Midwifery BSc (Hons)


Fact file - 2018 entry

Midwifery (Pre-registration) | BSc Hons
UCAS code
3 years full-time 
A level offer
Required subjects
Subjects to include biology preferably, however chemistry, physics or PE will be considered. If taking biology, chemistry and/or physics, applicants must pass the practical element of assessment where assessed separately. Plus eight GCSEs at A-C including English, maths and a science subject
IB score
32 (including English, maths and a science subject at Higher Level)
Course location
Teaching will predominantly be in Nottingham. Practice placements will be at one of the five NHS Trusts in Lincolnshire, Derbyshire or Nottinghamshire.
Course places
80 (subject to change) including a maximum of 2 international places


We offer student case-holding throughout all three years of the course, providing real-life experience of caring for a mother and newborn.
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This course is aimed at those who are committed to providing excellence in care to childbearing women and their families. Students are expected to demonstrate the six C’s of the NHS, namely: care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment.

We are one of only two universities in the East Midlands who are fully accredited by the Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI), and were reaccredited in 2015. Universities receive the Baby Friendly Award after undergoing rigorous assessment by UNICEF to test the skill and knowledge of midwifery students, as well as updating lecturers. In addition, most of the trusts we work with also have BFI accreditation.

Student case-holding

We offer student case-holding throughout all three years of the course, providing real-life experience of caring for a mother and newborn. Each student has two or three women assigned to them simultaneously per year, and students are on-call for the birth, alongside seeing those women in the ante and postnatal periods. Students also have a mentor across all three years.

Case-holding is giving you a lot more than you would experience as a midwife, as it’s not very often you get that whole journey through pregnancy, labour, and the postnatal period. 

- Natasha Redgate, BSc Midwifery student

Learning environments

Midwifery care is provided in a variety of settings such as homes, hospital wards and within the community. Student midwives are exposed to practice-based learning in a range of settings to enable the development of key midwifery skills.

Clinical experience will be gained in maternity units in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire and their related community areas. Teaching will predominantly take place at Queen’s Medical Centre Hospital or University Park Campus, Nottingham.

Getting to our Nottingham campus is easy, with a wide range of transport links available, from the tram – with stops at both Queen’s Medical Centre and University Park Campus – to a number of public bus services, or the hopper buses which take students from Nottingham to Royal Derby Hospital.


Through placements, students are able to experience different trusts across different sites, providing benefits including:

  • Expanding their experience through meeting different women and their families with different needs
  • Gaining a wider perspective of the healthcare sector
  •  Helping to understand the challenges that women, their families, and healthcare professionals face
  • Making connections for future job opportunities 

The majority of study takes place at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, where we have a Clinical Skills Centre and additional drop-in facilities where students can practice in a simulated environment. We also work with seven hospitals in partnership with five hospital trusts, to deliver the clinical practice parts of the course. This is done through our 'home and away' model.

The trust sites are:
  • City Hospital (Nottingham)
  • Queen's Medical Centre (Nottingham)
  • United Lincolnshire Hospitals (Boston)
  • United Lincolnshire Hospitals (Lincoln)
  • Royal Derby Hospital (Derby)
  • Chesterfield Royal Hospital (Chesterfield)
  • Sherwood Forest Hospitals (Mansfield)  

In your first year you will be allocated to one of our clinical placement sites, known as your 'home'. For your second year you will then be allocated to a different site, which is your 'away'. You will return to your original 'home' clinical placement site for your third year.

Please note that students receive four free uniforms for their placements. 

Location of placements

Placements are allocated before you start the course. If offered a place you can indicate a preference for your 'home' site, as well as providing additional information that may be helpful when allocating you to a site, i.e. whether you drive.

Please note that due to the numbers of students on the course, and commissioned places for each clinical trust site, we cannot guarantee you will get your preference

On accepting a place with us, you understand that you could be allocated to practice experiences anywhere within the East Midlands. The geographic spread of placements and the amount of travel expected by students varies depending upon students’ home and away placements.  

For example:

You will be studying theory at Nottingham throughout your three years. 

Years one and three 

For your ‘home’ placements, you could be allocated to Lincolnshire United hospitals in Boston and also undertake community placements in the Boston area. 

Year two

In year two, your ‘away’ placements could be allocated to Royal Derby Hospital, with you undertaking community experience in the Derbyshire geographical area. 

Note: We only offer Lincoln and Boston placements for our September intake.


Accommodation whilst on placement

If you are allocated to a clinical practice placement area away from where you live, or away from University residences, the University will help you find accommodation whilst you are there.

Student nurses and midwives are all placed in the same halls on Nottingham campus during first year. You will not lose, or have to move out of, this accommodation on campus whilst you stay elsewhere for practice placement allocations. You will have to pay for this additional accommodation, but you may be able to claim this back.

I feel that this course has prepared me for clinical practice as a midwife. It has taught me gold standard practice but also allowed me to develop my own style of practice whilst on placement.  

- NSS student feedback, 2016

Find out more about placements.

Studying abroad

During the second year, students are given the opportunity to apply for a 9-week Erasmus placement in Europe with one of our partner institutions. Funding is available for this.

During the third year, students are given the opportunity to undertake a two week elective placement. Students arrange their own negotiated placement and have the potential to go anywhere in the world, provided the country is deemed safe to travel to. Please note that this is self-funded.


Teaching excellence

The Division of Midwifery sits within the School of Health Sciences. This is a research active school which has its own dedicated Maternal Health and Wellbeing Research Group, led by Professor Helen Spiby, Head of the Division of Midwifery.

Most of our teaching staff are practicing midwives and have contributed significantly to UK and international midwifery education textbooks and journals, meaning you are taught by experts in the field.


Mature applicants

We encourage applications from mature applicants. There is various support available to you including peer mentoring and the Mature Students’ Network which organises social events throughout the year. Find out more on our mature students website


International applicants

We welcome applications from international applicants and have a maximum of two places for 2017 entry for international students. 

The International applicants page can provide advice and support throughout your application and preparation for coming to the UK. Please see the entry requirements tab for English language requirements.

If you would like to visit the University and are unable to attend an open day, the University will be happy to arrange a visit for you


The University of Nottingham International College (TUNIC) opened in January 2017, offering international students foundation courses including a science foundation certificate and assistance to meet the entry requirements in English provided by Kaplan International Colleges.

As of September 2017 this will include courses specifically tailored for midwifery entry. You will need to satisfy both Kaplan’s and the University’s entry requirements to obtain a place on this course.

Successful completion of the foundation course, with the necessary progression requirements including mathematics and English, will be accepted as equivalent qualifications for application to the midwifery course. Acceptance onto the midwifery course is dependent on successful interview, satisfactory criminal record check and occupational health check.


Campus community

We are proud to have one of the most active students’ unions at any UK university, with over 300 societies and sports clubs where you can have fun, gain new skills and meet like-minded people. Students can also participate in our active midwifery society which organises conferences and guest speakers alongside sport and social events.


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Entry requirements

A levels

Three A levels are required at ABB, plus GCSEs (eight preferred) at A-C including English, maths and a science subject. 


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A levels are to include biology preferably, however chemistry, physics or PE will be considered. If taking biology, chemistry and/or physics, applicants must pass the practical element of assessment where assessed separately. 

Access to HE Diploma

Pass Access to Nursing and Midwifery to include 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 must be at Distinction and the remaining 15 at Merit or above. 

The diploma must include 24 credits at level 3 in biology (preferably human biology) all achieved at Distinction. 

In addition, GCSE English and maths are required at grade C or above. We no longer accept level 2 equivalence for GCSE English and maths. 

Please note modules relating to conducting and writing up lab reports will not count towards biology credits. 

Access courses to Higher education prior to 2009 will not have current currency with the credits required to meet minimum entry criteria for our course, so cannot be accepted. 

The 14-19 Advanced Diploma

The 14-19 Advanced Diploma is accepted providing subjects are in a relevant line of learning, and achieved at grade A. In addition, applicants must offer 1 AS at grade B in biology, chemistry or physics, plus English and maths at Higher Diploma level or equivalent i.e. GCSE A-C grade. 

BTEC Extended Diploma in Health Studies (2010 specification)

Minimum of DDM including a science subject, with 5 GCSE A-C grades in English, maths and science. An AS level with a B in biology, physics or chemistry can compensate for a lack of science modules.

