Duration & study mode
3 years full-time
Health & Life Sciences
Course starting dates
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.
Work-based learning makes up 50% of the BSc Midwifery and you will spend time on placement with our local healthcare partners:
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.
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.
* Communication NC (FA1W 12) and Literature 1(FA58 12) at Scottish Credit Qualification Framework Level 6 can be accepted if studied both and studied separately from HNC
^ Maths / Life skills Maths / Application of Maths are considered equal for the purposes of this course. If Applicant has completed SQA HNC module HF2434 or module FN2734 Essential Skills for Care Practice in HNC, then this satisfies the Maths requirement and there is no need for additional Maths requirements.
All applicants must satisfy the entry requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council including evidence of literacy and numeracy for entry to pre-registration nursing and midwifery programmes (NMC Circular 03/2008, revised 2010 Standards).
NB: an offer to study is also dependent on the outcome of the selection process and background checks:
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)
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
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:
For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*
*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
As well as spending time on placement you will undertake an individual research project on a related topic of your choice.
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:
Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.
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.
Some graduates choose further study, leading to postgraduate certificate or diploma or an MSc in a heathcare-related subject.
£0 Fees paid by the Scottish Government Health Directorate
£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750
£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750
£14,000 Cost per year of study
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:
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.
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 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.
Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, should apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service)
The on-time application deadline for 2019/20 entry is 15 January 2019, 18:00 (UK time). For some courses it may still be possible to apply beyond this period, subject to suitable vacancies remaining. The final deadline for late applications via UCAS is 30 June 2019, 18:00 (UK time). Beyond this deadline, you may be able to apply via ‘UCAS Clearing’ if the course you are interested in has remaining places.
Please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide for domestic & EU/EEA to find more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS.
Students from non-EU/non-EEA countries can apply directly to UWS via our dedicated online application system. The latest we can process your application is 6 weeks before the course start date to allow for visa processing times. For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our International Undergraduate Application Guide.
For part-time & online study, you should apply directly to the University through our online application system, not through UCAS. Please select the part-time mode of study when submitting your application. Before you begin your application, it is important to read the part-time application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.
To come to UWS as a visiting student on a study abroad or exchange programme, you must apply entirely through our online system.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
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