BSc Midwifery


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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

Course related costs

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Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


This 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 andquot;meet and greetandquot; event usually the weekend before your start date. You will be introduced to healthcare and midwifery practice and will be given opportunities to explore the foundations of all areas of midwifery practice. You 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.




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


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.






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. In 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 commensurate with the neonatal and infant physiological examination will give you in depth understanding to begin your development of these clinical assessment skills. You will be given the opportunity 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 Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (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
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BCC
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AABBBB or 3 subjects at H2 and 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 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 grade 4 or grade C 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 4 or grade C in English Language/Literature, Mathematics and a Science.

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. 2.2 with ABB at A-level
CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education (Early Years Educator) A
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) A
Certificate of Higher Education 60% with ABB at A-level
City & Guilds Advanced Extended Diploma in Health and Care (Health or Care pathway) Distinction
Diploma of Higher Education 60% with ABB at A-level
Foundation Degree in a Health, Care or Science subject 65%
Foundation Year in a Health, Care or Science subject 75%
Open University (60 credits) in a Health, Care or Science subject 60%


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. We will also not consider an applicant who has an academic fail from a health based degree programme, including where an exit award has been achieved.

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)

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

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not yet 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:

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

The interview lasts approximately 40 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 7 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 inthe 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 office ( 

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 Office can also give you advice on further study, if required, that can help you make a future application to the course.

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

Applicants will only be considered for 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.



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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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