Midwifery BSc (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years)

Cambridge , Chelmsford


code: B720

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We're full for September 2015. However, you can still apply for other intakes.


Midwifery is an exciting, rewarding career that’s always evolving and changing. On this highly practical course, you’ll develop the skills and confidence you need to make a significant contribution to the health of women, babies and families. Our course is funded by the NHS, so there are no tuition fees.

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Full description


Our course meets the Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards for Pre-Registration Midwifery Education 2009. This means that when you graduate, you can apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and start working as a midwife. Most newly qualified midwives join an NHS trust.

Midwifery brings unique rewards. You’re present at one of the most important moments in people’s lives, helping to safely begin the life of their child. This degree opens up a world of opportunities, including career progression, specialism and postgraduate study.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Fundamentals of Midwifery Practice 1
    This module will enable you to reflect on compassionate care, and how midwives advise and support women and their families in pregnancy, understanding individual needs and respecting choices and laying the foundation for safe motherhood (Francis 2013, NHS Constitution 2012). You’ll start your journey to midwifery practice and build the sound foundation upon which the next three years will be built. You’ll explore the anatomy and physiology of the major bodily systems and the impact of pregnancy and childbirth on these systems. This knowledge will help you appreciate the rationale for the schedules of care through the birth continuum. You’ll gain an overview of the provision of maternity care through the birth continuum, exploring the philosophy and models of care and being introduced to the midwife’s role and responsibilities. Antenatal and postnatal care is examined in more depth, and you’ll discuss the impact of this care on the woman’s experience. You’ll learn basic midwifery skills required to assess the well-being of the woman and foetus and be introduced to the communication skills required to support the woman and her family. The fundamentals of client satisfaction including effective communication, choice and safety in childbirth is also explored.
  • Fundamentals of Midwifery Practice 2
    This module will prepare you to provide evidenced informed care for women and their families through the variations of normal on the birth continuum, in the light of NHS Constitution, the Francis Report and other important political drivers. You’ll revisit your understanding of basic human anatomy and physiology and normal physiological changes that take place during pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium and you’ll consider the variations upon normal which are encountered in everyday practice. The physiology of parturition is examined in depth, focusing on how the physiology of birth can be maximised to promote normality. Variations in normal birth is also explored together with ways that may prevent or reduce those variations moving towards the abnormal spectrum. You’ll also learn more about care in the postnatal period, with particular emphasis upon the care and feeding of the new-born infant, and the associated evidence. You’ll explore the midwife’s role in supporting women in their infant feeding choices and in providing breastfeeding support. You’ll also consider the concepts of motherhood and parenthood and the impact of birth experiences on the adaptation to parenthood, together with ways of reducing negative birth experiences. You’ll continue to develop communication skills with women, their families and the multidisciplinary team and will focus on the needs of clients with communication difficulties.
  • Knowledge, Research and Evidence in Midwifery Practice
    You’ll have the opportunity to assess concepts of midwifery knowledge used to inform clinical practice. Different forms of knowledge including: intuitive knowledge, scientific inquiry, traditional knowledge, technical and specialist knowledge is explored. You’ll consider the concept of evidence-based practice and learn about the different approaches to undertaking research in midwifery. You’ll develop ‘the expertise, clinical and technical knowledge’ needed to ‘deliver effective care and treatments based on research and evidence’ in line with the ‘Compassion in Practice’ Vision and Strategy Document (DH, 2012, p. 13). You’ll gain an understanding of different research methodologies (linked to the nature and purpose of the research), consider data collection methods, different kinds of analysis and various ways of presenting research findings. You’ll learn to question the validity of knowledge and evidence around midwifery and, in doing so, developed the skills necessary to make decisions about whether research findings should be integrated into practice.
  • Fundamental Midwifery Skills
    This module will provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience to communicate and provide competent, compassionate basic midwifery care (Francis 2013, NHS Constitution 201). It’ll help you develop evidence-based fundamental midwifery skills required to care for women and babies during a physiologically normal antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum period. The development of midwifery skills that promote normality within childbirth will be a strong focus. You’ll be introduced to the normal/abnormal continuum that can occur during the childbearing period. You’ll gain the skills to detect departure from the normal continuum together with skills that may prevent or reduce movement towards the abnormal spectrum. You’ll cover a range of fundamental midwifery skills including those identified by the NMC Essential Skills Clusters for progression point 1, the 6C’s of compassionate care, NICE Guidelines and the Breast Feeding Initiative.