BTEC L3 National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (2010 specification)

Minimum of DDM with 5 GCSE A-C grades including English, maths and science (one AS Level in biology, physics and chemistry can compensate for lack of modules) and to include 60 credits from the following:

  • Development Through the Life Stages 
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care 
  • Physiological Disorders 
  • Nutrition for Health and Social Care 
  • Nutrition 
  • Complementary Therapies for Health and Social Care 
  • Human Inheritance for Health and Social Care 
  • Infection Prevention and Control 
  • Physiology of Fluid Balance 
BTEC Extended Diploma Applied Science (2010 specification)

Minimum of DDM with 5 GCSE A-C grades in English, maths and science (One AS/A2 Level in biology, physics, chemistry or PE can compensate for lack of science modules) and to include 60 credits from the following modules: 

  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques
  • Microbiological Techniques
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Biomedical Science Techniques
BTEC Extended Diploma Animal Management (2010 specification)
Minimum of DDM with GCSE A-C grades including English, maths and science (One AS/A2 Level in biology, physics, chemistry or PE can compensate for lack of science modules). Please check with us that the modules for your course meet our biology requirements.
New BTEC 2016 specifications for level 3 National Extended Diploma

The following National Extended Diploma’s should be passed with a minimum of Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM) plus 5 GCSE’s at C (grade 4) or above to include maths, English and a science. (We will accept science double award/triple award CC/CCC or BTEC Level 2 science at merit or above).

  • BTEC level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care
  • BTEC level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health Studies)
  • BTEC level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science
  • BTEC level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Physical Science)
  • BTEC level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Analytical and Forensic Science)
  • BTEC level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Biomedical Science)

Other Extended Diplomas will be considered individually. Please contact the admissions team directly.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

The International Baccalaureate Diploma is acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications. 

Required grades: 32, with three subjects at higher level including either biology, physics or chemistry; and English, maths and a science subject at standard level.


Other qualifications 

We also accept alternative qualifications. For more information, please see the Alternative Entry Requirements webpage. Please note that both GCSE English and maths is required as part of the entry criteria and we do not accept any other equivalences.

English language requirements 

Midwifery students need to be fluent in the English language in order to both understand and complete the course and to communicate effectively with patients and members of the multidisciplinary team.

For students whose first language is not English we require an IELTS score of 7.5, with no less than 7 in any element. Please note that a pass at GCSE English language with a B or above will normally be regarded as meeting this requirement. 

Flexible admissions policy

In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, The University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We consider applicants’ circumstances and broader achievements as part of the assessment process, but do not vary the offer from the grades advertised as a result of these.

Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.

Notes for applicants

This course has two student intakes, one in September and one in the following January. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to select which intake they would prefer at interview. 

For all courses, selection is made on the basis of meeting entry requirements, academic potential and evidence of a commitment to midwifery. You must also demonstrate recent study within three years of applying for any of our courses. 

All offers are subject to being successful at both the selection day and interview, satisfactory health screening, and disclosure and barring service (DBS) clearance.



The three-year full time programme is arranged in a modular structure, and all modules are compulsory. Teaching staff employ a variety of learning methods, including:

  • problem-based learning
  • lectures
  • seminars
  • inter-professional education
  • project work
  • simulation 

You'll be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning and to be active in the learning process.

Christmas and Summer Holidays have been arranged to coincide with normal holiday periods. However holidays in March/April (Easter) take place at the same time each year. All holidays are detailed in your programme of education plan. 

Find out more about how you will learn and be assessed on our teaching webpage.

Year one

This comprises 45 programmed weeks theory and practice and seven weeks annual leave per year. Modules are studied at level one during this teaching period and comprise:

Normal Midwifery Practice in Contemporary Society

This module considers: 

  • Assessment of maternal and neonatal wellbeing
  • Applied anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and the puerperium
  • Normal neonatal physiology, behaviour and care, including infant feeding
  • Transition to motherhood - physical, psychological and social constructs
  • Psychological adaptations to parenthood/motherhood/fatherhood
  • Introduction of concepts of health and its promotion
  • Introduction to public health and social determinants of health
  • Evidence-based, holistic, responsive, compassionate antenatal and postnatal care
  • Introduction to maternity services and childbirth in other cultures 

This module is supported by a virtual learning environment using a variety of e-learning resources.

