Midwifery, BSc Hons

Study our midwifery course for high-quality teaching and placement opportunities.

Our midwifery degree will prepare you for a career as a registered midwife. You will learn to recognise the biomedical changes of pregnancy and childbirth, as well as the influences on the mental, social and emotional wellbeing of expectant mothers.

In 2018, the quality of our teaching staff was recognised at the British Journal of Midwifery awards, with our midwifery team winning first prize for their contribution to midwifery education.

We have strong links with placement providers in settings ranging from women's homes to hospitals and community clinics. We will prepare you to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and you will gain the skills needed to achieve the NMC Standards for Pre-registration Midwifery Education (2009).

UCAS points

120 (view full requirements)

Course/institution codes

B710 A BSc/Mid

Duration

3 years full-time

Start month

September and January

UK/international fees

2019/2020 fees *

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2020/2021 fees

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* January 2020 starters pay the 2019/2020 fees.

2020/2021 fees

What you should know about this course

  • Nursing at Greenwich is number one in London for student satisfaction (2019 National Student Survey).
  • Ranked first in London for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide 2017.
  • We offer diversity of practice areas in south-east London and Kent, high-quality teaching and mentorship which will prepare you to be an independent, holistic midwifery practitioner.
  • We are the only university in London and Kent to contract independent midwives for caseload placements.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Greenwich and felt so supported, which gave me the confidence to see this journey through the blood, sweat and tears to the glorious end. Thank you Greenwich for an amazing three years!

- Esther Hayward, BSc Hons Midwifery

Midwifery, BSc Hons


Want to find out what studying Midwifery at the University of Greenwich is like? Hear from one of the academics who teaches the course, Mandy Stevenson.

What you will study

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About the course team

You will be taught by an experienced team of experts, which includes senior academics, technical officers, and practitioners with industry experience. Trained postgraduate researchers may also contribute to seminar teaching with the module leader. Teaching is informed by our research and consultancy work, and 97% of our lecturers hold a teaching qualification.

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Entry requirements

If you are

Applicants from a UK educational background:

120 UCAS points from three A-levels. No more than 12 points should come from AS-levels.

We also accept equivalent qualifications, including:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Advanced and Progression Diplomas
  • Access courses.

At least three GCSEs including English language and mathematics with a minimum of grade C are also required.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Further information about entry

Candidates will be required to:

  • Work shadowing/observation: Appropriate healthcare experience either voluntary or paid is encouraged.
  • Undertake selection tests and an interview. If you are applying for a Midwifery programme, you must bring a passport-size photograph with you on the day, in addition to your passport. You will undertake literacy and numeracy tests and be interviewed individually by a lecturer and a representative from one of our local NHS trusts. You will receive the results from UCAS.
  • Undergo a Disclosure and Barring service check, occupational health screening and meet residential regulations

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 or an equivalent rating in another Secure English Language Test. This is the standard set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

If you are applying via UCAS please note that they will only accept references from a professional email address.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Demonstrating an awareness of current issues in the practice of Midwifery will also greatly benefit your application.

How you will learn

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

Class sizes vary by module. Lectures are normally attended by larger groups, and seminars/tutorials by smaller groups. This can vary more widely for modules that are shared between degrees. All students will have opportunities for one-to-one time with their tutors.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you are also expected to dedicate around 30 hours a week to self-study. This may involve further reading and research, preparing coursework and presentations, and preparing for tests and exams. Our facilities are designed to support you in these activities.

We encourage you to join societies and participate in sporting and other activities to engage in the wider life of the university community. Our Midwifery Society won the University of Greenwich Student Society of the Year Award in 2018.

Overall workload

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Lectures 
  • Seminars 
  • Laboratory practicals 
  • 1-1 tutorials

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Further details to be confirmed.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include ‘practice’ assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assignments and to release examination results within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2019/2020 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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* January 2020 starters pay the 2019/2020 fees.

2020/2021 fees

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* For full fees information please visit our fees information pages.

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

We want to keep costs to a minimum and ensure our Health and Social care students get the best experience possible. To support our students, we offer a package that includes:

  • Free Occupational Health costs, including immunisations
  • Full uniform set.

However, further costs may include (but are not limited to):

  • Resources: you may need to purchase books for your studies, as well as specific computer software (estimate, £150 per year)
  • Memberships: applying for membership of a professional body at the end of the course may incur further costs.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

We are proud of our strong links with placement providers. Our placements are in a variety of settings, from women's homes to hospital placements and community clinics. You will also get the opportunity to care for women giving birth at home, in birth centres and in labour wards.

In order to develop multi-professional and collaborative working, during our three-year degree we offer shared learning between midwifery and nursing students. You will develop the skills of an autonomous practitioner, working closely with other members of the multidisciplinary team in hospitals and the local community. Shared learning will be in areas such as biological and social sciences, professional values, ethics, research and informatics.

How long is my placement?

You will be placed in one NHS trust for the three-year programme, although you will have the opportunity to change your placement area for part of Year 3. 

During Year 1, you will explore the fundamental clinical and interpersonal skills needed for midwifery. The emphasis will be on uncomplicated pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood, and on supporting women through a normal life event. You will be encouraged to appreciate women's experiences in the context of their own lives. 

Years 2 and 3 focus on care for women whose pregnancies become complicated.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Throughout your degree, we prepare you to apply for registration as midwives with The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). One of the main aims of our degree is to help you achieve the outcomes identified in the NMC Standards for Pre-registration Midwifery Education (2009).

These include having the competencies required to achieve the NMC Standards (Standard 17), the Essential Skills Clusters for Pre-registration Midwifery Education and the requirements of Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (2005), Articles 40 and 42. 

We also support our students to develop the principles and values contained within Leading Care, Adding Value (NHS England 2016), Better Births (National Maternity Services Review 2016).

Employment opportunities exist in midwifery in institutional and community settings and also in research, management and education.

Do you provide employability services?

The Employability & Careers Service (ECS) is committed to supporting our students and recent graduates in their transition towards a rewarding graduate destination. We strive to deliver a professional service with the aim of empowering our students to achieve their potential.

We provide the following: 

  • CV and cover letter checks
  • Application support
  • One-to-one careers advice
  • Interview tips and support
  • Careers fairs
  • Internships
  • Graduate jobs.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Some students may be eligible to participate in the +Erasmus student exchange course to spend a year abroad. Benefit from international experience and develop proficiency in a European language.

Accommodation information

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Visit our midwifery subject page.

A glimpse behind the scenes


Take a tour of our midwifery teaching facilities at Avery Hill Campus with student midwife, Daniela.