This course is full for 2016 entry.

Midwifery Studies

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2016: ABB / 320 UCAS points
Entry 2017: ABB / 128 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: B720
Placement: Placement year not available
Not suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Health Studies
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Midwifery is a unique profession, providing a safe, respectful, caring and personalised service to women and their families from conception, antenatal care, labour and into the postpartum period.

Our curriculum is based on a philosophy of active student-centred learning, making use of the real-life context of practice.

Problem-Based learning is designed to support your development into an autonomous learner. This transfers well into clinical practice, thereby promoting research-based contemporary care.

You will develop into a practitioner who is competent and consistently delivers innovative, effective and excellent care.


Students are expected to reflect the values as outlined by the University of Bradford and the NHS Constitution in both academic and practice settings. These include working together, showing respect and maintaining dignity for service users, carers and colleagues, working inclusively so that everyone
counts; showing commitment to your work and consistently offering a high quality of care. These values also include being compassionate, demonstrating empathy and working to improve the health and wellbeing of others. We are seeking students who can develop their communication skills, their competence in this field and show commitment to upholding these values during their education and into their future careers.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as the statutory body and regulator of nursing and midwifery healthcare professions.

Why Bradford?

Midwives practise in evolving health environments, which require them to have an understanding of national and international population diversity and associated health needs.

There are varied clinical experiences in Bradford and Airedale.

You will develop a culturally sensitive understanding of the needs of women and their families, and gain theoretical understanding and skills in providing respectful and sensitive care for women in our multicultural society.

The team of lecturers in the School of Midwifery and Reproductive Health are all experienced, registered midwives, who provide support in the practice environment.

As part of a technology university the lecturers adopt learning and teaching innovations to enhance and support your learning.

The programme is challenging with a high success rate for the students.

The Faculty of Health Studies has purpose-built practice suites, which allow you to be taught and to practise your clinical skills associated with caring for women.


Entry requirements


Typical offer: ABB / 320 UCAS points

A levels:

320 UCAS points from 3 full A levels. There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM in a relevant Health or Science subject.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health Professions or Science, to include 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction (including 15 credits in Biology) and 15 Level 3 credits at Merit.

Plus minimum of:

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include GCSE English Language, Maths and Biology/Combined Science. Those applying with Access courses are only required to have GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above (equivalencies will not be accepted in place of GCSE English and Maths).

Additional entry requirements:

As part of the selection process, we interview short-listed candidates prior to making offers.

All places are offered subject to satisfactory occupational health screening, a second reference and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Evidence of recent relevant study in the last 5 years is required — please contact us for further information.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS 6.5 with no subtest of less than 5.5.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


Typical offer: ABB / 128 UCAS points

A levels:

128 UCAS tariff points from 3 full A Levels. There are no subject specific requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM. Health or Science subject required.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

128 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health Professions or Science - at least 12 credits in Biology must be at minimum grade Distinction.

Plus minimum of:

Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above to include English Language, Mathematics, Biology or Combined Science (or equivalent qualification).

Those applying with Access courses are only required to have GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above.

Additional entry requirements:

As part of the selection process, we interview short-listed candidates prior to making offers.

All places are offered subject to satisfactory occupational health screening, a second reference and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Evidence of recent relevant study in the last 5 years is required — please contact us for further information.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS 6.5 with no subtest of less than 5.5.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.



Module name Type
Year 1
Applied Anatomy and Physiologycore
Midwifery 1A (Ward/Community)core
Midwifery 1B (Ward/Community)core
Principles of Collaborative Professional Practicecore
Society, Health and Wellbeing 1core
Year 2
Applied Pathologycore
Evidencing Professional Practicecore
Midwifery 2a (Labour Ward)core
Midwifery 2b (Labour Ward)core
Society, Health and Wellbeing 2core
Year 3
Development for Midwifery Practicecore
Midwifery 3a (Community & Ward)core
Midwifery 3b (Community Based Caseload)core
Midwifery Practice Projectcore
Research for Advancing Professional Practicecore

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career Development Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

Career prospects are very good. On qualifying, our graduates apply for posts in the NHS or independent practice.

Following graduation and registration, you will be expected to continue to develop your knowledge and skills.

We offer a range of postgraduate study options and specialist programmes.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2014 Midwifery graduates was £21,973.


Birthing Simulation

Our state-of-the-art birthing mannequin is designed to simulate the birthing experience before, during and after delivery.

It gives Midwifery students the opportunity to experience realistic fetal palpation, to understand the process of contractions and to deliver a baby through a lifelike birthing canal which simulates human tissue.

Tutors can programme “Noelle” with a variety of different birthing scenarios, allowing students to update their clinical skills and to review their practice with their peers.

Birthing Simulation

Midwifery Practice Suite

Student midwives have a dedicated clinical room with a full range of midwifery models e.g. for abdominal palpation and simulated birth.

Students also share a suite of practical simulation rooms with other professional groups in the Faculty of Health Studies. They use these rooms to facilitate workshops, working in small groups and practising different midwifery activities on a rotational basis.

