Midwifery (Registered Midwife) BSc (Hons) – 2022 entry

Key information

Start date: October 2022

BSc (Hons) UCAS: B711

3 years

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Why choose this course

  • Study a hands-on, clinical curriculum, aligned to the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative, where you’ll learn to meet the diverse needs of women and children, on a course ranked top 5 in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2021.
  • Access our Clinical Simulation Centre, including our maternity suite equipped with birthing pools, to practise real scenarios on lifelike mannequins and actors.
  • Spend half of your training in clinical placements, to practise your skills in healthcare settings like maternity units, under the supervision of qualified practitioners.
  • Learn from a multidisciplinary team of lecturers, who are all healthcare professionals with experience of working in the NHS. Many are also active researchers, investigating topics like maternal, child and family health.
  • Get the academic requirements needed to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to work as a midwife once you’ve graduated.
Student midwife the checking breathing of a child mannequin

Lecturer spotlight: Dr Alison Callwood

What you will study

On this course, you’ll gain experience of caring for individual women throughout antenatal, labour and postnatal periods. 

In your first year, you’ll study topics that are fundamental to midwifery, including concepts of caring, physical health sciences, and the politics, philosophy and practice of midwifery, ensuring you have a solid foundation upon which to build the rest of your degree. 

During your second year, you’ll gain an appreciation for complex midwifery care and how to effectively deal with emergencies such as breech births and hypertensive disorders. 

In your third year, you’ll study the broader context of midwifery, investigating cultural, social, racial and psychological perspectives of pregnancy, and maternal autonomy. You’ll learn about sexual and reproductive health, including how to effectively interpret gynaecological histories, IVF, and breast, cervical and ovarian screening. You’ll also develop the skills to care for obstetric patients experiencing critical ill health and understand the importance of early detection, to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity. 

Throughout your studies, you’ll 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.

‘Baby Friendly’ curriculum 

Every aspect of our course is ‘Baby Friendly’ in conjunction with the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative. This means that you’ll learn all the skills and knowledge needed to apply ‘Baby Friendly’ principles to your role as a midwife, across various healthcare settings. 

You’ll understand all the principles of breastfeeding and will support infant feeding. You’ll nurture close and loving relationships, promoting good communication, while managing potential challenges to this. 

Facilities 

You’ll benefit from our multi-million pound facilities, home to our Clinical Simulation Centre, that includes a birthing suite. You’ll get to use equipment found in the NHS to learn how to deliver babies and much more. 

Our virtual environments, lifelike mannequins and actors, will transport you to the centre of maternity wards, so you can practise your skills and get a taste of scenarios you may face during your training and when you’re fully qualified. 

You’ll get exclusive access to our independent clinical learning room, set up each week with the necessary equipment required to practise the techniques you’ll be learning. 

Teaching staff 

You’ll be taught by a multidisciplinary team of lecturers who are all healthcare professionals with experience of working in the NHS. Many are also active researchers, investigating topics such as maternal, child and family health. These may include Julia Boon (a midwife with over 20 years’ experience) Dr Anna Maria Brown (a midwife with over 35 years’ experience, who helped set up the first validated midwifery curriculum in Iraq) and Dr Alison Callwood (a midwifery researcher who’s worked in India and Malawi).

You’ll also be taught by guest lecturers, made up of local doctors, nurses, midwives and other healthcare workers. 

Throughout your placements, you'll have an educational supervisor, who’s a senior clinician. They'll guide you through your experience and feed into your evidence portfolio. 

Professional recognition

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 course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which means that on successful completion of your studies, you’ll have the academic requirements needed to register to work as a midwife. 100% of our graduates from this course go on to employment or further study.* 

Our alumni can be found working for NHS trusts across the UK, with recent graduates working for Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, and Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.  

Midwifery is one of the largest healthcare professions in the UK and is home to a diverse range of roles in hospitals and community settings. There are specialist areas that midwives occupy, including family planning and managing pregnancy in women with long-term conditions. You may also want to explore alternative paths, including education, management, mentoring and research. Visit the NHS careers website for further information. 

