Midwifery (Registered Midwife) BSc (Hons) – 2019 entry
Why choose this course
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 health sciences, nursing and midwifery, and join a leading local NHS trust for your practice experience.
Surrey is one of the UK’s top universities for nursing and midwifery, ranked 4th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2019 and in the top 10 of The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
You will benefit from access to first-class facilities. Simulation is embedded in all our healthcare programmes and you will develop vital clinical skills in our advanced Simulation Suite.
What you will study
On our BSc Midwifery: Registered Midwife course, you will gain experience of delivering care to individual women throughout the antenatal, labour and postnatal period.
Our course 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 their needs, make judgements, and plan, implement and evaluate care.
Registered practitioners: If you are a registered practitioner looking for an undergraduate programme to further your learning, please visit our continuing professional development page.
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BSc (Hons) - Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified midwife.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Our midwifery graduates have excellent career prospects. There are numerous employment opportunities for qualified midwives, both in the UK and internationally. Many of our graduates secure employment with their ‘home’ trust following graduation, 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, 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.
Are you curious about life as a midwifery student? Read our ‘Week in the life’ feature to discover what a typical week looks like for a first-year midwifery student.
All midwifery programmes consist of approximately 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice. The practice component is gained within ‘placements’.
Surrey midwifery students are allocated a ‘home’ NHS trust in a specific locality in Surrey, Sussex, North Hampshire or East Berkshire. 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.
Further information about localities and accommodation
Further information about localities and accommodation opportunities within each of the localities is provided to you at the start of the programme and within local induction to the practice environments.
The accommodation provision varies between the localities and usually comprises students organising privately rented flat-sharing or house-sharing via local agents.
Students should expect to travel to and from placements for the start times of shifts (which can be as early as 7am) and back home when they finish (which can be after 9pm). Night duty is a requirement of the programme.
The theory component of the programme is taught on the University campus in Guildford for all students, irrespective of locality, for the duration of the midwifery programmes.
Process for student allocation to placement
There are limited placements within each hospital, so each new intake of students must be divided up between hospitals to ensure a high-quality practice experience for all.
A priority system exists when allocating students to ensure the needs of those students with specific geographical requirements are met as much as possible within the limited capacity in each location.
The priority system identifies the following:
- Sponsored students are placed within the hospital where the sponsoring trust has placements.
- Students with dependents are placed in the hospital nearest to their home address, as far as capacity allows.
- Students living in their own homes (or the parental home) at the start of the programme are placed in a hospital as near to their home address as possible, as far as capacity allows.
- Students who opt to live in University accommodation are allocated to the nearest possible locality to their address, dependant on capacity and availability.
Placements may still be some distance from your home, and you will be expected to travel to placements within a commutable distance of the allocated locality in order to meet the practice component of the nursing course.
There are limited opportunities to change your allocated locality, but this depends upon capacity at the preferred locality.
Student placement localities
The University of Surrey is very fortunate to have a broad range of excellent placements within Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and East Berkshire.
This geographical area is divided up to enable students to be allocated to one distinct area, allowing you to become a member of that community of healthcare practitioners. These geographical divisions are called ‘localities’.
There are eight geographical localities serving midwifery programmes at the University of Surrey. Each locality has the maternity unit within a district general hospital setting, as well as community-based placements.
Although the majority of placements take place within the assigned locality region, on occasion, students may be allocated a placement further afield. The School of Health Sciences is committed to continually growing its placement network to provide the very best experience for students. An indicative list of our main student placement providers can be found below:
This locality covers the eastern areas of Surrey and serves the Crawley and Horsham areas and surrounding towns and villages.
It offers a strong community of healthcare practitioners working together to provide a high standard of care to the people it serves. Students soon become ‘one of the team’, with most deciding to stay and work there upon qualification.
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH) includes the East Surrey Hospital, which is around 28 miles from Guildford and located near Redhill. It is the major acute hospital for east Surrey and north-west Sussex. It provides 24/7 emergency services.
The Trust also offers all that you would expect to find in a contemporary maternity unit for midwifery students, and always welcomes new members of the team. It has a main delivery suite, separate birthing unit with pool room, two inpatient wards (one being for antenatal services) and a 28-bed postnatal ward.
A great deal of activity is delivered close to home by the community midwife teams, split between six geographical areas in the two counties.
Discover more about the Surrey and Sussex locality.
This locality covers the northern area of Surrey, serving Ashford, Chertsey and other towns and villages around that area. It provides a warm welcome to its students and they soon become one of the community and feel well supported.
Ashford and St Peter's NHS Trust serves this area and provides a multi-award-winning service, having recently gained its third national award in as many years. They provide midwife-led care and consultant care for those with additional needs.
Facilities are excellent and include a newly developed, midwifery-led birth centre. They also have the only neonatal intensive care unit in the area.
