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BSc (Hons) Midwifery

Gain eligibility to register as a qualified midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and benefit from the opportunity to manage a small caseload of women from early pregnancy to postnatal.

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    UCAS Code: B720
    Course Length: 3 Years Full-Time
    Start Dates: September 2021
    Subjects: Midwifery
    Location: Edge Hill University
    Example Offers: BBB-ABB (A Level) or DDM (BTEC)
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    The Nursing and Midwifery Council published new standards for midwifery education in November 2019. As a result of this, we will be introducing a new midwifery curriculum from September 2021.

    If you are joining this programme in September 2021, you will study the new curriculum from the start of your degree. We expect to be able to publish details of the new curriculum in early 2021.

    This course will help you become a confident and competent midwife equipped to respond to the changing needs of mothers, babies and the midwifery profession. Your comprehensive education in midwifery will include managing a small caseload of women from early pregnancy to postnatal under expert supervision, and lead to a professional qualification that incorporates the leadership and management skills that allow you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a qualified midwife. You will become an autonomous, evidenced-based and research-aware practitioner, able to deliver excellent care and respond to the challenges of midwifery. The focus of the programme is woman-centred care and this philosophy provides you with a range of experiences and excellent career opportunities that allow you to work within the UK and abroad.

    Student and Alumni Profiles

    • Claire Lyon

      Claire Lyon

      BSc (Hons) Midwifery
      By the time you complete your studies at Edge Hill, you will have become a very knowledgeable, questioning and focused practitioner.
      View Claire Lyon's full profile
    • Grace Williams

      Grace Williams

      BSc (Hons) Midwifery
      A highlight of my time on the programme has to be opting to travel to Ghana for my elective placement where I gained first-hand experience of healthcare practice in a developing country as well as immersing myself in a new culture.
      View Grace Williams' full profile

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    In Depth

    What will I study?

    You will be provided with opportunities to achieve national outcomes and standards of proficiency related to professional and ethical practice, where compassion and kindness are pivotal to woman-centred care.

    Your personal and professional development will be enhanced within a supportive learning environment. You will gain knowledge and expertise in uncomplicated births, develop a values based approach to addressing complications and maternity emergencies, enhance your understanding of breastfeeding, critically evaluate inter-professional working practices, and experience public health issues from a local, national and international perspective.

    This programme 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. Further information about the core values can be found at

    How will I study?

    You will learn via a 50% split of theory and 50% midwifery practice components. Theory is taught through seminars, lectures and tutorials, as well as simulation to support integration of theory and practice. While the majority of 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. During this time you will have a practice placement mentor who will support your learning and development.

    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 will I be assessed?

    Assessment in both theory and practice is continuous. Practice is graded against national outcomes and you are required to demonstrate evidence of your achievement. Assessment of theory procedures includes assignments, seminar presentations and advanced notice examinations.

    Who will be teaching me?

    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.

    A Great Study Environment

    Student midwives practice neonatal resuscitation skills.The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine is one of the leading providers of education and training for health and social care professionals in the North West of England. Offering some of the best facilities for health, social care and medicine students in the country, the outstanding 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.

    The leading edge clinical skills facilities include ward simulations and operating theatres with industry standard equipment, as well as robot-style mannequins that can simulate a wide range of symptoms, from pregnancy to a temperature, to ensure your learning experience is as realistic as possible.

    Edge Hill University has excellent relationships with NHS hospital and community trusts, enabling us to offer practice-based learning opportunities across a variety of care contexts, with placements at more than 600 locations in Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire. The faculty is also home to a thriving research culture which includes a series of staff and student conference programmes, guest lectures and seminars, as well as active research groups.


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    Year 1

    PUP1163A Values Based Approach to Midwifery Practice (40 credits)

    A Values Based Approach to Midwifery Practice enables you to understand how the anatomy and physiology of reproductive health should be applied to midwifery practice. Your learning will be underpinned by a values based approach to care. This approach will help you to develop awareness about what it means to have compassion, courage and commitment during women’s maternity care.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

    PUP1164Physiology Related To Midwifery Care (40 credits)

    Physiology Related To Midwifery Care develops your knowledge about uncomplicated birth. You will develop a deeper understanding about how birth is underpinned by a physiological process. In addition, you will be supported to understand how the newborn adapts to extrauterine life.

