BSc Midwifery


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(Unistats, 2018)

“UEA is a wonderful place to study midwifery. Lecturers are always on hand to support you during School time and whilst in clinical practice”

In their words

Lauren Blake, Midwifery Student

Is there anything more amazing than the miracle of life? The first heart beat. The first gasp for air. The first cry. The physically and emotionally exhausting rollercoaster that parents go through.

Train to be a Midwife, and you’ll be playing a central role in one of the most amazing, and sometimes challenging, journeys in any family’s life. One day you could be celebrating a pregnancy, but on others you could find yourself consoling a family for the loss of one. It’s a completely unique career that comes loaded with responsibility – and rewards. At UEA you'll be part of a university that is ranked Top Five in the UK for nursing (The Complete University Guide 2019) and you will gain invaluable experience on placement.


Balanced between theoretical study and placement-based practice, our three-year midwifery degree will equip you with all the skills, knowledge and leadership qualities you need to excel as a midwife. You’ll graduate ready to help mothers navigate their pregnancies as their lead practitioner in all normal midwifery care, and able to manage and coordinate more complex care for those in difficult circumstances.

A midwife needs be able to assess every case then make the right judgement. Throughout the course you’ll study the latest research underpinning current midwifery practices, and develop both your critical analysis and ability to evaluate evidence. You’ll then consolidate your learning by putting it into practice while on placement.

Clinical placements are undertaken regularly during the course and cover every aspect of midwifery practice. You’ll work with professionals from multiple professional disciplines, gaining unique insights into the practices and perspectives of healthcare providers across the board.

Our degree will also help you to develop in-depth knowledge and clinical skills related to the examination of newborns, and on successful completion of all course components you’ll gain the Neonatal and Infant Physical Examiner qualification. And you’ll learn how to support new mothers emotionally and physically as they breastfeed and bond with their babies.

Course Structure

Our three-year Midwifery degree balances theory with practice, with a greater focus on theory in your first year, progressing through to a higher level of practice in your final year.

Year 1

In your first year you’ll explore the theoretical foundations of all areas midwifery practice alongside the underpinning evidence. You’ll gain experience and understanding of midwifery-led care and the public health role of the midwife, and you’ll learn how to apply health and wellbeing promotion strategies to individuals, families and communities. The practice element of your first year will see you progress from an observer to a supervised participant in midwifery care. 

Year 2

In your second year, you’ll build on your knowledge and practice experience. You’ll study maternity care for women with complex social and healthcare needs, and for those who are vulnerable and/or disadvantaged.

You’ll develop your understanding of normal childbearing, so you’re able to identify deviations from normal parameters. And you’ll study midwifery management of complex cases and emergency situations – vital elements of midwifery practice. In clinical practice, you’ll progress to practicing at the level of a supervised practitioner.

Year 3

The final year of your degree prepares you to practise at a competent level as a registered midwife. Theoretical training will cover clinical assessments, decision-making and risk assessment skills, with the neonatal physiological assessment as a focus. You’ll also get to grips with clinical decision-making, national policy guidelines and care pathways, together with the anatomy and physiology studies required for the Neonatal and Infant Physical Examiner qualification.

You’ll analyse how the micro and macro-organisation of maternity services influence practice development, and how consumer voices can and should be represented in driving practice forward, and you’ll draw on evidence to support innovations in practice. You’ll also participate in simulated midwifery/newborn emergencies, enabling you to recognise, manage and implement appropriate action, and to review your own practice to ensure you’re developing as an autonomous practitioner.

In the final year your clinical practice experience will provide you with the opportunity to care for women with non-direct supervision, preparing you for the independent role of a registered midwife.

This three-year course includes 135 programmed learning weeks – 45 weeks each year.  You will have 21 weeks of vacation time set into the course timetable (subject to publication of the new NMC Standards for pre-registration midwifery).

Teaching and Learning

Our balanced approach to teaching includes lectures, seminars, skills laboratory activities, tutorials, enquiry-based learning, e-learning and practice-based learning.

