Midwifery* BSc (Hons) – 2016 entry

What I enjoy most about the programme is being able to learn the theory and reasoning behind our practice and then put that knowledge to use, improving the care experience for women.

What you'll study

There are few professions as rewarding as being a midwife. As a student midwife at Surrey, you will benefit from studying at one of the UK’s top universities for nursing, midwifery and paramedical programmes, and join a leading local NHS Trust for your practice experience.

*Please note, the official title of this programme is BSc (Hons) Midwifery: Registered Midwife

Programme overview

On our Midwifery degree, you will be taught by experienced and passionate midwives who are actively engaged in research and closely involved with midwifery colleagues in practice.

Our programme is equally divided between academic learning and practical experience. You will study a broad range of scientific and midwifery topics and will be taught to critically evaluate the evidence-based learning and research findings underpinning practice. You will develop a responsive attitude to the needs of childbearing women and their families, reflected in your capacity to assess these needs, make judgements, and plan, implement and evaluate care.

During the course, you will gain experience of delivering care to individual women throughout the antenatal, labour and postnatal period. You will also develop and display the values required in modern healthcare and within the NHS Constitution, including compassion, kindness, empathy, advocacy, good communication and teamwork skills, and respect for women’s privacy, dignity and individuality.

We strive to develop competent midwives able to utilise evidence-based practice, and will ensure that you are prepared to practise safely and effectively, within the proficiencies laid down by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Our teaching will facilitate critical thinking and problem solving skills, and your ability to reflect on midwifery practice. As a result, you will develop the capacity to contribute to the wider healthcare agenda of clinical effectiveness, clinical governance and public health.

As a Midwifery student at Surrey, you’ll be a valued member of the School of Health Sciences. The School is home to innovative research and teaching, and inspiring, passionate staff.  The School aims to nurture the UK’s most dynamic, effective and caring health professionals.  You will learn the most up-to-date and innovative practice from world leading experts in the fields of eHealth and care ethics. You will also be prepared for a professional life within health services that deliver integrated care and put the patient at the heart of all health and care practice. 

Read about the experience of Midwifery student Laura Pitfield.

Programme structure

Modules Credits Optional/Compulsary
Year 1    
Skills for Midwifery Practice  15 C
Concepts of Caring 15 C
Physical Health Sciences  15 C
Understanding Research and Evidenced Based Practice  15 C
Politics, Philosophy and Practice of Midwifery  15 C
Scientific Basis of Midwifery 15 C
Essential Midwifery Practice 30 C
Year 2    
Appreciating Complex Midwifery Care      15 C
Midwifery Emergencies  15 C
 Innovation and Leadership   15 C
Perinatal Mental Health   15 C
Developing Midwifery Practice 60 C
Year 3    
Research for Professional Practice 30 C
Broader Context of Midwifery      15 C
Sexual and Reproductive Health  15 C
Becoming an Autonomous Practitioner   60 C

Professional recognition

Successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Midwifery programme will make you eligible to apply for professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The programme has been accredited by the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative for excellence in infant feeding education. This means our graduating midwives are equipped with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to support breastfeeding women and help all parents make informed decisions about feeding their babies.

Professional training and placements

Surrey students are allocated a ‘home’ NHS Trust in Surrey or West Sussex for their practice experience. Before going out into midwifery practice, you will undertake training within our well-equipped simulation suites to ensure that you have the confidence to perform well.

During each placement, you will work with qualified midwives over a range of shifts, acquiring skills essential for you to provide the highest quality care. You will be supported by clinical and academic staff throughout each placement. Very positive experiences in practice often lead to our students obtaining employment in their Trusts at the end of the programme.


A variety of teaching methods is employed to spark your curiosity and provide a stimulating learning experience. These include lectures, computer-assisted learning, enquiry-based learning, small group work, simulation and directed reading. Extensive learning takes place in the practice settings, facilitated by mentors.

For some modules, you will learn alongside students from other healthcare programmes, which will enable you to develop an understanding of the importance of inter-professional team working.


A mixture of continuous assessment and examinations are used to assess both theoretical work and practical experience. Over the three years, you will build up a portfolio of your achievements and progress, reflecting your fitness for practice. Your learning is supported by our well-equipped library and computer facilities, and you will be allocated your own personal tutor for support and guidance.

