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BSc (Hons) Midwifery

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Please note that this course will no longer be recruiting a February intake from 2019 

What career could be more rewarding than one that helps to bring new life into the world? This course, with its 100% graduate employment rates and accreditation by the Nursing & Midwifery Council, can teach you to do just that.

With a strong emphasis on women-centred care, the course offers an equal balance of theory and practice. Alongside learning knowledge from highly qualified and experienced practitioners, during compelling units such as antenatal & postnatal care of mother & baby, labour & birth, pathophysiology, and medicines management, you’ll also use our clinical skills rooms to practise your skills in a safe environment, before transitioning into the workplace. There you’ll get to spend 50% of your course time on placements with mothers and their newborn babies.

You can opt to study at either of our coastal campuses – Bournemouth or Portsmouth. As well as mixing with midwifery students, you’ll work closely with other trainee healthcare professionals from different areas of the healthcare system – promoting interprofessional learning, plus communication, leadership, and team working skills, all of which will be essential for gaining employment after you graduate. 

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All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated. 

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus, St Mary's Community Health Campus, Portsmouth


3 years, including mandatory placements


Nursing & Midwifery Council

Required subjects:

A Level: Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Physics, Psychology, Sociology BTEC: Health & Social Care, Health & Social Care (Health Studies)

Entry requirements:

For 2018 entry: 128 - 136 tariff points  to include a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent including 32 points in a required subject. BTEC Extended Diploma of DDM (Health & Social Care or Health & Social Care (Health Studies) ). For more information check out our 2018 entry requirements page

International entry requirements:

IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with minimum 7.0 in each of the 4 components of writing, speaking, listening and reading. For more information check out our International entry requirements page

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators and technicians. 

If you're considering studying in Portsmouth, watch our video to find out what it's like to study there. You can view information on our facilities and take a 360 tour of our simulation suites here.

Year 1

Core units

  • Introduction to Professional Practice: You’ll be introduced to the framework that will guide your practice as a midwife, including the professional, legal and ethical codes of practice. You’ll also start to learn key communication skills.
  • Antenatal & Postnatal Care of Mother & Baby 1: This unit explores how the body’s systems change during the pregnancy and postnatal periods; focusing on an uncomplicated antenatal and postnatal experience. You’ll also learn how to support infant feeding.
  • Antenatal & Postnatal Care of Mother & Baby 2: Building on the unit above, you’ll explore more complicated procedures if the mother or baby deviates from the normal antenatal spectrum. This unit also teaches you about postnatal screening for women and their babies.
  • Labour & Birth: This practical unit explores the role of the midwife in providing holistic care for mothers and their newborn during a normal birth. You’ll also learn the professional and legal dimensions of care during labour and birth.
  • Health & Wellbeing 1: You’ll be introduced to aspects of wellbeing and health for the mother, infant and/or family. You’ll reflect on services provided to enhance the wellbeing of mothers and babies using experiences from professional practice. You will also begin to learn the evidence based knowledge and skills essential to provide infant feeding support underpinned by the Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI).
  • Clinical Practice 1: This unit will prepare you for clinical practice, introducing fundamental midwifery skills and underpinning theory and highlighting the role and responsibilities of student midwives.

Year 2

Core units

  • Pathophysiology: You’ll learn genetics and the pathological and pregnancy-related conditions of mothers and neonatal conditions and the impact they might have on the woman and her family.
  • Caseloading Practice: This unit will prepare you for caseloading, multidisciplinary working and autonomous woman-centered practice.
  • Medicines Management: You will develop an understanding of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics underpinning medicine management. You will be required to demonstrate your ability to meet the standards of numeracy required to safely administer medicines medicines.
  • Health & Wellbeing 2: This unit will enable you to develop awareness of global issues related to the health and wellbeing of mothers and their families, exploring epidemiological trends and psychosocial determinants of health.
  • Exploring Evidence to Guide Professional Practice: You’ll reflect on how professional practice can be enhanced in accordance with value bases for professional practice across disciplinary boundaries.
  • Clinical Practice 2: In this unit you will develop your skills and competencies in professional practice through inter-disciplinary working.

