School of Nursing and Midwifery

BSc (Hons) Pre-Registration Midwifery

Do you want to help women have the best pregnancy and birth possible? This course equips you with the skills, knowledge and professional insight needed to become a registered midwife. Whether it’s helping clients before labour, or giving support to new mothers, you’ll learn through doing - building your confidence as you go. You’ll also discover the social and cultural influences that shape maternity care today, so you graduate ready to excel as a fully-rounded healthcare professional.

You will become a 'Registered Midwife' with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as soon as you successfully complete the course. You’ll build confidence through clinical skills and theory sessions, priming you to be at your best when working directly with real clients. You’ll enhance your employability with modules in mentorship and newborn examination.

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Nursing students to receive £5,000 payment a year

The Government is issuing Nursing students on courses from 2020 a payment of at least £5,000 a year, which they will not have to pay back. A further £3,000 of funding a year is available for eligible students. 

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This course is now closed for September 2021 entry

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Careers with this subject

Understanding where your degree subject could take you is an important first step in career planning. Due to the transferrable nature of the skills you gain from your studies, you may discover that there is a much wider range of opportunities open to you within this profession that you may first appreciate. Find out more about where your degree could take you.

Key features

  • Become a 'Registered Midwife' with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as soon as you successfully complete the course.
  • Spend 55% of your time learning through doing, in a range of real placements, in partnership with real clients.
  • Learn how to work as part of a multi-professional  team.
  • Build confidence through clinical skills and theory sessions, priming you to be at your best when working directly with real clients.
  • Extend your skills in IT, numeracy and literacy to support your clinical and professional midwifery practice.
  • Learn about the psychological and social impacts of having a baby and how to effectively communicate with and support your clients.
  • Develop a critical approach to research, enabling you to provide evidence-based care.
  • Enhance your employability with modules in mentorship and newborn examination.
  • Develop the professional knowledge, skills and attributes to enable you to work as an autonomous practitioner fit for the future.
  • 90% of student surveys for Midwifery were satisfied overall with their course in the 2020 National Student Survey (NSS). 
  • Learn from experienced Drs and Professors in their field.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Lay the foundations for your career as a midwife, from developing clinical skills and professional attitudes to learning about human reproductive biology. Discover the sociological and psychological impacts of pregnancy and birth. Develop your professional communication skills, improve your skills in IT, reflective practice, literature searching, essay writing, resource creation and exam technique. Before Christmas, undertake the first of your supervised clinical placements in maternity settings.

    Core modules
    • MID113 Applied Clinical Skills

      This module introduces the student to the clinical skills underpinning normal midwifery practice. It equips the students with relevant theoretical knowledge and the opportunity to rehearse skills in the safety of a non-clinical environment.

    • MID114 Preparation for Professional Practice

      This module will introduce the students to professional issues underpinning midwifery practice. Core academic skills will be introduced which will facilitate theory-practice links. Students will gain experience in the practice setting and evidence learning through coursework and use of their practice portfolio.

    • MID115 Foundations of Biology

      Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology and its influence on human health is an important foundation for Midwifery practice. This module explores the biology of the human organism, with particular reference to reproductive biology.

    • MID116 Communication and Applied Psychosocial Issues

      This module will introduce students to social and psychological influences on the childbearing experience of women and families and to the theory and practice of communication. This will allow them to begin to apply theoretical knowledge to the broader context of childbearing and develop skills in effective professional communication.

    • MID117 Health Promotion and Public Health in Midwifery Practice

      This module will introduce students to the principles of public health and health promotion. Pregnancy and childbirth will be considered as part of a continuum of women's health in order to raise awareness of the public health role of the midwife.

  • Year 2
  • Building on Year 1 biology studies, you’ll learn more about preconception, conception and childbearing. Learn about complications and conditions particular to pregnancy and birth, the role a midwife plays in a multi-disciplinary team and the importance of safe medicine administration. A team-based learning module will introduce you to the essentials of research. Put your improved clinical and theoretical skills into practice on placement, gaining experience outside of midwifery settings.

    Core modules
    • MID224 Reproductive and Contemporary Biology to Inform Practice

      Using a contextual approach, the biological concepts relating to preconception, conception and childbearing will be addressed.

    • MID225 Antenatal, Postnatal and Gynaecological Complications

      This module will build on current knowledge to enable the student to understand pre-existing conditions and those conditions peculiar to pregnancy and the postnatal period, and the role of the midwife as part of a multi-disciplinary team. The module will also introduce common gynaecological complications and procedures.

