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BSc (Hons) Midwifery

Gain eligibility to register as a qualified midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as you develop the expertise to deliver holistic and compassionate care for women and their families across a range of maternity and neonatal settings.

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      UCAS Code: B720
      Course Length: 3 Years Full-Time
      Start Dates: September 2022, September 2023
      Subjects: Midwifery
      Location: Edge Hill University
      Example Offers: BBB-ABB (A Level) or DDM (BTEC)
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      This course will support you to become a confident and competent midwife, equipped to respond to the changing needs of mothers and birthing people, babies, their families and the midwifery profession. Your comprehensive education in midwifery will 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, evidence-based and research-aware practitioner, able to deliver excellent care and respond to the challenges of midwifery in modern day maternity services. The programme provides you with a range of experiences of person-centred midwifery care and excellent career opportunities that allow you to work within the UK and abroad.

      Student and Alumni Profiles

      • 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
      • 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

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      In Depth

      What will I study?

      You will be provided with opportunities to achieve national standards of proficiency related to professional and ethical practice, where compassion and kindness are pivotal to the care of women, birthing people and their families.

      Your personal and professional development will be enhanced within a supportive learning environment. You will gain knowledge and expertise in uncomplicated birth, complex and emergency care, infant feeding, and inter-professional working practices. You will also 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 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 more than 600 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 will I be assessed?

      Assessment in both theory and practice is continuous. Assessment of theory procedures includes assignments, seminar presentations, advanced notice examinations and viva voce assessments. Practice assessment is facilitated by practice assessors supported by academic assessors.

      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. 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.

      A Great Study Environment

      Student midwives practice neonatal resuscitation skills.The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine offers some of the best facilities for the education and training of health and social care professionals 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 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.


      Year 1: Foundations of Midwifery Practice (120 credits)

      Foundations of Midwifery Practice introduces a variety of concepts to empower you to develop the knowledge, skills and competencies required to participate in the safe and effective delivery of care. This year of study will lay the foundations of professionalism, values and partnership working which will enable you to respond to the professional needs of key maternity drivers to safeguard the public. The year will also introduce you to the anatomy and the physiological processes of childbearing. Over the course of the year you will begin to develop the skills and knowledge required to deliver safe, effective, respectful, kind, compassionate and person-centred midwifery care.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 25%, Practical(s): 25%

      Year 2: Developing Proficiency in Midwifery Practice (120 credits)

      Developing Proficiency in Midwifery Practice prepares you to carry out comprehensive assessments of physical, psychological, mental, social and emotional health needs for women in the childbirth continuum. Working in partnership with others, you will plan and deliver interventions that promote the health and wellbeing of women and their families. The focus in this year is on the proactive role of the professional midwife in the provision of health promotion, positive outcomes and prevention strategies. You will be guided in optimising normal physiological processes and also develop a critical understanding of pre-existing, current and emerging complications in the woman, foetus and newborn infant.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 25%, Practical(s): 25%

      Year 3: Preparing for Professional Midwifery Practice (120 credits)

      Preparing for Professional Midwifery Practice provides you with the opportunities to develop a critical appreciation of the role of the professional midwife. This will be achieved through a combination of independent and guided learning in which you will develop confidence in clinical decision making and the application of a range of related theories to support the care of women, babies and their families. The year will enable you to demonstrate the leadership skills required of a safe, holistic, responsive and effective professional midwife in contemporary maternity care settings. The aim is to also foster a commitment to evidence-based practice and professional accountability.

      Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Written Exam(s): 30%, Practical(s): Pass/Fail Element


      Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. 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).

      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.

      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). 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.

      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

      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 2022/23, the tuition fee will be £9,250 a year (subject to final Government approval).

      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.

      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 a year for Midwifery students.

      For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining this programme in academic year 2022/23, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2022/23 guide at

      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 should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see for further details.


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      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.

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      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.

      12th April 2021 - Change to Entry Requirements

      Entry criteria updated to indicate that you will need to satisfy the requirements of the Nursing & Midwifery Council in respect of physical and mental fitness to practice.

      24th February 2021 - Change to Programme Structure

      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.

      24th February 2021 - Change to Entry Requirements

      There is no longer a requirement to provide evidence of study within the three years prior to application.

      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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      In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, explains how we’re preparing the campus for your arrival in September and the facilities that will be available.

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