BSc single honours Midwifery 2018/19

Year of entry

This course is no longer accepting applications for September 2018. We will open for September 2019 applications later this year.

You will develop the practical midwifery skills and knowledge you need to care for women experiencing normal pregnancy as well as pregnant women who have medical or social needs. You will learn to question and critically evaluate practice and, in doing so, place women and families at the centre of care.

You will explore areas including:

  • foundations of midwifery practice
  • politics and philosophy of midwifery
  • clinical skills
  • public health
  • law and ethics in midwifery practice
  • research and evidence-based practice
  • leadership and managing change in midwifery practice.

This course provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to apply for registration with the midwifery governing body and practice as a midwife. It is designed to equip you to work as a midwife offering support, care and advice for women during pregnancy, labour and in the early postnatal period.

The role of a midwife entails working autonomously to promote normal birth, identifying changes in pregnancy which might require referral to other health and social care professionals, carrying out emergency procedures when necessary, providing counselling and education for the woman and her family throughout pregnancy and childbirth, and promoting health in the community.

The midwifery teaching team will share their vast experience and knowledge of contemporary midwifery, and placement areas will provide a diverse experience. We also have realistic Simulation Suites, where you can develop practical skills that will help to set you up for a life-long career in midwifery.

This course is designed to enable you to apply for registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council on successful completion of the course.

100% of our most recent Midwifery students were in jobs or further study 6 months after finishing their course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education, 2015/16

Throughout the course you will develop practical midwifery skills and knowledge required to care for women experiencing normal pregnancy and those women who develop complications during pregnancy and childbirth.

You will learn how to care for and nurture healthy newborn babies as well as those with complex needs, and be introduced to pharmacology and pathophysiology within the context of pregnancy and childbirth. You will be encouraged to question practice and place women and families at the centre of care.

You will develop knowledge and understanding of current issues and challenges in midwifery practice and in the wider field of public health, which is an important strand of the course. You will critically explore the law and ethics in midwifery practice. This course is subject to the approval of a relevant statutory regulatory body, which allows students to apply for registration upon successful completion of the course.

To ensure our students experience the most current and relevant health and social care education, we are excited to be offering a newly designed programme of interprofessional education from September 2017, designed to reflect the rapidly evolving dimensions of the health and social care sector and the needs of the individual. The interprofessional education is based on years of experience that we have in teaching collaborative learning.

Within the new design, our aim is to give students the opportunity to embrace and capture their interprofessional placement experiences and use of interprofessional interactions through simulation activities, such as role play, use of discussion boards and online simulated activities. These, and other activities, will support your learning, teaching and assessment.

Work experience

Clinical placements are an integral part of the course.

We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.

Year 1

The modules in year one will introduce you to the role of the midwife in relation to the impact of pregnancy on the woman, her partner and her family. Each module will lay the foundation of midwifery knowledge to be built on in the following years.

Professional development, to assist you with the transitions to professional practice and academic study, is scheduled within the Practice Module 1 to support you through the year and integrate the two learning environments.

Additionally, you will be introduced to the public health role of the midwife in this module, Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) and Detailed Examination of the Newborn (DEN).

Foundations of Midwifery practice
Anatomy and Physiology for Midwives
Midwifery Clinical Skills
The Politics and Philosophy of Midwifery
Practice Module 1

Year 2

The theoretical basis and the concepts of the nature of normality in childbirth and the importance of a women centred service will be developed in the modules in year two, building on the skills and knowledge developed in year one. In particular, the public health role of the midwife and wellbeing concepts in relation to women, themselves and other health care professionals.

In the practice module you will explore evidence based practice, developing skills to review evidence and research critically, which will inform your dissertation in year three. This module will also require you to engage with learning related to medicines management, BFI and DEN.

Public Health and Wellbeing
Caring for the Woman with Altered Health Conditions
Complex Neonate
Complex Midwifery Care
Practice Module 2

Year 3

In year three, you will consolidate knowledge, skills and attitudes, which will enable you to facilitate the ability in women to achieve normality in childbearing in a range of settings in the maternity services. You will have the opportunity to explore the complexities of the law and ethics related to midwifery practice, challenging your own beliefs and perceptions. During the Research to Inform Practice module, you will produce an extended essay (Dissertation) on a topic of their choosing and consider how research informs practice.

This year will focus on you being ‘work ready’. Therefore, you will develop managerial and leadership skills and will be challenged to think outside of the normal constraints of contemporary practice and consider how midwifery practice can be advanced. Additionally, in the practice module, opportunities will be identified to equip you with skills, such as cannulation, administration of IV medication, critical care skills. Moreover, you will have learning to help prepare you for becoming a registrant and gaining graduate employment. Building on level 4 and 5 learning, you will be expected to consolidate skills of collaborative working and the application of learning within the practice setting.

