BMidwif Midwifery

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours
Duration
3 years
Typical A-level offer
AAB-ABB (including specific subjects).
Typical contextual A-level offer (what is this?)
BBB (including specific subjects).
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

34 points overall with 6, 5, 5 at higher level.

The course specific requirements are 34 points overall with three higher level subjects at grades 6, 5, 5, including Biology or Chemistry.

You may also apply without science if you have 35 points, 6, 6, 5 at higher level including at least one relevant subject eg psychology, sociology or geography.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
76+
How to apply
Apply through UCAS .

Course overview

  • Apply theory to practice through split weeks consisting of two days of campus-based learning and three days in  placement  at a local NHS trust.
  • Build confidence in your skills as you provide continuity of midwifery care for a small number of women through student case-holding.
  • Study the theory elements of the Examination of the Newborn qualification as part of your degree.
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Midwifery at The University of Manchester

Open days

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying midwifery at Manchester is like. Find out about our  upcoming open days .

Discover Day

We also offer a Midwifery Discover Day every summer. For more information on this, visit the Discover Day page.

Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2020 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be n/a. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Additional expenses

An initial set of uniforms for clinical practice will be supplied by the University.

You will need to purchase a fob-watch and suitable shoes for your placement. Some travel costs to placements may be covered by Health Education England .

You may be required to pay for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) document check at the Post Office prior to commencing the programme.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Admissions Secretary
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 7602
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/study/nursing/
School/Faculty overview
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements

A-level

AAB- ABB ABB including a science (e.g. Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science). Applicants who are not studying biology or chemistry A level may apply if they are studying another relevant subject (eg Psychology, Sociology or Health and Social Care).

A typical offer for applicants studying a related subject not including biology or chemistry are set at AAB.

Please contact the admissions office to ask about other relevant subjects. If you receive an offer from us but have not previously studied human biology, we may recommend that you do some human biology reading prior to commencing the course.

AS-level AS-level results provide a useful guide to current academic performance. We welcome the additional breadth of study achieved through the completion of an additional AS-level course.

AS-level

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available. 

Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application.  Unit grades will not normally form part of our offer conditions.

GCSE

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including:

Five GCSES/iGCSES at Grade B or 6. These may include your English, Science and Mathematics if at Grade B or 6.

English Language, Mathematics and Science are required at GCSE/iGCSE level with a minimum Grade of C or 4.

GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.

Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic School for clarification.

Please note that we do not accept Functional Skills 2 or equivalent qualifications in place of GCSE English and Maths. We may consider alternative science qualifications such as the BTEC First Certificate/Diploma in Applied Science.We accept Scottish Standard Grades and Intermediates in place of GCSEs.

International Baccalaureate

34 points overall with 6, 5, 5 at higher level.

The course specific requirements are 34 points overall with three higher level subjects at grades 6, 5, 5, including Biology or Chemistry.

You may also apply without science if you have 35 points, 6, 6, 5 at higher level including at least one relevant subject eg psychology, sociology or geography.

Scottish requirements

We require Scottish Highers/ Advanced Highers at grades AABBC / ABBBB, including Biology or Chemistry at Grade B or above preferably with one subject at Advanced Higher level.

English Language, Mathematics and Science, not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade Credit level grade 3). We also require at least five National Grade 5 qualifications (in a range of subjects) at Grade B. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the admissions team for the Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this.

The minimum grade required will normally be two A Levels at grades AB including Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science and not including General Studies, or two A-levels at grades AA including a relevant subject (eg Psychology, Sociology or Health and Social Care) and not including General Studies.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

European Baccalaureate

The University of Manchester welcomes applicants with the European Baccalaureate. Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications, applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

We normally require: Minimum of an overall grade of 77% including at least 6 points from science subjects.

AQA Baccalaureate

The University recognises the benefits of the AQA Baccalaureate and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills.

In making offers, the University will focus on the three A Levels taken within the AQA Baccalaureate. Students need to check the standard A Level requirements for their chosen course.

The units of broader study, enrichment activities and the Extended Project are considered to be valuable elements of the AQA Baccalaureate and we would therefore strongly encourage students to draw upon these experiences within their personal statement.

Other international entry requirements

Currently, this course is only available to students who qualify for home student status .

If you qualify for home student status but have qualifications from other parts of the world, please contact us to find out if you will meet our entrance requirements.

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see Accepted entry qualifications from your country .

