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    1. 2021
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BSc (Hons) Midwifery

Entry Year:
This degree prepares students for a challenging and rewarding career as a midwife. Students combine theoretical study with clinical experience in a range of settings, working with London’s diverse populations in leading hospitals and community settings.

Key information

Start date

September 2021

Academic year dates


Full-time: 3 years


Full-time: £9,250 *


Full-time: £26,010 **


Full-time: £26,010 **

UCAS code



Northampton Square

Who is it for?

This course is designed for students looking for a rewarding career supporting women and their families through pregnancy and childbirth. As a graduate of the BSc Midwifery degree you will gain registration with Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and will be qualified to practise as a midwife in the UK and overseas. Some countries require additional local registration.


As a student on the BSc Midwifery course you will benefit from outstanding teaching, facilities and practice placements at London’s leading hospitals and trusts. Teaching is a combination of classroom based theory, simulated practice in our specialist Clinical Skills Centre and clinical placements.

You will be taught by academics who are registered midwives with a diverse range of experience over many specialist areas within the midwifery profession. Many of our academic team are actively involved in research, generating new knowledge which directly affects today’s practice and the curriculum you will be taught.

Our priority is to make sure you enter the workplace with the skills and knowledge to support women through diverse experiences of pregnancy and childbirth. As well as preparing you to deal with ‘normal births’ you will learn how to deal with complicated and emergency situations many women experience. Alongside the practical skills needed to be a midwife we also help you develop your critical thinking and abilities to assess other factors affecting pregnant women and new mothers, such as their psychological wellbeing, social environment and culture. We will help you develop your skills to work within a multi-disciplinary environment whilst promoting midwifery lead care.

As part of the course you will also have the opportunity to study a range of modules that cover the diversity of the professional including anthropology, looking at the culture of childbirth across the world and modules focusing on sexual health and how this affects pregnancy and new mothers.

Funding update: Non-repayable grants of at least £5,000

From September 2020 eligible students studying undergraduate and postgraduate pre-registration nursing, midwifery and many allied health courses, including radiography and speech and language therapy, will receive a non-repayable and non-means tested (universal) grant of at least £5,000 a year.

Find out more below, under ‘Funding’


Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) logo

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.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • 'A' Level - Typically ABB or a combination of 'A' levels (we do not accept General Studies or Critical thinking).
  • Combined - A combination of A’levels and BTEC are welcome but will be reviewed on an individual basis.
  • UCAS tariff - 128 points. For more information on the new UCAS tariff system, please visit the UCAS website.
  • IB - 29 points.
  • BTEC - DDM (Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or Science-related subject).

*Subject to change.

In addition, the following is required:

  • GCSE: A minimum of five passes at grade 4 (C) GCSE, including English Language and Mathematics. Please note: we will not accept any equivalent qualification, only GCSEs. GCSE requirements for applicants studying an Access to HE Diploma are detailed below.

Access to HE Diploma

Pass in a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma in a Nursing, Midwifery, Health, Science, or Social Care subject NOT Nutrition or Paramedic Studies. Full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at Level 3 including 30 credits at Distinction. Applicants must also hold GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C (4) or above at the point of application to the programme.

Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend a Selection Day held at City, University of London before an offer can be made. At the Selection Day applicants are interviewed to assess their values match those of the NHS constitution, as well as having the opportunity to find out more about the course from our staff and students. For further information, please visit our Selection Day page.

Special requirements: Students are required to have occupational health and enhanced DBS (disclosure and barring service) clearance. Academic and character references are also required.

English requirements

Applicants educated outside of an English speaking country, without GCSEs are required to hold one of the following:

  • IELTS (Academic): 7.0 overall with at least 7.0 in Writing, 7.0 in reading, 7.0 in Listening and 7.0 in Speaking.
  • TOEFL iBT: 94 overall with at least 27 in Writing, 24 in reading and Listening and 23 in Speaking sections.

You must include evidence of your IELTS score, or the date you will be completing the test, on your application.

For more information you can visit TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition

Visa requirements

International Students (EEA and Non EEA) coming to study in the UK, may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study. The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • EEA nationals joining the programme in 2020 and EEA nationals joining from January 2021
  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.

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.

UCAS has implemented an ‘invisibility of choices’ policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Applications for entry in September 2021 should be made between 1st September 2020 and 15th January 2021, in accordance with UCAS guidelines. We welcome applications after 18th January 2021, but you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as places may be limited.

More information on late application deadlines, UCAS Extra and Clearing.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.


The School of Health Sciences Admissions team have put together some handy tips and advice about the application process, you can also contact them to organise a drop-in session for additional advice and support.

For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 5000.

Contacting UCAS

Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

in London for subjects allied to medicine (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
of City BSc Midwifery graduates are in employment or further study six months after finishing their course (Unistats)
overall student satisfaction for Midwifery (NSS 2020)
During your course

More about fees

* The fee for this course will be £9,250 for each year of study for the duration of your studies.

** The institution reserves the right to increase your tuition fees annually to take account of the institution's increased costs of delivering educational services. The increase will normally be 2% but this is kept under review with reference to the RPI. If the institution intends to increase your tuition fees you will be advised of this alongside the published entry fee.


Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

Funding update: Non-repayable grants of at least £5,000

The Government has announced that from September 2020 students studying undergraduate and postgraduate pre-registration nursing, midwifery and many allied health courses, including radiography and speech and language therapy, will receive a non-repayable and non-means tested (universal) grant of £5,000 a year. This is in addition to existing mainstream student support accessed through the Student Loans Company.

The Government has also announced additional funding for specific courses or to help students with childcare costs. Please see the NHS finance & bursaries page for more information.