Year 3

Core units

  • Complex Care: This unit will teach you how to assess risk in order to plan and prioritise the care of women and their babies who have complications that may occur in the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal periods.
  • Health Leadership & Innovation: During this unit you’ll illustrate analytical understanding regarding personal and professional leadership and its transformatory potential in the provision of midwifery care/ services.
  • Evidencing Practice: You’ll undertake an in-depth analysis and synthesis of the evidence surrounding a chosen topic of professional practice.
  • Service Improvement Project: This group project will explore a service area of health care where you can enhance the experiences of people using the service.
  • Clinical Practice 3: In this unit you will enhance your skills enabling you to become a safe, autonomous and competent practitioner eligible for entry on to the professional register.

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

Contact hours

You will undertake scheduled learning and teaching, as well as placements which means you’ll gain the practical skills necessary to work as a Midwife. Your study time at BU will be split between scheduled learning and teaching activities and guided independent learning, such as preparing for and writing up coursework assignments.

Year 1 – 19% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 209 hours
  • Independent learning: 391 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 19 hours
  • Placement hours: 900

Year 2 – 26% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 235 hours
  • Independent learning: 365 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 12 hours
  • Placement hours: 900

Year 3 - 20% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 248 hours
  • Independent learning: 352 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 2 hours
  • Placement hours: 900 

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found on the programme profile in the programme specification for your course. As an indication, 52% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.

Midwifery is a very practical profession and you will largely be assessed on your skills in practice environments, however you will also undertake written coursework allowing you to reflect on your learning and also group work.

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for BSc (Hons) Midwifery.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Placement opportunities

The course is designed with blocks of theory and practice throughout the three years. This means you will gain clinical experience in all aspects of midwifery practice. Your first placement will typically be in the community or a birth centre and starts in week seven of the course.

Other clinical experience will include neonatal care, gynaecology and theatre and throughout the course you will have the opportunity to organise a number of visits to areas/organisations of interest to you, in relation to public health, such as: Sure Start programmes, National Childbirth Trust, health promotion departments, etc.

If you are based in Bournemouth, your clinical placements will be located in Poole, Bournemouth, Salisbury, Dorchester, Yeovil, Winchester or Hampshire Hospital. For those based in Portsmouth, placement localities are Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight or Winchester Hospital.

What hours do you work? 

When on placement you will experience the full 24 hour shift pattern to include 12-13 hour shifts, weekends and night shifts. You will follow the shift pattern of your allocated placement mentor, which means you cannot chose which days you work. Although this does involve some weekend working, it is highly unlikely that you will be working every weekend. 

Due to placement availability, the offered place is in the same clinical locality for three years. You will be assigned midwife link tutors who will provide support during both theoretical and practical experience.

Placements and travel costs

Your learning will be based at our Lansdowne Campus or at our Portsmouth sub-campus, while clinical placements will be in a variety of places within Dorset and Somerset, in order to provide the necessary breadth of experience. This will involve some travel, and may require you to find short-term accommodation in order to participate in block placements. Although your term time address and method of transport are taken into consideration when allocating your placements there is an expectation that all students will have to travel up to 40 miles to reach their placements. Due to the more rural nature of some of the placements you may be required to travel further.

Your placement travel expenses will be reimbursed from the Department of Health and Student Finance England.

Placement locations

This course contains a significant amount of placement experience, with this often being undertaken in outlying areas rather than solely in towns/cities. You need to consider this when making your application and be clear about what you will be undertaking. If your placement locality is to be assigned for the full length of the course, i.e. for Nursing, Midwifery and ODP, you will need to consider the realities of training within that geographical area and be specific about which would be suitable for you – whilst being flexible may in some circumstances increase your chances of success, being unrealistic will lead to problems. Don't forget to ensure that you take note of the locality you have been assigned when you receive your offer letter and arrange your accommodation accordingly.

You can find out more about our placement locations here.

Your application

Background & experience

For Midwifery, we are looking for applicants who:

  • Have a clear understanding of the profession, including insight into the role of the midwife
  • Are motivated and committed to undertaking the course
  • Can demonstrate personal skills and qualities relevant to succeeding on the course, including time management and communication skills.

We understand the difficulty in gaining experience within a Midwifery setting, and suggest the following examples of how you may gain insight into the role of a midwife: talking to midwives, talking to women who run support groups relating to breastfeeding, child health, or family care, reading relevant Midwifery journals, for example ‘The Practising Midwife’ and accessing relevant websites, for example the NHS Careers website.