The service has gained the Baby Friendly Certificate of Commitment for breastfeeding and is working hard towards full Baby Friendly compliance.
Midwives coming to work for this Trust can expect a friendly and supportive environment and an excellent developmental programme where midwives can flourish.
Discover more about Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
This locality covers the north-western area of Surrey and serves the Frimley area as well as surrounding towns and villages. It prides itself in having a friendly atmosphere and welcoming staff who have a positive ‘can do’ attitude.
The Maternity Service is part of Frimley Park Hospital, with a satellite antenatal clinic in Aldershot. Frimley Park Hospital is part of the Frimley Health Foundation Trust. The Maternity Unit serves the population of West Surrey, North East Hampshire and parts of Berkshire.
The Maternity Unit is situated in the main building of the hospital and includes the Obstetric and Gynaecology Clinic, Day Assessment Unit, antenatal and postnatal ward and the Central Delivery Suite.
The service also provides community care to its local population.
The Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit, Special Care Baby Unit and theatre suites are adjacent to the unit. There is also a newly developed midwifery-led Birth Centre located within the hospital.
Discover more about the Frimley Heath NHS Foundation Trust.
This locality covers Guildford and the towns and villages surrounding the University.
The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has 527 beds and provides the local population with both elective and emergency surgery, and services for those with urgent, acute and long-term medical conditions.
It has 14 operating theatres, specialist maxillo-facial services and a tertiary centre for cancer services.
The maternity unit provides care for mothers in a wide variety of settings which include the hospital, a co-located birth centre, children’s centres and at-home.
The whole team is dedicated to providing the highest standard of care and have attained full accreditation for the Global Baby Friendly award for its support of breastfeeding.
Discover more about the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
This locality covers West Sussex, serving Chichester and the towns and villages of the beautiful West Sussex coast, as well as the central areas of West Sussex. It is known to be a friendly locality in which to be placed. Students are valued and made to feel part of the local community.
There are two main hospitals in locality five: Worthing and St Richard’s (Chichester). Most University of Surrey students are allocated to St Richards's Hospital in Chichester.
The unit at St. Richard’s has recently undergone a £2m refurbishment, which is entirely focused on providing mothers-to-be with a range of choices about their labour and delivery, with services tailored to meet the needs of the woman and her baby. It has three birthing pools, a high-tech operating theatre with a high-dependency recovery area and a special care baby unit. The new Chichester Birth Centre gives mothers-to-be the option of a midwife-led service in a homely, relaxed environment.
Discover more about the Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (St Richards Hospital).
This locality covers the Northern area of Hampshire, serving Basingstoke, Winchester and Andover and the surrounding villages. Maternity services are provided at Andover Memorial Hospital, Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital and Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester.
Most students will be placed at the Basingstoke site where maternity services include: an early pregnancy assessment unit (EPAU), ultrasound department, antenatal and postnatal clinics (located either within the hospital or community setting), antenatal and postnatal wards, maternity day assessment unit (MDAU) and delivery suite. Students will also have the opportunity to work at the birth centre in Andover.
This locality covers the southern area of East Sussex, including Haywards Heath, Brighton and Hove and surrounding areas.
The Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust serves this area and is one of the largest teaching trusts in the country, providing general and specialist services for more than a million people. Most Midwifery students will be placed at the Trust’s Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.
The Princess Royal has a central delivery suite complete with low risk birthing pools, a Antenatal/Postnatal ward, Early Pregnancy Unit (EPU) and runs a Day Assessment Unit (DAU). Community midwives linked to the hospital provide antenatal and postnatal care in children’s centres and GP practices in addition to running an award winning homebirth service
This locality covers Berkshire East and the surrounding areas of South Buckinghamshire and North Surrey.
In this area, Wexham Park Hospital provides services to a large and diverse population of more than 465,000. The hospital is managed by Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, one of the top performing NHS trusts in the United Kingdom.
The hospital recently upgraded their maternity and women's services to provide en suite facilities on all labour rooms, more birth pools, better antenatal facilities and a transitional care unit for new babies who need a bit of extra support from mums.
The hospital are especially proud of the Juniper Birth Centre, a new midwife led unit, which offers a home from home environment for lower risk births.
Terms and conditions
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"I wouldn’t be becoming the midwife I am if I wasn’t supported correctly or guided on how to be a good midwife."
"My best moment at Surrey so far was when I delivered my first baby. There is no feeling like it and I would never have had that opportunity if it wasn’t for Surrey."
Campus locationSurrey Research Park
30 Priestley Road, on the Surrey Research Park, is home to the School of Health Sciences where our nursing, midwifery, paramedic science and operating department practice courses are taught.
As part of this course you will be expected to attend placements off campus, please see the placement section for more details.
Additional informationSome modules on this course will be taught on Stag Hill campus.