Foundation year

The University recognises a number of foundation programmes as suitable for entry to this undergraduate programme:Applicants studying a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care for entry onto our midwifery course must complete the foundation degree (levels 4 and 5) with an overall distinction grade. Your Foundation Degree studies must have included sufficient study of human biology.

Applicants should contact the academic School to check if their qualification is recognised for entry to this programme and for specific entry requirements.

Pearson BTEC qualifications

Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma (2016 specification)

We consider the National Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course (BTEC Health and Social Care). Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Diploma with grades D*DD with no units below merit level. 1/3 of the units undertaken must be in science or science related subjects.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (2016 specification)

We consider the National Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course (BTEC Health and Social Care). Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Diploma with grades D*D with no units below merit level plus an A Level in Biology or Chemistry at Grade B.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (2016 specification)

We consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course (BTEC Health and Social Care). Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with grades D*D or DD plus two additional A Levels at grade A/B which must include Biology or Chemistry.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (2016 specification)

We consider the National Extended Certificate for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course (BTEC Health and Social Care). Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Certificate with grade D* plus two A Levels at grades B/B which must include Biology or Chemistry or National Extended Certificate Grade D plus 2 A Levels at grades A/B which must include Biology or Chemistry.

Legacy BTEC qualifications (pre-2016)

The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy BTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the BTEC Extended Diploma, BTEC Diploma, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and BTEC Certificate. The grades required are likely to be the same or similar to the new BTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018) but an additional science qualification such as A level Biology may be required. Please contact the Academic School for clarification.

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma (CTEC) (2016 specification)

We consider the Technical Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course (CTEC Health and Social Care). Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Diploma with grades D*DD with 1/3 of the units undertaken in science or science related subjects.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Diploma (CTEC) (2016 specification)

We consider the Technical Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course (CTEC Health and Social Care). Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with grades D*D plus an additional A Level at grade A/B which must include Biology or Chemistry.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Foundation Diploma (CTEC) (2016 specification)

We consider the Technical Foundation Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course (CTEC Health and Social Care). Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma with grades D*D or DD plus two A Levels at Grades A/B which must include Biology or Chemistry.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Certificate (CTEC) (2016 specification)

We consider the Technical Extended Certificate for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course (CTEC Health and Social Care). Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Certificate with grade D* plus two A Levels at grades B/B which must include Biology or Chemistry or Technical Extended Certificate grade D plus two A Levels at grades A/B which must include Biology or Chemistry.

Legacy CTEC qualifications (pre-2016)

The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy CTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the CTEC Extended Diploma, CTEC Diploma, CTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and CTEC Certificate. The grades required are likely to be the same or similar to the new CTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018) but an additional science qualification such as A level Biology may be required. Please contact the Academic School for clarification.

Access to HE Diploma

We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE diploma (a minimum of 60 credits overall with at least 45 at Level 3), with merit or distinction in a subject area relevant to the chosen course.

The specific course requirements are 39 level 3 credits at Distinction and six level 3 credits may be at Merit. 30 level 3 credits must be in health or science subjects, and these must include human biology. You must have five GCSEs at Grade C (a Grade 4 in the newly reformed GCSEs in England) including English, Maths and Science. We no longer accept equivalents to GCSE for English and Maths.

Cambridge Pre-U

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken.

Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3, M2, M2 in the Pre-U and ABB at A level in three distinct subjects. Subjects must include biology, chemistry or applied science.

If studying a related subject (eg psychology, sociology or health and social care) but not studying biology or chemistry, students are expected to achieve a mix of D3 D3 M2 or AAB grades at A level.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Core Maths

The University welcomes and recognises the value of Level 3 core mathematics qualifications (e.g. AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies). 

Core Mathematics is not a compulsory element of post-16 study and as a result we will not normally include it in the conditions of any offer made to the student. However, if a student chooses to undertake a core mathematics qualification this may be taken into account when we consider their application, particularly for certain non-science courses with a distinct mathematical or statistical element.

We advise students to contact the academic School, who will clarify whether their specific portfolio of qualifications is acceptable for entry on to their chosen course.

Home-schooled applicants

Non-standard educational routes

English language

All applicants to the University (from the UK and Overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency. The minimum English Language requirement for this course is either:

  • GCSE/iGCSE English Language grade C/4 or;
  • IELTS 7.0, with no component less than 7.0.or;
  • An acceptable equivalent qualification.

Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic School for clarification.