You can also use your qualification to work outside the UK

*Graduate Outcomes survey 2020, HESA.

Academic year structure

This three-year course runs over 49 weeks each year, with seven weeks holiday usually over the winter, spring and summer vacations. The length of the course year and the holiday entitlement are requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). 

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/21 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach. View detailed information on the changes

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Timetables

Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Teaching

Day-to-day learning 

Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of: 

  • Group work (e.g. discussion groups) 
  • Lectures 
  • Online learning 
  • Practical simulation classes and clinical skills scenarios 
  • Role plays 
  • Seminars 
  • Tutorials.  

Outside of these, you’ll be expected to carry out independent study, including coursework, essays and reading. 

For some modules, you’ll learn alongside students from other health sciences courses, so you can develop an understanding of inter-professional teamwork. 

When you’re on placement 

Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of: 

  • Demonstration  
  • Discussion groups 
  • Observation  
  • Practice under supervision  
  • Reflective dialogue  
  • Role modelling  
  • Shadowing.

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by graduate teaching assistants. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

Assessment

We use a variety of methods to assess you, including case studies, examinations, presentations, simulated learning experiences (objective structured clinical examinations – OSCEs) and written work. When you’re out on placement, your knowledge, skills and professional behaviour will be assessed by your mentors. 

We assess modules individually and award credits for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports. 

Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Entry requirements

A-level

Overall: BBB. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: N/A.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language, Mathematics and Science at Grade C(4) (equivalents for Science only may be considered).

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDM.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: N/A.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language, Mathematics and Science at Grade C(4) (equivalents for Science only may be considered).

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 32 overall including 6,5,5 at Higher Level.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: N/A.

GCSE or equivalent: English, Maths and Science at HL4/SL4 (including MYP).

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 75%.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: N/A.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language (1/2), 6, or (3),7; Maths, 6; Science, 6.

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including 27 at Distinction and 18 credits at Merit.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: Must include 15 Level 3 credits in Science.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language, Mathematics and Science at Grade C(4) (equivalents for Science only may be considered).

Scottish Highers

Overall: ABBBB.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: N/A.

GCSE or equivalent: Scottish National 5 English Language, Maths and Science, C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with BBB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: N/A.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics ­– Numeracy as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Please check the A-level drop down for the required GCSE levels.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Do I meet the requirements for this course?

We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 7.0 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process

Shortlisting

Admissions staff will review the information provided within your personal statement and reference to assess applications for evidence of academic ability, insight and motivation.

Relevant work experience in a care setting and/or evidence of other involvement in the community (for example, school, voluntary or charity responsibilities) is normally required. We will also consider relevant skills gained from non-healthcare related roles (such as compassion, emotional strength, teamwork or organisation), and/or insight gained from labour and birth experience in a hospital setting.

Your personal statement should be comprehensive, with correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. If you are shortlisted you 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.

If you are selected to attend one of our interview days you will be sent detailed guidance on the process with your invitation.

Admission to this course 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.

You must also meet national requirements to work with vulnerable adults and children.

All of our offers will be made subject to a health screening and DBS checks. Occupational health services are provided by The Robens Centre on behalf of the University of Surrey.

References

Read our guide to references to support your health sciences application.

Declaration of criminal convictions

This is a regulated course that requires declaration of criminal convictions at the application stage, please visit our criminal convictions webpage for more information.

Deferred entry

The course does not accept applications for deferred entry. 

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please contact Admissions on +44 (0)1483 682222 with any queries.

Fees

The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2022

BSc (Hons)

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View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

  • Fees for UK students: The University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. 
  • Fees for EU students: The UK is now no longer part of the EU, we are awaiting further instruction from the UK government and we will publish this as soon as it is provided. Find out more information about Studying in the UK and the Scholarships for EU students.
  • Fees for international students: Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 
  • Fees for international students with an integrated foundation year: The programme fee for Year 0 will match the lowest Year 1 overseas fee rate from across the substantive programmes for that year of entry. Students subsequently progressing into Year 1 will be liable for the same fee as overseas students joining at Year 1 for the same programme in that year. Annual fees after Year 1 will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Payment schedule

  • Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
  • International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
    • 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
    • 50% in January of the same academic year.

