BSc (Hons)


Chloe Edwards

BSc (Hons) Midwifery

My favourite part has to be the practical work. I enjoy being in the skills lab, and on placements too. I feel involved in my career and have received fantastic support from my personal tutor and mentors. On the course, I've done things I never even dreamed of before. Imagine what it's like giving a woman just one small piece of advice and then realising that she's suddenly starting to feel special about herself.

Course overview

The role of the modern midwife involves a great deal more than just assisting at birth. Today's midwife works in partnership with a range of health care professionals to create an environment of holistic woman-centred care throughout the childbirth continuum.

The main aims of our course are to:
  • develop safe, competent midwives, capable of working both as valuable team members and as team leaders
  • develop dynamic and flexible healthcare practitioners, able to respond innovatively to evolving practices
  • support the development of the skills and confidence to make a significant contribution to the health of women, babies and families.

Our degree adopts an enquiry-based approach to learning that encourages you to apply the lessons learned in the classroom to real-world situations, under supervision. It is designed to facilitate the development of theoretical knowledge and also critical thinking and problem-solving skills, skills which are essential to practicing midwives.

When you graduate you will be able to:
  • recognise and respond to factors contributing to the physical, emotional and social well-being of the mother and baby
  • systematically assess, plan, implement and evaluate care to best meet the various needs of mother, baby and family
  • function effectively as part of a multidisciplinary professional team.

Midwifery is a fast-changing area of healthcare and our course will equip you with the skills and abilities to practice not only as a competent midwife, but also to continue to develop and keep pace in an evolving environment.

Additional course information

Competency in practice is essential within midwifery and therefore at least 50% of the course hours will be undertaken in the practice setting. Anglia Ruskin works in partnership with eight NHS Health Care Trusts across Cambridge and Essex and you will be linked to one of these Trusts to undertake your practice placement throughout the duration of the course.

A new curriculum is currently being developed to start in September 2014. It is anticipated that it will be as follows

Module guide

Year one core modules
  • Fundamentals of Midwifery Practice 1
  • Fundamentals of Midwifery Practice 2
  • Knowledge, research and evidence in midwifery practice
  • Fundamental Midwifery Skills
Year two core modules
  • Midwifery care for the woman and infant with complex needs
  • Promoting health and wellbeing in midwifery care
  • Emergency Midwifery Skills
  • Developing professional midwifery skills
Year three core modules
  • Newborn Infant Physical Examination
  • Undergraduate Major Project
  • Collaborative professional working
  • Advancing Midwifery Skills

Hours of study

Our midwifery course is 50% study-based and 50% practice-based. You will therefore spend equal amounts of time on-campus and out on practice placement. Whilst on-campus you will be expected to attend classroom lecturers for six hours per day, Mondays to Fridays. Whilst out on placement, you will need to fit in with the shift system in operation in that area. This will include early, late, night and weekend shifts as well as bank holidays which could include the Easter weekend.

You have seven weeks holiday per year and these will include 2 weeks over Christmas and New Year, 2 weeks in the Spring and 3 weeks during the Summer. Holiday periods are allocated to each cohort and are not negotiable.

Placement sites

Placement sites in Essex:
  • Basildon
  • Chelmsford
  • Colchester
  • Harlow
  • Southend
Placement sites in Cambridgeshire:
  • Addenbrookes
  • Hinchingbrook
  • Peterborough
Applicants are asked for a preference but must accept that they may be placed anywhere in either the Essex (if you apply for the Chelmsford campus) or Cambridgeshire (if you apply for the Cambridge campus).


A range of assessments are utilised during the course including essays, examinations, observed practice assessments, portfolio of clinical practice, and presentations.


Skills laboratory facilities are provided both at Cambridge and Chelmsford and are used to simulate practice skills training.

Special features

Please note that all students studying in Cambridgeshire will undertake their theory component at Cambridge but clinical practice can take place at either Cambridge, Huntingdon or Peterborough. Students studying in Essex will undertake their theory in Chelmsford and their clinical practice in either Southend, Basildon, Harlow, Chelmsford or Colchester.