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'.

Additionally, our individual Schools may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level. Further information about our English Language policy, including a list of some of the English Language qualifications we accept, can be found  here .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Relevant work experience

Work experience from a range of different areas is relevant, particularly experience involving the use of communication and customer service skills. Current students have also found a variety of hospitals, care homes, Sure Start Centres, voluntary settings and charity organisations that support women and families to be suitable opportunities for work experience.

We recognise that it can be very difficult for you to gain work experience placements in midwifery settings; therefore, this is not a requirement for a successful application. However, we do expect applicants to have worked hard to develop their understanding of midwifery through independent reading, talking to midwives and exploring service users' views.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Advice to applicants

Please refer to the  Application Process  page for further guidance on the following:
  • how to apply;
  • how your application is considered;
  • personal statement guidance;
  • interview requirements;
  • notes to applicants.

The following links also provide further information:

Interview requirements

Interviews are part of the selection process. Please refer to the  Application Process  page.

Returning to education

We welcome applications from candidates returning to education. If you are returning to education, you should have completed some assessed study at level 3 in the five years prior to the start of the course.

If you do not have recent study but otherwise meet the academic entry requirements, we recommend you consider enrolling on an AS-/A-level, Access to HE Course or an Open University module in a relevant subject to enhance your application.

Please contact us for individual advice.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Currently, this course is only available to students who qualify for home student status .

Fitness to practise / health requirements

All offers will be dependent on the outcome of an occupational health review to determine that you are fit to start the course and do not pose a health risk to colleagues or clients.

Midwifery requires physical stamina and emotional resilience, and you should consider these demands before you apply.

There are a limited number of medical conditions (eg being a chronic carrier of Hepatitis B) that may affect your ability to register as a midwife with the NMC and your freedom to practice in certain clinical situations on health and safety grounds.

All students are assessed by the occupational health team as they must be able to meet the essential competencies required for midwifery practice.

If you have concerns about an existing medical condition, disability or learning support need, you can be reassured that we will offer support through our excellent Student Occupational Health Department and Disability Advisory and Support Office , and will make reasonable adjustments to assist you to meet the demands of the course.

If you have any health concerns, please feel free to contact the Occupational Health Department on +44 (0)161 275 2858 or at waterlooocchealth@manchester.ac.uk .

Disclosure and Barring Service check

Completion of a self-declaration form relating to any criminal record will be a condition of any offer. All students must also comply with an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check which must match their previously submitted self-declaration.

Deferrals

We accept applications for deferred entry for this course.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

We accept applications from students who intend to re-sit their examinations.

We also accept applications from students who have achieved their qualifications over a number of years.

Policy for applicants who take their examinations in more than one sitting

We accept applications from students who intend to re-sit their examinations.

We also accept applications from students who have achieved their qualifications over a number of years.

Re-applications

If you have applied before and your application was not successful, you may apply again.

Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application, you should demonstrate how your application has improved.

We may draw upon all information from your previous applications, or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through  UCAS Extra  - you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course.

If you are applying through clearing, you are still required to meet the usual entry requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing, the places will be subject to availability.

If you have previously commenced a midwifery or nursing course, but did not complete this, you should include this information in your application.

Transfers

We may be able to consider a transfer from another midwifery course at the end of Year 1 if we have placement capacity and if there is a sufficient match between the Year 1 learning outcomes for the two courses.

You will only be considered if you have been making reasonable progress in your Year 1 assessments and there are no 'fitness to practice' concerns.

A reference from your current university will be required.

Please provide a full list of your Year 1 units to ug.midwifery@manchester.ac.uk so we can assess compatibility between the courses.

If you wish to transfer from a different University of Manchester degree course, you must meet our usual entry requirements and will go through the same shortlisting and interview processes as UCAS applicants, and will only be considered for Year 1 entry.

Please provide a full list of your qualifications, personal statement and referee details to ug.midwifery@manchester.ac.uk .

Course details

Course description

Jennifer Pountain - BMidwif Midwifery

"What I have learnt since starting the course is the value of peer support. My fellow colleagues, midwives and lecturers are so very supportive.

"I love being a student midwife and I am very proud of my achievements so far."

Jennifer Pountain / Midwifery (BMidwif), Year 2

Our Midwifery (BMidwif) course will develop you into a highly employable, first-class midwife.

