BSc Midwifery

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Midwifery is a satisfying yet challenging profession that allows you to care for pregnant women and their families before, during and after childbirth. Our programme will provide you with all the clinical knowledge and skills you need to excel as a Midwife. It is a great course if you have an interest in the physical, psychological and overall process of pregnancy and birth, and are caring and responsible by nature.

When you join UEA, you will be part of a supportive community of like-minded students, working together to gain first-hand experience and providing first-class care.
We will support you to become the very best midwife you can be.

We are ranked 6th in the UK for Nursing and Midwifery (The Guardian, 2017) and our academics are at the forefront of nationally recognised innovative new teaching methods. We also have a great reputation with our partner NHS Trusts, and are proud that our students graduate with excellent career prospects and good honours.


With the NHS Constitution at its core, our degree provides rigorous training, fantastic placement opportunities and is fully approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

You’ll learn about the responsibilities of a midwife, midwifery practice and also a number of specialist areas such as complex childbearing. Throughout your degree, you will gain the knowledge, skills and experience to provide excellent care, support and advice throughout the childbirth experience.


Highlights of Midwifery at UEA

  • Complete a variety of placements where you will work with patients and their families
  • Develop practical skills under the supervision of highly-skilled and experienced professionals
  • Combine 50% theory with 50% practice – the best way to prepare for your career
  • Experience healthcare abroad with an elective placement
  • Join a motivated group of students - 100% of our 2014 graduates achieved a 2.1 or first class degree


Essential skills for midwives

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Reliable and committed
  • Sensitive and sympathetic


The NHS Constitution

The NHS Constitution Values are an integral part of everything we do; they underpin the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students in the university and in the practice setting. As part of our recruitment process, your understanding of the values of the NHS Constitution will be explored at interview, with successful candidates demonstrating how these are reflected in their own beliefs.



You will experience placements in a variety of settings under the supervision of a professional, where you will be able to use and develop your skills and knowledge in a clinical environment, while working closely with patients and their families.


Course structure

  • Three-year course, two modules each year
  • Small group teaching alongside clinical placements
  • Working day: Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm, equating 37.5 hours per week of study
  • Variety of assessments such as written assessments, unseen examinations and group presentations 



Increase your knowledge and build your confidence by trying out new techniques in our state-of-the-art skills laboratories and anatomy suite and take part in scenario based training in our fully equipped bungalow. You will also explore contemporary practice in small seminar groups in our purpose built Edith Cavell Building.


A fantastic student experience

Studying Midwifery at UEA means that you’ll join the Health Sciences School, home to a group of exceptional students, world-class research and enthusiastic educators who are experts in their fields.


Life beyond university

The placements we offer allow you to build an individual profile demonstrating that you have undertaken the necessary time in practice required for you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Midwives are in demand so your career prospects will be fantastic. Working as a Midwife is a challenging career, which could be based in a number of areas such as:

  • Hospital maternity units
  • GP surgeries
  • Birth centres
  • The Armed Forces

Teaching and Assessment

You will be required to compile and maintain a portfolio of evidence throughout the three-year programme. With guidance and support, you will be expected to build a sound evidence base demonstrating progression and reflection on your learning of both theoretical concepts and clinical skills. Other assessment strategies utilised are written assignments, unseen examinations, case studies, practical examinations, group presentations and a 6,000 word project report in order to illustrate deeper understanding of the relationship between the theory and practice of midwifery.

Whilst in clinical placement you will complete various learning outcomes, a midwifery attributes assessment as well as writing reflections based on your placement experience. You will also maintain a Skills Development Profile/Passport throughout the three year course to demonstrate your learning and competency in clinical skills.

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module will introduce the students to healthcare and midwifery practice whilst orientating to university and student life. Opportunity will be given for exploration of foundations of all areas of midwifery practice, together with underpinning evidence. The practice element will support the theme of midwifery led care and 'normality' and will facilitate student progression from participant observer to supervised participant. The learning objectives of this module are to: Recognise the statutory framework and aspects of midwifery practice which are governed by the Midwives Rules and Standards [2012] and the Code [NMC 2015]. In addition, the students will use evidence to underpin midwifery practice and develop skills in baseline core processes. Government policy and national standards for providing normal midwifery care will be considered.




