The University of Wolverhampton

BSc (Hons)Midwifery leading to Registered Midwife

Why choose this course?

The pre-registration midwifery course will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective midwifery care and register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council to practise as a midwife in a variety of health care settings.

What happens on the course?

This programme will allow you to study a range of subjects including sexual and reproductive health, neonatal care, midwifery care and practice, management and leadership and high-risk care of mother and baby. The subjects also include research, public health, normality in midwifery practice and a range of clinical skills.

During this course you will also get the opportunity to participate in providing individual care to a woman and her family under the supervision of a qualified midwife and experience midwifery practice in a variety of settings. You will be expected to develop an electronic portfolio during your programme of study.

All theory is delivered at Walsall Campus for classroom study, and placement will be with one of five NHS Trusts including either Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell and West Birmingham (City Hospital Birmingham) or Burton-upon-Trent.

Why Wolverhampton?

Our midwifery degree courses lead to both an academic award and registration with the UK’s Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), ultimately allowing you to practice as a midwife in the public or private sector.

Midwifery is an integrated course of theory and practice, and you will have the opportunity to experience clinical practice under the supervision of an experienced midwife from as early as 6 weeks into the course.

You may be entitled to an NHS means-tested bursary, and your course fees are paid for by the NHS.

There are well established support systems in the university and on clinical placement; you will also be allocated a peer mentor during your first year of study who is based in the same NHS Trust.

There are two value-added components to the course which are UNICEF's Breast Feeding Initiative (BFI) and the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE).

Students evaluate the quality of teaching very positively and have the opportunity to develop their clinical skills in well equipped clinical skills centres.

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What our students think

“The University of Wolverhampton was my first choice and I knew this once I had visited the Walsall Campus, it has a relaxed feel as it is not too big giving it more of a close-knit community and personal feel. The time spent in placement is very beneficial as you also gain the practical experience and learn skills of the job at first-hand experience. I would recommend visiting the University as it certainly helped me make my decision. I am looking forward to graduating so I can commence my chosen profession as a midwife.”

Melissa Turner, BSc (Hons) Midwifery leading to registered Midwife

“I chose the University of Wolverhampton because of the atmosphere I experienced at the Open Day and the staff were so friendly, helpful and engaging. I was also interested in the placement trust areas which the University work with. The course curriculum at the university is great, there is also the additional training such as NIPE, and this appealed to me the most and confirmed my choice as the place of study and was the start to my journey to fulfil my dream of becoming a midwife. I thoroughly enjoyed my time out in placement as I gained valuable experience of clinical working and patient interaction which is vital alongside of academic work. My tip I would give to all future students is to be determined, passionate and confident when at placement or in teaching. I am particularly interested in community based practice and once I graduate would like to explore this field as well as returning to my studies in the future. I have learnt a lot since I commenced this course and the experience as a whole has been life changing, I have witnessed my first birth as a future health professional and I was honoured, I feel very privileged to be a part of the University.”

Laura Mackillop, BSc (Hons) Midwifery leading to registered Midwife

Career path

Opportunities exist to be clinical leaders, consultant midwives, work in management or at supervisory level. Midwives can also develop innovative specialist roles for example, in ultrasound, fetal medicine, public health and parenting education. There are also opportunities to work as a research midwife or in education.

Many midwives are employed by the NHS, working in hospital or in the community setting. Posts are also available in private birthing centres, or you may be an independent midwife.

There are a range of opportunities available to you to further your education and practice, for example you may choose to complete a Masters or PhD.

Opportunities may also exist to travel and work abroad.

What skills will you gain?

By the end of the midwifery programme you should be able to:

  • Debate factors that impact on autonomous midwifery practice and explore alternative and innovative approaches to midwifery care;
  • Review and critically evaluate the appropriateness of evidence for integration into practice and critically reflect upon practice to reach own judgements and exercise effective decision making in complex situations;
  • Be an independent, autonomous practitioner and provide holistic, woman-centred midwifery care prior to conception and throughout the antenatal, intranatal and postnatal periods;
  • Respond effectively to the wide ranging public health needs of childbearing women and their families;
  • Work in a variety of health care settings both independently and as a member of the multidisciplinary team, nationally and internationally;
  • Develop effective management skills to enable you to plan, implement and evaluate the delivery of midwifery care, in order to facilitate change and improvement where appropriate.

