Health Sciences

B720 BSc (Hons) Bachelor of Midwifery


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 2013 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+.


Programme Overview

Level: 6

Intake: February 2016 – Closed to applications. MSc Midwifery Studies – pre registration (February 2016 intake) still open.

Duration: 3 years 

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.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

UCAS for BSc Spring 2017 start date

February 2016 start date for MSc Midwifery Studies (pre-registration) via direct application to the university.


Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Programme Structure

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.

Key facts

  • Midwifery is the career choice which offers extraordinary opportunities to be with people during one of their most intimate, vulnerable and life changing experiences.

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Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements


GCSE Maths and English Language (A*-C) or IELTs 7.0

A Levels:

AAA, including a pure science e.g. Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics



36 points (18 at higher)



BTEC National Diploma in Health Sciences (DDD) when offered with pure Science A Level (preferably Biology or Human Biology) at Grade A


Access to HE Diploma:

Science based access course (30 distinctions at level 3)


Irish leaving certificate


Scottish highers

Other qualifications

Other qualifications may also be considered. Please contact  or 023 8059 5500 to find out more.

Selection process:

You need certain qualifications to become a midwife. To study the midwifery degree course at Southampton, you must meet our academic criteria. You must also have undertaken some relevant formal academic study within the past five years.  It will help your application if you have experience of working in a healthcare setting. This could include work experience in maternity hospitals, birthing units, well-women’s clinics, antenatal clinics, GP surgeries, or work shadowing a midwife or other healthcare professional.

Where it is not possible to gain directly relevant experience, gain whatever is most appropriate. For example, it is often difficult to obtain experience of midwifery, so experience with adults may be a suitable alternative, but not experience with children. Work experience can be either paid or voluntary, or experience gained for a vocational course (i.e. BTEC national diploma).

We endeavour to recruit students to our Health Science courses who have the right values base and demonstrate the appropriate behaviours. We embed the values of the NHS Constitution throughout our admissions processes.

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.


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.

Year 3

Semester One


Learning and 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.

Career Opportunities

There are very few professions that are as rewarding as being a midwife. Throughout your career you will act as rock of support for women as they go through one of the most intense experiences of their lives.

Thanks to our BSc midwife degree you will have everything you need to be a competent professional in this challenging field. As a registered midwife you'll have the chance to work in a variety of settings, helping women and their families before, during and after childbirth.

Over time your career will develop and you could find yourself opting for further study, or perhaps conducting research that enables you to help shape the future of your profession.

More information about careers in midwifery can be found on the NHS Careers website