BSc (Honours) Midwifery

Year of Entry 2025/26
Midwifery 2020

BSc (Honours)

Midwifery

Immerse yourself in contemporary midwifery practice and provide essential support during pregnancy, labour, birth and beyond.

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    What is the fee?

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  • Time

    How long will I study?

    3 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    Collegiate Campus

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    What are the entry requirements?

    128 UCAS Points

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    What is the UCAS code?

    B720

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2025


Course summary

  • Qualify as a professional midwife with the skills and knowledge for a successful career.
  • Learn to care for women, newborn infants and their families.   
  • Gain hands-on experience through clinical placements in various healthcare settings.
  • Respond to increasing complexity in antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care. 
  • Work alongside experienced healthcare professionals to enhance your learning.
  • Stay ahead with training in the latest midwifery technologies and techniques.

Our BSc (Hons) Midwifery course is a dynamic and forward-thinking programme that encompasses all facets of modern midwifery. You’ll be prepared to lead in the care of women, birthing individuals, newborns and families while collaborating within integrated care teams. You’ll graduate with a robust portfolio showcasing your competencies and confidence to embark on a fulfilling career as a qualified midwife.

If you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) course, or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study, we recommend you join the BSc (Hons) Midwifery with foundation year course.

Accredited by
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.



Employability

100% of our graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating, with 97% in highly skilled employment or further study (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

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How you learn

Watch course leader Kath Nakielski talk about the BSc Midwifery course.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.   

The course is designed to promote independent, lifelong learning. You’ll benefit from a balanced approach that combines 50% theoretical knowledge with 50% practical experience in clinical and community settings. You’ll learn with, from and about students from other health and social care courses. These experiences give you both a sound basis in midwifery and an understanding of how other professionals contribute to health and social care services.

We take a dynamic and interactive approach to learning, combining in-person teaching with the latest in digital education. Expert lecturers and industry professionals – including clinical midwives – lead seminars, workshops and practical sessions on campus. You’ll also learn remotely through advanced digital platforms with live-streamed teaching and a wealth of digital learning materials. So you’ll have flexible learning opportunities you can access anywhere, any time. 

The course integrates work-related learning through placements and real-world projects, enabling you to apply academic theories in practical settings. Independent and applied learning experiences are supported by cutting-edge technology – including virtual reality software – providing a comprehensive education that combines theory with hands-on practice.

You learn through: 

  • Lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials
  • Objective Simulated Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) 
  • Practice placements
  • Practical sessions
  • Multimedia assessment 
  • Independent learning and group work
  • Oxford Medical Simulation virtual reality software for remote or on-campus learning

Key themes

You’ll explore fundamental midwifery care and practices, maternal and neonatal health – alongside professional and ethical aspects of midwifery. We emphasise interprofessional education, promoting collaborative practice among health disciplines to enhance comprehensive care. 

You’ll benefit from an integrated care curriculum that’s designed to provide a holistic approach to midwifery. You’ll be able to stay ahead by training in the latest midwifery technologies and techniques. 

Additionally, the curriculum addresses maternal mental health, ensuring you can provide comprehensive support for women's emotional and psychological wellbeing. The course also includes advanced midwifery procedures, equipping you with skills for complex clinical situations. 

Course Support

You’ll be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate-level employment through a number of key areas. These include: 

  • Access to our student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development
  • Access to our Skills Centre for support with one-to-ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments and assessment preparation
  • Support and guidance from your course and module leaders, and you’ll have a named academic adviser and employability advisers
  • Access to Professional Midwifery Advocate (PMA) support – both at university and on placement – providing additional guidance and assistance tailored to your midwifery practice

Course leaders and tutors

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Jane Stephenson
Lecturer in Midwifery

Applied learning

Work placements

You’ll have opportunities across a range of clinical settings. After your first year, you’ll rotate to a different Trust for your second and third years. You’ll work both in hospitals and out in the community, with our placement partners there to support you at every step.  

As part of your clinical practice, you’ll be allocated a small group of expectant mothers as part of your caseload. This means you get to experience the long-term challenge of providing quality care to a mother and her newborn, including being on call for the birth.  

Throughout your placements, practice supervisors, link lecturers and practice assessors will guide and support you, ensuring you safely achieve the proficiency and autonomy required to build a professional portfolio that meets the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) proficiencies.

In your second year, you’ll also have the option of elective placement that allows you to work nationally or internationally. 

Live Projects

You'll experience a diverse range of practice settings, actively participating in all aspects of midwifery care. As a supernumerary student throughout your placements, you’ll have the unique opportunity to learn without the responsibilities of core staff numbers, so you can focus entirely on your education. You'll engage directly in caregiving – supported by simulated practices and observations – preparing you for real-world situations.

Your training will be enriched through discussions with experienced midwives and interactions with members of interdisciplinary healthcare teams. These help you develop a comprehensive skill set – as do question and answer sessions and 360-degree feedback from the people you care for, supervisors and fellow students. 

Networking opportunities 

You’ll be able to take part in a range of activities with students from other health and social care courses. These activities are designed to improve your employability skills – such as the Hallam Leadership Award, which helps you prepare to become a future midwifery leader.

You’ll have extensive networking opportunities through our well-established connections with healthcare organisations and practising midwives. 

