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  • Note: this course is closed for September 2020 and January 2021 entry. UCAS Apply 2021 will open in May for the next intake dates.

Course overview

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 and their families and provide support, advice and care to enable them to make informed choices during pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.

From September 2020 all new and continuing students on this course will receive a £5,000 maintenance grant each year if they’re eligible. They will not need to pay it back.
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The midwife’s role encompasses health promotion and health education to enhance the health of women and their families within a multicultural society. Midwifery requires competent, accountable and problem-solving practitioners, with good communication skills. The midwife works within a multidisciplinary, multi agency team to promote health and wellbeing and a better birth experience. 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 course prepares you to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council's standards for pre-registration midwifery education (NMC, 2009).Throughout the course, 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.

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Professional accreditation

On successful completion of the course you 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 course.


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Course details

The first year of the course focuses on normal aspects of care for the woman, her baby and family 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.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Assisting in Holistic Maternity Care (Grading of Practice Outcomes)

You will develop the knowledge and skill required to safely assist the midwife in delivering safe effective women and family centred, holistic care to support a better birth experience. You gain experience and knowledge throughout a range of clinical placements to promote your professionalism, confidence and personal development and understanding of the midwife’s role as part of a multidisciplinary and agency team.

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.

Learning to Care in Midwifery Part 1

You will develop the knowledge and skills, confidence and professionalism required within contemporary midwifery practice to enable you to assist in the provision of safe, holistic, women and family-centred care.

Learning to Care in Midwifery Part 2

You will enhance skills and knowledge developed from previous modules within a high fidelity learning environment incorporating skill simulation, role-play and digital technology. You further develop knowledge, skills, confidence and professionalism to facilitate assisting in providing safe, holistic, women and family-centred care and a better birth experience in the intrapartum and immediate postnatal period. You also explore the unique role of the midwife as an autonomous practitioner alongside diverse cultural and global influences in promoting physiological processes and a positive birth experience.

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 and Midwifery Practice

You will develop evidence-informed knowledge and understanding of how pregnancy, birth and parenting are influenced by the wider social and psychological contexts in which women and their families live. You explore public health, health inequalities, epidemiology and the significant role of the midwife in influencing the holistic health and wellbeing of women, their babies and families. You will examine the role of the midwife in health improvement and partnership working with a range of professionals and agencies.


Year 2 core modules

Complex Maternity Care

You will develop knowledge, skills and confidence to assist in the provision of care to women with complex care needs, including co-ordinating care and liaising with the multidisciplinary team, through high fidelity simulation, problem-solving activities, enquiry-based learning, inter-professional learning and group work.

Complex Newborn Care

You will develop the knowledge, skills and confidence and to assist in the provision of care to newborns with complex needs, including the co-ordination of care and liaising with the multidisciplinary team, through the utilisation of high fidelity simulation, problem- solving activities, enquiry-based learning, inter-professional learning and group work.

Complex Public Health in Maternity

You will develop knowledge and critical understanding of psychology and sociology relevant to childbearing, midwifery and maternity care. You critically explore complex public health issues to contextualise contemporary challenges within maternity care and the role of the midwife in addressing marginalisation and working collaboratively to enhance holistic care provision for specific populations. Alongside the UK perspective, you will explore the global context of gender inequalities that increase maternal and infant morbidity and mortality.

Participating in Holistic Midwifery Practice (Grading of Practice Outcomes)

You will consolidate and build upon your midwifery knowledge and skills gained in Year 1. This module will enhance your professional role, practice and personal development in participating in safe and effective care of women and babies/families with complex needs, promoting a better birth experience. You experience a broad range of maternity and complex care placements, in a variety of areas, to develop your competence in the care of women and babies with pre-existing co-morbidities, social, psychological and pathological complex care needs.

Pathophysiology and Midwifery

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the life science disciplines that encompass the pathophysiology concepts that underpin complex maternal, fetal and neonatal ill-health assessment and investigations. You develop knowledge and understanding of pathophysiology, abnormal biochemistry, haematology, microbiology, immunology and pharmacology that underpin care. The module supports your learning of disease, aetiology and progression enabling recognition of clinical signs and symptoms of the pathological conditions and underpinning investigations.

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

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 Maternity Care (Grading of Practice Outcomes)

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.

