BSc (Hons) Midwifery

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.

As we have been unable to continue with face-to-face interviews this year due to restrictions posed by the COVID-19 outbreak, rescheduling interviews has meant that we’ve experienced delays in processing and reviewing applications and informing applicants if they’ve been successful or otherwise. Please bear with us while we process decisions – we will be in touch with you regarding your application as soon as possible. We hope that by the end of April, all students will have received a decision from us on their application. However, please be advised that if you applied after the 15th January UCAS deadline, there may be a further delay in a decision on your application. Thank you for your patience.


2022/23 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for delivering our courses in the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to change during the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. Whether you’re on-campus full time, part-time with online study, or full-time online, USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
B720 Full-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A

Year One: Midwifery Degree

  • Normal midwifery: This will focus on all normal aspects of midwifery practice. It will introduce you to the underpinning knowledge of childbearing from preconception, through antenatal period, labour, postnatal and neonatal care.

  • Life Sciences in Midwifery: The topics covered will focus on some nursing but mainly on midwifery and related life sciences.

  • Professional Practice and Personal Development in Midwifery: The module will introduce aspects of professional practice and professionalism.

  • Fundamental skills: This module focuses on the development of understanding basic care and midwifery practice skills both in the clinical skills laboratory and practice in the clinical setting.Maternal and neonatal nutrition: Maternal diet and dietary concerns are introduced in this module along with the methods of infant feeding. The contents relating to infant feeding follow the guidance of the Baby Friendly Initiative of UNICEF.

  • Normality in Clinical Practice: This module is a clinically based module enabling development of the basic care and skills in practice.

Year Two: Midwifery Degree

  • Art and Science of Midwifery: Developing the student’s expertise in the management of normal midwifery situations, recognising the abnormal and seeking appropriate interventions.

  • Complications and emergencies: Preparing the student for deviations from normal within midwifery care. Antenatal, labour, postnatal and neonatal aspects will be covered.

  • Public Health in Midwifery: This will introduce the public health role of the midwife and communication skills, including counselling.

  • Complications in Clinical Practice: This module is a clinically based module enabling further development of midwifery care and more advanced skills in practice.

Year Three: Midwifery Degree

  • Midwifery Practice: This module will facilitate understanding of the midwife in contemporary practice and encourages students to link theory to practice in a firm reality based environment.

  • Medical Disorders in Midwifery: This module will explore how medical conditions affect childbearing and the roles of the various professionals who make up the multi disciplinary team.

  • Rapidly Changing Situations in Maternal Health: The focus of this module is to enable the student to critically evaluate complex assessment and intervention processes in the care and management of the acutely or critically ill woman.

  • Neonatal Examination: This module will provide the knowledge and simulated skills to appreciate the need for a full health and physical assessment of the neonate.

  • Competence in Clinical Practice: This module is a clinically-based module enabling the development of confidence and competence in midwifery.

  • Supervised Practice Period: Clinical competencies are assessed during this period and students cannot qualify without passing this final tripartite assessment, preparing students to take on the full role of a midwife from the point of registration. 


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.


Your skills will be developed and assessed in the practical skills laboratory at the University and by your clinical mentor while you are on placement. You also need to complete a student portfolio, which is an essential part of the assessment process. Other assessments include written assignments, an examination and dissertation.


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.


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.


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.

Entry criteria below detail typical offers. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Additional requirements include

Two satisfactory references (one to be added to your UCAS application, and a second written reference to be printed out and brought to the interview).

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 (no offences are considered spent) and 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.

Applicants are required to attend an interview. You will have to demonstrate awareness of the role of midwives and show your commitment to the degree. All interviews take place at our Glyntaff Campus.


Applications taken for only one branch of Nursing/Midwifery.

We strongly advise applicants to focus on a preferred discipline of Nursing and not to apply for more than one branch of Nursing or Midwifery. All applicants must be able to demonstrate an insight and clear understanding of the profession and field choice in their personal statement – multiple choice applications may limit an applicant’s ability to meet this criteria


An Open Day is a key part of the research process and you will be expected to have attended a University of South Wales Open Day prior to submitting your application.

Please read this information for applicants for further guidance on how you can meet the entry criteria and advice on the application, interview and decision making process.


This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel. 

Unfortunately as this nursing course is funded by the NHS and students have to have placements in the local NHS Health Board we are unable to accept applications from overseas (Non EU) students.

Entry criteria below detail typical offers. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

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 IB Offer

32 points to include 17 points at Higher Level to include Maths and English.

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 Maths. (Must have be 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. To receive this funding, students will have to commit to working in Wales for two years after completing their nursing or midwifery 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 Nursing and Midwifery Fees and Funding FAQs before applying.

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

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. Below we’ve listed what types of additional costs are associated with this course:

* 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.

UK students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly


Essential information to read before you apply

Admissions statement

Midwives have the opportunity to work in different healthcare settings and gain experience in all aspects of caring for mothers 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.