Midwifery BMid (Hons) degree Course overview
This midwifery degree provides you with the knowledge, skills, and professional competencies necessary to practice as a midwife and enter onto the midwifery part of the NMC register.
The course is designed to ensure you enter the profession confident in your ability to provide care for all women, both those who experience straightforward pregnancy and childbirth, and women with more complex health needs.
Our focus is on the central role of the midwife in ensuring that families’ needs and preferences are understood and met. Alongside practical midwifery skills, you will develop your critical thinking and ability to assess factors affecting pregnant women, parents and families, such as their emotional wellbeing, social environment and cultural background.
- Develop practical professional skills through simulated practice in our specialist Clinical Skills Centre, before moving on to clinical placements
- Learn with specialist equipment that simulates birthing situations from normal to emergency, developing the skills you need no matter the birthing situation you are supporting
- Study with experienced practitioners and research-active academics, providing you with skills and knowledge from the forefront of the discipline
- Spend half of your degree on clinical placement in London's leading hospitals and community settings such as Barts Health NHS Trust and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Learn in diverse settings including midwifery-led units, home births, birthing centres, delivery suites, maternal and fetal assessment, and special care baby units.
Successful graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification enabling you to practice in the UK and overseas.
Additional qualifications may be required in some countries.
During this three-year BMid Midwifery degree, you will be supported to develop your autonomy and accountability as a midwife. You will learn the professional knowledge and practical skills to care for women during pregnancy, childbirth and the immediate postnatal period.
Develop skills, professional knowledge and an understanding of the midwife’s role. Put theory into practice with clinical placements in hospital, midwifery-led units, and women’s homes.
The midwife as scientist 1: General principles of anatomy & physiology (15 credits)
The midwife as scholar 1: Finding evidence (15 credits)
The midwife in society 1: What is public health? (15 credits)
The midwife as advocate and ambassador 1: Introducing professional issues (30 credits)
The midwife as skilled practitioner 1: Beginning principles & practice (45 credits)
Build upon previous knowledge and experience, and deepen the understanding of midwifery studying complex pregnancy and birth and working in partnership with women and multidisciplinary teams.
The midwife as scientist 2: Anatomy & physiology for maternal health (15 credits)
The midwife as scholar 2: Critiquing evidence (15 credits)
The midwife in society 2: Public health role of the midwife (15 credits)
The midwife as advocate and ambassador 2: Developing professional issues (30 credits)
The midwife as skilled practitioner 2: Developing principles & practice (45 credits)
Consolidate your skills and knowledge and develop your confidence to work independently as you prepare for professional practice.
The midwife as scientist 3: Anatomy & physiology for neonatal health (15 credits)
The midwife as scholar 3: Generating evidence (15 credits)
The midwife in society 3: Today’s public health agenda (15 credits)
The midwife as advocate and ambassador 3: Consolidating professional issues (30 credits)
The midwife as skilled practitioner 3: Consolidating principles & practice (45 credits)
Practice experience is a vital part of the BMid Midwifery degree and enables you to put theory into practice and use your skills in a variety of real-life contexts. This includes mandatory learning in the workplace, which comprises 50% of your degree on clinical placement.
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Teaching and assessment
The Midwifery degree is taught by staff who are leaders in their field of practice and education. Many of our academics are also leading researchers, directly influencing today’s practice. This means that you will study the most up-to-date curriculum and practices, directly from those informing the profession.
You will experience a range of learning and teaching strategies including lectures, small groups, tutorials, enquiry-based learning, simulated and clinical practice, self-directed learning and e-learning.
Simulated practice will enable you to practise your practical caring skills within the safe environment of our specialist Clinical Skills Centre in preparation for your clinical placements, where you will be working alongside professional midwives and healthcare practitioners in real-world settings.
You will be fully supported throughout your clinical placements by academic staff and clinical placement facilitators within your practice setting.
You will be assessed using a variety of methods, depending on module choices:
- Midwifery Practice Assessment Document
- Case studies
- Written examinations
- Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
- Enquiry-Based Learning (EBL)
- Drug Calculations
- On-line quizzes and activities
- Self-assessment activities.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose.
Year 1 assessment includes ongoing practical assessment of clinical skills.
Year 2 assessment includes 1 practical exam and ongoing practical assessment of clinical skills.
Year 3 assessment includes 1 practical exam and ongoing practical assessment of clinical skills.
The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2019/20 entry is as follows:
In year 1, typically, this includes 24 weeks academic work, 21 weeks clinical placement, 7 weeks holiday.
In year 2, typically, this includes 16 weeks academic, 29 weeks clinical placement, 7 weeks holiday.
In year 3, typically, this includes 16 weeks academic, 29 weeks clinical placement, 7 weeks holiday.
The following percentages are indicative and based on the 2019/20 academic year:
Fees and funding
Fees for year 2024/25
The tuition fees indicated are for the 2024/25 academic year only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase in the region of 5%.
- There are no fee waivers available for this course
- Means tested support is available for 2024/25 entry.
NHS Learning Support Fund: Non-repayable grants of at least £5,000 a year for eligible healthcare students.
Some of our degrees may involve additional expenses which are not covered by your tuition fees. Find out more about additional expenses.
On successful completion of this degree, you will gain registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, an internationally recognised professional qualification allowing you to practice in the UK and overseas. Some countries require additional registration.
Almost 90% of our graduates go on to employment or further study within 15 months of graduation (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18). Career options include working in:
- midwifery-led birth centres
- acute units
- consultant and specialist roles
- self-employment / independent practice.
Our graduates earn an average salary of £27,000 within 15 months of completing this course (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18). Many graduates advance to a Band 6 role within 6 – 12 months of graduating.
Many of our midwifery graduates work within the hospitals and trusts we partner with and are always happy to see a fellow City student.
How to apply
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Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.
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You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £27.50 application fee.
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When to apply
Your application for entry in September 2024 should arrive at UCAS between September 2023 and 31 January 2024. Applications that arrive after the UCAS deadline in January will be considered only at City's discretion.
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