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 2018.

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.

Course facts

Qualification Course length Professional Training UCAS KIS code
BSc (Hons) 36 months B711 View KIS data set

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 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.

Student life

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.

Placements

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

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and 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 our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will 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.

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. Read more.

Academic year structure

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.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

Programme dates and holidays

The three-year programme runs over 49 weeks each year, with seven weeks’ holiday usually over the winter, spring and summer vacations. The length of the programme year and the holiday entitlement are requirements of the professional regulator for midwifery education.

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.

Modules

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

Timetables

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. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Teaching

A variety of teaching methods are 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 teamwork.

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

Staff

This course is taught by academic staff from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

Programme leader

DAVIES LA Mrs (Health Sci.)

Personal tutor

All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:

  • Academic progress

  • Pastoral/welfare issues

  • Personal/professional development and employability.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

A mixture of continuous assessment and examinations is 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.

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.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall: ABB. 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: DDD.

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: 78%.

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: 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 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: AABBB.

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 ABB 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, Mathematics and Science at Grade C(4) (equivalents for Science only may be considered).

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Recent study within the last 5 years 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, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

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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. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Selection process

Shortlisting

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.

All 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.

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 email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Qualification Course length Professional Training UK/EU fees Overseas fees Professional Training fees
BSc (Hons) 36 months To be confirmed To be confirmed Not applicable

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

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.

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 2017/18 will be able to apply for reimbursement of travel and dual accommodation expenses 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. Students are also responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing their 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 can 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 2017 and apply to the 2018 year of entry. Costs for 2019 entry will be published in September 2018.

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