Midwifery (156 weeks)
BSc (Hons)

Clinical Placement
NHS Funding available
Work placement opportunity

3 good reasons to study Midwifery (156 weeks) at Salford


Three year full-time course involving clinical placements within a hospital environment in addition to community settings and women's homes


Designed to prepare you to practice autonomously, as a registered midwife


We are a UNICEF Baby Friendly University and our students achieved the highest marks of any UK university within the Baby Friendly accreditation assessment in 2015

Course Summary

Midwives offer care and support to pregnant women, their partners and their families. They provide care throughout the pregnancy continuum which includes antenatal, intra partum and post partum care. On successful completion of this degree you will be eligible to register as a midwife on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Professional Register.

A key component of the course is problem-based learning (PBL) where you will be actively involved in the learning process through problem solving, investigation, team work and self directed learning. These skills are also developed through the small caseload experience within the course.

We are a UNICEF Baby Friendly University. This ensures all our midwifery graduates have excellent knowledge and skills in supporting mothers to breastfeed their babies. Our students achieved the highest marks of any UK university within the Baby Friendly accreditation assessment in 2015.

Please note: For applications for entry in September 2017 or later, it is likely there will be changes to the funding of fees and a bursary may no longer be available. Please see the ‘Fees and Funding’ tab for further details.

Course Details

This course will enable you to meet the requirements for registration on the midwives part of the NMC Professional Register.

It is underpinned by national policy and will provide a broad, balanced, coherent and diverse experience of midwifery practice. Each year consists of a combination of theory and practice based modules. You will be expected to maintain a portfolio of personal and professional development (PDP). This course also includes assessment of clinical skills and medicines management.

The 'Practice' modules prepare you to achieve the clinical competencies throughout each year in order to progress towards fulfilling the role of accountable, autonomous practitioner at the point of registration. You will progress from first year as novice to accountable practitioner at the end of year 3.

Year 1

Prepares you for midwifery practice and health environments
This is a double module which focuses on women's health and the provision of midwifery care to women and families, which will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective care.
Practice placement 1
Practice placement 2
Practice placement 3

Year 2

This module will enable you to consider the nature and impact of complex care in midwifery and develop your research skills.
This is a double module which focuses on the diverse experiences of women and families which will develop your skills in the provision of holistic, woman-centred, evidence-based care.
Practice placement 4
Practice placement 5
Practice placement 6

Year 3

This module will equip you with the requisite knowledge and skills of critical reflection and critical reasoning to facilitate your transition to autonomous practice.
This double module builds on the concept of autonomous practice and the requisite knowledge necessary to practice as an autonomous midwife. This is facilitated by the in-depth exploration of current issues and clinical scenarios which are assessed.
This module will enable you to develop your research skills from level 5 and demonstrate your ability to write a research proposal.
Practice placement 7
Practice placement 8
Practice placement 9

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE Applicants must have 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, and these must include English Language, Maths and Science.
Applicants must hold these GCSEs at the point of application to the course.
UCAS tariff points 280-320 UCAS points
BTEC National Diploma DDD
Scottish Highers Equivalence of 280-320 UCAS points
Irish Leaving Certificate Equivalence of 280- 320 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate 26 points

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of a minimum score 7- with no individual component below 7

Applicant profile

Midwifery is not a nine-to-five job. Neither is being a student midwife:

  • You will be expected to work shifts, even while you are training
  • You don't get long holiday breaks, our course works on the basis of seven weeks annual leave per year
  • Considerable travelling is required for hospital and community placements


You will learn through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Problem-based learning
  • Evidence-based practice.
  • Tutorials

50% of your learning will be spent in clinical practice and the other 50% will be in academic learning at the University.


Assessment of theory and practice is continuous and varied. In the clinical area of this course you will need to meet the criteria laid down by the NMC. You will also be assessed academically using:

  • Essays 45%
  • Exams 15%
  • Oral presentations 20%
  • Problem-based learning-including clinical grading 20%


Midwives need to be confident enough to communicate with all types of people from all walks of life. Midwives work in a variety of places: maternity units in large general hospitals, smaller, midwifery-led unit, private maternity hospitals, group practices, birth centres and in the community and home environments.

Career opportunities are predominantly within the NHS and remain excellent. Graduates from this course are well received by employers with opportunities for working in independent practice increasing. Midwives now have the opportunity to work in a range of jobs as specialist practitioners, researchers, managers, teachers and governance posts.

Links with Industry

You will work alongside a midwife mentor in local maternity units where you will experience a wide variety of care-giving settings. You will be expected to work the same shift patterns as your mentor (including weekends and night duty) and will need to be able to travel to clinical placements.

You'll spend half of your time at the University and the other half working in the clinical area or community within local NHS Trusts. These could include:

  • Royal Bolton Hospital
  • Royal Oldham Hospital, Tameside General Hospital and North Manchester General Hospital (all part of Pennine Acute Trust)
  • Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan
  • Wythenshawe Hospital (University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust)

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Full-timeIf you are a UK or EU resident, and have home student status, you will have your tuition fees paid for you. You may also qualify for a means-tested bursary to help with living expenses.

Please note: For applications for entry in September 2017 or later, it is likely there will be changes to the funding of fees and a bursary may no longer be available. Please see more information on the proposed changes here, and we will update this page as soon as the changes are confirmed.

If you are applying for entry before September 2017, there will be no changes to the funding available.

Financial support for this course


Clinical Skills Room

Whether it's nursing or midwifery, it helps to be able to practice new skills in a safe environment under the supervision of a qualified practitioner. We have a number of clinical skills rooms that enhance your learning from taking blood pressure, to giving CPR and more complicated procedures.

Birth Simulators

We use a maternal and fetal simulation system called Noelle which allows you to appreciate the birthing experience from the onset of labour, through delivery, to treatment of the mother after delivery.

Birthing simulators are used to ensure you understand the mechanisms involved in labour and birth and have an opportunity to simulate a birth and explore relevant issues and feelings in a non-clinical environment. Breech births and mechanisms for Occipto posterior positions can also be demonstrated with these simulators.

Models to simulate urethral catheterisation and cervical assessment also aim to develop initial competence to ensure confidence prior to undertaking the skills with mentor support in clinical practice

We also have breast feeding mannikins to promote understanding of lactation and procedures such as hand expression of milk are available. These are part of the measures in place to ensure our students are educated in-line with Unicef's baby friendly initiative.