The BSc (Hons) Midwifery programme is funded by the NHS. Students do not have to pay fees and receive a means-tested bursary (this will depend on the income your family receives). Further details and a quick calculator are available on the NHS Student Grants Unit website www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk

Application Process

Application for this course is only through UCAS. For advice on the application process please come and visit us at an open day.
Academics and current students will be on hand to answer your questions about the interview format and personal statement guides are available for visitors.

Frequently asked questions

Q Will I have to pay course fees?
A No, the course is funded by the NHS. International students are required to fund their studies.
Q Will I get a bursary?
A You can apply for a means-tested bursary. See Getting funding later and visit anglia.ac.uk/money
Q Can I study part-time?
A This is a full-time, three-year course.
Q I am already an RGN. Is there a shortened course?
A No.
Q What holidays will I get?
A You'll be entitled to a total of seven weeks holiday a year, to be taken at set times.
Q Will I be expected to work shifts?
A Yes, the NMC requires midwives to experience the full 24-hour nature of midwifery. Your placement hours are based on a 24-hour service, which includes early shifts, late, nights, weekends and bank holidays that fall outside the allocated holiday weeks.

Links with industry and professional recognition

This course meets the Nursing & Midwifery Council Standards for Pre-Registration Midwifery Education 2009.

Associated careers

The majority of newly qualified midwives choose to consolidate their practice in a local NHS Trust working as a midwife across the spectrum of care.
Main requirements:
  • 300 UCAS Tariff Points from a minimum of 3 A levels (or equivalent)
  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English, Maths and Science
  • If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 7.0 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University
  • To receive an offer of a place on this course you must be successful at interview
  • An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Disclosure will also be required
  • A satisfactory Occupational Health clearance will also be required
  • A maximum of 20 UCAS Tariff points may come from the Extended Project Qualification at Grade A or A*
  • All applicants are required to have English, Maths and Science GCSEs at A*-C. BTEC First Diploma in Science passed at Merit or Distinction is accepted in lieu of GCSE Science
Alternative qualifications accepted:
  • UCAS Tariff points acquired from BTEC Level 3 Diplomas are accepted, related subjects are preferred
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (science or health based preferred). Applicants will be required to successfully pass the full course with at least 10 level 3 credits at merit and 20 level 3 credits at distinction. Access students will also be required to have English, Maths and Science GCSEs at A*- C
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 26 points is accepted
  • UCAS Tariff points from the Irish Leaving Certificate are accepted
  • UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Highers are accepted
  • UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Advanced Highers are accepted
  • Advanced GNVQ in a health and social care or science related subject with distinction grade.
  • OU Credits will be accepted in lieu of A Levels (120 credits will be expected in health or science subjects).
  • A level General Studies is not accepted for entry to this course
  • Qualifications in aromatherapy, massage and reflexology are not accepted for entry to this course.
  • Points from AS levels are not accepted
  • Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy are not accepted
Other acceptable qualifications

From the above information we will calculate requirements for Scottish/Irish Highers, International, European and Welsh Baccalaureate equivalents so that they are all equitable. We will also accept tariff points from other qualifications on the UCAS tariff such as the Cambridge Pre-U (subject requirements will be assumed to be the same as for A Level).

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email admissions@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

Entry requirements listed are for September 2015/January 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

Find further information on our application process.

Please note
  • BTEC First Diploma in Science passed at Merit or Distinction will be accepted in lieu of GCSE Science.
  • An A Level in a science subject, or science units within other equivalent level 3 qualifications will be desirable.


We would expect all our applicants to have thoroughly researched the role of a professional midwife and to have gained some experience in a care setting. Due to the highly competitive nature of the application processes you will need to be very clear as to why you want to become a midwife, the skills involved and what you can bring to the profession.


All applications must go via UCAS. Due to the fact that the course is always highly oversubscribed we only accept applications between September and 15 January for the following intake year. Late applications will not be considered.

International applicants

This course is not available for international applicants.

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