The Compassionate and Professional Midwife

This module considers: 

  • The historical context of midwifery
  • The role of the midwife and sphere of practice
  • The development of unique supportive mother/midwife relationships and professional boundaries
  • Organisational culture and its impact on professional practice behaviours
  • Theories of empathy, compassion, kindness, advocacy and cultural awareness 
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Self-awareness, i.e. values, boundaries, behaviours
  • Emotional intelligence and resilience
  • The concept of professionalism in midwifery
  • The professional regulation of midwifery practice from both national and international perspectives
Normal Childbirth

This module considers: 

  • Models of midwifery-led care, from national and international perspectives
  • The role of the midwife as a facilitator of normal birth and scope of practice
  • Concepts and assessment of normal progress, birth and risk assessment
  • Improving birth outcomes through the promotion of midwifery approaches and advocacy, i.e. active birth, water birth
  • Anatomy and physiology of the stages of labour to include the pelvis, fetal skull, pelvic floor and perineal trauma
  • Physiology and function of labour pain, non-pharmacological and pharmacological methods of analgesia
  • Complementary therapies
  • Midwifery approaches and care for normal birth, individualised compassionate and responsive midwifery care
  • Fetal adaptation from intra to extra uterine life
  • Immediate examination of the new-born 

Learning and teaching activities will be predominately based on a blended learning model that will include: face to face teaching sessions, guided online learning activities, facilitated group tutorials, enquiry based learning activities, small group seminars and assignment preparation workshops.

The Novice Student Midwife in Practice

This module considers: 

  • Evidence-based care and midwifery clinical skills, including interpersonal skills
  • Promotion of normality, the midwife’s role and scope of practice
  • Effective communication in midwifery introduction to parent education
  • The initiation and continuation of breastfeeding
  • Participation in antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care across a range of clinical settings
  • Case-holding and compassionate midwifery care
  • Fetal monitoring and interpretation
  • Practise of neonatal and maternal resuscitation
  • Reflection in and on practice
  • Principles of medicines management and administration
  • Completion of essential skills clusters for year one 

Learning and teaching activities will be predominately based on a blended learning model that will include: preparation for practice teaching sessions, guided online learning activities, facilitated workshops and clinical skills practice. 


Year two

This comprises 45 programmed weeks theory and practice and seven weeks annual leave. During the second year all modules are studied at level two and comprise:

Perinatal Mental Health and the Role of the Midwife

This module considers: 

  • The factors that could influence the normal emotional changes during pregnancy and childbirth
  • Challenges to mental well-being during the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal periods
  • The risk factors, i.e. domestic abuse, safeguarding, drug and alcohol misuse, learning disability
  • A range of common mental health disorders
  • Local, national and international policies related to the care of women with mental health diagnoses
  • The midwife’s role in fetal loss and bereavement support
  • Working as part of a multi-professional team, collaborating with other agencies
  • The identification of referral pathways for women with mental health issues 
This module is supported by a virtual learning environment using a variety of e-learning resources.
Complex Childbirth and the Midwife

This module considers: 

  • The pathophysiology of common medical, gynaecological and obstetric conditions and complications of pregnancy and birth
  • Examination of the care of women with complex needs, to include risk assessment and care pathways
  • How normality within complex midwifery care can be optimised
  • Global perspectives of women’s health needs
  • Epidemiology, risk and social factors that contribute to poor neonatal outcomes and infant morbidity and mortality
  • Pathophysiology of neonatal conditions including preterm, and small for gestational age
  • Congenital abnormalities and their treatment, to include birth injuries
  • The midwife’s role in caring for babies with complex needs as part of the interdisciplinary team
  • Professional, legal and ethical issues associated with neonatal care
  • Safeguarding of the vulnerable family
  • Using evidence-based midwifery practice to support compassionate care 

This module is supported by a virtual learning environment using a variety of e-learning resources.

Research Skills for Evidence-based Midwifery Care

This module considers: 

  •  A critical appreciation of health care research
  •  Literature searching and utilisation of research
  •  The skills of quality appraisal and critique
  •  Both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
  •  A range of research methods 

This module is supported by a virtual learning environment using a variety of e-learning resources.

The Developing Student Midwife in Practice

This module considers: 

  • Midwifery clinical knowledge and skills in both normal and complex labour, birth, and being an advocate for women and including revision of effective communication skills
  • Case-holding and the role of the midwife
  • Medicines management and administration of medicines
  • The effectiveness of risk assessment tools
  • Determining fetal well-being using fetal monitoring
  • The initiation and support of breastfeeding – managing challenges
  • Antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care in women and babies with complex needs
  • Managing obstetric emergencies
  • Assessing causes and management of perineal trauma
  • Interprofessional learning
  • Reflection in and on clinical practice 

This module is supported by a virtual learning environment using a variety of e-learning resources.


