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Midwifery (BMid)

Entry year

The role midwives play in preparing women for the delivery of new life makes them a vital presence during all stages of pregnancy, labour and the early postnatal period.

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Course overview

This course provides you with a carefully designed combination of theoretical study and practical experience, equipping you with all the skills and abilities you need to confidently work as a compassionate midwife.

A demanding profession with much responsibility, midwifery is an extremely popular career choice that provides diverse and rewarding opportunities. We will encourage you to develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills essential for midwifery professionals working in a constantly evolving area of healthcare.  

Our innovative degree will support you in making a significant contribution to the health of women, their babies and their families. Midwifery is about caring and this intrinsic belief is inherent in the way in which midwifery is taught and practised. Caring is based on humanistic principles and a belief system that respects the wishes of women and their families. It includes recognition of the emotional and spiritual needs of women and families, as well as the physical, social and psychological nature of childbearing.

This is reflected in the philosophy adopted for midwifery, which serves to integrate both the art and science of the profession. The science of midwifery includes biological principles, research, methods of inquiry, decision making, assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care. Whilst the art of midwifery focuses on communication and the approach to delivering care, encompassing genuine caring, respect, sensitivity, and valuing the uniqueness of individuals in a culturally diverse society. As a student on the programme, you will gain a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of both the science and art of midwifery.

This degree will enable students to gain a Bachelor level Midwifery qualification and registration as a Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Students completing this programme will, through the provision of high quality educational experience, meet NMC requirements (NMC 2009) to realise their potential as autonomous, accountable professionals who provide safe and effective care for child bearing women and their babies.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: We regret that this course is unable to accept applications from international fee-status applicants because of its association with the National Health Service (NHS) and the restrictions on funding and clinical placements.

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of the degree include:

Research & Innovation – this will be evident throughout the programme, with application and implementation of research and evidence based practice being key to all learning and teaching activities. This is enhanced by the School's Chair of Midwifery, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Professor of Midwifery, Reader and Research Associate roles. Students and graduates will be equipped with the capacity to develop their knowledge, and where possible, participate in research studies and to contribute to collaborations locally, nationally and globally.

Education - the highest standards of education will be employed in this programme with a dynamic and forward-thinking team of midwifery lecturers. The student experience is key to all developments and we aim to enable students to become independent learners who are inspired, supported and challenged to continue their learning throughout their careers. We will review our provision regularly to ensure that it is meeting the needs of the modern maternity service.

International - the aim is that 17% of students undertake a placement abroad during their programme at Cardiff University. Sound links are being developed with many international partners, including, Sweden, Finland, Oman, Namibia and Malta, enabling student midwives to have the opportunity to undertake an international placement during the programme which will broaden their experience.

World Health Organisation (WHO) - In partnership with Royal College of Midwives the School is in the process of becoming designated as a Collaborating Centre for Midwifery with the World Health Organisation (WHO), the only such unit in the European region. This initiative is an excellent opportunity to contribute to the important work of WHO and to strengthening the Midwifery profession across Europe.

Inter Professional Education (IPE)-The unique, multidisciplinary nature of the School of Healthcare Sciences provides a rounded experience for our students, ensuring you become skilled, knowledgeable, caring and compassionate healthcare professionals committed to an ethos of evidence-based care.  Our programme has been developed so that modules on professional, personal development and communication are shared with students from Allied Health Professional programmes. This promotes understanding and respect of differing professional values and roles from an early stage, with communication and team working as key learning outcomes.


UCAS codeB720
Next intakeSeptember 2018
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
Typical places availableThe course typically has approximately 30 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe course typically receives approximately 900 applications.

Entry requirements

ABB. You will not need to achieve these from any specific subjects but please note General Studies will not be accepted. 

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

28 points - English Language, Maths and a Physical Science must be offered at Subsidiary or GCSE level, if not at Higher Level.

Alternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the School of Healthcare Sciences admissions criteria pages.

If you are an overseas applicant and your first language is not English, please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our accepted qualifications.

You will require five GCSEs grade A-C or grade 8-4 including English, Maths and Science.  If you are successful in both academic and non-academic assessment you will also be invited to attend a multiple mini interview.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2018/19)

A full NHS bursary, including tuition fees and a non-repayable bursary for living costs, is available for this programme. Further details are available on our NHS funding pages.

Students from outside the EU (2018/19)

An NHS placement is a required part of this course. The NHS only makes placements available to students who are eligible to pay UK/EU fees. Therefore, this course is not available for international students.

Additional costs

Applicants are required to meet the costs of obtaining a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Certificate.

Applicants are advised that while you may be entitled to be reimbursed for some of the costs you incur whilst attending practice placements, you will be required to cover the initial costs for later reimbursement. This may include both accommodation and travel costs (if they are in excess of your normal daily travel costs to your University base).


Course specific equipment

You will not need any specific equipment.


We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Course structure

The course is comprised of approximately 50% theory and 50% practice, integrating both in a modular structure throughout three years. All modules are compulsory and credit rated. By successfully completing each module, you will accumulate credits towards the award of a degree, and entry onto the Professional Register.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2018/19 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2018.