Year two, core modules

  • Midwifery Care for the Woman and Infant with Complex Needs
    You’ll learn about the complexities that arise both as a result of the childbearing process and pre-existing medical conditions. You’ll explore the midwives’ role in providing care for women and infants with complex needs during this period and the importance of multidisciplinary team working in meeting those needs. The importance of providing evidence-based information to help women make informed choices about their own, and their baby’s care is examined. You’ll discuss how risk impacts on women’s choice and how midwives can minimise this impact and promote normal birth and positive outcomes for women with complex needs. You’ll explore the notion of risk and risk assessment and develop your knowledge of clinical decision-making, problem-solving and appropriate referral. The concept of iatrogenesis and strategies to minimise iatrogenesis within maternity care is also investigated.
  • Promoting Health and Wellbeing in Midwifery Care
    You’ll consider the nature of health, and will focus on the political, social and psychological theories linked to the concepts of promoting health and well-being. You’ll focus on the key action area for the NHS including: helping people to stay independent, maximising well-being and improving health outcomes (Compassion in Practice, 2013). The module will introduce key concepts and issues to develop your awareness, knowledge and skills to promote health and well-being at individual and community levels. You’ll explore the role of the midwife in the promotion of health at the level of the individual and population. The module will emphasise the importance of all midwives as health promoting practitioners and Making Every Contact Count (MECC). You’ll gain further understanding of the importance of inter-professional/inter-collaborative working within the multi-cultural community.
  • Emergency Midwifery Skills
    You’ll explore emergency, high risk situations that occur during childbearing and the role of the interdisciplinary team in dealing with such incidents. You’ll cover a wide range of situations, which may arise during childbearing including those identified in the triennial Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Death. You’ll also reflect on the wider issues of risk, consent, scope of practice, communication, inter professional team work and evidence informed practice in the context of a variety of emergency complications of childbearing.
  • Developing Professional Midwifery Skills
    This module develops your clinical midwifery, professional and interpersonal skills and prepares you to provide midwifery care for women and babies with complex needs while also facilitating normality in the care process. This module will provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience to communicate and respond competently when caring for women or infants with complex health needs, with care and compassion, advising and supporting women and families when pregnancy or childbirth deviates from the normal (Francis 2013, NHS Constitution 2012).

Year three, core modules

  • Newborn Infant Physical Examination
    You’ll focus on the specialist knowledge and the clinical skills required to undertake a thorough examination of the newborn infant. You’ll use the in-depth knowledge and understanding which you’ve gained to recognise the deviations from the normal and initiate appropriate care and referral. The work-based environment will provide you with an opportunity to undertake clinical examinations of the newborn infant. On the other hand, reflecting on these exams will allow you to further identify your learning needs and develop your scope of professional practice.
  • Collaborative Professional Working
    'Collaboration is hugely important at all levels and across all settings as it underpins excellent care and the work needed to deliver the vision. Working with others in our teams is at the core, and our stakeholders and partners must feel involved to ensure best practice is shared, resources are utilised effectively and the maximum shift in culture is achieved' (Compassion in Practice, DH 2012). You’ll learn about vulnerable groups, particular covering the areas of Substance misuse, Mental Health, Domestic Abuse and Safeguarding. In the light of the Francis Report (2013) and others, this module will help you to understand of these subjects and the need for a collaborative approach to meet clients’ needs in a competent, caring and compassionate manner (NHS Constitution, DH 2013). You’ll draw on your practice experiences to identify and respond appropriately to cases/scenarios as an effective member of the multidisciplinary team. It’ll help you understand what the law says you and others must do or are expected to do and thus encourage good cross-agency working (Working together, 2013).
  • Advancing Midwifery Skills
    By the end of this module, you’ll demonstrate readiness for midwifery practice and the ability to become a professional and motivated practitioner. One of the key principles that the NHS aspires to is to provide high-quality care that’s safe, effective and focused on the patient experience; to innovate practice and improve the current and future health of the population. You’ll build upon your clinical skills and apply theory learnt over the last three years. You’ll review, through the use of the student pledge, how small but significant changes in practice can improve the care given to women and their families. You’ll discuss the NHS Constitution and the findings from the Francis Report (2013) and explore innovative approaches and how to implement change and provide evidence-based care. Risk assessment, patient safety and clinical governance is also considered. Finally, you’ll review how the service improvement impact on women and their families and how they can communicate the change to a wider audience.
  • Undergraduate Major Project
    The undergraduate major project enables you to raise and address significant questions relating to your chosen topic/issue. You'll be supported by a tutor with similar interests and research profile. This module requires autonomous study and it is your chance to demonstrate that you have met our University’s expectations and are ready to graduate.


We use a range of assessment methods to help you and your tutors measure your progression on this course. Besides exams, these include essays, observed practice assessments, presentations and a portfolio of clinical practice. You’ll be  assessed and graded in practice by the midwives who mentor you on your placements.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly and experienced staff.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

Fees for this course are usually paid by the NHS (per year)


How do I pay my fees?

NHS students have different finance arrangements to students on other undergraduate courses.

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Funding for NHS courses

The NHS finance package is made up of three parts, non-means tested grant, means-tested bursary and maintenance loan but there is some additional funding you might be eligible for:

  • Childcare allowance
  • Dependants’ allowance
  • Disabled Student Allowance (DSA)
  • Parent learning allowance
  • NHS practice placement expenses

Entry requirements


Entry requirements are not currently available, please try again later.

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Important additional notes

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.

We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.

Entry requirements are for September 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

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