You will need to demonstrate that you currently have the skills to study at a higher education level (please see the Recommended Qualifications section). Evidence of recent study could be via a formal qualification or work-based activities completed in the last three years. Bournemouth University sets its own academic entry criteria using the Nursing and Midwifery Council minimum entry requirements as a base and there is strong competition for places.

In the healthcare sector IT is now a vital tool for accessing and maintaining client records, accessing literature to client care and conducting clinically-related research. As a student you will receive an introduction to IT near the beginning of your course and you will be provided with computer access and your own email address. During the course you will be expected to use your developing IT skills to produce assignments, to conduct literature searches, and to use client-related record systems in the clinical setting.

Our courses are built around the NHS constitution values, and when assessing your application we will take these values into consideration:

  • Working together for patients
  • Respect and dignity
  • Commitment to quality of care
  • Compassion
  • Improving lives
  • Everyone counts.

Find out more about the NHS Constitution principles.

Selection methods

We’ll use the UCAS applications to create a shortlist of candidates that we would like to find out more about, and may invite you for an interview. You can find some handy hints about filling in your UCAS form on our how to apply webpages.

Our offer making process

Our offer making will typically be based on your main graded qualifications, including any required subjects. Additional study may be valuable for breadth of study, and we will look at a range of qualifications and subjects, including the Extended Project Qualification and General Studies, although these may not be part of our offer.

If you do not meet the criteria of your original offer, we may still offer you a place. We will review your whole application and consider all academic qualifications (including those not in the offer) and the rest of the application to see if you have the academic potential to succeed on the course. If we feel the answer is yes, we will still confirm your place.

How we'll assess your application

We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course considering a range of factors, including your academic achievements, work and other experience, predicted grades, reference and personal statement, and in some cases, your performance at an interview/selection test.

If you meet one or more of our contextual data indicators for educational disadvantage (such as being in care, living in a low participation neighbourhood or in an area with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics), your offer could be between 6-20 points below the published tariff.

When do you find out if you have been successful?

For those who do attend an Applicant Selection Day, your file will be reviewed and a decision will be made on whether to offer you a place on the programme. Only once we have completed all interview days will applicants be selected, and offers will be made through the UCAS system. Decisions are typically made and updated on UCAS by the end of March.

You can find further information about interviews with the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences here.

Additional reference

In addition to the reference on your UCAS form, once we’ve received your application we will contact you to ask for a second reference; this can be a different teacher/ lecturer, employer or person who knows you in a professional capacity.

Unconditional offer scheme

Applicants who are predicted to achieve strong academic results will be eligible for BU’s Unconditional Offer Scheme in recognition of their academic performance and potential to succeed at university. If you are selected for the scheme and commit to us as your firm choice of university, then we will match this commitment by making your offer unconditional, which will guarantee your place at BU.

You will receive a standard conditional offer based on the entry requirements for your course via UCAS Track and your offer letter – it will advise that you are eligible for the unconditional offer scheme. We will then update your offer to unconditional should you choose BU as your firm choice on UCAS Track. We believe that unconditional offers reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible, and we will reward you with an Academic Excellence scholarship of £1,000 in your first year if you achieve AAA or above at A-level or equivalent.

2018 entry requirements

We use the UCAS Tariff to show our entry requirements and will accept a combination of grades from your qualifications. You can use the UCAS calculator to see how your qualifications equate to tariff points.

The entry requirements for this course are 128 - 136 tariff points  to include a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent including 32 points in a required subject.. BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit in a required subject.

Required subjects: 

  • A Level: Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Physics, Psychology, Sociology
  • BTEC: Health & Social Care, Health & Social Care (Health Studies)

Excluded subjects: General Studies

GCSEs: This course requires GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications.

Numeracy and literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes GCSEs, iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application – please contact the Future Students Enquiry Team  to find out more.

If English is not your first language: you will need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with minimum 7.0 in each component or equivalent. This is a Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) requirement.

Other qualifications: We have outlined below other qualifications that we consider for this course. If you are studying a qualification that is not listed, please contact the Future Students Enquiry Team  – it may be that we can still consider it.

