied through UCAS and have received offers from any other Universities, you will not lose these offers before your UCAS Reply Deadline.