Everything you need to know...
This course scored 96% for overall satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey.
- Develop skills needed to provide essential support, care and advice during pregnancy, labour, birth and afterwards.
- Study in facilities described by the Nursing and Midwifery Council as 'a beacon for the future development of health education in this country.'
This is a dynamic, stimulating and challenging course that prepares you for the real world of twenty-first century midwifery. The course enables you to achieve a degree in midwifery and the vocational qualification of Registered Midwife (RM). On completion of all education and practical elements of the course, you will be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
Watch student Lorrett Wellings talk about what it’s like to study on this course.
How you learn
The course is 50% practice and 50% theory. You experience and engage in a variety of learning activities as you progress through the course, preparing you for a career in midwifery.
You learn through
- practice placements
- lectures and seminars
- workshops and tutorials
- practical sessions
Course leaders and tutors
Practice-based learning is central to your development, and you spend 50% of each year on clinical placements in a hospital or community setting with Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley or Doncaster and Bassetlaw trusts.
By learning this way, you will find that your academic study supports your learning in clinical practice. You are provided with a mentor to help develop your skills. At least two of the above trusts provide your practice placements. This helps to broaden your experiences and increases your employability.
To complete your practical training, you carry out a 12-week placement in the community with a small caseload, supported by your midwife mentor in your final year.
This course prepares you for a career in
- frontline midwifery
- family care
- health visiting
Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work in
- health centres
- GP surgeries
- the armed forces
- the community
This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Graduates are eligible to apply to register with them. You must be registered with the NMC in order to practise as a midwife in the UK.
Student success story
Sheffield Hallam student Gemma Ford was named Student Midwife of the Year at the Royal College of Midwives Annual Midwifery Awards in March 2018. The award recognises an individual student midwife who makes an outstanding contribution to their future profession. Read more.
Where will I study?
You study at Collegiate Campus
Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.Collegiate Campus map
Collegiate Library can be found just off Ecclesall Road. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Equipment and facilities
On this course you work with
- clinical skills laboratories
- our purpose-built Robert Winston Building
- mock birthing facilities
From A levels including at least 40 points from a natural science (such as Biology, Chemistry or Physics) or Social Science (Psychology or Sociology) or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (including suitable natural or social science modules). We do not accept AS Levels or general studies. For example:
- ABB at A Level including relevant subject(s).
- DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma from a relevant subject(s).
- English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents*
- Maths at grade D or 4 or equivalents*
- Science at grade C or 4 or equivalents*
*GCSE Maths equivalents
• maths equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
*GCSE English equivalents
• english equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
*GCSE Science equivalents
• OCR Science Level 2
• science units gained on a Level 3 BTEC or OCR National Diploma or Extended Diploma Qualification
• science credits gained on Access to Higher Education Diplomas (at least 12 credits gained at level 2 or 6 credits gained at level 3)
• science equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
• Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course in health studies, health science, nursing or another science-based course. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 30 credits should be graded at distinction level. 18 of the level 3 distinction credits must be from science units.
• FdSc Professional Practice in Health & Social Care - If you are in the process of completing or have successfully completed the above programme at one of our partner colleges (Sheffield College, Barnsley College, Chesterfield College, North Lindsey College, Dearne Valley College, Manchester College, Stockport College and Doncaster College) and are looking to progress your career as a registered professional within the Health & Social Care sector, we would welcome an application from you via UCAS to start in year 1.
• other equivalent qualifications are considered individually, and include previous degrees that are grade 2.2 or above.
If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.
Helping your application succeed
Experience of interacting with members of the public from a range of backgrounds in different settings is essential when applying to a health or social care course. It is important to be able to understand and explain how your experiences relate to the activities and qualities which are required of midwives. The NHS values are key to all our health courses. For further information on the standards required of students in nursing and midwifery professions please take a look at the Nursing and Midwifery Council's code of conduct
There are many ways you can gain experience - this might be as part of a programme of study or in a paid or voluntary capacity, and doesn't always need to be within a care setting. Interacting with people with different life experiences will help you develop a deeper level of understanding of the diversity of the population who access health and social care. In your personal statement please reflect upon your learning from any of these experiences demonstrating an understanding of the midwifery profession and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying a midwifery course.
