BSc (Hons) Midwifery

Applications for September 2025 entry cannot be made until October 2024. We do not accepted deferred applications for this course.

This Midwifery degree covers all aspects of normal midwifery, complicated childbearing, and postnatal care. You’ll also study wider issues such as health promotion, public health, law and ethics, and professional issues. Midwifery is a skills-based profession and development of your practical skills is an important part of this midwifery course.

As part of your Midwifery training, you’ll gain experience on clinical placements in a number of local health boards, each lasting several weeks. To improve your employability, you’ll develop knowledge and abilities to provide holistic care. You’ll gain some of these skills in our Clinical Simulation Centre on campus, or on clinical placements in midwifery and other specialist areas.

Currently, if you are a UK student, your Midwifery course fees will be paid by the Welsh Government. Successful completion of this course allows you registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a qualified (registered) midwife.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2025
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
B722 Full-time 3 Years April Glyntaff A

Year One: Midwifery Degree

Promoting Health and Wellbeing:
This module will enable you to explore the concepts of health promotion, prevention and protection, and to understand the role of the midwife in health promotion from a local, national and global perspective.

Developing Professionalism in Midwifery:
The module aims to introduce you to professionalism within midwifery practice, exploring the role of the midwife and the development of effective communication and interpersonal skills within midwifery.

Normal Midwifery Practice:
The topics within this module will provide you with an understanding of key aspects of care underpinning normal midwifery.

Sciences Applied to Midwifery:
This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the anatomy, physiology, epigenetics, phycological, behavioural and cognitive factors related to midwifery practice.

Developing Confidence in Practice:
This practice based module will prepare you to undertake safe and effective practice-based learning

Year Two: Midwifery Degree

Assessment and Management of Emergency and Complex Situations in Midwifery Practice:
The topics covered within this module will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills to identify, assess and manage aspects of midwifery and neonatal care where emergencies and complications arise.

Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues in Midwifery:
The module will enable you to develop, evaluate and apply knowledge of the professional, legal, and ethical issues relating to midwifery practice.

Evidence Based Practice: evaluating care within the context of practice:
The module aim is to enable you to evaluate care within the context of midwifery practice by analysing and applying research, audit, and service evaluations findings to inform practice.

The Role of the Midwife in Examination of the Newborn:
Topics covered within this module will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to competently undertake a full health and physical assessment of the neonate.

Informed Decision Making in Practice: The Midwife as a skilled practitioner:
To enable you to further develop your knowledge, skills, competence, and confidence to deliver safe and effective midwifery care, demonstrating the ability to manage deviations in midwifery and neonatal care.

Year Three: Midwifery Degree

Compassionate Leadership, Excellence and Change Management in Midwifery Practice:
This module will enable you to critically evaluate and lead midwifery practice and services, initiating and managing change to improve services and drive practice forward.

The Role of the Midwife in Providing Holistic Care:
This module will enable you to develop the awareness and knowledge to assess, plan and implement holistic, inclusive care to childbearing individuals including meeting their bio-psycho-social and spiritual needs.

Midwifery Care for Childbearing Individuals with Additional Care Needs:
To enable you to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of the impact, assessment and management of physical and psychological health conditions and circumstances during the childbirth continuum, working effectively as part of the multidisciplinary team to plan and provide appropriate care in supporting the childbearing individual.

Assessing and Managing Midwifery Care in Rapidly Changing Situations:
Topics will enable you to develop in-depth knowledge, understanding and skills in the assessment and management of the acute deteriorating health of the child bearer during the childbirth continuum, whilst working effectively as part of the multidisciplinary team.

Becoming an Autonomous Practitioner:
To enable you to consolidate your knowledge, skills, competence, and confidence to become competent and confident midwifery practitioner throughout the childbirth continuum.

 

Teaching

Your Midwifery training is delivered through a mixture of study days and block teaching weeks, with some days allocated to private study. Practice and theory are split evenly and you will have assessments for both in each module.

It is important you gain experience in a range of locations, so you will be expected to go on placements in a number of local health boards that last several weeks at a time. This may require extended travelling, and late night and early morning shift patterns. Each year of the degree lasts a minimum of 45 weeks. Holidays are fixed and non-negotiable.

Midwifery students enjoy exceptional student support at USW. Our open door policy ensures that there is always someone on hand to assist you when a problem arises and this is something our students really appreciate.

Assessment

Your skills and knowledge will be assessed in a variety of ways both within the clinical and academic settings. All assessments will enable you to develop skills that are essential for midwifery practice. You will complete an electronic portfolio throughout each year of the programme along with completing other assessments such as written assessments, presentations and a practice improvement project.

Accreditations

The University of South Wales is an NMC Approved Education Institution (AEI). Successful completion of this Midwifery course allows you registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a qualified (registered) midwife.

Placements

You’ll gain experience on clinical placements in a number of local health boards, each lasting several weeks. This may require extended travelling, and late night and early morning shift patterns.

On placements, you’ll work alongside registered practitioners to care for patients with multiple and complex care needs. You will be fully supported by a qualified midwife, who acts as a mentor throughout your placement. 

