Our three year BSc Midwifery degree gives you everything you need to learn how to become a midwife and begin your career with all the skills you need to provide high quality care to women and their families. As a BSc undergraduate, you will train in everything from pregnancy support, delivery & childbirth through to postpartum and neonatal care and upon finishing the degree you will be entitled to register in practice with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, which is the body that regulates the UK profession.
Your degree course consists of a 50/50 split between academic and practical learning, including the critical thinking, leadership skills and hands on experience needed to be an outstanding professional in your field. Our student midwives have placement opportunities both within the community and at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, mainly at the Princess Anne Hospital.
Southampton is ranked in the top five midwifery degrees in the UK by The Times Good University Guide 2014, and in 2014 an incredible 100% of former students were in work or further study within six months of graduating. A newly qualified midwife can expect to earn a starting wage of £21,388, with a move to £25783 after a 12 month period. Senior level salaries within the NHS reach over £40,000+.
Midwives work with women and their families from early pregnancy until after the birth, across all social groups, in a wide range of settings, being the lead professional for women who are well, and with the interprofessional team for women experiencing complications. Our BSc Midwifery provides a values-based curriculum, giving you a comprehensive understanding of pregnancy and childbirth, and the skills of critical enquiry to support your career development. Practical experience is at the heart of our Midwifery course, with at least 50 per cent of the programme being in practice.
As a Midwifery student you will benefit from a curriculum devised by recognised experts in the field, as well as up-to-date facilities including patient simulators and skills labs. Importantly, this degree is values based, giving you a profound understanding of the pregnancy and childbirth experience. From the outset you'll develop skills that support critical thinking, reflective practice and complex decision making. Leadership qualities that will help you supervise, delegate, and challenge practice will also be high on the agenda.
Practical experience is at the heart of the BSc Midwifery degree course. This means you will acquire work experience across a range of settings including hospitals and birth centres, as well as the wider community. This means you will acquire work experience across a range of settings, including: hospitals and birth centres, as well as the wider community.
All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Visit our How to Apply page for information on the application process and further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details. Specific application deadlines are available on the UCAS website.
The BSc degree in Midwifery is set out as half theory and half practice, which allows for the right balance of academic learning and hands-on experience.
The modules you will study cover the many disciplines needed for modern midwifery. These include: psychology, sociology, leadership, politics, health sciences, as well as the fiscal aspects of midwifery.
99 per cent of Midwifery students were satisfied with the teaching on their course, NSS 2016
Values-based curriculum, giving you a profound understanding of the pregnancy and childbirth experience
Opportunity to develop your midwifery practice in a range of settings from birth centres to a large regional centre for fetal and maternal medicine
A programme that covers all the multiple dimensions of contemporary midwifery
Life as a Midwifery Student
Find out more about the typical day of a Midwifery student at the University of Southampton
“I recently had an essay published in the British Journal of Midwifery which I submitted for a third year module assessment. It really showed me just how far I have come from my first day in first year, and all the fantastic teaching I received during my three years at Southampton.”
Applications should be submitted through UCAS. Once you have submitted your application, the Admissions Team will review it to check that you either already meet or are on target to meet our academic entry criteria for this course. If so, your application will be passed to the Programme Admissions Tutor who will review your personal statement and reference and assess these against fixed criteria.
What will the Admissions Tutors look for in my Personal Statement?
The Admissions Tutor looks for evidence that you offer a caring and compassionate approach; that your personal values and attitudes align with those of the NHS Constitution and the University; that you have realistic insight to the area you plan to study; and that you are committed to both study and practice parts of the course.
Why do you want to be a Midwife? What is it about ‘your’ attitudes, values and character that makes this profession so appropriate for you?
What do you understand about the role? To further strengthen your application, it is important that you demonstrate a clear insight into your chosen profession and scope of the role. This should hopefully be achieved by reflecting on relevant work experience, volunteering or shadowing you may have undertaken.
Discuss your relevant academic preparation. What have you particularly enjoyed during your studies and how do you feel this has prepared you for this degree. Discuss any particularly relevant projects/coursework you may have undertaken.
