Midwifery BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: B720
Bring life into the world. Support families as a midwife. Gain eligibility to register as a qualified midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Develop the expertise to deliver holistic person-centred care across a range of maternity and neonatal settings.
The BSc (Hons) Midwifery degree will equip you to become a skilled, knowledgeable, competent and compassionate midwife, able to provide holistic person-centred care across a range of midwifery and neonatal settings.
You’ll develop the skills to build relationships with women, birthing people and their families, and be equipped to respond to their changing needs during pregnancy, birth and beyond.
You’ll learn the value of evidence and research, and feel confident that you can deliver safe, high quality care to prepare you for the challenges of midwifery in modern day maternity services.
While you’re training to become a midwife, you’ll engage in a range of experiences in person-centred midwifery care, and prepare for excellent career opportunities within the UK and abroad.
Professional practice placements
What you'll study
This course adheres closely to the six core values of the NHS. These values, enshrined within the NHS Constitution, have been developed by patients, the public and staff to inspire passion in the NHS, guide it in the 21st century, and provide common ground for cooperation in achieving shared aspirations.
The first year of your midwifery degree focuses on the Foundations of Midwifery Practice. Compassion and kindness are pivotal to the care and experience of women, birthing people and their families, and we’ll help you to develop these attributes. Expand your knowledge and expertise in universal care, uncomplicated birth, complex and emergency care. Study the anatomical and physiological side of childbearing, and develop your skills and knowledge for safe, respectful and effective deliveries.
Moving onto Developing Proficiency in Midwifery Practice, you’ll discover the most effective methods of planning and delivering interventions that promote the health and wellbeing of women, birthing people and their families. Learn how to carry out physical, psychological, mental, social and emotional health assessments. You’ll study the proactive role of a midwife and unravel normal physiological processes alongside pre-existing, current and emerging complications for the woman, birthing person, foetus and newborn infant.
The final year of our midwifery degree focuses your learning on Preparing for Professional Midwifery Practice. You will enhance your personal and professional development in our supportive learning environment. Through independent and guided learning, you’ll boost your confidence in clinical decision-making and applying theory to practice. Demonstrate your leadership skills as a safe, holistic, responsive and effective midwife in contemporary maternity care settings.
How you'll study
You will learn via a 50% split of theory and 50% midwifery practice components. Theory is taught through a blended learning approach, with face-to-face seminars, lectures and tutorials, as well as simulation to support integration of theory and practice, complemented by creative technological strategies. While the majority of face-to-face classes will take place at Edge Hill University, some modules may involve studying at sites other than Ormskirk in which case you will be responsible for travel and parking costs.
Practice will be undertaken in hospitals and community settings drawn from our network of placement locations across Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire. You will have a practice placement supervisor and assessor who will support your learning and development on placements.
As midwifery care is a 24-hour activity you will be required to attend clinical placements on a shift basis, including at night and weekends. Some of your placements may be geographically dispersed and this will mean that you will be required to do some travelling. You will be responsible for travel and parking costs while on placement.
How you'll be assessed
Assessment in both theory and practice is continuous. Assessment of theory procedures includes assignments, seminar presentations, advanced notice examinations and simulated practice. Practice assessment is facilitated by practice assessors supported by academic assessors.
Who will be teaching you
Expert professionals with backgrounds as registered midwives, as well as specialists in other areas, deliver all lectures. The Midwifery programme team have extensive educational experience and qualifications within the maternity services and higher education sectors. Their diverse research interests include positive birth experiences, care of vulnerable women, perinatal mental health, public health and health inequalities, and the exploration of pregnancy loss in the curriculum.
Typical offer 120-128 UCAS Tariff points which must be achieved from a maximum of three A Levels or equivalent, including one relevant subject (for example, Biology, Human Biology, Psychology, Health and Social Care, Sociology). You will also need GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).
An interview forms part of the selection process.
If you accept an offer from Edge Hill you will need to satisfy the requirements of the Nursing & Midwifery Council in respect of physical and mental fitness and will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.
|BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications)||Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM). Biology or Human Biology must be included at Level 3.|
|T Level||Overall grade of Merit in Health, Healthcare Sciences or Science.|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points. Subject-specific requirements at Higher Grade (HL) may apply.|
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||45 credits at Level 3 (Nursing and/or Midwifery, Allied Health Professionals). The required total can be attained from various Distinction/Merit credit combinations. At least 30 credits must be at Distinction and a further 15 credits at either Distinction or Merit. Biology or Human Biology must be included.|
Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.
How to apply
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, are eligible to apply for this course.
Unfortunately this course is not available to other international students. Please see our A-Z of courses for alternative options.
Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.
If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.Discover our accommodation
The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine offers outstanding facilities for the education and training of health and social care professionals.
The contemporary teaching and learning resources include leading edge clinical skills facilities, an 860-seat lecture theatre, and a variety of teaching rooms and social learning spaces.
Where you'll study
Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre
Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine
The Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre offers a variety of simulated environments from home, through primary and emergency care, to secondary care and beyond. The flexible and adaptable facilities include a ward environment, operating theatre, an anatomy and ultrasound resource centre, a ‘Better at Home’ suite, clinical skills area and consultation rooms.
You will benefit from access to a wide variety of healthcare equipment, as well as a range of full-body patient simulators that can breathe, talk, have pulses and can simulate a wide range of symptoms and clinical conditions. This will enable you to undertake practical scenarios in realistic settings, providing ideal preparation for professional practice placements and future employment.
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.
Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.
Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see our EU student finance page for further details.
Your future career
Students who successfully complete this degree become qualified midwives, eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
As a midwife you’ll be part of incredible human experiences, helping families transition to a new phase in their lives. After graduation you’ll be able to work as a midwife in a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, the community, birth centres and independent practice. You may want to continue in academia and research.
Our graduates typically become registered midwives (Band 5), engaging in the Trusts Preceptorship Programme for between 18 months and two years. They then progress to being a Registered Midwife (Band 6). You could find yourself in other enriching roles such as:
- research midwife
- leadership and management
- midwifery consultant
- infant feeding specialist
- bereavement midwife
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.
Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.
Track changes to this course
Update to Example Offers - 15 March 2022
T Levels are accepted for this course. An overall grade of Merit is needed in Health, Healthcare Sciences or Science.
Change to Entry Requirements - 12 April 2021
Entry criteria updated to indicate that applicants will need to satisfy the requirements of the Nursing & Midwifery Council in respect of physical and mental fitness to practice.
Change to Entry Requirements - 24 February 2021
There is no longer a requirement to provide evidence of study within the three years prior to application.
Change to Programme Structure - 24 February 2021
The course will be non-modular in nature with effect from September 2021 entry.
PUP1206 Foundations of Midwifery Practice (120 credits) replaces PUP1163 A Values Based Approach to Midwifery Practice (40 credits), PUP1164 Physiology Related to Midwifery Care (40 credits) and PUP1165 Breastfeeding and Health (40 credits) as core study in Year 1.
PUP2309 Developing Proficiency in Midwifery Practice (120 credits) replaces PUP2244 Exploring Critical Perspectives of Health (40 credits), PUP2245 A Values Based Approach Exploring How Ethical and Professional Values Influence Midwifery Care (40 credits) and PUP2246 Complications in the Childbirth Continuum (40 credits) as core study in Year 2.
PUP3271 Preparing for Professional Midwifery Practice (120 credits) replaces PUP3152 Inter-professional Values (40 credits), PUP3153 A Values Based Approach to Public Health (40 credits) and PUP3154 Case Load Midwifery (40 credits) as core study in Year 3.