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Midwifery (BMid)

This course has been discontinued

Midwifery (BMid) has been discontinued from 2022. You can view similar courses for Midwifery or search our undergraduate courses.

  • Subject area: Midwifery
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Mode: Full time
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Why study this course

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Ranked top 5 for midwifery

By The Guardian Best UK Universities Guide 2022.

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Professionally accredited

Our programme is validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

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A WHO Collaborative Centre

We are one of only two specific midwifery centres in the world, recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for our excellence in midwifery education and research.

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Early clinical exposure

50% of your learning will be on placement, where you’ll gain valuable experience in real clinical settings alongside supportive and knowledgeable staff.

Please note that we are currently revising our Bachelor of Midwifery (Hons) programme in line with the Future Midwife Standards published by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC, 2019). The revised Future Midwife Cardiff programme will commence in September 2022 and further details will be available on our website in October 2022.

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).  

International Students 

We regret that this course is unable to accept applications from international fee-status applicants. 

Accreditations

Subject area: Midwifery

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  • MarkerUniversity Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XN

Entry requirements

We accept a combination of A-levels and other qualifications, as well as equivalent international qualifications subject to entry requirements. Typical offers are as follows:

A level

ABB-BBB

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.


This grade range reflects our typical standard and contextual offers. We carefully consider your contextual data (the circumstances in which you've been studying) upon application. Eligible students applying for this course will be given an offer at the lower end of the advertised grade range.

International Baccalaureate

32-31 overall or 665 in 3 HL subjects. 

Baccalaureate Wales

From 2023, the Welsh Baccalaureate will be renamed the Baccalaureate Wales Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate. This qualification will continue to be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

Other qualifications from inside the UK

BTEC

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.

T level

Acceptance of T Levels for this programme will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Academic School. Consideration will be given to the T Level grade/subject and grades/subjects achieved at GCSE/Level 2.

Qualifications from outside the UK

International equivalencies are not accepted for this course. Please contact the International Office for information about entry requirements from your country.

Please view your country page for information on our entry requirements, funding opportunities and who our local advisors are.

Additional entry requirements

GCSE

Grade B or grade 6 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 7.0 in all other subskills.

TOEFL iBT

At least 100 with a minimum of 22 in writing and 24 in all other subskills.

PTE Academic

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 admissions@cardiff.ac.uk 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.

ENROLMENT CONDITIONS
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 first interviewing an applicant. Offer release may be subject to all interviews for the programme having taken place.

To be eligible for consideration for interview, all applicants must meet the minimum requirements at Level 2 (typically GCSE) and Level 3 (typically A-level). If you meet these requirements, your application will be given 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.

Welsh domiciled students studying/having successfully completed certain Access to Higher Education Diploma related to Healthcare may be eligible for a guaranteed interview on application. Please contact the admissions team for specific details.

Our interview process

Applicants who are successful in both academic and non-academic assessment will be invited to attend a Multi Mini Interview (MMI).

The MMI  is a series of short, carefully timed interview stations that you will rotate around in turn. The stations will give you an opportunity to demonstrate that 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 help us to identity the personal qualities that are important to your future career development, and assess information that isn’t always readily forthcoming in the application process.

They are not intended to test the amount of prior knowledge you have about the subject or profession.

Please note that interviews may occur in person, or in a virtual environment, but will continue to assess applicants on the skills and attributes outlined above.

Tuition fees for 2022 entry

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on your fee status. Your fee status could be home, island or overseas.

Learn how we decide your fee status

Fees for home status

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 or Swiss national, your tuition fees for 2022/23 be in line with the overseas fees for international students, unless you qualify for home fee status. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.

Fees for island status

Learn more about the undergraduate fees for students from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

Fees for overseas status

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.

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.

Accommodation

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

Living costs

We're based in one of the UK's most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.

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 2022/2023 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year one

In year one you will focus on universal care of women, pregnant people, newborns and families. There is an emphasis on the midwife’s role in optimising normal physiological processes, promoting positive outcomes and preventing complications.

You will learn about the midwife’s role in public health and health promotion and protection, along with key communication skills, assessment, screening and care planning.

Infant feeding, relationship building and continuity of care and carer are core concepts that run throughout the programme.

You will have four Practice Learning Opportunities (PLO), with eight weeks of theory learning at university to prepare you for the first.

You will develop a sound knowledge of body systems, anatomy, physiology, genomics and human development underpinned with relevant theory, applied to pre-conception, pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and newborn care.

Year two

In year two you will adapt and develop your existing knowledge.

You'll learn about the midwife’s role in the first line assessment and management of complications and additional care needs, which may require medical, obstetric, neonatal, mental health, social care or other services.

You will have three Practice Learning Opportunities (PLO), and the chance to undertake an elective placement of four weeks at the end of the year. This placement can be local, national or international, and you will organise it yourself.

You will develop your ability to identify and critically evaluate appropriate sources of evidence and their application to midwifery practice and systems of maternity and public health care.

Year three

In year three you will reinforce the five principles of best midwifery practice: family centred care, safe and effective care, continuity of carer, skilled interdisciplinary and multiagency working and sustainable quality services.

You will learn more about compassionate leadership, professionalism and accountability as an autonomous practitioner, in preparation for qualifying as a midwife.

You will have the chance to undertake three short Practice Learning Opportunities (PLO), along with three other PLOs and a Pre-qualifying Placement (PQP) which is organised for the area where you will commence your role as a qualified midwife.

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.

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.


Feedback

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. 

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

We are proud that 100%* of our Midwifery graduates are in employment and/or further study six months after graduating (*DHLE and HECSU).

Midwifery is a global profession, and UK-educated midwives are respected worldwide, meaning you'll have the opportunity to work both in the UK and across the globe.

Midwifery is a challenging and rewarding career choice, and upon qualification, the career options available are varied and plentiful, and include: clinical midwifery, management, research and education.

Graduate careers

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

Placements

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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HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2021. 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 2018/19, published by HESA in June 2021.