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.
Why study BSc Midwifery at Middlesex?
“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
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.
- We have outstanding employment results - over 90% of our graduates are in employment and the midwifery profession offers excellent career progression
- Your studies are supported by brand new state-of-the-art facilities including nursing skills labs and a separate building set up to deliver a range of high-fidelity simulations in areas such as resuscitation and dealing with seriously ill patients
- Our industry-standard equipment allows you to gain practical skills and experience in a safe learning environment
- This course has been developed in partnership with local NHS trusts so we are able to offer placements within leading maternity wards
- Our team of dedicated academics and support staff ensure that you receive the highest standard of clinical training
- This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to meet the highest standard of healthcare training
- Year 1
- Foundations of Midwifery (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- 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 abd appreciate the midwife s role, responsibilities and sphere of practice when providing care to healthy women and their babies duringthe 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.
- Foundations of Professional Practice in Midwifery (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- 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.
- Midwifery Practice 1 (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- This practice module runs between September and March in Year 1 of the programme. The module runs in tandem with theoretical modules which run throughout the year. The aim is to enable stduents 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 stdeunts the opportunity to experience te woman s journey trough her pregnancy, labour and postnatal period.
- Midwifery Practice 2 (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- 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 troughout the year. This will goive the students theopportunity to experience the woman s journey through her pregnancy, labour and postnatal period.
- Year 2
- Approaches to Health and Social Care Research (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- 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 trough 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 te subject area appropriate to their target award and to offer some preparation for the final year project/dissertation.
- Care of Mother and Baby with Complex Needs (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- The aim of this module is to enable students to understand that although pregnancy and childbirth are normal physiological occurances, they may be complicated by health issues which may controibute 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.
- Midwifery Practice 3 (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- 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 stduents 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 stduents to apply what they have learnt in practice outside midwifery, to their future midwifery practice as midwives.
- Wider Context of Midwifery (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module will enable students to consider the extent to which health is influenecd 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.
- Year 3
- Dissertation (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- 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, 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.
- Midwifery Practice 4 (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- This is the fourth practice module which runs in tandem with theoretical modules, spanning the first 6 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 skill 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.
- Midwifery Practice 5 (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- 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 or 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 preare to become practising midwives.
- Towards Autonomous Midwifery Practice (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- The aim of this module is to ensure that as students move towards the role of autonomous midwive 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.
What will you study?
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.
What will you gain?
You will learn the skills to function effectively in a multi-professional team across healthcare and related sectors.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification.
Teaching and learning
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.
Detailed Entry requirements
Please note that we can only accept your application for consideration if you have already obtained your GCSE (or equivalent) Maths or English at the appropriate level prior to applying.
- A minimum of 240 UCAS tariff points from two or three A-levels, plus 5 GCSEs / O-levels grades A-C, including English language and maths, OR
- A full Access to Nursing certificate, or an access course in a related subject - minimum 45 credits at level 3. Must contain maths / English language GCSE equivalent. Must be recent within 5 years, OR
- AVCE health and social care double award + 5 GCSEs / O-levels grades A-C, including English language and maths, OR
- NVQ level 3 in a health related subject, need English and maths components – must be recent, within last five years + 5 GCSEs including grade A-C in maths and English language, OR
- BTEC National Diploma (18 Unit, level 3) in a health-related subject, grades MMP + 5 GCSEs including grade A-C in maths and English language (must be recent - within last five years), OR
- BTEC National Certificate (12 unit, level 3) in health-related subject, grades DM = 5 GCSEs including grade A-C in Maths and English (must be recent - within last five years)
- Higher Education Introductory Nursing Studies; Nursing and Midwifery pathway plus 5 GCSEs including Maths & English language; grade C or above (or equivalent) 120 CATS points, OR
- Equivalents are considered on an individual basis – NARIC is used to check qualifications from overseas, OR
- Irish Highers: Equivalent to 240 UCAS tariff points. Must include minimum grade B or above in 4 subjects at Higher level, minimum grade C in 3 subjects at Ordinary level incl. maths and English language, OR
- FETAC: Level 5 in health related subject. To include five Distinctions (minimum) and also maths and English language at grade C at Ordinary level
Generally, you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years at the beginning of the year when your course starts and have full settled status.
There are some exceptions and other conditions in relation to fees and bursary payments.
To begin the course you must also complete a satisfactory enhanced DBS check, Occupational Health Check, and provide suitable references.
Nationality and status
For nursing and midwifery courses you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK, throughout the 3 years preceding the first day of the first academic year of the course for purposes other than full-time education AND have settled status in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971. There must be no restrictions on your length of stay in the UK. You must be ordinarily resident in England, Scotland, Wales or Northen Ireland. EU students are usually eligible to study nursing but may not receive full financial support.
How to apply
UK and EU students
Applications for UK and EU students should be made to UCAS – the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. The institution code for Middlesex is M80, and the code name is MIDDX. You also need the code for the course you wish to apply for – this is found in the 'at a glance' box above.
Please note that international students are not eligible to apply for this course.
Application and interview process
- Applications should be made via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
- Our admission team will then consider your application, and we will contact you within four weeks to inform you whether you have been shortlisted.
- If your application is successfully shortlisted, you will be invited to attend a maths and English test at the University’s Hendon campus. These tests are compulsory even if you meet our Maths and English GCSE application requirements.
- If you pass these tests, you will be invited to attend an interview.
- If you are successful at interview, you will then be offered a place on the course subject to academic, health and DBS requirements.
What are the career options with a degree in Midwifery?
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.
What about work placements?
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.
- The programme comprises 50% theory and 50% practice.
- Practice takes place with hospitals in north London with whom we have excellent relationships – Whittington, Chase Farm, North Middlesex and Royal Free Hospitals.
- During clinical practice weeks, students are required to work shifts to experience a 24 hour/ seven-day care to develop understanding of the needs and experiences of women and babies throughout a 24-hour period. They are assessed in the practice area and have the support of a designated mentor. To promote the development of proficiency and promote continuity, students follow a small caseload.
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.
What about professional accreditation?
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.
Why industry links can support academic success:
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.
What support is available?
Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews, networking and so on. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business. Find out more here.
What our students say:
“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.”