You will be invited to attend an interview if these key elements are included in your personal statement.
You must provide a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution with your UCAS application.
The selection event
If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving licence with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day.
View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.
Course enrolment - professional requirements
Before enrolling you must fully declare on the forms provided during the admissions process:
• unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
• involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments
• involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations
• enrolment on a health or social work professional course at another University
Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Record Check
• you must undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
• if you have lived outside of the UK for more than six consecutive months in the last five years you must provide an overseas criminal record check. Further information on obtaining this check can be found here
• where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the Professional Issues Team within ten working days of receipt of the certificate.
Occupational Health Screening
• You must undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
• You must undertake a programme of immunisations as required by the Department of Health and meet the immunisation and immunity requirements of placement providers. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
After completing the above professional checks, if you reside in the UK you are expected to make every reasonable attempt to attend a Pre-Course Day event to undertake the professional requirements of your course. This is also an opportunity to meet fellow applicants to the health & social care courses who will be starting their studies at the same time as you, some current students and teaching staff.
Other professional suitability information
Your full enrolment on your course will be confirmed when the Professional Issues Team have verified that your Enhanced DBS Disclosure (and overseas criminal record check where relevant) indicates that you are suitable to work with vulnerable groups including children and clearance from your health screening has been received.
If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements, from when you apply to the end of your course, you must tell the Professional Issues team immediately by calling 0114 225 5637 or emailing HWB-Professional-Issues@shu.ac.uk
We strongly recommend that you tell us about any long term health conditions, learning difficulty or disability you may have. This is so we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for education and training and take part without disadvantage both in University and on placement.
You can contact our nursing and midwifery disability co-ordinator on 0114 225 2470 to explore any issues you may have, or you can contact our university disabled student support team on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom).
The Disability Disclosure booklet provides information for students on health and social care courses and will help you understand the importance of disclosing your disability at the earliest possible stage. This is so you can be assessed for the support you may require to succeed on the course.
Our open days give you an opportunity to come and talk to our teaching staff and current students on the course you are considering. You can explore the campus, view our facilities and ask any questions you may have in a relaxed environment. To book visit University open day
Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.
Additional information for EU/International students
This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.
The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19
|Module: Foundations For Effective Collaborative Practice||Credits: 20||
|Module: Midwifery Foundations For Labour And Birth||Credits: 20||
|Module: Midwifery Foundations For Postnatal Care||Credits: 20||
|Module: Midwifery Foundations For Practice||Credits: 40||
|Module: Midwifery Foundations For Pregnancy||Credits: 20||
|Module: Developing Capability For Effective Collaborative Practice||Credits: 20||
|Module: Midwifery Advancing Holistic Practice||Credits: 40||
|Module: Midwifery Challenges For Labour And Birth||Credits: 20||
|Module: Midwifery Challenges For Postnatal Care||Credits: 20||
|Module: Midwifery Challenges For Pregnancy||Credits: 20||
|Module: Enhancing Quality Of Services Through Effective Collaborative Practice||Credits: 20|
|Module: Midwifery Consolidating Holistic Practice||Credits: 40|
|Module: Midwifery Management And Leadership||Credits: 20|
|Module: Midwifery Research And Evidence||Credits: 20|
|Module: Midwives As Educators||Credits: 20|
|Module: Theory/Practice Hours - Nursing And Midwifery||Credits: -|
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2019/20 is £9,250 per year.
† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.
Health and social care funding
Find out how to fund your studies by visiting our health and social care pages for more information.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Nursing and midwifery courses (PDF)
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