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Midwifery BSc (Hons) 2018/19 entry

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3 years full-time



Coventry University


September 2018



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Midwives play a pivotal role in supporting the health and wellbeing of women and their families during all stages of pregnancy, childbirth and the early postnatal period. They often describe their role preparing women for the delivery of new life as 'privileged'.

Becoming a midwife means undertaking professional education at degree level. Some midwives are qualified nurses who have chosen to change career direction and undertake the extra study necessary to be registered as a midwife. Others begin their career by working their way up via support roles, such as starting as a maternity support worker, before going on to study for a midwifery degree later. 

Ranked 7th for Nursing and Midwifery in the Guardian University Guide 2019, you will learn in our multi-million pound Alison Gingell Building with up-to-date equipment and simulators. This course benefits from high levels of student satisfaction – 94% overall and 99% for the quality of teaching in the latest National Student Survey (NSS).

See the facilities available in our brand new Alison Gingell Building

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following body:

Nursing and Midwifery Council

What our students say...

The course design with integrated placements is fantastic, as it means students can put clinical skills into practice as they are learnt.

Sophie-Anna Dann

Course information

As a midwife, you will care for childbearing women and families in a changing society and, as such, this course addresses knowledge and skills relating to contemporary midwifery practice.

In modern health and social care settings nursing and midwifery students are increasingly required to work towards becoming autonomous practitioners, taking a leadership role in decisions regarding patient care within multi-professional settings. They routinely have the most frequent and intense contact with patients and must be competent in recognising changes in patient condition so that appropriate action can be taken.

This curriculum has been developed as a spiral curriculum with assessment at it’s the core. Placing equal value on practice and theory, undertaking 800 hours of both per year, you will have the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects, including anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, psychology, sociology and research methods. This course will give you the opportunity to become immersed in learning about the needs of populations, individuals, related health and nursing services with an emphasis on using research to enhance and improve services.

The collaborative curriculum, which you’ll study alongside students from other health-related courses, has been developed in response to the need to produce professionals who are effective communicators, caring and compassionate, with good relationship building skills. It recognises the importance of inter-professional working within the health and social care workforce and comprises five core modules in the areas of: the foundations of communication and professionalism; the social determinants of health and wellbeing; evidence informed practice and decision making; working together to lead service improvement; and enhancing practice through evaluation and research.


Average salary six months after the course.

DLHE 2014/15



The focus in the first year is on the acquisition of knowledge and skills for normal childbearing and the development of study skills.


  • Introduction to Midwifery

  • Medicines Management in Midwifery

  • Normal Childbirth

  • Woman-centred Midwifery Care

  • Developing Skills in Midwifery Practice

  • Foundations in Communication and Professionalism

  • Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing


In the second year, the theme is diversity in maternal and neonatal health and you will have the opportunity to learn how to care for women and babies who have complex needs.


  • Promoting Healthy Lifestyles

  • Complexities in Childbearing

  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Midwifery

  • International Perspectives in Midwifery

  • Developing Skills in Parent Education

  • Evidence Informed Practice and Decision Making


During the final year of the course, you should continue to develop midwifery skills and knowledge to ensure readiness to assume the full role and responsibilities of a midwife.

Your degree culminates with a literature review related to one aspect of nursing practice, equivalent to the standard dissertation, for which you will write a 5,000 word report.

Throughout all years, you will have the opportunity to develop skills in communication, health assessment, professional practice, evidence based practice, knowledge of public health and policy, as well as legal and ethical issues.


  • Emergencies in Childbirth

  • Becoming a Competent Practitioner

  • Clinical Decision Making

  • Autonomous Midwifery Practice

  • Enhancing Practice Through Evaluation and Research

  • Working Together to Lead Service Improvement


Our Nursing and Midwifery courses are ranked 7th in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2019.

In more detail...

  • Strong student satisfaction – 94% overall and 99% for the quality of teaching in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.
  • Fully accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) providing eligibility for registration to practice on successful completion.
  • Field trips within the UK include visits to the first operating theatre in London and museums capturing the history of nursing and healthcare (additional costs may apply).
  • Nursing and Midwifery at Coventry is ranked 7th best in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2019.
  • Outstanding track record of graduate employability – 100% of Midwifery (long programme) students were in work or continuing their studies six months after graduating (DLHE 2014/15).
  • Well established placements for midwifery students in Coventry and Warwickshire at the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.
  • Multimillion state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building provides facilities for teaching and research, featuring an operating theatre, critical care settings, community housing and other real life nursing environments relevant to practice

Your main study themes are:

  • Nursing practice: Develops the professional values, attitudes and behaviours required to deliver safe and effective, holistic person centred care. You’ll cover the key concepts of nursing, caring and clinical skills, as well as factors influencing care, for example, National Service Frameworks. Clinical skills acquisition which underpins these care factors will be taught and practiced in the simulated environment of clinical skills laboratories.