The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.

If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this course:

  • Commuting (local travel expenses): Students are required to pay upfront cost of travel and accommodation expenses incurred when on placements, these may vary depending on the location. Students starting their studies in 2019/2020 will be able to apply for reimbursement of travel and dual accommodation expenses through the Learning Support Fund as a result of attending practice placements (this model may not apply for the duration of students' studies). Essential expenses incurred over and above a student’s normal daily travel costs to the University are covered. NHS bursary rules on expenses must be followed and the rates applicable are to be confirmed by the NHS Business Services Authority. Students also have the option to undertake an additional elective placement, however, all costs for this must be met by the student.
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: although a uniform (tunics and trousers) is provided, you are required to supply your own suitable footwear and any additional uniform. You are also responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing your uniform.
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check: The University will meet the cost of one DBS check, completed at the start of each new student’s programme or earlier where applicants indicate they have a conviction in their application. The DBS check is a programme requirement: it is mandatory that the DBS process in completed and the student is approved to attend before they can start placement. Applicants offered a place on the programme will be contacted to complete the online process by the deadline specified. The process is not completed until all original documentation has been approved by an appointed DBS approver. This should be completed in advance of applicants starting their programme using main branches of the Post Office, where there will be a £6 administration fee.

These additional costs are accurate as of September 2020 and apply to the 2021 year of entry. Costs for 2022 entry will be published in September 2021.

Clinical placements

You’ll spend half of your training in clinical placements, allowing you to develop your knowledge, skills and practice within healthcare settings, under the supervision of qualified practitioners. You’ll complete 37.5 placement hours a week, for approximately 16 weeks in your first year, 26 weeks in your second year and 25 weeks in your third year. 

Previous students have completed their placements in the NHS, with private healthcare organisations and with charities. These have been across several settings, including maternity units in hospitals, and out in the wider community.  

Your placements may take place across Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex, and these are divided into localities. For the duration of your course, you’ll typically be allocated one placement locality. The localities for this course are:   

This locality covers east Berkshire and the surrounding areas of south Buckinghamshire and north Surrey. You’ll be placed with the Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust. 

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust 

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust provides services to approximately 900,000 people and is comprised of three hospitals, including Wexham Park Hospital. 

Maternity facilities at Wexham Park include the Juniper Birth Centre, a new midwife-led unit, which offers a home-from-home environment for lower risk births. The Centre has en-suite labour rooms and birth pools, with a transitional care unit for babies that require more support. 

Specialist services are available for: 

  • Antenatal screening 
  • Bereavement 
  • Diabetes 
  • Infant feeding 
  • Perinatal mental health 
  • Vulnerable women. 

This locality covers the southern area of East Sussex, including Haywards Heath and Brighton and Hove. You’ll be placed with the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. 

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust 

The Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest teaching trusts in the country, providing general and specialist services for more than a million people.  

The Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath has a central delivery suite complete with low risk birthing pools, an antenatal and postnatal ward, an early pregnancy unit and a day assessment unit. Community midwives linked to the Hospital provide antenatal and postnatal care in children’s centres and GP surgeries, in addition to running an award-winning homebirth service. 

This locality covers the northern area of Hampshire, serving Andover, Basingstoke, Winchester and surrounding villages. You’ll be placed with the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

The Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust serves around 570,000 people across Hampshire and parts of west Berkshire. Maternity services are provided at Andover Memorial Hospital, Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital and Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester.  

The Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital site which is home to an early pregnancy assessment unit, ultrasound department, antenatal and postnatal clinics, antenatal and postnatal wards, maternity day assessment unit and delivery suite. 

This locality covers Guildford and the towns and villages surrounding the University. You’ll be placed with the Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust. 