Access courses: 128 - 134 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades including 15 level 3 credits in one or more of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Physics, Psychology, Sociology or Health Science.

BTEC qualifications:

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction, Merit (128 tariff points) in Health & Social Care or Health Science
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent
  • BTEC National Foundation Diploma/ 90-credit Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent
  • BTEC National Extended Certificate/ Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care: Qualification is considered depending on which units are taken.

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: 128 - 136 tariff points  to include a minimum of 2 Principal Subjects including 36 points in a required subject.

Cambridge Technical qualifications:

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction, Merit (128 tariff points) in a required subject 
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent
  • Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent
  • Introductory Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent

International Baccalaureate (Diploma): 32-33 points overall including grade H5 from 2 Higher Level subjects.

Scottish Advanced Higher: 128 tariff points from 2 Advanced Highers including 32 points from a required subject.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent.

Open University: If you currently have some academic qualifications but do not have a Biology/Human Biology and this is a required subject for your course we recommend you consider studying the Open University course SK299.

Extended Project Qualification: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by 2 A-levels or equivalent qualifications.

Other Health Care Level 3 Qualifications and Bridging Programmes: We are aware that there are a wide range of health care qualifications which people undertake in their workplace. Find out more about Bridging Programmes and some frequently asked questions about them here. If you would like to know if the qualifications you have or are working towards meet our entry criteria; please ring the Future Students Enquiry Team on 01202 961916 or email us for further information and advice.

Deferred entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.

Non-academic requirements

Occupational Health (OH) Checks

This course is is physically and mentally demanding and you will  need to be mentally and physically able to undertake your chosen course. Places are offered subject to passing an OH check, and this will be carried out at the University Hospital Southampton. Health conditions  need to be dealt with on an individual basis e.g. deafness, blindness, eczema (or other dermatological allergic reactions) on exposed areas, epilepsy, back problems, or mental health conditions, eating disorders and other disabilities. These do not automatically exclude you but please ensure that you fully disclose your condition  to OH. The University can then consider the recommendations made by OH and whether reasonable adjustments can be made to support you on your chosen course. If you require more guidance please contact us for more information.

You will be required to provide a record of your immunity status or be vaccinated or have the required blood tests. Please see this table for the required immunisations. You may need to ask your GP or current OH department or find your childhood vaccination record  for details of your past immunisation records. You should be aware that there may be charges made (for which you will be liable) relating to your gaining the appropriate immunity required prior to starting your training programme.

Refusing Immunisations

The University has an expectation that all students will comply with the vaccination programme.  This ensures that you will be able to undertake the wide range of training placements that your course  will require. Occasionally some vaccinations  are contraindicated in certain medical conditions. OH will advise the University in these cases.The University will consider students on an individual basis. Refusal to have immunisations will result in the student not being allowed to attend practice placement and being withdrawn from the course. There is no opportunity to appeal against the requirements of the immunisation policy.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (previously known as CRB)

All successful applicants will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barred List check; this will be a condition of offer and will need to be completed prior to commencing the course. Please see the Government website for the most up to date information.

International entry requirements

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

  • IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading.

View further information about our English language requirements.

Language testing applicants from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and the USA

All overseas applicants are required to meet the NMC standard for English language regardless of where they come from. This makes sure that all applicants meet the same standard in a system that is equitable, fair and non-discriminatory. There are no current plans by the NMC to waive the IELTS requirements for these countries.

Academic entry requirements

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students’ page.

We offer a number of preparatory programmes through the Bournemouth University International College. These courses offer you progression from High School in your home country to a Bachelor’s degree at BU.


If shortlisted for interview you will be notified of the interview arrangements once your application has been processed. 


  • Students are in work or further study within six months of graduating: 100%*

Working as a midwife is incredibly rewarding and as a graduate from this course you will have a wide range of career opportunities. Our students have an excellent record of gaining positions within NHS Hospitals, Community Trusts and in the private healthcare sector.

You don't have to stay in the UK though, as this qualification is recognised widely around the world, allowing you to travel and make a real difference wherever you settle.

Among the roles you can go into after graduating are:

  • Midwife
  • Maternity support worker
  • Health visitor
  • Children's community nursary nurse

On graduating successfully from this course, you can apply for registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC), and this degree is also UNICEF Baby Friendly Accredited.

