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Midwifery Practice

BSc (Hons)

Professional recognition

Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Dedicated Skills Lab

Our Midwifery Skills Lab is equipped with a robot baby and resuscitaire

Placement opportunities

You'll enjoy placements in several different health trusts

UCAS code:
Centre of Excellence Stafford
Study option:
3 Years
Start date:
6 September 2021
School of Health and Social Care
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Course changes for 2020/21

We are changing the way we deliver our courses from September 2020 to ensure a great student experience within a COVID-secure environment.

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New Future Midwife Curriculum - September 2021

We have been providing high quality professional midwifery programmes for many years. With the upcoming change in national standards from the Nursing and Midwifery Council, we are currently moving towards the approval of our ‘Future Midwife’ curriculum for September 2021. This means that these existing modules are likely to change for 2021.

We will publish these new modules as soon as they have been approved.

Midwifery Practice will develop you to ensure you are able to register and practice as a midwife upon graduation and provide safe, woman-centred midwifery care.

This course will provide you with a broad knowledge base relating to midwifery theory and biological sciences, together with the application of related sciences, sociology, psychology, philosophy, ethics, law and spirituality to midwifery practice.

  • First year modules - focused on normality
  • Second year modules - focused on complexity
  • Third year modules - focused on leadership and complexity
  • Creative inter-professional experience
  • Midwifery-led placement experiences

*Subject to approval

Staffordshire University have provided high quality Nursing and Midwifery courses for many years. We are currently in the process of seeking final approval for transition to our new curriculum which reflects the new national Nursing and Midwifery standards for Education.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Midwifery Practice

Work placements

Practice Education: Approximately 50% of your time will be spent on clinical placement. This will give you the broadest range of clinical experiences, develop your confidence, teach you how to integrate theory and practice – and provide evidenced-based care.

Our placement partners include University Hospitals North Midlands and The Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust.

Course content

During your first year, your placements will be focused on low-risk ‘normal’ midwifery, attending placements in the community as well as a wide variety of midwifery-led units in Staffordshire, Cheshire, Shropshire and Powys. You’ll also learn ‘true’ midwifery with less medical intervention and develop your midwifery skills in one of our Centres of Excellence in Healthcare Education.

The second year develops your knowledge and skills in coordinating complex care. With a strong understanding of normality, you will be able to recognise deviations from normal. You will experience a variety of high-risk placements, supported by lectures from visiting professionals. You will also participate in our creative portfolio of interprofessional events.

In your third year, you will further develop your skills through research, leadership and critical thinking. You will also be encouraged to critically evaluate existing maternity provision and identify ways to improve care.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.

Professional body accreditation

Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified midwife.

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We have been providing high quality professional midwifery programmes for many years. With the upcoming change in national standards from the Nursing and Midwifery Council, we are currently moving towards the approval of our ‘Future Midwife’ curriculum for September 2021. This means that these existing modules are likely to change for 2021.

We will publish these new modules as soon as they have been approved.

Current modules for 2019/2020:

Standard route

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Birth And The Midwife 30 credits
Developing Skills For Midwifery Practice 30 credits
Prenatal Care And The Midwife 30 credits
Transition To Parenthood 30 credits
  • Typical UCAS Offer: 120 points, plus GCSE in Mathematics and English at Grade C (4) or above.
  • A levels: BBB, this equates to 120 points (science and/or health care related subjects are preferred).
  • BTEC: DDM, this equates to 128 points.

OCR National Extended Diploma: M1 or D2 Access awards: 60 credits, with 45 at Level 3 (30 at Distinction and 15 at Achieved).

Enhanced DBS check and occupational health screening (including TB, Hepatitis B and C, and HIV) form part of our selection process. All applicants are expected to demonstrate care, compassion, communication skills, competence, courage and commitment.

This course requires IELTS 7 for students whose first language is not English.

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.



Successful completion of our Midwifery Practice degree will enable you to register as a midwife. You will then have the opportunity to follow a career in midwifery practice, research or education. Many graduates from this course work within NHS Trusts, HM Armed Forces, the private healthcare sector, or practice independently. Some graduates secure employment abroad.

Teaching and assessment


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course.


Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. You will be graded in practice by your mentors which will contribute to your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.


You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.

Susan Jackson
Susan JacksonSenior Lecturer

I have worked in the clinical nursing and midwifery field since 1980 and currently maintain a small clinical practice within the contraception and sexual health arena.

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For the course starting on 6 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons)-Full-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £18,000 per year of study

UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

Our students

Holly Mayo

The lecturers put me at ease when I first arrived on an open day and then throughout, they’ve just been amazing and very very supportive. The course itself is really good, I’ve really enjoyed it.


Centre of Excellence Stafford
BSc (Hons)
6 September 2021

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If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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