BSc (Hons) Midwifery (Pre-registration)

Course summary

This course achieved 100% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017.

This three year BSc (Hons) Midwifery pre-registration course aims to develop midwives who are competent and confident to practice in current and future maternity care settings.

Why choose this course?
We have developed the curriculum with NHS providers to give you the academic and professional qualifications you need to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a midwife.

The course focuses strongly on normality in childbirth, as well as recognising when referral is required. You will learn how to manage complex situations and engage with current research and evidence to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to provide a high standard of care.

You will also learn to work as a professional both autonomously and as part of a multidisciplinary team, to give women and their families the best care possible in a safe and supportive environment.


Breastfeeding Initiative logoThis course is accredited by Unicef’s Baby Friendly Initiative. Baby Friendly accreditation is based on a set of interlinking evidence-based standards for maternity, health visiting, neonatal and children’s centres services. See the Unicef website to find out more.

Maternity unit placements

As a student midwife on a pre-registration midwifery course you will be placed in a named maternity unit for the practical aspect of your course. Find out more about the maternity unit placements available.

Career and study progression
Your degree can take you anywhere. Once qualified, you may choose to work within the community, a hospital, as part of a case loading team or in the private sector.

You may also wish to undertake postgraduate study to specialise in a subject you've already studied, or to explore something new.

For more details please see the Career and study progression section.

How will the course be assessed?

Year one
50% coursework, 17% exam, 33% practice assessment

Year two
50% coursework, 17% exam, 33% practice assessment

Year three
50% coursework, 17% exam, 33% practice assessment

Course detail

The course is taught by expert staff and facilitates a partnership of learning between you, the practice environment and the University. We endeavour to recognise your individuality, prior knowledge and experience.

The curriculum is evidence-based, with a 50% theory and 50% practice element.

The teaching methods on this course include lectures, tutorials, group work, workshops, e-learning and independent study. The content of the curriculum is also supported by a state-of-the-art simulation centre to enable you to participate in a wide range of practical skills to prepare you for the practice environment.

We have strong links with professional bodies to help develop our courses in both depth and breadth and we also place a focus on the skills needed for lifelong learning.

Year one modules

  • Evidence Informing Midwifery Practice
  • Foundations for Midwifery Practice
  • Supporting Normal Childbirth
  • Practice Modules 1

Year two modules

  • Complications Around Childbirth (Mother, Fetus and Newborn)
  • Infectious and Pre-existing Conditions in Pregnancy
  • Birth Emergencies
  • Practice Modules 2

Year three modules

  • Holistic Midwifery
  • Examining and Using Evidence in Practice
  • The Autonomous Practitioner
  • Practice Modules 3

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points from qualifications with the volume and depth of A levels or other Level 3 equivalents
  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (or other level 2 equivalents). These must include Mathematics, English and a Science subject.
  • to have studied within the last 5 years.

The UCAS tariff points may also be achieved through an accredited science based Access to HE Diploma qualification in:

  • Health and Social Care
  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • or a similar subject area with an award of 60 credits overall and at least 45 at level three.

You will also need GCSEs in English and Mathematics at grade C or above (or Level 2 equivalent), unless your access course includes numeracy and literacy.

Access students need to achieve 120 UCAS tariff points with a distinction profile (a minimum of 24 distinctions).

Applicants need to ensure that they meet, or are working towards meeting the entry criteria when they apply.

Please refer to the UCAS tariff tables for a further breakdown of the equivalents that will be required to meet the UCAS tariff point requirement.

All offers are subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS check), occupational health clearance and satisfactory references.

Selection day
The selection day includes a group activity and an individual interview. Successful applicants will need to demonstrate their suitability at the selection day as well as meeting all other entry requirements.

Experience and recent study
It is beneficial for applicants to have had some related experience in a health care setting. This may be paid, voluntary or as part of a vocational qualification. It is also recommended that candidates have undertaken some academic study within the past five years.