Year three

This comprises of 45 programmed weeks theory and practice and seven weeks annual leave. Modules are studied at level three and comprise:

The Politics of Maternity Care

This module considers: 

  • Political drivers in maternity care and social policy
  • Global citizenship
  • Millennium development goals
  • Social theories, i.e. feminism, empowerment
  • Midwifery models of care in the UK and internationally
  • The social construction of childbirth
  • Clinical governance and risk management strategies
  • The quality of maternity services 

This module is supported by a virtual learning environment using a variety of e-learning resources.

Research Evidence for High Quality Midwifery Practice

This module considers: 

  •  Epidemiology
  •  Research ethics
  •  Change management and service development
  •  Critical appraisal
  •  The importance of research in midwifery
  •  Data collection methods
  •  Data analysis
  •  Writing for publication 
This module is supported by a virtual learning environment using a variety of e-learning resources.
The Professional Midwife in Contemporary Society

This module considers:  

  •  Professional registration and revalidation
  •  The history of midwifery supervision
  •  The role of the midwife in contemporary society and the impact of globalisation
  •  Leadership in the NHS
  •  Career planning and clinical academic careers
  •  Preceptorship
  •  Midwifery autonomy and scope of practice
The Competent Student Midwife in Practice

This module considers:  

  • Enhancement and consolidation of midwifery skills in practice
  • Professional conduct and the midwife
  • Case-holding in year 3 and care pathways
  • Appreciation of midwifery practice within local, national and international settings
  • The delivery and evaluation of parent education
  • Competency in the initiation and support of breastfeeding women
  • Competency in normal and a range of diverse antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care taking into account physical, emotional, social, spiritual and cultural factors
  • Perineal trauma, repair, episiotomy 

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. The above list is a sample of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


International Opportunities

All undergraduate students have the opportunity to spend two weeks on an international clinical elective placement. Previous students have undertaken placements in Malta, Ghana, Sri Lanka, Wales and Nepal.

Students also have the opportunity to apply to study abroad with one of our prestigious Erasmus+ partner universities, where they complete a two month clinical placement with one of our partners in Denmark, Ireland, Malta, or Milan.

I would highly recommend the Erasmus programme to other students, I felt it was a rewarding experience which I thoroughly enjoyed. 

- Leigh Hirst, Student Midwife



In 2017, 91.5% of graduates from the BA Midwifery course achieved a first or 2:1.

Upon successfully completing the course, students will be eligible to register as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council

After a period of time as a registered midwife, graduates may move into specialist midwife roles (i.e. substance misuse, diabetes, teenage pregnancy), or go into education or research. In terms of career progression, those who wish to study for a PhD could go on to become a consultant midwife. 

Find out more about our Midwifery MSc and Midwifery PGDip courses.

Professional recognition 

This course is recognised and validated by The Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Average starting salary

A newly qualified NHS midwife will start at Band 5, on a starting salary of £21,909 (from 1 April 2016).

In 2015, 100% of first-degree graduates in the Division of Midwifery who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,703 with the highest being £26,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home first degree undergraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Careers support and advice

Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in your career.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, preparing for interviews and hosting events to bring you closer to prospective employers.

Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.  

The University of Nottingham is the best university in the UK for graduate employment, according to the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.



Fees and funding

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International/EU students

Our International Baccalaureate Diploma Excellence Scholarship is available for select students paying overseas fees who achieve 40 points or above in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. We also offer a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected countries, schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees. Find out more about scholarships, fees and finance for international students.

Changes to the funding and financial support of students beginning nursing, midwifery or physiotherapy courses were announced in the government Spending Review in November 2015. From 2017/18, new students will no longer receive NHS bursaries and will need to take out maintenance and tuition loans like other students. 

For current details please visit gov.uk and the Council of Deans of Health website. For an independent view on student finance see Martin Lewis’ Money Saving Expert website

For information about fees and finance visit our Student Fees and Finance website. Also check our Student Support bursaries webpage.


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There is assessment associated with this programme that is not attached to a specific module. As well as passing all modules on the programme, midwifery students must meet accrediting body requirements showing they have attended mandatory sessions, met practice outcomes and completed necessary practice hours. 

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