Midwifery: for Registered Nurses (Adult)

Midwifery: for Registered Nurses (Adult) BSc (Hons)

This 20 month course transforms registered adult nurses into registered midwives. The programme is designed to prepare to meet the needs of the childbearing population and the maternity services. You will have the privilege of helping women and families enjoy positive and healthy pregnancy and birth experiences.

Why study this course?

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 course is 85 programmed weeks inclusive of annual leave, this meets the NMC requirement for a minimum of 50% clinical practice and 40% theory. Learning occurs in blocks of theory and clinical practice which are normally approximately 6 weeks long.

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.

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

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Exciting Opportunities

You will have the opportunity to join the UCLan Midwifery Society and Passionate Midwifery Forum. The course also offers an opportunity for an elective placement, this can include Kenya and Uganda as well as other locations worldwide.

Your midwifery qualifications and experience will open up a wide range of options to develop your career in the directions that interest 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. Registration with the NMC as a registered Midwife will allow you 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.

We offer many progression routes for graduates including various Masters programmes and research opportunities.

The student cohort is a diverse group of students from various backgrounds and nationalities.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Delivered over 85 programmed weeks, which includes 53 days annual leave entitlement.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a degree (preferable) or a diploma in adult Nursing.

We require applicants to have 12 months full time (or equivalent) post-registration experience in an acute area of nursing.

Applicants must also have effective registration with the NMC and have evidence of Level 5 study in the previous 5 years.

Academic and current employer references are also required  at the point of application.

For more information please contact:
Midwifery Admissions Team
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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.

Course Overview

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

  • Midwifery Practice 1
  • Professional Practice
  • Midwifery Practice 2
  • Professional Practitioner

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Midwife 3
  • Woman and Childbearing 3
  • Baby and Family 3

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Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

Teaching and learning is delivered through a number of different media, which includes, lectures; tutorials; debates; group work; presentations; seminars; reflection; practical workshops and clinical experience, structured storytelling and client/user feedback.

You’ll be taught in state-of-the-art facilities on campus and 50% of your time will be spent in clinical practice and you will learn from world renowned academics who are all still visible in practice.

Assessments throughout the programme include: written assignments; oral examinations; unseen written examinations; group presentations; individual presentations; practice assessment of clinical skills and competencies.

Further Information

Industry Links

At the University of Central Lancashire, we have developed close links with healthcare providers across the whole of the Lancashire area including NHS trusts across Preston & Chorley, Blackpool, Blackburn & Burnley and Southport & Ormskirk. These learning environments provide our students with a unique insight into how healthcare is managed in all settings. All clinical placement providers are audited according to the Nursing & Midwifery Council requirements for learning and teaching in clinical practice. Each clinical site has a dedicated site link lecturer attached to the placement area, so that students may access support and advice. Academic staff work in close contact with the NHS trust practice education facilitators and the development of these close links enable our students to feel confident that their practice experiences are supported throughout their course. As part of your clinical experience you can expect to work alongside a clinical mentor who will support your learning journey throughout each placement area.

Professional Accreditation

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

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Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Community Health and Midwifery
Telephone us for further information +44(0)1772 892400
or email us at: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk | Book a visit

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: | 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.