Undergraduate study

BSc (Hons) Midwifery

UCAS code: B720 BSc/Mwif

The midwifery degree course at Teesside University provides you with the knowledge and skills to develop an exciting and rewarding career. Midwives work in partnership with women providing support, advice and care, enabling them to make informed choices during pregnancy, birth and early motherhood.

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  • Length: 3 years

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  • Not available part-time

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This course is now full for September 2018 and January 2019 entry.

The term midwife means 'with woman'. The midwife’s role encompasses health promotion and health education for women and their families within a multicultural society to enhance their own and their family’s health. Midwifery requires competent, accountable and problem-solving practitioners, with good communication skills to meet the high expectations and demands of women and their families and also that of current practice. As with all healthcare professionals the public place a high level of expectation and trust in their midwife and therefore to work in this sector it is essential that you are able to demonstrate the core values embedded within the NHS Constitution. These are as follows:

  • working together for patients
  • respect and dignity
  • commitment to quality of care
  • compassion
  • improving lives
  • everyone counts.

This programme prepares you to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council's standards for pre-registration midwifery education (NMC, 2009).Throughout the programme, as part of the placement experience, you will be required to travel to your placement area and work a shift pattern rota which includes night duty, weekends and bank holidays.

Professional accreditation

On successful completion of the programme you will gain eligibility to apply for registration as a midwife on the Nursing and Midwifery Council Professional Register.

Please note 100% attendance is expected during this programme.

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The first year of the programme focuses on normal aspects of care for the woman and her baby through the study of public health and life science. Year 2 consolidates learning in Year 1 whilst developing knowledge and understanding of women and babies with complex needs through the exploration of psycho-social aspects of care and pathology. The importance of multidisciplinary team working is also explored. Year 3 facilitates the emergence of leadership and management skills across all aspects of practice. It provides an opportunity to study evidence that informs care and innovation. Learning is applied at the interface of practice through a variety of clinical placements.

The modules in Year 1 introduce you to the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary in assisting in the provision of safe holistic, woman-centred midwifery care.

The modules in Year 2 develop your knowledge, skills and learning from Year 1 while extending practice into the area of complex maternal, fetal and baby care.

The modules in Year 3 consolidate learning from the first and second year while preparing you for the role of qualified midwife. You have the opportunity to explore midwifery from an international perspective and develop managerial and leadership skills while considering innovative changes in practice.

Throughout the three years of study, we use a range of teaching and learning strategies to provide an environment that develops your confidence and competence in providing care to woman, their babies and families within maternity care settings.

Please note that from 2018 the module titles will be changed to reflect contemporary midwifery, however the content over the core modules will remain the same to ensure you are competent and confident at qualification.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Foundation Principles of Life Science for Midwifery Practice

You study a diverse range of life science disciplines and their application to maternal, fetal and baby health assessment in childbirth. The life sciences disciplines studied include anatomy and physiology from an organisational and system based perspective. In addition, biochemistry and immunology along with genetics, embryology and pharmacology are also studied. The knowledge of life sciences gained is then used to recognise normal biochemical, immunological and physiological parameters in maternal, fetal and baby health assessment and screening.

Fundamentals in Midwifery Practice (Grading of Practice Outcomes)

Learning in this module takes place in a variety of midwifery placements with a practice mentor, for example in the community, antenatal and postnatal ward and the delivery suite.

Learning to Care in Midwifery

We introduce you to the theory and skills required by the midwife to assist in the provision of safe, holistic, woman-centred care. You concentrate upon principles of care, the role of the midwife, facilitating normality and statutory policy, rules standards and guidelines that are applied to midwifery practice.

Principles of Evidence-based Practice

You are provided with the foundation for lifelong learning, by focusing on how to learn, and beginning the development of critical thinking, reasoning and reflection. Key study skills are also incorporated into this module.

You explore the role of evidence-based practice in the policy context of health and social care. You develop knowledge and skills in formulating questions and literature searching in the evidence-based practice process.

Public Health, Childbirth and Society

You develop knowledge of how pregnancy, birth, motherhood and parenting are influenced by the wider social and psychological contexts in which women and their families live. You also explore public health issues, identifying the significant part that a midwife plays in influencing the psycho-social health and wellbeing of women and their families, whilst recognising the midwife’s role in partnership-working with a range of professionals and agencies.


Year 2 core modules

Appraising Evidence for Practice

This module enables you to be actively involved in searching available sources of published research. You will begin to appraise published research articles to critically reflect on the potential contribution of research evidence to clinical practice.

You’ll further develop knowledge and understanding of research theory and develop the skills necessary to retrieve research literature relevant to your area of practice. You will also review research literature and make informed decisions as to its potential benefit to practice. Your academic writing skills will also be developed.

Developing Midwifery Practice for Complex Care

You focus on developing knowledge and skills related to vulnerable women and babies who will require more complex care. To this end, disorders during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period are explored. Theory that underpins the midwife’s role as the key coordinator of safe, holistic, woman-centred care within a multi-professional arena is examined. The concept of facilitation of normality for women with complex needs is also be developed.

Life Sciences, Pathophysiology and Midwifery

You develop further your knowledge and understanding of life science disciplines to encompass patho-physiological concepts that underpin complex maternal, fetal and baby ill-health assessment and care in midwifery practice. The learning from this module also provides complex concepts in life science that will be applied and developed in concurrent year 2 modules focussing on midwifery practice.

Women, Midwives and Society

You deepen your knowledge of sociological, psychological and political issues that can influence the care that is required to meet the needs of the woman and her family. You also focus on vulnerable groups within society, and explore international perspectives of women’s health.

Working Collaboratively in Midwifery Practice (Grading of Practice Outcomes)

We prepare you for caring for women and babies with complex needs while maintaining normality. Learning primarily takes place within the practice area with a practice mentor.