    • MID226 Developing Midwifery Practice

      During this module students will advance their knowledge and experience of skills to support normal midwifery practice in more complex situations.

    • MID227 Medicine Management

      This module will develop the students' knowledge, understanding and application of medicines and their management across the childbearing continuum and the role of the midwife.

    • MID228 Knowledge and Skills for Evidence-Informed Decision Making

      The focus of the module is on developing students' knowledge and understanding of the application of research-based evidence to midwifery practice. The module is based upon the premise that knowledge and understanding of key research designs is an essential pre-requisite of evidence-informed decision making (EIDM).

  • Final year
  • In your final year, you’ll further develop clinical skills for planning, assessing, implementing and evaluating pregnancy and childbirth care. Carrying your own caseload, you’ll see what it takes to be an effective practising midwife. You’ll learn how to manage complications in labour and birth, as well as handling emergencies. Using what you’ve learnt on the course, you’ll undertake a research proposal in your chosen area, and enhance your employability by preparing for mentorship and newborn/ infant examination. The programme will also prepare you for a future role supervising and assessing students in practice, as well as providing opportunities to gain a range of MDT and peer learning experiences.

    Core modules
    • MID323 Intrapartum Complications and Obstetric Emergencies

      This module will utilise the underpinning knowledge and skills achieved at levels 4 and 5 to enable students to competently manage complications that occur during the intrapartum period and obstetric emergencies. An in depth understanding of the role of the midwife as a member of a multi-disciplinary team will be demonstrated.

    • MID324 Facilitating Learning in Midwifery Practice

      This module will prepare the student with the knowledge and skills required to facilitate midwifery education in the professional practice setting.

    • MID327 Professional Practice in Midwifery

      This module draws together the elements of effective midwifery practice outlined by the Nursing and Midwifery professional body. It draws upon the regulatory framework that governs midwifery practice together with application of contemporary issues to safe, effective, evidence based woman centred care.

    • MID328 Neonatal Care and Assessment

      Students will build on existing theoretical knowledge of neonatal physiology and be introduced to skills required to undertake examination of the newborn. Students will critically analyse the evidence base and professional issues relating to the assessment, examination and care of the neonate, to include support of feeding in more complex situations.

    • MID329 Knowledge and Skills for Evidence-Informed Decision Making (2)

      This level 6 module focuses on (i) Extending knowledge of use of secondary research-based evidence in the form of systematic reviews and clinical guidelines; (ii) developing skills in critically appraising a body of evidence and constructing a literature review; (iii) identifying and developing practice-focused research questions.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Hons Pre registration Midwifery Programme Specification updated for 2020 21 6140

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

120 - 128

Five GCSEs grade C or above to include Mathematics, English and Science. Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application. Please note that if you do not have this GCSE profile please contact the Admissions Team directly on +44 (0)1752 585858 or email: and they will be happy to advise you further.


UCAS tariff
128 points including a grade B in a science – preference is given to Chemistry, Biology or Physics but Psychology and Sociology may also be considered. Excluding general studies and key skills.

27-30 overall to include a grade 5 at Higher Level in a Science subject - preferably in biology/human biology/chemistry/ physics but psychology may be considered. English and Maths accepted within – if Higher Level = 4 – if Standard Level = 5 – if overseas and not studying English within IB – must have IELTS where the overall score is at least 7.0, with a score of at least 6.5 in all elements.

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3, 30 at distinction level including 15 L3 credits biology. A further 15 credits at L3 must be at merit level. 5 GCSE’s grade C / 4 or above to include Mathematics, English and Science. Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application. Note the admissions tutor will consider the BTEC Level 2 in Science with a minimum of a merit overall in lieu of GCSE Science C / 4.

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma 
DMM-DDM – needs to have strong science/health element.

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered, please contact

Extended entry requirements

  • All applicants who are aged 17, must be 18 by the start of the programme in September.
  • In addition to the above, evidence of academic study within the last five years is required.
  • Please note we do not accept Key Skills Level 2 in place of GCSE English or mathematics.
  • You must pass disclosure and barring service and occupational health checks satisfactorily in order to be able to start this course.
  • If English is not your first language and you do not have GCSE English grade C or above you will have to achieve an IELTS or equivalent qualification at the grades stated below.
  • IELTS – overall score is at least 7.0, with a score of at least 6.5 in all elements.
    Meeting the academic minimum is the first stage of an application being considered. Applicants must also submit a strong personal statement in order to be considered further.
  • Attend an interview, find out more.
  • English language requirements.
  • We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary

Further information

International Application Deadline
Due to this programme requiring applicants to have an interview and meet non-academic conditions, the deadline for international applications is 30th June 2021 for September 2021 entry.