Applications for this new funding can be made from Wednesday 1st July 2020, please visit the NHS Learning Support Fund website for more information.  You can also read their FAQs for more information about the funding available, how to apply and eligibility.

Find out more funding information for studying nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions in England from the official Council of Deans of Health website.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

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Practice experience is a vital part of the BSc 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 approximately 60% of your degree on clinical placement with placements taking place in London's leading hospitals and community settings such as Barts Health NHS Trust, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

You will be placed in settings such as midwifery-led units, home births, birthing centres, delivery suites, antenatal and postnatal settings, maternal and fetal assessment specialist areas and special care baby units. You will work and learn alongside consultant midwives and specialist midwives.

Throughout the course your placements will vary to give you the range of experience needed to practise as a midwife. You will have the opportunity to undertake placements in specialist areas including teenage pregnancy, bereavement, diabetic care, antenatal screening and supporting vulnerable women through pregnancy and childbirth.

Whilst on placement you will be fully supported by City and will receive regular visits by your link lecturer (approximately once a week). You will also have a dedicated clinical placement facilitator within the workplace who will support your development whilst on placement. Many of our midwifery graduates work within the hospitals and trusts we partner with and are always happy to see a fellow City student.

Find further information about our placement partners and trusts under our School of Health Sciences section.

You will typically be on clinical placement for:

  • 21 weeks in Year 1
  • 29 weeks in Year 2
  • 29 weeks in Year 3
  • Clinical placement – 37.5 hours attendance per week.

Academic facilities

Clinical Skills Centre

Our specialist Clinical Skills Centre at our Northampton Square Campus has been designed to give students a safe environment in which to practise their clinical and caring skills. Designed to reflect working wards and clinical environments, you will be able to familiarise yourself with equipment and practices before commencing placements.

We have a range of specialist equipment that is used to simulate birthing situations from normal to emergency, to enable you to develop the skills you need no-matter the birthing situation you are supporting.

You will have access to a simulated 6-bedded ward with realistic equipment including piped oxygen, call bells, medicines and emergency equipment;  laboratories, including a biology laboratory, allow students to rehearse their skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and women’s homes.


We operate a Guarantee Scheme for first year undergraduates which means you will be offered place in one of City's affiliated Halls if you meet the Scheme's criteria.

Read more about our undergraduate halls.

Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

Find out more about private accommodation.

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Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

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Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

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Find out more about the different types of student support available.

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Course content and assessment

To make sure that you can begin or continue your studies with us during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reviewed and adapted our courses to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. We have modified the way some of our courses are delivered, with many programmes being made available online.

Contact us to find out more about how our programmes will be delivered.

Teaching and learning

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.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, depending on module choices:

  • Essays
  • Practice Assessment Document
  • Case studies
  • Written examinations (short answer questions, multiple choice questions, seen scenario)
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
  • Enquiry-Based Learning (EBL)
  • Dissertation
  • Projects
  • Drug Calculations
  • Critique of research
  • On-line quizzes and activities
  • Self-assessment on-line 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:

Year 1

Written examination: 25% Coursework: 75%

Year 2

Written examination: 19% Practical: 6% Coursework: 75%

Year 3

Practical: 13% Coursework: 87%


Each module is assessed using a range of methods including written assignments, simulations, examinations, practice-based assessments and skills assessments.

Year 1

In your first year of study, you will develop skills, professional knowledge and an understanding of the midwife's role, working in partnership with women and multidisciplinary teams. An introduction to the fundamental principles of midwifery care, including normal childbirth is included.

Core modules include:

  • Foundation skills for midwifery practice
  • Developing skills for caring in normal midwifery practice (practice experience)
  • Introduction to human biology
  • Public health, midwifery and healthy communities
  • Using evidence in midwifery practice
  • An introduction to professional midwifery practice.

Year 2

In the second year, using evidence in midwifery practice, you will develop your identity as a midwife. Wider issues such as women's health and the public health role of the midwife are covered. You will be able to recognise the value and importance of working within a multi-professional team to ensure the best possible outcome for women and babies when complexities arise.

Core modules include:

  • Reproductive biology, pathology and pharmacology
  • Developing relationships in midwifery practice
  • Developing skills for midwifery practice
  • Skills for co-ordinating complex midwifery care (practice experience).

Elective modules include:

  • Sexual health in relation to midwifery practice
  • Anthropology of childbirth.

Year 3

In the final year, you will gain competence in caring for women who choose to have midwifery-led care, including home birth, as a mode of delivery. You will be supported to develop your autonomy and accountability as a midwife.

Core modules include:

  • Developing autonomy in midwifery practice (practice experience)
  • Leading and managing in professional midwifery practice
  • Dissertation.

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

Overall workload

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:

Year 1

Scheduled learning: 13% Independent learning: 53% Placement: 34%

Year 2

Scheduled learning: 12% Independent learning: 49% Placement: 39%

Year 3

Scheduled learning: 8% Independent learning: 53% Placement: 39%
After you graduate

Career prospects

Midwifery is a challenging career which allows you to develop your skills and interests within a range of specialisms within the profession. Successful graduates gain registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification allowing you to practice in the UK and overseas. Some countries require additional local registration.

Careers prospects are excellent; 90% of our graduates go on to employment or further study within 6 months of graduation. Our graduates secure employment with trusts including Barts Health NHS Trust, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

As a graduate midwife in London you should expect to start your career with an annual average salary of £29,000. Progression within the midwifery profession is common, with many graduates advancing to a Band 6 role within 6-12 months of graduating (qualified midwives start on a Band 5 contract) and continuing to steadily progress throughout their career.

A range of career opportunities are available for midwives in midwifery led stand-alone birth centres, acute units, and independent practice, consultant and specialist roles. Midwives can also work independently and self-employed as independent midwives.

88.4% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

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