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Prepare for a rewarding career as a professional midwife

There are few more rewarding careers than supporting mother and child through pregnancy, childbirth and post-partum care.

Midwives work in partnership with expectant mothers to promote good health in mother and baby through education, informed decision-making and empowerment, as well as clinical support.

The BSc Midwifery course at UWS will give you the knowledge, skills, practical experience and confidence to  become a professional midwife.

Our course is 50% work-based learning, so you’ll spend a significant amount of time putting what you learn in lectures into practice in a real-life clinical environment.

Upon graduation, you will achieve registration as a Registered Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

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

Placement Opportunities

Work-based learning makes up 50% of the BSc Midwifery and you will spend time on placement with our local healthcare partners:

  • NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • NHS Highland
  • NHS Lanarkshire
  • NHS Dumfries
  • NHS Ayrshire & Arran


The School of Health, Nursing & Midwifery

The School of Health, Nursing & Midwifery at UWS offers a variety of innovative courses with hands-on experience and work in virtual and real-life ward situations. Our students graduate ready to achieve their ambitions in the healthcare sector.


of all BSc Midwifery graduates in work and/or further study 6 months after graduating

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need? 

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.


Year 1

  • Scottish Highers: BBBC (science subjects preferred) including English plus Maths at National 5 / Intermediate 2 / Standard Grade credit level 
  • A levels:CCC (science subjects preferred) plus Maths, English Language and English Literature at GCSE level 
  • Irish Leaving Certificate:H3 H3 H3 H4 (science subjects preferred) including English plus Maths at Ordinary Level 
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Any subject considered however Care & Administrative Practice preferred plus Higher English and Maths at National 5 / Intermediate 2 / Standard Grade credit level 
  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND:Any subject considered however Care & Administrative Practice preferred plus Mathematics at National 5 / Intermediate 2 / Standard Grade credit level 
  • FETAC– Level 5 FETAC with 5 modules at distinction 

All applicants must satisfy the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) entry requirements for pre-registration midwifery education. This is to ensure applicants have good health and good character sufficient for safe and effective practice as a midwife. 
Entry is also dependent on the outcome of the following screening process: 

  • personal interview 
  • health Screening 
  • membership of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests


IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5


Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

The BSc Midwifery will prepare you for a professional career in midwifery. Over three years you will develop knowledge, skills and practical experience to become a Registered Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) upon graduation. It will also foster an interest in continuous professional development and the importance of keeping your knowledge and skills up-to-date and in line with current best practice.


Year 1

In year 1 you will receive a broad introduction to midwifery, learn about health and public health concepts, parenthood issues and the role of the professional midwife. You will develop knowledge and clinical practice through modules in life sciences, caring skills, professional skills and personal development.  You will also spend time on placement. 

Learning and teaching: 

  • Scheduled learning: 20% 
  • Independent study: 63% 
  • Placement: 17% 



  • Practical: 50% 
  • Coursework: 50%

Year 2

In year 2 you will study midwifery practice, and learn about the risk factors – medical, obstetric and social issues – associated with pregnancy. You will also study critical care, and care of the newborn and spend time on placement.  

Learning and teaching: 

  • Scheduled learning: 19% 
  • Independent study: 64% 
  • Placement: 17% 



  • Practical: 50% 
  • Coursework: 50%

Year 3

In year 3 you will continue to develop your knowledge, decision-making and practical skills.  You will also develop and demonstrate the professional standards required for registration as a Registered Midwife. Areas of study in year 3 include:  

You will have the option of studying modules including: 

  • evidence based practice 
  • concepts of family and parenting 
  • vulnerable lifestyles  
  • international midwifery 


As well as spending time on placement you will undertake an individual research project on a related topic of your choice. 

Learning and teaching: 

  • Scheduled learning: 16% 
  • Independent study: 68% 
  • Placement: 16% 



  • Practical: 45% 
  • Coursework: 55%

Teaching & Assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical workshops and guided laboratory work. 

There will also be group work, literature reports and research projects in order to ensure our degrees provide a strong set of additional skills, such as presentational and communicative skills. 

Our Midwifery degree uses a variety of assessment methods. The below list provides a guide to the types of assessment methods you can expect: 

  • Written examinations 
  • Oral presentation 
  • Written reports 
  • Coursework 
  • Academic posters

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)

Career Prospects


Upon completion you can register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Registered Midwife. Most graduates use their registration to become professional midwives. Some graduates move into wider fields of public health, sexual health and family health. Job opportunities are excellent and graduates can expect a good starting salary and career prospects.


Further Study

Some graduates choose further study, leading to postgraduate certificate or diploma or an MSc in a heathcare-related subject.

Undergraduate Tuition Fees

Scottish campuses non-lab-based 2017/18

Scottish & EU

£1,820 per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 per year of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£9,250 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£12,300 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Undergraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.


Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as an undergraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at undergraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.


All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, must apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

UCAS codes for UWS

  • Institution name: UWS
  • Institution code: U40


If you are applying from a non-EU/EEA country for entry to one of our Bachelor’s degree courses in September, and have not applied already via UCAS, or have not applied to another UK university, then you may apply via our dedicated online application system.

For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide.

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.


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