Fees, costs and funding

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Undergraduate Merit Scholarship for international students

Scholarship value: £2000 off your tuition fees in year one. 
To recognise continued academic achievement, you may also receive:

  • 10% off the successive years tuition fee if an overall grade of 60% or above is maintained
  • 20% off the successive years tuition fee if an overall grade of 70% or above is maintained.
To be eligible you must:
  • achieve one grade above your academic offer.
  • meet our standard English Language requirements.

This scholarship will be offered automatically, providing you meet the eligibility criteria. A separate application will not be required.

Further information about Scholarships for international students

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery and more details of any additional costs associated with our courses are listed on the following page: additional costs for nursing and midwifery students.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

What our students say

  • ? Staff are approachable, easy to contact and supportive, helpful as well as being passionate and experienced.
  • @ My personal tutor has given excellent support when I have reached out. Help is also available from different areas of the uni for learning.
  • ? Staff make the subjects interesting an empower you to do your best, and all are passionate about nursing.
  • @ Good access to skills labs, that are well stocked and use lots of high quality equipment.
  • ? Support from tutors and staff has always been great. They really do work hard to help with any problems.
  • @ Personal tutor has been outstanding through supporting personal issues and getting me through the course.
  • ? The course intellectually challenged me and I was able to gain in-depth knowledge.
  • @ My lecturers have a real interest in my development. I could not have asked for a better place to study.

Keeping the school running in troubled times

Our students have reached out to thank the teaching staff for continuing to deliver high-quality courses throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Thank you to the nursing and midwifery teaching staff for quickly turning around digital teaching and running the school at this time. We know you are working hard to do what is best and we appreciate the effort that you are all making.

We want you to know that we are proud to be student nurses and midwives of the University of Plymouth
- Emma, School Representative and first year Nursing (Child Health) student

Placement experience and simulated practice will work hand-in-hand to enable you to become the best professional you can be. At Plymouth, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art clinical simulation wards and equipment to allow you to develop a range of skills that are specific to the profession you are entering, in addition to a variety of basic health related skills, including:

  • physical examinations
  • patient and family interviews
  • diagnostic skills
  • washing hands
  • manual handling
  • observing and monitoring
  • blood pressure reading
  • injections
  • medication administration

For students interested in studying nursing and midwifery, a tour of our state-of-the-art clinical skills labs will show you the facilities you will be using.

The moment I realised... I wanted to be a midwife

Abbie Rich explains how her passion for midwifery has motivated her to make a long-term impact on families' lives.

“You really do have a long-term impact on a family whether you are a midwife or a student, they just remember you as being someone who was there and held their hand and listened to them.”

Find out more about Abbie's story

Lucy Oates – Midwifery graduate

Lucy tells us how studying BSc (Hons) Pre-Registration Midwifery set her up for a rewarding career in midwifery.

“Midwifery is a fascinating and rewarding career with many different areas to work in and the support from the University and placements is second to none.”

Discover more about Lucy's story

Connie Wisniewski – Midwifery graduate

Try and participate in some work experience prior to applying for the course; this will help during the application process and also ensure that the course is really for you.

Read more about Connie's journey since graduating


Opportunities for postgraduate study in nursing

Be at the forefront of changes to the traditional ways of working and become a Clinical Practitioner (CP) with our MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Clinical Practitioner).

You’ll be equipped with the knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose, treat and manage patients who present with undifferentiated and undiagnosed conditions, across all sectors of healthcare.

Certain clinicians can also exit as a non-medical prescriber, i.e. nurses, pharmacists and optometrists can become independent and/or supplementary prescribers, whilst radiographers, physiotherapists and podiatrists can become supplementary prescribers.

Entry interviews

Once your application has been received, we will consider your application to help us reach a decision. If successful at the initial screening stage, you will be invited to an interview. The majority of health courses interview applicants, as this is a requirement of many health regulatory bodies. This applies to all Universities and is vital to the progression of applications.

Interviews enable:

  • you to give the best account of your skills, experience and character.
  • us to decide whether you will thrive in the University of Plymouth’s culture.
  • us to explain more about the University, programme and how we work with our students.

Find out more about interview days: pre-work tasks, what to expect on the day of the interview and what happens after.

*These are the latest results from the National Student Survey. Please note that the data published on Discover Uni is updated annually in September.

The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) and the Graduate Outcomes survey (GO) are made available to prospective students and their advisors through the Discover Uni  website.