Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2022/23)

UCAS points

128-136 (September 2023 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BSc (Hons)

Start date



Derby Campus

Course description

  • Become a competent and compassionate midwife with good communication skills and an understanding of women’s and families' expectations
  • Gain essential practical experience on a range of clinical placements in different health care settings
  • Learn from a highly experienced and enthusiastic teaching team who provide full support to help you achieve your ambitions
  • This degree is designed to meet the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly standards*, the gold-standard for midwifery programmes: and an important quality mark for trusts
  • Derby has a 70-year track record in providing high quality healthcare education and strong links with the local NHS trusts.

Journey as a student midwife 

As a student midwife you will learn the art and science of midwifery. Becoming a midwife is life changing. It's intense, exciting and hugely rewarding. You'll provide skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate care and that's exactly what we'll train you to do on this degree. As a student midwife you will need to demonstrate your passion in learning about the health of the woman and newborn to become and autonomous, accountable, safe practitioner. 

Are you ready for the challenge?  

The aims of this course are to develop practitioners who: 

  • meet the NMC Standards (NMC, 2019) and are eligible to register on the midwifery section of the NMC professional register
  • can transfer and synthesise skills and knowledge to meet the demands of differing practice environments and who recognise both the accountability and responsibilities of the midwife’s role 
  • have the knowledge, understanding, skills and cultural competence which ensure care is co-ordinated and tailored to individual women and new-born infants across diverse settings. 

Midwives work through many stages of the mother's journey: pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, labour and birth, postpartum (after childbirth), and the early days of the new-born’s life. You will support women's wellbeing, future reproductive health, and their transition to parenthood. 

You'll work in partnership with women, enabling and empowering their views, preferences and decisions. As a midwife, you will make a vital contribution to the quality and safety of maternity care. 


Learning alongside other healthcare practitioners 

Midwives provide care in many complex, varying situations and you'll always be working with a range of healthcare professionals to promote the best interests of a mother and her baby. This may include GPs, obstetricians, paediatricians, nurses, theatre staff, health visitors, social workers and many more. You will be ideally placed to recognise and act on any physical or psychological changes in the mother, baby or the wider family, and this will usually require you to refer your concerns to other specialist colleagues.   

To prepare you for this, we provide many inter-professional learning opportunities throughout the programme. This might include learning with other healthcare students, particularly for topics like safeguarding, leadership and change management, as well as working alongside practitioners during your placements.  

Midwifery - your questions answered!

In the below video, Senior Lecturer, Debbie Watkinson, answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Midwifery at the University of Derby. You can also watch exclusive subject content by signing up to Derby on Demand.

Debbie Watkinson, Senior Lecturer at the University of Derby, answers students' most frequently asked questions.

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50% of the course is made up of practical placements, so you'll develop essential clinical skills and gain a genuine feel for the practicalities and demands of the profession. This clinical experience is mandatory for registration with the NMC. These placements could be in the community, on antenatal and postnatal wards, in day assessment units, labour wards, and birth centres. There are also opportunities to gain experience in other settings to expand your experience.

You'll be allocated to a local trust where you will follow a rotation between areas in both maternity and other healthcare settings, and allocated a practice supervisor and assessor who will help you complete your competencies. Placement hours are subject to change.

Evidence-based practice  

This course has been designed to encourage you to think critically and apply evidence to underpin your clinical practice. The course will provide you with a wide knowledge base and is underpinned by national policy. When you graduate you will be confident in using an evidence-based approach to support your decision making in complex mental, physical, cognitive and behavioural situations.

First-class facilities

We offer outstanding learning environments including Clinical Skills Suites built to professional standards with replica wards, counselling rooms and treatment rooms that are fully equipped with the latest clinical resources. Our specialist midwifery equipment includes a birthing pool, birthing beds, birthing stools and birthing balls, as well as model abdomens, pelvises and breasts.