Year 3 core modules

Developing Autonomy in Midwifery Practice (Grading of Practice Outcomes)

You gain learning opportunities and experience across a range of maternity settings. Integral to the module is the concept of midwifery caseload holding which helps you to develop further your knowledge and understanding of the practicalities, professional responsibility and autonomy of managing a midwifery caseload within the changing context of maternity care. It also facilitates opportunities for leadership, decision-making and collaborative working to effectively deliver safe holistic woman and family-centred care.

Evidence-based Midwifery

You further develop a critical, in-depth understanding of contemporary issues that influence or directly impact on midwifery practice at a local, national and international level. You also further develop skills in information retrieval and to critically appraise, integrate and apply evidence from research and other sources in order to enhance decision-making within integrated health and social care contexts

Providing Holistic Midwifery Care

You consolidate and build on themes delivered during Years 1 and 2 of the course to promote further the integration of midwifery knowledge, skills, professional issues and contemporary developments within maternity care. You enhance your theoretical knowledge and understanding relating to autonomous decision-making within maternity care through caseload holding. You also develop further yourr knowledge and skills in learning and teaching in preparation for your role in parent education.

Quality, Leadership and Service Improvement in Midwifery

You further examine midwifery practice and maternity care within the NHS reform agenda. You have the opportunity to evaluate the midwife’s role in providing quality care and driving forward innovative, service improvement. You also cover leadership and managing change to empower you with the ability to meet this agenda.


Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

This programme is 135 weeks of full-time study consisting of 50% theory and 50% practice, plus 21-weeks annual leave over three full calendar years. The programme structure is based on the University's academic year, with each year spanning 52 weeks including summer and inter-term breaks. The structure of University theory and practice placement weeks means that it is not possible to take holidays outside of the set dates. Study time is divided between contact study at the University and non-contact study for reading around the subject area and working through directed learning activities. Time is also allocated to develop practice during community and NHS hospital placements.

Throughout the three years of study, we use a range of teaching and learning strategies to provide an environment that develops your confidence and competence in providing care to women, their babies and families within maternity care settings. Examples include practice simulation, interactive lectures, discussion, group work and enquiry based learning.

The programme is designed to provide a supportive learning environment, therefore a personal tutor oversees pastoral care and development and academic tutors from each module provide support for academic studies. In practice, midwife sign-off mentors supervise your practice, teach and assess learning.

How you are assessed

Within each academic year there are module assessments which you must pass as these are a core requirement. These are varied and may include essays, exams and presentations. You are also assessed in practice and build up a practice progress file of evidence. Essential competencies must be met for this programme which include:

  • medicine management which includes drug calculation
  • physical and manual dexterity, as well as observational and auditory skills to undertake holistic health assessment and emergency care for women and their babies
  • interpersonal and communication skills
  • record keeping skills.

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Career opportunities

The knowledge and experience gained will provide you with the opportunity to have an exciting and rewarding career. Registered Midwife Status is recognised internationally and career opportunities are available both at home and abroad. New posts, roles and responsibilities are constantly evolving, both in community and hospital settings.

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 112-128 UCAS tariff points from three A levels including a science subject, preferably biology and five GCSE passes at grade 4 (grade C) or above, or equivalent, including English language, maths and a science subject or Key Skills Level 3 in Communication and Application of Number. For further detailed entry requirements for this programme please visit www.ucas.com.

The selection process includes shortlisting of your application, following which, if successful you will be invited for an interview.

Shortlisting criteria
Your application will be measured against the following criteria:

  • your ability to complete all sections of the application form fully and correctly
  • the level of all qualifications and grades are specified
  • appropriate academic entry requirements achieved or predicted
  • evidence of successful level 3 academic study over the last three years
  • personal statement supportive of the chosen programme which demonstrates an understanding of the uniqueness of the profession and the midwife's role
  • satisfactory references.

Please note: On the interview day you will be required to successfully pass a numeracy test (without a calculator) as part of the selection process.

If you are invited to interview and the date is not suitable we may not be able to offer you an alternative date due to the high volume of applications received for this programme - but it is important that you contact the Admissions Office immediately.

Interview criteria
At the interview, which will be structured around mini multiple interview (MMI) workstations, you will be measured against the following criteria which is mapped against the NHS Constitution:

  • privacy & dignity
  • resilience & reflective ability
  • problem solving
  • advocacy & empowerment
  • honesty & integrity
  • team working
  • choice of career & the midwives role

A range of scenarios will be used to enable you to demonstrate your ability to address the NHS constitutional values alongside communication skills based on your performance throughout the workstations.

If you are successful in both shortlisting and interview you will receive an offer which is subject to the following:

  1. evidence of achievement of the required academic qualifications
  2. a successful work based risk assessment which will reflect the HEOPS recommendations - please read these here. For more information on all of the HEOPS standards click here
  3. a satisfactory DBS disclosure - please note that any warnings, cautions, allegations or convictions received in the last five years may have implications for your continued offer on the programme.
  4. satisfactory references.

Please note until 1 to 4 have been successfully completed the offer of a place on the programme remains conditional.

International applicants

From September 2018 international applicants can apply for this course.

  • International applicants must have IELTS 7.0 with a minimal score of 6.5 in all sections before an unconditional offer is made
  • If you are successful at shortlisting you will be invited to attend an interview (which may be in person OR Skype) in one of our international offices in either India, Malaysia or China, or you can choose to attend an interview at Teesside University (at your own cost).
  • If you can not attend an interview as stated, you will be unable to proceed with your application.

For international enquiries please email internationalenquiries@tees.ac.uk

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Course information


  • Length: 3 years

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  • Not available part-time

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