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 in the UK's top 15 for nursing (The Complete University Guide 2020) 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.

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 related costs

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Course Modules 2020/1

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 focuses upon women and families with complex social and health care 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 that affect the mother 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 explored. The strength of evidence which supports best practice will be evaluated. Practice allocation depends on the placement circuit, it consists of: antenatal, postnatal, neonatal, community and intrapartum care experiences.



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, 3 subjects at H3
  • 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 DDM in Health, Care or Science
  • European Baccalaureate 75%

Entry Requirement

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

Bachelor Degree (hons)

2.1, or 2.2 with BBB at A level

Certificate of Higher Education

60% with BBB at A level

Diploma of Higher Education


Foundation Degree in a Health, Care or Science subject

60% with BBB at A level

Foundation Year of an undergraduate degree programme at a UK university, in a Health, Care or Science subject

65% with BBB at A level

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


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)


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



UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher level. Please email if you would like to check whether any particular combination of qualifications would be suitable for entry onto this degree programme.

Please note that we do not consider A levels in General Studies or Critical Thinking, 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.

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

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including reading, writing, speaking and listening):

IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in each component)

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


The strongest applicants will be invited to interview. Please note that meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements will not guarantee that you will be selected for interview.

The interviews will explore a range of issues, including your suitability for the profession and the NHS values (as reflected in the NHS constitution). 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.

Please note that we do not disclose interview questions. You can find further information about the interview process here:

School of Health Sciences - Interviews

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. If you’re planning to apply with deferred entry, you are advised to indicate your reason for this on your UCAS application.

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 email to enquire further. 

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

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.

If necessary, the Admissions Service will be happy to provide you with advice on further study that might help you to make a future application to the course. Please email with any questions or if you need any further information.


The annual intake is in September each year.

GCSE Offer

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 at GCSE.

We can also consider Functional Skills Level 2 Mathematics, Essential Skills Wales L2 Application of Number or Essential Skills Northern Ireland L2 Application of Number instead of GCSE Mathematics.

Course Open To

UK and EU applicants.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students

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. 

You can find all of the Undergraduate Scholarships offered at UEA here, including information about eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

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 application 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 is sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14.


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