Active research

We have many researchers who active in furthering midwifery research, working hard to advance knowledge in different areas of healthcare and the human sciences. Here are some recent research studies they have conducted, which you may find interesting:

In particular, our Health and Social Care Research Centre spearheads a range of projects aimed at building healthy, sustainable communities. It's a collaboration between the University of Derby, NHS England and the four Clinical Commissioning Committees across Derbyshire.

Financial support to help you succeed

Don’t let financial concerns get in the way of your ambitions. You will be able to access a funding package made up of tuition fee loans and support for your living costs.

You won’t have to pay any money upfront; tuition and living cost loans work just like a tax on your earnings rather than a commercial or payday loan. You will only start paying back the loans when you are earning above £27,295 per year and you will then pay 9% of any income above £27,295. 

You can also secure grants — which do not have to be repaid — to cover childcare and the costs of travelling to your placement.

A Midwifery student demonstrating checking a heartbeat on a mannequin of a baby.
A female Midwifery student using a bump model

What you will study

    Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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    How you will learn

    This midwifery degree includes 50% theory and 50% practice. Through our own clinical facilities, and through your placements with trusts, you will gain 2,300 hours of practical experience in the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal periods, as well as in the care of the newborn baby. You will also gain 2,300 hours of theoretical knowledge. 

    For the theoretical aspects of the course, you will receive face-to-face and online teaching, as well as studying independently. To meet your practice requirements, you will need to keep an up-to-date ongoing record of achievement.

    The Newborn Infant Physical Examination is taught in this course. This is part of a screening programme which screens babies within 72 hours of birth, and students will complete this qualification.

    How you're assessed

    We assess you in various ways depending on the module, such as by:

    • written assignments
    • oral examinations (VIVAs)
    • objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE)
    • written examinations, and
    • case studies

    Who you'll meet

    Our teaching team is made up of registered midwives who have worked across all areas of maternity care. 

    Personal academic tutoring

    Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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    Who will teach you

    Two midwives lowering another into a birthing pool for a demonstration

    Jayne Leverton
    Programme leader

    Jayne joined the University as the Lead Midwife for Education and Senior Lecturer of Midwifery in April 2020. She has worked in many specialist areas within midwifery, the majority of her time at Derby was as matron in the inpatient maternity areas. Jayne was also part of the consulting team when designing the new maternity unit which forms a significant part of the new hospital build.

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    Entry requirements

    2023 entry

    These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2023 entry.

    RequirementWhat we're looking for
    UCAS points128-136
    A LevelAAB-ABB (At least a grade B in either Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Psychology)
    BTECDDD - DDM. Must include a Science related subject in either Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Psychology. We do not accept BTEC Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care
    GCSEMaths, English and Science at Grade 4/C (or above) Please note we do not accept GCSE Short Courses or GCSE Equivalence Tests from other institutions or organisations
    Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 30, Merit: 15, Pass: 0. This must include 15 Level 3 credits at Merit in a Science related subject in either Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Psychology

    Health or care experience to demonstrate an insight into the professional values and behaviours associated with health and care environments is required. It is essential for student midwives to be able to communicate effectively with women, their families and the multidisciplinary team.

    Please note that admissions for the course is conducted on a gathered field basis and this course has an application deadline of 25 January 2023 for September 2023 entry. To find out more about the definition and process of a gathered field please see our Gathered Field Policy.

    Covid-19 vaccination requirements

    The University does not require students to be vaccinated as part of their programme. However, some placement providers may request the University to confirm vaccination status prior to students being allocated to them on placement modules. In this instance, we may need to ask students about their vaccination status.

    If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you may be considered for our BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing course. Studying the BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing course will provide you with an understanding of compassionate care of mothers and can pave the way towards postgraduate study to enable you to register on the midwifery section of the NMC. Our admissions team will get in touch with you should this option be available to you after your interview. You can study BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing at our Derby or Chesterfield site, starting in either March or September.