Industries worked in

  • Healthcare
  • Education.

Further study

Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our Postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.

You can also continue studying and enhancing your knowledge through the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) framework.

*All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.


Our midwifery course is delivered at both our Lansdowne Campus, Bournemouth and St Mary’s Community Health Campus, Portsmouth. Our Lansdowne campus is located in Bournemouth town centre housing all of our Faculty of Health & Social Sciences students.

Our campus in Portsmouth forms part of St. Mary’s Hospital which is a component of Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust. Occupying a floor of the hospital, you will have a very practical experience benefitting from a dedicated teaching environment of lecture theatres, seminar rooms and practice simulation suites while being based in a hospital setting. Watch our video about studying at our Portsmouth campus. Visit the hospital website for directions to this campus.      

Your lecturers

Carol Wilkins

An experienced midwife and lecturer,  Carol is the Lead Midwife for Education for Bournemouth University and Co-Head of Education for the Department of Human Sciences and Public Health. She holds a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.  Carol lead a third year pre-registration midwifery unit focusing on research and teach across the spectrum of pre and post registration and postgraduate midwifery.  In her role as a clinical link tutor she practises and supports students in community, birth centre and hospital environments.

Her PhD research examined associations between the way in which women process the emotions of childbirth and the emergence of postnatal depression.  Other research interests include education development, curriculum planning, postnatal care and perinatal mental health.  She supports a number of doctoral students, looking at obesity, models of postnatal care, the use of a decision app in birthplace choices and experiences of immigrant women in Alberta, Canada.

Catherine Angell

Catherine is proud to have once been a Bournemouth University midwifery student herself! She worked in practice before undertaking her PhD, after which she became a midwifery lecturer and researcher. She is currently Programme Lead for the Midwifery programmes. She teaches a diverse number of subjects across the programme including evidence based practice, fetal monitoring and aspects of postnatal care. She also co-leads the Faculty’s inter-professional research unit.

Her research interests include education and learning, practice development and infant feeding. She supports a number of PhD students, researching midwifery care and infant health in the UK and in Nepal.

Luisa Cescutti-Butler

Luisa was a nurse (trained in South Africa) prior to undertaking midwifery training in the UK. From that moment on, she never looked back as she loved midwifery. Over the years she has specialised as a premature baby midwife working to support mothers and their partners to care for their sick newborn babies in neonatal intensive care units. Her knowledge and expertise is now focused around enhancing student learning around women who become premature mothers and caring for their babies. She has recently completed her PhD which used a feminist lens to explore women’s experiences of caring for their late preterm babies.  Her other interests lie in examination of the newborn which she teaches regularly to midwives and student midwives. Her research interests revolve around women’s experiences, preterm issues, practice development and examination of the newborn.  

Juliet Wood

Julia has a wide variety of clinical experience in hospital, community, midwifery-led and independent team midwifery both in the UK and in South Africa where she also lectured at the University of Cape Town. She was a lead researcher on a large scale randomised controlled trial on the management of the third stage of labour and my PhD was a Discourse analysis of blood loss in normal childbirth. She is particularly interested in maintaining normality in maternity care, promoting continuity of care and thinking about midwifery from an international perspective.

Michelle Irving

Michelle has worked as a lecturer/practitioner at Bournemouth since 2014. She has worked as an Independent Midwife for 17 years working in partnership with women and supporting them in their informed decision-making.  Particular areas of interest for her are facilitating and supporting physiological birth, homebirth, waterbirth and breastfeeding.  She is currently undertaking research for a PhD exploring Independent Midwives’ practice.

Alison Taylor  

Alison has thirty years of clinical experience, working in all aspects of clinical practice. Areas of scholarship include infant feeding and using audio visual data in research and education. She is lead lecturer for infant feeding on a number of health programmes and successfully directed the curriculum so that BU has achieved the UNICEF Baby Friendly Award for University standards for the BSC (Hons) Midwifery programme. Her PhD explored mothers’ experiences of breastfeeding recorded in video diaries. She is currently midwifery lead for a joint inter-professional newborn feeding clinic at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic where student midwives and chiropractic interns work together to support breastfeeding mothers and babies.