Midwifery Practice Suite

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

2016/17 Home/EU:

Students undertaking:

  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery Studies,
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Adult, Mental Health and Child
  • BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
  • MSc Nursing - Adult, Mental Health and Child
  • MSc Midwifery Studies

May be offered an NHS funded place.  Students must meet the UK residency criteria to be eligible for NHS funding.

For more information, please visit the Tuition Fees and Funding section.

Tuition fees are subject to government review (Home/EU) and University review (International) for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

Students will also be eligible to apply for a bursary to help with their living costs. This is part income assessed and part non income assessed. The amount individual students receive will be dependent on their personal circumstances. Students will receive a payment each month for the amount they are entitled to, directly into their bank account.

Full details of NHS Student Finance and a bursary calculator can be found on the NHS Business Services Authority (external link).


All new eligible students will receive a £1,000 non income assessed bursary during each year of their course.

Students will also be eligible to apply for an income assessed bursary. In addition to being dependent on student's personal circumstances, the amount received will be dependent on the length of the course (number of weeks), whether the student is living in or outside the parental home and whether the student is classed as being dependent or independently assessed.

Students must fulfil one of the following to be classed as independent:

  • Be married/in a civil partnership/divorced
  • Have care of a child
  • Be estranged from their parents
  • Have supported themselves from their earnings for a total of 36 months prior to the start of the course
  • Have no living parents

If a student lives away from the parental home/or with partner they cannot be classed as independent, if they do not fulfil one of the criteria above. Students must provide proof that they have been self supporting, from wage slips, P60 or employer's letters.

Any bursary will be assessed on partner/spouse or civil partner's income from the previous tax year. (P60 or March/52 week wage slip required as proof).

For dependent students, the income assessed element of the bursary will be dependent on parental income. Step-parents' income will not be used unless they have legally adopted the student.

Dependants' Allowance

The Dependant's Allowance is payable to students who have dependants including a spouse, partner or civil partner or children.

This allowance is:

  • An income assessed element of the NHS bursary
  • Only awarded for dependants who are wholly or mainly dependent on the student
  • Calculated using the student's spouse or partner's residual income

This allowance is assessed using the gross income of all dependents as follows:

Income from employment (gross), self-employment (net profit), pensions, dividends, rented properties, taxable allowances, maintenance LESS Tax, National Insurance, pension, rent, mortgage, maintenance payments, life insurance EQUALS Residual Income (which is the figure used in the calculation)

Parents' Learning Allowance

The Parents' Learning Allowance may also be awarded to students claiming the Dependant's Allowance.  This is also income assessed and is included when the Dependant's Allowance is calculated.

Childcare Allowance

The Childcare Allowance is available to students with dependent children aged 15 or under (or aged 17 and under for children with special educational needs) on the first day of the academic year. This allowance is income assessed and the amount received will therefore be dependent on individual circumstances.

This allowance pays up to 85% of actual childcare costs to a net maximum payable currently of £123.25 per week for one child and £182.75 per week for two or more children. The childcare used must be from an Ofsted registered childcare provider.

The childcare element of Working Tax Credit is available to lone parents or couples who work for at least 16 hours per week.  It is not normally awarded where an individual is not in paid employment or is in full time education. 

NHS funded students who are eligible for and in receipt of the childcare element of Working Tax Credit cannot receive both types of childcare award. Where a student or their spouse, partner or civil partner is in receipt of the childcare element of Working Tax Credit, the student cannot also claim the NHS Childcare Allowance.

Therefore, students who have childcare costs and who will be eligible for both allowances, must decide which one they wish to apply for.

Please click the following link for more information about student entitlement to Working Tax Credit and the childcare element (external link)

Student Loans

NHS funded students are also eligible to apply for a reduced student loan. There are two rates for this, £1,744 per annum for students living in their parental home and £2,324 per annum for students living elsewhere (including their own home).  

If students chose to take out the loan, this is repayable in the same way as all student loans funded by Student Finance England, once individuals are earning over £21,000 per annum.


NHS funded students in receipt of bursary are also eligible to claim travel expenses for the cost of travel to placement (the difference between the cost of their journey to University and the cost of their journey to placement). There is also support for the cost of accommodation if students are not able to travel on a daily basis to their placement. The NHS Student Bursaries website (external link) explains this in more detail.

Uniforms, Occupational Health and Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly Criminal Records Bureau) Checks

Students will be provided with uniforms to wear on placement, but will need to provide their own footwear. The cost of these and also Occupational Health Checks and Disclosure and Barring Service Checks will be covered by the NHS.

European Union Students

Non-UK EU Students who do not have EEA Migrant Worker status or a right of permanent residence in the UK may be awarded an 'EU Fees Only' award, meaning that they will receive tuition fee support from the NHS, but they will not receive the bursary element.

EU students are not normally eligible for student loans, NHS Hardship Grants or University Access to Learning funds or Disabled Students Allowances.

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