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Institute of Health

Midwifery (Shortened)

BSc (Hons) Full-time 2 years

This pre-registration midwifery course will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective midwifery care and register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council to practise as a midwife in a variety of health care settings.

This pre-registration midwifery course will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective midwifery care and register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council to practise as a midwife in a variety of health care settings.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code B721
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (2 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School Institute of Health

Why choose this course?

This pre-registration midwifery course will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective midwifery care and register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council to practise as a midwife in a variety of health care settings.

What happens on the course?

We are currently making some changes to our midwifery courses as a result of new standards for proficiency and education being approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in October 2019.

These new standards set out the skills and knowledge future midwives will need to join the register, are based on the best current evidence and reflect the changing context that midwives now work in. The standards are set to be in place for the next 10 years and they include a fresh focus on perinatal mental health, public health, social care and continuity of care.

As an approved provider of pre and post-registration midwifery courses, our courses must meet the expectations of the NMC. To view the NMC website please click here.

Now that these new standards have been approved we will be reviewing our existing BSc (Hons) courses and will be making some changes to them during 2020. We will be seeking approval from the NMC in May 2020 and we anticipate that the new courses will start in Autumn 2020. It is also possible that the title of our degree course may change from a BSc (Hons) Midwifery to a Bachelor of Midwifery (Hons).

programme will allow you to study a range of subjects including sexual and reproductive health, neonatal care, midwifery care and practice, management and leadership and high-risk care of mother and baby.

During this course you will also get the opportunity to participate in providing individual care to a woman and her family under the supervision of a qualified midwife and experience midwifery practice in a variety of hospital and community settings. You will be expected to develop an electronic portfolio during your programme of study.

All theory is delivered at Walsall Campus for classroom study, and placements will be with one of three NHS Trusts including either Wolverhampton, Walsall or Dudley.

You will be enrolled at the University, but will be employed and salaried by a partnership NHS Trust, for the duration of this course. 

Potential Career Paths

Opportunities exist to be clinical leaders, consultant midwives, work in management or at supervisory level. Midwives can also develop innovative specialist roles for example, in ultrasound, fetal medicine, public health and parenting education. There are also opportunities to work as a research midwife or in education.
 Many midwives are employed by the NHS, working in hospital or in the community setting.  Posts are also available in private birthing centres, or you may be an independent midwife.  
There are a range of opportunities available to you to further your education and practice, for example you may choose to complete a Masters or PhD.
Opportunities may also exist to travel and work abroad. 

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Our midwifery degree courses lead to both an academic award and registration with the UK’s Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), ultimately allowing you to practice as a midwife in the public or private sector.

Students evaluate the quality of teaching very positively and have the opportunity to develop their clinical skills in well equipped clinical skills centres. 

Midwifery is an integrated course of theory and practice, and you will have the opportunity to experience clinical practice under the supervision of an experienced midwife from as early as 6 weeks into the course.

There are well established support systems in the university and on clinical placement.

There are two value-added components to the course which are UNICEF's Breast Feeding Initiative (BFI) and the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE).

By the end of the midwifery programme you should be able to: 

  • debate factors that impact on autonomous midwifery practice and explore alternative and innovative approaches to midwifery care;
  • review and critically evaluate the appropriateness of evidence for integration into practice and critically reflect upon practice to reach own judgements and exercise effective decision making in complex situations;
  • be an independent, autonomous practitioner and provide holistic, woman-centred midwifery care prior to conception and throughout the antenatal, intranatal and postnatal periods;
  • respond effectively to the wide ranging public health needs of childbearing women and their families;
  • work in a variety of health care settings both independently and as a member of the multidisciplinary team, nationally and internationally;
  • develop effective management skills to enable you to plan, implement and evaluate the delivery of midwifery care, in order to facilitate change and improvement where appropriate.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

2020 Entry

  • Registered Nurse on the Adult part of the Professional Register, with a minimum of 60 credits at level 5 including evidence of research methodology.
  • Applicants must have 6 months experience as a registered nurse.
  • English language requirements for International applicants are a minimum overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each element.


Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for interview as part of the selection process.

Read further information regarding interview preparation

Good health and good character are fundamental to being a nurse or midwife, and consequently all nursing and midwifery students must have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check and satisfactory health clearance. Professional courses are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and all previous convictions etc must be declared. Any student who undertakes exposure-prone procedures as part of their training will be required to have additional screening for HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.

If you have accepted a Conditional Offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £40.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee. You will also need to complete an occupational health assessment questionnaire and General Practitioner Form prior to starting the course; vaccinations will also need to be up-to-date.


New regulatory standards for midwives were approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council in October 2019.  The "Future Midwife" standards of proficiency and education set out the knowledge, understanding and competencies that midwives must have in order to safely and effectively practice in the UK.  The University will be making changes to its midwifery programmes in light of the new standards and will be seeking approval from the NMC during 2020.  We anticipate that the new programmes will run from September 2020/21, subject to NMC approval.

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified midwife.

Tuition Fees Loan (Home and EU students):

By studying an undergraduate or postgraduate pre-registration programme you are eligible for a Tuition Fee loan. of up to £9,250. The loan will support your studies and enable you to start a rewarding career in healthcare.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website to find out more.

NHS Grant 2020:

From September 2020 all new and continuing nursing, midwifery and most allied health professionals’ students on pre-registration courses will also receive a grant of at least £5,000 per year that is not means-tested and will not have to be repaid.

An additional payment of up to £3,000 per academic year will be available to eligible students. Eligibility will include the following:

• £1,000 towards childcare costs • £1,000 if studying in a region that is struggling to recruit • £1,000 if studying a shortage specialism

Among others, the shortage specialisms have been confirmed to include:

• Mental health nursing

• Learning disability nursing

Read the full press release on the Government website to find out more or access“The recent grants for health courses explained"

Additional funding:

Is available via NHS Business Services Authority

The Learning Support Fund offers students additional support while studying for their degree. This includes:

• Dependants allowance of £1,000 per student per year

• Additional travel and accommodation costs to clinical placements over their normal daily travel costs

• An exceptional hardship fund of up to £3,000 per student per academic year

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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