The focus of theoretical content is on identifying frameworks and models of health promotion and their application to midwifery. You will follow the school research content themes to explore the basics of research study design. You will be encouraged to develop a critical stance to your own understanding of a wide range of material. Clinical practice allocation will be in community and intrapartum areas focussing on midwifery led intrapartum care, thus providing opportunity for you to link theoretical concepts studied in the module to your practice experiences. The learning objectives of this module are to: #Demonstrate the effective use of communication strategies and models with women, their families and other professionals to contribute to supporting healthy lifestyles and midwifery led practice #Explore the role of the midwife in improving health when assessing, planning and giving care to the woman and neonate during the childbearing period #Understand the role of voluntary agencies and other avenues of support from professional organisations, considering when these can impact positively on the health of women and families. Draw on government reports which highlight inequalities in health and their impact during childbearing and is able to demonstrate application when engaging with assessment, planning, implementation and evaluating midwifery care.



Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


The module builds on your understanding of normal childbearing enabling identification of deviations from normal parameters across the childbearing processes. Midwifery management of complex cases and of emergency situations is a vital element of practice and is integral to this module. The practice element will facilitate progression from supervised participant to supervised practitioner. The module develops your knowledge, skill and understanding in relation to complex care and high risk childbearing. The module will prepare you to care for women and their families when pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period is complicated and when emergency situations arise. The theoretical component will also include multi-professional working when childbearing becomes complicated. You will be enabled to refine their skills in applying accurate judgements to high risk situations. The placement component of the module will be labour ward, antenatal and postnatal ward areas. There are two weeks available following the module for you to arrange your own elective experience. This will be an opportunity for you to engage in midwifery practice and activities in the local, national or international arena.




Theoretical content will focus on women and families with complex social and healthcare needs. You will explore inequalities in health, vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals, and the sick neonate providing opportunity to apply knowledge to practice situations. Content will include the most common medical conditions and the effects of pregnancy on these conditions. The impact upon maternal and fetal outcomes and the necessity for specific management with multi-speciality input will be studied. The essential normality that exists within complex pregnancies will be a key focus. Opportunity will be given to evaluate the strength of evidence supporting quality and innovation in social and healthcare settings. In year two, you will begin to critically apply evidence in the development your own conceptual frameworks. Placement consists of ante-natal, post-natal and neonatal clinical experience.



Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module prepares you for midwifery practice and encourages you to review and consolidate your experience. This module develops and enables you to become competent practitioners at the point of registration with the NMC. Whilst this module will consolidate your acquired knowledge and practice skills, you will build on the development of clinical decision making by promoting the concept of normal midwifery practice. The opportunity to hone midwifery skills during midwifery/newborn emergencies, will allow you to recognise, manage, implement and review your practice, so developing into autonomous practitioners. The opportunity to lead and make clinical decisions will be demonstrated at competence level. The clinical practice allocation will be community based with enrichment weeks in Midwifery Led Birthing Units and other community relevant practice areas largely driven by the students' experiences. This inclusion of continuity cases will also add to your practice abilities. The requirement to consider different care pathways for the summative assessment and include responses to current health policies will demonstrate you are prepared and equipped to work within the midwifery setting and at the level of competent practitioner. The learning objectives of this module are that at the end of your study you will be able to : #Demonstrate professional acumen in the provision of autonomous midwifery-led practice #Show a conceptual understanding of the patterns and models of midwifery practice both nationally and internationally in order to work within and across professional boundaries in the provision of efficient and effective midwifery care #Demonstrate critical decision making skills as the lead professional within a range of care models through practice. #Show sound judgement to meet the responsibilities of a midwife in the NMC Midwifery Rules and Standards (2012) #Be able to provide care which is women and family centred #To synthesise a range of knowledge that enables you to evaluate critically current research and methodologies, develop critiques and develop new hypotheses which underpin an ability to inform approaches which improve women's experiences of childbearing. Rationale This final module of the programme enables you to consolidate theory and practical knowledge gained over the 3 years, whilst ensuring continuing development of skills for lifelong learning. Understanding of the meaning and implications of being a midwife will be applied to professional practice at this level. The practice element will facilitate progression from supervised practitioner to competence in preparation for working towards an autonomous role at the point of registration.