Susan Mant

Susan has been a midwife since 1981, practicing mainly in a consultant led unit, providing low and high care. Susan is an experienced midwife and teacher and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has been teaching on the undergraduate and post-registration programmes for some years. She is currently working towards a PhD and her study, a narrative inquiry, aims to explore the experiences of newly qualified Sign-off Midwife Mentors. This links with her teaching role in post registration education around mentorship. Other interests involve a Masters study exploring clinicians’ experience of the Zavanelli Manoeuvre and an interest in the management of physiological breech birth and pre-eclampsia.

Current research interests revolves around Sign-off Midwife Mentorship (and the experience of newly qualified sign-off midwife mentors).

Debbee Houghton

Debee has been a registered midwife since 1986 mainly working at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital midwifery led unit from 1992 – 2004 as a registered midwife and clinical coordinator. Working in a midwife led unit resulted in a reappraisal of her philosophy of midwifery and consequently she has a keen interest in facilitating normal birth.  During my time at Bournemouth she completed her advanced diploma in nursing and her Bsc (Hons) midwifery practice which led her into education and her consequent post as a midwifery lecturer.  While at the university Debee has been involved in numerous units but currently leads on the year 2 medicine management unit which inspired her to enrol on the Professional Doctorate in October 2013. The focus of her research is around medicine management in midwifery and the title is ‘An interpretive phenomenological study exploring midwives experiences of medicine management in contemporary UK midwifery practice to enhance safety’. She has now completed her progression transfer and is starting to interview midwives. The rationale for her doctorate is that there is limited research into midwives and medicines and that due to the complexity of the childbirth continuum, pharmaceuticals, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and therapeutics are increasingly part of a registered midwives every day practice, therefore midwives need evidence based knowledge to ensure women’s care is not compromised.

Denyse King

Denyse is a registered midwifery lecturer teaching midwifery two days per week, and a registered public health practitioner, working two days per week for her local Public Health Department.

She is currently researching the effectiveness of MaCO as a learning experience from learners ranging from nursery nurses through healthcare students, and qualified professionals such as school nurses, health visitors, midwives and GPs.

Jane Fry

Jane has been a practicing midwife for 29 years. The majority of this practice has centred in the community due to a passion for enabling women to experience normal birth and holistic care.

Her scholarship in education is linked with student caseloading and she has lead and assisted with the student caseloading project at Bournemouth University which has attracted national and international interest and has resulted in a number of commissioned publications and conferences. This interest and scholarship is linked to her belief that students can truly learn to appreciate and promote woman-centred car through such an educational initiative, she also regularly caseloads women in her local practice area. Her scholarship in practice is focused on the provision of woman centred care and promotion of salutogenesis, holism and normality of birth. Her research interests and publication areas of physiological birth and intuition as an authoritative form of knowledge reflect these ideals. Her methodological scholarship is centred in phenomenology.

Jenny Hall

EdD RM ADM MSc (Reproduction & Health) PGDip(HE)

Jenny has been involved in the NHS for over 35 years having trained initially at the Middlesex hospital in London and then as a midwife in the East of England. She has written widely around midwifery subjects, with particular interest in spirituality related to childbirth and midwifery. Her research interests are holism, spirituality, normality of midwifery and birth, dignity of care, arts-based methods and education in relation to midwifery.

Lesley Milne

Lesley's work continues, in conjunction with Global Library of Women's Medicine (GLOWM), Lectures from Plymouth University and The Royal College of Midwives, in producing APS for teaching and updating Midwives working in resource poor settings.

Liz Davey

During her time as a staff midwife her interest in community services became a passion and she took a role as a community midwife within the New Forest area in 1987. Here her focus on normality and continuity enabled women to be cared for throughout antenatal through labour and birth and onto postnatal episodes within a model of shared caseloading with a small team of midwives. Women were able to birth at home, at local birth centres and at the maternity hospital, sharing care with GPs and other primary health services as well as obstetricians where care became higher-risk.

Within education Liz has worked at Bournemouth University across both pre-registration and post-registration programmes since 1999 for a broad range of topic areas including embryology, health and wellbeing, individualised care, medicines management, lifelong learning, clinical skills and mental health during childbearing. As a link lecturer Liz continues to support local maternity services and the mentoring of students in clinical practice settings. Liz is currently undertaking research for the Professional Doctorate exploring women’s experience of aquanatal groups during pregnancy.

