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BSc (Hons) Midwifery with Advanced Standing (2 years)

Make a lasting impact on the lives of women and their families from early pregnancy to the first weeks after birth.  Graduate with a clear understanding of the physiological, sociological and psychological aspects of childbirth. This degree will enable you to competently and confidently lead on, provide, evaluate and enhance evidence-based maternity care; responding flexibly and effectively to the changes and technological advances in today’s complex healthcare environment.


Introducing your degree

This shortened BSc Midwifery programme is designed for people who are already working as registered adult nurses and wish to specialise as midwives. You will be able to integrate your nursing knowledge and skills, with those of midwifery, to enable you to support women with complex healthcare needs through pregnancy and childbirth. You will be required to have a current active registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and have recent, relevant study in the last five years. You will graduate able to pursue a career as an autonomous midwife.

Students and expectant mother

This programme has been devised by academics whose latest research findings and sector insights will ensure your learning is at the cutting-edge of developments in midwifery. You will gain the leadership skills, confidence and competence to challenge practice, for the benefit of your patients and the wider midwifery profession. Access to our up-to-date facilities, including patient simulators, will help develop your skills for critical thinking, reflective practice and complex decision making.

Health Sciences are committed to the active involvement of patients and carers across our provision. Learn more about how this important perspective feeds into your education.

To Apply

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.


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This programme is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) with whom you are eligible to register to practice.

Programme Structure

The programme is divided into academic and practice modules, although these are interdependent. There are learning group activities and seminars (including VBE) to help you integrate theory and practice, and to foster your professional and academic development.

At least 50% of the programme is allocated learning in practice (NMC, 2009) which is mainly undertaken within local NHS Trusts. You will normally have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings for example the community, midwifery-led birth centres, children’s centres, health centres as well as within the local hospital. You will be supported by midwives, and other professionals as appropriate to develop the knowledge and skills you will need to be an autonomous midwife and to meet the NMC professional requirements and the programme outcomes. Practice is assessed throughout the programme by the midwives you work with, with contributions from the women you care for, using an electronic assessment of practice portfolio for midwifery requirements. You will work with the inter-professional team in many of these locations. There will be some opportunities to gain an insight into other areas of health care, such as gynaecology, neonatal nursing, health visiting, and sexual health practice.

The academic modules develop in breadth, detail and complexity from one year to the next but encompass the following areas:

  • The principles of the bio-health sciences and their application to the process associated with normal health, and in particular with normal, complex and abnormal events from the conception to the puerperium.
  • The principles of the psychosocial/human sciences and their application to the process associated with normal physical and mental health, and in particular with normal, complex and abnormal physical and mental health events from conception to the puerperium.
  • The principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and medicines management in the context of midwifery practice.
  • The role of the midwife in the provision of competent, empathetic care to the woman and her family throughout her child birth experience, including risk-assessment and management of care.
  • Public health from an individual, family, population and societal perspective.
  • Safeguarding the woman and neonate (and other vulnerable individuals).
  • The provision of culturally sensitive/appropriate care for vulnerable groups.
  • Inter professional education ad working.
  • Communication and interpersonal skills, including leadership.
  • Research knowledge and skills of critical inquiry (implementing the Research-Teaching Nexus.
  • Working in an ever changing and technological environment

There will be opportunities to undertake learning and practice alongside other students on health care programmes. There will also be some opportunity to identify learning activity of particular interest to you. This might include one of the following; working with practitioners specialising in an aspect of care; working with a particular client group; working with a researcher.

Key Facts

  • 100 per cent of Midwifery students were satisfied or very satisfied with the teaching on their course, NSS, 2017
  • 100 per cent of our students are in work and/or further study six months after graduation, DLHE, 2015/16
  • Superb multi-functional clinical teaching rooms allowing simulated midwifery care and managing home births

Life as a Midwifery Student

Find out more about the typical day of a Midwifery student at the University of Southampton

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Typical entry requirements

For 2020 entry
GCSE Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and Mathematics (minimum grade <4/C)
GCE A-Level with Contextual offer We are committed to ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Midwifery applicants are not just applying for a degree but a professional qualification. This is a very demanding programme and we need to be confident that students can cope with the expectations of academic achievement and placement experience. Our values based interview techniques have been developed with clinicians and service users to ensure we recruit the best applicants. We use contextual information when reviewing an application understanding that perhaps the individual has had less support writing a personal statement compared to others, however we will continue to be mindful of all our applicants from all backgrounds that apply through difficult circumstances, whatever that might be.
A- level additional information Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.
International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP)
Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
Scottish Qualification offers Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact the Admissions Office for more information.
International qualifications Find a list of accepted international qualifications listed by country. This is a list of the international qualifications that are recognised by the University of Southampton. If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Teams
Non-academic entry requirements You will be required to attend a selection day. Registered Nurse (adult) - Status Active Registration, Relevant recent study within the last 5 years. Satisfactory Occupational Health and Police Checks
English language requirements All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements. Band I IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 7.0 in reading, listening, speaking and 6.5 in writing 
Selection process:

The Faculty welcomes applicants who have an active Registered Nurse qualification – Adult status. To be admitted to BSc (Hons) Midwifery programme, you must be able to satisfy the requirements of the University of Southampton, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Since you will be working with physical and psychological vulnerable people, it is important that you should be physically and mentally well on entering the Midwifery programme. You will be required to undertake an occupational health screening process and may need to update your immunization status before going into clinical placement. Disability is not a bar to entry as long as you are capable of working as a midwife. The Nursing and Midwifery Council will assess your eligibility on successful completion of the programme.

This course is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1960) this means that you will be subject by the Disclosure and Barring Service and any police cautions, civil or criminal convictions will be revealed. You must disclose any police record and discuss it, in confidence, with the admissions team. Having a record will not necessarily debar you from entering the programme.

All places are conditional on satisfactory evidence of academic achievement and health and criminal record checks.

Entry Requirements

Registered Nurse (Adult) – Status Active Registration
Recent relevant study within the last 5 years. (Relevance will be assessed by the admissions tutor on an individual basis for example.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

The award of Bachelor of Science (Hons) Midwifery with Advanced Standing with eligibility to apply for registration on Part Two of Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Register is a full time, 2 year programme. It is modular in design based on the University agreed modular curriculum structure reflecting the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) that requires all programme based learning activities to be valued and awarded credit. Successful completion requires a minimum of 120 ECTS, of which at least 60 ECTS undertaken at academic level 5 and 60 at level 6. In addition, to meet the European Union directive 2005/36/EC, professional requirements of the programme and to achieve NMC accreditation, there are an additional 7.5 ECTS at academic levels 5 and 6. Each academic year requires 45 weeks attendance. There is no opportunity for a part time route.

Year 1

Semester One
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

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).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
BSc Midwifery with Advanced Standing2019Full-time£9,250Not offered 
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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.

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Costs associated with this course

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.

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


Type Description 
Equipment 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. 
Clothing 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: 
Stationery You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery 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.
Placements Accommodation: The NHS Bursary department state the following for students who commenced after 1 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 1 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.  
Conference expenses   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.
Other  Parking Costs: Students may opt to pay for parking whilst on campus, and there may be opportunity to buy parking space whilst on placement. 
Placements Disclosure and Barring (DBS) Certificates OR Clearance: Students will be required to provide evidence of DBS clearance.
Other 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.
Books 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.
Other 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).
Other 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 .

Health Sciences  is committed to providing you with a student-centred, friendly, supportive and receptive environment in which you will be able to reach your full potential and assume responsibility for your own learning (Fraser, 2011).

The education content is underpinned by the sciences, research & evidence-based practice, which together provide the essential components for reflective practice and life-long learning. This means you will have the potential for a diverse and stimulating career in midwifery. You are supported to develop your analytical skills through an experiential, problem-solving learning approach to acquire knowledge and skills in a contextual and integrated manner. This is achieved through the use of: key-note and expert lectures; student and tutor-led tutorials and seminars; debates, case-based learning; inter-professional and trans-disciplinary learning; group work; directed and self-directed learning activities; practical and simulation skill based sessions; experiential learning; practice placement experience; web-based learning and digital resources. The programme team will draw upon established and proven approaches embedded in other successful programmes to support your transition to academic study and the requisite academic skills.

You are expected to apply learning from inter-professional education to your own professional context. One strategy to achieve this is through the Values Based Enquiry journey (VBE).

This programme has a strong values based ethos which supports your development as a midwife who is prepared for the predicted challenges of the future, demonstrating the personal qualities and character which identify you as University of Southampton graduate.

Midwives graduating from the University of Southampton will be:

  • Committed to delivering person-centred care underpinned by values of care and compassion.
  • Self-aware, possessing self-belief and self-efficacy and will have developed the courage and character necessary to speak out and to 'make a difference' as practitioners and leaders.
  • Insightful analytical thinkers with the ability to problem solve and to generate evidence for the enhancement of practice.
  • Knowledgeable and skilled professionals who are competent and confident in practice.
  • Have an inquiring mind and approach to midwifery care provision.

To foster the VBE philosophy there are timetabled seminars throughout each academic year. These facilitated sessions are planned to integrate theory and practice, to promote reflective practice and to challenge yourselves and others to achieve best practice.

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