This module will aim to provide the students with the opportunity to: #Demonstrate systematic understanding of professional standards and competence in practice within regulatory, legislative, organisational and ethical frameworks, including statutory supervision of midwifery. #Develop knowledge and understanding of the centrality of service innovations, effectiveness and productivity for contemporary and responsive women centred maternity care. #Demonstrate sound knowledge and understanding of underpinning theory and use of technology as it applies to the organisation of women centred care and provision of midwifery led care services. Module Learning Objectives: 1.Expectations of the midwife as a professional: critically analyse professional and legal accountability, develop skills in proactive leadership, demonstrate critical understanding of the processes of standard setting and development of guidelines and policies in the context of providing quality midwifery care and critically analyse the midwifes role in developing research. 2.The application of practice in midwifery: Achieve the specified clinical learning outcome detailed in the Assessment of Practice documents, NMC essential skills, EU requirements and BFI.




Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level ABB
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points
  • Scottish Advanced Highers ABB
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AABBBB or 2 subjects at H1 and 4 subjects at H2
  • Access Course Pass with Distinction in 30 Credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 Credits at Level 3 in a Health, Care or Science subject
  • BTEC DDD in a Health, Care or Science subject
  • European Baccalaureate 75%

Entry Requirement

We look for applicants to have a clear understanding of the profession ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in health care, an interest in people, a strong academic attainment and a broad academic base.

You are required to have 5 GCSEs at a minimum of grade C or grade 4 including English Language/Literature, Mathematics and a Science. (Please note that we are not able to accept Adult Numeracy or Literacy, Key Skills, City & Guilds, Functional Skills or Access to HE credits in lieu of GCSEs).

A science subject at A-level will be an advantage (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Human Biology, PE or Mathematics). Psychology is NOT considered as a science for this course.

General Studies, Critical Thinking, Public Services and AS-levels are not considered.

Applications are encouraged from those with non-traditional qualifications. Applicants with the following qualifications are required to demonstrate GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 in English Language/Literature, Mathematics and a Science.

Alternative Qualification Required grade
CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development or Children and Young People's Workforce or Health and Social Care A
CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education (Early Years Educator) A
Foundation Year in a Health, Care or Science subject 75%
Foundation Degree in a Health, Care or Science subject 65%
Open University (minimum 60 Credits at Level 1) in a Health, Care or Science subject 60%
Certificate of Higher Education 60% with ABB at A-level
Diploma of Higher Education 60% with ABB at A-level
Bachelor Degree (Hons) 2.1. 2.2 with ABB at A-level
Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Health, Care or Science subject Pass with Distinction in 30 Credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 Credits at Level 3


We do not consider Apprenticeships, NVQs (any level) or Work-based Level 3 Diplomas (previously NVQs) as meeting the minimum academic entry requirements, although these can be used as evidence of recent study.

Due to competition for places on this course, meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements is not a guarantee of selection for interview.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in each component).


Of the applicants who pass the initial screening stage, the strongest will be invited to interview.

Those invited to attend an interview morning or afternoon will be required to undertake a numeracy test and a short written literacy test. The results of these tests do not form part of the selection process but are a requirement of Health Education England and help the University to plan the level of numeracy support we provide to our cohorts. An example test paper may be found here.

The interview lasts approximately 30 minutes and follows a multiple mini-interview format across four stations. When applicants enter the interview room, they will find a series of four interview 'stations' to circulate through, spending approximately 5 minutes at each. Interviews explore a range of issues, including the applicant's suitability for the profession and whether the applicant holds the NHS values as reflected in the NHS constitution. Please note that we do not disclose interview questions. Further information regarding the interview day can be found here.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year. We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact directly to discuss this further.

Special Entry Requirements

We prefer applicants to demonstrate evidence of recent formal academic study within 5 years of the start of the course. This is to ensure they are equipped to succeed on this academically rigorous course. 

If you have not studied for an academic qualification within the last 5 years, and particularly where your previous study does meet our entry requirements, do contact our Admissions Service ( 

We want to hear from you to assess whether your work, life or previous educational studies are suitable evidence for demonstrating your motivation, potential, knowledge and ability to study the course. We want you to succeed and an application and offer will only be considered where we believe that an applicant has the potential to complete the course with a good final degree classification. The Admissions Service can also give you advice on further study, if required, that can help you make a future application to the course.

Successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory occupational health check, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and an additional satisfactory reference.

Applicants will be considered for a maximum of two consecutive cycles as we advise that a year is taken out to consider your options and gain further experience before reapplying. Entry requirements are subject to change so please ensure you check our website before submitting a further application.


The School’s annual intake is in September of each year.

Course Open To

UK and EU applicants only.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit the website.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

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