By revisiting practice areas and theoretical content with increasing sophistication, the “spiral” nature of the course will promote the ongoing development of your clinical skills and knowledge in terms of the midwife’s role and the nature of care required. 

You’ll be able to share experiences and learn from other student midwives, and you’ll be given time for independent and personal study, exploring the areas of midwifery that interest you most.

You will also learn through critical enquiry, skills-based workshops, simulated clinical scenarios, directed study activities, e-learning packages and online tools, projects and presentations, reflective writing, critical reflection and portfolio development. We also include ‘talking heads’ within your training. These are videos of women talking about their childbearing experiences, for you to analyse and learn from.


You’ll experience a wide range of assessments methods, including written and oral examinations, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), assignment presentations, written assessments, portfolio assessments and an examination of your use of Safe Medicate – an online medicine calculation tool.

You’ll have frequent opportunities to receive feedback through formative assessments, so you can understand your strengths and the areas you need to focus on to develop your knowledge and skills.

Optional Study abroad or Placement Year

Towards the end of your second year you’ll have the chance to complete a three-week elective placement of your choosing, either in the UK or overseas. Elective placements are fully self-funded, but we can put you in touch with organisations that will help you plan your elective experience.

After the course

Our rigorous and respected programme means you will graduate ready to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMW) and begin a successful and rewarding career as a registered midwife. The training you receive will be well regarded by NHS Trusts, so you can look forward to a lifelong role caring for women and their families during pregnancy, at the time of their babies’ birth, and in the postnatal period.

Registered Midwives are required to keep a portfolio to demonstrate that their skills and knowledge are up to date with continuing professional development, and this forms part of the NMC’s revalidation requirements to remain on the professional register.

Career destinations

NHS Midwife in a hospital or community setting

Specialist opportunities – e.g. diabetes, vulnerable/disadvantaged women, fetal medicine

Consultant midwife

Midwifery educationalist or researcher

Independent midwife (midwives are autonomous practitioners and may work independently of the NHS)

The Armed Forces

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Course Modules 2019/0

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module is centred around facilitating a seamless transition into University life and ensuring that you feel welcomed, valued and comfortable in your new learning arena. Once these things are in place, you will be in a good place to learn. This process will start even before your module starts with a "meet and greet" event usually the weekend before your start date. Throughout this module you will be introduced to healthcare and midwifery practice. You will be given opportunities to explore the foundations of all areas of midwifery practice, and will discover a wealth of knowledge and understanding which is based on sound underpinning evidence. You will begin with a broad overview of midwifery to help you contextualise modern day midwifery practice. You will then be guided through the physical and psychological processes involved in childbearing and early days of parenthood. You will learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and skill development sessions. Sessions will be interactive and will include appropriate levels of fun, as well as hard work and serious reflection when required. With the underpinning theory gained form your first theory block you will be placed in one of our local Trust provider units and will work closely with a qualified midwifery mentor. This is where all the learning starts to come together and the practice element will support the theme of midwifery led care and 'normality'. Your first block of practice will facilitate your progression from participant observer to supervised participant.




Interprofessional collaboration and working is proven to improve outcomes in health and social care. In this module you'll meet and work with others from across healthcare programmes at UEA in a 2 hour learning event. You will explore how teams can work in different scenarios where the focus is on cognitive impairment and communication difficulties across the lifespan. You'll begin to reflect on your personal and professional development, and begin to explore how you will collaborate and work with other professions to provide integrated person-centred care. In the 2 hour session you will also have the opportunity to become a Dementia Friend. You'll also have the option to complete a Reflective Workbook to guide your foundational learning on Dementia Awareness and Learning Disability Awareness. You will be assessed on this through a set of multiple choice questions.




