BSc (Hons) Midwifery course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more.

Important: Occupational Health

You’ll be allocated an Occupational Health appointment at the clinic being held at our Ormskirk campus between 26 and 29 September.

Can we remind you that it’s a condition of entry to the programme that you’re cleared and immunised by OH and failure to meet this requirement could result in your place on the programme being jeopardised. If you’re not fully cleared by OH, you won’t be able to access your maintenance loan via Student Finance England as you cannot fully enrol.

To ensure this process runs as smoothly as possible, we ask that you provide details of your immunisation record to the OH Team when you complete the questionnaire.

Please let us know if you’re unable to attend your allocated slot, preferably giving at least 24 hours notice.  If you’re unable to give 24 hours notice or have an issue on the day of your appointment, please email [email protected] or call the team on 01695 650946. At such short notice, the OH and School team will try to provide a subsequent appointment, but it’s likely that it would be at the OH department based in Wigan and it’s your responsibility to ensure that you attend.

Please note that most of our placement settings will require you to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as a condition of placement. If you’re not vaccinated or are part way through vaccination, please let us know as soon as possible. It’s likely that this will be included on your immunisation record which will be sufficient to confirm your clearance.

We routinely collect data on short notice cancellations and non-attendance, if this happens more than once, the University will charge you the full cost of the appointment.

Suggested reading

This section relates to reading specifically for your programme. For suggested reading and other materials to read or watch now, please view the other sections on this page.

Edge Hill University has an extensive library to enable access to specific learning resources recommended for each module. The following titles are examples recommended in the first module of the programme to enable you to consider key texts in midwifery and anatomy and physiology:

  • BASTON, H., HALL, J. and ELINION, A.B., 2017. Midwifery Essentials: Basics (Vol. 1). Elsevier Health Sciences.
  • COAD, J. and DUNSTALL, M., 2019. Anatomy and physiology for midwives –  4th Edition. Elsevier Health Sciences.
  • COTTRELL, S. 2019 The Study Skills Handbook. 5th ed. London: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • DAVEY, L. and HOUGHTON, D., 2013. The Midwife’s Pocket Formulary. Elsevier Health Sciences.
  • DOWNE, S. ed., 2008. Normal Childbirth E-Book: Evidence and Debate. Elsevier Health Sciences.
  • GIMENEZ, J., 2019. Writing for nursing and midwifery students. Macmillan International Higher Education.
  • JOHNSON, R. and TAYLOR, W., 2016. Skills for midwifery practice. Elsevier Health Sciences.
  • MACDONALD, S. and JOHNSON, G. eds., 2017. Mayes’ Midwifery E-Book. Elsevier Health Sciences.
  • STABLES, D. and RANKIN, J., 2010. Physiology in childbearing: With anatomy and related biosciences. Elsevier Health Sciences.
  • WAMBACH, K. and SPENCER, B., 2019. Breastfeeding and human lactation. Jones & Bartlett Learning.


Important: Introducing Learning Edge and Blackboard

When you start your programme at Edge Hill University you will be using Edge Hill’s online environment for aspects of your learning and teaching.  This environment is called Learning Edge and part of this is the Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

It is on the VLE that you will find your programme area and your year of study, or module areas.  These areas will contain all the information you need so it is very important that you become familiar with how to access and navigate them.

Please access the below links to information and videos that will help you to learn how to use the VLE. You will not be able to access the full VLE until you have enrolled but you can take some time now to familiarise yourself with the terminology.


Things to do now

Training to become a midwife is a rewarding and challenging role requiring a diverse range of skills, including working independently and as part of a multi-professional team. The focus of the programme is woman-centred care and working in close partnership with women and their families to provide support, care and advice throughout during the childbirth continuum.

As an Edge Hill University midwifery student, learning and teaching will be facilitated by a team of highly experienced and motivated lecturers, who are all registered midwives. There is a commitment throughout the programme to enhance the student experience in preparation for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

A career in midwifery can be varied, including practising in a hospital or community setting, stand-alone birth centres or independent practice. Opportunities to develop post registration can enable career pathways in clinical, management, teaching and research roles.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council will give you detailed information about the professional codes and standards.

Shortly after you start with us in September, you will have a week-long induction to introduce and familiarise you with University life.

Affiliation to a union body is also recommended, for example:


Additional ways to prepare

Join our virtual session: Preparing to start with Edge Hill, Wednesday 10 August, 4pm – 5pm.

This session examines how to make a successful transition to University study, from planning your results day, accommodation and commuting tips, extra support available to you as a prospective student before you start in September and what to expect as well as what to get involved in during your first week.

Use this link to join the session

University can be one of the most exciting and amazing experiences, and can offer the chance to learn, meet new people, gain independence and find out more about who you are.

We want to make sure you get the most out of your university experience! The following information provides an insight into what to expect when coming to university along with some good advice on how to navigate some of the potential challenges you may face.

Starting preparing yourself