Midwives are involved in all aspects of maternity care, ensuring that women achieve optimal health and a quality experience.
Pregnancy and birth are major events in the life of a woman and her family. Midwives are involved in all aspects of maternity care and have a key role in helping women to have the best experiences and health outcomes.
From early pregnancy through the first weeks after birth, midwives work with women and their families to give advice and identify healthcare needs. As a student midwife, you will undertake programmes specifically designed to develop and achieve the competencies, skills and knowledge required to register as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
The programme will prepare you for your future career by enhancing your understanding of the roles of different professionals in a team-based service. You will spend time working in interprofessional groups with students from other healthcare programmes.
- Your timetable is structured into placements and study blocks, each lasting several weeks. This provides you with continuity of experience, particularly when on placement
- Integrating theory with the practical aspects of the programme is a fundamental principle of midwife training. To help reinforce your learning you will have client contact very early in the course
- Year three provides the opportunity to care for a small caseload of women under the supervision of a midwife, including antenatal, labour and postnatal care.
Typical entry requirements
A levels: AAB, including science (2014 Entry: AAA including science)
plus GCSE Mathematics and English Language at grades A*–C
IB: 34 points, 17 at higher level (2014 Entry: 36 points (18 at higher)
Average applicants per place: 25
Selection process: UCAS application, interview; enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure and satisfactory health screening are required
Degree | UCAS code | Duration
- No tuition fees payable for UK/EU residents
- Means-tested NHS bursary for UK residents
- 50 per cent theory, 50 per cent practical midwifery experience, with hands-on experience from year one
- Eligibility to register as a midwife on successful completion of the programme
- State-of-the-art virtual interactive practice suite.
- NHS hospitals
- NHS community units
- Independent sector
- International opportunities
- Consultant midwife
- Midwife specialist
For information on scholarships and bursaries, visit www.southampton.ac.uk/scholarships.