Transition to Autonomous Practice in Maternity Care

You will develop a wider understanding of midwifery practice from a local, national and international perspective through seminars and an international conference. Your learning, to promote student autonomy, will be enhanced through self-directed learning, seminars and tutorials that involve student-centred learning activities, including deconstructing and discussing critical learning incidents. You will develop knowledge and understanding of learning and teaching theories to facilitate parent education and develop a range of practice experience from case-loading.

Transition to Autonomous Practice in Newborn Care, including NIPE Theory

You will consolidate knowledge and skills delivered during Years 1 and 2 that facilitates transition to autonomous practitioner in the assessment and examination of the newborn. This module will prepare you for post-registration practice with the knowledge and skills to provide the best possible care for the newborn. This will be developed through simulation, clinical examination and decision-making skills and will include the theory component of Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE).


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

This course is 135 weeks of full-time study consisting of 50% theory and 50% practice, plus 21-week’s annual leave over three full calendar years. The course structure is based on the University's academic year, with each year spanning 52 weeks. Modules are delivered within identified semesters. 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. Non-contact study allows for engagement with the subject area through a range of directed and non-directed learning activities. A range of clinical placements, within community and NHS hospital placements settings, support learning and development.

The course consists of a balance of theory and practice (50% theory/50% practice). Progressive development of the theory to practice ratio will be evident from the first year to the third year (more theory than practice in the first year and more practice than theory in the third year.) Identified theory weeks consist of classroom-based activities designed to facilitate the development of knowledge and skills. A range of teaching and learning strategies 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. You are encouraged towards self-directed and independent study, through a number of teaching and learning strategies, for example online resources and digital platforms.

The course provides a supportive learning environment therefore a personal tutor is available to provide pastoral care and development, and academic tutors provide support for academic studies. Practice placements provide the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills attained in theory blocks to the care of women, their babies and families. You are supported in practice by a midwife - sign-off mentors supervise, teach and assess your learning.

How you are assessed

Within each academic year there are module assessments for which a pass must be achieved as these are a core requirement. These are varied and include written assignments, exams and presentations. Assessments take place within practice and contribute to a practice progress file of evidence to demonstrate development.

Essential competencies that must be met within this course include:

  • 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 and documentation skills.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You are expected to have:

  • recent Level 2 Academic Study within the last three years.
  • a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English language, maths and a science subject. Key Skills/Functional Skills Level 2 in Communication and Application of Number can be accepted in place of English and maths GCSE. Please note these are not required if you are doing an Access course – however, you must have English and maths as listed below.*

Plus any of the following qualifications:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level
112 points from three A levels including a science subject, preferably biology. We will accept psychology and sociology. AS level is not acceptable.

Access Course
A pass in a QAA-recognised Access course in a science or health subject (including a science unit, preferably biology) with minimum requirements of 18 graded Level 3 credits at distinction and 27 graded Level 3 credits at merit.
*We can accept 6 units at graded Level 2 in English and 6 units at graded Level 2 in maths in the absence or GCSEs in these subjects.

BTEC QCF Extended Diploma
128 points (DDM) in a science or health subject.

CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care
120 points (B) in health and social care.

Foundation degree
A pass in a science or health subject.

Irish Leaving Certificate
112 points from four or five Highers/Honours subjects including a science, preferably biology.

Not acceptable.

Open University
K101 An Introduction to Health and Social Care (K100 is acceptable). Plus SK277 – Human Biology.

Scottish Highers
117 points from four or five Highers including a science subject, preferably biology.

Advanced Scottish Highers
128 points from three Advanced Highers including a science subject, preferably biology.

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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 course which demonstrates an understanding of the uniqueness of the profession and the midwife's role
  • satisfactory references.

If you are invited to interview and the date becomes unsuitable for you, we may not always be able to offer you an alternative date due to the high volume of applications received for this course. Please contact the admissions department for further information if required.

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

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 appropriate HEOPS recommendations. Find out more about all of the HEOPS standards
  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 course.
  4. satisfactory references.

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

International applicants
  • International applicants must have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 in writing alongside a minimal of 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking with a minimal overall score of 7.0 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 video call) in one of our international offices in either India, Malaysia or China, or through a secure web link (which will be arranged by the University).
  • If you can not attend an interview as stated, you will be unable to proceed with your application.

For international enquiries please email

For additional information please see our entry requirements

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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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Career opportunities

The knowledge and experience gained during the course provides 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.


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Entry to 2020/21 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£13,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: B720 BSc/Mwif
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 112-128 tariff points and interview

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