Why study this course
Ranked 1st in the UK
By The Complete University Guide 2021.
Our programme is validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
Do you want to make a difference, not just a choice?
Our midwifery programme is an innovative, popular and rewarding career. Our programme provides you with the skills and knowledge to become a registered midwife after 3 years and offering you the opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives; a value that few other professions can offer.
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. You’ll be the expert on childbirth and so your responsibilities are diverse. As a qualified midwife you’ll provide full antenatal care, identify, refer and co-ordinate the care for women with high-risk pregnancies, monitor all women and support them during labour and teach new mothers how to feed and care for their babies. You will be working with women from a variety of backgrounds so you will need to be confident enough to communicate and support different people in a variety of situations.
With 100% of our students satisfied with our course (UNISTATS) you will gain a comprehensive understanding in a supportive environment around both the science and art of midwifery. 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. This will enable you to deliver high quality midwifery care in a rapidly changing environment.
You will be taught by motivated and knowledgeable lecturers in the field of midwifery who are influencing healthcare across Wales and beyond through engagement and research. This is demonstrated by our University being part of the only Collaborating Centre for the World Health Organisation in Europe focused exclusively on midwifery development.
You will specialise in midwifery from the start of the course and you will practice your skills in our clinical simulation suite which enables you to learn in a realistic midwifery ward with simulated mother and baby. These lifelike simulations mean you can safely practice and develop essential skills, developing your confidence and expertise before going out into placement.
You will spend approximately 50% of your time on placement. We have close working relationships with two large service providers in South Wales and so your learning will take place both in hospitals and in the community in a range of environments, enhancing experience in caring for women from a variety of cultures with differing needs. You will benefit from placements supported by experienced midwife educators to help you in becoming the best midwife you can be. During your first year you will participate in the care of women in low risk environments such as community teams and midwifery led birth units. In your second year, the emphasis will move to high risk and complex care needs of mother and baby and placements will in the main be in obstetric led units. You will also experience placements in accident and emergency department, gynaecological wards and neonatal units. There is also an opportunity for you to undertake a placement learning opportunity in a different environment, either within the UK or overseas.
This degree will lead to eligibility to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Midwife. On qualification, you can work in a range of healthcare settings, both in the United Kingdom and abroad.
Above all else, we strive to ensure that our graduates are ready for the next step in their career and the many opportunities that await them. That’s why 100% of our midwifery students are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating (UNISTATS).
We regret that this course is unable to accept applications from international fee-status applicants.
Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ 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.
DDM in a BTEC Extended Diploma in Health Studies. We will consider BTECs in alternative subjects alongside other academic qualifications and any relevant work or volunteer experience.
32-31 overall or 665 in 3 HL subjects.
Other UK qualifications may also be accepted, often in lieu of A-levels, but subject requirements must be met. If you are offering non-UK qualifications, our qualification equivalences guide should allow you to calculate what kind of offer you are likely to receive.
Please be aware that this is a general guide, and that some programmes may have more detailed or specific entry requirements which will be reflected in your offer.
Grade B or grade 6 in GCSE English Language.
At least 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 7.0 in all other subskills.
At least 100 with a minimum of 22 in writing and 24 in all other subskills.
At least 70 overall with a minimum of 69 in writing and a minimum of 76 in all other communicative skills.
Trinity ISE II/III
III: at least a Merit in all components.
Other accepted qualifications
Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.
You must have or be working towards:
- English language or Welsh language at GCSE grade B/6 or an equivalent (such as A-levels). English Language GCSE C/4 will be accepted where you are taking qualifications at a higher level which are taught through the medium of English such as A-levels.
- four GCSEs at grade C/4 including Maths, and one science (from Biology, Chemistry, and Physics), or equivalent qualifications (subject and grade).
You must also supply a personal statement that is relevant to the profession. If you are applying to more than one professional programme, you should email a bespoke personal statement for each programme to firstname.lastname@example.org at the same time as submitting your application via UCAS. In your personal statement, you should demonstrate that you understand the profession, have an insight into the course itself, and describe any relevant work experience. Only one personal statement may be submitted for each programme.
You must meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) good health and character, and fitness to practice requirements.
We do not accept Critical Thinking, General Studies, Citizenship Studies, or other similar equivalent subjects.
We will accept a combination of BTEC subjects, A-levels, and other qualifications, subject to the course specific grade and subject requirements.
