midwifery 570a

BSc single honours Midwifery 2019/20

Year of entry

Applications to this course for September 2019 entry are now closed. We still have places available on many of our other health courses.

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 Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and practice as a midwife. It is designed to equip you to work as a midwife who can offer 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 professional/managerial jobs 6 months after finishing their course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education, 2016/17

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 has been approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the governing body which allows students to apply for registration upon successful completion of the programme.

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, as are the inclusion of elective placements which enable students to develop their understanding of the different health and social care settings where care is provided to pregnant women.

You will have the opportunity to undertake an elective placement which may be either in the UK or abroad. For example, students have undertaken placements in Kerala, Ghana, Sri Lanka, as well as in mother and baby units and in fetal medicine in the UK  

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 (20 credits)
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Midwives (20 credits)
  • Midwifery Clinical Skills (20 credits)
  • The Politics and Philosophy of Midwifery (20 credits)
  • Practice Module 1 (40 credits)

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 (20 credits)
  • Caring for the Woman with Altered Health Conditions (20 credits)
  • Complex Neonate (20 credits)
  • Complex Midwifery Care (20 credits)
  • Practice Module 2 (40 credits)

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) (40 credits)
  • Leadership and Managing Change in Midwifery (20 credits)
  • Law and Ethics in Midwifery Practice (20 credits)
  • Practice Module 3 (40 credits)

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

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Following the successful completion of your studies there are lots of opportunities for you to develop your midwifery career. These include becoming a specialist midwife who cares for women with complex medical and social circumstances for example: diabetic specialist midwife, bereavement specialist midwife or supporting women with mental health concerns.

There are also opportunities to study further at Masters or PhD, become a research midwife or work abroad in cultures as diverse as Australia, Africa or Europe.

“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


The 2019/20 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £11,900

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

Please read the 2019/20 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2019/20 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

Fob watch It is recommended that all students purchase a fob watch at a cost ranging from £1-£45 as wrist watches must not be worn in practice settings.

For 2019/20 students eligible for and in receipt of tuition fee and maintenance support from the Student Loans Company are currently 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. Further information and guidelines can be obtained from the NHS Business Authority.

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.


This programme aims to enable you to become a confident, capable registered practitioner who is fit for award, fit for first practice and fit for purpose.

It is also designed to reflect current developments in midwifery, health and social care, in a manner that will equip you with the knowledge, attitudes, graduate and profession-specific attributes to meet the changing needs, which relate to childbearing and sexual health of the people you serve, local employers, the national and international agenda.

Independent learning

Students are expected to undertake self-directed learning whilst undertaking academic study in the university. This will include wide reading and the completion of activities such as workbooks in order to help you to develop in depth knowledge and understanding of midwifery. Whilst in the practice setting you will have independent learning time to reflect on the experiences you have had. This time will help you to embed the knowledge and skills you are developing and enable you to become a safe and competent midwifery practitioner.

Overall workload

This is a 3-year full-time programme and is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. It has an approximate 50% split between academic study and clinical experience.

You will experience clinical placements within the maternity services, and will orientate to the culture of the NHS and the roles and responsibilities of professional and support staff in different team settings. You will be introduced to the concept of the nature of normality in childbirth and the importance of a woman centred service. You will engage in a range of professional activities associated with the role of the midwife and the organisation of services designed to support childbearing: – experiencing clinical practice working 30 hours a week, or equivalent, during any day of a seven-day week and at any point in the 24 hours, plus 7.5 hours of reflection on clinical practice hours. As a student, you will experience clinical placements in the maternity services building on midwifery practice and will be supported in placement by experienced midwives. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to experience associated placement areas, for example, gynaecology, medical and surgical wards. You will observe practice within acute care settings, which include critical care areas, for example, neonatal intensive care and special care baby units.

Academic input

You will be supported to develop your academic study skills and will start to explore your professional identity within the interprofessional team, ensuring women remain at the centre of care provision. Students are allocated personal academic tutors at the commencement of the programme. It is anticipated that the student will develop a close working relationship with the tutor who will support and guide them through their midwifery education.

Students will be supported by experienced staff who have a wide range of knowledge about contemporary midwifery issues. 

“I was so happy to receive the nomination for the Golden Apple award and then to win! In our busy, stressful lives we often default to focus on the negative and it is so uplifting and energising to receive such appreciative feedback from those that matter. I am inspired daily by the students I work with and to know that they had taken time out of their hectic workloads to put forward my nomination was humbling.

Bev Everest Senior Midwifery Lecturer who was awarded a Golden Apple by the Canterbury Christ Church Student Union

During placement you will be required to attend time on shift in practice, 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
  • 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 Practice Assessor 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 academic 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 thought to be 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 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, you should 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.

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 Nursing and Midwifery Council 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.

The NMC during previous reviews has noted that the midwifery education programme and the midwifery team at Christ Church has very close links with local NHS Maternity units which helps support students whilst undertaking their midwifery education.

Fact file

UCAS course code

  • B720

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 3 years full-time


  • September 2019 (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

    More entry requirement details.



Last edited 05/09/2019 15:51:00

Save, Print or Share this page

Connect with us

Last edited: 05/09/2019 15:51:00