BSc(Hons) Midwifery

Two Midwifery degree students wearing pale blue nurses' uniforms looking at training baby doll
Entry year
2023/24
Course code
B711
Application
UCAS
Level
Undergraduate
Tariff points
128
Department
School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Campus
Glenside Campus
Duration
Three years; September and January intakes
Delivery
Full-time
Programme leader
Emily Beach and Rachel Tonks

This course is open for applications

To apply for entry to this course in January 2023 please visit the 2022/23 course page

Page last updated 18 November 2022

Introduction

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 home students. Further information is available on the NHS Business Services website.

This course also offers the unique opportunity to apply for a scholarship.

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.

Structure

Content

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 Practitioner 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.

"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*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study
132%18%50%
239%11%50%
330%20%50%

*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.

Assessment

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
118%63%19%
212%38%50%
30%50%50%

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

Features

Professional accreditation

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

Placements

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 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 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

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

Fees

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 home students. Further information is available on the NHS Business Services website.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 128
  • Contextual tariff: See our contextual offers page.
  • 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 http://uwe.ac.uk/englishlanguagerequirements
  • A-level subjects: Grade B 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.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: You will 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 Distinction in a Science, Health or Social Science subject.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A minimum Grade 6 in a Higher Level Science, Health or Social Science subject.
  • Irish Highers: H1 in a Science or Social Science subject.
  • T Levels: You must be studying Science, Healthcare Science or Health. You will also be considered if you have a Level 3 Senior Health Care Support Worker Apprenticeship Diploma if you are employed as a Midwifery Support Worker.

Entry requirements

Please note that applicants for the BSc(Hons) Midwifery and BSc(Hons) Midwifery (Blended Learning), if successful, can only be made an offer for one course.

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 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

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. If you are offered a place on this course, 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) 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.

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 the last Wednesday in 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.

Where applications are made by Wednesday 25th January, the majority of interview decisions will be made by the end of April and decisions will be communicated via UCAS or through the UWE applicant portal.

The University is unable to enter into individual correspondence regarding decisions made following an interview.

All applications received on or before Wednesday 25th January 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.

If you have not received a decision on your application immediately after interview, this means that the University is still considering your application and a decision will be processed by 18th May at the very latest once all remaining interviews have taken place. 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

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