Research to Inform Practice (the dissertation)
Leadership and Managing Change in Midwifery
Law and Ethics in Midwifery Practice
Practice Module 3


Throughout each year you will participate in learning and teaching to develop your graduate attributes.

A wide range of career opportunities are available following registration. For example clinical practice, management, education, research, or travel. Additionally, on successful completion of the course there are opportunities within our Faculty of Health and Wellbeing to progress onto postgraduate study, including examination of the newborn, MSc or PhD studies.

“After visiting several universities and attending open days, Canterbury Christ Church University clearly stood out from the rest. I was impressed with the well-equipped Simulation Suite which would enable me to develop my clinical skills in a safe and supported environment. I was greeted by enthusiastic midwifery lecturers who seemed very keen to guide me carefully along the pathway to a career in midwifery.

Once successfully registered with Canterbury Christ Church University, the support I received was second to none both academically and whilst out on clinical placement. Mentors in practice ensured I received the best clinical training, whilst university lecturers re-enforced this knowledge with research and evidence. This excellent start enabled me to practice confidently after qualification and I am now, after 5 years, a Practice Development Midwife for a busy London Hospital.

I maintain strong links with the University as a graduate and this enables me to give input into the midwifery education course whilst supporting future midwives in achieving their goals. ”

Paula Stone Practice Development Midwife & Christ Church Alumna


The 2018/19 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £11,500

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2018/19 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2018/19 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Overseas students, please note that there is an additional fee of £1,450 per year of study for placement costs. You will also be required to fund your own travel and accommodation costs.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

You will be entitled to claim travel and accommodation expenses incurred over and above daily travel costs to university. The costs must be related to essential practice placements.

CCCU Advantage

Our aim is to ensure that there are no hidden initial costs when commencing your Health and Wellbeing course. Any additional costs to pre-registration health and social care students should be kept to a minimum, therefore, we will be providing all our students commencing courses affected by the NHS bursary changes from September 2017 with extra funding support as part of your course fees.

The CCCU Advantage Package includes:

  • Uniforms
  • Disclosure & Barring Service check
  • Occupational Health costs, including immunisation

Visit The Funding Clinic for further information on the Government funding changes.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Composition of the course

Learning takes place in a variety of settings within the University and clinical practice areas. 50% of time is spent in the University and is theory – related to the care offered to pregnant women in practice and 50% of time is spent in practice – which should reflect and consolidate the relevant theory learnt whilst you are in University. You will spend blocks of time either in the clinical placement area or University. Holidays are set for the three years, so you know when you are able to take a holiday. Holidays cannot be taken outside of these set periods.

Whilst in practice placements you will be supported, guided and inspired by practice mentors who have a range of experiences and skills to nurture your learning. You will be expected to work the equivalent full-time shift pattern as your allocated practice mentor. These shift patterns encompass the 24 hour, 7 day a week service the NHS provides to women and their families. You should therefore be prepared to work early shifts, late shifts, long days, nights, weekends, bank holidays and be on-call for allocated nights. 

Whilst in University, you will participate in lectures and, as a student on a full-time course, you are expected to participate in extra sessions, particularly for library and study support workshops, tutorials and to engage with self-directed study during the time you are not in lectures.

Academic input

You will be taught by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers in the University and mentors in the practice setting who have academic and clinical credibility.

The vast majority of the academic teaching team are experienced practitioners registered with the relevant professional and/or statutory regulatory body. They are responsible for facilitating the development of your knowledge and skills in relation to the professional aspects of the course.

Our lecturers are enthusiastic and committed midwives and the midwifery team have been commended by the Nursing and Midwifery Council for close links with local practice sites.

“The (lecturers) have been supportive both in academic studies and whilst we are out in placement, and have majorly contributed to my personal learning and to the whole of our cohort.

They are passionate about learning so that we are able to gain knowledge and skills to apply to our practice for better outcomes for women and their families. As a cohort we are lucky to have such enthusiastic, caring, hardworking and supportive lecturers who we aspire to be like when we are midwives.”

3rd year Midwifery student

Surprising terms

During placement you may be required to attend at shift times, as is often the case once in employment. This ensures that you experience the full range of activity in your individual placement. Shift work could include weekends, bank holidays and night duty.

Owing to the varied nature of placements, there may be a need for you to travel to and from placements within Kent and/or Medway and, in some cases, outside of the county.

Students in placement must conform to NHS rules of appearance and conduct as set out by the placement provider/organisation.

During your midwifery education, you will be assessed by several different methods to reflect the diverse skills students need to develop for professional practice. These assessments include:

  • Written reflective assignments
  • Examinations
  • Practical examinations including OSCEs (which is an Objective Structured Clinical Examination)
  • Presentations

Throughout each year, in the clinical practice area, you will be assessed by the mentor you have been working with. In line with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements, students are graded for their practical skills.

