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Midwifery (156 weeks)

BSc (Hons)

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Midwifery

UCAS Code: B720

Start Date(s): September


Three years full-time


UK - £9,250 per year

International - £14,820 per year

In Brief:

  • 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
  • Overall student satisfaction for this course is 100% (NSS 2018)
  • An interview will be required for admission onto this course
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • Clinical placement opportunity

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.

Awards and Accreditation

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 module 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.                        
This module focuses on anatomy & physiology applied to women, neonates and public healthcare. This 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 module focuses on the diverse experiences of women and families which will develop your skills in the provision of holistic, woman-centred, evidence-based care.                
This module focuses on the care of women and families with complex needs including medical, obstetric and neonatal complications. This module 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 module builds on the concept of autonomous practice and the requisite knowledge necessary to practice as a midwife. This is facilitated by in-depth exploration of current evidence, using clinical scenarios to assess and ensure students have the knowledge and skills required for registration as          a midwife.                
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
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
5 GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above, including Mathematics, English Language and Science (must be achieved at point of application)
UCAS tariff points 128 (applications with predicted grades of 112 and above will be considered); must be from 3 A Levels. Please note: AS Levels, General Studies and Extended Project will not be accepted
BTEC National Diploma DDD
Scottish Highers Equivalence of 128 UCAS points (applications with predicted grades of 112 and above will be considered)
Irish Leaving Certificate Equivalence of 128 UCAS points (applications with predicted grades of 112 and above will be considered)
International Baccalaureate 31 points
Access to HE 60 credits overall with 45 at level 3 at distinction grade

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.

Interview process

As part of the application process, you may be invited to an interview. The interview will begin with a short Maths and English test, followed by a personal interview. You can try a short demo of the Maths test here.

Have a look at our top ten tips for preparing for your interview. If you are offered an interview following your application, you will be sent further information about what to expect and what you need to bring with you on the day.

English Language Requirements

International applicants who have gained British citizenship may 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

It is desirable that you will have undertaken, or planned to undertake, some voluntary or care work prior to making your application. This should be demonstrated in your personal statement and will be discussed at the interview stage, should your application be successful.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Full-time International £14,820 per year

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £14,400 per year

Please note: For applications for entry in September 2017 or later, there have been changes to the funding of fees and a bursary will no longer be available. Please see more information on the changes here.


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 and North Manchester General Hospital (both part of Pennine Acute Trust)
  • Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan
  • Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport
  • St Mary's Hospital, Manchester
  • Tameside General Hospital
  • Wythenshawe Hospital (University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust)

Further Study


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.

We also have a home birth room which can be used to simulate giving birth at home or a water birth. 

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 manikins 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.

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