Midwifery Studies

BSc (Hons)
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
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?

Midwifery at Bradford was given 94% overall satisfaction by students in the National Student Survey 2016.

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.

The programme is challenging, but has 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. As part of a technology university the lecturers adopt learning and teaching innovations to enhance and support your learning.


Entry requirements

Typical offer: ABB / 128 UCAS points

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).

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 with a minimum grade C or grade 4 to include English Language, Mathematics, and Biology or Combined Science. Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Mathematics are acceptable in place of GCSE English and Mathematics.

Those applying with an Access course are only required to have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or grade 4 or above. Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Mathematics are acceptable in place of GCSE English and Mathematics.

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
Beginning Midwifery Knowledgecore
Midwifery Care and Practice 1core
Midwifery Care and Practice 2core
Year 2
Developing Midwifery Knowledgecore
Midwifery Care and Practice 3core
Midwifery Care and Practice 4core
Year 3
Midwifery Care and Practice 5a & 5bcore
Midwifery Care and Practice 6 (Caseloading)core
Questioning Midwifery Knowledgecore

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 and Employability 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.

Employment statistics

100% of our 2015 graduates in Midwifery Studies found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

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 2015 Midwifery graduates was £23,412.


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


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: TBC

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

Financial support

From 1 August 2017, new students in England on nursing, midwifery and most allied health professional pre-registration courses, will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs.

Please see this useful fact sheet from the Council of Deans of Health for more information (PDF).

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