You will follow a woman-centred approach to midwifery care thanks to a curriculum that has been highly commended by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Our course also includes themes such as applying bioscience knowledge to practice, tackling health inequalities and evidence-based practice.

Your study time will be divided equally between academic and  practice-based learning , enabling you to apply theory to work. You will learn from some of the country's leading midwifery lecturers, researchers and clinicians, as well as experts from across the University.

Upon graduation, you will be able to register with the NMC and practice midwifery anywhere in the UK, as well as in many other parts of the world.

Aims

We aim to help you develop the clinical, communication and thinking skills needed to provide high-quality midwifery care for women and families from a range of diverse backgrounds, as well as to coordinate services from the wider health, social care and voluntary sectors.

By the end of this course, you will have developed into a competent and compassionate midwife with a unique set of skills in woman-centred care, clinical decision-making, leadership, research, and public health.

Special features

Split weeks Spending most weeks studying two days at the University and three days in placement helps you to apply theory to practice, enjoy a varied schedule, and have regular access to tutor support and university facilities.

Excellent support Support from a wide range of sources, including your academic advisor, link lecturers, placement supervisor, practice supervisor, practice assessor, our Peer Assisted Study Scheme and University-wide services.

Inter-professional learning Enjoy specific learning experiences alongside students training for other health professions, such as pharmacists and mental health nurses.

Simulation Learning through simulation-based experiences including clinical decision making wards and home birth scenarios.

Case-holding The opportunity to provide continuity of midwifery care for a small number of women, building confidence in your skills as they develop.

Midwifery electives Choose from specialist options for your Year 3 elective to explore future midwifery careers, including research, education and global midwifery practice.

Examination of the Newborn qualification The theory part of this additional qualification is included in your degree, helping your future career development.

Research Manchester is ranked the best for nursing and midwifery research in the UK, so our undergraduates benefit from studying in a rich learning environment.

Additional course information

You will complete a series of placements in two NHS trusts to develop your midwifery skills, working regularly with midwives who have been trained to supervise, support and assess students.

More information can be found on the midwifery placements page. You can also read a blog post by one of our Midwifery students, Jennifer Pountain, about what it's like to go on placement.

Teaching and learning

Each year comprises 45 weeks of study (37.5 hours per week) and seven weeks' holiday. Your time is equally divided each year between academic and practice-based learning. Some weeks are campus-based and others placement-based, but most will include two days on campus and three in practice.

Teaching

You will be taught predominantly by experienced midwifery lecturers who work closely with our clinical practice sites through direct clinical work or as link lecturers or midwifery researchers. Where appropriate, we draw on the expertise of a range of clinical specialists and lecturers from across the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health at Manchester.

Learning

You will engage in a range of different activities designed to make learning enjoyable, challenging and effective, such as face-to-face lectures, small group seminars, anatomy lab sessions, online learning activities, directed reading and case studies. Simulated learning activities and sessions in the skills laboratories are part of the curriculum and are very popular. Find out more about midwifery teaching and learning at Manchester .

Dedicated student support

As the course combines academic study with working in a physically and emotionally demanding environment, we ensure that you benefit from caring and robust support systems to create a quality learning experience and to ensure your enjoyment of the course.At the beginning of the course you will be assigned an academic advisor who will provide you with regular academic and professional guidance and pastoral support. You will get to know them really well over your three years at Manchester.

The Peer Assisted Study Scheme (PASS) Groups run by our Year 3 students are very helpful for supporting students throughout the first and second years of the course.

The University also provides many additional student support services .

Coursework and assessment

Unit assessments vary and include written and multiple-choice exams, essays, case studies, online work, vivas, a skills lab-based exam and a dissertation.

Most units also include the assessment of relevant skills in practice, which are carried out by the midwifery mentors during your clinical placements.

All assessments must be passed in order to meet the professional requirements of the NMC. Course regulations govern the decision to offer a second or subsequent attempt at any failed assessment.

Course content for year 1

The year begins with eight weeks on campus to prepare you for your first placements.

Semester 1 focuses on developing basic clinical skills, enhancing your academic skills, learning about biosciences in relation to childbearing and understanding women's needs during pregnancy and birth.

Semester 2 focuses on providing care following birth and supporting women with breast feeding. You will also examine some of the social factors contributing to health inequalities among childbearing women.

A research unit will help you understand how evidence is used to determine best practice and to equip you with the skills to begin to use such evidence for yourself.

