Midwifery BSc (Hons)

Course type: Single Honours,
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:All candidates for the Pre-Registration Midwifery programme are required to meet or exceed Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements, including literacy and numeracy skills. A variety of entry qualifications are accepted and can be found on the school webpage.
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University Clinical Education Centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital and Keele University main campus
Subject Area: Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Course Overview

The Midwifery programme is designed to focus on gaining the knowledge, clinical skills, and critical and reflective perspectives required to provide excellent care for all women and newborn babies and to optimise women’s positive experience of childbirth in all situations.

Students develop into independent learners through a programme of study which combines classroom-based, directed and self-directed learning with full engagement in clinical care, under supervision, to women during their childbirth experience.

In the first year, you will develop the foundation for a comprehensive understanding of the physiological, psychological, social, and public health dimensions of normal pregnancy and childbirth. You will gain insight into the importance of communication for effective caring and professional relationships and begin to explore research evidence as the basis for providing optimal care. You will experience providing care to pregnant women at all stages of pregnancy and in a range of contexts: women’s own homes; clinics in the community; hospital; and the midwifery birth centre.

This initial foundation will be built on as the course progresses and knowledge is developed about conditions that may complicate pregnancy, the impact of these on women, babies, and other family members and the skills and the multidisciplinary teamwork required to manage them effectively. The final part of the programme will prepare you for assuming full responsibility as a qualified midwife.

Single Honours

For details on Midwifery course structure please see the page 9 of the Course Information Document.

Course workload

Contact Time is intended to provide you with an indication of the type of activity you are likely to undertake during the programme. The data is compiled based on module choices and learning patterns of students on similar programmes in previous years. Every effort is made to ensure this data is a realistic representation of what you are likely to experience, but changes to programmes, teaching methods and assessment methods mean this data is representative and not specific.

The figures below are an example of activities that you may expect on your chosen course by year/stage of study. Contact time includes scheduled activities such as: lecture, seminar, tutorial, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and labs, supervised time in labs/workshop, fieldwork and external visits. The figures are calculated based on a standard measure of 1,200 hours of student effort each year for full-time students on degree courses.

Year 1

  • Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities - 21%
  • Guided Independent Study - 28%
  • Placements - 51%

Year 2

  • Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities - 19%
  • Guided Independent Study - 24%
  • Placements - 57%

Year 3

  • Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities - 19%
  • Guided Independent Study - 24%
  • Placements - 57%


Skills and Careers

All modules integrate theory and practice elements, each year of study encompasses learning organised to reflect the standards for admission to the Nursing and Midwifery Council professional register.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Midwifery with Foundation Year: B721 View Unistats for this course

can be combined with:

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Study abroad

You are unable to study abroad for this course, but there is a self-funded elective period within the programme when you can elect to explore women’s health locally, nationally or internationally.


This subject/programme is accredited by the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

To be awarded the relevant BSc (Hons) Midwifery award and to be eligible to apply for entry to the NMC Professional Register, the student must have:

  • Met the attendance requirements of the curriculum. A student who has not achieved the minimum professional requirement during the Programme will be required to make up time in placement and demonstrate sufficient evidence of engagement with the theoretical content to meet the minimum professional requirements. Students who do not achieve the minimum professional requirements will make up the requisite time at the end of their final year. Bursary payments will not be paid to students making up time at the end of the programme;
  • Have experienced a range of placements and met the relevant EU requirements for registration;
  • Passed all theory and practice assessments for all modules;
  • Have a declaration of good health and good character signed by the Lead Midwife for
  • Education.

All modules are compulsory and are to be undertaken in sequence. Entry to a subsequent module is dependent on successful completion of the previous module and achievement of the progression point.

Find out more about the course

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF)