Midwifery (direct entry programme) BSc (Hons) - Pre-registration

Midwifery (direct entry programme) BSc (Hons) - Pre-registration

School of Community Health and Midwifery




Under- graduate



Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    B720; Short form: BSc/MW

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons) - Pre-registration

Why study this course?

Learn how to effectively support women and their families through pregnancy, birth and beyond from an experienced team of teaching midwives who remain closely involved in practice. By encouraging you to take a case-based approach to managing a pregnancy rather than the traditional high risk/low risk approach, you’ll learn how to adapt your specialist midwifery knowledge to each woman’s individual circumstances and wishes, resulting in a more positive experience for both of you. At the end of this degree programme - which is equally divided between academic study and clinical practice - you’ll be professionally registered as a midwife.  


Entry Requirements 2017/18

128 points at A2 including A level Biology/Human Biology
BTEC Health & Social Care Distinction, Distinction, Distinction, including the following modules studied:
Unit 4: Development Through Life Stages
Unit 5: Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
Unit 14: Physiological Disorders
Access to HE Diploma Access to HE accepted - 45 Level 3 credits at Distinction- must include at least 21 Level 3 credits in Human Biology / Human Physiology & Anatomy modules
GCSE English, Math & Science at grade C
IELTs 7.0.

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1 (level 4) modules

Compulsory Modules:

  • Midwife
  • Woman and childbearing
  • Baby and family

Year 2 (level 5) modules

Compulsory Modules:

  • Midwife
  • Woman and childbearing
  • Baby and family
  • Altered health in pregnancy

Year 3 (level 6) Modules

Compulsory Modules:

  • Midwife
  • Woman and childbearing
  • Baby and family
  • Professional practitioner

Further Information

The intention of this course is to produce a midwife who is woman centred and passionate about midwifery practice. Therefore, we have designed a course that ensures learning; skill development and care delivery are focused on the promotion of health and wellbeing sensitive to the socio-cultural context of all individuals concerned. A case based approach to teaching and learning is used with an emphasis on pregnancy, birth and health being on a continuum, rather than the traditional way of identifying the woman as low or high risk. The case based learning approach provides opportunities for a wide range of learning and teaching strategies with the majority being student led. Therefore, the students on this course of study are very much active participants and equal partners in their learning and we aim to ensure learning, is relevant, fun and meaningful with each individual having a unique contribution to make to the learning experience.


The midwifery education team is supported by internationally renowned researchers in Midwifery and Infant Nutrition.


The course is three years full time study with 45 programmed weeks in each year. You will have blocks of theory and blocks of clinical practice, each being at least 6 weeks long.

You will undertake at least 18 weeks each year in the clinical environment and will work 37.5 hours a week providing care over a 24 hour period, seven days a week, working the shift system that operates within the NHS environment. Thus during your practice placements you will be roistered to work weekends, nights and occasionally even bank holidays. During theory weeks, which equates to 5 days study, you will be undertaking academic activity which consists of attending university for timetabled sessions, directed and self directed study.

Our student selection process is underpinned by  the National  Values Based Recruitment strategy .The selection process has to provide evidence that the future students would aspire to a high standard of excellence in professionalism which is  consistent with the NHS values i.e : working together for patients, respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care, compassion, improving lives and everyone counts.

Learn from world renowned academics who are all still visible in practice.

Your midwifery qualifications and experience will open up a wide range of options to develop your midwifery career in the direction that interests you most. As your knowledge and expertise increase, you could move into more senior practitioner roles, become a team or unit manager or move into other professions, including neonatal nursing or health visiting.

The overall aim of the programme is to provide opportunities for the student to meet the requirements for initial entry to the NMC Professional Register as a Registered Midwife and achievement of the award of Bachelor of Midwifery (Hons) within the University.


I chose to study midwifery as for the past few years it has been the only thing I wanted to do; I couldn’t see myself being anything other than a midwife. I loved the idea of the variety that came with midwifery due to working alongside different professionals to provide care to a woman. Also being able to support and guide someone in such a life-changing event of having a baby. I chose the course at UCLan as I liked the sound of the teaching methods used, the case-based approach allows me to easily transfer my skills and knowledge learnt in theory into practice. I enjoy many aspects of my course including the time spent in university with my course mates and lecturers, especially during practical skills sessions in the skills labs. But I also enjoy time spent on placement, where I feel I get plenty of support from my tutor/ link lecturer.

My favourite thing about UCLan aside from my course is the facilities available, including the library, free gym and the skills labs (used to learn practical skills needed for use in practice).

Top tip for new students – get involved, either with a society/ sport or within your course.

Victoria Oldfield


Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

Apply Now

You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)

Changes to Funding from September 2017 onwards

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

DBS Checks

Throughout this course you will be working with vulnerable groups of individuals including children. In order to ensure that the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing offers places on their programmes to the most suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing will be able to guide you through this process once you have been successfully offered a conditional place at the University. It is important to note that any unsatisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance may result in the offer of your place being withdrawn even if you have already started your course.

Industry Links

We are closely linked with local NHS Trusts who are commissioned to provide clinical placements.

Professional Accreditation

Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a registered Midwife.

Learning Environment and Assessment

We aim to engage you in a stimulating and challenging learning environment and this will support you to develop your knowledge and skills equipping you for a successful future. We utilise a casebased learning curriculum during which teaching sessions, seminars, and tutorials, clinical experience will be discussed and analysed. You are given time to apply theory to practice and to reflect on personal experiences. The development of individual potential will be important and staff will place considerable emphasis on creating an environment conducive to learning. In addition to standard teaching classrooms there is a dedicated Skills Laboratory with equipment to aid in the acquisition of clinical skills and this includes a computerised birthing manikin and newborn baby. In addition you will be utilising for case based approach the on-line Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) or Blackboard that UCLan has implemented to support and enhance teaching and learning.

Both theoretical and clinical competences have to be assessed to meet the professional requirements to become a qualified midwife. For theoretical assessment of modules we use different many different approaches and these include assignments, written and oral exam, presentations, reports, profiles, reflective pieces. Clinical competence is assessed whilst on each block of clinical practice by qualified midwives and by the end of each year a clinical assessment document will have been completed.

You’ll be taught in state-of-the-art facilities on campus and 50% of your time will be spent in clinical practice.

I wanted to study midwifery for a while as the whole process of pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period really interested me. I also knew I wanted to work in a healthcare setting.

The thing I most enjoy about the course is the variation in teaching methods – such as lectures, skills sessions and case-based learning where we research information ourselves. All of these methods mean learning is always interesting.

My favourite thing about UCLan is the friendliness of the staff. They are all so knowledgeable about their subject as well as being passionate.

Fiona Ducksbury


You will spend between 50% (minimum) to 60% (maximum) of the course in clinical midwifery practice. At the end of the 3rd year there is an opportunity for students to undertake a self or grant funded international placement.

You will also have the opportunity to join the UCLan Midwifery Society and Passionate Midwifery Forum.

Once obtaining initial qualification as a midwife it is possible to progress onto further higher level academic study at UCLan such as Masters, MPhil, PhD. Opportunities exist for NMC registered Midwives to work with the UK or abroad.

Registration with the NMC as a registered Midwife. Ability to work independently as a private practitioner. UK trained Midwives hold an international recognised and respected qualification and the profession is much sort after the world over.