As part of the Midwifery degree, there are also opportunities to undertake elective placements in the UK or abroad. Please note, the cost of travel and accommodation for these will be borne by the student.

Facilities

Our state of the art Clinical Simulation Centre is set up to replicate an acute care NHS environment, providing realistic clinical facilities for students on our Midwifery degree. We have advanced birthing and maternal simulators that can simulate various stages of pregnancy, including birth, and breech presentations.

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

Contextual offers

We may make you a lower offer based on a range of factors, including your background (where you live and the school or college that you attended for example), your experiences and individual circumstances (as a care leaver, for example). This is referred to as a contextual offer and we receive data from UCAS to support us in making these decisions. USW prides itself on its student experience and we support our students to achieve their goals and become a successful graduate. This approach helps us to support students who have the potential to succeed and who may have faced barriers that make it more difficult to access university. Here is a link to our Contextual Admissions Policy.  

Other qualifications and experience
 

We can also consider combinations of qualifications and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable. We can sometimes consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or advanced entry to year two or three of a course where this is possible.

To find out which qualifications have tariff points, please refer to the UCAS tariff calculator.

If you need more help or information or would like to speak to our friendly admissions team, please contact us here


Additional requirements include:

 

  • All applicants are required to attend an interview. For further support on preparing for interview and what to expect at interview, please read our application advice.
  • One satisfactory reference from someone who is able to comment on your attitude and approach to learning in a professional or academic sense. 
  • An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on the Child & Adult Workforce and Child and Adult Barring Lists and subscription to the DBS Update Service.
  • A satisfactory medical will be required once an offer has been made. We will contact you closer to your start date with details of how to obtain these.

 
Application advice

We strongly advise applicants to take advantage of the advice available online, from demonstrating you have the relevant qualifications or experience, tips on writing your personal statement to advice on preparing for interview, we have a wealth of support and guidance available to applicants to ensure you are able to demonstrate that you have what it takes and make your application the best it can be. Please read: Application Advice

 

International enquiries

We are currently unable to accept applications from students who require a Student Route Visa due to the funded nature and health board placements as part of the course.

Typical A-Level Offer

BBB to exclude General Studies

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade B and BB at A Level to exclude General Studies

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Distinction Merit

Typical Access to HE Offer

Must complete 60 credits overall with at least 45 at level 3 and 15 at Level 2. Of the 45 credits at level 3, you will need a minimum of 24 Distinctions, 18 Merits and 3 passes.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances.

Equivalent qualifications considered are Essential Skills Level Two in Communication and Application of Number, or Functional Skills Level Two in English and Mathematics. (Must have been achieved since 2016)

 

Full-time fees are per year. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

The places on this course are currently funded by the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme which provides access to a tuition fee bursary and support grant, as well as placement expenses.

To receive NHS funding, students will have to commit to working in Wales for two years after completing their degree. Any applicant wishing to self-fund should refer to the fees outlined below. We recommend you read the bursary information on the NHS website and our own NHS Fees and Funding FAQs before applying.

Applicants are welcome to self-fund and should refer to the fees outlined above and may be eligible for Student Finance Wales funding.

August 2024 - July 2025 Fees


  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £15260 

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £55.42
This fee includes £40 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service * £13
Subscription required for each year of the course for a yearly fee of £13. Please note the service has to be joined within 30 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.

Funding

Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).

To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.

NHS Funding

The places on this course are currently funded by the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme which provides access to a tuition fee bursary and support grant, as well as placement expenses.

To receive NHS funding, students will have to commit to working in Wales for two years after completing their degree. Any applicant wishing to self-fund should refer to the fees outlined below. We recommend you read the bursary information on the NHS website and our own NHS Fees and Funding FAQs before applying.

Applicants are welcome to self-fund and should refer to the fees outlined above and may be eligible for Student Finance Wales funding.

Computers to Support Study

Students from the most deprived areas of Wales (bottom 20%) as ranked within the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation (WIMD) will be provided with £200 to purchase a computer to support their studies whilst on the course.

You can view your home address WIMD ranking at dataunitwales.gov.uk.

Application advice

We strongly advise applicants to take advantage of the advice available online, from demonstrating you have the relevant qualifications or experience, tips on writing your personal statement to advice on preparing for an interview, we have a wealth of support and guidance available to applicants to ensure you are able to demonstrate that you have what it takes and make your application the best it can be.

Please read: Application Advice

International enquiries

We are currently unable to accept applications from students who require a Student Route Visa due to the funded nature and health board placements as part of the course.

Midwives have the opportunity to work in different healthcare settings and gain experience in all aspects of caring for child bearing individuals, their families and babies. They can develop their midwifery career in many different ways: as a clinical specialist, a consultant midwife or in management as a head of midwifery services or supervisor of midwives at local authority level.

Some midwives prefer to pursue an academic career in education and research. Midwives have developed innovative specialist roles in, for example, ultrasound, fetal medicine, intensive care neonatal units, public health, parenting education and many others. There are also opportunities for midwives to work in the European Union and the rest of the world.

 

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