Personal interests – sports / music / drama / ‘team’ / job / responsibilities / relaxing / etc. Identify transferable skills that will be useful in your chosen profession
The Admissions Tutor will then decide whether to shortlist your application and invite you to attend a selection session or reject your application. You will normally be notified of this decision within 3 weeks of submitting your application, however at peak times this can be longer.
What happens if my application is shortlisted?
If the Admissions Tutor decides to invite you to a selection session you will receive an invitation via email. You will be offered a range of dates to choose from and further information on how to confirm your attendance. You will also receive a link to a website with important information informing you how to prepare and what to expect during your selection session.
Midwifery Selection sessions normally last approximately 4 hours and include:
Group Discussion – small groups of around 6 applicants will have 20 minutes to discuss a particular topic linked to NHS Core Values. Two assessors will monitor this discussion and you will be assessed on your contribution and your interaction with other members of the group. It will be helpful to draw on your experience during this task and hopefully interesting to hear views and opinions from others with similar interests to you.
Interview – approximately 20minute discussion between you and two interviewers. During this interview you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the role of a midwife and reflect on your work experience.
For each activity you will be given a numerical score. All scores will be combined and used in conjunction with details from your application to determine whether to make you an offer or reject your application. You will normally be notified of this decision within 2 weeks of attending the selection session.
During the selection session you are likely to meet academic members of staff, current students and clinicians. Their thoughts and observations support the evidence you have provided on the day but be assured that all final decisions are made by the admissions tutor, who will review your whole application to enable a final decision to be made.
As part of the selection session, you will also have the opportunity to pose yours questions to Admissions Tutors and current students in order to discover more about the course and studying at Southampton. We get a lot of information from you in this session so it’s important that you ask all your questions too.
Understanding your offer
If you receive an offer of a place to study on our course, this will be a “Conditional” offer. This means to secure your place on this course you need to meet certain conditions such as attaining certain academic grades/qualifications. Any conditions attached to your offer will be shown on UCAS Track.
All offers are also made on the condition that you pass an Occupational Health check and Disclosure and Barring Service (criminal record) check. Further information on these processes will be provided to you before you start the course.
You will only be able to enrol on the course when you have met all these conditions and your offer becomes “Unconditional”.
Typical course content
The modules are designed to cover the many subjects needed for midwifery including health sciences, psychology, sociology, leadership, politics and the fiscal aspects of midwifery.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).
Fees & funding
Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year.
Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.
Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course.
Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin.
These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:
You are expected to buy your own fob watch.
Stethoscopes are available in practice, if you wish to use your own it will be purchased at your own expense.
IT: Computers are provided on the campus but many students choose to use their own laptops/tablets to support their work.
There is no requirement for you to have your own portable electronic devise for the electronic Assessment of Practice Portfolio as you will have access to NHS Trust computers and University computers.
There are very strict uniform policies that must be followed.
A uniform for clinical practice will be supplied but you will need to buy suitable footwear. You are responsible for the washing of all clothing.
In some clinical settings it may be appropriate to wear your own clothes for which an allowance is not available.
Printing and copying
Printing of material for study purposes will be at your own cost.
Some pages of the Assessment of Practice document will need to be printed/photocopied.
In the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/services/copying_for_students_and_visitors/faq.php#594.
You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens (Black, red and blue), pencils, colouring pencils, notebooks (for class and practice activity), folders/files etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
Accommodation: The NHS Bursary department state the following for students who commenced after 1st September 2012:
“If you have to live away from your normal term-time accommodation during a period of practice placement, you can claim for the cost of any temporary accommodation on or near your practice placement site if it not practical for you to travel there from your usual accommodation each day. However, if your temporary accommodation is your parental home, you will NOT be able to make a claim for your accommodation costs.”
Those that started before 1st September 2012 then the following rules applied:
“You can claim excess accommodation costs if you live away from your term-time address whilst on placement and are obliged to meet both the costs of your placement accommodation and of retaining your term-time accommodation. You will need to provide proof of these costs and the periods that they cover. You will be reimbursed for the total cost of your clinical placement address, up to a maximum of 110% of your term-time address cost. If you normally reside with your parents during term-time, the cost of your term time address is normally set at £20.00 per day (£30.00 per day for Universities in the London area) and payment will be made at this rate, if appropriate. If you move to the parental home for the purposes of attending your placement you will not be able to claim dual accommodation costs.”
