“Middlesex has connections all over the world and I was lucky to be selected to go to China to visit a maternity unit in Changzhou.” Sarah Jevons, Midwifery student
Midwifery is an extremely rewarding career and yet there is a shortfall of qualified professionals to meet a growing demand. Our degree offers partnerships with many of London's most prestigious NHS hospitals and leads to professional status as a registered midwife.
As a leading provider of midwifery training, our degree offers a perfect mix of theory and practice. 50% of the course is practical and carried out in our partner NHS hospitals - which include some of London's leading maternity units. Many of our graduates also start their careers with their placement host. The theoretical component prepares you for every aspect of the midwife's role, from learning the essential skills required to support families to prepare for parenthood to developing a thorough knowledge of antenatal and postnatal care. Upon graduation you will be armed with the confidence to offer counselling, guidance and care to women at all stages of pregnancy, from the initial hospital visit through to the 28th day following birth.
Through your three years study, key modules will provide the necessary theory to meet Nursing and Midwifery Council standards of proficiency for midwifery, which include: anatomy and physiology/pathophysiology; cultural and psychosocial issues; and interprofessional working, legal and ethical issues.
During your time in clinical practice (on placement) you will experience the role of the midwife in a professional context. Working shifts across a 24/7 care plan, you will develop your understanding of the needs and experiences of women and babies within a clinical setting.
Upon graduation, you will be able to confidently assess, plan, implement and evaluate effective midwifery care. Your learning will be integrated with other students from our School of Health and Education and designated study days will be organised for shared learning with midwifery, medical and social work students.
You will learn the skills to function effectively in a multi-professional team across healthcare and related sectors.
This module aims to build a firm foundation of knowledge relating to normal anatomy and physiology of mother and baby. In addition it will help students to recognise and appreciate the midwifes role, responsibilities and sphere of practice when providing care to healthy women and their babies during the antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum periods and to enable the integration of theory and practice. This module is theory and practice based as part fulfilment of the statutory midwifery requirements. The outcomes will be achieved by combining theoretical learning and reflective practice. Students will work with qualified midwives practising in both hospital and community settings.
This module aims to begin the process of the development of skills required to become an autonomous and life long learner. It provides a foundation from which the students can develop the necessary skills, knowledge, attitude and conduct required for working as an autonomous midwife. These skills will be developed further throughout the midwifery programme and in their professional career.
This practice module runs between September and March in Year One of the programme. The module runs in tandem with theoretical modules which run throughout the year. The aim is to enable students to link practice to theory and learning, through structured facilitated processes of written and verbal reflection and skills acquisition. The module gives the students the opportunity to carry a small caseload of women whose pregnancies they will follow up throughout the year. This will give the students the opportunity to experience a woman's journey through her pregnancy, labour and postnatal period.
This module is the second of two practice modules and runs between March and July in Year one. The module runs in tandem with theoretical modules which run throughout the year. The aim is to enable students to link practice to theory and learning, through structured facilitated processes of written and verbal reflection. The modules gives the students the opportunity to continue to carry a small caseload of women whose pregnancies they will follow up throughout the year. This will give the students the opportunity to experience the woman's journey through her pregnancy, labour and postnatal period.
To introduce students of health related subjects to the process of health care research. It is a professional requirement for those working in health related disciplines to underpin their knowledge with research and evidence-based practice. Professionals need to be able to access research findings, and through an understanding of the research process and methodology, be able to critique research and apply this knowledge to practice. The aim of this module is to develop the students awareness of the research process and to equip them with the skills required in the subject area appropriate to their target award and to offer some preparation for the final year project/dissertation.
The aim of this module is to enable students to understand that although pregnancy and childbirth are normal physiological occurrences, they may be complicated by health issues which may contribute to adverse health outcomes for mothers and/or babies; and may influence the mothers choice of how she feeds her baby. It is vital that midwives have the appropriate knowledge and skills to recognise, assess and communicate risk to the most appropriate person. Midwives also need to be able to support women throughout their pregnancy and childbirth even when there are complications or deviations from normal.
This module is the third of five practice modules and runs throughout Year Two of the programme. The module runs in tandem with the Year Two theoretical modules. The aim is to enable students to link practice to theory and learning, through structured and facilitated processes of written and verbal reflection. Students' previous learning will have developed their knowledge and skills in normal midwifery. During this module, students will gain experience in areas outside midwifery, as they consider the wider contexts of midwifery practice. Their focus will be on developing knowledge and skills to deal with women's reproductive health issues, and concepts of ill health. This module will enable students to apply what they have learnt in practice outside midwifery, to their future midwifery practice.
This module will enable students to consider the extent to which health is influenced by a wide range of factors including public health issues, psychological and sociological issues. Through studies undertaken, students will learn how they can plan care effectively for mothers, babies and their families in collaboration with other professionals and agencies. Students will consider strategies to enhance the promotion of health in pregnancy, labour and the puerperium.
