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Midwifery BSc (Full time) 2017 start

Course information for 2018 start

  • Overview

    A midwife is an evidence-based healthcare practitioner who provides a safe, respectful, caring and personalised service to women, their babies and families.

    As a midwife you’ll provide care throughout the antenatal, intrapartum and post-partum period. Besides delivering babies and working with small children, you’ll help women make informed decisions and choices about their care.

    The University of Leeds is a world class university. Our midwifery lecturers are committed to providing inspirational research-led teaching and a dynamic learning environment, to help our students develop the competence required to qualify and to practise.

    As a student midwife on this course you’ll have access to a range of vibrant clinical areas in both regional and district maternity units.

    Excellent facilities

    The School of Healthcare is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health. We aim to provide high quality education and research and to develop knowledge that both informs and improves practice.

    The School has a dedicated clinical skills suitewith hospital beds, adult child and Midwifery suites and facilities for Mentalhealth nursing and Social work teams.

    Students have access to all University of Leeds facilities - sports facilities, excellent libraries, including the Health Sciences Library, an award-winning students' union and support services and the attractions of the city of Leeds.

    Course Leader is Angela Hewett.

    Admissions Tutor is Jane Ridley. She can answer specific queries about the course, though she is frequently teaching or supervising and may not be able to respond to you immediately.


    Students who successfully complete this programme will be able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

  • Course content

    In year 1 you study three modules. Together these help you to develop basic professional values, clinical skills and woman-centred midwifery care in the antenatal and postnatal periods, as well as knowledge of biology, sociology and psychology and study and research skills. There is a greater balance of theory to practice in this year and a mixture of community and hospital placements.

    In year 2 you study three midwifery theory and practice modules, where midwifery theory expands to include the care of women in the inter-partum period and more complex childbearing in a range of physical, psychological/emotional and social contexts. There is an equal split between theory and practice. This year is hospital based.

    In year 3 there is a greater balance of practice to theory in two midwifery theory and practice modules. You hone your skills in higher risk emergency care and take greater responsibility in a final community placement, where you care for a small caseload of women under indirect supervision. You undertake a two-week exposure to adult nursing in high dependency environments and develop your critical skills by reflecting on the maternity services and aspects of care delivery. You write a 10,000 word dissertation, addressing a specific midwifery-related question in depth and study one 10-credit optional module from a range available. There is also an opportunity for a two-week elective experience at home or abroad.

    Clinical placements are an integral part of your training. Read "Study abroad and work placements" tab.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Biological Knowledge for Practice 30 credits
    • Learning Together; Working Together 30 credits
    • Fundamentals of Midwifery Practice 60 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Midwifery Theory and Practice 1 40 credits
    • Midwifery Theory and Practice 2 40 credits
    • Midwifery Theory and Practice 3 40 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Research Dissertation 30 credits
    • Preparing for Midwifery Practice 40 credits
    • Becoming a Midwife 40 credits

    Optional modules

    Choose one module from a range of topics:

    • Fertility and Sexual Health 10 credits
    • New Perspectives on Child Protection 10 credits
    • Fundamentals of Diabetes Care 10 credits
    • International Healthcare 10 credits
    • Autistic Spectrum Disorder 10 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Midwifery BSc in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    School of Healthcare courses are designed to allow you as much choice as possible in the way that you study and methods of training are highly participative, with a combination of tutor-led input and support, learning through group work and discussion, and individual exercises and practice.

    The School works closely with health and social care organisations, to make sure that it provides education and training which fully meets the changing needs of health and social care and develops the appropriate knowledge and skills enabling our students to play key roles in the workplace.

    The School has a large clinical skills area and a dedicated midwifery skills area is under development, with a range of electronic and physical teaching aids.

    The modules on this course have been designed to integrate research-led teaching, ethics and key midwifery themes. Part of the content will be through the medium of inquiry-based learning, where you study alongside other healthcare professionals, such as nursing, social work and medical students.


    The majority of modules contain midwifery theory and practice in which 40% of the module mark is the grade achieved in practice. This contributes to the overall degree classification.

    We use a range of assessment methods, including presentations, group assessments, unseen examinations, OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations) in level 1 and 3, along with essays, a final oral examination and the grading of clinical practice.

    You’ll need to demonstrate the knowledge and application of standard concepts, information and techniques, as well as your emerging abilities, skills and competencies.

    You’ll need to produce work that is typically both evaluative and creative and show you can conduct independent, in-depth enquiry within the discipline. You need to be able to draw on a wide variety of material and be able to evaluate and criticise received opinion.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: ABB including biology at grade A.

    Not general studies or critical thinking.

    GCSE: 5 A*-C, including science, maths and English, all at grade B

    • Access to HE Diploma

      45 credits at level 3, which must be at distinction and include 15 credits from biology subjects + GCSEs, as above. We strongly advise you to contact the School to discuss the suitability of your chosen Access course. We consider Access Courses to be suitable for mature applicants (21 plus) who have been out of full-time education and have had no previous access to higher education.

    • BTEC

      BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF): Distinction/Distinction/Distinction in: Health and Social Care (Health Sciences); Health and Social Care (Health studies); Sport and Exercise Science. Must contain at least one-third biology content at Distinction.

      All BTEC modules must be listed on your UCAS form or else your application will be rejected.

    • International Baccalaureate

      34 points overall, including 3 higher level subjects at minimum of grade 5, one of which must be biology.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      (Leaving Certificate): AABBBB including B in English and maths, and A in biology

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      Advanced Highers ABB including A in biology. We accept all subjects for the remaining grades.

    • Other Qualifications

      Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Programme (CFGO): Successful completion of the year with an overall score of at least 65%.

      Interdisciplinary Foundation Programme (PHE): Successful completion of the year with an overall score of at least 65%.

    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    You will need to show evidence of study in the last 5 years.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 7.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    The School of Healthcare does not normally participate in the UCAS Extra scheme for entry onto the Midwifery degree course. You must tell us in your UCAS application if you want to defer entry and if you have any prior criminal convictions.


    We shortlist applicants against agreed criteria, using the information you submit on your UCAS form only. You must meet the academic entry requirement for the programme. Your academic background and personal statement help us to assess your interest in the academic subject and are an important part of the process. The reference you provide on the UCAS form must also support your application.


    Shortlisted applicants are normally invited for interview at the School of Healthcare between November and April. This is an opportunity for you to find out more about the course, meet staff and students and look at School of Healthcare and University facilities.

    Admissions policy

    School of Healthcare Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: See fees section below

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

    The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

    The UK government has also confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    Read about home fee status on the UKCISA website. We regret this course is not open to international students.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    On successful completion of the programme you’re eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Midwife. There are many opportunities for midwives – from rotational posts in hospitals or the community, to specialist practitioner and management roles.

    Post-registration you might choose to study further, at Masters or PhD level.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Clinical placements

    Midwifery programmes are 50% academic work and 50% clinical practice. Students rotate through all the clinical aspects of midwifery practice, in the community and on hospital wards – antenatal and postnatal care, transitional care and working on the delivery suite. Students have the opportunity to work in a large regional unit and a smaller Distinct Unit. Students gain exposure to adult nursing in year 3.

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