BSc (Hons) Midwifery

Accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Course details

UCAS Course code B720

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Being a midwife is a rewarding and exciting profession. If you have the drive and dedication to become a successful midwife, then we have the course to give you the knowledge and skills you need to get started. We teach you how to place women at the centre of care, assessing their needs and planning their care with the insight to refer them to other relevant health professionals when required.

Our placement opportunities allow you to put your skills into practice, gaining on the job experience that will prove invaluable to your career. You'll be given a friendly base for studying the theory of the trade, supported by midwife mentors and link lecturers in classrooms, as well as online facilities if you're learning at a distance. You'll be in constant contact with your tutors and other students to help improve your learning, putting you in the right position to move into professional midwifery.

2017 Entry

From 2017 the government will cease to provide bursaries for undergraduate NHS courses. Students will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs, rather than getting an NHS grant. This information is based on the understanding provided by The Council of Deans for Health and may be subject to change as further details are released by the government.

How we can support you

If you enrol onto an undergraduate NHS programme in 2017, we’ll cover the costs of your:

  • Uniform
  • DBS check**
  • Occupational Health check
  • Travel costs for placements of up to £300 each year

This is in addition to any government support agreed.

**Paid on successful enrolment onto course

This course will prepare you for a career as a midwife as defined in the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2009) Standards for Pre-registration Midwifery Education (available at You'll be taught to place women at the centre of care through a holistic approach that respects individual needs.

You'll develop a sound knowledge of relevant anatomy, physiology and pathology, together with a deep understanding of the psycho-social context of childbirth. We'll help you develop key self-awareness skills to evaluate your influence on clients, making you into an effective investigator, critical user of evidence and an excellent communicator.

Half of the course is spent in clinical practice, supported by midwife mentors and link lecturers, that will take place in maternity services located either in Cumbria or Lancashire. The theory work will take place in study block weeks on our Carlisle Fusehill campus, complemented with essential elements through online facilities. The ability to travel will be a major factor of the course-please be aware of this when you apply.


Year one

  • Fundamentals of Midwifery
  • Biological Basis to Normal Childbirth
  • Public Health in a Maternity Context
  • Fundamentals of Professional Practice
  • Developing Professional Graduate Skills for Health and Social Care Practitioners

Students exiting at this point with 120 credits at Level 4 would receive a Cert HE

Year two

  • Developing Midwifery Practice - Responding to Challenges
  • Contemporary Holistic Midwifery in a Global Context
  • Complexity in Maternity Care
  • Using Evidence to Support Practice
  • Working with Others

Students exiting at this point with 120 credits at Level 4 and 120 at Level 5 would receive a Dip HE

Year three

  • Preparing for Autonomous Midwifery Practice
  • Emergencies in Childbirth
  • Examination of the Newborn
  • Qualificatory Practice Unit for Examination of the Newborn
  • Using Evidence to Evaluate Practice
  • Professional Practice in Context

Programme specification

For detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.

Download the programme specification (PDF)

2017 entry

The UCAS Tariff is changing for 2017, you can find out more about the new tariff and qualification options from the new UCAS tariff table

120 UCAS tariff points - to include A-Level in Biology or Human Biology at grade B (40 points). Also to include GCSE in English Language, Mathematics and Biology (or Combined Science) at grade C or above.

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

Selection criteria

Successful recent study at level 3 within last 3 years.
Alternate qualifications accepted for entry include:
  • Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma DDM. Please refer to our guidance document for details on the qualification subjects we will consider and the 60 highlighted specific credits needed in Biology-based units. For September 2018 entry, please contact for further information about the new BTECs and which modules will meet the Biology based requirements
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care DDM - very specific units required to meet Biology requirement.
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall. Minimum 45 credits at Level 3 to include 21/18 credits at level 3 in Human Biology. Achieve Distinctions in all Level 3 units.
  • 120 tariff points from maximum of 4 Scottish Highers. To include grade A (33 points) in Biology.
  • 120 tariff points from maximum of 4 Irish Leaving Certificate Highers. To include A2 (30 points) in Biology.
Experience of health/social care-related setting such as a hospital or primary care health centre prior to application is preferred.
All applicants for the BSc must be able to demonstrate successful study at Level 3 in the last 3 years. Applicants who are able to demonstrate some recent Level 3 study, but not the breadth (e.g. 3 A Levels), may be considered providing they can demonstrate relevant life skills and preparation for the course.

In addition to academic qualifications

Our Midwifery degree is very popular and competition for places is intense. Therefore applicants are required to provide evidence of their motivation and commitment to this programme in their personal statement. Please note that your application will not be considered if you have applied to us for additional professional courses apart from Midwifery.
Applicants must clearly explain what has led them to apply to a midwifery programme and the attributes they would bring to it. Applicants must also demonstrate that they have thought carefully about the influences on women's health and the nature of midwifery in the UK in the 21st Century.
Work experience in a health-related setting such as a hospital or a primary care health centre prior to interview is advisable but NOT essential. Applicants must be able to explain how they anticipate transferring their personal qualities, skills, knowledge and values from life and/or any work experiences to a midwifery programme.
All offers to the programme are subject to successful interview with university and practice staff, satisfactory reference(s) and occupational health screening and enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) disclosure.

Fitness to practise and health requirements

All offers of a place are subject to satisfactory health screening. Further information will be provided following the offer of a place.

Please note that Professional Bodies such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) have certain requirements regarding health and character status of applicants and their ability to meet the required core professional competencies and to practise safely without direct supervision. Please read the NMC and HCPC information to find out more. Please ask us for advice and/or support as early as possible in the application process if you have any questions about this requirement.

For more information about core competencies and medical fitness to train please click here. There are fitness standards provided here for most programmes of study: health professions, social work and teaching.

In some instances, an applicant may be invited to attend a professional practice panel to discuss any recommended reasonable adjustments, and whether or not core professional competencies are achievable.

In order to be admitted and continue on the course, students must be deemed as medically fit for both practice and theory by the Occupational Health Department. If you have any concerns about a health condition/issue and its impact on your ability to undertake the course please contact the Occupational Health Department as early as possible in the application process.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

If you are offered a place we require you to comply with an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance check. Details on the policy can be found here.

Values Based Recruitment

* Since 1 April 2015, all Higher Education Institutions delivering NHS funded training programmes are required to assess students for their values using the core requirements set out in the Values Based Recruitment (VBR) framework. This assessment will take place as part of our recruitment process.

Full-time courses

Apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), between September and January; they will send your application on to us. Applications submitted after this date will be considered late and the course you have applied for might be full by this time; however, we will consider you for alternative suitable courses.

Their website provides all the information you need about universities, courses, locations, entry requirements and financial support. You are allowed to select up to five course choices. You need to use the correct UCAS campus and course codes as not all courses are offered at every campus. You will be asked for the following information when you apply online:

Institution code name: UoC

Institution code: C99

Campus location:

  • A Ambleside
  • B Brampton Road, Carlisle
  • E University of Cumbria at Energus, Workington
  • F Fusehill Street, Carlisle
  • L Lancaster
  • T University of Cumbria in London
  • Y University of Cumbria at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness

Part-time courses

Applications should be made online directly to the university; visit our website or contact for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.

What makes a good application?

We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential-evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.

Make sure you include:

  • Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
  • A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
  • A good personal statement.
  • Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.

What next?

When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.

And if I accept?

The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.

Deferred entry

We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.

International students

Applications for full-time undergraduate study are made through UCAS. Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.

From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.

See the following websites for further details:

You'll leave the course as a fully qualified midwife, eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). You'll be recognised as a safe and competent midwife ready for employment.