As well as having the above qualifications or equivalents, you must be classified as a Home/EU student prior to starting the course. All students also need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 7.0 or above,and a minimum of 7 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening). In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit to check for local equivalencies. We offer pre-sessional English language courses, an International Foundation Programme and a Pre-Masters Programme if you do not meet our requirements see -


Fees for home and EU students

Main fee


Funding for pre-registration midwifery courses has changed. From the 1st August 2017 new midwifery students in England will take out maintenance and tuition loans like other students, rather than getting an NHS grant. For more information see the student funding information  provided by the Council of Deans of Health.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Current scholarships include:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility for the scholarships and bursaries listed above.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

UK and EU students

Apply for this course at when UCAS applications are open, from the previous September until June (see dates). You will need our institution code W05 and the UCAS code given on the right hand side of this page.

If the UCAS deadline has passed, you can apply through Clearing by calling our hotline on 0800 036 8888 (or +44 8231 2468). Clearing takes place over the summer months (July to September).

If you are making an early application, before UCAS has opened, you can apply directly to the University by clicking the red 'apply now' button above. You should also use this button to receive specialist information if you are applying for Nursing and Midwifery courses.

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During the course

Teaching methods

We have designed the course with an emphasis on shared responsibility for learning. You will be encouraged to work independently, as well as with peers and colleagues to develop team working, negotiation, communication and organisational skills.

During your weeks at University you will take part in various teaching and learning activities. Alongside formal teaching approaches, we also use methods such as enquiry-based learning, group activities, student led seminars and presentations, debates, peer review and simulated clinical skills practice. We draw on midwifery-based scenarios to activate learning, encouraging integration between theory and practice. You will also engage in e-learning activities and have periods of self-guided study. As part of your studies, we encourage you to develop areas of special interest.



We will assess you regularly in practice and theory including through formative and summative elements, such as unseen examinations (written and oral), essays, observed structured clinical examinations (OSCE), and practice-assessed competencies.

Course lecturers mark theoretical assessments, while the sign-off midwifery mentor you have worked with in your practice area grades your practice assessments.

You will need to pass each element of the course before progressing to the next level. This includes assessments, course work, medicines management activities, and the expected amount of clinical hours required by the NMC.

What our students say

Victoria Hellowell, BSc (Hons) Midwifery (Pre-registration)

'I am so glad I chose University of West London as my place of study. The course is intense but exciting.  The lecturers are supportive. The course is clear and is a nice balance of blocks of placement and theory. Learning practical skills to enable your first placement to be hands on is brilliant, you can get ‘stuck in’ straight away if you want. I love being a midwifery student.'

Sarah Richard, BSc (Hons) Midwifery (Pre-registration)

I have only just started in February but I can already say that this course is tough. It is very intense physically and emotionally. Fortunately, I know that if I need support at any point, I will be able to find it easily as there are lots of services specific for different issues we might experience during the course.

Angela Frohlingsdorf, BSc Midwifery

I really enjoy studying midwifery at the University of West London. The support has been amazing and all the lecturers are exceptionally helpful. I felt very much supported during time spent at the University as well as during various placements.

Sophie Hopkins - Student, BSc (Hons) Midwifery

Sophie Hopkins, BSc (Hons) Midwifery student

Lauren Murphy, BSc Midwifery

"Midwifery at UWL was the hardest, but most rewarding thing I have ever done. The course leader was amazing – she made it for me."

Imogen Carroll, BSc Midwifery


My course was very good.  I felt well supported, and had good lecturers, especially Judy Bothalmy, who was brilliant! I really liked the links the University had with hospitals too.

Jobs and placements

Career and study progression

Almost all of our graduates become employees of the Trusts within which they were placed during the course and also within other prominent NHS Trusts in London and surrounding areas.

Once qualified, you may choose to work within:

  • the community
  • a hospital
  • as part of a case loading team
  • the private sector.

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Learning outcomes

After graduating from this course, you will be competent, confident, trustworthy, and able to practice in a variety of settings as an accountable, autonomous practitioner. Achieving the NMC standards of proficiency for pre-registration midwifery and the University regulations for an honours degree programme, will ensure you are ready practice in the maternity services.

Study progression

We have an extensive portfolio of Masters level courses, which provide excellent study progression routes.

See our Postgraduate study page to view the full range of courses on offer by our College of Nursing Midwifery and Healthcare.

Careers support
Our degrees are designed to help you find the career that's right for you.

Our careers service will help you realise your potential by offering specialist advice and guidance on a wide range of careers issues, including:

  • CVs
  • job hunting
  • recruitment and selection procedures
  • further study.

We are The Career University.