Career opportunities

There are numerous employment opportunities for qualified midwives, both in the UK and internationally. Many of our graduates are initially employed by the NHS Trust where they had their practice experience, before going on to further studies and employment.

Midwives can choose to work in both community and hospital settings, and can further their careers by developing specialist expertise in a range of areas, such as family planning and managing pregnancy in women with long-term conditions. There are also opportunities in education and mentoring, management and research to improve midwifery practice. For more information about careers, visit the NHS careers website.

Following qualification, a midwife can elect to work in NHS Trusts offering differing models of care delivery. The opportunity to develop specialist skills in maternity care is also available. The introduction of the consultant midwife enables an experienced practitioner to further utilise their knowledge, skills and considerable experience to best effect, in order to influence change and improve care for women and their families.

Programme dates and holidays

The three-year programme runs over 45 weeks each year, with seven weeks’ holiday, usually at Christmas, Easter and during the summer. The length of the programme year and the holiday entitlement are requirements of the professional regulator for midwifery education.

Graduate prospects

Our Midwifery graduates have excellent career prospects and many students secure employment with their ‘home’ Trust following graduation.

Registered practitioners

If you are a registered practitioner looking for an undergraduate programme to further your learning, please visit our Continuing Professional Development page.

2016 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?


Grades required - ABB

We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Grades required - DDD

European Baccalaureate

74% mark required

International Baccalaureate

34 points required

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

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Required subjects

GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above (equivalents for GCSE Science only may be considered). A relevant science A-level is desirable.

Selection process


Admissions staff will review the information provided within the personal statement and reference to assess applications for evidence of academic ability, insight and motivation. Relevant experience in a healthcare setting and/or evidence of other involvement in the community (for example, school, voluntary or charity responsibilities) is required. Personal statements should be comprehensive, with correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview and selection day.

Interview and selection day

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) will be conducted by University academics, assisted by staff from clinical practice areas. Applicants selected to attend one of our interview days will be sent detailed guidance on the process with their invitation.

Admission to this programme is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) Section 4 (2) (Exemptions) Order 1975 and DHSS Circular HC(88)9 guidelines regarding police checks and child protection. Offers are conditional upon satisfactory health and fitness for practice screening, references and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance, or equivalent. Candidates must also meet national requirements to work with vulnerable adults and children. 

Other entry requirements

Admission is also subject to NHS eligibility for the programme. Further information on eligibility is available at www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students. Proof of eligibility is normally required prior to interview. 

Candidates should have the ability to follow a shift pattern covering 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and be able to meet travel requirements. Candidates are encouraged to gain practical work experience in a healthcare setting prior to undertaking the programme. All programmes and places are subject to commissioned numbers. All applicants should be able to demonstrate evidence of completed academic study within the last five years. Applicants will also demonstrate the values required for health professional practice and stated within the NHS Constitution, such as honesty, integrity and compassion.

The Department of Health requires all midwifery students to be tested for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C during the induction week. Those testing positive would be subject to Department of Health guidelines for entry to the programme.  

English language requirements

7.0 IELTS minimum overall (or equivalent)

7.0  IELTS minimum in each sub-skill (or equivalent)

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from our International Foundation Year.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years B711 View KIS data set

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NHS-funded programmes

NHS funding is available to UK/EU undergraduate students who meet NHS funding requirements. These students would therefore not be personally liable for payment of tuition fees. No self-funding applicants can be considered.

For further details about the NHS Student Bursary Scheme or to obtain a bursary estimate please visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students.

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Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

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Why Surrey?

  • Strong scientific and clinical foundations prepare you to practise with confidence
  • Our nursing and midwifery programmes ranked second in both the Complete University Guide 2016 and The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016
  • Opportunities for an elective practice learning experience, either in the UK or abroad
  • The NHS funds our Midwifery programme, so students have no tuition fees to pay Our well-equipped simulation suite facilitates a range of teaching and learning opportunities to prepare students for the demands of clinical practice
  • Clinical skills are taught and practised from the beginning of the programme
  • Opportunities for an elective practice learning experience, either in the UK or abroad
  • Placements will be across a range of hospital and community settings within both the NHS and the independent sector
  • Our programme is accredited by the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative for excellence in infant feeding education

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