School of Nursing and Midwifery

BSc (Hons) Pre-Registration Midwifery

Do you want to help women have the best pregnancy and birth possible? This course equips you with the skills, knowledge and professional insight needed to become a registered midwife. Whether it’s helping clients before labour, or giving support to new mothers, you’ll learn through doing, building your confidence as you go. You’ll also discover the social and cultural influences that shape maternity care today, so you graduate ready to excel as a fully-rounded healthcare professional.

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3 years
(with placements)
Start date
September 2014
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Key features

  • Become a 'Registered Midwife' with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as soon as you successfully complete the course.
  • Spend 55% of your time learning through doing, in a range of real placements, in partnership with real clients
  • Learn how to work as part of a multi-professional  team 
  • Build confidence through clinical skills and theory sessions, priming you to be at your best when working directly with real clients 
  • Extend your skills in IT, numeracy and literacy to support your clinical and professional midwifery practice
  • Learn about the psychological and social impacts of having a baby and how to effectively communicate with and support your clients 
  • Develop a critical approach to research, enabling you to provide evidence-based care
  • Enhance your employability with modules in mentorship and newborn examination
  • Develop the professional knowledge, skills and attributes to enable you to work as an autonomous practitioner fit for the future

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Lay the foundations for your career as a midwife, from developing clinical skills and professional attitudes to learning about human reproductive biology. Discover the sociological and psychological impacts of pregnancy and birth. Develop your professional communication skills, improve your skills in IT, reflective practice, literature searching, essay-writing, resource-creation and exam technique. Before Christmas, undertake the first of your supervised clinical placements in maternity settings
    Core modules
    • MID113 Applied Clinical Skills

      This module introduces the student to the clinical skills underpinning normal midwifery practice. It equips the students with relevant theoretical knowledge and the opportunity to rehearse skills in the safety of a non-clinical environment.

    • MID116 Communication and Applied Psychosocial Issues

      This module will introduce students to social and psychological influences on the childbearing experience of women and families and to the theory and practice of communication. This will allow them to begin to apply theoretical knowledge to the broader context of childbearing and develop skills in effective professional communication.

    • MID115 Foundations of Biology

      Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology and its influence on human health is an important foundation for Midwifery practice. This module explores the biology of the human organism, with particular reference to reproductive biology.

    • MID117 Health Promotion and Public Health in Midwifery Practice

      This module will introduce students to the principles of public health and health promotion. Pregnancy and childbirth will be considered as part of a continuum of women's health in order to raise awareness of the public health role of the midwife.

    • MID114 Preparation for Professional Practice

      This module will introduce the students to professional issues underpinning midwifery practice. Core academic skills will be introduced which will facilitate theory-practice links. Students will gain experience in the practice setting and evidence learning through coursework and use of their practice portfolio.

  • Year 2
  • Building on Year 1 biology studies, you’ll learn more about preconception, conception and childbearing. Learn about complications and conditions particular to pregnancy and birth, the role a midwife plays in a multi-disciplinary team and the importance of safe medicines administration. A team-based learning module will introduce you to the essentials of research. Put your improved clinical and theoretical skills into practice on placement, gaining experience outside of midwifery settings.
    Core modules
    • MID225 Antenatal, Postnatal and Gynaecological Complications

      This module will build on current knowledge to enable the student to understand pre-existing conditions and those conditions peculiar to pregnancy and the postnatal period, and the role of the midwife as part of a multi-disciplinary team. The module will also introduce common gynaecological complications and procedures.

    • MID226 Developing Midwifery Practice

      During this module students will advance their knowledge and experience of skills to support normal midwifery practice in more complex situations.

    • NRS203 Knowledge and Skills for Evidence-Informed Decision Making (1)

      The focus of the module is on developing students' knowledge and understanding of the application of research-based evidence to nursing practice. The module is based upon the premise that knowledge and understanding of key research designs is an essential pre-requisite of evidence-informed decision making (EIDM).

    • MID227 Medicine Management

      This module will develop the students' knowledge, understanding and application of medicines and their management across the childbearing continuum and the role of the midwife.

    • MID224 Reproductive and Contemporary Biology to Inform Practice

      Using a contextual approach, the biological concepts relating to preconception, conception and childbearing will be addressed.

  • Final year
  • You’ll further develop clinical skills for planning, assessing, implementing and evaluating pregnancy and childbirth care. Carrying your own caseload, you’ll see what it takes to be an effective practising midwife. You’ll learn how to manage complications in labour and birth, as well as handling emergencies. Using what you’ve learnt on the course, you’ll undertake a research proposal in your chosen area, and enhance your employability by preparing for mentorship and newborn/ infant examination.
    Core modules
    • MID315 Contemporary Midwifery Practice

      This module will build on midwifery theory and practice at Levels 1 and 2. It will enable students to discuss and debate contemporary midwifery practice and social, political and professional issues that influence a midwife's practice.

    • MID313 Intrapartum Complications

      This module will utilise the underpinning knowledge and skills achieved at levels 1 and 2 to enable students to competently manage complications that occur during the intrapartum period and demonstrate an in depth understanding of the role of the midwife as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.

    • HEAA311 Literature Review and Research Proposal

      This module builds on research knowledge developed across the programme, enabling the student to critically appraise a body of evidence in an integrated literature review and to write a research proposal in an area of the student's own professional practice.

    • HEAA312 Management and Leadership for Inter-professional Practice

      This module builds on level 2 work to enable students to apply and evaluate models of management & inter-professional working within healthcare.

    • MID316 Normal Midwifery Practice 3

      This module will enable students to build on their knowledge, skills and attitudes to reach a level of proficiency, thus preparing them for registration as autonomous practitioners of normal midwifery.

    • MID314 Public Health in Contemporary Society

      This module aims to develop the participant's knowledge and appreciation of Public Health within a contemporary political framework. Each student will explore their own practice area in relationship to local, national and global perspectives of overall healthcare provision.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE’s grade C or above to include Mathematics, English and Science. Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application.


UCAS tariff
320 points – 160 points from 2 A-levels, one of which must be at least a B in a Science – preference is given to Chemistry, Biology or Physics but Psychology and Sociology may be considered; combined AS levels accepted.

31 points (with a minimum of 14 at Higher Level). Biology profile preferred.

60 credits overall with 45 at level 3, of which 30 must be at distinction level, including 15 in a Science/s.  A further 15 points must be at merit level. Must have GCSE grade C or above in English & Maths or be taking them. 

Diploma DDM – Must be Science profile. 

Extended Science: 65% at 1st attempt. Must apply direct to Plymouth University by 15 January.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered, please contact

Extended entry requirements

  • In addition to the above, evidence of academic study within the last five years is required.
  • How to select the right Access course.
  • Please note we do not accept Key Skills Level 2 in place of GCSE English or mathematics.
  • You must pass disclosure and barring service and occupational health checks satisfactorily in order to be able to start this course.
  • If English is not your first language and you do not have GCSE English grade C or above you will have to achieve an IELTS or equivalent qualification at the grades stated below. 
  • IELTS - Overall average score of at least 7.0, with a score of at least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and at least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections.
  • TOEFL 'internet-based' test (ibt) - 100.
  • TOEFL Paper test - 600.
  • Meeting the academic minimum is the first stage of an application being considered. Applicants must also submit a strong personal statement in order to be considered further.

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Fees & funding

The NHS will meet (in full) your Tuition Fee Contribution on your behalf if you are a UK or EU national.
You may be entitled to a means tested bursary (the amount depends on your current financial circumstances) for the duration of your course through the NHS Business Services Authority if you are a UK national.
For guidance about applying for your bursary and to create and access a Bursary Online Support Account (BOSS) please visit the NHS Business Services Authority website.

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