The focus of theoretical content will be on identifying frameworks and models of health promotion and their application to midwifery and additional content. You will be encouraged to develop a critical stance to your own understanding of a wide range of material. Clinical practice allocation will provide opportunity for you to link theoretical concepts studied in the module to your practical experiences. On successful completion, you will have developed core knowledge and skills to take your study of midwifery to the next level of the programme.



Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


This 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. It 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 your 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.




This module spans 22 weeks from mid September until the beginning of February. 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. Practice allocation consists of ante-natal, post-natal and neonatal clinical experience. Total module hours 750 comprising: Theory (contact, directed study and personal study time) 300 hours (40 days) Theory (personal study days in practice) 37.5 hours (five days) Practice 412.5 hours (55 days) Vacation 75 hours (over two weeks) The module aims to provide you with the opportunity to: #Demonstrate the ability to participate in multidisciplinary and multiagency working when caring for women with complex social and health care needs in a range of settings #Show knowledge and understanding of the need to work in partnership with women, in order to monitor and evaluate programmes of care and make appropriate referral to others with specialist skills and expertise #Demonstrate understanding of the interplay between social and health factors, which may have an adverse effect on maternal, fetal and neonatal outcomes.



Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


This is the first module in the final year of the programme and introduces you to practising at the level of competence. The module builds on the learning from years one and two and prepares you for practising at the level of competence with recognition as a newborn and infant physiological examiner. Preparation for qualified practitioner status, clinical assessment, decision-making and risk assessment skills and underpinning neonatal physiological assessment will be the focus. Practice allocations continue with an intrapartum focus. Content will focus on further developing your skills in providing quality midwifery care together with preparing you to undertake the holistic assessment of the newborn by developing your underpinning knowledge and skills in neonatal and infant physiological examination. Theory will focus your attention on graduate skills of clinical decision making, national policy guidelines and care pathways. Anatomy and physiology together with the neonatal and infant physiological examination will give you in depth understanding to begin your development of these clinical assessment skills. Opportunity will be afforded for you to explore and apply evidence to wider practice issues such as working with outside agencies and referrals, risk assessment, managing complaints and incident reporting as well as visits to other clinical areas e.g. neonatal intensive care and paediatric follow up clinics. Practice in newborn and infant physiological assessment will be under the supervision of an appropriately qualified practitioner. It is expected you will demonstrate your knowledge, skills and attributes in this area of practice through the completion of the NIPE formative assessment tool. All examinations undertaken as part of your skills development in NIPE should be kept within your portfolio. There is an expectation that you undertake a minimum of 10 NIPE examinations before commencing formative assessment at competent level.




This final module of the programme enables you to consolidate theory and practical knowledge gained over the three years, whilst continuing the development of skills for lifelong learning. It will develop your understanding of the meaning and implications of being a midwife and neonatal and infant examination practitioner and will be applied to professional practice at this level. The practice element will facilitate progression from supervised practitioner to competence in preparation for working in an autonomous role at the point of registration. This module develops and enables you to become competent practitioners at the point of registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This module will consolidate your acquired knowledge and practice skills, you will build on the development of clinical decision making through leadership. You will have the opportunity to analyse how the micro and macro organisation of maternity services influence practice development and how consumer voices can be represented in driving practice forward. Evidence based content will draw on the use of evidence to support innovations in practice. Simulated midwifery/newborn emergencies, will enable you to recognise, manage, implement appropriate action and review your practice, developing you as an autonomous practitioner. 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 your experiences, cases will also add to your practice abilities. This module will prepare you to apply service innovation processes in the context of delivering midwifery care for women and families with varying health and social needs and to varied population groups. The practice component of the module will afford you opportunity to achieve competency in the Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) through formative assessment.