Year one

In year one you will be introduced to the academic knowledge and practice of midwifery. The emphasis is on normal midwifery, as childbirth is a normal physiological life event for the majority of healthy women. You will be exposed to the theory and practice of normal midwifery and related key skills through relevant knowledge and clinical experience.

The taught modules in year one total 120 credits. All are core (compulsory).

Year two

In year two you will adapt and develop your existing knowledge, skills and attitudes to provide safe and effective care for women during normal and complicated pregnancy and childbirth. You will have additional short placements in an Accident and Emergency department, a gynaecological ward and a neonatal unit.

The taught modules in year two total 120 credits. All are core (compulsory).

Year three

In year three, your existing knowledge, skills and attitudes will develop to enable the provision of effective care for women and babies throughout pregnancy, labour and the puerperium. Clinical placements will reflect this. It is expected at this time that the student moves towards working under indirect supervision of the mentor in order to develop confidence and independence and to undertake complex activities that can be safely and responsibly delegated.

Throughout the three years of the programme you will have the opportunity for involvement in case holding in the form of a continuity of care scheme. As part of this scheme you will follow the care of between 3 and 5 women throughout the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal period.

The taught modules in year three total 120 credits. All are core (compulsory).

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

The School of Healthcare Sciences is committed to developing knowledge which directly improves health outcomes and health care for patients, women and their families. Top quality teaching relies on academic and clinical expertise of lecturers and visiting clinicians.

Lectures, tutorials, workshops, simulations, seminar style discussions, online discussions, presentations and specific group work will all feature as part of your degree.

Year 1

Scheduled learning and teaching activities


Guided independent study




Year 2

Scheduled learning and teaching activities


Guided independent study




Year 3

Scheduled learning and teaching activities


Guided independent study




How will I be supported?

You will have regular meetings with your personal tutor who will provide pastoral support and academic guidance throughout the programme. In addition you will be assigned an academic supervisor in year 3 of the programme who will support you in the development of your dissertation.

Our virtual learning environment is accessible via desktop and mobile devices, allowing you to access electronic resources from anywhere. Dedicated computer labs, student study rooms, campus-wide WiFi networks, printing facilities and a dedicated healthcare library are available year-round. Staff are available onsite to assist students and provide support and advice.

The School of Healthcare Sciences has recently invested in new facilities and equipment, aiming to provide some of the best technology and modern facilities at your disposal.

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.


We will provide you with feedback on your work in a variety of formats. These will include oral feedback during tutorials, feedback provided during lectures, written feedback provided through online module discussion forums, and electronic written feedback on assessed coursework through GradeMark. You will be provided with summary written feedback in relation to examinations and you can discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.  During clinical placements you will be supported in your progress by mentors/clinical teachers who will provide verbal and written feedback on your clinical competency.

How will I be assessed?

Modules will be assessed using methods including written assignments, exams, presentations and a clinical portfolio.

The module assessment strategies conform to the University’s principles of assessment and are valid, reliable and explicit.

Assessments used within this course relate to the measurement of professional, academic and/or clinical practice. This includes written work such as reflective narratives, evidence based literature reviews, essays, examinations, practical examinations, scenario-based discussions, dissertations and completion of portfolios. 

Assessment methods (2017/18 data)

Year 1

Written exams


Practical exams




Year 2

Written exams


Practical exams




Year 3

Written exams


Practical exams




What skills will I practise and develop?

You will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’.

These include your own personal management and development, and the ability to:

  • take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development;
  • project plan time and tasks;
  • work independently and meet deadlines;
  • collect and record data;
  • analyse, interpret, synthesise and evaluate data;
  • problem solve and reach realistic conclusions;
  • produce academic work that is accurate and conforms to the appropriate level;
  • Communicate ideas in a clear concise manner.

Careers and placements

Career prospects

In 2015, 100% of the School's graduates were in employment within six months of graduation.

Employers included: University Health Boards across Wales and NHS Trusts in England.

On qualification, you can work in a range of healthcare settings, both in the United Kingdom and abroad.

Midwifery is an exciting and rewarding career choice that demands intellect and commitment, strong people skills, compassion, humour, and patience. You can make a real difference in people's lives.


  • Midwife
  • Nurse
  • Advanced nurse practitioner
  • Health visitor
  • Research nurse
  • Ward manager
  • Lecturer


The Cardiff BMid is divided between theory and practice in order to maximise the link between clinical and theoretical learning. You will spend approximately 50% of your time in university, and 50% of your time in clinical practice, supported by experienced midwives.

University and placement learning are interspersed throughout the programme; however the configuration varies for each year. This ensures that you are exposed to the core elements of learning in the first year and that placement learning opportunities are maximised throughout the three years of the programme. The variety of practice experience offered by Cardiff University will enable you to be involved in the care of women throughout their childbirth experience including; antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care and to support women birthing in a variety of settings.


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