This module aims to synthesise learning from the students undergraduate programme providing an opportunity for students to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity, an inquiry based approach, and the employment and application of research skills thus facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising. Students will select a topic of personal interest they wish to study further and will manage their own learning during this module, with the support of an allocated supervisor for this period of independent study.
This is the fourth practice module which runs in tandem with theoretical modules, spanning the first six months of the final year of the midwifery programme. The aim is to enable students to link practice to theory and learning through structured and facilitated processes of written and verbal reflection. Their previous learning will have developed their knowledge and skills of normal midwifery, the wider context of midwifery practice, women's reproductive health, and concepts of health and illness. During this module, students will consolidate their skills in normal midwifery and in dealing with obstetric emergencies and complicated pregnancies. They will also begin to take on more responsibilities in their practice areas as they prepare to become practising midwives.
This is the final practice module which runs in tandem with theoretical modules, spanning the final six months of the final year of the midwifery programme. The aim is to enable students to link practice to theory and learning through structured and facilitated processes of written and verbal reflection. Their previous learning will have developed their knowledge and skills of normal midwifery, the wider context of midwifery practice, women's reproductive health, and concepts of health and illness. During this module, students will consolidate their skills in normal midwifery, and in dealing with obstetric emergencies and complicated pregnancies. They will also begin to take on more responsibilities in their practice areas, as they prepare to become practising midwives.
The aim of this module is to ensure that as students move towards the role of autonomous midwife practitioners they are competent to deal with a variety of normal and/or challenging situations in midwifery practice. During this module, students will be encouraged to scrutinise and reflect upon their own practice and critically examine the impact of external influences on the midwifery profession as they consolidate their management ability within the midwifery practice areas.
The degree is split equally between theory and practice, with clinical experience and practical simulations forming an important part of your learning - the emphasis is on observing what to do, doing it yourself and then improving through feedback. You will have your own patients and will be supported by a mentor. You will also gain some experience in other areas of healthcare.
You will attend lectures, seminars, workshops and group and individual tutorials, and learn through problem-solving and role-play exercises, visits, critical reviews of research studies, case study analyses, group work and online research. You will keep a reflective diary of your progress.
You will be assessed through clinical examinations, written examinations, laboratory simulations and coursework including your dissertation, your portfolio, projects, reports, drug calculations, individual and group presentations and online learning. You will also be assessed on your clinical placements.
Before you apply, see if midwifery is the right choice for you. We have listed some of the personal qualities we expect our nursing and midwifery students to demonstrate both at interview and throughout the course.
Please note that we can only accept your application for consideration if you have already obtained your GCSE (or equivalent) Maths and English at the appropriate level prior to applying. We also accept equivalency tests by Equivalency Testing, A Star Teachers or any other appropriately accredited provider. We cannot accept functional skills or key skills.
Typical offers for this course:
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3, of which all 45 must be at Merit or higher
We are unable to accept applications for deferred entry or defer existing offers for this programme to the next possible start date.
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
We are not able to consider applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study this course. Nationals from outside the EU who are resident in the UK are considered.
Career opportunities for midwives go beyond hospitals, with antenatal, labour and postnatal wards and neonatal units in the private sector and NHS. They include work in the community, local clinics, children's centres and GP surgeries.
Midwifery is a well-paid field with excellent career progression. Your can also diversify your career adding elements of research, teaching, practice development and management - including management at board level within an NHS trust.
Placements are an integral part of the course. Many of our students go on to get their first job after graduation in their placement locations.
Work experience in the form of placements and internships greatly improve graduate employment prospects, and students who take part achieve excellent academic results through applying their learning in a professional setting.
Our Specialist Placement Department and London location ensure that every year our students and graduates gain prestigious placement opportunities.
This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and leads to status as a registered midwife. This means the course is professionally recognised for being of the highest quality, focused on developing the knowledge and skills that employers require.
We are committed to our strong relationships with partner NHS Trusts, with whom our programme has been developed. All of our staff have had successful careers as midwives and many of them are still actively involved in practice, not just in the UK but also in developing midwifery overseas.
"I feel very fortunate to have worked with clients, students and midwives from such a wide variety of geographical, social, cultural and spiritual backgrounds. I've learnt such a lot from that. Middlesex has connections all over the world and I was very lucky to be selected with some of my fellow students to go to China on a two-week trip to a maternity unit in Changzhou to observe maternity care there. It was an amazing experience!
"Midwives are very busy with so many demands on their time but as a student I felt I could support women that bit more and be their advocate. The women and families valued that continuity of care. I really hope that as a qualified midwife I will still be able to make the time for that.
"I've met some wonderful people and I know we will stay in touch, wherever we end up working. It has been an overwhelming; physically, emotionally and intellectually challenging three years. And I've loved it. Once I have some experience I would definitely like to do some work abroad, short or long term with the Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières or VSO for example. And in a few years, when I find the time and the energy, I would like to tackle a masters."
From September 2017, new students in England studying pre-registration nursing and midwifery courses will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs. This replaces the NHS bursaries and tuition funding by Health Education England.
For more information on funding arrangements for studying nursing and midwifery pre-registration courses and what it means for you, visit The Funding Clinic website.