UCAS codes

  • B720 -

Course contact

University Direct
+44 (0)141 849 4101

Qualifications and durations

  • BSc - 3 years

Start date(s)

  • September

Midwifery - 100 percent for overall student satisfaction

Midwives have a unique and demanding role and this degree prepares graduates for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This degree – which carries UNICEF UK baby friendly initiative accreditation – offers clinical practice opportunities and prepares graduates for registration with the Nursing And Midwifery Council.


  • SQA Highers:  BBBB Biology, Human Biology, Maths, Psychology, Sociology, Chemistry and English preferred, + SG / Int2 / Nat5 English & Maths
  • GCE A-Levels: CCC sciences preferred, + GCSE English Literature, English Language & Maths
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: BBBB + OL English & Maths
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points (5, 5 at HL).
  • SQA HNC, BTEC Level 4 HNC: Healthcare; Social Care; Care & Administrative Practice, plus one higher from the following list: Biology, Human Biology, Maths, Psychology, Sociology, Chemistry or English
  • FETAC: complete & pass Level 5 with 5 modules at distinction

Additional Information

All applicants to Midwifery must have English and Mathematics/Numeracy at SQA Standard Grade Credit level, Intermediate 2 or at National 5, or equivalent. Priority may be given to applicants with the required qualifications. 

Offer of a place is conditional on a successful interview and selection screening process, including onsite tests for literacy and numeracy and personal interviews. All offers are then subject to health screening and criminal record checks.


In partnership with women, midwives promote and maintain health and prevent ill health in the mother and baby by means of empowerment, informed choice and health education.


Year 1

An introduction to midwifery through health and public health concepts, parenthood issues and the professional role of the midwife. You will study midwifery knowledge and clinical practice through life sciences, caring skills, professional skills and personal development.


Year 2

You are introduced to midwifery practice in relation to medical, obstetric and social factors that render childbirth high-risk and involves critical care and care of the newborn.


Year 3

A return to normal midwifery care to explore the themes of education and management. Module subjects include evidence-based practice, concepts of family and parenting, vulnerable lifestyles and international midwifery. You will also undertake an individual project.


Graduates can register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Midwife. You can work as a Registered Midwife within a hospital or community setting in the UK or in EU countries. Job opportunities are excellent and starting salaries attractive. Most graduates work in midwifery although some diversify into the fields of public health, sexual health and family health.


The programme is 50% work-based experience, which is assessed and has academic credit. You will develop your skills in clinical practice by working as part of a multi-disciplinary team within large and small hospitals in urban and rural locations. Clinical placements are located in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde; Highland; Lanarkshire; Dumfries and Galloway; and Ayrshire and Arran Health Board areas. 

Study abroad 

You may study abroad while gaining credit towards your degree at one of our 80 educational partner organisations.


The programme carries UNICEF’s UK Baby Friendly Initiative accreditation for ensuring midwifery students are equipped with knowledge and skills to advise breastfeeding mothers.


“Learning skills in greater depth each year has really helped me to understand the care pathways available. I feel equipped to cope in emergency situations and have used my teaching skills from my previous career to help with parent education.”
Lisa-Milner Smith, BSc Midwifery

Useful Information

  • For course availability, check UCAS 

    Nursing and Midwifery students are exempt from course tuition fees and may be eligible for a non means-tested bursary (depending on residency status). Details of eligibility can be obtained from SAAS – Students Award Agency for Scotland, 0300 555 0505 or at www.saas.gov.uk

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