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust 

The Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust provides the local population with both elective and emergency surgery, and services for those with urgent, acute and long-term medical conditions. 

The Trust provides care for mothers in a maternity ward, a birth centre, a children’s centre and in the community.  

The Trust has ‘Baby Friendly’ status for its support of breastfeeding, as recognised by the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative.

This locality is based in the eastern areas of Surrey and north West Sussex, serving Crawley, Horsham and their surrounding towns and villages. You’ll be placed with the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. 

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust 

The East Surrey Hospital is based around 45km from Guildford and is at the heart of the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH). It operates a 24-hour emergency department, with specialist paediatric, gynaecology and obstetrics services. 

The Trust has a main delivery suite, separate birthing unit with pool room, two inpatient wards (one for antenatal services) and a 28-bed postnatal ward. Out of hospital, there’s a team of community midwives who see women in their homes. 

This locality is based in the northern area of Surrey, serving Ashford, Chertsey and other towns and villages in the vicinity. You’ll be placed in the Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

Ashford and St. Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust is home to Ashford Hospital (located near Heathrow Airport) and St. Peter’s Hospital (in Chertsey). St. Peter’s Hospital recently opened the Abbey Birth Centre, a midwifery-led facility, with en-suite birthing rooms and pool. They're also home to a neonatal intensive care unit and provide consultant care for those with additional needs. 

The Trust has ‘Baby Friendly’ status for its support of breastfeeding, as recognised by the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative. 

This locality serves the Frimley area and parts of Hampshire. You’ll be placed with Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust. 

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust 

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust provides services to approximately 900,000 people and is comprised of three hospitals, including Frimley Park, where most births take place within the Trust.  

The Hospital has a maternity unit, which includes an obstetrics and gynaecology clinic, a day assessment unit, an early pregnancy assessment unit, an antenatal and postnatal ward and a central delivery suite, with theatres.  

Specialist services are available for: 

  • Antenatal screening 
  • Bereavement 
  • Diabetes 
  • Home birth 
  • Infant feeding 
  • Perinatal mental health. 

This locality covers West Sussex, serving Chichester and adjacent towns and villages. You’ll be placed with the Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is home to three hospitals, including St Richard‘s in Chichester, where you’ll most likely be based. 

The maternity unit here has recently undergone a £2m refurbishment, focused on providing mothers-to-be with a range of choices about their labour and delivery, with services tailored to meet the needs of women and their babies. There are three birthing pools, a high-tech operating theatre with a high-dependency recovery area and a special care baby unit. The addition of the Chichester Birth Centre gives mothers-to-be the option of a midwife-led service in a homely, relaxed environment. 

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and procedures, the student regulations , and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View an example of our offer terms and conditions and our registration terms and conditions (PDF) from the 2020/2021 academic year as a guide as to what to expect.

Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us and before you accept an offer. Read more.

In particular we wish to draw your intention to the following matters affecting the academic year 2021/2022:

  • Covid-19 - In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/2021 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach, details of which can be found here [link]. It is anticipated that these programme changes and the hybrid learning approach will be adopted throughout the academic year 2021/2022, however, given the changing nature of the pandemic, this is being kept under continuous review. Detailed information on all changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is available at the coronavirus course changes page. The linked pages set out information relating to general University changes and will also direct you to consider additional information relating to specific programmes.
  • Brexit - The UK is now no longer part of the EU. We are awaiting further information and instruction from the UK government and we will publish this as soon as it is provided. EU students applying for programmes in the academic year 2021/2022 and students applying for courses with placements abroad should visit our dedicated webpages for the latest information on how the UK’s departure from the EU will affect their courses.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Kate Granger Building

Our health sciences, nursing and midwifery courses are taught at the Kate Granger Building (30 Priestley Road), on the Surrey Research Park.

Placement location

You’ll be expected to attend clinical placements off campus. Please see the placements section for more details.

Additional information

Some modules on this course will be taught on Stag Hill campus.
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