  • Assessment and care pathways across the lifespan: Develops your ability to assess, interpret and manage a range of care requirements for service users. You’ll be introduced to the concept of health and wellbeing, enabling an understanding of the bio psychosocial needs of your patient group across the life span in all fields of nursing. You’ll have the opportunity to develop an understanding of how assessments support and inform clinical judgement and decision making in practice, explored across primary, secondary and third sector care environments

  • Evidence informed practice and decision making: Explores the principles and strategies of Evidence Informed Practice (EIP) to enable you to apply, creatively, a wide range of sources of evidence for clinical decision making. You will be introduced to research perspectives (methodology and design), audit, health policy, and service user participation as methods to evaluate your EIP plans and interventions.

  • Communications and professionalism: Communication is highlighted as an essential skill for all health care professionals because it impacts on patient satisfaction. You will have the opportunity to develop the key professional attributes incorporating the six ‘C’s model of communication, commitment, courage, care, competence, compassion. 

The course can be studied full-time over three years and on a part-time basis, typically taking four-and-a-half years. It offers start dates in February and September.

This course uses a wide variety of stimulating approaches to teaching and learning to suit individual learning styles. This includes a series of interactive lectures with associated seminars, skills lab activities and practical placements. All modules are mandatory to enable you to exit the programme with the knowledge, values and skills to be able to work within integrated care settings and enhance the delivery of care for service users, their families and carers.

The course is underpinned by an approach to professional care which is characterised by empathy, respect, dignity and kindness towards women and their families. We will encourage you to develop an in-depth understanding of the organisation and culture of modern health care systems, equipping you with the confidence to be able to take a stronger role in the leadership and management of resources in delivering treatment and healthcare options to patients.

You will be introduced to the practice of midwifery in the midwifery skills laboratory and subsequently by working under direct supervision of a midwifery mentor in community and hospital settings, in which you will have the opportunity to experience the 24/7 nature of midwifery care. Placements in non-midwifery areas and the opportunity to work in midwifery triage areas, early pregnancy assessment units and day assessment units are included from Year Two. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a clinical placement in the local sub-regional neonatal unit. 

We’ll undertake a range of interesting fieldtrips, previously to the Old Operating Theatre Museum at Guy’s Hospital, listed by Time Out as one of the top 101 things to do in London. You’ll have the opportunity to make use of our extensive simulation facilities – from basic life support manikins to high tech simulation dummies, which emulate patient responses and test resuscitation skills. You will also use equipment found in the real world of practice, such as medical devices to assist with all elements of care and especially medication administrations.

Gaining experience using simulation across a range of care settings is aimed at building your confidence and knowledge about how to act in these situations. You can practise and develop your clinical and interpersonal skills in a safe but realistic environment. We also use actors to enhance these experiences in scenarios such breaking bad news, demonstrating emotional resilience, conflict, aggression, teaching, child protection conferences. 

Course assessment includes examinations, written coursework, care study, reflective critique, poster presentations, portfolio, practice assessment grid, project development and skills inventories.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Assessments within practice placements: 50%
  • Coursework, tests, essays: 40%
  • Presentations, posters: 10%

In order to qualify for the award of Bachelor of Sciences, a student must satisfy the University requirements of 360 credits. A student who does not wish to progress to a subsequent year of study may apply for an intermediate award of Diploma of Higher Education if they pass a minimum of 240 credits. A Certificate of Higher Education may be awarded to a student with minimum of 120 credits.

40% assessed by coursework, tests, essays

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The theoretical basis of midwifery practice to meet the NMC competencies, essential skills clusters and EU activities of a midwife.
  • The implications of current legislation, professional regulation, standards of performance and the NMC Code.
  • Current developments in midwifery and the biological, physiological, pharmacological, psychological and sociological knowledge related to childbearing.


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective individual and team leadership skills and apply quality monitoring initiatives.
  • Discuss service user and carer needs in respect of equity, fairness, antidiscrimination, rights, values, customs, culture, beliefs, sensitivity, diversity, lifestyle and environment. 
  • Utilise and disseminate current research findings and other forms of evidence that underpin midwifery practice. 
  • Transfer knowledge and skills to a variety of settings and adapt practice to meet varying, unpredictable and complex circumstances. 
  • Seek clinical supervision to develop safe and effective midwifery practice. 
  • Critically evaluate relevant research, possible interventions and the most up-to-date technology to support quality care delivery. 
  • Critically analyse situations and incidents through reflective practice activities.
  • Conduct a comprehensive and systematic health assessment of service users’ needs across the lifespan using a range of appropriate assessment tools. 
  • Plan, implement and monitor midwifery care, involving service users and carers. 
  • Evaluate and revise expected outcomes, midwifery interventions and priorities in accordance with changes in the individual’s condition, needs or circumstances across the lifespan.
  • Demonstrate a range of essential midwifery skills and seek supervision to develop safe, compassionate, skilful and autonomous midwifery practice.
  • Consult with service users and carers to identify and respond to their need and desire for health promotion advice, education, support and the development of services. 
  • Co-ordinate the delivery of midwifery and healthcare within one’s sphere of professional accountability, including people with complex and co-existing needs. 
  • Provide safe and effective immediate care to all people.  