Before starting your course, you will also need to complete an occupational health questionnaire, attend any subsequent appointments and receive all of the necessary vaccinations to undertake clinical placements safely. You must have a validated negative sample for HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. This is arranged by the Occupational Health Department following commencement of the programme.
You will be required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check if your application is successful. If you are applying from certain countries overseas, a Certificate of Good Conduct may be required. If you have a relevant criminal conviction, this will be stated in the check and may affect your ability to enrol on the course. Applicants who are on the barred list should be aware that applying to this course is likely to be considered a criminal offence.
Please see our admissions policies for more information about the application process.
Interview or selection process
We won’t make an offer without an interview and no offers will be made until all interviews have taken place.
All applicants must meet the minimum requirements at Level 2 (typically GCSE) and Level 3 (typically A-level) in order to be eligible for consideration for interview. If you meet the minimum entry requirements your application will be give a numerical score based on your personal statement.
Eligible applicants will be ranked according to this score and the top ranking applicants will be invited to interview
Our interview process
We use the multiple mini interview (MMI) format, which is a series of short, carefully timed interview stations that you will rotate around in turn.
The MMIs help us to determine if you:
- can think on your feet
- have thought about some of the issues that are important to the profession
- can critically appraise information
- can communicate ideas effectively.
They also focus on exploring the personal qualities and attributes that are important to your future career development.
These interviews allow us to meet you in person and assess information that isn’t always readily forthcoming in the application process—they aren’t intended to test the amount of prior knowledge you have about the subject or the profession.
Students from the UK
A full NHS bursary, including tuition fees and a non-repayable bursary for living costs, is available to applicants from the UK. Full details, including information for applicants from the EU, are available on our NHS funding pages.
Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, unless you qualify for UK fee status, tuition fees for 2021/22 will be in line with the fees charged for international students. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.
Students from the rest of the world (international)
An NHS placement is a required part of this course. The NHS only makes placements available to students who are eligible to pay UK fees. Therefore, this course is not available for international students.
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.
We’re based in one of the UK’s most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.
We are currently working with our students to update and improve the content of this course. The information shown below reflects the current curriculum and is likely to change. The review of the course is expected to be completed by August 2022 and this page will be updated by end of October 2022 to reflect the changes.
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 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.
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).
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Personal and Professional Development and Communication 1||HC1121||20 credits|
|Midwifery 1: Midwifery and Society||HC1122||30 credits|
|Midwifery 2: the Midwife and Normal Childbirth||HC1123||30 credits|
|Clinical 1: Foundation in Midwifery Practice||HC1124||40 credits|
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).
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Personal and Professional Development and Communication 2||HC2130||20 credits|
|Midwifery 3: Exploring the Evidence Base for Midwifery Practice||HC2132||30 credits|
|Midwifery 4: Understanding Complexity in Midwifery||HC2133||30 credits|
|Clinical 2: Developing Midwifery Practice||HC2134||40 credits|
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).
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Midwifery 5: Evolving Midwifery Practice||HC3124||40 credits|
|Midwifery 6: Competent, Autonomous Midwifery Practice||HC3125||40 credits|
|Clinical 3: Safe and Effective Midwifery Practice||HC3126||40 credits|
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
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.
Scheduled learning and teaching activities
Guided independent study
Scheduled learning and teaching activities
Guided independent study
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.
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
Midwifery is a challenging and rewarding career choice and on qualification it is possible to work in a wide range of healthcare settings both in the United Kingdom and abroad.
As a School of Healthcare Sciences we are proud that 100% of our midwifery graduates are in employment and/or further study six months after graduating (UNISTATS).
The career options for midwives are varied and plentiful. Midwifery services can be in both the hospital or in the community. Antenatal care in the community is provided in women’s homes, local clinics, children’s centres and GP surgeries. Care during labour is provided in a mother’s home, as well as midwifery led maternity units.
Midwifery care can also be provided in hospitals where you may work in:
Triage and assessment areas
High and low risk labour
Postnatal wards and neonatal units
Potential employers can include various health boards and NHS Trusts, international health services and higher education institutions. Also you have the opportunity to explore avenues leading to a career as a Consultant Midwife or in Research, Education, Management, Public Health, Screening and Governance.
- Advanced nurse practitioner
- Health visitor
- Research nurse
- Ward manager
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.
HESA data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2020. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18, published by HESA in June 2020.