BSc Midwifery (Shortened)


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Midwifery is a privileged and in demand career that allows you to care for pregnant women and their families before, during and after childbirth. With the NHS Constitution at its core, this accelerated 84-week degree provides rigorous training, fantastic placement opportunities and is fully approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).


Do you have the qualities, values and attitude to become a Midwife? We are looking for Adult Nurses with current NMC Registration, who are highly motivated, academically able, and caring individuals to join this excellent programme.

Is this course for me?

The role of the midwife is to provide support and care to women and their partners during pregnancy, birth, and the early weeks of parenthood. As a midwife you will be the lead professional when care is uncomplicated but you will also be a core member of the multidisciplinary team. This course provides a robust approach to learning due to its close links to developing the application of theory and practice and assimilating your existing experience, knowledge and skills into practicing midwifery.

The programme we offer provides an integrated set of learning experiences to enable you to meet the health and social needs of women and their families during their pregnancy, birth and early weeks afterwards. As part of our recruitment process, the values of the NHS Constitution will be explored at interview, with successful candidates demonstrating how these are reflected in their own beliefs. 

This Midwifery Degree (shortened) course is fully approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Our graduates:

  • Provide contemporary midwifery care
  • Are sensitive, empathetic and responsive in their practice
  • Empower women and their families to make the best choices to attain optimal health
  • Make sensitive, respectful and responsive care integral to their practice
  • Value the journey with women, fathers and their families through pregnancy to parenthood

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We offer Open Sessions run by the Course Director for those interested in knowing more about the course.

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Course Modules 2018/9

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


Complex Care module spans 31 weeks (weeks 27-57) and is the second module in the 84 week preregistration midwifery program. It consists of 6 weeks theory, 2 weeks personal study time, and 4 vacation weeks. The module provides theory which supports the placements of the Professional Practice II module which runs in parallel. The content will include the most common medical conditions and how they impact upon pregnancy, childbirth and the neonate, and how pregnancy impacts upon the medical conditions. Content will also include the complications which may arise during pregnancy, the intrapartum and postnatal period and the knowledge and skills necessary to recognise ill health and the deterioration across the childbearing period. Similarly, complications arising in the fetus will be followed through to care of the neonate in the Neonatal Unit, transitional care or postnatal ward and home. Emphasis will be placed on how to diminish the effects of separation when it is not possible to care for mother and baby in the same home, unit or NHS Trust. Students will continue to develop the ability to critically evaluate and develop critiquing skills of research studies. Rationale The module builds on knowledge and skills acquired across the previous modules, Normality and Public Health and Professional Practice I, and brings these together in a manner which prepares the student for competent practice acknowledging the NMC requirement to be autonomous at the point of registration and able to lead on normal midwifery practice while safely recognising and managing complex matters within the multidisciplinary team with the support of an expert. Theory and practice will enable the student to apply the knowledge of the parameters of normal childbirth in order to recognise the impact of complications, medical conditions and ill health during maternity and neonatal care. Students will also gain experience of the necessity for specific management with multi-speciality input and how the midwife works with the multi professional team. This will enable the student to consider how the midwife may facilitate the development of woman centred, evidence based midwifery practice within the context of complex clinical situations. The module aims will provide the student with the opportunity to: #Demonstrate a detailed knowledge base of the factors which may have an adverse effect on maternal, fetal and neonatal outcomes #Examine the need for effective teamwork when caring for women and babies who have complex health needs #Examine the use of care pathways for women and babies who have complex health needs, to maximise health outcomes and limit deterioration. #Evaluate evidence from a range of sources in order to provide shared decision-making between professionals and users #In complex clinical situations demonstrate clinical decision-making and the use of problem solving skills #Demonstrate self-awareness and self-direction in relation to independent learning and to professional development.