    Assessment: Written Exam(s): 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

    PUP1165Breastfeeding and Health (40 credits)

    Breastfeeding and Health enhances your understanding of the short and long term health benefits of breastfeeding. You will be encouraged to consider benefit from the perspectives of the mother and also the newborn. In addition you will consider how psychosocial, socioeconomic and political factors influence the uptake of breastfeeding.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

    Year 2

    PUP2244Exploring Critical Perspectives of Health (40 credits)

    Exploring Critical Perspectives of Health enables you to explore and critically analyse aspects of health from a maternal or neonatal perspective. To underpin practical skills related to the examination of the newborn, you will develop the ability to analyse research. Understanding how to analyse evidence will help you to discern which evidence is best to use in practice. You will also develop the ability to write using acceptable standards for publication.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

    PUP2245A Values Based Approach Exploring How Ethical and Professional Values Influence Midwifery Care (40 credits)

    A Values Based Approach Exploring How Ethical and Professional Values Influence Midwifery Care examines the midwife’s role when considering ethical principles around complex care in the childbirth continuum. You will explore how normal birth strategies support women requiring complex care, analyse responsibilities in providing a safe and ethical high quality service, reflect upon the role of the midwife as an advocate for women and their families, and evaluate ethical and professional values to the planning and delivery of care.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

    PUP2246Complications in the Childbirth Continuum (40 credits)

    Complications in the Childbirth Continuum equips you with a deeper understanding about maternity emergencies and maternal and neonatal complications. You will explore how an acute experience alters the way women and their families feel during maternity care. Complex care will be viewed from a holistic perspective to ensure you develop an appropriate standard of care. You will also engage in clinical skill simulation to become competent in dealing with obstetric emergencies.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

    Year 3

    PUP3152Inter-professional Values (40 credits)

    Inter-professional Values enables you to critically evaluate how effective inter-professional working practices influence the quality of health and social care services. Working together in teams will help to raise your awareness about quality care standards. The module will facilitate your development of the enhanced communication, management and leadership skills required for a career in midwifery and neonatal care.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

    PUP3153A Values Based Approach to Public Health (40 credits)

    A Values Based Approach to Public Health allows you to experience public health issues within midwifery from a local, national and international perspective. You will explore the diverse needs of women accessing culturally sensitive maternity care, experience placements locally, and be provided with an opportunity to engage in an observational elective placement which may be in a local, national or international setting.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

    PUP3154Case Load Midwifery (40 credits)

    Case Load Midwifery provides the opportunity to experience a year-long, supervised caseload of women. The aim is to help you understand the importance of managing a caseload and how a holistic approach to woman-centred care can support the woman and her family.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.


    Timetables are normally available one month prior to enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.


    Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes 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 accrediting 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.

    Entry Criteria

    Entry Requirements

    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).

    Eligible candidates must provide evidence of study within the three years prior to application.

    An interview forms part of the selection process.

    If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you 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.

    Example Offers

    Some examples of how you can achieve 120-128 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

    • A Level: BBB-ABB;
    • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM). Biology or Human Biology must be included at Level 3;
    • International Baccalaureate (IB): We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points. Subject-specific requirements at Higher Level (HL) Grade 5 may apply;
    • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3 (Nursing and/or Midwifery, Allied Health Professionals), for example 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit or 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations. 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.

    For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit

    EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’). This may include credit or learning undertaken at another university.

    Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s academic regulations (sections C7 and F3.1) or contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

    Career Prospects

    What are my career prospects?

    On successful completion you will be able to work as a midwife in a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, the community, birth centres and independent practice. Further opportunities are available in many varied roles including specialist midwives, midwifery consultants, academia and research.


    Tuition Fees

    If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2021/22, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum (subject to final Government approval).

    EU 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.

    The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

    Financial Support

    Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this undergraduate degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs. This includes a training grant of at least £5,000 per annum for Midwifery students.

    For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining this programme in academic year 2021/22, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2021/22 guide at

    EU students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI).


    Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students.

    These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

    An additional scholarship, which you may qualify to receive, rewards outstanding A Level and BTEC grades.

    To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit


    How to Apply

    Apply online through UCAS at

    Visit to find out more about the application process.

    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

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    Course Changes

    Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

    22nd January 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements

    120-128 UCAS Tariff points are required to join this programme with effect from January 2020 entry.

    18th January 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements

    • The previous requirement for at least five GCSEs at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent) has been revised to GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent) only.

    Covid-19 - Midwifery Essential Information

    Midwifery Course Statement

    In line with Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements, delivery will consist of face-to-face delivery by lecturers. This will be a mix of live interactive teaching in an online environment and attendance on campus. Attendance in clinical practice is also an essential part of the programme. For the theory component of the programme, there will be campus attendance and online learning comprising of synchronous (seminar, tutorial) and asynchronous (lecture, discussion board) learning activities and academic support. For practice learning, you will attend clinical practice where student safety has been assured. This will include learning using simulation, which will be either on campus or via virtual learning environments. Attendance on campus will be compliant with current Public Health England guidelines. If government advice allows, there will a minimum of six hours on-campus attendance on one day per week. This may include theoretical learning, pastoral/academic support and/or independent learning activities.

    Teaching and Learning at Edge Hill University in 2020

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