    Additional entry requirements

    English language requirements

    IELTS: 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each skills area)

    Fees and funding

    2022/23 Fees (August 2022 - July 2023)


    £9,250 per year





    Funding for nursing and allied health courses

    By studying on this programme, you are eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,250. The loan will support your studies and enable you to start a rewarding career in healthcare.

    All new and continuing nursing and allied health students on pre-registration courses will also receive a grant of at least £5,000 per year that is not means-tested and will not have to be repaid. This is provided through the NHS Learning Support Fund (LSF) and is not managed by the University. Please check with the LSF for residency requirements and eligibility criteria.

    If you're eligible, you can get:

    • A training grant of £5,000 per academic year
    • Parental support of £2,000 if you have at least one dependent child under 15 years or under 17 years if registered with special educational needs 
    • Money back for excess travel and temporary accommodation costs while you're on your placement
    • £1,000 if studying a shortage specialism

    Among others, the shortage specialisms have been confirmed to include:

    • Mental health nursing
    • Learning disability nursing
    • Diagnostic radiography

    In addition to this non-repayable grant, you are also able to access a maintenance loan of up to £9,488 per year to support your studies, giving you access to over £17,000 per year of funding. Training grant payments will be paid in three instalments over the academic year. This is to provide you with a consistent flow of funding throughout the academic year as far as possible.

    All NHS LSF applications must be submitted within six months of the start of the academic year and you will need confirmation of your Student Finance in order to complete your application. You need to set up an NHS Learning Support Fund online account to apply.

    Additional costs and optional extras

    How to apply

    Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

    This course isn't currently accepting applications.


    This BSc (Hons) Midwifery provides all the theoretical and practical elements you need to meet the NMC standards and be eligible for registration on the midwifery section of the NMC professional register. It will help you to start a new and highly-rewarding career, as a competent, confident and autonomous midwife, who is capable of making a real, positive difference to the lives of women and their new-born infants, partners and families.  

    Once you have graduated and are on the register, you should be able to get an NHS position as a Registered (Graduate) Midwife (NHS Band 5) which will progress to band 6 following successful completion of the trust preceptorship programme. This qualification is also recognised in Europe, as well as other countries, so you could look for a midwife position overseas.

    Midwives can work in the trust obstetric maternity unit, midwife led unit or in the community. Midwives may specialise in roles such as a diabetes specialist midwife, bereavement services, vulnerable women or safeguarding. 

    After several years, you could progress to be a ward-based manager, specialist midwife, researcher or lecturer.  

    This is a new course so we don't yet have employment rates of previous graduates to provide. However, similar programmes, such as Nursing, have had exceptional employment rates: up to 95% of graduates being in further study or work six months after they completed their course.

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    Finding my voice as a future midwife

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    Additional information about your studies

    Teaching hours

    Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

    Additional costs and optional extras

    We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

    Please also note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, if your course offers fieldtrips, the location of these may change or be cancelled. If this happens, you will be communicated to in advance and we will do our very best to seek out other practical opportunities to ensure your experience is not affected.

    The information provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.

    Included in your fees
    • Travel and accommodation expenses associated with placements are to be met. Travel will be reimbursed if it exceeds travel to and from the University campus base
    • Uniforms
    • Name badges and ID holders
    • DBS Check
    • Occupational Health Check 
    Mandatory costs not included in your fees
    • Textbooks for skills sessions and placements approx. £40
    Optional costs not included in your fees
    • Travel to elective placement in year three if the student chooses to go out of usual placement locations
    • Textbooks to supplement anything available through the library various prices depending on the content
    • Printing costs of course materials if a hard copy is desired approx 5p per sheet
    • Students may opt to engage in international trips and activities that are not fully funded, though bursaries may be available
    • Optional outings and trips will also require self-funding
    • Professional NMC membership required to practice.

    Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

    Minimum numbers

    Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.

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