The module provides learning which supports the final stage of the programme including the placements of the module Professional Practice III which runs in parallel. We will prepare you to take the lead role in normal midwifery while also having the opportunity to review your role and responsibilities in childbearing emergencies in the context of holistic practice and being a competent practitioner. A balance is struck between scenario based learning and simulation with computer sensitive equipment to analyse performance for such emergencies while also engaging with workshops to support your ability to lead competently on the management of normal birth. Both aspects are brought together through the consideration of supporting evidence and the statutory and legal frameworks for practice.




This focus is on building upon the student's prior knowledge and experience while facilitating them to assimilate these existing skills into a midwifery context. It is designed to expand the student's knowledge of biosciences, psychological, social, professional and political influences of care delivery and relate these to a maternity setting. The module focuses on the anatomical and physiological changes of direct relevance to childbearing and how progress of fetal, maternal and neonatal health is assessed and monitored through effective programmes of care. The principles of public health will be made explicit and will reflect both midwifery led approaches and multi-professional working strategies to provide meaningful family centred care. The role of research in providing evidence based care will be introduced. It will consider working with disadvantaged families to improve the health, well-being and confidence in parenting. This includes domestic violence, safeguarding and developing delivery of care across professional and organisational boundaries. Local established public health programmes and national initiatives will be explored. The learning objectives of this module are to: #Recognise the statutory framework and aspects of midwifery practice which are governed by the NMC Rules and Standards (2012) and The Code (NMC 2008) and be able to demonstrate the implications of these rules for women, families and for the provision of midwifery led care #Use evidence to underpin midwifery practice and develop skill in core processes #Consider government policy and national standards for providing normal midwifery care in a manner which shows application when planning the context of the care in relation to the lives of women and their families #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 principles of public health and 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 professionals and organisations, consider when these can impact positively on the health of women and families. Draw on government reports, which highlight inequalities in health, and their impact on childbearing, and is able to demonstrate application when engaging with assessment, planning, implementation and evaluating midwifery care #Preparation in the foundation of knowledge and skills for Professional Practice I Module.




This is a practice Module and uses a Hub and Spoke approach to placement. Community provides the Hub with experience on the Midwifery Led Birth Unit (MLBU) or Labour Ward as a significant spoke. Students will be expected to seek out additional learning opportunities via the identified spokes to other clinical areas, services, organisations and agencies as well as specialist practitioners. This will enable students to appreciate and participate in care outside the role of the midwife which enhances the care women receive in the maternity services and expands their ability to apply theory to practice within the placement areas. The Learning Objectives are through Themes which contain learning outcomes and are assessed at "Supervised Practitioner" level. Supervised practitioner level is defined as: the student is able to demonstrate active participation in normal midwifery care and is able to begin to initiate appropriate midwifery care following clinical assessment. The student may revert to earlier role behaviour in new situations. Levels of performance in skill development The student has received instruction underpinning the skill, observed the procedure in the practice setting and has performed the skill on a number of occasions and requires minimal supervision. Themes to be assessed Community: A, B, D, F, G, H, M, N, O, Intrapartum: C, E, O A. Written and verbal communication B. Midwifery practice of antenatal care C. Midwifery practice of intrapartum care D Midwifery practice of postnatal care E. Midwifery practice of newborn care F. Population health-creating healthy communities G. Professional attributes for midwifery practice H. Providing care for families which reflects the changing dynamics encountered in modern society J. Practising infection prevention standards within midwifery care K. Safe medicine management in midwifery practice L. Immediate management of emergency care for women and babies during childbearing M. Risk and safety awareness in midwifery practice N. Inter-professional/inter-agency practice within maternity services O. Baby Friendly initiative The Interpersonal attributes element assesses the student's development in communication and team working. The element is summatively assessed within the practice assessment. Pass in portfolio requirements, see Practice Assessment Guidance documentation for further details. All sections of the assessment need to be completed. The award of a fail in any Learning Outcome would constitute a fail for the whole practice assessment for the placement. Descriptors for grading are given in the Practice Assessment Document and the final numerical grade is given by the Mentor. The students are expected to achieve the standard of 'Supervised Practitioner' (NMC 2009).