As this is a full-time modular course, you are expected to allocate 37.5 hours per week to your learning, including up to 14 hours of teaching contact and 14 hours clinical. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of tutorial with your personal tutor or supervisor of midwives each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 7 hours of skills laboratories each week.
  • Large group teaching: 6 hours of large lecture sessions with students on other related courses each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 7.5 hours each week of private study which can include syndicate learning and online activities which augment other approaches.

Throughout the course, we provide key insights into cultural diversity and global issues of significance to public health and all fields of nursing practice. For example, we look at what it means to be culturally competent within health care today. There are also opportunities to study specific issues of interest to you, such as people trafficking, working in war torn or developing countries. Some of this is supported by guest lecturers or simulation facilitators and others through topical issues covered within the course.

Global midwifery practice will be discussed in a module on international midwifery perspectives as well as safe motherhood and the targets identified by the world Health Organisation for 2015.

For students who have performed well in their academic studies, it is possible towards the end of the second year to devise a short placement to observe midwifery and/or childbirth abroad abroad within Europe or beyond – typically three to four weeks’ duration (application and additional costs may apply). We have existing links with universities in Malaysia, China, Hong Kong and Kenya, as well as agreements with several European institutions which have been utilised for incoming and outgoing student exchanges. 

Students and visiting lecturers from other countries provide an input into the course, previously from areas such as Hong Kong, Japan and Africa. We also participate in a number of senior staff exchanges, for example, from India and China, and non-mobility student exchanges using technology, which can provide additional insights to students into children’s nursing in different healthcare systems.

While the course prepares students for registration with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council, this currently provides eligibility for graduates to apply for registration to practise in Australia, New Zealand and Canada

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

The course design with integrated placements is fantastic, as it means students can put clinical skills into practice as they are learnt.

Sophie-Anna Dann

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: HLSU164
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBB to include Science or Social Science. Excludes General Studies, Applied Science or Health and Social Care as a Science subject. DDM in Health and Social Care. 30 points to include 15 at Higher Level. 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, Mathematics ans Science. You must have results certificates at point of interview.


Applicants may be required to attend for interview. You will also need to sit a maths test as part of the selection process. Try our sample maths test here


A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

An overall pass in the Access to Higher Education Diploma (60 credits) with 45 Level 3 credits, 30 at Distinction (majority in biological subjects) & 15 at Merit.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Additional Information

Admission on the course is subject to a satisfactory health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service certificate. Try our sample maths test.

Table of qualificationsUCASBTEC
GCE A2 Level Tariff points L3 Extended Diploma
A*A*A*       168 D*D*D*
A*A*A       160 D*D*D*
    152 D*D*D
A*A*C AAA     144 DDD
A*A*D AAB BBA*  A*AC 136  
  AAC BBA   128 DDM
  AAD BBB ABC 120  
      CCC 96 MMM

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.


Applicants may be required to attend for interview. You will also need to sit a maths test as part of the selection process. Try our sample maths test here

English as Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 7.0. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Applicants may be required to attend for interview. You will also need to sit a maths test as part of the selection process. Try our sample maths test here

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 7.0. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

The course design with integrated placements is fantastic, as it means students can put clinical skills into practice as they are learnt.

Sophie-Anna Dann

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.



September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


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September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2018

£14,850 (per year)


For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

What our students say...

The course design with integrated placements is fantastic, as it means students can put clinical skills into practice as they are learnt.

Sophie-Anna Dann

Career prospects

There are thousands of midwives in today’s NHS yet the continued rise in the number of births has led the Royal College of Midwives to predict a 3,500 shortfall of qualified professionals in England.

There is a strong practical emphasis on this course, with 50% of the course expected to be spent on placements. On graduating successfully from this course, you can apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (registration fee may apply), which enables you to practise immediately in either the NHS or independent practice. You’ll have an opportunity to work with a range of other professionals including gynaecologists, GPs, health visitors, neonatal nurses and maternity support workers.

As well as helping you to find suitable work placements and give you advice on how to get the most out of them, the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ Employability and Placements Unit will support you when you are ready to begin your professional career. 

There will be considerable opportunities for educational and professional development. Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) has always been as essential element within the role of the midwife. A range of continuing professional development modules and courses are available at Coventry University.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career

Where our graduates work

The majority of our graduates find employment as qualified midwives in the NHS. As your career progresses, you may choose to specialise in a particular area of perinatal care and eventually apply for the role of consultant midwife. This would require you to provide clinical leadership for midwives and other healthcare professionals involved in maternity services.

You could also aim to become involved in practice development or board level management within an NHS Trust.

What our students say...

The course design with integrated placements is fantastic, as it means students can put clinical skills into practice as they are learnt.

Sophie-Anna Dann

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. We encourage you to read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University. A copy of the 17/18 Contract can be found here and the 18/19 Contract will be published shortly.