Who accredits this course?

Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified midwife.

Entry requirements

2017 Entry

You must have a minimum of five GCSEs at Grade C+/4 (or equivalent) which must include an English-based subject and Mathematics and a Science subject. (science subject could be Biology; Physics; Chemistry; Psychology; Sociology; Health and Social care). Equivalent qualifications include Key Skills Level 2; Learn Direct Level 2; and Functional Skills Level 2.


  • A minimum of three 'A' Levels gaining BBC, one of which must be in a Science subject grade C or above (science subject could be Biology; Physics; Chemistry; Psychology; Sociology; Health and Social care). UCAS points must all come from full A levels (not including General Studies) - Extended Projects/AS levels will not be considered.
  • BTEC National Diploma at a DMM grade in Health and Social Care or a science based subject.
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma at grade DMM/BTEC QCF Diploma at grade D*D* in Health and Social Care or a science based subject.
  • OCR National Extended Diploma at a M2 grade
  • CACHE Diploma at a B grade
  • Access to HE Diploma Full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 with at least 24 of these Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction (including 18 credits from a Science or Health based subject). You are also required to achieve 12 credits at Level 2 or 3 in English and 12 credits at Level 2 or 3 in Mathematics.
  • Foundation Degree in a related subject e.g. health and social care; traditional sciences; social sciences; psychology; sociology
  • Successful completion of the Foundation Year of Learning Education and Progression guarantees participation in the compulsory selection tests
  • Undergraduate or Postgraduate degrees

Applicants must have evidence of study within the last 5 years.

We will accept a mix of A levels and BTEC etc. but these must be at the appropriate standard as stipulated on the webpage.

If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

Other Requirements

Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory personal statement and reference (academic or employer).

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for interview and will be expected to undertake a written and numeracy test as part of the selection process.

Test/interview results:

We operate a gathered field approach for applications received for this course to ensure fairness, and will therefore consider the results of tests/interviews collectively. As a result (depending on test/interview dates) you will receive results from the interview (and if successful an offer of a place) in either early January 2017 or mid-April 2017.

The following resources may help you prepare for the maths test:

• BBC Skillswise:

• BBC bitesize:

• NHS Sn@p tool:

Read further information regarding interview preparation

Good health and good character are fundamental to being a midwife, and consequently all midwifery students must have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check. Professional courses are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and all previous convictions, cautions etc. must be declared. You will also require satisfactory health clearance. As students will undertake exposure-prone procedures as part of their training they will be required to have additional screening for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

During the Midwifery course you will be required to attend placements, when you are asked for your choice of placement area we will endeavour to meet your request however we must emphasise that this cannot be guaranteed and therefore you must ensure you are able to travel to the final placement area you are allocated.

This course is not available at present to international applicants.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Entry Funding Information

The funding information for the BNurs (Hons) Nursing and BSc (Hons) Midwifery courses is summarised as follows:

  • Course Tuition Fees will be paid in full by the NHS.
  • Students are eligible to apply for an NHS Grant (not means-tested).
  • Students are eligible to apply for an NHS means–tested Bursary (45 weeks per year) - These figures may be reduced according to the income of parents, spouse or partner.
  • NHS Dependants Allowance is available to students with dependent children and/or dependent partner – this is means tested very tightly against family income.
  • NHS Childcare Grant is available to students with dependent children who require OFSTED registered childcare – this is means tested very tightly against family income.
  • Students are eligible to apply for a Student Loan

Students apply for their Bursary, Grant and additional allowances (dependants allowance and childcare grant) through the NHS Student Grants Unit at but must apply for their Student Loan at

2017/8 Funding Information

The Government is proposing a change to funding for courses in nursing, midwifery and allied health subjects which, if accepted, will take effect from August 2017.
This means that students offered a place on a course commencing after this date will no longer receive an NHS bursary. Instead, they will have access to the same student loans system as other students. The present suggestion is that students studying nursing, midwifery and the allied health subjects as a second degree may also be able to access student loans and that the change will only affect new students starting their courses from 1 August 2017. There will be a consultation in early 2016 and more information will be available following this.

Should you wish to discuss this further please contact our staff in Gateway via or telephone (01902) 321032 and they can offer further advice and guidance.

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