Midwifery (Registered Midwife) BSc (Hons) – 2020 entry
Why choose this course
As a student midwife at Surrey, you’ll be taught by active researchers and learn from experienced NHS staff, while benefitting from new multi-million pound facilities and our simulation suite.
We’re one of the UK’s top universities for nursing and midwifery, ranked 4th for nursing by the Complete University Guide 2019 and top 10 by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
The time you spend in our placement localities will mean you’re well-positioned for a career as a midwife: 97 per cent of our graduates were in employment six months after graduation (HESA 2016).
What you will study
On our BSc Midwifery: Registered Midwife course, you’ll 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’ll study a broad range of scientific and midwifery topics and will be taught to critically evaluate the evidence-based learning and research findings that inform practice.
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.
Registered practitioners: if you’re a registered practitioner looking for an undergraduate course to further your learning, please visit our continuing professional development page.
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|BSc (Hons)||36 months||Oct 2020||B711||View KIS data set|
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 and there are lots of employment opportunities for qualified midwives, both in the UK and internationally. Many of our graduates secure jobs 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, you can choose to work in NHS trusts offering differing models of care delivery. There’s also the opportunity to develop specialist skills in maternity care.
The introduction of the consultant midwife means experienced practitioners can make further use of their knowledge, skills and experience to 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.
Our midwifery courses 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’ll 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 their course.
Further information about localities and accommodation
Further information about localities and accommodation options are provided to you at the start of your course and within local induction to the practice environments.
The accommodation provision varies between the localities and students usually organise to privately rent a shared flat or house via local agents in their second year.
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 course.
The theory component of this course is taught on the University campus in Guildford for all students, irrespective of locality.
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 midwifery course.
There are limited opportunities to change your allocated locality, but this depends upon capacity at the preferred locality.
Student placement localities
We 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 courses 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, students may occasionally 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 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 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 the county. 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). Surrey students are allocated to St Richard'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.
Students will be placed at the Basingstoke site where maternity services include: an early pregnancy assessment unit, ultrasound department, antenatal and postnatal clinics (located either within the hospital or community setting), antenatal and postnatal wards, maternity day assessment unit 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. 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, an antenatal/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 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 UK.
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.
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 and revision.
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 credits.
Course dates and holidays
The 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 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 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.
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.
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).
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 courses, which will enable you to develop an understanding of the importance of inter-professional teamwork.
Research students will sometimes help to deliver your modules. These students will be researching in a similar subject to the module, and will have undertaken training prior to being invited to teach. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.
This course is taught by academic staff from the School of Health Sciences.
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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.
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. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.
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 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 Academic Skills and Development and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.
Academic Skills and Development
Academic Skills and Development 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
Additional Learning Support (ALS) is the University of Surrey’s disability and neurodiversity service. The ALS team supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).
If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.
We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.
See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.
English language support
Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.
What qualifications do you need?
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.
Admissions staff will review the information provided within your personal statement and reference to assess your application 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.
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.
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.
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|BSc (Hons)||Oct 2020||36 months||To be confirmed||Not applicable|
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.
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 2018 and apply to the 2019 year of entry. Costs for 2020 entry will be published in September 2019.
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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
In Spring/Summer 2019 the School of Health Sciences will be moving to 30 Priestley Road on the Surrey Research Park. This will be where our nursing, midwifery, paramedic science and operating department practice courses will be 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.