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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This programme is part of the largest range of healthcare study options in the South West.

Key features

  • Become a 'Registered Midwife' with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as soon as you successfully complete the course.
  • Spend 55 per cent 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.

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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • NRS204 Knowledge and Skills for Evidence-Informed Decision Making (1)

      The focus of the module is on developing students' knowledge and understanding of the application of research-based evidence to nursing 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).

    • 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.

  • 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.
    Core modules
    • MID325 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.

    • NRS302 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

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 3846

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


5 GCSE’s grade C or above to include Mathematics, English and Science. Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application.


UCAS tariff
Including 64 points from 2 A levels including B at A level science, excluding general studies. 

31 overall to include two subjects with 5 at Higher Level preferably in biology/human biology/chemistry, physics, psychology or sociology. English accepted within - if Advanced Level = 4+ (A1) or 5 (A2/B) - if Standard Level = 5+ (A1) or 6 (A2/B) - if overseas and not studying English within IB – must have IELTS at 7.0 overall with 7.0 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. Will need GCSE English and maths at grade C if not already held.

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

Extended Science: 75 per cent at first attempt. Must apply direct to Plymouth University by 15 January.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered, please contact

Extended entry requirements

  • In addition to the above, evidence of academic study within the last five years is required.
  • How to select the right Access course.
  • 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 average score of at least 7.0, with a score of at least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and at least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections.
  • 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.
  • English language requirements.
  • For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Further information

Fees, costs and funding

The Government has proposed that for students starting their studies in September 2017 onwards, maintenance and tuition loans will replace the current system of NHS bursary funding for health-related programmes of study.

Find out more information about these NHS funding changes.

For applicants who are not supported by the NHS Tuition fee contribution the following fees will apply:

New students 2017-18

Full time Home/EU* International**   Islands***
Undergraduate (Classroom based) £9,250 £12,250 £9,250
Undergraduate (Laboratory based) £9,250 £12,250 £9,250

Part time (per 10 credits) Home/EU* International**   Islands***
Undergraduate (Classroom based) £770 £1,025 £770
Undergraduate (Laboratory based) £770 £1,045 £770

*The tuition fee for UK students transferring to Plymouth University from a partner institution is £9,000.
**Please refer to the policy for capping of international student tuition fees.

***‘Islands’ refers to fees for both the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Continuing students

Please note some fees for continuing students may differ slightly.

For a full listing please visit our fees for continuing students 2017-18 page.

Further information

Download our fees brochure

Read our Student Fee Policy for the Ordinary Degree route

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

Connie Wisniewski – BSc (Hons) Pre-Registration 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.

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Charlotte Nolan – BSc (Hons) Pre-Registration Midwifery graduate

Encompass the six C’s: Care, Compassion, Competence, Communication, Courage, and Commitment. Be proactive and have a thirst for knowledge. Midwifery is diverse and interesting, so embrace all the challenges.

Find out more about Charlotte and her career path since graduating

Enabling Practice Innovation Challenge (EPIC) 2017

As a student you’ve already made a big contribution to practice, now make it EPIC

Do you have an idea that would improve service and practice? Then get involved in EPIC 2017 and win prizes!

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