Clinical placements in Year 1 focus on the development of essential midwifery skills in a range of settings including community, antenatal clinic, delivery suite and postnatal care.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Building Academic and Professional Capability NURS13100 0 Mandatory
Life sciences for midwives NURS13110 20 Mandatory
Midwifery Care -pregnancy and birth NURS13120 40 Mandatory
Tackling health inequalities NURS13130 20 Mandatory
Midwifery Care - following birth and infant feeding NURS13140 30 Mandatory
Midwifery Knowledge & Research NURS13150 10 Mandatory

Course content for year 2

You will focus on providing midwifery care for women with more complex needs, including a focus on the safe management of medications.

The leadership unit involves working with other students in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health.

You will also begin your case-holding experience, providing continuity of care for a small number of women through pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Midwifery care for complex needs (pregnancy) NURS21210 30 Mandatory
Midwifery care for complex needs (birth) NURS21220 20 Mandatory
Evidence-Based Midwifery Practice NURS21230 10 Mandatory
Medicines Management for Midwives NURS21240 10 Mandatory
Midwifery care for complex needs (postnatal and neonatal period) NURS21260 20 Mandatory
Establishing a case load NURS21270 20 Mandatory
Contemporary Leadership in Healthcare NURS21290 10 Mandatory

Course content for year 3

The final year will develop your confidence and competence ready for qualified practice.

Your studies will also enhance your skills for managing midwifery emergencies, help you develop strategies to tackle wider health issues, and challenge you with contemporary midwifery issues.

You will complete a dissertation under the supervision of a midwifery lecturer. In addition, you will complete the theory that is part of the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination award (you will need to complete the clinical requirements of this qualification once you are in employment).

You will also be able to choose from elective opportunities to explore career options in research, international practice, education, or practice development.

A full range of clinical placements are available.

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Dissertation NURS31310 40 Mandatory
Parenting for early years (including optimal infant feeding) NURS31320 20 Mandatory
Managing a case load NURS31330 10 Mandatory
Contemporary midwife practitioner - incorporating NHS Newborn and Infant Physical Examination theory NURS31340 30 Mandatory
Midwifery emergencies NURS31350 20 Mandatory

What our students say

Completing the midwifery programme here in Manchester has been a really enjoyable experience. It's been very challenging, but also inspiring and life-changing!

Ailsa Gaskill-Jones, recent graduate

Find out more about what it's like to study at Manchester on the  Biology, Medicine and Health Student Blog .

Facilities

You will practice a wide range of key skills in our simulation  facilities  before you go out into clinical placement, such as infection control processes, assessing blood pressure, basic life support and antenatal abdominal examination of the pregnant woman.

Visits to the skills labs continue throughout the course; for example, during the Midwifery Emergencies course unit, you will experience regular sessions in the lab, developing and refining your ability to respond quickly and effectively to emergency situations that you may be faced with in clinical practice.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the  Disability Advisory and Support Office .

If you have a disability or long-term health condition that might affect your ability to meet the demands of the course, we recommend that you contact the Disability Support Office and the Occupational Health Service for advice and support as part of your application process.

Careers

Career opportunities

Immediate career prospects are excellent for newly qualified midwives and most of our graduates take up employment within the NHS.

Midwives may choose to continue to develop as expert clinicians or develop careers in service management, research, education or public health.

You may also be able to work in certain countries overseas, as midwifery education in the UK is well respected around the world.

This course will ensure an excellent start to a life-long career as a midwife and will provide you with a strong basis for future developments in clinical practice, public health, professional leadership or research.

Accrediting organisations

The Nursing and Midwifery Council   (NMC) is the UK regulator for midwifery. Its primary purpose is to protect the public by ensuring high standards of professional practice.

It maintains a register of qualified nurses and midwives eligible to practice in the UK and sets national standards for their education, training and conduct.

Our midwifery curriculum was originally approved by the NMC in 2013 and other external reviewers, and was highly commended for being contemporary, innovative and woman-focused.

Our programme was reviewed again by the NMC in 2017, and was found to be fully meeting all the requirements to a high standard. No recommendations for improvement were needed.

Associated organisations

We have a strong collaborative relationship with all our NHS partners and there is a shared commitment to providing high-quality education for all of our students.

Each NHS site has a Link Lecturer who facilitates good communication with the Trust and supports staff and students with education issues. Many experienced clinical staff contribute to the teaching of the course.

Our students undertake their placements in one of our partner trusts .