All assessments aim to consolidate your learning and are integral to the learning experience. Over the three years, you will build a portfolio of achievements and progress, reflecting your fitness for practise.

Learning is supported by our award winning library and computer facilities, and you will be allocated a personal tutor for guidance and support.

GCSE English language, mathematics and science at grade C/Level 4 or above are required.

Essential previous experience is required e.g. attendance at a midwifery conference/maternity open day, spending time with someone who has experience of midwifery.

Essential personal skills are required e.g. the ability to articulate why you want to enter the profession, be able to discuss some current issues in midwifery practice and be able to demonstrate that you are caring and compassionate and able to communicate effectively with a variety of people. 

Recruitment for the Midwifery course considers values which are considered integral to the midwifery profession including being caring, able to communicate with people, as well as being respectful and compassionate. These values are also considered important in the wider NHS.

During the shortlisting process and the interview you will need to be able to demonstrate that you have these skills in order to be considered suitable for the course and the midwifery profession.  

When selecting applicants, a number of factors are taken into account. These include evidence of some understanding of the role of the midwife and the challenges that this involves. It is suggested that candidates visit their local Maternity Unit or attend a maternity unit open day offered by the three Kent NHS Trust maternity units supporting this course.

Relevant experience can also be obtained through volunteer placements, such as those offered by Volunteering Matters. Visit volunteeringmatters.org.uk for information. However, actual experience within the maternity services is not required. Further understanding of the role and work of the midwife can be gained in a number of different ways, for example talking to midwives, and through accessing maternity/health focused websites.

You should set aside time to complete the application form as the decision as to whether you are called for interview is based on the form. The personal statement is very important and you must say why you want to become a midwife and demonstrate your commitment to and understanding of the profession, particularly the role of the midwife in relation to women’s health issues.

We take into account what your referees say about you, and it is important that you give us the names and addresses of relevant referees who can comment on why you would make a good midwifery student and caring and compassionate midwife, for example you should not use friends or relatives. We also look at your academic background and we take into account any criminal convictions or police cautions that you might have.

Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, subject to satisfactory Occupational Health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

During the selection day you will be assessed in a number of ways including numeracy and literacy tests and Mini Multiple Interviews (MMI). During the MMI you will be interviewed by a number of interviewers including academic and clinical midwives. As a way of supporting your application, it is recommended that you bring a short reflective portfolio to the interview which demonstrates how you have developed your knowledge and understanding of the role of the midwife through attending and reflecting on your work experiences, conference attendance etc.

Each interviewer will have a set of criteria by which all applicants are judged. In general they are looking for applicants who can:

  • Communicate clearly in spoken and written standard English
  • Convey commitment and enthusiasm for their chosen profession
  • Explain why they want to become a midwife and be able to explain and give evidence that they understand what it means to be a midwife and as a result have an understanding of the role of the midwife

A place on the course is subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and Occupational Health clearance.

Entry criteria meet the current requirements of the statutory regulatory body.

This midwifery course is subject to a conjoint approval between the University and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Upon approval, it is further subject to monitoring processes by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

To be eligible to apply for registration with the relevant statutory regulatory body you must demonstrate good health and good character throughout your studies and on completion of the course. Applications for professional registration will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and Occupational Health clearance.

On completion of the course and in preparation for registration, the Lead Midwife for Education must be satisfied that you meet the relevant statutory regulatory body fitness to practise criteria. You will be required to sign an annual declaration of ongoing fitness to practise at regular intervals during the course. The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing has a fitness to practise policy and procedures which may be instigated should you demonstrate behaviour or conduct that falls short of that expected by the University and/or statutory regulatory body.

For more details, visit www.canterbury.ac.uk/policies-procedures

Midwives are regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) who have produced ‘The Code’, which sets out professional standards for midwives. The Code can be accessed via the website www.nmc.org.uk

The Simulation Suites offer you the chance to practise midwifery skills in a safe environment, which replicates some areas of the clinical placements you may experience.

Sessions in the Simulation Suites include real time practice experiences using electronic mannequins, allowing you to participate in experiential learning, which enable clear links between theory and the practical application to be made by students.


Full-time study

Apply via UCAS

Need some help?

For advice on completing your application please contact the Admissions Enquiry Team:

Email: admissions@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)1227 928000

Fact file

UCAS course code

  • B720

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 3 years full-time


  • September 2018 (Medway and Canterbury)

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English language, mathematics and science at grade C/Level 4 or above are required.

    A typical offer would be BBB at A2 level, or equivalent

    Overseas Students - all must attend for interview (no Skype), English language requirements is IELTS 7 with 7 in all component parts

    More entry requirement details.




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