BSc (Hons) Midwifery (Pre-registration)

Midwives provide care and support to women and their families throughout pregnancy, during labour and for a short period after the baby’s birth. Offered in partnership with local NHS Foundation Trusts, the University of Bolton’s NMC-approved pre-registration BSc (Hons) Midwifery degree aims to give you the experience and skills to join this demanding yet rewarding career.

Midwifery (Pre-registration)

Key information

Award:

BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

3 years

Location:

University of Bolton

UCAS points:

112

UCAS code:

B720

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

The University of Bolton’s NMC-approved pre-registration BSc (Hons) Midwifery degree, offered in partnership with local NHS Foundation Trusts, offers you the skills and knowledge to support expectant mothers through pregnancy and childbirth. There is a shortage of qualified midwives in the UK, so career opportunities are excellent.

You’ll spend 50% of your time in midwifery practice learning experience at our partner trusts. The rest of your studies will be based at the University, increasing your theoretical understanding and practical knowledge in a way that complements and enhances your learning in the workplace. We’ll support you as you learn to care for women and their babies during the antenatal, perinatal and postnatal phases of the pregnancy and childbirth continuum, respecting their individual needs and choices, their cultural, social and religious backgrounds, and also taking into account the needs of their families and carers. We’ll work to prepare you to lead their care in a wide range of settings in the community and hospitals, and help you to gain expertise in health promotion and teaching parenting classes.

Together with our partner trusts, we’ll work to prepare you to become a confident, professional midwife, able to navigate, deliver and lead the care of women and their babies within an ever-changing health and social care environment. On successful completion of the midwifery qualification, you’ll possess the knowledge and skills you need to perform as an autonomous, highly competent, compassionate midwife who can be trusted to maintain professional standards and assure the protection of women, babies and their families and carers.

Highlights
  • The course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and on successful completion, you’ll be eligible to register as a qualified midwife.
  • After successful completion and gaining the midwifery qualification you’ll be given the opportunity to apply for a Band 5 Midwifery post within our partner NHS Foundation Trust community.
  • Your practice learning experience may be in a range of hospital and community environments within our partner NHS Foundation Trusts. Our partner trusts offer practice learning experience in a range of settings, such as home births, alongside midwifery-led birth suites and stand-alone birth centres, providing continuity of care and caseloading opportunities.
  • You’ll have access to facilities in the flagship £31 million Bolton One building, including our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Suites where you’ll be able to practice skills and develop knowledge using clinical equipment and simulators.
  • We’ll provide you with your midwifery uniform for use during your practice learning experience.
  • Our Nursing courses (including Midwifery) have been placed in the top ten in the UK and first in the North West of England for student satisfaction for the third year running by the Complete University Guide 2021.
Key Features
  • We’ll work to enable you to learn an extensive range of midwifery skills and techniques so that you can care effectively for women and babies in a variety of healthcare environments throughout the pregnancy and childbirth continuum. Our ambition is for you to become a midwife leader of the future.
  • You’ll gain first hand work experience and have the opportunity to develop an invaluable network of professional contacts during your extensive time (50%) gaining practice learning experience.
  • The theory elements of the course are delivered at the University of Bolton by professional expert academic tutors who come from a wide range of clinical and academic backgrounds. Teaching may also take place at our partner NHS Foundation Trusts, where appropriate.
  • Qualified healthcare practitioners contribute towards the modules, and are invited as guest speakers so that you have the opportunity to learn from their first-hand examples of current practice.
  • We also work to help you appreciate the views of midwifery service users and carers by involving them throughout the course.
Professional recognition

The course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

On successful completion of the degree, you’ll be eligible to apply for professional registration with the NMC.


  • 112 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Please note that this course is only available to Home students.
  • Your Level 3 subjects will preferably include a health and social care related subject; for instance, A-level Biology or BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. Please note that General Studies and Critical Thinking are not acceptable.
  • You must also have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English Language, Mathematics and, preferably, a science subject. Please contact us for a list of acceptable GCSE equivalents.
  • Qualifications gained outside England and Wales will be assessed on an individual basis according to guidance by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
  • If your application is successfully short-listed, then you’ll be asked to attend an interview. The interview process will involve face-to-face interviews with academic staff, practice staff and service users. You’ll also be assessed on your values, behaviours, communication and problem-solving skills, and undertake a numeracy and literacy assessment. We’re seeking students who can demonstrate commitment to a midwifery career, who have excellent communication skills and who are caring, compassionate and courageous.
  • If you’re successful at the interview stage, you’ll be asked to undergo occupational health screening and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
  • You'll be required to satisfactorily pass occupational health screening.
  • You’ll need to demonstrate that you are of good health and good character prior to enrolment and on an on-going basis throughout your studies and career.
  • This course involves working unsupervised with children and/or vulnerable young people and adults and you must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting your studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service.
  • Please note that this course is subject to the University of Bolton's Fitness to Practise procedure.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


The role of a midwife is diverse and varied. A midwife is usually the main point of contact for the woman and her family during her pregnancy, throughout labour and in the period following the birth. Midwives also work with a wide range of health and social care professionals in order to support mothers and babies and navigate, develop, assess and evaluate individual programmes of care.

This course will support you to develop skills in team working and decision making, as well as enhance your ability to communicate well and clearly with a diverse group of individuals and manage difficult and stressful situations. As a graduate you’ll also have good observational skills, emotional intelligence, be able to use your initiative and manage your time effectively.

What can I do with this qualification?

On successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Midwifery programme, you’ll possess the knowledge and skills you need to perform as an autonomous, highly competent midwife eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). A UK midwifery qualification offers excellent career opportunities and progression. As a graduate of the University of Bolton’s BSc (Hons) Midwifery course, you’ll be prepared for a wide range of opportunities in clinical practice in acute and community settings, including stand-alone and alongside birth centres, and caseloading models of care.

Progression could take the form of midwifery leadership or managerial positions. Specialisations are also an option in areas such as teenage pregnancy, parent education, infant feeding, mental health, substance misuse, and bereavement counselling and support. Alternatively, you could take on a role in academia and move into the field of midwifery education or research, or you could take the opportunity to work abroad, exploring midwifery in a global context.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use this qualification to enter a range of other careers, and for some of these roles both relevant experience and postgraduate study may be required. The knowledge and skills you’ll develop on this programme will underpin a number of alternative career opportunities including:

  • Public health
  • Health promotion
  • Management/leadership
  • Teaching and education
  • Clinical research
  • Overseas aid and development
  • Fertility and family planning
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Counselling and bereavement support
  • Mental health
  • Teenage pregnancy
  • Midwifery consultancy

Course fees
Home Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/232023/242024/25
2021£9,250£9,250£9,250-£27,750
Useful information

The government has announced it will be providing additional funding support to healthcare students starting their course from September 2020. Students on eligible courses starting their second or third year will also be able to apply for the additional funding. Please visit NHS Learning Support Fund web page for details.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on www.gov.uk for information.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

For 2021-2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021-2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

September start

Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211
Web: www.ucas.com

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Admissions
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Modern healthcare professionals require a range of skills and values and our practice partners and tutors will help you to gain experience of a range of midwifery care scenarios designed to develop your skills in a safe and supportive environment.

Your studies will be split with 50% dedicated to theory and 50% committed to practice learning experience at our partner NHS Foundation Trusts (please note, considerable travelling may be required). As you progress through the course, we’ll guide and encourage you to draw on your practice learning experience while studying theory, and apply the theory you’ve learned to your practice, so that you can understand how the two complement each other.

The course explores contemporary concepts and approaches to midwifery care throughout the pregnancy and childbirth continuum. You’ll learn about the structure and function of the human body, dysfunction, pathophysiology, immunology and microbiology, focusing particularly on the anatomy and physiology of reproduction and fertility together with the impact of pregnancy and childbirth on the systems of the body.

Our expert team will support you to learn about acute and long term physical and mental health conditions and their impact on pregnancy (and vice versa), as well as pharmacology and the therapeutic effects of major drug groups on the body. To become an expert on pregnancy and childbirth you’ll need to develop a comprehensive understanding of the emotional, physical and psychological processes of pregnancy and birth. We’ll encourage you to gain knowledge of counselling techniques so that you can offer effective support and advice in cases of stillbirth, miscarriage, termination, neonatal death and neonatal abnormalities. We’ll help you to develop skills in multi-agency and collaborative working, and emphasise the importance of safeguarding. Topics such as assessment, care planning, law, ethics, health policy, and the importance of communication with service users, healthcare colleagues and professionals from other agencies are covered. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the importance of research and how its application in healthcare can transform outcomes for women, newborn infants and families, along with how to access and assess the latest research, and how to incorporate your findings into care plans and intervention strategies.

We’ll work to help you gain key transferable skills including the ability to work independently, adapt to changing circumstances, work in teams and groups, and listen and respond to service users from a diverse population. You’ll also be encouraged to develop planning and time management, rational decision making, critical thinking, physical assessment and communication skills during your studies. We aim for you to develop into a midwife who understands and appreciates the needs of women, babies and their families and carers, who is compassionate, kind and empathetic, and who respects and supports the woman’s privacy, dignity and individuality.

The theory-based modules will be taught using a blended approach that includes lectures, presentations, simulations delivered by tutors, seminar discussions, small group workshops, small group and one-to-one tutorials, and using virtual learning environments (VLE) and e-learning packages. You’ll also need to undertake a significant amount of personal study, including general background reading, preparing for seminar activities, working on assignments and revising for examinations.

To help support your learning, the University also offers additional study skills sessions, such as essay writing, library skills and electronic searching, and numeracy.

A range of assessment methods will be used, including written essays, reflections, workbooks and reports, time-constrained written exams, drug calculation exams, skills exams, oral viva presentation, posters and seminar presentations. The assessment of practice and theory are equally weighted in their contribution to the degree award as a whole.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Principles of Midwifery Practice
  • Accountability and Professionalism
  • Promoting Health Throughout the Pregnancy Continuum
  • Clinical Practice 1
  • Wider Approaches to Global Health
  • Enhancing Midwifery Skills
  • Integrated Healthcare
  • Clinical Practice 2
  • Embedding Woman Centred Care/Evidence Based Project
  • Advanced Midwifery Skills
  • Leadership in Midwifery
  • Clinical Practice 3
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 20%, Practical exams 40%, Written exams 40%
Level twoCoursework 20%, Practical exams 40%, Written exams 40%
Level threeCoursework 20%, Practical exams 40%, Written exams 40%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 20%, Placement/study abroad 50%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 30%
Level twoGuided independent study 20%, Placement/study abroad 50%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 30%
Level threeGuided independent study 20%, Placement/study abroad 50%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 30%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Meet the team

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Nursing and Midwifery Team
Email Enquiries

nursing@bolton.ac.uk

Sue Tully
Programme Leader

S.Tully@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903788

Babs Dyer
Admissions Tutor

B.Dyer2@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903256

Lynda Drummond
Lecturer

L.Drummond@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903762

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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