Midwifery Practice

Study options


BSc (Hons)

Key facts

Centre of Excellence Stafford
Study option:
3 Years
Start date:
20 September 2021

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

Please note that applications for this course have now closed for September 2021.

If you applied by the UCAS application deadline (29 January 2021), you will still be eligible to interview for this course and we will be in touch shortly to arrange a date/time for this.

If you didn’t submit an application by the deadline, please consider applying for entry in September 2022. You may also be interested in our other healthcare courses, where applications for this year are still open.

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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Midwifery stories - Eliza

Midwifery stories - Eliza


On placement, our Midwifery students deal with mothers and families at their happiest but also most challenging times. Eliza shares her story.


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:

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

Entry requirements

  • 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.

Enterprising family get creative during lockdown


A mother and daughter studying at Staffordshire University have both set up successful businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

For equivalent entry requirements in your home country, please see the information on our country pages.

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Check our entry and English language requirements for your country.



Nursing Skills Lab

You'll experience a range of real-life activities such as life support, venepuncture, birth management, obstetric emergencies, cannulation and drug administration.


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.

Midwifery stories - Jessica

Midwifery stories - Jessica


Midwifery student Jessica shares a heart-warming story of the trust that can formed between mother and midwife.

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 Student Inclusion 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.

Midwifery - What inspired you to want to be a midwife?

Midwifery - What inspired you to want to be a midwife?


Our Midwifery students talk about what inspired them to pursue a career in midwifery care.

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. 

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and performance and studio spaces.


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

Senior 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.

Susan's profile


For the course starting on 20 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).

Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:
  • The School will fund uniforms, occupational health screening and DBS services.
Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:

Some students may choose to take an elective placement outside of our standard Practice Learning Placement circuit. Where this is the case, the costs associated with travel, accommodation, insurance etc will be the responsibility of individual students.


International Students, like all others, should be aware of the additional costs they will incur of travelling to their Practice Learning Placements (which constitutes fifty per cent of the course over three years). This is in addition to the costs associated with studying away from home such as accommodation.

International Students are unlikely to be eligible for the additional financial support offered to some UK/EU students. The International tuition fee includes a contribution to the yearly Practice Learning Placement tariff which will allow students to access the full range of clinical learning experiences.

Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting: www.gov.uk

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Our students

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.

Holly Mayo



Location Award Study option Start date Apply Link
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Rules and regulations

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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