Full-time: 3 years
£9,250 per year (2021/22)
£14,045 per year (2021/22)
128 (September 2021 entry)
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 £25,000 per year and you will then pay 9% of any income above £25,000.
You can also secure grants — which do not have to be repaid — to cover childcare and the costs of travelling to your placement.
You’ll study modules such as:
In this year you will be introduced to the foundations of midwifery practice and skills. You will learn about normal midwifery and the midwife's role as an autonomous practitioner. You will begin case loading and learning about continuity of care.
In this year you will build on year 1 by developing your knowledge and skills, particularly around caring for mothers and babies with additional needs, which require more complex care. You will also experience other healthcare placements.
In this year you will prepare for practice by consolidating your practical skills and undertaking research and an independent study. We will expand on leadership topics and you will complete your proficiencies in readiness for qualification. The modules will guide you through the transition to qualified midwife.
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.
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
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.
Find out more about personal academic tutoring
September 2021 typical entry requirements
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
At least at grade B in either Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Psychology
|Specific requirements at GCSE|
At least five GCSEs (or equivalent) including Maths, English and Science at Grade 4/C (or above)
|IELTS||7.0 (with at least 6.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||Yes - see interview details|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DDM. This must include a Science related subject in either Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Psychology
- Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits including 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
Please note we do NOT accept GCSE Short Courses or GCSE Equivalence Tests from other institutions or organisations.
It is essential to be able to communicate effectively with women, their families and the multidisciplinary team.
2021/22 Fees (August 2021 - July 2022)
£9,250 per year
£14,045 per year
Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.
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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Additional information about your studies
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.
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.
Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.