You’ll benefit from guest lectures from leading figures in midwifery – both from academic and professional backgrounds – providing direct access to industry insights and contemporary practices in maternal and neonatal care. These interactions are invaluable for building your professional network, and are complemented by workshops and dedicated employability advisers who help enhance your readiness for a successful career in midwifery. This comprehensive approach ensures you’re well prepared to meet the demands and responsibilities of a professional midwife.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in: 

  • Clinical midwifery  
  • Specialisms such as smoking cessation, bereavement care, perinatal mental health, sonography, substance misuse and teenage pregnancy
  • Midwifery consultancy, with specific responsibility for leading and developing midwifery services  
  • Management positions in clinical midwifery, such as a lead midwife or head of midwifery services  
  • Research midwifery  
  • Higher education
  • Further study 

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work in:

  • Hospital and community midwifery environments  
  • Health centres  
  • GP surgeries  
  • The armed forces  
  • Education 

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with:

  • A range of clinical midwifery placement environments 
  • Our purpose-built clinical skills Robert Winston Building 
  • Simulated practice, such as mock birthing and obstetric emergency facilities 
  • Technology-enhanced learning 
  • Clinical skills laboratories 

You’ll also have access to 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students.

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 128

From A levels including at least 40 points from a biological science or BTEC National qualifications with biology modules. We do not accept AS Levels or general studies. For example:

  • ABB at A Level including biology or human biology.
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma from a relevant subject(s).
  • Distinction overall from a T level qualification including a grade B from the Core. 
  • Other Level 3 qualifications equivalent to GCE A level are also considered.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSE

  • English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents*
  • Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalents*
  • Science at grade C or 4 or equivalents*

*GCSE Maths equivalents

  • Level 2 Key Skills/Functional Skills
  • Level 2 Numeracy
  • Level 2 Maths credits from an Access course
  • Maths equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

*GCSE English equivalents

  • Level 2 Key Skills/Functional Skills
  • Level 2 Literacy
  • Level 2 English credits from an Access course
  • 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

Other qualifications

  • Approved Access to HE Diploma in health studies, health science, nursing or another science-based course. Normally we require 15 of the level 3 credits to be graded at distinction level with 12 of these distinctions from science or social 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, University Centre Rotherham, 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.

IELTS

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking and 6.5 in writing, 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

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. This is so you will have an understanding of the diversity of the population who access health and social care. It is important to be able to understand and explain how your experiences relate to the activities and qualities which are required for the profession at your interview.

Reference

You must provide a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution with your UCAS application.

Interview

If your application is shortlisted you will be required to complete an additional task before being considered to attend an interview. This task is to produce and submit a 2 minute (maximum) video answering the following questions:

Tell us what you know about the profession, and why do you want to join?

View our interview guidance to ensure you understand the interviews process and how you can prepare for this.

Course enrolment - professional requirements

Before enrolling you must fully declare the following information on the pre-admission declaration 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

In addition

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Record Check

  • you will be required to 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.
  • you will need to present valid identity documents (PDF) (PDF, 38.1KB) as part of the application process
  • 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 an overseas criminal record check.
  • 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 will need to undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge. As part of this assessment you are expected to provide all relevant, truthful and accurate information to ensure a safe environment for yourself and service users.

Immunisations

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. Please obtain details of your immunisation history from your doctor so you can submit this during your Occupational Health Screening.

Pre-course Day

After completing the above professional checks, if you reside in the UK it is important for you to make every reasonable attempt to attend a Pre-Course Day event to undertake the next stage of the professional requirements for your course. The pre-course day is also a good opportunity to meet fellow applicants on the health & social care courses who will be starting their studies at the same time as you, as well as some current students and teaching staff. We will look forward to welcoming you on the day.

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, please tell the Professional Issues team immediately by calling 0114 225 5637 or emailing HWB-Professional-Issues@shu.ac.uk.

Disability support

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 Health and Care Professions Council standards of proficiency and take part without disadvantage both in University and on placement.

You can contact our disability coordinator on 0114 225 2588 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.

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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, email our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


Modules

Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Collaboration For Individual And Community Wellbeing
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Foundations In Midwifery Care
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
 One Credit Module Level 4 (Bsc Midwifery)
Credits -
Assessment
Personal And Professional Development
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Universal Midwifery Care In Labour And Birth
Credits 40
Assessment Exam(25%) , Practical(75%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Assessing And Addressing Complexity In Practice
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Evidence And Enquiry For Practice
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
One Credit Module Level 5 (Bsc Midwifery)
Credits -
Assessment
Personalised Midwifery Care
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
The Midwife As A Skilled Practitioner
Credits 40
Assessment Practical(100%)
Final year

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Complexity & Leadership In Professional Practice
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Management And Leadership Of Midwifery Care
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
One Credit Module – Psrb Requirements
Credits -
Assessment
One Credit Module Level 6 (Bsc Midwifery)
Credits -
Assessment
Promoting Excellence In Midwifery Care
Credits 40
Assessment Practical(100%)
The Advancing Professional
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2025/26 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 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.

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, 350KB)
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Health and social care funding

Home fee-paying students can access a non-repayable maintenance grant of at least £5,000 per year. You may also be eligible for additional financial support based on your circumstances.

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

 

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