Students are required to book and pay for their own accommodation then if they are in receipt of an NHS Bursary they claim the costs back through the NHS Bursary department. The Faculty currently pay for accommodation on the Isle of Wight with Spectrum Housing and a Room away from Home only however we are unsure how long this agreement will be place for and we understand that at some point in the future students will be required to pay the cost upfront themselves.
Translation of Documents: If any documents that you use during the programme that are not in the English language (for example those that might be used to support requests for extensions to deadline), you will need to provide an English translation from a professional translator.
Optional Visits: There may be opportunities to undertake additional learning activities e.g. externally organised study day/visits. These will be at your own cost.
Parking Costs: Students may opt to pay for parking whilst on campus, and there may be opportunity to buy parking space whilst on placement.
Travel Costs: For students supported through the UK NHS Bursary, the department state the following for students who commenced after 1st September 2012:
“Providing the student is in receipt of an NHS Bursary or the £1,000 non means tested grant students may claim the difference between the cost of daily travel from normal term-time accommodation to practice placement site and back. The cost of the daily return journey to placement must be more than the cost of their daily return journey to university.”
Those that started before 1st September 2012 then the following rules applied:
“The daily cost of travelling to and from placement MUST BE in excess of students normal daily travel costs between term time address and place of study. If their practice placement travel costs are greater than normal daily travel, student may claim the gross amount of the costs incurred.”
Again all travel is paid for upfront by the student then if eligible to claim they do so through the NHS Bursary department. Claims can be submitted on a regular basis such as weekly/fortnightly basis rather than waiting until the end of a practice placement but claims cannot be submitted in advance.
European and international students will need to independently explore costs.
If you chose to undertake practice experience outside the locality this will be at your own cost.
Disclosure and Barring (DBS) Certificates OR Clearance: Students will be required to provide evidence of DBS clearance.
Medical Insurance: You may be required to have medical insurance if choose to undertake an international elective.
OTHER: Insurance: You are not required to use your car for practice however; if you choose to use your car you will be required to have appropriate car insurance.
You will require travel insurance if choose to undertake an international elective.
Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Immunisation/vaccination costs: Students will receive the immunisations which prepare them for practice, as recommended by Occupational Health. Students may opt to pay for others (e.g. meningitis).
Professional organisation membership: If you elect to become a member of the RCM (or similar organisation) you are responsible for the subscription fees.
On graduation there is a professional registration fee to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Fees are posted on their website www.nhs-uk.org .
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.
Careers in Midwifery
After you graduate, your degree and practical experience will give you the opportunity to develop your career in the direction that interests you most.
As your knowledge and experience increase you could move into more senior practitioner roles. For example, by becoming a team or unit manager you could end up taking responsibility for managing other staff, as well as continuing to have close involvement with expectant women and their families.
If you choose to stay in practice you could consider specialising in a particular area in perinatal care, and eventually apply for the role of consultant midwife. This would require you to provide clinical leadership for midwives and other healthcare professionals involved in maternity services. You could also aim to become involved in practice development, or board level management within an NHS Trust.
You may decide to study for more advanced qualifications. As part of this process you might choose to undertake research that helps to move the profession forward. You might also decide to work for a university, and, as a result, become involved in educating the next generation of midwives. In addition, fast track opportunities also exist, allowing you to enrol on doctoral programmes in you prove to be a high-flyer.
Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2014/15
93 per cent of students are in work or study six months after graduation
Typical average salary of £21,388
92 per cent positive employment (percentage of individuals employed in graduate-level roles)
Most common job roles: midwives, nurses and other administrative occupations
Learning & Assessment
Assessments on the BSc midwifery degree range from essays and exams to projects and professional conversations. These take place throughout the course to ensure that you are reaching the right levels of attainment.
Your practical skills will be assessed whist you are on placement and recorded by your practice mentor.
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