Stella Rawnson

Qualifying as a midwife in 1980, Stella has over 20 years of clinical experience during which she has worked in all aspects of clinical practice.

Prior to her move into education, she worked extensively in the community and in an isolated stand-alone birth centre, during which time she had the opportunity to hold a small personal caseload. She is an enthusiastic advocate for caseloading in practice and education, and currently co-leads and coordinates the student midwife caseloading initiative at Bournemouth University.

The focus for her doctoral studies is exploring how being part of a student midwife's caseload may have impacted on women's childbearing experiences, through hearing their personal stories.

No hidden extras

Course specific material(s) included in your tuition fee:

  • Professional body accreditation of the course

  • Disclosure and Barring Service Check

  • Occupational Health Check

  • Uniforms

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services, many of these are included on the Next Steps insert enclosed with your offer letter.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork, and non-financial support whilst on placement
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide and the Health and Social Science accommodation pages
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsided travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • Travel to placement is your responsibility; you may be able to reclaim costs from NHS Student Bursaries
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more at the SportBU pages
  • Optional fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements
  • Supplementary Uniform supplies
  • Internet access at discretion of your accommodation provider
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the Students section of the website.

Repeat units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies (with or without attendance) you may be required to pay an additional fee of £1,500 per 20 credit unit. 

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

Course changes

The table below indicates the latest changes to this course.

Date Changes to this course Where the change was made Previous text

2018 Access course tariff points are 

128 - 134 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades 

There was a mistake written previously in the grades required.

2018 entry requirements 

118 - 134 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades


2018 entry requirements have changed to 128 - 136 tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent including 32 points in a required subject.

Key facts and 2018 entry requirements

The entry requirements for this course are 128 tariff points from 3 A Levels including 32 points from a required subject.


2018 GCSE entry requirements have changed to This course requires GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications.

2018 entry requirements

This course requires a minimum of 4 GCSEs grades A* - C (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications. A science subject is preferred.

Only IELTS qualifications will be accepted for English language tests, we cannot accept equivalent qualifications. 

International entry requirements IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with minimum 7.0 in each component, or equivalent

Entry requirement tariff point change to:

128 tariff points from 3 A-Levels including 32 points from a required subject, or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma DDM.

Key facts and 2017 entry requirements

136 tariff points from 3 A-Levels including 32 points from a required subject, or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma DDD.


BTEC Diploma entry requirement changed to:

The BTEC Diploma will be accepted as part of your overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent qualifications. Offers will be subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects.

2017 entry requirements

BTEC Diploma: This course requires a Distinction*, Distinction and an A-Level Grade C in a required subject to achieve the overall tariff. Offers will be subject and grade specific, particularly in the science subjects.


European Baccalaureate entry requirements changed to:

This course requires a minimum score of 76% overall.

2017 entry requirements

Applicants are required to achieve a minimum score of 80% overall.


International Baccalaureate entry requirements changed to: 

The IB Diploma is welcomed as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB). This course requires 32 points including 5 points from each of the 3 Higher Level subjects.

2017 entry requirements

The IB Diploma is welcomed as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB). This course requires 33 points including 5 points from each of the 3 Higher Level subjects.


Access to HE Diploma entry requirements added statement:

Any combination of grades to meet the overall tariff is acceptable.

2017 entry requirements

Clarification of existing Non Standard Assessment Regulations.

Within the programme specification under "Progression"

To proceed to Year 2, students must normally achieve 100 Level 4 credits and 20 Level 5 credits.

To proceed to Year 3, students must normally achieve 100 Level 4 credits, 80 Level 5 credits and 60 Level 7 credits 

What our students say

Jennie Hallissey

One of my favourite aspects of the course is the student caseloading project. This part of the course allows students to carry their own caseload of women who they care for antenatally, in labour and following the birth.

Hear from our alumni

Christopher Butt

One of the most difficult things I've done in my life, but oh so worth it when you facilitate the birth of a baby and be part of the most joyous occasion in a family’s life.

What our students say

Kathryn Mercer

The support and guidance has enabled me to feel confident and competent throughout my time on practice, and I'm only a first year! The balance of independence and support is absolutely perfect.

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