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. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level ABB or BBB with an A in the Extended Project
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points
  • Scottish Highers AAABB
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BCC
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 3 subjects at H2 and 3 subjects at H3
  • BTEC DDM in a Health, Care or Science subject
  • European Baccalaureate 75%

Entry Requirement

Along with one of the qualifications above, you’ll need to hold GCSEs at grade 4 or grade C in English Language and Mathematics. A GCSE in a science subject at grade 4 or C will also strengthen your application. Please note that we are unable to accept Adult Numeracy or Literacy, Key Skills, City & Guilds, Functional Skills, BTEC Level 2 or Access to HE credits in lieu of GCSEs. If you hold alternative qualifications and would like to know if we’ll consider these in place of GCSEs, please contact the Admissions Service to enquire further (

Although not a requirement, a science subject at A level will strengthen your application (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Human Biology, PE or Mathematics). Please note that we don’t consider Psychology to be a science for this purpose.

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

Other Qualifications

We’d encourage an application if you hold or are working towards one of the following qualifications:

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

Bachelor Degree (hons)

2.1, or 2.2 with ABB at A level

CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education (Early Years Educator)


CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development, or Children and Young People's Workforce, or Health and Social Care (including Technical Level)


Certificate of Higher Education

60% with ABB at A level

City & Guilds Advanced Extended Diploma in Health and Care (Health or Care pathway)


Diploma of Higher Education

60% with ABB at A level

Foundation Degree in a Health, Care or Science subject


Foundation Year in a Health, Care or Science subject


Open University (60 credits) in a Health, Care or Science subject



Along with one of these qualifications, you’ll need to hold GCSEs at grade 4 or grade C in English Language and Mathematics. A GCSE in a science subject at grade 4 or C will also strengthen your application. Please note that we are unable to accept Adult Numeracy or Literacy, Key Skills, City & Guilds, Functional Skills, BTEC Level 2 or Access to HE credits in lieu of GCSEs. If you hold alternative qualifications and would like to know if we’ll consider these in place of GCSEs, please contact the Admissions Service to enquire further (

We do not consider Apprenticeships, NVQs (any level) or Work-based Level 3 Diplomas (previously NVQs) to meet the minimum academic entry requirements, although these can be used as evidence of recent study. Please note that we’ll be unable to consider you for this course if you’ve obtained an academic fail from a previous health based degree programme, including where an exit award has been achieved.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of English language proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening at the following level:

IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in each component)

We will accept a number of English language qualifications to meet this requirement. Review our English Language Equivalences here.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

Pre-sessional English at INTO UEA

English for University Study at INTO UEA


The strongest applicants will be invited to interview. Due to the competition for places on this course, please note that meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements will not guarantee that you will be selected for interview.

We interview using a ‘multiple mini interview’ format. You will spend approximately 7 minutes at each of four different ‘interview stations’ as part of this process. The interviews will explore a range of issues, including your suitability for the profession and the NHS values (as reflected in the NHS constitution).

Please note that we do not disclose interview questions. You can find further information about the interview day on our HSC Interview Days page.

Gap Year

We’ll welcome an application from you if you’ve already taken or intend to take a gap year. We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. If you’re intending to apply with deferred entry, you are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to do this when you apply. Please contact the Admissions Service ( if you would like to discuss this further.

Special Entry Requirements

We’d prefer you to be able to demonstrate evidence of recent formal academic study within 5 years of the start of the course. This is to ensure that you're equipped to succeed on this academically rigorous programme. If you have not studied for an academic qualification within the last 5 years please contact our Admissions Service ( to enquire further. 

We’ll look to consider your motivation to study this course, as well as whether you have a clear understanding of the profession (ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in health care), and an interest in people.

Offers to successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory occupational health check, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring check (formerly CRB) and two satisfactory references.

We want you to succeed, and we’ll only consider making you an offer if we believe that you’ll have the potential to complete the course with a good final degree classification.

If you’ve applied for this course before and have been unsuccessful, please note that we’ll only consider applications for two consecutive cycles. We’d advise that you take a year to consider your options and gain further experience before reapplying for a third time.

The Admissions Service will be happy to provide you with advice on further study, if required, that can help you make a future application to the course. Please contact us ( with any questions or if you need any further information.



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

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

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