This practice based module spans 19 weeks, between weeks 27 and 57 of the programme. There are two placement Hubs in this module which cover the hospital-based spectrum of care namely: the antenatal and postnatal services (13 weeks) and delivery suite (7 weeks) with a (1 week) Spoke on the neonatal unit. In one Trust the antenatal and postnatal services are in two distinct areas of learning. These are managed by dividing the learning outcomes between the two areas and not duplicating any to reduce repetition. Students will be expected to seek out additional learning opportunities via the Spokes indicated within other clinical areas and with specialist practitioners. This will enable them to appreciate and participate in care outside the role of the midwife which enhances the care women receive in the maternity services and expand their ability to apply theory to practice within the placement areas. The assessment of practice process incorporates the required NMC Skills Clusters and Ongoing Record of Achievement. The Practice Assessment for PPI and PPII must be completed by the first progression point which is set as 12 weeks from the end of this module. Whilst on placement students will take 8 hours each week towards portfolio development and reflective time as part of their clinical hours. During the antenatal ward placement there will be opportunities for spoke visits to other areas of the antenatal services, some examples are: antenatal clinic, day assessment unit and fetal medicine unit. During the postnatal ward placement there will be opportunities for spoke visits to other areas of the postnatal services, some examples include: the Neonatal Outreach Team, neonatal audiology clinic, tongue tie clinic, neonatal ophthalmic clinic, obstetric physiotherapy, anti-coagulation and deep vein thrombosis clinic. The learning objectives of this module are to: provide students with the placement experience to enable them to develop women-centred, evidence-based midwifery practice, within the context of complex clinical situations and complex care.




There are two placement Hubs - Labour Ward and Community. You will be expected to seek out additional learning opportunities within a range of identified Spokes to other clinical areas, organisations, agencies and specialist practitioners. This will enable you to appreciate and participate in care outside the role of the midwife. This ultimately enhances the care women receive in the maternity services and expands your ability to apply theory to practice within the placement areas. The assessment of practice process incorporates the required Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Skills Clusters and Ongoing Record of Achievement. The module practice outcomes for sign-off of all programme requirements in practice must be completed within 12 weeks of the end of the module. Whilst on placement you will take 8 hours each week towards portfolio development and reflective time. The recognition and midwifery management of obstetric emergencies will be a strong focus of this module. The module will enable you to explore midwifery working practices and how to manage a caseload and a shift. By the end of Professional Practice III you will be moving towards professional autonomy - integrating and synthesising all elements of academic work and practice in order to achieve the NMC Competencies. The Holistic Practice module continues to explore further complexities of midwifery care and the challenges in practice that a midwife may encounter recognising that professional competence is complex and multifaceted. It also brings the elements together enabling you to lead on normal childbearing. Hence it provides the necessary skills and theoretical input to enable you to the point of competent practice in your placements. Professional Practice III will allow you to apply all the theory you have learnt into meaningful midwifery practice. As Professional Practice III is one of the final modules of the programme, you will use your developed cognitive processes to apply knowledge and skills acquired in Modules I and II in order to assume the responsibility and accountability of midwife upon qualification.




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.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

All applicants must meet the below criteria to be considered:

  • Be a registered Adult Nurse with current NMC registration
  • Have achieved GCSE (or equivalent) English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 or grade C
  • Hold a Diploma in Higher Education or Bachelors degree

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 speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in any 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:

Pre-sessional English at INTO UEA

English for University Study at INTO UEA


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.

Special Entry Requirements

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.

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 have 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, and enhanced Disclosure (formerly CRB), two satisfactory references and eligibility for NHS funding.


The course will start in September and is a full-time 84 week course.

Course Open To

UK and EU applicants only.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

September 2018 Entry

Students starting in September 2018 will receive a training salary during the programme. It is anticipated the training salary will be equivalent to a Mid Band 5, Point 19 Registered Nurse salary, determined by the commissioning partners.

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students

How to Apply

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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